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  1. xin
    January 31, 2013

    santal definitely does not smell as good as this lotus, but surprisingly it only feels slightly thicker and not much greasier than lotus. i want to try out the blur orchid once i am done with santal :D
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    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Hmm I think I will do Blue Orchid before Santal and see how it goes. Somehow, the “Very Dry” tag for Santal scares me! LOL

  2. Sue
    January 31, 2013

    You know what!? I am actually encountering the same problem with you, but sadly, mine doesn’t only limit to my chin area (in fact, there’s barely around the chin) and instead, it is around my cheeks and the middle of my forehead. I’m also trying this and that in order to get rid of them but it isn’t work. I guess I have to give your method a try and see if it works then.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Hmm… could it be stress related? I think mine might have been hormone related because I didn’t have too much problems elsewhere, except the odd spot or two on the cheeks and forehead. If you do have a sample of the Clarins Lotus oil on hand, it might be worth giving it a go. It helped me a lot and I hope it’ll help you too!

  3. Ting
    January 31, 2013

    Glad that you have fought the old zit. You know the saying, when you are still getting pimples it means you are still young (like teenager). :D

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Haha I know right? You’d think at this advanced age that I’d stop getting spots! >.<

  4. Victoria
    January 31, 2013

    I am sorry to hear about you are battling these problems. A beautician did tell my friend that she envied her for having pimples at the age of 36. So I guess you can take that as a compliment that you are still young. LOL. Hope you skin will improve soon.

    The only face oil that I have been using is Kiehl Midnight Concentrate which I bought based on your recommendation. It has worked quite well for me so far and my mom noticed that I have better skin. I read from some beauty blogs that you cannot used it everyday because its too rich? Not sure about though, if I don’t use it everyday, I will use it alternate days.

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Haha its a lot better now, thank you Victoria :) I love the Kiehl’s MRC too and I’m on my 2nd bottle! I don’t have a problem with it being too rich and when I use it, I use it daily but again, it is a lot to do with your skin and how much you can tolerate so use it as often or as sparingly as your skin can handle :)

    • Jennifer
      February 8, 2013

      I also used fhe midnite oil after reading Paris’ s blog. I’m on my 3rd bottle! I finished my 2nd bottle quite fast cos I realized I also help heal the rashes on my neck n cleavage. They dont scare at all. Its truly my miracle oil. Thx Paris :) now I m tempted to try santal cos anti aging n hydration. It anyone have comments on that would be helpful indeed.

  5. Chandrika
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Paris,

    I also have only been using Kiehl’s midnight recovery serum. I did receive Clarins lotus oil sample like you just minus the dropper. I did not like the scent at all and doubt if it would be half as nice as the Kiehl’s one.

    I will definitely give it go from today! :) Thanks for the info!! :)

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Hi Chandrika, the Kiehl’s MRC serum is quite something isn’t it? Its really nice and I love the calming scent! The Clarins one is a little different in function, I find. Kiehl’s is more hydrating to my skin whereas the Clarins Lotus oil seems to stop pimples in their tracks but isn’t as hydrating. Perhaps because its targeted at oily-combination skin, thats why :) Hope your sample works for you!

  6. Tracy
    January 31, 2013

    I’m having EXACTLY the same problem as you Paris! EXACTLY. So dry and dehydrated, flaky, texture changed and breakouts too. I’ve never had this happen.
    I think my skin is just so dehydrated right now, so I’ve been using one product only too: La Roche Posay Toleriane Rich and it’s helping I think. The breakouts are getting less, and I can feel the texture getting better. I think I’m going to do more research on the La Roche Posay site and just stick to their products.

    • casey23
      January 31, 2013

      Hi Tracy for a local help, you might use effaclar duo too!! Just for breakouts, it really helps and doesn’t dry the area! You might consider it saved my live on so many levels :)

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Gah! I’m so sorry you are going through this too, Tracy! Its so frustrating isn’t it? In my case, I traced the cause to a cleanser that may have been too harsh for my skin so it dried it out to a husk and as a result, my skin rebelled and broke out. Once I stopped that and streamlined my routine, it helped my skin get better. I haven’t really tried many La Roche Posay skincare but I’ve heard that they make very good affordable skincare so I do think its definitely worth trying them. Whatever works, y’know :)

      • Victoria
        February 4, 2013

        Could I know which cleanser that you were using that caused your skin to behave this way? I am looking to try out a new cleanser and just hoping I do not end up buying the same one that has given you so much grief.

