SJΓ– SKIN Happy Honey Oil Review

If you haven’t heard of SjΓΆ Skin, where have you been!? They’re an amazing skincare brand from Sweden who have become very well known in the beauty community for their amazing Happy Honey Mask. They’re latest launch – the Happy Honey Oil – is only their second launch and has a lot to live up to! After testing it for about a month now, I have some thoughts…

The brand

We need to start by properly introducing the brand – SjΓΆ Skin are an amazing mother daughter duo from Sweden. Their focus is on natural, cruelty free, simple formulas that work. All their products are hand crafted in Sweden and are made in micro batches to ensure freshness. They play a major role in the beauty community on Instagram in spreading positivity, kindness and creating a sense of family. This is super rare in a brand, but their support and kindness certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, at least not with me. Now that we know a little more about the brand, let’s get down to it!

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The claimsΒ 

Much like their superstar sister, the Happy Honey Oil offers a whole host of amazing benefits:

  • Moisturises – Squalane gives a shot of intense moisture that rejuvinates the skin and boosts cell regeneration by penetrating deep into the skin
  • Protects – By combining blueberry seed oil with vitamin A (found in rosehip oil), it creates a powerful duo that protects against ageing free radicals and pollution.
  • Brightens – The powerhouse that is rosehip oil, combined with prickly pear oil, work to improve pigmentation and unveil a glowing complexion. Meanwhile, watermelon seed oil depuffs and detoxifies.
  • Calms – Arnebia root soothes the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, while prickly pear oil reduces redness, itchiness and irritation.
  • HealsΒ – The super trio of raw propolis, arnebia root and rosehip reduce scarring and imperfections while arnebia root improves the appearance of fine lines and texture.

A little fun fact – the brand extracts their own arnebia root (what calms and heals the skin) and each batch of it takes 3 months to make! It’s also what gives the oil the pinky colour!

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The oil

So now we’ve heard what it claims to do, let’s see whether it delivers!

I’ll start by saying the oil is very light in consistency and feels comfortable on the skin. It’s not too thick and not too thin and sinks in to the skin really nicely. When I first used it, I thought it would sink in very quickly (as it is so thin) and leave my skin tight and wanting more… but it felt great. Sometimes facial oils can be too thick and sticky where they just sit on the skin for a long time, or too thin where they sink in too fast and can leave the skin tight. This sits perfectly in the middle, which would make it a great pick for oil newbies and oil addicts (like me). SjΓΆ Skin claim that the Happy Honey Oil would work on all skin types, and I think they’re 100% correct. The oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores), so if you have oilier skin then you might like to apply a little bit and build up if you like, and if your skin is dry then you can drench yourself in it (like I do). The calming ingredients should make it a good pick for sensitive skin types too, though you might like to try a little bit on a small area before covering your entire face in it.

In my opinion, this is the ultimate multi-tasker oil. Just like the Happy Honey Mask, this delivers on all its promises. My skin is always left feeling nourished when I use this, and like the mask, it has become a product I can rely on to calm my skin when it’s freaking out. I recently tried some new products that left my skin stinging and hot and this was my go-to product to calm it down. It’s difficult for me to measure some of the other benefits the oil claims to have, particularly anything age related as fine lines and wrinkles are not a concern of mine (yet). Also, I can’t say I’ve really noticed any reduction in scars or pigmentation, but as I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog now, it isn’t really a main concern of mine.Β For me, this delivers on everything I want in an oil – it gives an amazing user experience because it feels so good to massage into the face and neck, it moisturises, calms and leaves my skin feeling plump and soft by morning.

IMG_9921The packaging is a simple dropper bottle, but the bottle mouth has a stopper which means if the bottle falls over with the dropper in but not screwed in, there shouldn’t be any spillage. The dropper gives a good amount of product in each squeeze, but I like to go in with two dropper loads. The oil itself is a soft pink colour in the bottle, but is more or less clear when you apply it and is unfragranced. I personally would prefer a little bit of fragrance, but if you’re sensitive to scents then this will probably be a great choice for you.

I have such a big collection of oils that I love and use regularly, and this will definitely be joining them. Since I purchased the oil about a month ago, I haven’t used anything else. A major perk of this oil is that it plays well with others – and by that I mean that I can pair it with pretty much any other product underneath and it doesn’t pill like some of my other favourite oils do. In fact, this is the only oil that can handle being used on top of my Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream without pilling. It really is a miracle oil!

The oil retails for Β£39 and you do have to pay for shipping if your order is under Β£80 at the rate of Β£5.99 for tracked and signed for delivery. It’s a little steep, but it offers more of an incentive to reach the limit! I’d love to try this mixed in with my Happy Honey Mask, but I’m running a little low on my mask and don’t want to run out!

All in all, this oil is a banger. It’s really versatile and really can fit all skin types depending on how it is applied. I’m pretty sure it would address pretty much any skin concern you may have and will give you amazing looking skin by morning. It’s the perfect addition to your pm routine, and if you’ve never thought to use a facial oil before, consider starting with this one.

