SJÄL Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil


What is it: A fetchingly luxurious, gem drenched face oil ($175) that deploys a captivating sensuality in the form of a lightweight serum. Quite a refreshing take on the banal citrus, too, as the philosophy of the brand (and its full-of-effect oils) is derived from Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Vibrational medicines with the bio-osmotic power of rare active and natural ingredients. Slightly modernist on composition, it’s highly potent on the skin.

Why it matters: Because each product is dermatologically tested for sensitivities and allergies and manufactured in a fully FDA and ISO-regulated facility using only pure pharmaceutical grade ingredients. Name another brand that does so? See, SJÄL isn’t vying for another slice in the skincare market. The mother/daughter duo founding team bring an unhurried sort of irrepressible style to skin saving with diligently curated oils (and ingredients) here. The face oil has Camellia, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Meadowfoam, and Evening Primrose as its main carriers. But, nudged amidst this group is Cotton Seed Oil, which has a 50 percent Omega-6 fatty acid content and is rich in natural antioxidants.

Why it impresses: Feathery light to the touch, the lovely serum uses the truest form of Chamomile aka Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Oil. The quasi-citrusy scent you can make out before you even open the bottle is from elegant peels of Bitter Orange before the smoothing aroma of Rosemary joins the surprisingly serene blast of essences. Sniff deep to find the elegant allure of Jasmine, tucked between the tendrils of Lavender. Skin-skimming sweetness all around, the ethereal oil is quite irresistible upon its opening - kind of like uncovering some hidden magical potion - though the uplifting kick of energy isn’t from the essences alone. Precious blue sapphires and Aquamarine stones are discreetly submerged into the treatment’s base oil for at least three months before being mixed with essential oils so that the gems' energy can be transferred to the product. This, perhaps, explains the abstract but palpable quality of the serum’s juice, which seems to intensify with a second layer. Which I did try and see firsthand after a dry bout from Retin-A. Skin’s serenity was indeed restored within one night of use.

The Final Word: A beautifully clean aromatic oil to fill the pores with a nobly citrus-sweet scent and wearable extravagance.