Avon Green Goddess Facial Oil ingredients explained: Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cannabidiol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Guaiazulene Avon Green Goddess Facial Oil Skincare Review Lately, it would seem that the biggest makeup and skincare trend on my Instagram feed are products infused with Hemp and/or CBD Oil. Naturally, I was
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It seems to us that squalane is in fashion and there is a reason for it. Chemically speaking, it is a saturated (no double bonds) hydrocarbon (a molecule consisting only of carbon and hydrogen), meaning that it’s a nice and stable oily liquid with a long shelf life.
It occurs naturally in certain fish and plant oils (e.g. olive), and in the sebum (the oily stuff our skin produces) of the human skin. As f.c. puts it in his awesome blog post, squalane’s main things are “emolliency, surface occlusion, and TEWL prevention all with extreme cosmetic elegance“. In other words, it’s a superb moisturizer that makes your skin nice and smooth, without being heavy or greasy.
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Another advantage of squalane is that it is pretty much compatible with all skin types and skin conditions. It is excellent for acne-prone skin and safe to use even if you have fungi-related skin issues, like seborrhea or fungal acne.
The unsaturated (with double bonds) and hence less stable version of Squalane is Squalene, you can read about it here >>
Jojoba is a drought resistant evergreen shrub native to South-western North America. It’s known and grown for jojoba oil, the golden yellow liquid coming from the seeds (about 50% of the weight of the seeds will be oil).
At first glance, it seems like your average emollient plant oil: it looks like an oil and it’s nourishing and moisturizing to the skin but if we dig a bit deeper, it turns out that jojoba oil is really special and unique: technically – or rather chemically – it’s not an oil but a wax ester (and calling it an oil is kind of sloppy).
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So what the heck is a wax ester and why is that important anyway? Well, to understand what a wax ester is, you first have to know that oils are chemically triglycerides: one glycerin + three fatty acids attached to it. The fatty acids attached to the glycerin vary and thus we have many kinds of oils, but they are all triglycerides. Mother Nature created triglycerides to be easily hydrolyzed (be broken down to a glycerin + 3 fatty acid molecules) and oxidized (the fatty acid is broken down into small parts) – this happens basically when we eat fats or oils and our body generates energy from it.
Mother Nature also created wax esters but for a totally different purpose. Chemically, a wax ester is a fatty acid + a fatty alcohol, one long molecule. Wax esters are on the outer surface of several plant leaves to give them environmental protection. 25-30% of human sebum is also wax esters to give us people environmental protection.
So being a wax ester results in a couple of unique properties: First, jojoba oil is extremely stable. Like crazy stable. Even if you heat it to 370 C (698 F) for 96 hours, it does not budge. (Many plant oils tend to go off pretty quickly). If you have some pure jojoba oil at home, you should be fine using it for years.
Second, jojoba oil is the most similar to human sebum (both being wax esters), and the two are completely miscible. Acne.org has this not fully proven theory that thanks to this, jojoba might be able to “trick” the skin into thinking it has already produced enough sebum, so it might have “skin balancing” properties for oily skin.
Third, jojoba oil moisturizes the skin through a unique dual action: on the one hand, it mixes with sebum and forms a thin, non-greasy, semi-occlusive layer; on the other hand, it absorbs into the skin through pores and hair follicles then diffuses into the intercellular spaces of the outer layer of the skin to make it soft and supple.
On balance, the point is this: in contrast to real plant oils, wax esters were designed by Mother Nature to stay on the surface and form a protective, moisturizing barrier and jojoba oil being a wax ester is uniquely excellent at doing that.
Avon Green Goddess Facial Oil Skincare Review
Lately, it would seem that the biggest makeup and skincare trend on my Instagram feed are products infused with Hemp and/or CBD Oil. Naturally, I was stoked when Avon was kind enough to send me their new Green Goddess Facial Oil, so I thought I’d share with you a quick review.
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The solution that soothes. Revitalize your skin with Green Goddess, a topical oil with 100mg of CBD and other plant-based ingredients like hemp seed oil, squalane oil and turmeric. This nutrient-enriched formula provides a calm and relieving feeling, making it the refreshing last step to both morning and nighttime skin care routines (avon.com). According to the Avon website, their facial oil is made with sustainably sourced, domestically grown hemp. They take pride in using the entire hemp plant (stalk, seeds, stem, leaves, flowers), so no part went to waste. It’s 99% natural, cleanly formulated, vegan, fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin (avon.com). The glass packaging is tres chic in its simplicity and minimalism. This facial oil has no added fragrances, so it has a very natural herbal, almost earthy scent. The consistency is on the thicker side, similar to the viscosity of the Josie Maran Argan Oil if you’re familiar with that. Three drops are plenty enough to cover my entire face and neck, so this bottle will last me some time. I have not noticed much of a difference in my overall skin tone or texture. However, I have seen a vast improvement in my skin’s hydration whenever I incorporate this into my nightime skincare routine. I layer this facial oil as the last step to seal in all my essences, serums, and moisturizers. By morning, my skin is noticeably more hydrated and the dry patches around my nose (darn you, allergies!) are gone. I believe this would be too greasy for daytime use or for those with normal/ combination skin types, but as someone with very dry skin, I LOVE this.
Have you tried the Avon Green Goddess Facial Oil? What are your favorite skincare products from Avon?
Avon sent me these products complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes. However, this review is based on my personal experience and opinions are always honest and my own.