Aura Cacia • Sweet Almond Natural Skin Care Oil • Skincare - Body
|Would buy this product again.||90%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I like this a lot. I used plain sweet almond oil without added vitamin E for some time. I could not find it locally when I was out so I got this. Its not the same at all so if your skin isn't truly all that dry or you've never tried sweet almond oil alone first, this may be too rich for you.
The viscosity of this is much thicker which is the most obvious difference. SAO on its own is a rather thin oil. Thicker than jojoba, thinner than EVOO but vit E changes the composition of the oil too. I felt like SAO isn't enough on its own for my very, very dry skin, I used it under other products. This is thick enough, moisturizing enough on its own.
But I like the plain version for removing makeup more because when this gets in my very dry eyes I find it quite irritating.
That said I like this a lot. I use this as a buffer under my AHA cream. I use this daily in some capacity and will repurchase when I use it up as it causes me no irritation and adds moisture.
I would love the bottle, you squeeze it but would prefer if I could control the amt. Each squeeze let's out the same amt each time, about a tsp, which can be wasteful for some. I make sure to apply the excess to my neck, hands and hair, so as not to waste any. I plan to get a smaller squeeze bottle to decant this into for more control. Its hygenic but again, let's out a bit much for my needs.
For very dry skin this SAO with vit E is very good stuff. Its a hybrid not a watered down SAO as stated on the label. I'm not sure why anyone would say this isn't high quality because its not pure SAO. Its clearly labeled as to what it is and we have to be carfeul consumers. The good news is for those who like SAO but at times due to very dry skin, want/need something heftier, this is a great option.
One last thing, many oils can be used under makeup (no spf here so save for night). After applying let sink in a bit then rinse your face well. Enough will be retained to wear under base makeup but not be an oily mess. However even with the added vit E there isn't a greasy feel, it absorbs quite well at least on my dry skin.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is one of my HG products, as when I apply it after getting out of the shower, it really absorbs and I don't have dry skin, especially in the winter. I'm actually on my second bottle of this, and plan to repurchase again.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Totally agree with previous reviewer.
I got this as a freebie with an Aura Cacia purchase and I have been blown away.
The same week I bought 8 oz of Kiehl's "Superbly Restorative Argan Oil" @ 42 bucks and it wasn't even half of what this product is.
It's a little heavy to put on, but I love that there is no fragrance (no almond fragrance, it's just the name of the oil), but if you want to add and essential oil for fragrance you can.
Very restorative. My skin is like a baby's back side .... great for the neck, chest, all over the body (must try on lashes, great idea).
Price point .... ridiculously affordable.
Definite repurchase, and will be trying more in the Aura Cacia line.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
*Snicker* Drugstore eye makeup removers... "Snicker*
Hmm? What? Oh, don't mind me. I was just giggling over the idea of spending my hard earned money on cosmetic eye makeup removers instead of using this little beauty. I adore this sweet almond oil! Not only does it makes the most fantastic, gentle, safe eye makeup remover, but it's cheap to boot! I spent about $5.99 on mine at Whole Foods, which is alot better than spending ten dollars on the Neutrogena eye makeup remover I used to use before Aura Cacia. I just get a little on a cotton ball, swipe a few times, and voila! Makeup's gone! It is a tad bit oily, so I just wet the other side of the cotton ball and wipe my eyes a bit to remove excess oil.
Oh, and can you believe that since I started using this sweet almond oil, my lashes have grown longer and thicker? It might be due to the Vitamin E that Aura Cacia puts in their oils, but I can assume that it's due to almond oil's conditioning benefits as well. Hey, eyelashes and eyebrows are hair too, why not condition them to keep them healthy?
I also use this particular oil as a conditioning treatment pre-poo on clarifying days. I rub some oil (sometimes I put a little bit in a bowl and heat it up int he microwave) through my dry hair, sleep on it, wake up in the morning, shampoo and condition, and bam! Softer, shinier hair.