      • Paris B
        February 6, 2013

        I believe it was the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing cleanser, Victoria. Using it too often dried out my skin and clogged my pores and made me breakout but occasional use feels nice. Gah!

  7. LeGeeque
    January 31, 2013

    Oh I’ve really been meaning to try this ever since Tine blogged about it. I’m just a little reluctant to stray from my beloved Ren :)

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      I, on the other hand, want to try that REN one! LOL Or maybe the REN Bio-Retinoid serum. Itchy, you know :P

  8. Bugs
    January 31, 2013

    I have a 30ml bottle from last year BD facial + face oil promo. I’ve only use it as when I feel like it coz the oil tend to sit on my face and won’t sink in, plus it feels too heavy when I apply other products on top of it.

    I get cystic acne very often. Guess I should really stick to the oil and see how it goes. Thanks !

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Grrr you know what? I missed that promo! *cries* If you find the oil doesn’t sink into your skin, try mixing it with some toner. It helps it penetrate into your skin better ;) Hope it helps you!

  9. shusheshe
    January 31, 2013

    I’m kind of curious as to how the Clarin’s oil compares with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery one.

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Its different :) I find that the Clarins Lotus oil isn’t as hydrating as the Kiehl’s which may suit those with oily skin better because I know some people with oily skin don’t like the feel of the Kiehl’s MRC on their skin. Those who have drier skin as I do, will prefer Kiehl’s for moisturizing purposes. However, I found that the Clarins one seems to have this antiseptic properties especially to stop pimples, which the Kiehl’s doesn’t. So ultimately, it’ll be down to what you want for your skin :)

  10. beetrice
    January 31, 2013

    I don’t think I would be able to use this – simply because I can’t stand the feeling of an oily mask on my face (plus being a stomach sleeper, that would cause quite a mess!). :( Kiehl’s MRC or Dermalogica ORS is about as much as I can tolerate for the time being…
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    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      You probably don’t need it :) If you use a little, as is recommended, it sinks in quite well. But since I was using it as “treatment” I had to be really dramatic about it LOL!

  11. Rose
    January 31, 2013

    I use face oils at night all the time. Love them and really, a little goes a long way. If you are having problems with your skin, may I suggest sea buckthorn oil? I use it when I am having an allergic reaction, when I am getting hormonal acne, or when I have eczema. Note: must make sure it’s 100% sea buckthorn oil from seeds and berries and not a blend. Also, a little goes a long way. I mist my face with Vichy or La Roche-Posay Thermal Water (or any mild toner) and use 2-3 drops for my entire face. For dry or mature skin, I also use baobab oil. Do not use it on active acne though. For everyday, I am a huge Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and Decleor fan!

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Face oils can last practically forever! Well, not forever but you get the idea :D Thank you so much for your suggestions, Rose. I will try to source the oils that have sea buckthorn (do you have a recommendation?) I love Kiehl’s MRC used as a booster because I swear it works wonders for skin. I haven’t used Decleor but a friend does and loves it so hmm… it looks like I’ll have to give it a try ;)

  12. Sze Ling
    January 31, 2013

    I love the smell too! :)

    I’m on the same boat here. While this helped my random acne problem, it doesn’t help with the cold weather here in Oregon. My face still feel slightly dry the next morning. So I stopped, and use only ANR and moisturizer at night. With that, the acne came back. So I’m torn. Sob… Lost lamb. :(

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Hurrah for loving the smell, Sze Ling! :D I personally found that it did nothing to moisturise my skin so I can imagine that you would be needing something more intensive where you are (btw Oregon has 0% sales tax right?!) Have you tried using a little bit of this oil and then seal it in with moisturiser over? It might help with the hydration and the acne!

  13. SharonC
    January 31, 2013

    Do you have Laneige’s Sleeping Mask in hand? You should probably try it every other night and see how it goes? I always resort to this when i’m in desperate need of hydration. Altho, need to mention that I have combination skin.

    Ahh, need to use this tonight myself!

