Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil



I've mentioned my admiration of Caroline Hirons before (see here), so I was all ears when she recommended the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil ($52 CAD). I enjoyed the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil when I tried out Katherine's bottle (read Katherine's thoughts here), but I wasn't able to find my own bottle. 

Hate to say it, but... I really dislike this oil.

Let me back up a bit. I like the purpose of this oil - to target dehydrated skin using 100% pure plant extracts. But I hate, hate, hate the smell. It smells very strongly of patchouli and the smell lingers for a long time. Strange thing is, nowhere on the internet/blogosphere could I find anyone bring up the smell at all. Shame on me for not testing it out in store first, right?

I'll keep using the oil - at least until I find a better alternative. It does feel nice on the skin but I haven't noticed immediate results to mitigate the smell. I'll be scouring the natural beauty section of Whole Foods very soon.

Just as an end note - I am a huge Clarins fan. And this oil might work great for you. (Just smell the tester first.)

Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed oil, Pogostemon Cablin (patchouli) oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orchid Extract, Linalool, LImonene, Coumarin, Eugenol.


Do you use a facial oil? Have you tried any from Clarins?