Beauty spot: Pharmaoil and products I’m loving right now


Hey there BusiChic

How is your week going? A quick little post today because I’ve jumped onto using essential oils on the face and am loving the results so much that I had to share this with you.

Essential oils are favoured by beauty gurus like make-up artist Laura Mercier, beauty-writer-turned-entrepreneur  Zoe Foster Blake (who has created ExceptionOil) as well as my dear friend and Melbourne in Fashion colleague, Meagan Harding who custom blends her own depending on what she feels her skin needs. I am very new to this all and started off by buying a bottle of certified-organic rosehip oil – only to open it and realise that I was not a fan of the smell!

Then I was gifted a bottle of PharmaOil after visiting the Miss Nail Bar at South Melbourne market and had stored it with my nail polishes before coming across it during a home mani/pedi session where I removed old polishes, shaped and buffed my nails and thought I’d give myself a break from all of the polishes and try giving the oil a go on my cuticles instead. Oh. My. Goodness. I immediately loved the scent which made it all the more easy to massage lovingly into my nails and surrounding skin. The next day I could visibly notice that my nails and skin looked and felt hydrated. No oiliness; just healthy looking skin and nails. I was hooked.

So then I found myself actually reading the label on the bottle to find out more about this gorgeous product when I realised that it was for Normal, Oily and Combination skin- as in the face. I have combination skin which with the changes in weather was getting so dry that I felt my foundation wasn’t sitting right even though I was using primer. And well, dear reader – I am so hooked! The bottle says to use 5-6 but I find 3-4 drops of the oil is enough to massage into my face and neck every night and it’s become a heavenly routine. I have also used it under my make up during the day and found that my foundation sat better although my skin is going back to it’s “normal” combination patterns so I’ll likely switch back to using a moisturiser/sunscreen during the day and PharmaOil at night.

Before I realised that gorgeous PharmaOil was right under my nose, I had been weighing up buying ExceptionOil versus Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil, here is a list of the ingredients as published on their respective websites at the time of this post:

Go-to-Skincare ExceptionOil, $49.95 for 85ml

Monoi de Tahiti 50% (Coconut Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis flower extract, mixed tocopherol), Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Butter, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Karanja Oil, Fragrance (Monoi Tiare), Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Calendula Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Vitamin E Acetate, Totarol, Rosemary seed extract (antioxidant).

Good luck finding any of this stuff: Petrochemicals, PEGs, Mineral Oils, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, GMOs, Synthetic Colours, animal testing of any kind. Also: Popcorn. There is definitely NO popcorn in this product.

Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil, $57 for 25ml

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Linalool,Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol.

This ingredient list is subject to change, customers should refer to the product packaging for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

PharmaOil, $19.95 for 25ml

100% paraben free, vegan, cruelty-free, Made in Australia.

Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba, rosehip oil, ylang ylang oil, tangerine oil, sweet orange oil, mandarin oil, geranium oil, petitgrain oil

PharmaOil also has formulations for acne-prone, sensitive and irritated skin, and older skin.


This is not a sponsored post. I was gifted a bottle of PharmaOil and love it so much that I had to share it with you.

Do you use an oil on your face? What have you tried and what do you find works (or doesn’t work for that matter) for you?

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