I love this little miracle. It's available, affordable, lasts a while, and is overall one of the best decisions I've ever made for my beauty routine.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I just bought a new bottle of this after I don't know how long - maybe more than a year!! and I wonder how I lived without it all this time. I used to never NOT have it, then for a while I was using some of that Burts Bees Apricot Baby Oil - it was being discontinued at a local store and the price was so low I bought 4 or 5 bottles, storing them in the fridge so they wouldn't get rancid...but the BB apricot oil is just too heavy compared to this sweet almond oil.
Best oil there is. Light, not heavy or sticky or cloying at all. Sinks right in. Great for everything, from removing makeup to oil cleansing to moisturizing to shaving to hair conditioning - my ex had thick curly dark hair, and after showering would run it thru his hair as a leave in, his hair looked so shiny and felt so soft that I didn't mind him wasting stuff.
I especially love putting this on wet skin right after showering. Some oils are too heavy, and I feel like my skin is suffocating if I use as an all over moisturizer...but not with this. It absorbs quickly and just leaves you feeling soft and smooth.
I also experimented with adding essential oils, such as lavender, and trying to use as a perfume oil. I believe the essential oil I used for this, lavender, was not a good enough quality and the scent didn't last...but with a better essential oil, the almond oil would probably be great as a carrier oil. Buy at Whole Foods or most health stores. Worth every penny!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I usually put a little of this on damp skin and then apply my normal moisturizer. I've noticed that it makes me look more awake, reduces the appearance of my under-eye circles and little lines, evens out my skin tone, softens my skin, and conditions my lashes. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but I feel like when I put this on my lips it plumps them up a little bit. I also use it on my hands and cuticles, and it makes an instant difference. Recently I got a rash from using too much Jojoba oil (stupid mistake), and every lotion I tried to put on the rash burned like crazy. This oil soothed and healed.
That being said, the package is really weird. No matter how gently I try to squeeze out a little bit, but the bottle wants to dispense the exact same quarter-sized amount every single time. It might be kind of cool if it weren't so annoying.
In any case, I highly recommend!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
i love this oil! i put it on my face at night before i go to bed (just a drop or two, &i'm not acne prone so i dont know how well it works for acne prone skin) and i wake up in the morning to glowing, fresh skin. i love love love the way my skin looks with this oil. the only thing i cant stand is the packaging. you squeeze it a tiny bit and a giant flood comes pouring out the stupid squeeze top. oh well, small price to pay. i'm gonna try this on my hair and see how it works out. did i mention i love this stuff?
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Sweet almond oil is fantastic for frizzy hair. Mine is long and fine and thick, but I have a lot of flyaways. I've tried a variety of silicone products but I HATE how STICKY they are - they don't seem to make my hair any shinier and I can't get the crap off my hands! Yuk. I read about this oil on a long hair site and it really does make my hair shiny and soft without making it oily or limp. Of course I only use a tiny bit. I actually mix it into some Carley's coconut moisturizer, then rub it onto my hands as a moisturizer and then run my hands over the top of my hair and on the dry parts, with excellent effects. I'll never go back to unnatural products - they don't do nearly as well. On the downside: I hate the bottle; I can't figure the stupid thing out. I have to press until a bunch runs out - I never can get a drop. I'm not sure I like the smell, even though I love almonds, but when it's mixed in the coconut moisturizer I can't smell it. And last, I read that it's comedogenic, so I don't use it on my face. On the other hand, I've read so many conflicting things about the comedogenicity of oils that it's about impossible to know what's true. But I've had great luck with avocado oil on my face so I'm just sticking with that.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is an affordable, natural alternative to hair serums for course, wavy, frizzy, thick, crazy hair like mine. I can't believe I was spending upwards of $20 bucks on tiny bottles of hair serum that were nothing but silicones laced with alcohol. Some reviewers complain that this version is diluted with vitamin e, but I have better results with this than the slightly more expensive pure sweet almond oil which I find to be too thick and greasy. After washing my hair, I gently squeeze out excess water, then towel dry. While it's still damp, I separate my hair into two sections and apply a dime-sized amount to each section, then comb through with a wide toothed comb. I braid it loosely so I don't end up with poufy frizz and let it dry naturally. I get a ton of compliments on my hair especially from my hair dresser who asks me for hair advice when it should be the other way around. I can definitely see myself using this stuff forever. With the hair serums I kept searching for something better.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
