Lustro Body Oil- Rosemary + Citrus
Lustro Body Oil–Rosemary + Citrus is much like Beautycounter's other oil products, which means it has some great ingredients that get dragged down by fragrant plant oils that can cause problems for skin.
For the most part, this oil has a fantastic ingredient lineup, with antioxidant-rich and emollient oils like rosehip, grapeseed, and sea buckthorn. This also contains marula oil, which research has shown can improve hyperpigmentation.
But then we get to that "aromatic" blend of ingredients that provides this oil with its scent, which is pleasing for your nose but not for your skin. Every single one of the fragrant oils in this blend—rose oil, grapefruit oil, orange oil, and rosemary oil—has the potential to cause skin irritation.
Beautycounter makes a point of saying that this oil promotes more "balanced looking skin" (it says the same thing about its facial oil with ylang-ylang, but that's not present in this product), but the claim is meaningless unless "balanced" includes the risk of irritating skin.
A body oil can be a worthy addition to your skincare routine—but not this one. We recommend instead one of the options on our list of Face/Body Oils in Beautypedia. Or simply purchase a nonfragrant plant oil from the health food store and add a few drops of it to your regular body moisturizer.
- Contains a good mix of emollient and antioxidant oils.
- Contains marula oil, which research has shown can improve hyperpigmentation.
- Contains rose oil, grapefruit oil, orange oil, and rosemary oil, all of which can serve to irritate skin.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described serial entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewarts media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brands primary focus is provide what it calls safe skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing harmful is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.
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