I took this oil with me on holiday to Crete and tested it properly for more than a few weeks to see how I get on with it.
The blend contains a rather special oil called Ximenia oil. This oil is pressed from fruit kernels sustainably harvested from the wild in Namibia and helps to protect sensitive skin from environmental damage. It forms a protective layer on the skin when exposed to UV so it’s great in summer for that extra protection from the sun.
Ximenia oil has an anti-ageing effect on the skin and helps to soften the skin, moisturise it and revitalize it naturally.
The Protect Oil smells delicious as it contains Vanillin extract. In addition, it contains a sunflower seed oil which also has moisturising properties and is high in vitamin E (antioxidant).
Here is a complete list of the ingredients: Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanillin
I found the Esse Skincare Protect Oil quite thick so I would have to apply more than just a few drops to cover the whole face. As a result, I think I will run out of this oil sooner than if I was to use another facial oil. But this oil is really good to use in summer as it gives you that extra protection from the sun so this little downside is not a deal breaker.
This oil comes with a pipette which makes an application much easier (I prefer this than a pump). And a recyclable glass bottle is another big plus especially for those who like to avoid plastic packaging.
As an overnight treatment, Protect Oil works great and it really does help to soften the skin. My skin feels really lovely in the morning, well nourished and soft.
This oil also makes a wonderful daytime oil, essential in summer for that extra protection from the sun and in winter, to protect the skin from cold and wind.
Protect Oil is 100% vegan, 100% cruelty-free and 99% fair-trade.
The final verdict
This is a lovely facial oil, well suited for sensitive skin which is prone to dryness. I found it also works great on combination skin as it doesn’t make your face feel greasy and does not cause breakouts.
Esse Protect Oil is available from LoveLula with free worldwide delivery here. If you’ve never shopped at LoveLula before you can get 15% off (+ a free gift) here (just wait for the pop up to appear).
Have you tried anything from Esse Probiotic Skincare yet? What did you think?
* PR sample.