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Beauty Obsession: Balancing Facial Serum

Facial oil is one of my absolute favorite natural beauty discoveries. I have combination skin, and I used to (mistakenly) think that meant I should avoid all products that contain oil. Not so.

Here’s the truth. Facial oils are typically pure plant oil blends, and sink deep into your skin. That means you can see the impact quickly. They’re also good for all skin types, even oily or combination skin. (I promise, promise, promise.) Even models say so!

So. I’m a fan of facial oils, and when Mira at Co-op 108 asked if I’d be interested in testing out one of their natural and organic facial serums*, I snuck a peek at the ingredients list and sent her an emphatic, “Yes, please!”

You guys, I’m so glad I did. My skin is absolutely loving this stuff.

What I tried: Balancing Facial Serum from Co-Op 108, $26.60. It’s a lightweight serum that promises to help clear pores, while firming, smoothing, and maintaining a healthy complexion—best for combination and oily skin types.

First impressions: The ingredients list? Love. Hazelnut, grapeseed, jojoba, evening primrose, and carrot seed oils, plus essential oils of cypress, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, and rosemary. That’s it. Plus, it feels pretty amazing as it sinks into my skin.

What caught me by surprise: This is going to sound strange, but hear me out. This serum smells (pleasantly) like Fruit Loops. Enough so, in fact, that when I asked my husband to smell my hands after I applied it the first time, he immediately said the same thing. I assume that’s the lemon and lemongrass in the serum. Honestly? I kind of love that about it.

Bonus: Sometimes when I’m stressed (deadlines aren’t easy on my skin!), I get a patch of psoriasis on my face, just in front of my right ear. The only thing that seems to calm it is a soothing facial oil, and the Co-op 108 serum has been healing it extra fast. (Side note: if you have psoriasis, you should absolutely try a facial oil.)

Do you use facial oils? If not, what’s keeping you from trying them? —Aleigh

*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here.

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Link Love Friday: Wanderlust

I have a bad case of wanderlust every single day, but this week it’s been especially strong. I’ve been to some really amazing places (Egypt, Italy, Ireland, Russia and more), but there are so many places that I have yet to see. Machu Picchu tops the list. I’ve had my feet firmly planted on the ground here in Charlotte, however, and I’ve shared some scary-good Etsy finds (just in time for Halloween), gift ideas for cancer survivors, a DIY beauty slideshow I curated for Kirtsy, and my newest beauty obsession, my Neom Organics candle.

Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying elsewhere:

  • Sarai from Sweet Sassafras blogged about her friend’s hair and facial oils (they sound lovely!) and also about Rocky Top Soap Shop, an Etsy shop with really beautiful-looking soap.
  • Terresa at the Pure Alima blog shared some really cute Halloween makeup ideas for kids, made with Alima’s natural mineral makeup. (Be sure you scroll to the bottom–one of those awesome rockers is her son!)
  • Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks tried gua sha, and although it sounds painful I have to admit that I’m seriously intrigued. I’m already a big fan of acupuncture (more on that later), and this sounds like something I’d like to try. Would you?
  • Over at Organic Authority, I liked this post about synthetic makeup brushes, since I recently started using several Dermablend brushes and have been really impressed with them.

What are you reading+enjoying this week? (And while I’m at it…what destination is at the top of your wanderlust list?)




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(Photo via Pedro Szekely)

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