In the throes of the flaky, peeling, sensitizing period of tretinoin use, I added Andalou Naturals’ 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil ($19.95 for 1 fl. oz., available at Whole Foods) to my arsenal of flake-fighting hydrators.
Targeted for dry, delicate, and sensitive skin, the oil is actually a compound of multiple oils–sunflower, jojoba, rosehip, pomegranate, cranberry, argan, and sea buckthorn–and actual rose oil appears at the bottom of the ingredients list. The marketing also touts alpine rose stem cells, but I don’t know how much weight that carries, scientifically speaking. (Full ingredients are below.)
Packaged in a pink glass dropper bottle, the oil smells lightly and luxuriously of roses, and its texture is thin and runny. You know how some oils feel so heavy that you can practically feel the zits forming? Yeah, this isn’t that. For reference, this has the thinnest texture of any oil I’ve tried, and I’ve tried lots (Tarte Maracuja, Fresh Seaberry, NUDE ProGenius, and Eden Allure Argan to name a few).
The light texture allows it to work nicely as a pre-moisturizer serum and as a booster mixed into moisturizer. Sometimes I also pat it on as a spot treatment for flaky areas or to seal in previous layers of skincare (on top of moisturizer, beneath a sleeping mask).
Applied lightly, it leaves a glow. As light as the texture is, it doesn’t completely soak in. For instance, if I touch my face 30 minutes later, a little residue will come off on my hand.
On my dry skin, it’s too lightweight to use on its own. However, I really like including this in my routine (I’ve already purchased more bottles so that I’m not without it), and I could see this being a terrific wintertime moisturizer for normal to oily skin.
Pros: Moisturizing without being heavy. Light texture allows for versatile uses. Dreamy rose scent.
Cons: Not moisturizing enough on its own for dry skin. Oil drips out of the dropper on its own.
Andalou Naturals is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny-certified.