Review: Will This Facial Oil Revive Your Skin's Natural Glow? | Clozette


Move over traditional moisturisers! Ever since natural and clean beauty became the biggest trend in skincare, facial oils took their place in the limelight. Not only do they pack on a lot of benefits for our skin, but they also amp up on extra hydration. One of the brands known to fit this description, at least with the hype it continuously receives among beauty enthusiasts, is Herbivore Botanicals.


As someone who's had my fair share of facial oils in the past — with Human Nature's Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil Bloom and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil being my tested favourites — I was pretty psyched to try Herbivore's Phoenix Regenerative Facial Oil to see what the fuss is about. Many reviews on Sephora US, SG, and PH named this as their holy grail facial oil despite being pricey at SGD44/PHP1,412 per 8mL and thrice the price for the full-sized 50mL variant so we knew we just had to give it a whirl. 


Plus, considering how well our Herbivore Blue Tansy mask review turned out, we can't help but also have high hopes for this one. After a couple of weeks of trying this out, I'm ready to pass on my verdict. Scroll on to see if the Herbivore Phoenix Regenerative Facial Oil lives up to its name of reviving my skin from the ashes. 

Packaging, smell, and texture


One of the things I love about Herbivore's branding, in general, is its sleek and clean aesthetic. Phoenix's dropper-type bottle felt very sturdy to the touch and definitely gives off a nice luxurious feel despite its quaint size. The bright orange colour also looks appealing as it beautifully contrasts the minimalistic label of the packaging. 


Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil review - packaging


Moving on to my actual first impressions of the product, one that I had mixed feelings about in the beginning is the strong sweet  (yet non-artificial) smell. While it's good to know that the concoction of various ingredients and oils such as CoQ10 (aids collagen production), rosehip oil (skin hydration and regeneration), chia seed oil (for redness reduction and anti-ageing properties), and other natural ingredients contributed to this, I'd say it can be pretty overwhelming if you have a sensitive nose. I personally love natural scents in my beauty products but even I found the smell a bit uncomfortable during my first couple of uses. It's also the type that lingers and takes a bit of time getting used to so be warned. 


As for the texture, it's similar to past facial oils I've tried — neither too thick nor too watery. It's also not tacky or slippery to deal with, which met my initial expectations. 


Claims and application


According to Sephora's product description, the Phoenix Oil utilises its natural ingredients to lock-in moisture, vitamins, and antioxidants to protect the skin from dryness and heat in the environment. Reviews of the product also suggest that it's so potent, enough to deliver noticeable effects overnight. With these promising claims in mind, I endured the strong smell and went on with the testing. 


Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil review - texture and blending


I'm currently practising a simplified skincare routine where I only water-cleanse in the morning. And at night, I just do double-cleansing, toning, applying special serums, and moisturising. For my first time using the Phoenix Oil, however, I really stretched its claims and tried it out alone after cleansing. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky upon application, but it definitely takes a while to get absorbed into the skin. I highly suggest you don't use this right before you plan to hit the hay as chances are it will stain or transfer to your pillowcase.


Anyway, the next morning proved to be quite a shocker as I didn't expect I would say 'wow' out loud even at initial usage. But I did. My skin was definitely plumper, softer, and more luminous like I had a good night's sleep combined with an extensive facial the night before (which tbh, I didn't). I couldn't even remember how long it was when my skin last felt this good!



After my promising first experience, I swapped my usual facial oils with Herbivore's Phoenix Oil and started my renewed skincare journey. There are days when I leave out my Vitamin C serum out of the picture and just use the Phoenix Oil after toning to also see if it does commit to its promise of healthier and glowy looking skin with continued use and it ticked all the boxes. There are even days when I just use this alone (when I'm feeling lazy) and still wake up to radiant-looking skin. 



Apart from the amazing results, it's also worth noting that despite me using the 8mL variant for a while now, I'm still nowhere near half the bottle as it takes just one to two small drops to cover my entire face. But while I do recommend giving this a try in the morning, too, I find that it's best for a no-base/natural look as it will only cause your base products to really slip and look cakey. 


Overall thoughts


With all that said, it's safe to say that this product is truly worth its wonderful reviews. It might be a bit expensive, but I'd say even as a self-proclaimed cheapo, I'll be happy to splurge for this given my experience. It definitely helped revive my dull and damaged skin (mostly as a side-effect of reviewing other products in the past) and hey, if my grandma noticed my skin looked a lot better, then that's saying something, right? 


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It’s not novel to see women juggling many different roles. From building a career to running a household, it’s safe to say that women are not afraid to take on challenges. Scroll through Instagram and you’d see women who have it all and seem to be able to do it all. But how does it actually happen? So we asked Jamie Yeo, a multi-hyphenated mum, to share what it’s actually like to juggle her many roles and how you can do it, too.


