The Tomboy's Guide to Beauty Oil
As a blogger, I get sent a lot of beauty products. Every day I open the door to a pile of packages (or a stack of post office slips letting me know there's something waiting for me at the post office- the bane of my existence.)
Don't get me wrong, I'm very lucky and full of gratitude that I get to do what I do as a blogger and call it a job. But it gets to the point where I've got 7 different shampoo's in the shower, 4 different face cleansers and 101 packets of Frank body scrub and I don't know what on earth to do with it all!
More often than not my housemates will arrive home to goodies on their beds, or girlfriends will leave my house with handbags full of treats. Sometimes the products sit in my bathroom cupboards because I don't know what on earth to do with them. After all, I've spoken before about how I feel like I missed that special "girl" gene where they are just inherently good at hair and make up and being a beautiful woman, effortlessly.
So when my dear friend- beauty writer and Aussie-in-NYC girl boss, Jasmine Garnsworthy asked if she could send me some of her new 'beauty oil' I said what I usually say when a friend asks me to spruik something: "Of course! Anything for you."
Did I know what 'beauty oil' was? No way in hell.
Did I know what I was supposed to do with it? Absolutely not.
Did I predict that it would probably sit on my bathroom shelf with the rest of beautiful beauty products I had no idea what to do with? You betcha bottom dollar!
Jasmine asked a few quick questions about my skin type and that was the last I heard of it.
But when my 'It's The Buff' beauty oil arrived in the mail a few weeks later I was actually so blown away by the branding and package design, I spent more time than I usually would reading up on it.
Turns out, The Buff oils are customisable blends tailored to your specific skin type and designed to help you get glowing in the most natural way possible. They're vegan-friendly, not tested on animals, and use only the highest quality cold-pressed and unrefined ingredients. They literally have nothing nasty in them: they use botanical oils that are 100 percent natural and highly effective, with no fillers, or synthetic ingredients.
Unbeknownst to me, Jasmine had created The Buff after a chronic acne outbreak in 2015 that lasted months after finding that harsh prescription creams and cleansers, antibiotics and more than a dozen expensive visits to the dermatologist had done nothing to help.
Now, I'm going to be honest with you. I'm not someone who actively goes on the hunt for 'organic' beauty products. I'm not looking for a face cream made from the sweat of a thousand virgins. I don't really care if the ingredients have been hand-fed and sung to every day of their lives before being harvested.
What I do care about is results. I'm a very impatient, results-driven person. If you promise me a result and I don't see it immediately upon taking your product, I'm going to chuck it in the bin. I give up. Look, maybe I have trust issues I don't know.
But what I DO know is that I fucking love The Buff beauty oil. I've been putting it on my skin every morning and night since it arrived on my door step and I'm head-over-heels in lust with it. My skin has never looked brighter or more hydrated. I've had no break-outs. I'm bloody glowing (without the pregnancy) and I'm so excited about it I just had to let everyone else know.
Obviously Jasmine had taken care of creating my personalised oil for me so I did a little bit more research for you guys on how you can get your very own bottle of magic Buff.
First things first, you've got to figure out your skin type. For all the other tomboy's out there with absolutely no fucking idea, don't panic. The Buff have thought of literally everything and there is a super helpful guide for you to download here.
- In short though, you first find your base. If you have normal or dry skin, your base is argan or pomegrante oil. If it's oily or combination, you're looking at a jojoba base. (If your skin is acne-prone, even if it's dry, you're also a jojoba base.)
- From there, you pick your greatest skin concern. This can be anything from dullness, acne, scarring, to dryness/itchiness or premature ageing. Depending on your concern, they'll add a concoction of delicious ingredients- anything from grapeseed oil or rosehip oil, depending on your needs.
- For the final step, you pick whether you've got hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. If yes, the magicians at The Buff will add some lemon essential oil.
- Finally, your oil is packaged in a beautiful monogrammed bottle, personalised with your own initials!
Jasmine and her team have seriously thought of every detail, right down to the beautiful packaging and best of all, this miracle beauty product won't break the budget. A 120ml customised face (or body) oil will only set you back $38 USD, not including shipping which, to Australia from NYC starts at $10.
With all this information at my disposal I still had a few questions for Jasmine, The Buff founder and freelance natural beauty writer, who was more than happy to answer them in layman's terms for me...
TS: Regarding people with oily skin, what would you say to people who are maybe worried about adding even more oil to their face?
JG: Oily-skin girls, don’t be afraid of face oils! Blends—particularly those combining jojoba oil and clary sage essential oil—can actually help your skin balance out and regulate sebum production. Clever, huh?!
TS: What is the difference between beauty oil and moisturiser? Is the beauty oil better for our skin? Should we be using both or can we eliminate moisturiser all together?
JG: Moisturisers usually contain a laundry list of ingredients including water—and when beauty products contain water, they also need strong preservatives to stop nasty and potentially dangerous microbes from growing in that H2O. Face oils, on the other hand, are anhydrous, meaning they contain no water. That also means these natural blends don’t require preservatives and can just focus on pure, clean, oil-based ingredients.
While moisturisers are emollients developed to soften the skin and boost hydration by adding water, oils act like a barrier over the skin, locking in water to make your skin look hydrated and glowing. Meanwhile, they’re also a natural source of skin-boosting and age-delaying antioxidants and vitamins that can help with everything from fine lines to acne scars.
Personally, I use a jojoba oil-based blend instead of moisturiser. My skin is very acne-prone, and I need non-comedogenic products (read: products that don’t clog pores) like jojoba oil to avoid breakouts. Most moisturisers I’ve tried cause my to break out. Other people prefer to use oil as a final step in their skin care routine, to lock in their serum or moisturiser.
TS: The bottles are beautiful but large and heavy. Are there any plans to make a travel companion size for us travel bugs?
JG: You bet. Keep an eye out for an exclusive collaboration with a major retailer launching in August.
TS: You mention any excess oil left on our hands can be used on our cuticles... does it have any other use? What about split ends, lips etc?
JG: Rub excess face oil into your cuticles and nails, on scars or stretch marks, or run a small amount through the ends of dry or wet hair for a glossy finish.
TS: The oils have little to no fragrance despite containing lots of yummy ingredients. Why is this?
JG: Each oil is tailor-maid depending on your skin type. We use cold-pressed, unrefined oils that have a botanical smell (no, rosehip oil doesn’t smell like roses), and then depending on your skin concerns we blend in essential oils that also carry a strong scent. Some smell citrusy or floral, while others have almost no scent—it totally depends on your custom formula!
TS: Obviously the oil feels very hydrating in the winter but what about summer? As there's no SPF in it, would it leave our skin susceptible to burn more easily?
JG: While certain essential oils are photosensitizing in larger amounts, our blends aren’t! Of course you should always (always!!) wear a SPF product, whether or not you’re using facial oil.
TS: How long does it take to make each bottle? Is there a wizard in some lab or how does it work?
JG: It depends on the formula! Each is hand-blended in small batches within a New York City-based lab, so it’s definitely a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.
So there you have it. A complete and comprehensive guide to the latest beauty trend- beauty oil. Do yourselves a favour and hop on this bandwagon early. Your skin will be glowing and hydrated all winter, no Facetune needed!
(P.S For those wondering, my personalised TS Buff beauty oil contains jojoba oil, maracuja oil, rosehip oil, lemon essential oil and vitamin E.)