One of the dumbest things you can do is take a new product away with you on vacation to “try”. Oh yes, that’s me. Living on the damned edge LOL!
This time, happily it turned out well but WARNING! don’t try this at home kids. I swear, you will regret it. Leave it to the trained professional guinea pigs *ahem* It’s also why I stopped travelling with samples, which is a story for another day if you want to hear it!
To be fair though, when I decided to put the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil through its paces, I wasn’t going at it blindly. I had already been trying it out for a little while, before I bit the bullet and spent almost 2 weeks straight with this product. Ah, face oils… are you on the bandwagon yet? :D
This one’s formulated specifically for those with dry and very dry skin, so all you oily, combination ladies can look away now. Nothing to see here! But if your skin is starting to feel a little dry, or if you feel you need a bit of moisture boosting, this oil fits the bill. I won’t say therefore that it’s purely for those with dry skin only, but us drier skinned ladies will definitely benefit more from this. If you are going somewhere cold and dry then you might find this oil beneficial too as my personal anecdote will tell you below.
What is nice about this Caudalie oil is how soothing it is for my skin. I took it with me to where the air was dry and drying, and it was perfect to keep my skin balanced and happy.
This one’s a blended oil which I personally prefer as opposed to a straight oil from one ingredient. The texture is very light, despite the name, and it’s very liquid and does not feel oily at all. I know that sounds a little strange – a non-oily oil – but this is what it feels like. It feels like an oil, but it doesn’t have that oily layer. Yet, it isn’t a dry oil either. I hate dry oils. They always make my skin feel like paper :P
The product is dispensed via a glass dropper, and you can see that although the bottle is a lovely clear red, the clear oil itself isn’t red but has a slight yellow tone to it. There is also a tiny bit of a scent which reminds me of a hint of flowers. Nothing too strong or nauseating so I barely even notice it.
Caudalie has specified this to be an overnight oil, and has recommended it for use at night which is when your body is at rest while you sleep and would I assume, absorb the nutrients better. The recommended use is 6 drops, which sounds like a lot (and is) but I’d suggest that you use as much or as little as you like.
You can use my 3M tips for using a facial oil, but here’s how I like to use this Overnight Recovery Oil:-
- On its own as a serum – After misting my skin, I take about 4 drops, warm it up in the palm of my hand and apply it to my damp skin. Once it’s absorbed, which is fairly quickly, I then follow up with a moisturiser.
- As a mask – On lazy nights, I take about 8 drops, after misting my skin, apply it to my skin and go to sleep. I wake up with lovely, hydrated skin that feels soft and smooth to the touch and looks calm
- Mixed with moisturiser – If the air is feeling a bit dry, or I’m just too lazy to layer my products, I drop 2-3 drops into my night cream and then apply it to my skin. It somehow boosts the night cream, so it feels more comfortable and more hydrating on.
As you can tell therefore, there are many ways you can get an oil like this to work. But what convinced me that this specific oil worked to help dry and dehydrated skin was during my vacation in Tibet, where the air was very dry and it was chilly.
My parents complained to me after a couple of days that their skin was feeling very dry in the heated hotel rooms, and asked if I had anything they could use. Yes, my parents LOL! :D So I handed them this oil and told them to sandwich it under their creams, which they did. They did look askance at me for asking them to apply oil to their skin, but they know better than to question my judgment – after all, only 1 person in the room is a beauty blogger who thinks she knows best right? LOL :D
But they were very happy to report to me that this oil helped them feel better, and guess who had to share her bottle of Caudalie oil every evening. Yes, even Dad was happy to slap this on. Anything to combat that awful dryness.
When I’m back here where it’s hot and humid, I like using it too, but that’s because of the air-conditioning at night, and because I’m used to face oils and how they feel. If you don’t have very dry skin you may be able to even use this just on its own, without a moisturiser on top. Take about 6 drops, massage it into your skin and wake up to happy, soothed, hydrated skin :D
If I were to compare this to the Pai Skincare Rosehip oil, I do find that they are quite similar in a sense. The difference would be that this Caudalie one smells a little better (less pungent) and feels lighter in texture. However, I find that the Pai one gives my skin more of a “glow” after I use it as a mask, while this one is more of a hydration booster and works better at keeping my skin soothed.
I like this one a lot, but if you’re new to face oils, this isn’t the first I’d suggest you to get, because I think it does serve drier skin better. But if you have drier skin or dehydrated skin and want something more to boost the efficacy of your hydrating lotions and serums and creams, then I think you’d like this one. It’s not too pricey and because you use only so little each time, it’ll last pretty much forever!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil is a lightweight, easily absorbed facial oil that I like for boosting hydration and helping with dry, dehydrated skin. You do feel the effects quite overnight, and regular use in the evenings will help your skin feel more comfortable and correspondingly, look better as it is more hydrated. You can use as much or as little as you like and there are various ways you can incorporate this oil into your skincare routine. But I’d save this for when you really do feel dehydrated, because then you will notice the benefits to your skin.
PROS: Lightweight texture to the oil, Absorbs easily and feels comfortable on skin, Easy to use
CONS: Nothing significant
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who has dry or dehydrated skin and needs something to sooth and boost hydration, Anyone who lives where the weather can get cold and dry, Anyone who is used to using facial oils
Here is the ingredient list for the Overnight Recovery Oil for anyone interested.
Have you tried this facial oil and are you into using facial oils yet?
I’d used the highly acclaimed Vinosource serum before this but I wasn’t impressed. Haven’t been impressed by most of the popular Caudalie products, but this one sat well with me, I’m happy to report. But then, you do know that I’m a fiend for facial oils right? I love ’em! :D