Suti Rejuvenate Face Oil

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Full disclosure: most of the products that I review are ones that I purchased myself (having a discount at some stores and access to samples definitely helps), so I never really ‘plan’ posts in advance. When I received my bottle of Suti Rejuvenate Face Oil from Spirit Beauty Lounge, I immediately knew I had to review this for the beautiful presentation alone before I even used the product! The oil is a vibrant orange hue and it is housed in a weighty clear glass bottle with a beautiful dropper that is fitted with a clear top. I think the combination of the weight clear glass and the rich vibrant color is a visual feast and even after spending weeks with this product, my mood is instantly lifted when I see this on my beauty counter.
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Enough about the packaging, let’s get to the precious oil itself! The first thing you’ll notice upon using the oil is the scent. Suti’s Rejuvenate Face Oil is probably the most fragrant natural face oil I’ve used period. This isn’t a an overwhelming, cloying trait, but rather quite delightful as the scent of tangerine, neroli, and citrus’ envelop the senses. Not a big surprise from a company that is just as focused on aromatherapy as they are on skincare. The scent plays a part in uplifting mood, which means the ‘Rejuvenating’ isn’t just done to skin but rather to the senses as well. Indeed, this is the only oil I use where I cup my hands over my nose and take in two deep whiffs before I massage it through my skin. 

 

The ingredients are top notch – all the oils are organic and the carriers are Rosehip & Evening Primrose which is rarely seen:

Rosa  Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Argania (Argan) Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Limonene**, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil*, Tocopherol, Santalum Austrocalendonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense)*, Citrus Aurantium Bigaradia (Orange) Flower Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**              

Rosehip is often lauded as nature’s retinol and it is a wonderful anti-aging ingredient that also fades acne marks. Evening Primrose is known to ward off dry patches and it is an anti-inflammatory high in Omega-6 fatty acids which improve the overall health of skin. Argan is quite common in facial oils at this point but that’s only because it is one of the best for skin. With these three carrier oils, it’s quite obvious that healing and rejuvenating skin is the objective. The natural fragrances at the end (Linalool, Geraniol, Citral) are used to strengthen the scent as they’re derived from citrus plants, but to be honest, I’d much rather have a facial oil that didn’t have these ingredients as I personally think it lowers the purity of active ingredients in the formula. To me, the blend of Rosehip, Evening Primrose, and Argan is strong enough without diluting the blend with all these fragrant ingredients, I’d much rather see 2 or 3 more essential oils to balance out the list instead to make this a more power packed anti-ager.

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The texture of the oil is light. I was quite surprised because rosehip and evening primrose are known to be heavier oils suited for drier skin types. I think what this means is that the concentration has a higher essential oil/carrier oil ratio, which helps explain the fragrant scent of Tangerine and Neroli. Because of the high concentration of citrus oils, Spirit Beauty Lounge advised caution using this during the daytime due to the potential for photo-sensitivity. This is an issue I have with a lot of wonderfully scented facial oils that rely on citrus, while those oils do have great skin benefits in addition to smelling good, it makes me feel like the priority is scent over skincare. As a girl who wears SPF 45 sunscreen everyday, I can’t bring myself to apply this during the day and so I save it for night. So if you’re looking for an oil you can apply during the day, I would advise looking elsewhere.

Despite being lighter in consistency than I predicted, for some reason since I’ve been using this, my skin has been more prone to breaking out. I’m not attributing the blame entirely on this since we did go into summer where it’s easier to breakout in general. I have been swapping it out and I noticed that my skin seems calmer when I am not using this so I’m afraid that this does at the very least play a part in my blemishes. I think the reason might be that the carrier oils are not suited for acne-prone skin types, Evening Primrose is an oil that is typically used for mature skin and Rosehip is also on the heavier side of the oil spectrum as well. I think the ingredients list is fairly straight forward, not a lot of flash, it is divided between two camps: citrus oils used for fragrance and anti-aging oils used for rejuvenating, which tends to center around ingredients not known for playing well with acne prone skin types. 

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So although this oil isn’t right for me, I believe it is going to be heaven for someone out there, may-haps for the reader with mature/dry skin living in a frequently overcast city like Seattle? At $52, it is definitely a great deal for an organic oil, there are just a few caveats that might be deal-breakers for some. 

 

Op-Ed The British Invasion: 4 Clean English Brands

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When it comes to the clean skincare game, the brands across the pond kind of have us Americans beat. This isn’t to say we’re not competitive, arguably Intelligent Nutrients is becoming a behemoth, while Tata Harper & Kahina are carving an established base for themselves atop the luxury green skincare game, and newcomers are building a solid identity that resonates with customers: i.e. May Lindstrom, the poster-child for artisanal beauties and YULI, the quiet storm of coolness for the modern crowd. But the movement kind of started across the pond, not only are the skincare requirements more stringent (thanks to a government that isn’t so tied to big-money corporations like ours), but the audience is also much more knowledgeable as well in general. I think the demand for these clean products definitely is the contributing factor for why these brands got the jump start, so without further ado, let’s look at what makes these brands great:

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Pai Skincare

What it is: A line started by Sarah Brown for those who have sensitive skin using the cleanest plant-based skincare. 

