Saturday, 1 September 2012

Botani Olive Skin Serum

This is another review that has been sitting in my unpublished drafts waiting to see the light of day. The Botani  Olive Serum was surprisingly gorgeous (I think I was expecting to be putting kitchen olive oil all over my face!) and is definitely another natural serum worth checking out.

Botani Olive Skin Serum RRP $31.95 15ml
What they say: Dehydration is the number one contributor to premature signs of aging on our skin, in all skin types, so moisturising the skin on a daily basis is a must. Olive Skin Serum allows you to moisturise the natural way, with Olive Squalene as the active anti-ageing ingredient; nature's only comparable moisturiser to that found in human skin.
Olive Squalene resembles that of human Squalene. Squalene accounting for 12% of your skin’s chemistry and is the skin's own built-in moisturiser. This biocompatibility allows the Olive Skin Serum to be easily absorbed into the deeper layers of your skin as it's immediately recognised. Being able to oxygenate cells at this deep skin level, true hydration and healing can really occur.
Key Features:
  • Locks in moisture for an immediate hydration boost, 50% increase within 24 hours
  • Plumps the skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles
  • Delivers oxygen into skin cells, accelerating scar healing
  • Balances skin tone and decreases the appearance of age spots
  • Imparts an instant glow and satin finish, immediately reducing redness
  • Protects the skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays and the environment
  • Non-irritating, non-allergen, non-toxic and suitable for all skin types
  • Works brilliantly under primer as its non-greasy and odourless 

What I say: I honestly wasn't expecting too much from this serum. I have used various oils on my face in the past and know some can be quite light but I was expecting this one to be very heavy and greasy. I mean, olive oil is for cooking, not for beauty, right? Wrong! This was an amazingly light serum that absorbed easily into my skin leaving it feeling so soft and hydrated. And it really is completely odorless!

The serum comes in a dropper bottle which makes dispensing the right amount super easy. I would usually just use 2 drops to do my whole face, although if it was feeling particularly parched or tight and sensitive, I'd up it to 4-5 drops. I always applied it at night so if I did apply extra, although it would leave my skin feeling a big greasy, it had all night to absorb. If I just applied the two drops it seemed to absorb within minutes and if I applied moisturiser on top then there wasn't even the slightest hint of greasiness - very surprising! If you are familiar with rose hip oil, then the consistency and feel on the face if this oil was very similar.

Each morning after applying the oil my skin would look so hydrated. It looked refreshed and glowing even. And it still was not greasy. It seemed to plump out my fine lines and really left my skin looking beautiful and feeling so soft to touch. I didn't notice any improvement with my pigmentation, however I was pregnant when trialling it and my pregnancy hormones gave me quite bad pigmentation that no product has been able to budge. Now that I have had the bub and the hormones are gone I will see if the pigmentation finally starts to fade.

I was super impressed with this serum and absolutely loved how it left my skin looking and feeling. I especially loved how natural it is, given that I was using it whilst pregnant. I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend it to anyone who is after a natural serum that will hydrate their skin and leave it glowing and soft to touch.

The serum can be purchased online from the Botani website.

Do you like using oil based serums on your face or do you prefer to steer clear of facial oils?

All opinions are my own and I received no remuneration for this post. This product was provided for consideration.