If you’d like to try out the oil (AND YOU SHOULD), you can get it directly from SjΓΆ Skin.

Have you tried this oil or the Happy Honey Mask from SjΓΆ Skin?

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SAMAYA – The Ayurvedic skincare brand to balance mind, body and soul

I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of Ayurvedic skincare through. Have you heard of it before? It stems from Ancient Indian medicine and is rooted in the idea of achieving balance in your life… and your skin! Get ready to hear all about it and one of the leading companiesΒ  – Samaya.

Firstly, here is what you need to know about Ayurveda. Based on ancient Indian principles, it is a system of holistic medicine that has been practiced for millennia. The aim is to help achieve samadosha or ‘perfect balance’ in all areas of your life and it is becoming increasingly popular in the West because it’s an effective, natural way of healing. It all comes down to the idea of harmony – having the mind, body and soul in balance – and when these are out of balance then our health and wellbeing can be affected.

The heart of the matter comes is all about finding your dosha – this is the name for the energies that rule each person. Generally speaking there are three types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha has a set of physical and emotional traits. Usually one dosha rules a person, but sometimes a mixture of two or even all three can govern each person. When our dosha is balanced (mind, body and soul), it manifests itself in beautiful skin. However, when there is an imbalance, then it is for all to see in our skin.Β 

SAMAYA SKINCARE

Samaya is an award winning Ayurvedic skincare brand that is storming the industry. It has won so many awards in the industry and has tongues seriously wagging. Before I saw this brand on Instagram, Ayurvedic skincare was certainly a new concept to me. However, after researching it more and taking the Dosha quiz on their website, the results sounded as if they had been made for me! Not only did it sound like my skin, but the personality traits were pretty bang on too! My Dosha result was 50% Pitta, 30% Vata and 20% Kapha. Generally speaking, sensitive skin types sit within Pitta, dry skin types fall into Vata and oily skin tends to be Kapha. Here is what my description was for Pitta. Does this sound like you?

“Well-proportioned and compact build, with a focused mind and a love of order. Confident and passionate, enjoying challenges. Prone to anger and impatience when out of balance. Benefits from gentle skincare as skin can be sensitive and irritable, susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation.”

If you want to find out your skincare Dosha, then click here!

Samaya were kind enough to send me their Pitta Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil* to review. As I mentioned, the Pitta range is targeted towards sensitive skin types who are susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation. Although I’m quite young and don’t really need an anti-ageing oil, the properties of the ingredients in the oil span so far beyond a typical anti-ageing product. To me, this oil is the ultimate multi-tasker!

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Let’s take a look at the ingredients. Although the oil is marketed as an anti-ageing treatment, the ingredients offer a multitude of amazing properties that include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, healing and collagen producing:

Jasmine Flower Extract – Mood and energy boosting, helps to balance moisture levels, soothing for body and mind, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Lotus Seed Extract – Anti-inflammatory, zinc and anti-ageing enzymes that repair damaged/sensitive skin while soothing and calming the mind. Can be beneficial for acne prone skin.
Spilanthes Acmella (Paracress) Flower Extract – Known as ‘Nature’s Botox’, it is known to instantly relax facial tension and reduce the appearance of lines, UV damage and blemishes.
Neem Oil – Promotes skin healing while helping to reduce itching and roughness. It can achieve a more radiant complexion by neutralising damaging free radicals.
Shatavari Extract – Traditionally used in Ayurveda. Used as a tonic for female health concerns and to reduce stress. It also has rejuvenative properties that contribute to a more youthful appearance.
Gotu Kola Oil – An anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing herb that helps to fight chronic skin conditions by repairing damage to the skin.
Saffron Extract – Gives natural radiance as it helps to reduce pigmentation. Also has mood enhancing and aphrodisiac properties and can be used in a tonic to improve general health.
Tumeric Root Oil – Heals the skin barrier while protecting from free radical damage.
Feverfew ExtractΒ  – A cooling and anti-inflammatory herb that is great for Pitta skin types. Also good at calming emotions.

The ingredients certainly walk the walk, and the oil definitely talks the talk. It is absolutely lovely. It smells very lightly of Jasmine, which sometimes I can find a bit unpleasant and overpowering but it’s so lightly scented that it doesn’t bother me at all. Jasmine supposedly has mood boosting properties and can even reduce anxiety levels, which is probably why I feel so calm after using it. The texture of the oil is not too thin and not too thick. It doesn’t sink in straight away, nor does it linger on the skin and feel really sticky. In my eyes, it is probably the perfect consistency and made my skin feel really plump the following morning! Depending which moisturiser I use underneath, there is sometimes some pilling, but honestly I think that is more on the moisturiser than the oil. If you are an oil lover, then I think you will adore this – regardless of your skin type (or dosha!)

