One Love Organics has a lot of things going for it, not least of which is that every time I look at their labels, I get the song “One Love” stuck in my head and instantly feel
happy alright. And in the case of OLO’s Vitamin C Body Oil, you’ll probably feel like you’re at the beach too. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
I recently had the opportunity to connect with Elizabeth Dehn, blogger behind Beauty Bets and creator of a special line for OLO — the aptly named Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. She very kindly offered to send me a few items from her line to try out, and I happily accepted! You might remember that I talked about OLO products in this post, as a mid-range budget buy for natural beauty items, so I’m excited to report back on a few of their most popular products.
Elizabeth sent along the Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, as well as the Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum. First, the Vitamin D Moisture Mist: this spray has the most lovely, romantic aroma of roses, feels great as it’s spritzed on the skin, and does appear to actually hold in moisture. I used it for a few days and loved it, then found it made me break out a little on my cheeks. However (and this is a big however), I wasn’t totally surprised this happened — I’ve found that most hydrating or moisturizing sprays always do this, so it’s not the first time a product like this has caused problems for my skin. It’s always such a bummer, because I DO initially love the way they make my skin feel (and the smell!), but the texture issues, not so much. If your skin is less sensitive than mine and also suffers from dryness, this spray would be a total winner. My skin is totally the odd ball here, so I can’t fault the spray!
Now, the Vitamin C Serum. I think this is a solid all-around serum. One potential benefit (depending on your preferences) is that it doesn’t have a strong floral or fruity aromas as so many other natural products — the aroma is just lightly fruity but not at all overpowering. The serum glides on smoothly, and while it never completely sinks in and does leave a fine layer of oil, I was surprised to find that it doesn’t leave much of a sheen. So if you wanted to skip foundation one day while using this, you would definitely NOT look like an oil slick. The serum did a good job of moisturizing my skin on its own, but if you have super dry skin or were using it in cold weather, I’d try layering the serum under another moisturizer. For me, with much dryer cheeks, I wanted a little boost of moisture there, but my forehead was happily moisturized.
How adorable is this little heart shaped cleansing sponge? I love it! This little guy looks and feels like a rice cake, but when you run or soak it under warm water, it expands ever so slightly and becomes soft and pliable. Buff it around on your face as you’re cleansing, and you’ll end up with smooth, super clean feeling skin. Despite its texture when it’s dry, the sponge doesn’t scratch or irritate the skin at all — it actually feels really soft! It’s made from konjac root fiber (which, funnily enough is edible, so ‘rice cake’ isn’t that far off), and is easily disinfected. The sponge also comes with a thread attached, so you can hang it up and let it air dry to prevent any mildewing. The box says it can last for three months; I’ve been using it for about a week and so far, so good!
Et enfin, the piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance. This Vitamin C Body Oil moisturizer is the bomb.com as far as body oils go. It’s a unique blend of both oils and shea butter, and I was SHOCKED at how quickly it soaked in, with virtually no greasy, oily feeling. It feels the most similar to lotion of any body oil I’ve tried. As I typed this, I just stopped and felt a whole section of my arm that I moisturized earlier today with the oil — I can still feel it’s on there, but it just feels soft and hydrated. The ONLY bummer for me with this one is that I don’t really love the smell. But again, I’m probably in the minority here. The smell is just coconut-y — like a fresh piÃ±a colada — and I tend not to love such sweet, fruity aromas, especially all over my person (I’m more of a citrus or herb aroma kind of gal when it comes to these things). I already told Elizabeth this formula needs to be made in another scent, because I would buy the s**t out of it (in the meantime, I might try out another body oil formulation in the Neroli scent). That being said, I DO think this oil would be heavenly on a beach vacation. That’s the one time I’m okay with smelling like a coconut!
Have you tried any of One Love Organics’ products? Which ones did you love?
Images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese. While the products featured in this post were sent to me free of charge, all opinions are my own.