I don’t even quite know how it happened, but I think I’ve accidentally Green Love fragrances… (Accidentally what? Accidentally Green Love fragrances!)
Memes aside, I have tested it and can now say: what works as a clean perfume, excels itself as a beauty serum.
UPDATE March 2015
The Green Love perfume collection now consists of only four scents. Find them all here.
I asked founder Jenny Jahn to comment and here’s what she said:
Today I have only 4 perfumes left. I re-designed the range because I found Miron glas, it protects essential oils and essences from degrading for many months. We realized that the scent faded during storage and changed when it reached our end customers. This was not a solution for us.
Beside that a Swedish scientist had discovered that essential oils that contain 26 particular allergens (almost all essential oils with a few exceptions such as: vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli) create allergies when used in a long term. And it did not matter if you had any allergy before or not, the skin would develop an allergy.
We can’t stand behind that and have now removed all allergens from our line, almost every perfume needed to go and we needed to reformulate the 4 last ones to be most sophisticated perfumes that wouldn’t fade.”
– Jenny Jahn, Green Love founder
However, the other day, eyeing my bathroom shelves for something to use on a light discolouration here, on a dry skin patch there, and then some to put under the mineral foundation, it struck me that actually, Green Love fragrances made from nothing more than organic jojoba oil and organic essential oils, ware calling my name.
While the scents may appear a tiny bit too pure and simple to please a truly discerning perfume-loving nose, they absolutely rock your socks as serums.
As we have learned in my post on balancing skincare for oily, acne-prone adult skin in summer, Jojoba oil is non comedogenic (doesn’t clog up your pores and cause blackheads & breakouts).
And as we know from the vast “library” of essential oil knowledge, they are quite powerful little buggers.
Obviously, you can’t do this to all beauty products out there: a lipstick used as a blush might provoke a breakout, and a face lotion is just way too heavy for your undereye area, but sometimes it works. So I’m quite happy with my newly “discovered” serums, but only because they’re otherwise pretty clean. Since they are not always sophisticated enough for their primary role and must be used up within 6 months, I thought this is the best idea. Sweet Citrus has helped soften old hyperpigmentations from the wicked combination of scars and sun; Jasmine Deluxe helped soothe itchy skin (mosquito, I’ll get ya!) as well as soften a few new arrival lines, and Black Knight is great make-up base.
Note: it’s possible to be allergic to essential oils, so never pick blindly.