L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil Review

July 1, 2019

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I'll be sharing all about L'Ooccitane's Immortelle Divine Youth Oil.


A few weeks ago, I got the chance to drop by L'Occitane's new flagship store in The Gardens Mall, and I got to try out and learn more about their Immortelle Divine Youth Oil.


Decked in their signature yellow and blue, the new flagship store features L'Occitanes best selling products, including skin care, body care, fragrances and more.


Founded in Provence, L'Occitane is a French brand that started with a 23-year-old alembic and his small truck where he sold rosemary oil locally. He expanded his production from oils to soaps to creams, taking inspiration from the land he grew up on to bring natural beauty to homes across the world! L'Occitane has since then grown their company, and they invest a lot in research. One of the ingredients they're most known for is their signature Immortelle Flower extract.


I previously shared my review about their Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum, and since it's supposed to be used together with the Divine Oil, I learned how to use both of them to increase product absorption into the skin + about their synergy as well.



WHAT IS IT
Formulated with 100% natural oils, L'Occitane's Immortelle Divine Youth Oil is a lightweight and non-greasy face oil that contains a potent blend of 8 natural oils, including L’OCCITANE’S iconic Immortelle essential oil. It contains twice the anti-aging power compared to Vitamin E and is suitable even for those with troubled skin. 


Our body produces oil naturally, but as we age that production decreases significantly. The skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance, otherwise, it gets too dry which can cause breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using facial oil helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage.

A lot of people have negative opinions regarding face oils, and people usually avoid them because they think it will clog pores and cause breakouts. It's not actually the oil which causes breakouts, but the application. This product is meant to be warmed up by your palms and gently patted in, not directly dropped and applied onto the skin.


The Divine Youth Oil's main claims are that it helps the skin appear nourished and more radiant. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, helps the skin regain firmness and elasticity, as well as helps the skin fight against visible signs of ageing.

The main difference between the Immortelle Reset Oil-in-Serum and the Divine Youth Oil is that the Reset is a skin booster used to reset the skin, help relieve tension, fight wrinkles and relax tired & fatigued skin. The Divine Oil, however, helps firm the skin, helps keep it hydrated and supple as well as helps your other skincare products penetrate your skin deeper and more effectively.


WHERE TO BUY
The Divine Youth Oil is available in 2 different sizes:15ml (RM250) and 30ml (RM480) It is not the most affordable face oil out in the market and is quite premium, but is it worth it? Read on to find out!



PACKAGING
After removing the plastic wrap, you get the sleek golden box:


Inside the box you get the product itself:


Encased in a luxurious yellow to transparent gradient bottle that feels luxe to the touch, this oil comes with a button dropper for easy dispensing + for you to see how much product you have left.


Here's what the bottom looks like:



FRAGRANCE & TEXTURE
The oil itself is slightly yellow in colour and has a light floral scent/oil scent (which dissipates after a while). The oil does not feel greasy and actually feels pretty comfy to the touch.


During my visit to the L'Occitane store in The Gardens, the informative staff did a demo called the Tape Test to show how effectively the oil helps your serums penetrate into the skin.


Basically they put the oil + serum on some tape on one hand, while they put only the serum on your other. The tape is there to help show how much product is left and how much has been absorbed.


I was surprised to see that although there was technically more liquids on the side with the oil, when the staff asked me to touch the tape, it was almost dry! The one with only the serum was still wet although it had less liquid + was rubbed in the same number of times as the side with the oil.


This is because of the oil's microparticles that penetrates deep into the skin, prepping it for even deeper penetration of other products you put on top of it.

Once absorbed into the skin, it doesn't leave a greasy/super oily finish but it does leave the skin looking slightly dewy and radiant. The shine is not unlike how my skin would look like after applying a gel-cream/moisturizer.


INGREDIENTS
L'Occitane's signature Immortelle flower oil is distilled from the Immortelle flower (known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, regenerative and healing properties). It is a popular natural medicine that helps treat inflammation and infections.

On top of the Immortelle Flower oil, this product contains 7 other types of plant oils (namely rose hip, apricot, sea buckthorn, borage, echium, evening primrose & camelina). This total of 9 plant oils acts as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, balancing your skin while hydrating, healing, nourishing it, preventing damage done by the sun.


After analyzing the full list of ingredients, I found that this product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free. The ingredients are mostly EWG green level save for the fragrances, but as someone with oily/acne prone skin, I can say that I did not react/break out at all while using this oil.


It also contains anti-ageing ingredients like Tocopherol, as well as highly moisturizing ingredients that those with dry skin will like (Evening Primrose Oil & Vitamin E)


HOW TO USE
How I use this product is, of course, with the Reset! I cleanse and tone my face, followed by warming 2-3 drops of Reset on my palms + patting it gently into my skin. I then follow up with the oil, warming up 2 drops and patting it in as well.


I usually only add another serum after the oil at night. In the morning I follow the oil with a moisturizer + sunblock. This is because I don't really have much time in the morning & the Reset + Oil combo already gives me enough moisture for the entire day.

You, of course, don't have to use both together if you don't want to. You can also use the oil on its own after toner + before serum, and I find that this method works ok for me as well if my skin isn't too haggard. You can even mix it in with your moisturizer or your foundation for extra anti-ageing benefits + some extra glow.


After using this oil continuously, I'm happy to say that it wasn't too much/too heavy for me, and I have actually moved on to using 3 drops to my night routine every night.


MY REVIEW & VERDICT
Overall I quite like it! The texture, as I said, wasn't greasy or too heavy on the skin. It sinks in pretty fast and makes the skin feel immediately softer. The softness doesn't disappear throughout the day too. I don't usually touch my skin (as it may cause acne) but I did a touch test after lunch and found that my skin still felt nice and supple.


For the firming aspect, I did not feel any physical tightening nor did I see any immediate results as my skin is still quite taut + has no wrinkles. I think it's very hydrating and makes my skin plump, so I'm hoping that in the long run, it will help me stay wrinkle-free.

Speaking of hydration, I think it works well in moisturizing my face + giving me a natural glowy sheen, but personally, I would always finish my skincare routine with a moisturizer just to lock everything in. It is, however, quite moisturizing while being light + comfortable on the face at the same time.

As for the deep penetration, I have to say I'm really impressed. I usually like to layer 2 serums at night: Belif's Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb serum + The Face Shop's Yehwadam Heaven Grade Yehwadam Heaven Grade Ginseng Rejuvenating serum. Although both these serum's textures work well for my oily skin + leave a natural finish on their own, they tend to leave my skin looking quite shiny if I layer both of them together. I used the Divine Youth Oil before applying both serums and to my surprise, not only did my face look not as shiny, it felt comfier too. The time it took for the serums to fully absorb into my skin felt shorter as well! I feel like this oil really helped my serums sink in deeply and quickly into my skin, so I'm going to keep using this at night to make sure all my expensive skincare products gets absorbed fully + used to their full potential.



WILL I REPURCHASE
I would definitely consider repurchasing this. This product is an investment, but if you have the money to splurge on it, I would definitely say to get it. It has a lot of anti-ageing properties + really helps products that you layer on top of it to absorb quicker and better into the skin. You only really need 2-3 drops for your entire face, so I think it's a product that will last me for a while. If you are someone with acne skin, I would not recommend you this product as there are better, more affordable products that are made to cater specifically for acne. However, if you're someone like me who has oily but dehydrated skin looking for a product that will moisturize, help with anti-ageing + help your products absorb better, I would say to give this product a go.



And that's it for this post! I hope you found my review helpful and informative :) If you want to try this oil out, simply drop by any L'Occitane shop for a free consultation!

See ya in my next post~



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