Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A TALE OF TWO RETINOLS


Loyalty for a product is complicated in the day and age where there is so much choice. I am a creature of habit and have products that I have used for years, although, I do swap and change. 
So, here is the tale of a great love and the new kid on the block.



Sunday Riley skincare works for my skin, I love the results and although the Luna Oil does contain colourants to give this oil the blue hue that dissipates when it is blended into the skin. I adore this oil, it smells so sweet and part of the pleasure is with the aroma on the application. Using this product has given me brighter, smoother and softer skin. The price is high, the use of colourants is a disappointment but my skin has welcomed the Retinol and Blue Tansy, this anti-inflammatory, skin calming oil helps to soothe my skin from the day's toils and keeps it in great condition. My query was, could I find another Retinol oil that would achieve the same results but, with a lesser price tag. 


Enter stage left, Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil. The price is lower, it's still in the £60 region, but every little helps. 
Now, this had a lot to achieve and I was disappointed with one aspect, the smell. This, of course, doesn't affect the performance of the product, I just like the warmth and sweetness of the Luna oil and I miss it. During the weeks and months of use, this has provided me with beautiful results, smooth and bright skin, it looks healthier and is certainly on par with the Luna oil. So, a no-brainer really, it is cheaper, I get the same results, all I miss is the sweet intoxicating aroma of Luna.
For those ingredients lovers, I have both for you to peruse

Luna Oil -

Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (And) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (English Chamomile) Oil, Eriocephalus Punctualatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera Zizanoides (Vetiver) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (And) Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2).


Pestle & Mortar -

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Fruit) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil**, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Oil*, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil***, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu/Foraha) Seed Oil**, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**.
*Cold Pressed, **Cold Pressed and Organic, ***Steam distilled





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