For this product review I tried LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Facial Serum. Barbary Fig seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Opuntia ficus-indica cactus fruit (commonly know as prickly pear) by the cold pressing method. LAVINA sources their Barbary Fig Seed Oil from USDA Organic suppliers.
LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum is naturally rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid, making it ideal for moisturizing delicate skin.
LAVINA Skincare recently entered the natural beauty product marketplace and strives "to enable you to embrace your natural beauty by offering pure and organic ingredients that enhance your natural appearance." Their offerings at this time include Barbary Fig Seed Oil and Argan Oil.
A 10ml container of LAVINA Skincare 100% Pure and Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil sells for $29.99 and comes with a free bonus 10ml bottle of Argan Hair Oil.
When Victor, at LAVINA Skincare, offered to send me their Barbary Fig Seed Oil for a possible review, I was happy to give the luxurious natural facial serum a try.
A Natural Alternative to
LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil is a natural alternative to face moisturizers and under eye treatments containing parabens, preservatives and/or synthetic fragrances.
EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database explains that parabens "are estrogen-mimicking preservatives used widely in cosmetics," which "may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders."[1. Top Tips for Safer Products, EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/, viewed July 23, 2014] "Fragrance" is a catch-all phrase, which allows companies to keep the chemicals in their fragrance mixtures secret. These undisclosed "fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world."[2. Top Tips for Safer Products, EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/, viewed July 23, 2014]
LAVINA oils are paraben-free and contain no added preservatives or fragrances, just pure oil.
- 100% Pure Barbary Fig Seed Oil
LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum is packaged in an elegant outer paper tube, with "LAVINA" gleaming in beautiful gold letters. When the top of the tube is removed, the 10ml (0.33 fl oz) vial of oil is revealed. The vial is equipped with a roller-ball, to allow for precision application of this costly oil.
"The bottle is equipped with a roll on to conserve oil. Roll a fine layer of Barbary fig seed oil directly on CLEANSED affected area then massage gently until completely absorbed. Recommended use is once a day before bed but for extra hydration use twice a day."
"Wonderful for hormonal skin types.
Extraordinary hydrating powers thanks to Vitamin E and Linoleic Acid.
Fights wrinkles and under-eye darkness.
Reduces rosacea, soothes sunburns and calms inflammation.
Powerful antioxidant stimulates cell renewal and helps protect against free radicals."
The Barbary Fig Seed Oil is a deep golden color. It smells similar to toasted sesame seeds.
When rolled on, the oil has a nice thin feel and is easily absorbed by massaging into the skin.
I was eager to use the oil around my eyes, as it is touted to fight crow's feet wrinkles and under eye darkness. With a young baby keeping me up at night, the dark circles under my eyes keep getting worse.
However, I was a little too eager in going straight to applying the oil around my eyes. I should have taken my own advice and started with a small test area on my wrist. During the night, the oil irritated my eyes and made them sting. Unfortunately, the Barbary Fig Seed Oil is not a good match for my sensitive skin and eyes. I tried the oil two more times, once near my eyes, and once on my cheeks and forehead, to make sure that the reaction was due to the oil. When I applied the oil over my face, avoiding my eye area, I got a sore throat, but my eyes did not hurt as much.
This is a good reminder that some people will be sensitive or allergic to certain natural products or ingredients. This doesn't mean that those ingredients will pose a concern to the majority of people. From browsing other reviews of LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil, I did not see anyone else mention a similar reaction to the oil.
I also tried the bonus bottle of LAVINA Argan Oil as a facial moisturizer. They market their Argan Oil as hair oil, but I have enjoyed using argan oil as a facial serum in the past. My skin, eyes, and throat had no problem with the LAVINA Argan Oil. It has a pine needle scent and a thick, highly moisturizing texture. The dropper lid is convenient for dispensing just the right amount. Five drops was enough to moisturize my face.
Rating (3 / 5)
LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum earns its first star for containing 100% natural ingredients.
The Barbary Fig Seed Oil earns half a star, for coming in a glass vial and being free of unnecessary plastic packaging. I love the classy look of the packaging, but there is no indication that they made an effort to use eco-friendly packaging.
Unfortunately, I was not able to use the Barbary Fig Seed Oil for long enough to determine if it is effective at reducing under eye circles and fine wrinkles in the eye area. I am going to give LAVINA the benefit of the doubt, and award a star for effectiveness base upon other's favorable reviews.
Barbary Fig Seed Oil is the most expensive facial oil I have tried, and earns only 1/2 a star in the "value for your money" category. At $29.99 for 10ml (1/3 fl oz), LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil would cost close to $90 for 1 fl oz! I did some searching, and other brands are offering barbary fig seed oil in a comparable price range of approximately $90 per fl oz. The high cost is due to the low yield when extracting the oil. According to the LAVINA website, "It takes 1,000 kilos (2205lb) of prickly pear fruit to yield just one liter of oil, making Barbary fig oil one of the most precious and expensive plant oils in the world." I was lucky enough to get to try this luxury skin care product for free, but if you are spending your own money on it, I can understand if you opt for a more affordable moisturizing oil, such as argan or jojoba oil.
LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil misses out on one star in the "pleasure to use" category. This is a subjective category and will vary from person to person. I did like the consistency of the oil and that it absorbed into my skin easily. But based upon the not-so-lovely smell and the eye and throat irritation it caused, it was not a pleasure for me to use. This isn't to say that you necessarily will not like it.
I had high hopes for LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum, but it only earns 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend trying it out first, to make sure it works well with your skin, before investing in the 10ml bottle. If you purchase a 30ml (1 fl oz) bottle of LAVINA Argan Oil, I believe it comes with a bonus 2ml bottle of barbary fig seed oil. That would be the way to go, to try out both oils.
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Have you tried LAVINA Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum? What is your favorite facial serum?