So I’ve been busy. If you want to read more about what’s been going on in my life, read this post over here on BakedByH. I probably won’t continue that narrative on this post but it may help to explain why all my reviews are coming at once instead of in a timely manner. That, and, I just haven’t been feeling make up recently. But I’ve still been keeping up with skin care, and hopefully going to expand on my routine over the next few posts.
Today we’re talking about the Farsali Elixirs. I’ve been using these for about ten months now, so they’re definitely tried and tested. Generally, I really like these. Both of them, for different reasons. First we’ll talk about the Rose Gold Elixir.
This is the popular one in all the Instagram videos, with the tell-tale gold flicks. It looks bougie, and it kinda is let’s not lie. It’s $35 for 15ml, which is a fairly small bottle. The ingredients are: Rosehip Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, 24k Gold, Vitamin E, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Peel Oil. These are all natural and fairly easy to obtain (aside from the gold). The cynic in me thinks the Rose Gold Elixir is just a fancy bottle of Vitamin E oil, but I’ll suppress that thought for now.
It’s quite a thin consistency and the gold flecks disappear when blended out, I mean.. I’m not entirely sure where they go but they seem to dissolve into the skin. Which means I’m now made of gold? Idk. Hmm. *Ponders* 🤔
The oil is lightweight and won’t clog your pores – it really is a moisturiser. I use it in the morning on freshly cleansed and toned skin (current cleanser: Alpha H Balancing Cleanser or Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser twice a week) and current toner: Pixi Glow Tonic).
I have repurchased this one, in the larger size because I do really like it. I take it everywhere as it can be used both morning and night, and under the eye so I don’t have to travel with a million creams!
Ok, the Volcanic Elixir. It’s a greenish thick oil that occasionally gets a little solid if cold. It is also really great. BUT. There is a but. And it may be a deal breaker. It smells like curry. No lie, actual proper depths of a spice market, I can’t even describe it, CURRY. And, like, I’m Asian sooooo, I don’t want people to think that’s just what I naturally smell like, you know?! Okay, I’m exaggerating slightly – the smell does disappear after about 15 mins and I only ever use it at night time to minimise the consequences! But this is the one I use when my skin is really dry and quite textured. It evens, brightens and calms it overnight. It’s better than the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (in my opinion) because it delivers on all of those claims but does it better. It’s just stronger. I do like the Kiehl’s, and I use it when I need something a little lighter with a nicer fragrance.
It’s made of 100% Polynesian Tamanu Oil. I understand this isn’t as common as the ingredients in the Rose Gold Elixir, but I can totally get on board with it.
I do have dry skin, combination to some extent – my t-zone is normal but, my oh my, do my cheeks and mouth area get dry over winter! The cold weather is so unforgiving to delicate skin types and facial oils are my saviour. I have no desire to change the three oils mentioned in this post as they all work for me. Of course, I may add more. But, currently no pressing desire to do so.
I have noticed an overall evening of skin tone with these products, though, it’s likely that’s in conjunction with the rest of my fairly rigorous skin care routine… But they are really quite lovely products. I would definitely recommend the Rose Gold Elixir because it’s suitable for pretty much everyone. The Volcanic Elixir is good – more potent and does more for the skin, but the smell is extremely overpowering and I know that would be enough to put some people off.
Farsali is the brainchild of Farah Dhukai and her husband, I believe. I bought these at the beginning of Summer 2016, off the Farsali website. Although I paid in dollars, I was charged in £ and not charged customs because it was shipped from the UK, if you order in the UK. There are often hidden deals on each of the elixirs, and a page comes up before you buy one of them, offering the other at a potentially discounted rate. I think that’s the case anyway, or it was when I ordered them.
It’s an 8.5/10 from me for the Farsali Elixirs.