The Melixir Squalane Face Oil claims to be a powerful plant derived oil that diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines and skin damage for a smooth, moisturised complexion through intense hydration. Evening primrose is included to revive dehydrated skin and rosehip oil to rejuvenate it.
Phytosqualane is squalane derived from olives. Squalane is also a natural component of human sebum which assures it is absorbed without greasy or oil residue. It comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radicals and restorative function. It is said to penetrate the skin for deep hydration. Emollient properties helps it trap moisture to keep skin soft and supple. Improved moisture retention assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Rosehip Oil retains a golden colour. A high concentration of fatty acids help to maintain a healthy skin barrier. They assist to moisturise, improve softness and elasticity as well as accelerate the repair rate of skin suffering sun damage or oxidative stress. Rosehip oil is great for ageing and dry skin but can benefit all types. Its structure also resembles human sebum assuring a high compatibility with our skin to aid absorption without clogging pores while providing a healthier oil balance.
The main constituents of Evening Primrose Oil are Omega fatty acids plus Palmitic and Stearic Acids which help to gently soothe, calm and moisturise the skin as well as combat acne. Improvements in elasticity makes it ideal for mature skin.
Alpha-Bisabolol is the primary component of Chamomile essential oil. It enhances hydration to reduce flaking and restore suppleness back to skin. It is also able to assist the penetration of other oils. Known as a potent antioxidant, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) assists to neutralise free radicals which can lead to premature ageing.
In addition to contributing natural fragrance to the formula, Australian Sandalwood Oil exhibits anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to soothe, calm and heal skin. It boosts antioxidant content which helps reduce free radical damage. Renowned for their scent and natural cleansing properties, Bergamot and Rosemary Oils assist to unclog pores and balance facial oils making them an ideal acne defense.
Phytosqualane, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenthera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Alpha-Bisabolol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Santalum Austrocaledonicum Wood (Sandalwood) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil
The Melixir Squalane Face Oil is presented in a blue dropper bottle. It comes in a regular box encased in an attractive package.
Apply 2-5 drops evenly to face, neck, hands, cuticles, wet hair or any place needing increased moisture. Use after cleansing.
The Melixir Squalane Facial Oil has a subtle herbal scent. Likely responsible for this are the more fragrant oils such as rosemary, beragamot and sandalwood.
A 30ml bottle of the Melixir Squalane Facial Oil sells for USD$38.00.
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The oil appears to have a two year shelf life with a 6 month duration after opening.
Presentation is an important factor in skincare. It can heighten the experience of using a product when done well. This oil blend is no exception. The pretty blue glass bottle and gold rimmed dropper make for a luxurious looking product. It is a pleasure to have this on my bathroom counter. The dropper is typical of such oils, effective without dripping. The oil itself is perfectly clear in colour, the bottle retains the blue tint.
The texture is typically oil like, denser than water but not as thick as many other oils, presenting a lightweight finish. It has a slightly herbal scent that is neither a concern nor an issue. This is contributed by the essential oils in the formulation, namely rosemary, bergamot and sandalwood. The ingredient list is small, only squalane, rosehip, evening primrose and chamomile making up the blend with Vitamin E boosting antioxidant content. So it’s definitely a clean formulation, as confirmed by both the CosDNA and EWG resources. Given rosehip oil is a golden colour and this blend is clear in appearance, I can only suspect that squalane dominates this formula, (hence the name), with all following ingredients included at minor concentrations, sufficiently low that the rosehip is not visibly detectable.
The antiviral and cleansing properties of the fragrant oils would help to extend shelf life however, no dedicated preservative means the product must be used within 6 months of opening. Using it nightly, I see no concern of waste. Furthermore, there are no parabens, silicones, alcohols, sulfates, PEGs or mineral oil in the 100% vegan, cruelty free, organic formula.
Typical of a primarily squalane based oil, it is lightweight and well absorbed. So much so, I sometimes use it in my morning routine also. I normally only apply oils at night as I find them too heavy for day time use but this one is really enjoyable to include on cooler mornings. I use 4-5 drops with each application which generously covers my face and neck, any excess rubbed into my hands and nails. It glides on easily, spreading without resistance. It also blends well with face cream for those who like to mix oil with moisturiser.
Regarding results, this oil blend is really effective at softening and moisturising my skin. My face is significantly softer and smoother in the morning when I apply this compared to when I skip this step at night. Its lightweight and silky texture make it a joy to use. It has delivered the most consistent results, my face retaining an improved bounciness and softness. Drier parts of my combination complexion are noticeably more hydrated while my sometimes oily T-zone appears more neutralised. My face returns a close to normal oil distribution, no longer presenting as a true combination skin type.
With respect to wrinkles, I am always careful about reduction claims. This is not something skincare can achieve in a short period of time so I didn’t expect any noticeable improvement after only 4-5 weeks. True to my expectations, there were no observed changes to fine lines however, combined with a comprehensive skincare routine, I believe this product would effectively contribute to wrinkle defense in the long term. This is supported by an antioxidant rich composition which helps defend against free radicals and thus ward off the effects of ageing. Similarly, increased moisture retention promises the same long term impact.
There is also a claim that this oil helps to reduce skin damage such as acne scars and pigmentation. As I don’t suffer these specific conditions, I cannot attest to improvement in this category of skin damage, however, squalane together with the presence of rosehip oil certainly imply possibility.
I’m a big fan of lightweight oils as I do find it overbearing when face oils sit on the skin or result in excessive oily shine. This product enhances skin texture by adding softness and suppleness on the outside while within it effectively absorbs deep into the skin to help repair. It’s key strength is its ability to boost moisture retention, leaving skin bouncy and healthy. In doing so, it promises anti-ageing and damage fading in the long term.
|Elegant, hygienic packaging||Only available online for Australians|
|CosDNA and EWG safe formulation|
|Absorbs without greasy residue|
|Enhances radiance and texture|
|Suits all skin types|
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Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by Melixir for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Melixir, any of its representatives or any other third party.