Moisturizing facial oils have been quite the rage for a while. I was intrigued by the idea of using something that I’ve been told to avoid on my face to treat the problems that I thought was caused by it – oil. This sounded like a case of fighting fire with fire and I was dying to try it.
As luck would have it, I received a sample of Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil from Sephora with one of my purchases (Foreo LUNA mini – more on that in a separate post).
Let’s cut to the chase: I didn’t care for it. My first impression was marred by the overwhelming scent that reminded me of that dude in college who wore hemp clothing and talked about libertarianism while toking up on his bed, with a guitar on his lap and Grateful Dead poster next to him. You know, THAT guy.
Perhaps I made the mistake in trying to use all of the oil that came in the sample pack. Perhaps I didn’t follow the direction, though that’s pushing it because I’m pretty sure the entirety of direction consisted of “massage oil on face”. In any case, I was overwhelmed with the sensation of my face being covered in oil and even after 20-30 minutes, not much seemed to get absorbed. I’ve read other reviewers who referred to the feel of this product on the skin as being velvety. Sure, I can see that… if we’re talking about a piece of velvet that’s been soak in motor oil and sprayed with patchouli perfume.
My second facial oil experience was with ElishaCoy Honey Murumuru Moisture Oil. I loved it immediately, even before I tried it. It’s just fun to say: murumuru. I don’t know if that means anything in any other language. But for a whole day, I walked around the office mumbling “murumuru” and shrugging my shoulders at anyone who tried to engage me in conversation at work. It was fun for me. And people left me alone. I think they call that a win-win.
ElishaCoy Murumuru Oil (say it with me now, moo-roo-moo-roo… isn’t that fun???) has a light lavendar scent that was very pleasant not only as I was applying it but also as a light scent that lingered afterwards. I could also imagine wearing a dab of this oil as a perfume if it were a bit more concentrated.
The texture felt lighter than Fresh, which meant I didn’t mind leaving it on my face. And after it was properly absorbed into my skin – which Fresh Oil never did for me – it did make my skin feel velvety. Again, slightly oily but it was not completely unpleasant. I suppose it makes sense for facial moisturizing oil to feel oily… I feel silly for expecting otherwise.
So there you have it. As much as I love Fresh products, this one was a no-go for me. At a price point that is less than half of the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil, ElishaCoy Murumuru oil is a bargain. I actually don’t use the murumuru oil on my face as much as I used to since finding other ampoules and serums that work better for me (read about how I DO use murumuru oil here). But I still panic and rush to replace it when I start running low. Plus, it’s really fun to say. Murumuru forever!