Today’s review is of Stark Skincare’s Cypress Purity+Defense Oil, the last of the Stark samples I received for review. Since all of the products have been such a treat, I won’t say I saved the best for last…but this oil sure is special!
Ingredients (provided by Jessica and soon to be up at starkskincare.com)- “Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil,Tocopherol (vitamin E), Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) oil, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) oil, and pure essential oils/huiles essentielles pures.”
The preliminary report I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a low hazard score of 2.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, and surfactants.
2. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.
3. This product comes in a reusable glass bottle with dropper.
Product Description(provided at starkskincare.com)- “This antioxidant-rich facial oil has been formulated with 5 powerful yet light plant oils that nourish and protect skin from environmental damage, with a refreshing blend of essential oils that decongest skin and regulate sebum production. We also use plant resins that give this oil a deep green woodsy scent, that finishes with a light, citrus and vanilla-like scent on the skin (or hair!), perfect for men and women!”
Price– $45 for a 1 fl. oz. bottle.
Performance– You guys, this oil is somethin’ else. From the way it made my skin feel (extraordinarily soft) and look (positively radiant), to the uplifting, invigorating scent (see below), it could easily become one of my favorite oils I’ve used. My only complaint regarding this product is that my sample ran out too soon. I’m almost certain that the tone and overall condition of my skin would’ve continued to improve with prolonged use.
Scent– Earthy yet bright, pleasant and gender neutral. I especially loved moisturizing with this oil in the morning; a deep breath after application is just the right way to start any day.
Rating– 9.5/10. I’m subtracting half a point simply because I wouldn’t ordinarily spend $45 on an oil.
Would I purchase this item again? I would. Regardless of its price, this is no ordinary oil. It’s worth the few extra dollars.
*Product was provided by Stark Skincare. Opinions are all mine.
It will be a sad day when I finish the last of my Stark Skincare samples, but I’m pleased to say that I’ve found yet another brand that I can add to my short list of favorites. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even treat myself to The Whole Shebang when my birthday rolls around. With free international shipping over $75, it seems only right. : )
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