I am allergic to lavender. Can you leave an ingredient out in my formula?
Yes! If you have any allergies or preferences, there is an option to leave notes on your order at checkout.
Will the oil make my skin oily? I already have oily skin.
Using a facial oil for oily skin not only balances your own skin's oil (sebum) production, but it also creates an occlusive layer to seal in moisture, keeping it hydrated and plump. When you don't hydrate your skin after cleansing or use an oil-free moisturizer, often times your skin will over-compensate and produce extra oil, making your skin oily. A good quality oil blend can also provide anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, which can help reduce the redness and sensitivity of acne while diminishing post-breakout discoloration.
That said, not all oils are good for oily skin. Some, like coconut oil, can be too heavy for oil-prone complexions which is why we do not use coconut oil in my facial formulas. Instead, we use carrier oils that are non-comedogenic and/or non-acnegenic. In non-dermatologist terms, non-comedogenic means it won't clog pores. Jojoba oil is the closest to human sebum/oil, so it balances oil production. Grapeseed oil is also great for balancing oily skin and is in a large ratio in the combo/acne-prone skin blend. Argan oil also has a comedogenic rating of 0 meaning it won't clog pores.
If I want to use my serum and moisturizer, when does the oil get applied? What is the best order of application? Should I still use my cream?
Once you try our face oil, you might find that you want to ditch your moisturizer cream! Oils penetrate deeper into the dermal layers of your skin than creams, which are usually some oils fluffed up with fillers, emulsifiers and binders to make the cream-like consistency. These usually have cheaper filler oils and dimethicone, which feels silky but actually prevents any nutrients from absorbing into the dermal layers of the skin. Dimethicone is a synthethic silicone base polymer that may give you the impression it is smoothing lines and wrinkles but it's temporary and superficial. Due to the molecular size it just sits on the surface of your skin. If you want to feed your skin nutrients that actually absorb and hydrate, penetrate and treat/prevent skin issues, then an oil is the best! If you insist on using a cream, apply the cream over the oil.
Our botanical face oil can be used alone, but if using moisturizer or spf, always apply oil first. no moisturizer necessary though! can be applied over serum (great over a vitamin c serum!) or used as a treatment serum itself + moisturizer. no cream moisturizer is necessary, however if you are using a cream, apply cream after applying your face oil. can be used alone
if you are using multiple products, the order should be:
1) cleanse, 2) tone, 3) serum, 4) oil, 5) moisturizer, 6) SPF 7) makeup, if any
What is the shelf life? Do the products expire?
There are no preservatives except for natural preserving properties of some essential oils. Since our face and body products contain no water, no preservatives are necessary. If kept in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight and away from heat, your products should last 1-2 years. Most of our carrier and essential oils have a shelf life of 3-5 years, however some ingredients are 1-3 years. You can also store in the refrigerator for optimal shelf life. We love the mini skincare fridges for serums and oils! Great for reducing puffiness and giving you an extra refreshing glow. The Regeneration oil (out 3/14) contains Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and Pomegranate Seed oil which have a shorter shelf life, so we recommend using your product within 6 months unless stored in a fridge for optimal quality and freshness.
Are there any preservatives or artificial ingredients or fragrance in your products?
Nope! All ingredients are certified organic, all natural oils and essential oils. The antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids, aromas and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects are all natural results of the ingredients. All ingredients are functional. Nothing else is added.
FYI, here is the ingredient listing for a "natural" $100 anti-aging moisturizer:
E/CAPRATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CARBOMER, PROPANEDIOL, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) HULL POWDER, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CHLORPHENESIN, MICA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, VP/VA COPOLYMER, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), O-CYMEN-5-OL, ASPARAGUS OFFICINALIS STEM EXTRACT, TETRASODIUM GLUTAMATE DIACETATE, ISOMALT, LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, ALGAE EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, HYDROLYZED BETA-GLUCAN, ALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, LIMONENE, BUDDLEJA DAVIDII LEAF EXTRACT, THYMUS VULGARIS (THYME) FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, DIACETYL BOLDINE, CALCIUM GLUCONATE, GLUCONOLACTONE, RHODODENDRON FERRUGINEUM EXTRACT, NARCISSUS TAZETTA BULB EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, LINALOOL, LECITHIN, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT CELL EXTRACT, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE
There are some great ingredients in this, however the dimethicone blocks nutrients from absorbing and the copolymer is a synthetic, acrylic-based, salt-derived polymer that functions in cosmetics as a texture enhancer, binder, and film-forming agent. Ingredients like these will make your skin feel smoother because you are basically applying a primer to your skin. It's more like temporary makeup than skincare. MAYUMI is skin food!