We all have our own journeys to adopting natural beauty products. For me, it happened about three and a half years ago after I had a very painful and ugly reaction to a moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin. Determined to figure out what ingredient/s had caused it, I delved into researching the cosmetics and personal care products industries and I didn’t like what I found. I promptly replaced that terrible moisturizer with a bottle of Leven Rose jojoba oil and it’s been a part of my daily skincare ever since.
Not to brag, but c’mon, that’s a pretty good love story. Though jojoba oil was my first love, I’ve tried three other oils from Leven Rose and I want to share my thoughts. In a perfect world, I would own all of their products. At the end, you can read about the ones I’m particularly desperate to get my hands on.
Before we talk about specific products, I want to give you a quick rundown of why I love this company.
- all oils are cold pressed, unrefined, nonGMO and organic*
- packaged in amber glass bottles with droppers
- based in the U.S. (Colorado Springs to be exact)
- no animal testing
- consistently expand product lines
- great customer support
- competitive pricing
- discounts available through email and for your next purchase
- available through Amazon Prime
- they put my face on their Instagram (admittedly not important, but still nice)
*Leven Rose is a small and relatively new company. USDA Organic certification is very expensive, so at this time only their essential oils have the certification. Personally, I trust the company’s claims, but I want you to know most products are not currently certified organic.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with jojoba oil. It’s one of the most popular oils because its chemical makeup is very similar to our skin’s sebum. This makes it a great choice for a daytime moisturizer. It’s a light oil, so it sinks in quickly and doesn’t disturb makeup. You can also use it to tame flyways and frizz without weighing down your hair.
Rosehip oil is prized for its anti-aging properties. It often appears as a favorite among celebrities and others outside of the green beauty community. It really does help even out your complexion and reduce hyperpigmentation. This is another dry oil, so you could wear it during the day, but I prefer to apply it at night because that’s when you get the most bang for your buck in skincare.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrots are one of my secrets for a clear complexion (more on that soon), so of course I put them directly on my face with this oil. This is similar to rosehip oil. It brightens and evens your complexion and I recommend using it at night. Supposedly, it stimulates hair growth when massaged into the scalp, but I’ve never tried it.
Argan oil is other one that you see just about everywhere. I didn’t see any amazing results when using this on my skin. It’s comparable to jojoba oil because it’s a light moisturizer, but doesn’t have any other noticeable benefits. I opted to use this on my hair because it’s adds shine and smoothes frizz. I wasn’t amazed by this product and didn’t repurchase. My hair doesn’t get easily weighed down by product, so I’d rather use less of a more nourishing oil or cream, but if you don’t need a ton of moisturize, you might love this.
Along with pure oils, Leven Rose offers serums, toners and a variety of beard oils and balms. I’m dying to try the 24K Gold Rose Water Toner. Have you ever heard of anything more luxurious? Roses are great for calming sensitive irritated skin and gold firms and smooths the skin. Yes please. The Rosehip Night Serum takes rosehip up a notch with jojoba oil, pomegranate seed oil, carrot seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, maracuja oil, tomato seed oil, watercress seed oil, calendula oil and lavender essential oil. While we’re here, I’ve always wanted to try sea buckthorn oil and neem oil, too…