Selfcare Review: Oille Essential Oils

Oille’s Essential Oils harps on its GC/MS Technology which is a strong indication of an essential oil’s purity and the lack of unadulterated and harmful chemicals or additives. These certified oils aim to bring out the best quality and provide the right benefits without the risk of inflamed or allergic responses.

All oils were diffused using a YL diffuser using the recommended 8-10 drops.

I found the Lemon oil to be my favorite. The tart scent wasn’t too strong or sharp and just gave the right amount of pick-me-up when diffused. Cliché as it may sound but I found it helpful in awakening my senses, keeping me alert and productive, especially on lazy Saturday mornings. It made me feel cleansed and energized, giving me a boost to do extra work or activities. I also noticed that my skin seemed clearer and brighter on the days I’d diffuse it.

The Lavender’s scent was so overpowering that I’d recommend lowering the number of drops diffused to 5-6 instead. This definitely smelled pure and did not seem to have any additives. With the right amount of drops, I used this for relaxing at night after a long day at work or just to keep my nerves calm after anxiety triggers. It kept me mellow (too mellow that sometimes I’d end up falling asleep too early!) I also found that it helped with minor headaches, sometimes.

I liked Frankincense as it wasn’t too strong. I tend to stay away from this oil as most of the ones out in the market reminded me too much like I was going to Sunday Mass every time I’d diffuse it. However, Oille’s version was subtle enough that I didn’t expect to hear church bells every few minutes. This oil has been quite helpful during morning or evening allergy attacks, allowing me to breathe easier and sleep better. My nose and throat didn’t feel as congested and it helped reduce the stuffy head feeling that comes with constant sneezes and a dripping nose.

The Oille Essential Oils were provided by @oilleorganics . Available at oillenatural.com

Skincare Review: Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS

Using the Yon-Ka Quintessence, French skincare brand Yon-Ka combines fundamental essential oils in all their products: geranium to balance, rosemary to detoxify and firm, cypress to refine, and thyme to purify. Their products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, aluminum salts, SLS, MIT, and triclosan.

The Gel Nettoyant ($40) feels gentle but feels hardworking. It doesn’t foam or lather but cleanses the skin thoroughly. Recommend for oily skin, this face cleanser also contains iris root, red seaweed to soften, hydrate, and purify the skin.

I like how it leaves the skin squeaky clean but not tight or dry. My skin just feels smooth and hydrated after every wash. I like this as a morning cleanser because it’s gentle but deeply cleansing.

Containing three kinds of clay (montmorillonite, bentonite, and kaolin) the Masque 103 ($48) promises to clear and purify the skin with the help of borneol, serpolet, and essential oils.

The face mask looks really creamy so I easily assumed it would be gentle despite the detoxifying and purifying claim. So, I was pleasantly surprised as to how cooling it feels on the skin. It also tightens a bit as it hardens but my skin likes it that way. After rinsing, my skin was fresher and clearer without leaving it tight or extremely dry.

The Lotion Yon-Ka PS ($42) this feels hydrating as it uses plant glycerin on top of the blend of essential oils the brand uses on their products. It has a very viscous consistency, almost like an essence, and it has a fresh sweet scent. The face toner has a mist applicator and it dispenses conservatively so you would need four to five spritzes to get enough to cover the skin. I didn’t mind, though because, at 200 ml, this will last me for more than three months. I like spraying this in the middle of the afternoon for a boost of hydration.

These products are gentle and hydrating to oily skin and if you’re a fan of essential oils, this will be a good option for you. My fave, however, is the Masque 103 as it deeply detoxifies my skin without the harsh feeling.

Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS were provided by @yonkausa and @thewoodsandco. Available at shop.yonkausa.com