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Thanks for the suggestions, Sharon :) I did try the sleeping mask but it didn’t work either. I think I had to get my skin rebalanced because once it started looking better and feeling more comfortable, I tried the sleeping mask again and it felt nice again :)

  14. casey23
    January 31, 2013

    The first oil I tried was a generous sample of Darphin’s (I can’t remember the exact name but it was again for oily-comb skin). It didn’t do much, I just ended up using it on my elbows and dry patches on my hand. Then I was given a few Kiehl’s midnight recovery serum, which is I believe essentially oil, and it was again null.. I have oily/comb but dehydrated skin with clogged pore problems but I believe I found the solution with Caudalie. I am now using Vinosource SOS thirst serum and it does quite wonders on my skin. Also using Vinosource moisturizing fluid (for comb skin) if the weather is too cold (for better barrier). Paris you should definitely try Caudalie’s products if you ever get a chance! They are all for hydration!

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      How opportune that you should mention Caudalie, Casey! I was just learning about the brand recently during their relaunch locally and I’m so intrigued by everything they have! You now make me want to try them so badly >.<

  15. Sunny
    January 31, 2013

    I’m a huge fan of oil, and I’m glad to see this one has been helpful in your ordeal! I am not too sure I want to try this one, because fragrance is pretty high up on the ingredient list. I prefer something that is fragrance-free, or when the smell comes from some kind of essential oil but that’s me :) Aesop’s Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment remains my miracle oil. I use it once or twice a week when I want to look my best the next day. My everyday dry oil for the moment is Pai rosehip oil. I do sometimes layer a lotion (not a heavy one. A good example would be Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet) on top to push the oil in. I can’t vouch for everyone that a good oil will do their skin good, but I don’t see myself living without it!

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Yay for loving oils too, Sunny! :D I haven’t tried the Aesop one but you make it sound most intriguing! Another reader has also mentioned using Caudalie and I’m all intrigued to try it now :D :D

  16. Claire
    January 31, 2013

    I love face oils! I had samples of all the Clarins oils and I broke out from the Lotus one as well. From what I could fugure out, I tend to break out from too much hazel oil. I skip this ingredient all together now or won’t use any oil, where the first ingredient is hazel oil. The weird thing is, all the Clarins oils weren’t moisturizing anough for me, my skin still felt dry :( I rotate between my RMS Beauty Beauty oil (amazing, helped my skin texture so much), REN Rose oil, Pay Rosehip Oil and Kahina Argan Oil. Those are my favourite oils and do so much for my dry skin.
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    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Ooh Claire, I’m sorry you broke out from the Lotus oil but OMG you don’t know how pleased I am to know that I’m not alone! :P I need to get a sample of the Blue Orchid and Santal – don’t want to spend on them to find out they aren’t moisturizing enough for my dry skin either, thanks for letting me know! I have read many raves for the RMS Beauty Oil but the price does scare me a little LOL So I’ll probably try the REN Rose Oil soon because a friend raves about it. Thanks for sharing your fave oils with us!

  17. rashmi
    January 31, 2013

    i have a sample of this and used it once or twice … for my oily skin I find it little too much … am so much loving Kiehl’s midnight recovery these days … got a sample of that as well but will buy a full size :D :D
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    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Happy to know that the Kiehl’s MRC works for you! I love that one and its hydrating for my skin too!

  18. liyeun
    January 31, 2013

    Yay finally clarins oil! I started using it when I was 18 and now more than 10 years later, im still using it but only on my tzone. I use blue orchidee for my face. I love both scents of blue orchidee and lotus oil. I cant stop using them cos they smell too good! Having said that, I oso realised lotus could not work for my skin few years back as it clogged my pores. SA told me maybe I used too much. But when I switched to blue orchid, it soothes my skin. Much better results.

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      Oh, thank you so much for letting me know that you too found that Lotus clogged your pores! I thought I was going crazy or something when I realised it because I don’t read about people experiencing that! Thank you too for letting me know that Blue Orchid is soothing. I’m going to try to snag myself a sample from somewhere and see how I like it. It looks promising!

  19. Catherine
    January 31, 2013

    Ive read many good reviews about Clarins Blue Orchid oil :) But in a way this one as you wrote is lighter… Now Im testing genifique by Lancome and wondering if not to get Kiehls serum which I read about on your blog :)
    On my dry flaky skin works wonders elizabeth arden 8h cream, its like a smelly pomade.

