BEAUTY & SKINCARE

No Plastic At All: Testing Seed Oil Blends In Vegan Capsules

Seed oils are a gift to our skin, Ladies & Gentlemen, and if you’re a frequent traveller and/or want to go as waste-free as possible, you should continue reading.

Capsules FTW*!

My first ever beauty products in capsules were those iconic glass vials by Babor. They look like medical capsules and come with all kinds of exquisite fluids, liquids, and serums.

I’ve loved and I love to this day the idea of individual packaging: it’s hygienic, it doesn’t require (a high dose of) preservatives. However, clumsy as I am, my last encounter with glass ampoules was during a holiday several years ago when one of those, conveniently filled with sunscreen broke messily without me noticing, and had me rub tiny glass shards into the palms of my hands. OUCH!
Breaking a glass vial was never the same again.

Also, pursuing an “as vegan as possible” and an “as plastic-free as possible” philosophy, capsules are not exactly up my alley. Glass is cleanest but, well, it breaks and cuts. Plastic doesn’t break but, well, it’s plastic. You get the idea.

So when I discovered the vegan, biodegradable Primavera capsules made from potato starch thanks to this year’s Vivaness, I’ve purchased two blends from the Neroli Cassis line through the Primavera e-shop right away (just for the record: I have never seen them in the stores, so if the distribution dept. are reading, take notice please): the Neroli Cassis Moisturizing Bronzing Seed Oil Capsules and the Moisturizing Omega Infusion Seed Oil Capsules.primavera-seed-oils_normal-and-sun* Oh, and FTW means for the win 😉 It’s the sunny side of WTF.

Seven Days Was All She Wrote

Seven days are of course too short a timespan for getting any real change or impact – but quite enough to get a taste of a product. Primavera offer two versions of each of their capsule product, so you can have either a glass jar with 30 capsules (€30) or a cutesy tin box with just 7 (€9).primavera-seed-oils-seven-day-treatmentThe subhead is a line from Sting ‘Seven Days’; one of my fave songs of all times.

INCI, Review & Practical Test (Travel)

Neroli Cassis Moisturizing Omega Infusion Seed Oil Capsules, ingredients:

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil* org, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil* org, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil* org, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil* org, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil* org, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract* org, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil* org, Citral**, Geraniol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Citronellol**, Limonene**, Linalool**

Neroli Cassis Moisturizing Bronzing Seed Oil Capsules 7-Day Sun-kissed Treatment, ingredients:

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil* org, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil* org, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* org, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil* org, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil* org, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil* org, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* org, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract* org, Citral**, Geraniol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Citronellol**, Limonene**, Linalool**

* certified organic, ** natural components of 100% pure essential oils that can act allergisingprimavera-seed-oils-INCI-full-disclosure

The practical test:
1. Sir Travelot: the tin boxes offer just the ideal degree of sturdiness to protect the capsules and fit into the smallest or fullest beauty case or handbag. Win!
2. One Drop To Rule Them All: the amount of oil in each capsule is PERFECT for face, neck and cleavage. No leftover oil, and never the awkward moment of your product ending before your face ends.
3. Sun & Silk: both oils are like liquid silk to the touch!  Quickly absorbed, they are ideal as make-up base and non-greasy. The ‘Moistuizing Omega Infusion’ oil feels indeed very moisturizing, and the ‘Moisturizing Bronzing’ seed oil is an ideal primer for the make-up (I wear it in Life On Mars, and it truly gives a very subtle, very radiant and natural glowy touch to the skin).primavera-seed-oils

Review: why I loved them:
1. Lemme Count The Ways. The oil blends of both products are sublime!
The Sun-kissed seed oils blend includes:
Avocado oil for rapid absorbation and softening perks
Evening Primrose oil for its nourishing benefits
Buriti oil for oleic acid, tocopherol and its carotenoids that also act as natural pigments
Sea Buckthorn oil for antioxidants and beta-carotene
The Black Currant seed oil is rich in linoleic acid and thus particularly beneficial for inflammation- and blemish-prone skin, which makes including it to a product marketed for sunnier looks a clever move.
The Omega-infusion seed oil blend includes:
Borage seed oil, moisturising, nourishing, richest in skin-saving γ-linolenic acid
Rosehip seed oil (for a review of this particular oil’s benefits check out my post Rose Hips Don’t Lie)
Jojoba seed oil – we all know the soothing feeling of this silky liquid plant wax, amirite?
Sweet Almond oil for its moisturising properties
Black Currant seed oil, an anti-inflammatory oil rich in linoleic and linolenic acids
2. Two Words: Neroli. Cassis. The scent (which is also a critical feat, just read below) is out of this world fantastic – flowery, citrusy, fruity in a way that doesn’t scream drugstore shampoo.primavera-seed-oil-bronzing-INCI-check-and-review

Review: why they’re not perfect:
1. Sun & Scent? A 100% fragrance-free option wouldn’t go amiss. In particular for a product that has “sun-kissed” on it: sun and scent is not a match made in Heaven.
2. One Name, Ten Words! The names of both products are confusing. I mean, I’m quick and all, but after a long day at work even I had to look ten times twice to understand that those are not identical. Thankfully, the sun-kissed one has some matt golden decoration. Phew. Because a sun-kissed night treatment doesn’t make much sense, eh?primavera-seed-oils-review

You’ve reached your final destination: would I buy them again?
Yes, but only on the condition that I spot them on the shelf in one of my nearby organic supermarkets OR listed in one of my fave online shops.
I am yet to test them during warmer days, but during the colder season, the oils did an amazing job.

However, I will order one of each to have them at hand for travel. For my travel beauty case, those are definitely a basic that offers the comfort of a rich but lightweight moisturiser in the handy shape of an unbreakable and tox-free golden droplet capsule.

And what are your travel necessities, Adventurer?
Any product you struggle with? Ladies? Gentlemen?

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  1. Apart from this, what are you using for Bronzer? can you recommend an self tanning product for face and body? thanks! Keep up the great work! -Ann