Friday 18 July 2014

Bathing Beaity Anoint facial oil for Shy skin review

My skin tends to go through periods of sensitivity, partially due to all the changes in my beauty routine, partially to weather changes and stress levels. I am always on a look out for gentle products that I could turn to when the inevitable happens. George, the founder of Bathing Beauty, kindly swapped a few emails with me (more like an in depth consultation if I am perfectly honest), and recommended a few products from her line. At the earliest opportunity (which was at the beginning of spring if I recall correctly), I purchased Anoint Facial Oil for Shy skin.

It is recommended for normal, dry or sensitive skin. I was a little apprehensive at first because my skin is combo towards oily in the summer, but it does tend to be a little more normal over colder months, in the end I went with my gut instinct and trusted George (trusting someone else to pick my skincare, that does not happen very often).The ingredient list is very simple which is a dream come true (I do love a facial oil with a super long list of all the latest  ingredients, but my skin does need a break from time to time).

INGREDIENTS: Vitis Vinefera, Borago Officinalis (borage oil), Punica Granatum ( pomegranate oil), Citrus Reticulata (mandarin oil), Anthemis Nobilis, (chamomile oil), *limonene, *linalool, *geraniol*, * naturally occuring in essential oils

 Do not be thinking that this blend is not powerful, the few ingredients that are used are all incredible for healing and keeping your skin supple. Borage oil is absolutely fantastic for sensitive skin, and it is also a lighter oil, so it does not overwhelm my skin. You might know borage by another name - starflower. It is an edible flower that is often served in restaurants. Borage oil can be taken as a supplement (the ones suitable for internal use that is), or with salads, but you should not cook with it.

Pomegranate oil is an antioxidant power house, it is supposed to help with healing skin that has been damaged by pollutants and generally beneficial for keeping your skin nourished. Mandarin oil is one of the friendliest citrus oils for skin and has a lovely fragrance, chamomile calms and soothes the skin. The blend has a very delicate light scent of the two essential oils, but you can tell by how mild it is that the concentration of the them is just right, and won't overwhelm the skin.

I almost feel bad for keeping this blend to myself for so long, because it works so well. The instructions on the bottle tell you to apply 6-8 drops to clean face at night, that is just too much for me, I use about 3-4 drops. When it was colder I was using it 4-5 times a week, then 3 times a week, and now only about once or twice a week, because my skin is getting too oily with the hot weather. I have to say that I did notice a difference after first not in how it looked, but in how it felt. When I go through a sensitive phase my skin feels super itchy, even my hair touching my face becomes a problem. After using this blend for Shy skin at night, the next morning my skin was calm, no itching, nothing. After a few weeks I noticed a difference to my complexion, it was a bit more glowy, more happy looking.

I love facial oils, and I have tried quiet a few, this one has made it into my special cabinet, reserved for most loved products. It will be indispensable this autumn, as my skin really hates the transitional seasons (i.e. autumn and spring). It is simply a product that looks after your skin and does it well, with no side effects.

A few words about the packaging: it comes in a dark brown glass bottle with a dropper. I really like the simplicity of the label, it is straight to the point and still esthetically pleasing. Apothecary style packaging happens to be my weakness, so Bathing Beauty ticks all the boxes for me. 

You get 25 ml of oil, but so far I haven't used up even 1/5 of the bottle, and I thought I was using it pretty regularly throughout spring. Luckily you can keep it for 12 months after opening, so all is not lost.


  1. Looks awesome! I have yet to try anything from Bathing Beauty but I'm sold. Apothecary style packaging is one of my weakness too, it just looks so good in the beauty shelf ;) xx

    1. I will not be responsible for you going bankrupt! But when you get a chance this range is fantastic, and the price point is very good, I think this oil is the most expensive xx

  2. I love George's products although I haven't tried her oils yet, Balaclava is a winter staple for me. Xx

    1. Oh I think you will love them, I know you appreciate simple yet effective ingredients, there is just something about bathing beauty that makes want to comeback for more xx