“ Brand: Green People / Type: Face Oil / Subcategory: Anti-Ageing / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Rejuvenates / Contens/Size: 30ml / Product Line: Product Line: Green People Organic Facial Oil / Quality Standard: Organic / Parabene free: yes „
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Just over two years ago I had two operations on my neck which left me with a very neat but quite long scar just above my collar bone. I was determined to reduce the brightness of the scar and religiously applied my Bio Oil both day and night so that 6 months later, the scar just looked like a light wrinkle. I'd got rather carried away with the amount of Bio Oil I'd bought and decided that if it could do such wonderful things for scarred skin, it might be good on my neck and facial skin as well. Every week or so I would give myself a little home facial, massaging Bio Oil all over my face. I loved the effect it had on my skin but I hated the smell. Bio Oil smells like an old lady's soap drawer (an old lady whose grandchildren buy her really cheap nasty soap) and is far too flowery and cheap scented. I wanted to see if it would be possible to find another facial oil that didn't come with the unpleasant scent of Bio Oil.
I get daily alerts from Group On and one day they sent me an offer for an organic cosmetics website called 'Green People'. From memory the offer was something like £30 of product for £12. On the Green People website I found a variety of intriguing products including the 'Anti Ageing Omega Rich Facial Oil' which sells for a rather intimidating £16.95 for a 30 ml bottle. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I didn't have the offer but I popped it in my basket, added a day cream and a couple of small sample sized bottles of other products and placed my order.
I hadn't come across Green People before and probably many readers also won't know them. Their 'story' is that the company was started in 1997 by a mother called Charlotte Vohtz whose young daughter suffered with eczema and allergies. She set out to create products home-made natural skin care products which were free from alcohol and parabens, contained as many 'organic' ingredients as possible and avoided things like SLS, phthalates, petrochemicals and synthetic colours and fragrances. 15 years later they have over 100 products and those who are interested in knowing more about the history of the company and its products will find plenty of information on the website.
I would have to be honest and say that I really have no commitment at all to the idea of organic cosmetics and toiletries. Having spent the first 13 years of my working life with companies who supplied various ingredients to the food and cosmetics industries, I'm a firm believer in science first and products that have been properly tested and formulated. Whilst I might hunt down organic food, I'm pretty dismissive of small companies playing at mixing 'natural' stuff together and claiming it's somehow better for us. I can understand that some people do want these types of products due to allergies or ethical reasons but I personally have no strange allergies other than sticky plasters and my skin is not problematic.
My order arrived a few days later and I was keen to give the facial oil a go. It comes in a small glass bottle with a pump top with a plastic cap on top. The oil inside is yellow in colour and dispenses easily with just a gentle push of the pump top. I recommend to start with just two pumps onto your fingers and to then spread it between the fingers of both hands before rubbing it onto the skin. The oil is quite thick and doesn't spread as easily as the Bio Oil which I'd been used to, so I soon developed a technique for getting it onto my face. I start at my forehead, massaging it in circles and then drawing it down the side of my face and under my eye sockets. A second couple of pumps will give me enough for the rest of my face and for the top of my neck and another two would do your décolletage if that's an area you want to take care of.
Once the oil is on, it sits on the surface of the skin for quite a while and I periodically give it another little massage. This is not a product that's quickly sucked up by the skin and I find it takes a few hours for the slightly 'basted' feeling to go, leaving me with really soft-feeling skin. I love the way it makes my skin feel but it needs to be applied when you've time to spare and don't mind being a bit shiny. I definitely don't recommend putting this on if you're going out shortly after. I tend to do it when I'm going to be home all day or in the evening before bed. I'd recommend not using it before bed if you're using your favourite pillow cases as you could leave an oily mark.
The thing I like best about the oil is the smell. It's made from a mix of oils including jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, thistle seed oil, rosehip seed oil, avocado oil, rose geranium oil, and rosemary leaf oil. I think most of the smell comes from the rose geranium and rosemary oils. I even like to smell the oil as it lingers on my fingers after I've applied it and rather than wash my hands, I tend to just rub the oil into my hand skin.
The product is 100% certified (whatever that means) and contains 99% certified organic ingredients. Some of the ingredients are Fair Trade registered too. It's safe for 12 months after opening although I'm happily still using mine more than 18 months after I bought it. I've become a lot more patchy about using it after I had to stop carrying it with me in my bag as I was repeatedly picked up for it by airport security. I still have half a bottle and I only tend now to use it when my skin is feeling particularly dry.
The claims made for the product include that it is suitable for people with eczema and psoriasis, that the rosehip oil improves skin 'elasticity', that the product helps support the structure of the skin and that it has 'proven anti-ageing action'. I don't have eczema (although I have done in the past) so I can't comment on that and I think the other claims are pretty much what you'd expect for any kind of skin oil. I certainly can't comment on whether it's really anti-ageing as I use such a bundle of other products as well that cause and effect are hard to determine. All I can say is that I love the way this makes my skin feel and I turn to it whenever my skin feels particularly dry and thirsty.
At £16.95 it's not cheap so I'd recommend to check you like facial oils first by trying something cheaper if you can. If you know that you like this type of product, then this is a deliciously juicy blend of oils that's a pleasure to use.
Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Carthamus tinctorius (thistle) seed oil, Rosa moschata (rosehip) seed oil, Lecithin (plant-derived emulsifier), Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Aroma / Anti Age / Organic jojoba, Rosehip & Rose Geranium / An anti-ageing facial oil / Suitable for people who may be prone to eczema and psoriasis / Rosehip oil improves skin elasticity / Helps support the structure of the skin / Proven anti-ageing action / Gentle scent of Rose Geranium & Rosemary / Made with fairly traded, organic ingredients / Green People Facial Oil / Anti Ageing is made without Parabens, Lanolin, ethyl alcohol, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants to bring you the purest oil that nature can offer / Directions for use: Use Green People Facial Oil / Anti Ageing after cleansing / Apply sparingly with fingertips using light tapping movements / Tip: Combine with Gentle Tone for soft, toned skin and for an effective base for Green People organic mineral makeup /