Today is the first full day of Hanukkah!
I don't know why I put an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence; Hanukkah is considered a "lesser" Jewish holiday according to my MacBook's built-in dictionary (ouch—more like dicktionary, amirite?) and I personally haven't celebrated it since I was 14. Between falling down a bottomless agnostic pit from which I have yet to emerge and becoming too old for my parents to give me fun gifts every night, Hanukkah is just something I left behind in childhood.
Despite its subordinate status on the Jewish calendar—it's only gotten played up in the last century because of its proximity to Christmas—the story behind it is pretty interesting.
To summarize, a guy called "Judah the Hammer" (which is an awesome nickname if I've ever heard one) successfully led a revolt against the Seleucid dynasty, and to celebrate, he was like, "Clean the temple and light some candles, guys!" But even though only a teensy little bit of oil was found—enough for merely one day's worth of candle-burning—that oil lasted a miraculous eight days.
So, to commemorate Hanukkah in my own Jew-ish beauty-editor way this year, I'm celebrating with an abundance of oil. Eight face oils, that is—one for every night of the holiday (and all of which would make great gifts).
Mostly jojoba oil, this blend also contains oils of soybean and sunflower, as well as calendula and rosemary extracts. The lightweight and lightly floral-scented formula leaves skin pretty glowy, even after fully absorbing, which is when its vitamin E gets to work protecting your face against free radicals, like smoke from when your cat's tail inevitably catches fire from grazing the menorah.
This ain't no austere rosehip oil. This stuff is luxurious, and not just because a supermodel's name is on it.
The titular rosehip is accompanied by jojoba, pomegranate, sea buckthorn, jasmine and rose oils, as well as Miranda Kerr's favorite South Pacific fruit, noni. Made to be applied after toning and before a moisturizer, it's a great source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and futile hopes of looking like Miranda Kerr.
Seaberry is a much cuter name for sea buckthorn, but that doesn't diminish its omega power in this face oil. Unlike the KORA oil, which is meant as a step before moisturizer, this formula—also packed with cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almost oils—can serve as your moisturizer. That may give you the impression that it's heavy or greasy, but you need only one or two drops of this oil to lightly yet completely moisturize. (Just like they needed only one or two drops of oil to keep the candles going in the temple or something.)
The number-one moisturizer of luxurious, drunk, virgin elephants, this facial oil is a truly fragrance-free single-ingredient formula. All you get is 100% unrefined marula oil, and that's all you need to hydrate and prevent skin-aging attacks by environmental evils.
In addition to giving the skin a smoother look, those with sensitive skin may want to give it try for it's redness- and blotch-reducing capabilities.
Restorsea sure did give this face oil a long name when "Oooh, Sparkly Face Oil" would've sufficed, but both my suggestion and the name they went with actually undersell it.
This oil is ideal for oily-yet-dehydated skin. Featuring roe, fermented lactic-acid bacteria (way more awesome than it sounds), and totally real gold flakes, it sends skin the message that it's already got a sufficient amount of sebum so it doesn't overproduce more, while promoting that whole hanging-onto-a-youthful-complexion thing so many people are into.
It also comes in a $40 bottle, should the $150 price tag give you shpilkis in your genechtagazoink.
Although this is the least expensive oil of the bunch, it's the largest amount and promises to do good things to not only your face, but your body and hair, too. That's because argan oil is so damn versatile and moisturizing.
Plus, it's surrounded by safflower, jojoba, pomengranate, rosehip and coconut oils—all organically sourced—so the benefits just pile on top of each other like presents under the Hanukkah bush.
Man, brands sure do love putting some variation of luxurious in their oil names.
Well, St. Tropez definitely earns it with this formula, which is truly unlike any other on this list. It's a super-fancy self-tanner in oil form, making it incredibly easy to spread evenly. It's got DHA just like other self-tanners, but as an oil, it's especially hydrating and streak-proof.
This softening, smoothing oil is more focused on anti-aging than the others, thanks largely in part to microalgae oil, seaweed extract, and ceremides. Fresh-scented and hydrating, it can be used instead of an anti-aging serum or in addition to one, especially if the one you use is a total failure in the moisture department.
- What's your favorite face oil?
- Are you celebrating Hanukkah? If so, happy Hanukkah!