My Impression
: This is the line I’d point you to if you love Ren (a fellow British born line, see the trend here?) but wanted something even cleaner. Their aesthetic is similar down to the pastel labeling for the products. While they have a full line that is continually expanding, they’re most known for their oils and creams with audiences here.

Products to try: Pai’s Bioregenerate face oil is a pure rosehip complex that regards itself as an all-natural retinol treatment. The Chamomile & Rosehip Organic Sensitive skin cream is a good product to try for those with ultra-sensitive skin, it is a light cream that I consider one of the best made comparable to Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer.

Price: Similar to Ren, might be slightly more expensive on a product by product basis, but the cleaner ingredients and higher quality formulation justifies that. 

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SUTI

What it is: A line created by Suzannah Jenkins & Tina Steadman, who are collectively homeopaths, aromatherapists, and medicine practitioners. The concept was to develop a line that was pure enough to eat.

My Impression: Suti’s products focus as much on the senses as it does on the skin benefits so even products like facial oils are aromatically scented to provide the emotional response the founders intended. This artisanal quality reminds me a little of our very own May Lindstrom. Similar to May Lindstrom, this line is very edited: three balms (one is a cleanser, one is a moisturizer, and the last one is for feet), two toners, two facial oils.

Products to try: The facial cleansing balm is a wonderfully scented cleanser + moisturizer that cleans off makeup and leaves skin soft. A wonderful alternative for those looking for a natural version of Eve Lom’s (another British brand) Cleansing balm. The Rejuvenating Facial Oil smells glorious with citrus notes in a rich golden hue, kept in a gorgeous bottle. However, it did break me out after 3 days of continuous use, the base oils were too heavy for me and while the scents were lovely, the over reliance on citrus oils made me hesitant to use this during the day for photosensitivity. 

Price: Very reasonable. DIYers will probably not buy this, but those who love high end clean beauty will not break the bank trying their stuff. 

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Ila

What it is: A spa grade line that uses only plant or mineral ingredients. Their focus is on creating an ‘experience’ to restore, nurture, and balance. 

My Impression: Probably the most premium brand on this list, Ila’s focus is on the spa experience so its advertising and message is a little less commercial than the other brands. Unlike other skincare lines, the majority of Ila’s products are geared toward body care, with lots of products for baths, body washes, body lotions, body oils, etc. The facial products they do have are still a complete line. Branding wise, I love the feminine, minimalist aesthetic and everything is in a neat dual-color plastic cylinder which looks so chic when you have a row of their products together.

Products to try: Spirit Demerson raves about their Glowing Radiance treatment oil but it is too heavy for me (though I acknowledge that it is lovely). My favorite product from them is the Body Balm for Glowing Skin which smells of Rose and Tuberose, and is perfect for the driest winter months. Although scent plays a strong part in the products formation, I have to say that they all smelled so strong that you absolutely have to make sure you enjoy the scent before buying because some are just HORRIBLE.

Price: This is the confusing part, their products are either incredibly high or surprising cheap, there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. For instance, at $109, their facial oil will set you back a bit, and their daytime and nighttime lotions each cost over $100 as well. But the body wash and body lotion comes in at $12.80. It almost feels like two lines with different intended audiences merged into one.

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The Organic Pharmacy

What it is: started by a homeopathic pharmacist and her husband, the line has now spawned a seriously massive collection featuring several lines: skincare, body, bath, hair, sun care, baby, health, supplements, men, makeup, candles, etc. This isn’t just a skincare brand, it truly is its own empire.

My Impressions: The Organic Pharmacy is most similar to our Origins stores. They’re massive in their own right and feature a plethora of various products. The difference is that they’re cleaner formulated and the ingredient quality is top notch. There are so many products that it might be intimidating to figure out what to get, so it’s a good thing they have experts to help you decide. 

Products to try: The Rose & Bilberry Toning Gel reminds me of the Dr.Alkaitis Soothing Gel but is more about healing whereas the soothing gel is more about anti-bacterial action. The Blemish gel isn’t powerful or strong but it is good at alleviating breakouts through gentle repair without the use of anything too harmful which is something most American brands haven’t been hip to yet.

Price: This line isn’t as expensive as some others on this list but for what it is- a larger scale company, the prices are a little more expensive than I am used to. I’m fine paying the prices for the products I picked because the formulation is good but don’t expect $20-$30 products as you might at Origins. The Rose & Bilberry toning Gel set me back almost $100 after shipping while the Dr.Alkaitis Gel is only $60 for more product. So you really have to do your homework to figure out if what they have is worth the price compared to other higher end brands.