After reading some reviews here, I decided to use this oil in place of several products in my overscented, overcomplicated, overpriced beauty routine. My review will be updated as I try new applications/iron out the kinks. Despite misgivings and an active breakout, I used this as both moisturizer and eye cream. It absorbed easily, leaving no more residue than my regular products (Hope in a Jar and CdlM respectively). 13 hours later, I swear my skin actually looks better than it did before I put it on, and even my blackheads seem less noticeable. It doesn't cause concealer or eye makeup to wear off/slide around despite being an oil. I also applied this to my eyebrow area after plucking and didn't get any of the usual flakiness or redness. I made my own scrub out of granulated white sugar, tea tree oil, and this product - I don't need to use lotion after despite shaving AND exfoliating, and my skin stays buttery soft and glowy for hours. I use this for moisturizing my nipples, which tend to get horribly itchy, something no conventional body moisturizer seems to help for more than a few hours. It works perfectly for that - no itchiness since I've been using it. It makes a pretty good preshampoo deep conditioning treatment, although it's harder to apply evenly than a cream-type conditioner. I haven't liked it for all-over after-shower body use - it doesn't seem to absorb, and is hard to apply, as more of it gets between my fingers than on my body, but for face and hair it's great! I have this with the flip top cap packaging - my problem isn't so much with too much coming out, as that can be avoided with care, but with a little oil leaking out of the bottom of the cap when I put the bottle upright again. I've decanted this into a mister bottle and use that where possible. I'm surprised this has no noticeable scent at all - now I'm suspicious of all the "sweet almond oil" products, such as Kama Sutra's Sweet Almond massage oil, which I've tried before.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I have this in the squeeze bottle and it works great. I can use as much as I want and there is no mess. I love this oil. It leaves my skin very soft and supple, without the greasy feel that most creams and oils leave behind. I do notice a faint fragrance to this oil, but it is very light indeed. I love that it is all natural and that is has a bit of Vitamin E added. I use this along with Jojoba oil for all of my moisturizing needs. I swap off from one night to the next using one or the other. I feel my skin appreciates a bit of both oils from time to time. Sometimes I will apply a little bit of moisture cream after the oil sinks in. I only apply extra moisture cream occasionally however, or if my skin seems to really need an extra bit. This oil has become a staple in my personal use.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Dark Hair: Black, Relaxed Eyes: Brown
first, the dispenser truly is horrible and doesn't provide much control. as for the product itself, i really liked it. i have very dry skin and i used it at night after i washed my face. i let it sit for a bit and then i put my moisturizer over it. i wake up with glowing skin:) good deal!
i wouldn't recommend using this during the day and layering it with a moisturizer unless you have a lot of time. it's kinda shiny for a bit and then it absorbs. i didn't have any problems with break-outs or clogged pores. in fact, my skin has never looked better. i struggle with chronic dryness every winter and this is the first time that i haven't.
unfortunately, i lost the product while traveling and haven't repurchased yet but i will.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Bought from Whole Foods. Was looking for the avocado one but they were all out so I bought this. it's not super moisturizing but enough so that i would repurchase. it smells like...nothing at all but yet something! not sweet thats for sure, but a "warm" body type of smell? i cant even explain it. almost like cooked rice? lol! it would be great to add a scent to it since it wont compete. purchased twice already. good stuff :) easy to apply and has a squirt cap.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is a low end almond oil product.It also has vitamin E oil mixed in with it. There are much better pure almond oil products out there. My skin became much drier using this and it caused my eczema to flare. It also clogged my pores-i have very fine skin and normally never have a problem with clogged pores. I would not recommend this, it is harsh and drying. If you want almond oil then buy pure sweet almond oil and dont waste your money on this product. I threw it out after using it for about 1 week
When i switched to 100% pure sweet almond oil my skin improved incredibly. What a difference.
