LAVINA Skincare is a new company to me and is based out of Toronto with their oils being ethically sourced from Morocco. The world of facial oils is still a relatively new one to me and as I have mentioned in previous skincare posts, it sounds somewhat foreign to hydrate your face with pure oil as opposed to a cream. In the current movement of wanting to keep things as “pure” and chemical-free as possible, facial oils are actually a great way to go because the list of scary ingredients is relatively short and you’re more than likely to recognize what you’re putting on your skin! Such is the case with LAVINA’s Barbary Fig Seed Oil ($29.99) which is one ingredient and it’s, you guessed it, 100% Pure Cold Pressed Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil!
Barbary Fig Seed Oil (B.F.S.O.) comes from Opuntia ficus-indica aka prickly pear which is a type of cactus and is 100% paraben-free and contains more Vitamin E than any other beauty oil on the market. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that fights against environmental stressors and free radicals. This also makes it a wonderful anti-aging agent. There is also a crazy amount of linoleic acid which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid ound in our cell membranes. Attention acne and rosacea sufferers! Linoleic acid is known for its anti-inflammatory properties when applied on the skin and is currently used in the beauty industry now for fighting acne. Also, feel free to rub it on sunburnt areas for relief!
With every purchase of B.F.S.O. comes a 10mL bottle of 100% pure organic Argan Hair Oil!
The facial serum comes in a roll-on which I have NEVER seen before for a facial oil. All of the facial oils I have used are dispensed with a glass dropper. There is slightly less mess with the rollerball, but I find that I’m still using my hands to blend the oil more evenly around my face anyway.
The Argan Hair Oil comes in dropper format as a roll-on obviously wouldn’t work…it’s quite a thick oil so you don’t need to go crazy with it. I’ve been using it just on the ends of my hair as I curl my ends a lot and like to give them a moisture boost once a week.
Scent: The first thing I noticed is the scent. B.F.S.O. is…different. It smells like food and reminded me a lot of trail mix. It isn’t bad and it’s not like you can smell it on your face or anything, but we are so used to having “fragrance” on the ingredients list that when something smells honest, it can be somewhat jarring! The Argan Hair Oil was almost scentless to me.
Final Verdict: It was actually not as oily as I thought it would be. Oddly enough, it did not leave a greasy finish on my skin and is meant to be massaged into the skin until absorbed which was 30 seconds at the most. It is recommended to be used only once a day just before bed which is when I prefer to use facial oils as I prefer not to have foundation slip-sliding around in the mornings!
At $3.00/ml B.F.S.O seems a little pricey right? Firstly, the extraction method is fairly labour intense as each batch is quite low yield. I should reiterate that as with other facial oils, a little goes a very long way and with B.F.S.O. it’s more about the benefits and what it can do for your skin in the long run. If you’re hesitant about buying the full size LAVINA is offering a free 2mL trial sample with any Argan Oil order which is enough for at least a week! I’ve barely made a dent in mine after 2 weeks and more importantly, I wake up with beautifully soft skin. I’m not a greaseball and I have not reacted at all while using B.F.S.O. No redness and no breakouts!
LAVINA offers free shipping within North America and just $4.99 anywhere else in the world!
PR samples sent for honest review.