Heart Made Bless of Gaia Flax & Herb Nourishing Skincare Oil Review:
Recently I’ve been quite interested in facial oils and so I’ve been on the hunt to find some different oils that would help my dry skin out. When I finished the oil that I was using at night, I was looking for a replacement when I stumbled across a local website selling this Heart Made facial oil. It was made by a company I’d never heard of before so I was curious about it. Because it was a brand I had never heard of before I did try to find some reviews (and failed) and also looked into the company to decide whether to buy it or not.
According to Heart Made’s website, their products are vegan and they focus on using natural ingredients with plant extracts and oils. Their products also seem to have very few ingredients in them. When I read the description on their website about the oil it sounded as though it was good for rosacea (which I have mildly), and minimising skin irritation too. In the end I decided to just try it out, after all what was the worst that could happen?
+ Ideal Natural Skincare Oil with Fresh ingredients and Raw Flaxseed Oil
+ Minimize skin irritation, redness and inflammation of any sort
+ Very rich moisturizing that keeps the skin silky soft
+ Skin rashes diminish with topical application
+ Unique Natural oils combination helps get healthy skin with small amounts and solve your skin problems at once
+ Whenever you experience dry and itchy skin, it is a very right skincare to apply
+ Good for any sort of chronic skin conditions like persistent acne, rosacea or dermatitis
Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Jojoba oil, Flaxseed Oil, Tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl caprylate, Lavender oil, bergamot oil
Volume: 50ml or 100ml
How to use:
1. After cleansing, massage several drops into face, neck or body, concentrating on any problem areas, scarring or skin damage.
2. Apply prior to your moisturiser or sunscreen
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea
Heart Made Bless of Gaia Flax & Herb Nourishing Skincare Oil Review:
Honestly, I thought for a long that I wouldn’t review this product because it is so hard to find online, it’s only available on their website. But after using this for more than a month I changed my mind and decided to write a review for it.
The facial oil comes in two sizes – 50ml or as 100ml. I naturally got the smaller size of 50ml, and I wonder how anyone can use 100ml of this oil up in 6 months? Well I suppose they can use it all over their body but it still seems like a lot of oil.
The facial oil comes packaged in a box and unlike most facial oils it doesn’t come in a dropper bottle, but rather has a pump. Personally, I really like the design of this because I find dropper bottles quite annoying to use especially when they get near the bottom. The bottle itself looks quite small and tiny until you remember the fact that it is an oil so a little goes a long way.
The pump comes with a plastic cap, but mine cracked and so it’s a bit loose now. I find that a little annoying because the plastic lid comes off when I try to get the oil out of the box. Considering this was meant to be the “travel” size oil I was surprised the plastic lid cracked so easily. Still I prefer this design to a dropper bottle and I think the design of the bottle is quite nice.
The oil itself is a very liquid oily oil, or at least in my opinion it feels quite oily. I was using rosehip oil before which I think is a drier oil in comparison to this one. It also seems so runny and thin at first, but once you apply it to your face it feels quite heavy and moisturising. Not heavy in an uncomfortable way, but you can feel there is something there protecting your skin.
It also is a very pale yellow, so light that it looks clear on my hand (and in the swatches). Because it contains bergamot and lavender oil, it also smells quite strongly, although I don’t mind the smell of bergamot and lavender. But it could be off putting for some people especially if you don’t like the smell of bergamot or lavender. I like the smell of this oil so I don’t mind the scent at all.
Now for the ingredients:
This is the first ingredient in this facial oil. It’s quite a controversial ingredient and can be bad for acne prone skin because it is more like a wax and blocks pores – which should mean it’s a good occlusive. Still coconut oil might pose a problem for people with acne prone skin.
Camellia oil comes from green tea and has been used in skincare in China and Japan for a long time. It has good moisturizing properties, is full of anti-oxidants and helps protect the skin from free radicals. Should also help fix rough dry skin.
This is another moisturizing oil which also prevents water loss from the skin and has ceramides. Should be good at helping eczema and rosacea. Good at preventing redness caused by dry skin. Is a good oil for oily skin as it helps to balance the skin. Rich in Vitamin E and good for anti-aging. Good for healing damaged, irritated or inflamed skin.
This is another oil that is meant to be good for healing irritated, inflamed skin. Also good for skin with chronic conditions such as acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis.
