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Stratia

Fortify

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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Fortify is a facial oil rich in skin-replenishing fatty acids and anti-aging antioxidants. Its one deterring factor, however, is a liberal dose of potentially skin-sensitizing perilla seed oil.

Interestingly, perilla seed oil is a catch-22 ingredient. In some ways, it helps skin (thanks to its omega fatty acid component), but some of its other constituents (perillaldehyde and limonene) can be problematic for skin and cause irritation.

That's a bummer considering that this formula's mix of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids would have otherwise had significant benefit for soothing and nourishing skin. Fortify's borage, jojoba and other non-fragrant plant oils also enhance skin's restorative properties and help alleviate dry skin.

On a packaging note, we have to point out that the dropper drips the lightweight oil as soon as you pull it out of the bottle (before you squeeze it), so you can end up dripping it where you don't intend to. You can work around that, but it's a little annoying. On the upside, we appreciate that the bottle is darkly tinted to help keep its sensitive ingredients stable.

All in all, this is a decent formula, but if you have extra-sensitive skin, you're better off checking out our list of Best Facials Oils for formulas that replenish skin without the risk of irritation/packaging snafus.

Pros:
  • Facial oil rich in skin-replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants.
  • Alleviates dry skin.
Cons:
  • Contains a high amount of potentially skin-sensitizing perilla seed oil.
  • Messy dropper.
References for perilla seed oil:

Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, November 2013, ePublication

Handbook of Herbs & Spices, Volume 3, CRC Press, 2006, page 489b

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Fortify is a moisturizing, restorative facial oil featuring a balanced blend of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic), omega-6 (linoleic), and omega-9 (oleic) fatty acids.
Camellia japonica (Camellia) Seed Oil, Borago officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Perilla ocymoides (Perilla) Seed Oil, Squalane, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol

With a tagline of Skincare That Works, Stratia (pronounced strah-TEE-uh in reference to the layers of the skin) is a no-frills, boutique-style take on skincare backed by scientific research. The brainchild of blogger and self-professed chemistry nerd and skincare addict Allie Reed from Los Angeles.

The line got its start in 2016 and so far is small, consisting of a handful of formulas. Overall, these formulas are effective and get it right, as they are mostly gentle, effective, and fragrance-free. We say mostly because there is one product containing a potentially-sensitizing plant oil, and another that doesnt contain the most effective form of its key ingredient thats available.

Otherwise, this has some strong offerings, and is at a mid-range price that means its good skincare thats attainable for many (though at this point, you can only buy Stratia products online).

For more information on Stratia, visit https://www.stratiaskin.com/.

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