We Threw Out Our Moisturizer After Trying This Organic Face Oil
Don’t you want your skin to be crazy glowy?
Given the recent trend of less is more in beauty, we’ve been on the hunt for products that pack a serious punch when it comes to nourishing and soothing our skin. So when former creative director turned skin-care guru Melissa Medvedich presented us with her debut product line, Supernal, and explained that it consisted of a single facial oil, we were more than a little intrigued.
“I had been transitioning to a cleaner beauty routine, so I knew I wanted my product to be green and botanically based,” she explained of her Cosmic Glow Oil, which contains a blend of (hang in there) camellia, squalane, baobab, amla, marula, cranberry, sacha inchi, blue tansy, frankincense, and chamomile oil. The self-described skin-care obsessive enrolled at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies to further her education in natural beauty and fragrance and received her certification as an aromatherapist. “I feel like the right scent can be extremely therapeutic during a self-care ritual, so I would definitely say my formulation methodology is through the lens of an aromatherapist.”
The oil is fortified with vitamin E, vitamin C—a hero ingredient for brightening and eliminating dark spots—as well as omegas 3, 6, and 9. As Medvedich explains, “Oils high in omega 6 linoleic acid absorb deeply and help maintain and strengthen the skin barrier, while omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps fight inflammation. Omega 9 oleic acid helps the skin stay soft and flexible.”
Scentwise, the oil is earthy and fragrant, with definite notes of frankincense off the top. It’s not so overwhelming as other oils on the market, but we did find that breathing deeply into our palms (which Medvedich recommends) before sweeping it onto the skin was akin to an impromptu aromatherapy session. Four to five drops is plenty to coat your entire face and neck, and the fatty nature of the formula makes the application feel positively luxurious. Plus, the sage-green color and sturdy glass bottle will look stunning on any bathroom shelf.
Overall, we’d classify this as one of the more active oils available, meaning if you have especially reactive or sensitive skin, it might be a bit much for you. But if you’re looking for deeply hydrated and glowing skin without slathering on a laundry list of products—while still keeping your beauty routine all-natural and organic—Supernal might just be your new skin-care secret weapon. We know it’s ours.
Photos: Courtesy of Supernal
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