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Planning is winning


No two days are ever the same for Jamie, but it pays to have a routine. Planning is the key to getting things done. “The early morning is very much all about the kids,” she shares. “I settle Aly first as she needs to leave early to get on the school bus, and then I’ll have a leisurely breakfast with my youngest son. Then it’s work time for me when he goes off for his morning nap.” Depending on what she needs to accomplish that week, Jamie would be doing errands, working out or catching up with a friend.


Scott's DHA Gummies - Jamie Yeo with her daughter

Making sure that her kids are well 


When you’re a mum, your default mindset is making sure your kids are alright. It makes sense, too, because if they’re not okay, everything else is not okay. So Jamie makes sure that her kids are in tip-top shape. “I'm pretty strict about what they consume,” she says. “Apart from making sure they eat well with lots of protein, fruits and vegetables. I make sure they also take supplements like Scott's DHA Gummies to help support a healthy immune system and normal brain development.”


Scott's DHA Gummies - Jamie Yeo with her daughter outdoors

Scott’s DHA Gummies are packed with DHA that helps to support normal brain development and brain function. It also has Vitamin D that supports a healthy immune system and the development of strong bones in children. The best part? They come in 3 different yummy flavours namely Strawberry, Orange and their newest Blackcurrant flavour so you surely won’t have a hard time getting kids to take them. Ensuring child’s health? Check.



Asking for help 


No matter how strong and great of a multi-tasker you are, you really just can’t get it all done by yourself — that’s a tidbit of truth Jamie is not afraid to share. “ My other not-so-best-kept secret is my husband,” she says. “He's very involved and hands on, and that really helps.” Aside from that, Jamie is also open about having household help. “There’s simply not enough hours in a day,” she says. “Some evenings, I have to work so then my helper would be in charge of my kids for a bit, as well as our food.”

Making time for me-time


You truly can’t give anything when you are spent. Jamie makes sure that she gives herself time to just be there for herself so she’s ready to be on top of her game. “I love poring over recipes and coming up with my own dishes, and then going to get the ingredients for them,” she shares. “To me, the whole process of cooking is extremely therapeutic.” Do whatever it is that calms you and gives you the energy you need to get back to giving things your one hundred per cent.


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Living in the tropics can be quite tough, especially when the sun decides to amp up its heat index. Thankfully, we can rely on sleeveless outfits because they provide both style and comfort. However, not everyone is confident in sporting them due to various reasons. Bumps, hyperpigmentation and unwanted hair are just a few reasons to say no to going sleeveless.


Japan IPL


So when Japan IPL Express approached us to try their Underarm Procedure, which promised hair-free 'pits, we immediately said yes. A lover of sleeveless outfits not just on a daily basis but also when she travels, Clozette's Community Executive Sabrina was more than game to try the treatment. She's heard so many good things about the treatment but it was her first time to actually try out IPL (intense pulsed light technology). Read on for her experience and what you need to know if you're looking to try out the treatment. 


Initial expectations


Review: Is Japan IPL's Underarm Treatment The Key To Perfect 'Pits? - 313@Somerset

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After receiving her, the attendants checked if she has waxed, plucked or epilated unwanted hair at least a week before the first IPL or in between the IPL sessions. Shaving is said to be fine as IPL requires the hair roots to be intact in order for the treatment to be effective, although other hair removal treatments are not advised. Sabrina epilated the day before her session, but upon checking by the staff, she was still advised to proceed with the treatment.  "I was really happy they assisted with checking rather than turning me down immediately," she shared. 

'Pit perfection


Anyone's first time to do a treatment can be daunting, and Sabrina was rightfully nervous about what to expect. Much to her delight, however, IPL is not as painful as one might think. Checking the pulsations to be used for the treatment will be done to ensure that you have a comfortable experience based on your pain threshold and preference. The pulsations felt like tiny ant bites, but it wasn't really painful or irritating. 


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For best results, you're supposed to undergo 10 15-minute sessions. But the good thing is you can already see results after only four sessions. Sabrina shared that the hair growth on her underarm has significantly slowed down by that time. 



Overall thoughts


Undergoing the treatment is something Sabrina says she'll do again. Before, she would epilate every four days; now, she can confidently leave the house without worrying about hair on her underarms. Plus, she doesn't have to deal with ingrown hair and bumps brought by abrasive hair removal. Confidence in raising hair-free and smoother underarms? Yes.



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Before and after four IPL sessions


If you're interested to undergo the treatment, you may avail of the package or choose to do it per shot, which costs SGD1.98 each. Japan IPL Express has 11 counters in Singapore and is also available in Malaysia, China, and the Philippines.


Find out more about Japan IPL Express here

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