The whole Samaya experience was one of pure luxury. When my package arrived, it came in a beautiful bag and the bottle in a stunning cardboard cylinder. While I’m not usually a fan of excess packaging, as all of it is recyclable I’m not going to grumble. The whole vibe of the brand makes me feel very calm? Maybe it’s a combination of the beautiful logo, the pale colours and the gorgeous packaging, but it just brings such a fantastic feeling of relaxation.

The packaging is stunning – the box is beautiful and fits the bottle perfectly inside it, and the bottle is a really unique design that I haven’t really seen before. It uses a pump rather than a dropper, and the top part is curved to perfectly fit your finger. The pump can be a little stiff, but it means that there are never any accidents. Despite using every night for over a month, I still have so much product left (even though I absolutely douse myself in it).

The oil is free from parabens, sulphates, synthetic colour and fragrance, silicones and mineral oils among other things. Phew! Suffice to say, if you are buying from Samaya, you know that the products are ethical, natural and good for your body (and values!)

I would absolutely love to try more from this brand. Each of the three ranges are comprised of a cleanser, an exfoliant, anti-ageing cream, anti-ageing oil and a supplement. Honestly, they are all calling my name so loudly, but I’m really interested in trying the supplements next. I have absolute faith that all the other products will be as absolutely fantastic as the oil. Using this product is definitely one of those instances where skincare becomes self care. An stunning oil made with amazing ingredients that nourish the mind and soul leave you in a state of pure relaxation and balance; that lifts your mood and gives you beautiful skin.

What product would you want to try from the brand?

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*The Pitta Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil was gifted to me from Samaya in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.Β 

TREATS UNDER 30 | Ole Hendriksen Brightening Moisturiser and Banana Eye Cream

Treats under 30 is a new feature here on my blog all about trying new, hyped products that come in at under Β£30. Most of these brands will be indie brands or Instagram brands that you always look at and think, is it worth trying? Does it really work? Allow me to be your guinea pig!

For the first month, I’ve been testing out the Your Best Selfie mini set from Ole Hendriksen, which contains the Brightening Moisturiser and the famous Banana Eye Cream. After seeing this brand all over Instagram and being promoted by a few of my favourite Youtubers lately, the brand finally launched in Boots at the start of February. This little set is under our budget and comes in at a tidy Β£22.

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First impressions
The set is a mini set, so don’t expect the pots to be large – the banana eye cream especially is tiiiny! When I saw how small they were, I was a bit disappointed and thought that I would literally get about a weeks worth of use out of them, but a little really does go a long way.  Immediate first impressions of the creams – OMG these smell AMAZING! There is a real citrus/orange smell which totally matches the theme of the range and isn’t overpowering at all.

The claims 

The C-Rush moisturiser claims to alleviate the daily effects of stress, fatigue and pollution by instantly illuminating and delivering 24 hour hydration. It supposedly targets fine lines and wrinkles, firms the skin and improves makeup application.

The Banana eye cream claims to brighten, alleviate fine lines and wrinkles, with its most famous claim: to reduce dark circles.

Both products are formulated with vitamin C which works to brighten the appearance of your skin overtime.

The process

The application of C-Rush feels so refreshing on the skin. I think it’s a mixture of the gel texture and the orange scent that has an instant wake-me-up effect. Likewise, the Banana eye cream feels nice to apply, but doesn’t have quite the same *zing* that C-Rush does. A very small amount goes a very long way with this though, which is really good because it means this tiny pot will last a lot longer.

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The results

The C-rush moisturiser is really lovely. It’s a gel-like consistency that delivers a real burst of moisture. I was actually surprised by how refreshed my skin felt after using this. It had a lasting effect and I didn’t feel the need to top it up with an additional moisturiser. Because it is lightweight, it’s the perfect moisturiser to use in the morning. I wouldn’t necessarily agree that it improves the application of makeup, because any moisturiser you use should create a ‘smooth, hydrated canvas’ if it suits your skin. I think that quite a lot of vague statements are made in the claims, as the average person probably won’t notice the daily effects of stress, pollution and fatigue. Unless you have very reactive skin that is really sensitive to pollutants, then I have no idea how you would actually test these claims properly. The moisturiser lasted a surprisingly long time for such a tiny pot, which definitely exceeded my expectations.

As for the Banana Eye Cream, I didn’t notice any difference in my dark circles, which I was quite disappointed with. It was a really nice eye cream/moisturiser for the eye area, but I didn’t notice any results. Dark circles aren’t a particular concern of mine though, so perhaps I am not the best person to judge this! I have no trouble with concealer/makeup sitting around my eye area normally, so I didn’t see any improvement in how my makeup sat.

Repurchase?

I’m really not sure. I wouldn’t repurchase the Banana Eye Cream because I can get the same level of moisture under my eyes with just about any other moisturiser. The C-Rush moisturiser was nice, but at just under Β£40 I don’t think I’m willing to spend that much on a moisturiser when I can get a lovely morning moisturiser from Beauty Pie for a fraction of the cost. If I did have a little extra disposable income, then I would probably repurchase and test this even longer but alas, I am not that lucky!

Have you tried anything from Ole Hendriksen? Let me know how you got on!

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