A good oil for healing skin and is often used to speed up the healing time.
Helps to heal and fade scars and marks on skin.
As you can see from the ingredients, Heart Made have chosen a lot of ingredients that are used to help heal and moisturize the skin. Coconut oil also sounds like it should be a good occlusive as well, although I’m unsure how well it works as an occlusive in this product as I don’t know what percentage of coconut oil is in it.
I’ve been using this oil for around a month now, and well I’ve barely made a dent in the oil. Initially I used to use one or two drops of this oil at night, because it is quite oily and you don’t need a lot. Probably also because I was using it in summer, when the air was more humid and warm, so I didn’t need a lot of facial oil.
But now the weather has turned into cooler Autumn weather, and the one or two drops have increased to four or more at night. That amount seems right for me right now, it doesn’t feel like too much at all, I guess the cooler weather really makes a difference. I mainly only use this facial oil at night because I don’t think it’s cold enough for me to need it during the day yet (I mean it’s only Autumn… so it’s not that cold yet!).
I have tried using it in the morning, and well my face felt oily for the rest of the day, but again that was when the weather was warmer. I have also tried mixing this oil with my Dermatory Allantoin emollient, I did one drop of this oil to a generous amount of the emollient. I think that is the best way to use this oil during the day. When I did that my skin didn’t feel so oily as when I just used the oil itself. But because I tried that in summer, it still felt a bit much for the day time, so I waited for a cooler day.
So, one day when the weather was cooler, I decided to try this oil out during the day. I made the decision to skip my moisturizer to see how this oil would perform without a huge routine. After all it has a lot of moisturizing ingredients and some which should help to prevent water loss.
I had hopes of using it as an occlusive, but it says to use it before a moisturizer. So that means it doesn’t work that well as an occlusive. That day I mixed four drops of the oil into my Dermatory emollient, and applied it to my face, I then waited a minute and added another layer of the Dermatory emollient.
I expected my face to feel very oily and awful after using so much of the oil, and I actually regretted using so much of the oil. Even though my skin is dry, I really hate it when my skin feels too oily from products. But surprisingly, my skin felt soothed and well protected, and I didn’t feel the oiliness at all. My skin didn’t feel dry or tight, but it felt quite normal and good which I found surprising.
I also found that I didn’t have to wait too long before I could apply sunscreen. Last time when I tried the oil in summer, my skin felt so uncomfortably oily and I had to wait almost an hour to apply sunscreen. So, I guess the weather definitely makes a difference, as well as my heavy, oily moisturizer (Guerisson 9 Complex cream is my current moisturizer).
Later during the day I checked my skin, and it looked better than when I use the Guerisson cream which surprised me. I often get small bumps when my skin is dry, and these have been appearing lately when I use the Guerisson, because of the cold. But when I used the Heart Made oil and Dermatory emollient, I didn’t have bumps and my skin actually looked slightly less dehydrated than usual.
Again, this surprised me, because I didn’t expect this combination to be enough for my skin when it was cooler. With this combination my skin didn’t look too oily, but healthy and slightly dewy, which is pretty rare for me.
But against my expectations I found that this Heart Made oil and the Dermatory emollient worked perfectly together to keep my skin moisturized. I guess the Guerisson cream is only heavy enough for me to use in summer, and in winter I’ll need to use it with this facial oil. I am still amazed by how good my skin felt with this oil, and I’m definitely planning to use it more during the day as the temperature drops even more.
In conclusion I am a fan of this facial oil, you get a lot of it, but it works quite well at moisturizing and hydrating your skin. I don’t know how well it works for reducing redness or healing skin, because my skin has been quite good lately. I do think this oil is best suited for people with severely dry skin (like mine) or normal /dehydrated skin in a very drying winter. I think it would be too heavy for people with oily skin and might cause acne and pimples. As for sensitive skin, it would depend on what your sensitivities are, but maybe it would be okay for people with sensitive skin too.
Would I repurchase this facial oil? Yes, I think I would, maybe not for all year round, but definitely for winter I think this is a necessary step for my skin in winter. Our weather suddenly turned cool – and instantly I noticed at work that everyone’s skin looked so dehydrated and affected by the cooler weather. That made me feel better that it’s not just my skin suffering from the cold and at least now I have this lovely Heart Made oil to help protect my skin from the cold.
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