Summer recently arrived here and with it, shorts season. I knew that my legs were in need of some good exfoliation, but what I was not prepared for was a drier than normal face. While my skin is not chronically dry, I do have patches of flakiness pop up from time to time and unfortunately, this is one of those seasons.
After gushing over their beautiful pictures on Instagram, I recently took the plunge and picked up a couple of items from the brand OY-L. I knew if the performance was half as lovely as their packaging, I would be thrilled. While I convinced myself that I needed every single product on their site, I settled on the body scrub and the face cream (and if you’re already sold, you can scroll to the bottom for a coupon code!).
The OY-L website explains that their scrubs are intended to cleanse, exfoliate, soothe and smooth. These contain only pink Himalayan salt, magnesium sulfate, hemp seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, hemp seed butter, shea nut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and essential oils.
I am not usually drawn to citrus scents, but pink grapefruit sounded ideal for summer. I certainly did not regret that decision, as it smells so fresh and zingy which is great for the mornings too. Not only is the aesthetic of this product lovely, but it works wonders for my skin. It offers a luxurious exfoliation experience that makes me feel like I am at a spa with each use.
I apply it all over my body, massaging in gentle circular motions. It helps to smooth skin (which is especially great before shaving), and leaves my skin feeling extra soft. I love that the formula includes salt and magnesium to provide a little detox action, too. What does my husband love about it? It doesn’t leave our shower floor greasy. #Winning.
I was delighted to open up this jar and find the most fluffy, whipped consistency I could have imagined in a face cream. It is a gorgeous bright lemon-yellow color, and it somehow smells like lemon to me despite it not being in the ingredients. It does contain lavender and pomegranate oils though, which scent this product just beautifully.
The face cream ingredients are sweet almond oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, squalene, evening primrose oil, seabuckthorn oil, rosehip oil, carrot oil, apricot kernel oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil, hemp seed butter, Abyssinian oil, pomegranate oil, prickly pear oil, and lecithin.
The instructions say to apply this to the face and under the eyes both morning and night after cleansing. I appreciate that this can double as an eye cream, which I have been utilizing. While I do not cleanse in the morning, I will apply this after lightly rinsing my face if needed at the beginning of the day. After my evening cleansing routine, I will either apply this over another facial serum or on its own.
I can tell that this jar will last me a very long time, since I only need to use a tiny dab at a time. After a couple weeks of using it, I have just barely made it beneath the lower screw-top lid line (lower screw-top lid line…is that a thing? You know what I mean).
As it warms up on my skin, it turns into an oil consistency and easily spreads onto my face. My skin is always incredibly soft and moisturized the next morning, and this has eliminated the pesky dry patches I had been dealing with.
The founder of this company created OY-L after discovering just how toxic many conventional products are, due to illness that her daughter experienced. Her ‘zero chemical skincare’ brand is strongly committed to their mission of beauty without secrets.
OY-L products never contain any phthalates, parabens, DEA/TEA/MEA, color pigments, formaldehyde, preservatives, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, PEGs, propylene glycols, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, talc, or petrolatum.
They also make an effort to use sustainable packaging when possible, and suggest that customers reuse their glass containers some way in their homes, or recycle them. I love the ethos behind this brand, and when I am out of more skincare products I will be running back to OY-L.
If you are interested in trying something from OY-L, they kindly offered the coupon code gigi15 to receive 15% off your order.
*This is not a sponsored post, and I bought these items with my own money. I just love to share the products that have worked well for me!