Pelle Beauty Stellar Facial Concentrate & PelleInfusions

It seems like face oils are growing up. Long been recognized for their work on moisturizing, it seems their multifunctionality is another stylish draw. PelleBeauty isn’t a newcomer to the world of oils, but an across-the-border brand that is understated in its elegance. Disclosure: the oils are made in my hometown, so you’ll know I loved them from the moment I spotted the postage.

Stellar Multitasking Facial Concentrate (~$44) struck as an interesting oil-based treatment for its myriad of uses. Marnie Cipriani (the charming and fresh-faced founder of the brand) gives some interesting tips on how to this oil in some pretty unconventional ways:

  •  Tip #1: as a make-up remover, you’re using the oil-removes-oil methodology and can get rid the daily grime n’ gunk with a few drops 
  • Tip #2: as a brow groomer, you can soften the sting by adding a drop to area needing o be plucked 
  • Tip #3: as a facial mask primer, where you apply a thin layer of the oil under your clay-based masks 
Marnie says,
“Applying a very light layer of the concentrate onto your face just before applying your facial mask will condition and protect your skin. Your mask will work effectively and properly while at the same time your face will not be excessively stripped. It's the best of both worlds.” Pretty cool uses of an oil in your personal regimen, wouldn’t you say? But, aside from the handy tips, there’s something else in this Sandalwood scented oil that I had never seen before – Babassu oil.

Babassu is a remarkable alternative to Virgin Coconut oil. Solid at room temp, the Brazilian derived Babassu quickly melts upon contact with the skin, leaving a non-greasy finish, unlike Coconut. The magnificent oil penetrates easy and is full of hearty EFAs to plump up skin. The concentrate is actually a blend of Babassu with Meadowfoam Seed, Black Currant, Fractionated Coconut, Rice Bran, and Grapeseed carriers. The concentrate works extremely well as an eye make-up remover. When used under my Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask, skin did come out smoother and almost poreless. It’s also refreshing in its floral zest. Extroverted notes of Neroli reign over the smoke of Sandalwood in a way that is beautiful right off the top. Babassu is also found in a second, slightly sweet oil – PelleInfusions Balancing Facial Concentrate (~$65).

With lightness and rhythm, this water-free face oil is simply full of heart. Bulgarian Rose lovers bewarned: the rose will tumble your senses into whole new realm. First impression on skin: fantastic! The candies greenness of Palmarosa with Bulgarian Rose hit their stride in tandem and leaves you with wanting more. Friendly and uncomplicated here, the sultry duo are warmed by a creamy Sandalwood while mellowing out to a whispery Lavender. Ah, so this is what it’s like when a silkened Bulgarian Rose wants to dance on skin. What the oil has done is legitimized the mischievous Palmarosa, which is actually from a blade of grass but smells like a rose. Nature’s play, huh? Wear the hell out of the face oil, as you’ve got Camellia, Hazel Seed, Kukui Nut, Jojoba Seed, and Babassu oils atop. The gentle floral caress broadens gently into an ineffably soft, cinnamon-esque scent.

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Slightly viscous