Amazing, amazing! I'm not going to get tired to repeat how much in love I am with this product! I have been using it for one week now and it made a difference.. I use benzoyl peroxide for my acne skin which drys me out horrible around my chin and cheeks but makes my forehead and nose super oily! I do not know even know how it is possible.. Within one hour of washing my face my t some would become so oily that is embarrassing. This treatment helped to balance out the oil. It still gets oily but not to that extend!.. It also helps me with the dryness around my mouth.. My skin is still no perfect but there is defiantly a progress!
Like everyone else with oily, acne-prone skin, I was skeptical about using an oil on my face. But after reading reviews, I decide to give it a try.
I came across this when my skin was going through a really bad time. It was breaking out terribly, super red and inflamed. It was physically and emotionally painful. I was desperate. I was using Murad and Kate Somerville products and believe I was treating my skin with too many active ingredients. More isn't always best when trying to treat acne.
So I quit using the harsh products and decided to give Clarins a try. I went to my local Clarins counter and picked up the Tamarind cleanser, Chamomile and Iris Toniques (I love both!), and the Lotus Oil.
The Lotus Oil is amazing. I now use it morning and night instead of a moisturizer. This does not leave me greasy or oily. It really seems to hydrate and moisturize my dehydrated patches along my cheeks and jaw while balancing the oiliness of my forehead and chin. I use about 5 drops and press them into my skin, starting at my problem areas first. My skin doesn't flake nearly as much and because it is 100% plant oils, I can use this two or three times a day and not worry about reactions.
I really love to mist my face with the Chamomile Tonique (I moved it to a bottle with a spray cap) and while my skin is still damp, I press the oil into my dampened skin. So luxurious!
The smell is very herbal which might bother some, but I find particularly comforting and refreshing. Very spa-like.
I love the glass dropper bottle that the Lotus Oil comes in. It is so chic-looking on my bathroom skin next to my other Clarins products. I definitely will not ever be without this product.
For a real treat, add a couple of drops of this oil to your daily body lotion! It's too expensive to do this every day but is great before a date or special event.
HG alert! Adore this oil. I have combo dehydrated skin with a history of horrendous hormonal acne. I overhauled my skincare the last four or five months and this has been one of my staples. Beautiful and heavenly- two drops applied after serum and before moisturiser and my skin is balanced, pores reduced and for the first time in my life I glow rather than shine. This doesn't break me out at all and is lovely to use. I also have the Blue Orchid oil as I do get very dehydrated and I like to switch depending on my skin. This sits just fine even if used in the day and doesn't 'upset' my make up which some oils can do. Lovely product, worth every penny!
Here's the situation: I'm a fair-skinned, oily-prone American on a student budget living in China, who bought this after I previously used Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate dry. And I do mean, I had scraped the insides of that bottle with a Q-tip to get every last essence.
All the above factors considered, I am very satisfied with results so far (just after one night). Results may not seem immediate for reviewers with more severe acne or oilier skin. As for me, I'm from humid "blast-your-AC-at-70-then-step-outside-and-fog-your-glasses" Florida so I never thought to delve into the practice of night creams and facial oils until living in Northern China for the past 2 years, and experiencing real winters in full-swing.
On texture: I'm very pleased with the consistency, it feels thicker compared to Kiehl's Concentrate, but I don't mind it since the air is drier now, and even if I was back in FL I'd only use it at night and wash it off in the morning anyway. Despite the thicker consistency, it absorbs quickly into my skin, which I think works well if you prefer to layer another moisturizer for dryer patches (which I have around my chin).
On smell: I was obsessed with the smell of Kiehl's oil, which has a woodsy, lavender scent. The Lotus Oil on the other hand has a very energetic citrusy smell, and if you're sensitive to fragrances it might even come off like a mosquito-repellant citronella candle. I do enjoy it, but it might come off differently to others.
On usage: The dropper-style system is easy to use and control, and the suctioning is stronger with the rubber top than the button-style dropper on Kiehls' bottle. The fact that the bottle is glass just makes the whole experience more luxuriant and elegant, and makes me feel like an apothecary employing the secrets of some magical beauty potion.
One price: In every other spending aspect of life I'm a bit frugal, but the one place I tend to really invest a bit more cash on is skin care. Not makeup--other than some eyeliner and tinted moisturizer everyday. In high school I wouldn't have looked twice at this product if I saw the price tag, but I feel at this point compared to some of the sketchy locally produced skincare products I've seen in some stores in China, it's worth it here to go for a European brand name like Clarins. I paid 420RMB for the 30mL at a Sephora here, which converts to about 68USD. I see on the American site it's going for 50USD, which is already pricey to me. However, it's worth every penny (including the ones added from import) considering that when using products like nighttime concentrates and oils you only need two drops once a day. I'd see on average getting 6 months out of this bottle.
On effects: (Immediate) I didn't wake up with any whiteheads so nothing negative, but nothing glorious either except I do notice my pores a little finer. I wash my face with a gentle scrub like Neutrogena's but I squeeze it onto an exfoliating pad, the kind that come cheap for a bag of 8 at Wal-mart. It's similar to the texture of the green side of a sponge but softer. That way, the skin is prepped and ready to absorb the facial oil better. I'd give it 2 weeks before I come back and make any deduction on long-term effects.
