The Story Behind the Fashion World's Fave Natural Oil

Olio Lusso. The name is dropped in more fashion and beauty articles than I can count. I just opened the August issue of Vogue to find yet another! It seems that everyone who tries the blend of eleven natural oils calls it her new miracle skin product- and with good reason. It's a rich, healing, hydrating botanical elixir for the skin, and it makes the complexion look radiant, especially during the dry winter months.

To be honest, part of me always thought it was odd that this particular oil got SO much buzz. There are quite a number of excellent facial oils out there that leave skin equally as nourished and radiant (Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Pangea Organics Balancing Oil and The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Firming Serum come to mind). But Olio Lusso seems to be more about luxury and aspiration, rather than conveying a back-to-nature attitude. If that's what gets people buying an amazing natural face product, so be it! I do love that the line's creator, Linda Rodin, puts her stamp of approval on each batch and even tests individual ingredients for quality and consistency, as she discusses in this Into The Gloss interview. Turns out she first made the product in her own kitchen, and the brand grew with the demand for more from tastemakers in the fashion and beauty world.

Just to name drop a little, this oil is loved by the beauty-obsessed from makeup artists Pat McGrath and Gucci Westman to Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianne Moore.

The ingredients in Rodin Olio Lusso face oil: jasmine, sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, evening primrose, rose hip seed, arnica (blended with olive oil), calendula (blended with olive oil), orange, sunflower and argan oils. My original bottle of Olio Lusso did not list any other additives, but my newest sample lists linalool and benzyl benzoate (which is also found in products by Weleda, Intelligent Nutrients and Nude but doesn't seem to be all that desirable).  Olio Lusso body oil contains the same oils, in different proportions, and Rodin by Recine hair oil substitutes juniper and rosemary oils for argan, evening primrose, rose hip seed, jasmine and arnica.

Here's the lowdown on how to use- and luxuriate in- Rodin Olio Lusso, from Linda Rodin herself:

You cleanse your face—and I’m making a cleansing powder so you’ll use my cleanser [smiles]—you never dry your face completely, then you put 2-3 drops on and rub it all over. Sometimes you use more, sometimes less. But I have lots of friends who have a bottle that lasts them 8 months. What it does, it just makes your skin the best it can be naturally. When you put it on, in French it’s called ‘bien-être’ which means a sense of well-being. It feels good, it smells good and you feel kind of dewy. Not greasy, not shiny, just kind of alive. And also over time, your skin really improves. I’ve been using it for two-and-a-half years and my skin is so much better than it was. The oils all do different things—Rose Hip Seed Oil takes away age spots if you use it consistently, and Argan Oil is just, like, amazing.

One thing to be very careful about if you splurge on this product- don't store it in direct sunlight, as light degrades the therapeutic properties of the oils and this product isn't packaged in dark glass like many other facial oils. And one more thing-  Rodin is launching a hand and body cream this winter...time to start your holiday wish lists.

Have you tried Olio Lusso? What did you think?

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