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I haven't used many Origins products, but after picking up a free sample from a magazine and having a chat with an Origins sales lady, I decided to give this "Zero Oil" a try see if it could reduce the "oil slicks" that unfortunately frequent certain areas of my face. I must admit Ive been more than a little impressed with this wee bottle of shine free liquid... Not being one to use face powder to combat shine, I've tried believe me, but they all seem to dry my skin out in patches, not the most attractive look I can tell you. Im always on the look out for a product that can mop up oil with out drying out skin and so far Ive been very pleased with my Zero Oil, the main advantage for me is you apply it and forget about it, no need to touch it up, so you don't need to carry it round in your bag either, it can stay safely at home. Another plus for this product is ,it can be used under or over foundation and indeed on it's own so infact it covers all bases. I have used it mainly on it's own on bare skin so although I have used it on occassion over foundation and it's produced fabulous results, I can't comment on daily use over foundation, that I will have to let you make your own minds up. Packaging ~ It comes in a little green and white box with the Origins tree emblem stating ~ Zero Oil ~ instant matte finish for shiny places. Its formulated without ~ Parabens, Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Synthetic Colour, Synthetic Fragrance and No Animal Ingredients. The packaging is from recycled materials and well managed forests. It tells me ~ Natures shine fighters, including astringent Winterbloom, oil absorbing minerals and purifiying Chinese Camphor, banish oily shine instantly and create a lasting matte finish. Shake well ~ Apply under or over makeup. Ingredients ~ I will list the main ingredients a little later, I won't bore you with the whole list, you can check it out if need be at ~ www.origins.com Origins Nat Res. Dist New York, NY 10022 London W1K 3BO Paris. Munich Made in Canada. Available from ~ Boots (large branches), John Lewis and on line. Price approx £11.00 Inside is a .64 floz / 18ml clear plastic bottle, quite a "snazzy" design with a tiny spout on the left side of the top of the bottle complete with a white screw on lid. It just states the same information as the box. The liquid is clear at the top gradually turning white to the bottom. It doesn't smell of anything and when you look at the ingredients, they are not scented, I suppose this is an advantage as it's one less scent on our skin to interfere with moisturiser, perfume etc... Main Ingredients ~ Winterbloom ~ I got excited when I saw this ( I know sad, easily pleased) as Ive never heard of it thought I had found a new herb ~ upon investigation it's a different name for good old ~ Witch Hazel and is also known as "Striped Alder or Spotted Alder". When you read further down the small print it does state Witch Hazel. This gives the lotion (they call it an oil, it's not an oily texture though, it's more of a lotion) it's astringent properties. Chinese Camphor ~ Is antiseptic and stimulating, with skin brightening properties. The Absorbing Minerals ~ Magnesium Silicate which is basically Talc the most common industrial mineral used in body and face powder. Talc comes from the Greek word Talq which means Pure. Used for it's ability to absorb oil and grease. When you look closely, quite simple, popular ingredients and it's obvious why it works so well. The complaint I have is with the instructions ~ Shake Well ~ It should say ~ Shake Vigorously making sure the lotion is completely mixed. Upon first use, I shook it and applied to my skin, looked in the mirror to see it's wonderous effects and was greeted with a stripey face, looked like I had jumped back to the 80's to Adam Ants fan club. Shake vigorously then leave upside down in it's box for a few minutes then shake again just to make sure. I do feel a tad "hood winked" with the clever use of words even though they are being honest, their "flowery" language does make this lotion sound alot more exotic than Witch Hazel and Talc, which it basically is. But in saying that it does work incredibly well and Im very happy with it's effect. It is a very runny consistency and is a little tricky to apply, I feel it could be improved if it came in a spray bottle, but the talc may block the spray nozzle and so this could be impractical. Just be very careful when pouring out on to your hand and use clean fingers to apply to your oily areas. The lotion absorbs very quickly and you can't even feel it on your skin which is vital for me as I don't like the "mask" feeling some products give. I have experienced no ill effects from usage and even though it's expensive for what it is, it does last. I have used approx a third in 3 months, as it's only applied to oily areas ~ forehead, chin, nose etc.. and not the whole face. Yes I will buy it again unless some one brings out a cheaper version I must knock 2 stars off for price and use of naughty flowery language.
Creates a smooth, invisible finish that stays matte all day /