Olive + M, olive oil based skincare

Olive + M is a company located in Texas that uses an olive oil base for all of their products.  They only use domestically sourced ingredients and have a focus on sustainability.  They label themselves a natural skincare company and this is reflected in their products, which only contain plant-based ingredients.

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Olive oil is touted as a wonderful oil for skin as it closely resembles our own natural oils.  It’s packed full of fatty acids and antioxidants.  It contains vitamins E and K as well as Omegas 3 and 6.  Omega 3 is a fatty acid that protects your moisture barrier and keeps your skin looking and feeling healthier and smoother.  For antioxidants olive oil contains Vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols to help protect your skin against outside aggressors.

When the company reached out to me to ask if I’d like to try a few of their products I immediately expressed interest in the eye serum.  I had been using the Fresh Seaberry oil booster around my eyes for a few months now, I find I far prefer oils to creams on my eyes.  They sent me the eye serum as well as their cleansing oil to test.

Now, I’m sure many of us have used olive oil to cook and all know how thick and rich this oil is.  Personally I gravitate towards lighter oils, I want something that’s going to absorb quickly and not leave my skin feeling greasy.  Such as squalane which is derived from olives, meaning it’s also present here in these products.  So how do I feel about the cleansing oil and eye serum?

TL;DR at the bottom of the post

Olive + M Eye Serum

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Claims

(From their product listing) Okay, we love to laugh too! But we don’t love the lines that come with it… Fortunately, our Eye Serum is magic in a bottle. Our antioxidant rich blend of natural oils repairs and rejuvenates those tiny maps of your life. Apply a couple drops in the morning and at night and laugh about it like you’re twenty!

Ingredients

Full ingredient list

Olive Oil, Cucumber Oil, Avocado Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Neroli Oil, Chia Seed Extract, Jojoba Oil / Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Squalene, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosterols, Chamomile Oil, Rice Bran Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sunflower Extract, Vitamin E

Packaging and price

The eye serum comes in a gorgeous frosted glass bottle, it has a very elegant feel to it.  The dropper reaches all the way to the bottom of the bottle, so no worries about getting the last of this out.  This is available on Olive + M’s site for $54 for .5 oz (non-affiliated link)

Usage and results

I’ve been using this for a little over 3 weeks.  Every evening I use a single drop of this around both eyes as the final step of my eye care.  One drop of this is enough to completely cover under my eyes and eyelids.  After almost a month I’ve barely put a noticeable dent in it, this photo is from today and you can see it’s barely been touched.  Even though $54 can be a bit much to spend on a single product this is something that’s going to last a very long time.

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Yay for macro lenses!

This has a mild herbal fragrance due to ingredients such as rosemary oil, but I don’t find it to be irritating.  I have eyes that can be sensitive to fragrance, so I was admittedly a bit wary of this at first.  However I’ve never experienced any irritation and don’t find it to be a scent that lingers.  I would call this a medium weight oil blend, it definitely feels rich but doesn’t have a greasy finish to it.  It stays where I put it and I haven’t experienced this running into my eyes at all.

I am completely in love with this serum.  As far as I’m concerned eye creams are dead to me, oils are where it’s at.  This serum leaves my eyes hydrated, moisturized, and nourished.  Eye creams tend to just moisturize and seal in other lighter products, but I’m finding oils to be far more inclusive of what I want in my eye care.

This does plump a bit, which means some smoothing of fine lines.  This is going to be more of a temporary beneift, if you’re looking for a more permanent answer you want to look at ingredients like peptides, vitamin c, and retinoids.  However for some healthy looking, glowing skin around your eyes this is a great option.

My final opinion on this is an absolute must in my routine.  There are so many amazing and nourishing ingredients in this, my skin loves it, and I feel kind of fancy using it.

Olive + M cleansing oil

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Claims

(From their site) Our Cleansing Oil rids your pores of dirt and bacteria without leaving you with lizard skin. Plant based oils actually dissolve the dirty gunk while nourishing your skin with a natural blend of antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and amino acids. Leaves you feeling freshly scrubbed!

Ingredients

Full ingredient list

Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Organic Calendula officinalis Flower Extract, Rubus idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) Oil, Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil.

Packaging and price

The cleansing oil comes in the same style of frosted glass bottle as the eye serum.  This is listed on the Olive+M site for $62 for 4 oz (non-affiliated)

Usage and results

I’ve been using this for a month now, but only on and off.  I’ve tried but this just isn’t something I’m able to use daily, and I’ll get to that in a bit.  I use this on a dry face in the evening, massaging four pumps all over my face, including my eyes.  I had initially tried with two pumps but it just wasn’t enough to cover my face.  I follow this with a second foaming cleanser.

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This was the best I was able to do.

The texture of this is both very thick and very runny.  It has the weight of olive oil but also runs very quickly, on the skin it feels very heavy.  I kept trying to take a photo of it on my hand but it kept dripping off before I could get the camera to focus.  It has a noticeable and natural lavender fragrance that disappears once it’s washed off.

This doesn’t emulsify at all and no amount of scrubbing seems to get this off.  The first time I used this I tried to wash it off with cold water, which is what I normally use.  Even after my second cleanser I could feel a cloying layer on my face.  The next time I used it I tried it with warm water in hopes it would help but it didn’t seem to make a difference.  Both times required a second oil cleanser to get this off.

After realizing this just wasn’t going to work for me as a daily cleanser I decided to try a few new things with it.  I tried using a washcloth soaked in hot water after applying, but that’s just to scrubby for my skin.  I don’t particularly like any sort of physical exfoliation on my face, and if I were to use the washcloth method daily I know my skin would end up irritated and red.  Using a washcloth did help a bit, but still left that thick feeling layer.

Next I tried this as more of a pampering experience.  I applied four pumps all over my face and went and sat in front of my steamer for 20 minutes.  This method actually did help with the removal of the oil, once I used my second cleanser my skin felt much cleaner and nicely hydrated.  As with the washcloth, this isn’t something I’m able to do daily though.  I tend to steam once or twice a week, tops.

All in all this just isn’t a cleanser for me.  I’m picky about oils to start with, and I don’t particularly like anything that feels too heavy.  As a once a week treat with the steamer this is nice, but it isn’t something I would normally use.  I’m happy to have had the chance to try this, but I wouldn’t replace this.

TL;DR

Olive + M eye serum LOVELY PRODUCT THAT I WILL USE TO THE LAST DROP

Olive + M cleansing oil TOO HEAVY FOR ME

Despite my feelings about the oil cleanser I am interested in trying other products from the brand.  The face oil isn’t something that I think I would like, but their body oil and body scrub look promising.  I may pick these up (with my own money) in the spring.  I’m a fan of body oils during the summer to give my skin a healthier look.

So what do you think, would you try olive oil on your face?  Have you already, and how do you feel about it?

 

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