My love for face oils grows with each new product I test. There is some debate whether face oils are technically serums, and I firmly believe they belong in the serum category. Serums are super-concentrated products for skin with a higher amount of active ingredients than moisturizers (which primarily moisturize), so in this regard face oils are essentially the active, concentrated parts of serums without any of the chemicals. Case in point, look at the ingredients list on any bottle of Estee Lauder or La Mer serum, you’ll see plant oils in the mix.
With that aside, I have had my eye on RMS Beauty Oil for a while now because 1) no citrus oils or ingredients that can cause photo sensitivity 2) beautiful packaging. RMS Beauty was created by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, who counts models like Miranda Kerr among her friends/clients. I kind of think of her as a green beauty version of Linda Rodin. Her organic Beauty Oil is marketed for all skin types and contains Buriti Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose hip Oil, and Tamanu Oil which are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Rose hip is a powerful anti-aging oil, Tamanu is very regenerative, while Buriti Oil (one of Rose-Marie Swift’s favorite ingredients) protects skin from sun damage.
The Beauty Oil is unique in a couple of ways:
- Its fragrance is mainly composed of Vanilla, which took me a while to appreciate as it just felt a little off at first. I would describe it as Vanilla sweetness plus something a bit off like a blend of plants that didn’t quite work and smells a bit not fresh. Thankfully the scent is light and quickly dissipates because I feel like the scent when it first comes out of the bottle is not something I want to smell every day.
- It is a wonderful oil that can be used during the day as Buriti protects from sun damage and there are no citrus oils
- There are herbal extracts such as Ashwagandha and Turmeric which are popular herbs used in Ayurvedic healing to restore strength and vigor.
The performance of the oil left nothing to complain about. Although it appears heavier at first, the oil absorbs quite quickly and is suitable for oilier complexions. After a while of using this, I would actually place this among the lighter oils I’ve encountered, and recommend it for those with combination-oily skin. Those with normal and dry skin will most likely need to apply a moisturizer over this serum which I don’t think detracts from the quality of the oil.
I’ve used my fair share of luxury face oils and this is one I would recommend. It caused no breakouts, sinks quickly into skin, and has good simple ingredients that although aren’t groundbreaking, will most likely refrain from irritating skin. The hesitation about the scent is a personal opinion that may not be yours. It’s a simple face oil that does what it says.