Last Summer I took my first proper dip into facial oils and after lots of pondering online I chose to purchase Aurelia Probiotic Skincare's Cell Repair Night Oil. I'm always intrigued by brands that take pride in creating effective but luxurious to use skincare with both science and natural ingredients hand in hand. Is wanting it all too much to ask? Let's take look at this beautiful oil.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
Aurelia is a British company with a core approach to restore and maintain a healthy, balanced and glowing skin. Aurelia combines high quality and ethically sourced botanical ingredients with their probiotic technology and peptide complex. The probiotics they use is a form of glycoprotein from bifido bacteria to balance the immune system of our skin and protect it against stresses and environmental damage, such as UV exposure (read more in here).
Unfortunately it seems these technologies aren't included in the Cell Repair Night Oil. At the time I was looking for a facial oil, but I should've double checked what else the brand had to offer. Now that I've learn more about probiotics and fermented skincare I'm eager to try a lot more from the brand. Their products are cruelty free and manufactured in England.
Cell Repair Night Oil
This facial oil is a luxurious blend of botanical oils with a natural floral fragrance of neroli, lavender, rose and mandarin. No fillers, additives, synthetic fragrances or a number of other harmful substances, but purely what's in the label. Cell Repair Night Oil 50ml retails for £55 (~$67.5 or 64.6€) on Aurelia website and Cult Beauty, available at KICKS stores in Finland.
Using The night oil
The oil is recommended for normal to combo skin types as a treatment for 3 times a week, but I don't see why oily skins wouldn't benefit from using a night oil. I'm dry so I've used the oil every day as my last skincare step or under a night cream for deeper hydration before I hop into bed. I also use about four drops of the oil instead of the recommended two and massage in to my face - I simply don't get the oil spread enough with just two drops. The Aurelia ritual suggests relaxing and inhaling the fragrance, but personally I'm not very drawn to the scent. It's just a matter of taste and if you love lavender or orange citrus then you'll probably love this as well.
Here is what the oil looks like: colorless and light. The oil sinks in "like water", my skin very much loves to drink this oil. It's not heavy, greasy or leave an uncomfortable film on the skin, but plumps and softens. I feel I need to go over the recommended two drops, but that being said, I've been using the Aurelia Cell Repair Nigh Oil for months and I've only used up maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of my bottle. 50ml might not sound a large amount but is a generous size as luxury face oils tend to come in 30ml bottles (Sunday Riley, Vintner's Daughter etc).
Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil (Sweet Almond oil), Cannabis sativa oil (Hemp oil), Triticum vulgare oil (Wheat germ oil), Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii kernel oil (Mongongo oil), Citrullus lanatus seed oil (Kalahari Melonseed oil), Punica granatum seed oil (cold pressed Pomegranate oil), Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis flower oil (sweet Orange oil), Citrus nobilis peel oil (Mandarin oil), Lavandula angustifolia oil (Lavender oil), Rosa damascena flower oil (Rosa Damascena oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Hydroxycitronellal*, Citral* (*naturally occurring in essential oil)
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil is packed with ethically resourced, pure botanical oils providing essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 & 9, Vitamin E and antioxidants for firming, toning and repairing the skin. The base is sweet almond oil, which I'm a big fan of. Sweet almond oil is very gentle and hypoallergenic, suitable for eczema and psoriasis skin as well. There's a also a beautiful mix of more exotic (for me) fruit oils such as mongongo, kalahari melonseed and baobab seed oils. Packed with fatty acids, these oils help to retain moisture while making the skin glowing and smooth.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is an antioxidant but also a potential acne trigger according to COSDNA. I'm prone to acne but haven't found any problems personally, but in general sensitive skins should be mindful and always patch test. I'd be more confident to recommend this oil if it didn't have Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol etc listed. These ingredients can be irritating to the skin and shouldn't be applied near the eye area. I don't totally opposite essential oils in skincare products, but I proceed with some caution. With Aurealia Cell Repair Night Oil they're at the bottom of the ingredient list and I haven't experienced any issues myself. Still, do they have to be there?
Despite me being unhappy with a couple of the ingredients, Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil is a very good night time moisturiser and a great value. I haven't seen dramatic changes in my skin as I'm fairly good with my skincare regimen, but I give the oil some credit for radiance and hydration boost. I used to suffer from dry patches time to time and now I haven't had one for months - and it's currently the dead of Winter. I think the Cell Repair Night Oil is worth repurchasing, but at the moment I'm more intrigued by Aurelia's other products. If you're not sensitive to essential oils and you're wanting to treat yourself a beautiful facial oil with pure, high quality and ethically sourced ingredients is Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil worth looking into!
Update on 21th of Feb 2018
Needless to say, I feel that this bottle just lasts.. to the point I eventually grew tired of it. Although I like the sweet almond and hemp oils and enjoy the light texture, the scent of essential oils were too strong and heavy for my liking. I've come to the conclusion I personally don't care for lavender. Inhaling the scent every night just felt too much for me and I had other interesting facial oils to try. So I ended up using this as a body oil.