Verdict: Highly recommend for oily skin. If you're in a drier climate, perhaps consider the Blue Orchid oil, or layering your favorite moisturizer on top. For any fellow expats in Chinese-speaking areas who frequent MakeupAlley the product is called 娇韵诗"莲花面部护理油", should be able to be purchased on-site at Sephora 丝芙兰.
I've been using the Lotus treatment oil for 3-4 weeks now and I can definitely say I've noticed a difference. Around week 2 I noticed that my face was becoming more balanced in terms of oil production. By midday I had very little shine and didn't need to blot or powder my t-zone! My pores have shrunken just a smidge so that is also a plus. Basically, I think I'm on my way to having a "normal" skin type for the first time ever.
I have combination skin (dehydrated type) with an extremely oily t-zone. My skin is dehydrated so it will simultaneously be oily & dry/flakey at the same time. I've been using the Lotus treatment oil every single night for the past 3-4 weeks. I even use it in the morning some times. I think the trick is how you add the Lotus oil into your routine. I've been mixing it in with my Hada Labo HA lotion and that seems to work well. Either way your face needs to be moist for the lotus oil to sink in better. I've tried using the Lotus oil on top of a moisturizer and that seemed to be too much for me as I would wake up greasy.
Don't be put off by the price as one bottle should last an extremely long time. You need about 2-3 drops for your entire face. The oil comes in a hygienic dropper bottle and it is lightly fragranced. I rather enjoy the scent and it does not linger long.
I was deeply sceptical about the idea of treating my oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin with yet more oil, but having tried a million and one other things without success, I decided to give this one a go.
The sales assistant suggested that I should use it at night only, and simply pat or massage two or three drops into my skin after cleansing and serum (I use a silicon-free serum; if you were using a silicon one I would suggest using the oil before the serum, not after). She recommended that I use it on its own for three weeks, without following up with moisturiser, and then suggested that after that I either apply a light moisturiser on top, or even add a drop or two of the oil to the moisturiser before applying.
For the first seven - ten days, I awoke with very, very oily (although fortunately not more spotty) skin, so much so that I almost gave up. But then, after that, my skin suddenly seemed to balance out beautifully. My acne hasn't disappeared, but after six weeks or so it's certainly improved and my skin overall looks brighter, fresher, younger and far, far less greasy - a great result.
The oil comes in a nice little glass bottle with a pipette for easy dispensing. It smells fresh and herbal, a bit like Earl Grey tea. It's expensive, yes - but you really only need a tiny amount for each application, no more than three little drops at most. I've been using my bottle for six weeks and I've barely made an impact on it - I'm pretty sure it will last me for well over six months, probably a whole year. I follow it up with a very light, oil-free moisturiser every night. This is approach is definitely better for my skin - especially as I'm in my late 30s - than harsh products that strip away oil and leave my skin angry and sore. A fantastic product. I'm a convert!
i tried this oil after reading reviews here. im on my 2nd bottle but honestly i dun actually know what it does to my face. i noticed it did improve my oily combi skin. i can now go out and not worry about my t zone. also,im probably using this out of habit - it didnt break me out and it feels gd wen i apply it at night. my face feels expensive lol! my makeup sits better in d day, im just using sunblock and bb cream.
Alright, I bought this on accident.. I love the Double Serum and I purchased that but bought the Lotus Oil because I thought it went with the serum. WRONG.. The Lotus Oil is for Combo/Oily Skin.. Well, tell that to my dried up 43 yr old skin. I have been using it for a month every night in my routine after the Clarin's Double Serum and I sure the heck wouldn't know it's for Oily/Combo Skin... Mistakenly I bought it thinking it was for dry skin. WOW.. It has done wonders for mine.. Kind of confusing because I picked the wrong oil for my skin?????? Totally confused now.. Man, it's fabulous though!!!!!
Hold the press- this little wonder is AMAZING (note capitals to stress this)! It was recommended by a friend of mine who was also won over by it. At first I was a little dubious, adding an oil to combination skill is a sure fire recipe for disaster and blackheads...but no, it absorbs easily into skin without leaving an oil slick film. The next day my skin looks glowing, radiant and feels silky soft. I have also noticed my skin is less shiny since using this, and I haven't had a single breakout.
I know, I know, it's a bit pricey. But seriously the bottle lasts ages. I love the lab style pipette where you can control how much product you apply. Two little drops a night 'pressed' (rather than rubbed) into the skin is all it takes. The glass bottle looks wonderfully chic in my bathroom, so overall I feel the cost is justified.
Every one with oily and itchy skin should own one! This treatment oil is amazing. I use this atleast 3 times a week and has really helped my acne prone skin and calms my often itchy face. It absorbs rapidly in the skin if you massage it well. I also tend to use it when im steaming my face before a purifying mask. It has really improved my skin tone and texture. I always wake up with smooth and supple skin the following morning. You only need a tiny amount i usually go for 2 drops and its more than enough to cover the face and neck area. Even though its pricey this bottle will definitely last a while. Im absolutely keeping this in my beauty routine.