I think if you are a fan of oils, you must be familiar with Darphin’s 8-Flower Nectar Oil. I’ve used it before and I loved it. The combination of the divine fragrance and the nourishment you get from it blew me away. It’s astronomic price tag though made me never to return to it until one of my lovely friends treated me with a fairly recent incarnation of it, the 8-Flower Nectar Oil Cream. I was so happy to try it again, I promised to cherish it. I didn’t open it, just stared at the pretty, dainty jar for days…then I carefully opened and got a whiff of the most divine fragrance of the iconic blend of aromatic essences that took me back straight away. I didn’t dare to use it for at least a week after I got it! But then I got over the first wave of being mesmerized by this little gem and I looked into the ingredients, turns out it’s vegan too (I sort of suspected it but it’s always good to double-check) so it was time to start using it. It’s been the part of my routine for a month, here is what I have found out about it:
What it is: a hybrid cream to oil moisturizer, infused with the famous blend of aromatic essences from 8 flowers: Immortelle, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Neroli, Rose, Lavender, Jasmine and Iris. Each jar is infused with approximately 280 flower petals, and once the formula is placed within its jar it is left for 168 hours to reach its optimum efficiency before it’s packaged up.
What it does: promotes elasticity, gives radiance, hydrates, nourishes, and calms the skin, in one word, it rejuvenates.
Who it is for: they say all skin types, I would say, not for the very oily ones, it is great for the first signs of ageing, dull, dry and dehydrated skins.
The claim: “A deeply moisturising and nourishing hybrid oil cream infused with the iconic 8-Flower Nectar Essential Oil, a rejuvenating blend of 8 potent flowers. The oil cream transforms from an opulent buttery cream to a rich oil when massaged on and leaves skin enveloped in comforting moisture and leaves skin looking youthfully glowing and feeling soft, smooth and supple.”
Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tribehenin Peg-20 Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Propanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax\ Copernicia Cerifera, Cera\Cire De Carnauba, Tapioca Starch, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Oxycoccus, Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood, Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Helichrysum, Angustifolium Flower Oil, Iris Pallida Root Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower, Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli), Phytosterols, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cananga Odorata, Flower Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic, Polyglycerides, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Brassica Campestris, (Rapeseed) Sterols, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene, Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium, Edta, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Benzyl, Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci, 15985)
So apart from the delicious blend of rejuvenating, moisturizing oils, you get Retinyl Palmitate (an ester of retinol which is converted into retinol and then to retinoic acid, a form of Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalitate (oil-soluble Vitamin C) and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) too.
92% of the ingredients are from natural origin.
How it worked for me: I have been using the cream as part of my evening routine after cleansing and a generous swipe of a hydrating toner, maybe a light serum. This takes some time and a little more attention than your average moisturiser, that’s why I have been only using it on treat days. You have to warm it up between the hands and as you apply the buttery formula on the skin it transforms into a rich, comforting oil that you can massage onto the skin. A little goes a long way, I would recommend starting to apply it on areas of concern not waste one bit of it and then blend it over the whole face and neck. The massage and the oil blend’s soothing fragrance is perfect for the end of the day preparing you for bedtime. The cream feels very calming on the skin, it smells divine but it also absorbs easily so not to worry, you won’t get stuck to your pillowcase with this on. After a few night’s treatments, my skin felt comforted, super-soft and glowing and plump. I wouldn’t waste this on a quick morning routine though (especially that it has citrus oils in it as well which can leave pigmentation when exposed to sunlight), use it as a touch of luxury as part of a pm skin regime a couple of evenings a week paired with a good facial massage. Winter would probably be a better time for this, but I simply can’t wait that long to use this up so I will definitely keep it in my weekly routine for now on days when I’m not using AHA’s or retinol.
Value for money: this is luxury territory, a total skincare indulgence, a treat for the ones who are willing to part from quite a bit of cash, you get 30ml for £70.00…ouch!
Will I buy this again soon? While I fully appreciate the opportunity of trying it, and I love what this formula does to my skin, however, I am not sure I can justify the monumental price tag. So while the product is vegan and I always say we have to support companies with vegan options to create demand but in this case because of the price point I probably won’t be buying this for myself again.