The last three weeks have had extreme cold winter temps and record breakers here in Toronto. I have been miserable and in need of even more moisture but was concerned about my clear complexion breaking out.
I have been using Rosehip Seed oil for about a month with success but was nervous about using MORE oil to MORE of my face as a barrier against the harsh winter weather.
I'm lucky to get samples of oils from a health food store of oils so I started reading/researching and seeing what was out there that could potentially work for me.
Enter Grapeseed oil.
This is a lightweight oil, with very little smell and great absorption.
I have used this for about 5 days in some of the most grueling weather conditions I have ever experienced and it has held up VERY well. My skin has not broken out - thank goodness! There is a tiny amount of flaking on both sides of my chin but I think I missed those spots when I applied in the morn because I don't suffer from dry skin ever.
Once I get out of the shower, I put a tiny squirt into my palm and then pat all over my DAMP face. My face just glows within a few minutes and looks plumped and refreshed. It's a really beautiful effect! Have not bothered with foundation or makeup. I just love the natural dewy look.
As a side note, I also put it on my neck to moisturize. My hair is past my shoulders and when I blow dry it, strands blow against my neck and get moisturized. As a result, my hair has been EXTRA soft! What a great bonus.
For those wondering about the amount dispensed... very easy fix.
Don't remove the tin liner under the cap. Just puncture a SMALL hole in the center with a knife point or scissor point. Then it comes out in smaller, controlled amounts. The other alternate fix would to be put into a pump bottle or a spray bottle.
Aura Cacia is an excellent brand.
I know NOW brand gets a lot of good reviews and am confused as I highly doubt the integrity for their brand... I read something about NOW and Hexane use. Anyways, I would rather pay a little more for Aura Cacia as I trust them.
This bottle will last me a good long time.
You just need the tiniest amount.
Would like to put in a spray bottle and apply to my arms and legs out of the shower to damp skin.
i picked up this oil after i ran out of my beloved rosehip oil. rosehip oil converted me and made me firm believer in using facial oils over chemically laden moisturizers. however within the first two days of using this as i would normally, my skin began to feel tight, dry, and super oily! totally opposite effects rosehip had on my skin!!! then came the acne....omg....i had major clogged pores whiteheads and then some evil cystic ones. i was in utter disbelief. even fell into a slight depression over the agony my skin was in. so i quit grapeseed and went back to my old routine with rosehip. unfortunately that never gave me the same results as it initially had. nothing was helping with the major breakout i had incurred. ever since then I havent been able to get my skin to return to the clear, soft, supple, glowy look it had prior to grapeseed. this oil ruined my skin and i now stay away from oils period.
A great carrier oil or massage oil - suitable for blending with other oils and essential oils. the only problem? I can get great quality grapeseed oil cheaper at local organic food stores. Meanwhile, the packaging is nice and there is nothing wrong with this - just a bit pricey.
I am reviewing this oil as a moisturizer. This is a great moisturizer, my t-zone tends to get a bit oily towards the end of the workday, I tried this oil on Monday and no oily face. Bad me didn't wash my face before going to bed and when I woke up the next morning, still no oily face, which I get those times I use regular moisturizer and forget to wash my face before bed. This oil goes on smooth, I pat it on my face instead of rubbing it in, the only thing is the bottle, if you squeeze it you may get more than you want on your fingers, I'm looking for a dropper bottle to put mine into.
i'm reviewing it as the body oil.
easy to spread, easy to absorb, easy to massage in, very good oil, no smell, amazing really, if you want it thicker, just add avocado oil with it, or essential oil if you want it to smell. loving it. just bought their large bottle size.
i am sure you could use it as facial oil as well or cleanser as it is so good and light. but i have not tried.
I use this oil after waxing to get rid of wax stuck to my skin. It makes it very easy to rub the wax residue off. I do have to wash the oil off afterwards. The oil feels thick and sticky.
I have been alternating Grape Seed and Almond oils as my overall skin and hair moisturizers for several years now. Inexpensive and effective.
LOVE this. Jojoba was my initiation in the world of oils, but, after reading how this was a decent alternative for oily/acne prone skin, I bought a bottle and am fully converted.
It's thinner than jojoba, but still fully blendable, and does not shine through makeup. Has not caused any breakouts in the few weeks since I switched.
I concur on the packaging being annoying, so I transferred into a little plastic cosmetic bottle from the Container Store that lets you squeeze out one drop at a time.
I have combination oily skin that is also sensitive and prone to breakouts if I use the wrong oil or products.
My favorite oils are sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil and this has joined my favorites list.
It's very light weight, it moisturizes well and doesn't cause me to break out. During the day, I use this underneath my Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream but at night I use my prescribed topical acne treatment.
This doesn't break me out, it doesn't clog my pores, it doesn't make me oily/greasy(which I am prone to) and it doesn't irritate my skin. It leaves my skin soft, also.
I personally bought this from Whole Foods for $3.99 (it was on Sale) but i'm not too familiar with grapeseed oil so I don't know if that's a reasonable price or not.
This will definitely continue to be a staple unless there is some dramatic change in the condition of my skin.
I've also heard it has great anti-aging properties, which I read on a Asian skin care blog(that's why I wear it underneath Cetaphil).
I still continue to use this product, although not as frequently as before. I DO avoid using it on nights where I will get a couple of hours of sleep because this does have a slight mattifying effect. Mattifying+lack of sleep=bigger looking pores and dullness. But as I mentioned, that's only when I'm going to be lacking in sleep.
I do like to use this before that time of the month to help control oiliness and prevent breakouts. I have sensitive skin and this does not cause me to break out or get blackheads. Nor does it cause an increase in oil production.
When applied to the skin it absorbs instantly, which is why I love it.
I DO recommend this if you have oily or combination skin. Just using it once or twice a week is all it takes to notice a difference.
If you have dry skin, I would probably say you should stay away from it. It might make any dryness worse or make flaky skin more obvious.
I know it's listed under cleansers and most of the reviewers are talking about using the oil on their faces (I can't do this as it clogs up my pores...but honestly, what doesn't? -_-;) but I use this grapeseed oil on my hair. I do have to admit that I've added several essential oils to it, but the carrier oil is the most important part. I LOVE this oil.
I had previously tried coconut oil but it didn't absorb well and left my hair feeling stiff when it was warm enough that it should've been liquified, and left my hair practically frozen solid when it was below that temperature (I can't remember the exact temperature but it's somewhere in the high 70's).
The grapeseed oil absorbs completely by the time my hair is dry, but still manages to seal in moisture. It doesn't look greasy at all and definitely saves my ends in the dry climate of LA. I found the smell to be very neutral and not strong like other "hair oils" tend to be (olive, coconut, etc.).
I am not fond of the packaging of this product, and wish it came in an easily controlled pump dispenser, or some other way. If I squeeze the bottle, way too much shoots out of the controlled flow top thing (I don't know what you really call it...it's a rubber or plastic with an x in the middle, that only dispenses the product if you squeeze the bottle, preventing spillage). I have to unscrew the lid every time and then tip the product into the palm of my hand. This usually results in some flowing down the side of the bottle no matter how hard I try to prevent it. Just laying my palm flat over the top of the bottle, flipping them upside down (maintaining a seal the whole time), and then upright again, to get a little bit of the product on my palm worked when I had short hair and didn't need much. Now my hair is much longer and I need quite a bit of this product, but not as much as comes out of the squeeze top thing. Obviously this isn't a dealbreaker, but it is pretty annoying to have to clean up all the time. I suppose in a few months I can just squeeze the bottle and this portion of my review will be moot. =]