If you dont have sensitive skin then maybe this product would work-for me it did not.
Ingredients:PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Fine Eyes: Brown
My skin has randomly started breaking out and becoming more sensitive, especially around my eyes, so I started looking for a new skin care regimen. After taking minocycline for a while (my skin looked AMAZING with this), I decided to find an alternative since antibiotics aren't really good for long term use. I started using Joeseof's 10% sulfur soap and nature's cure which helped a lot with my acne, but really dried out my skin. Enter sweet almond oil!! This product is amazing. I love it as a gentle makeup remover (it even takes off waterproof mascara) and a moisturizer. I mix a little bit of it with my moisturizer at night and it keeps my skin hydrated and pimple free. If my skin is especially dry, I put a few drops and warm it between my palms before patting it onto my face. I only use it at night since it can be a little bit oily for daytime use, but when I wake up my skin is always so supple and hydrated that I only need a light spf moisurizer!! oh, and the bottle is really cool....
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
Note: This review is for Aura Cacia Organic Sweet Almond Oil.
In the continuing quest for a moisturizer that doesn't irritate my sensitive, rosacea-prone skin (a quest that's beginning to feel like the impossible dream), I gave this a shot based on other MUA reviews. What I found:
(1) No scent (I was expecting an almond scent)
(2) Tried it as a moisturizer: didn't seem moisturizing on my face nor my hands or arms. It sunk in, disappeared, and my skin felt just as dry as when I started
(3) Tried it as a make-up remover--didn't remove makeup (fortunately, jojoba oil works for me in that regard)
(4) Really upsetting: it caused breakouts where I've never had breakouts--under my eyes, etc.
A complete failure for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love the no drip bottle, you have to squeeze for the oil to come out . Sometimes i get too much product, but its better than having the oil run along the sides of the bottle! I just use the extra on my hair, nails..whatever
I like this more than jojoba oil and evoo, I use this in conjunction with my evoo + castor mix and use it to moisturize..only 2-3 drops warmed and I pat it on my cheeks. It makes my acne marks less red and my skin soft and supple! HG!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I think this is far superior to coconut oil, and less of a hassle. First, this particular brand comes in a squirt bottle, so no messing with warming the chunks of oil until it's liquid, etc. I think I paid about $10 but a 16 oz bottle, which is pretty good, IMO. I use this several ways: First, I remove makeup with it (I do follow-up with a cleanser), and it doesn't sting my eyes at all. Second, I mix a few drops into my body lotion, morning and night. It makes my skin amazing without greasiness. I also use it in my hair, both as a pre-shampoo treatment and as a leave-in (with the tiniest amount). Fabulous!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I have been spoiled by L'Occitane's Supple Skin Oil, which has amazing texture and scent. The cost of it made me search for a better alternative, though. And so Aura Cacia came prancing along. It is far more reasonable in terms of price, but oilier than L'Occitane and doesn't smell as good. I guess you get what you give. Both products provide the same level of hydration. Another plus is this is au naturel. If you're looking for a reasonable everyday body oil, this is the one to go for. But if you can afford the splurge, well...:)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is 1/3 the price of their Jojoba oil, & frankly I don't feel any difference, but since I have both, I reserve the jojoba for face and as for this sweet almond oil, I dumped half a bottle of the Aura Cacia blend of essential oil called Lovesong (or sweetsong, I dont remember) and whatever I have left in the Sandlewood essential oil, I used this after shower, the dry skin felt so satisfied & comfortable, it may take a few more minutes for absorption before I can put on my clothes but its worth it. Otherwise I will mix some of this with my regular body lotion & it works equally well.