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*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
I have always been a fan of Avon but have to admit that at times I can find their products to be hit and miss so I tend to stick with what I know. I have found that generally products from the Skin So Soft and Planet Spa ranges have never really let me down so if I see a new product in these collections I am always more inclined to want to try them and when I spotted this - Provence Lavender & Jasmine Overnight Facial Oil by Planet Spa a few months ago I liked the sound of it and ordered a bottle.
The reason behind my choice of purchase was I do tend to suffer sporadically with patches of dry skin, and whilst these are normally isolated to mainly my legs I do get the odd dry patch on my face. When these appear I find something like an aqueous cream helps but wanted something else to try such as an overnight treatment and this sounded ideal.
My review will now focus on my experience of using this product which from here on will be shortened and referred to as just 'facial oil' from now..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
As this is an Avon product it can be ordered in the following ways:
*By placing an order with a local Rep after perusing a brochure
*Browsing Ebay where there is normally a good choice of Avon products
This facial oil comes presented in a tall and slimline bottle which is upright standing. It has an oval appearance to it with the wider part being at the front and back and as the bottle tapers in at the neck there is a long plastic nozzle perched right at the top. The screw top is made from a clear plastic whilst both the bottle and the box this comes in is in an attractive shade of lavender, which given the fact this is predominantly a lavender based product it seems quite apt.
This facial oil comes in one size which is a 60 ml bottle and cost me a very reasonable £1.95, which I deemed a complete bargain given an oil will last longer than a cream so it has to be said I had high hopes for this..but is it any good?
*~*My experience of using this*~*
As I explained in the opening paragraphs I do tend to get dry patches of skin at times on my face from time to time. I have very awkward skin which borders on sensitive, dry and combination at times and I don't always know which cream is best on an evening as if I use a rich night cream the following morning my face can be too greasy just as if I use something less nourishing my face can end up feeling too taut. I decided though that for less than £2 this was certainly worth trying and thought if it didn't help my skin I could pass on to my mum so at least it wouldn't get wasted.
On unscrewing the lid I was instantly met with a pleasant but quite strong lavender aroma. Luckily I don't mind the scent of lavender but if you are not a fan then this really won't be suitable as it's quite a prominent fragrance. On slightly tipping the bottle the oil flows with ease..well too much ease to be honest as it is very runny being an oil and on my first attempt at applying it did spill but luckily into my sink.
The oil is clear and quite thin in consistency with the texture being obviously very greasy, and I did worry at this point that it would leave my skin feeling too 'slimy' which wasn't a very appealing thought. Once the oil was poured onto my fingertips I was instantly aware of a floral scent mingled in which I presumed to be the jasmine though as the lavender seems to be more dominant it is difficult to decipher exactly. Either way it is quite an agreeable and enticing scent in my opinion but then again I like the smell of lavender.
On applying to my face after cleansing on evening one:
The oil felt incredibly slippy on my fingertips but as soon as I started to apply to my face it seemed to melt in and within seconds was absorbed. I only used 2 tiny drops and this seemed enough to suffice with my skin feeling instantly soothed and hydrated and although at first it did feel there was a sticky residue left over after about 30 minutes this had disappeared completely leaving velvety soft skin - impressed! The fragrance of the oil seems even stronger when on my face but I think a lot of that is because I can smell it easier with it being in closer proximity to my nose.
The morning after my skin felt really soft and smooth with not a hint of dryness, nor any greasiness either, so I was really impressed and followed the routine of using this oil consecutively for the next week.
After around 8 days of using this each night I found my skin started to revert back to how it was with dry patches and a slight taut feeling and I have to say how disappointed I felt at the time.
I have since found that this oil works best for my skin in shorter doses, and if my face is feeling particularly dry I will apply it for no more than 2 to 3 nights in a row in which time it seems to fully nourish and hydrate my skin which is fine by me!
*~*Would I recommend this?*~*
I would say firstly if you don't like the smell of lavender then avoid completely, regardless of the fact you may also have dry skin, as the fragrance is not exactly potent but has a very strong aroma that does linger well into the next morning. I would highly recommend this though if you do have dry skin as it does leave a satin feel which after a while feels more matte than greasy so it does definitely work. I know I said my skin ended up feeling dry after just over a week but that may be just my own skin's natural self as if used just 2 or 3 times a week consecutively it gives a velvet like finish with no hint of dryness.
For the princely sum of just £1.95 I think this is a real bargain and given the fact I have been using this a lot since purchasing it I hardly seem to have used any of the oil. Though the bottle is an opaque effect it is possible to see the remainder of the contents when held up to natural light and there is well over 3/4 of this oil left. I have actually bought another bottle as for a while I didn't see it in the brochure so I think it is one of those 'occasional' products that pops up from time to time and I suggest if you see it to buy it there and then.
I have always been wary of Avon's facial products as I had a bad reaction many years ago with a face cream so I am very dubious when it comes to trying face creams etc now but I have nothing but praise for this and will continue to use in the future as long as it is available.