    • Paris B
      February 1, 2013

      I like the Kiehl’s MRC so I’m biased :D Genifique broke me out but my Mom loves it! I used to use the Elizabeth Arden 8H cream as a lip balm and for dry cuticles. Works a treat especially in very dry air and strangely, I quite like the smell haha! :D But I love your description of it – “smelly pomade” How apt!

  20. Jennifer
    January 31, 2013

    I am glad that this product worked for you :) I have oily skin so I am usually not keen on oil skincare. The closest “oily” product that I have tried is Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules. It is quite tolerable. I have tried the Kiehl’s MRC and it was light enough for me. I have read that the Clarins Lotus is likened to MRC. Ever since I started to use proper skincare regime, I have managed to keep flaky dry skin at bay (touch wood).

    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Thanks Jennifer! :) I think 2 schools of thought abound with regards oil and oily skin. Some say oils work just as well to control oily skin while others prefer to shy away from them in fear of it clogging pores. I personally find the Clarins Lotus oil different from MRC. It feels thicker and more “oily” to me, and doesn’t hydrate my skin as well. However for someone with oily skin, it may help control and rebalance the skin. Hard to say, really but its good you’re now using proper skincare – no need to change what works! :)

  21. Lily
    January 31, 2013

    I haven’t had much luck with face oils, unfortunately. I have to use the minimum amount, or I’d have clogged pores. The SA at Clarins told me to use their face oils in place of moisturizers. I still haven’t had the guts to try it yet. When my normal combination skin suddenly got dry and flaky with zits and all, I knew something was very wrong. My skin never gets dry. I exfoliated, changed up my skincare to something soothing and gentle, and my face is now much much better. In fact, it’s better than before. I think this routine might be working :-)
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    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Sorry to hear face oils don’t work for you, but I suppose that’s the thing with skincare. So many different options out there! :) The Clarins oils are basically moisturisers, but for me, I didn’t find the Lotus one hydrating enough. Helped when I had a problem but now that I’ve addressed the problem, doesn’t work as well anymore haha!

  22. Petrina
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Paris – I have this oil too – untouched for about 5 years now and just wondering how old yours is? I’ve been using it as a body oil as I thought maybe its been around too long for the face but you’ve had yours for a while too?
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    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Hmm if it doesn’t smell rancid, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. I’ve had mine for a while – about 2 years plus? Doesn’t smell off, and seems to work fine but at 5 years, maybe using it on the body maybe a better bet :)

  23. rose
    January 31, 2013

    I’m 30 yrs old and have been suffering from pimples on my left cheek and chin area, most of the time cystic-like and they are so inflamed and stay there for weeks (sometimes months!) I don’t know whether it’s hormonal or stress or my diet, I think I’ve them all. It made me so stress, and I’ve tried so many products with no improvement. Until 1 day i googled with the key word ‘how to treat hormonal related acne’ and turned out that everyone’s raving about cod liver oil. Now I’ve been taking it for more than 1 month and my skin improves significantly. No more pimples (really!) and if at times there is, it’s not so inflamed anymore and treatable with pimple creams within days. Just sharing, probably anybody wants to try, nothing to lose :)

    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Thanks for sharing your experience and cure, Rose! :) I take fish oil quite regularly but not cod liver oil :D

  24. Tammy
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Paris. So sorry about the flaky skin problem! I had the same problem for about 2 years during winter times while in London. Once the skin started ‘flaking’ it’s so hard to stop that. I started using Aromatherapy Associates this year. Their oil is truly amazing. I used a ‘sandwich’ method: oil first, then serum, then moisturiser, all by the same range. And I can say this year my skin was really hydrated and moisturised. No flaking at all despite the very dry and cold weather this year (central heating turned on non stop) so you mind want to give it a try ‘if’ next time you have dry/flaky skin problem!

    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Hi Tammy, thank you so much for the sandwich tip! I may have to give it a shot the next time I run into a problem, because it actually sounds doable. I suppose a thin layer of each is necessary?

  25. Marla
    January 31, 2013

    Do you know how this compares to tarte maracuja oil? I just love tarte’s product and I really feel it has helped reduce my acne, and helped reduce my fine lines and wrinkles.

    • Paris B
      February 2, 2013

      Hi Marla, I haven’t tried the Tarte Maracuja oil although I hear its quite a good product! Its good to know it works well for you!

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