Hi everyone, I know we’re in mid-February and it’s probably a little bit late for this one, but as I’m typing this it’s three degrees outside and it was snowing less than a week ago. I don’t know about you, but my skin definitely still feels like winter. For those of you with dry skin, these are oils you can use all year; for some of you it will be seasonal.
We have a huge price range today. I believe the save option is the cheapest product I’ve ever featured. The products in today’s line-up are:
Superdrug’s Vitamin E Facial Oil: £2.99.
Clinique Smart Treatment Oil: £36.50.
Before we begin, the Sarah Chapman product is technically a serum rather than an oil, so there are some differences in terms of texture. I decided to include it as the splurge in this post as it has many similar features and overlapping ingredients with the cheaper alternatives. It is also an oily serum; with some of the main ingredients being oils I thought it was close enough to the other products to be an alternative.
All the products today are 30ml, so pricing is already comparative. As with all Superdrug own brand skincare, the vitamin E oil is cruelty free, also vegan. The Clinique product, is Clinique. Sold in China, therefore is tested on animals, at least for the Chinese market. Sarah Chapman products are not tested on animals although there is no assurance that ingredients are from cruelty free providers. All the products today are made in the UK, I don’t think we’ve ever had this before, but great for those of you who are concerned about product production mileage.
As these products are all for drier skin types, they are all on the heavier side in terms of texture. The Sarah Chapman product is a thick milky texture, although it does absorb into the skin extremely quickly compared to the others. It’s worth mentioning here that as it’s technically a serum, it should absorb quicker than the other products. The Vitamin E oil has a fluid texture although it sits on the skin for a longer time. By far the slowest to absorb and feels the heaviest on the skin. As for the Clinique oil, it has quite an interesting texture. It feels very thick and heavy, although it does absorb well when it’s on the skin, so it doesn’t feel as heavy once applied.
I thought about sugar coating this one, but I can’t. I hate the packaging of the vitamin E oil. The other two options have the same kind of applicator, a pipette that you expect to find in an oil or serum. However, the Vitamin E oil doesn’t exactly have an applicator, it has a small hole in the top of the bottle which drops out the oil when you tip it upside down. It isn’t a big deal, I just find it a little messy and inconvenient. If this were a high-end product, I’d be extremely disappointed, but it’s worth remembering at this point that it’s £2.99.
The packaging overall is reflective of the different price points for the brands. The Vitamin E product is a very light pinky peach plastic with no pipette and no box. Both of the others come in a box and have pipettes; the Clinique comes in a clear plastic bottle, Sarah Chapman is a dark grey glass bottle.
I have a lot to say here. The first ingredient of the Vitamin E oil is mineral oil. Many people already have an opinion on whether that automatically excludes it from being a good product. If either of the other two had mineral oil as a main ingredient, I wouldn’t have bought them. No one should ever spend good money on a mineral oil-based product. It’s a cheap filler at best, and a pore clogger at worst. It has a bad reputation that, to be honest, I think is unfair. It isn’t an awful ingredient, but it also isn’t a good one. Which for a £2.99 product I don’t think is the end of the world.
Mineral oil essentially just sits on the skin as a barrier but doesn’t offer any nourishment. People are tricked into thinking the product is working wonders because skin feels softer but as a matter of fact, it only feels like that because you can still feel traces of the product on the skin. Once again, for £2.99 I don’t think a barrier is awful.
Other things worth noting:
- The Vitamin E product does also contain good ingredients like the vitamin E itself, which is a great antioxidant. It also contains jojoba oil which will offer nourishment.
- As the Sarah Chapman product is aimed at skin recovery, as well as nourishing oils, it also contains some great ingredients like oat for calming skin and reducing redness.
- The Clinique offering contains a very wide variety of oils as main ingredients.
- The Vitamin E product is heavily fragranced, the Clinique product is fragrance free and the Sarah Chapman product contains ingredients which make it fragranced although it doesn’t have any added fragrance.
Due to the mineral oil, the Vitamin E oil can clog the pores even on dry skin. After two weeks of daily use I noticed that my skin was starting to develop a few blackheads on my nose despite my skin being very dry. Although the fragrance is unpleasant (at least I think it is), it did not cause any irritation whatsoever on my skin, although it could for others. The Clinique oil works wonders on dry skin; the oil blend is incredibly moisturising and also doesn’t cause me any irritation. As for the Sarah Chapman product, that is amazing too. It leaves irritated, dry broken skin feeling noticeably healthier after just one use and provides great results after being used for a couple of weeks.
This is tough. If you do not have acne prone skin and are on a tight budget, there’s nothing too bad about the Vitamin E oil. However, if you do have the extra cash, I’d get one of the others. Which one depends on your specific needs as I don’t think this is as simple as one being better than the other. If your skin is dry, and by dry, I mean d-r-y, get the Clinique one. The heavy oil blend is one of the most moisturising I’ve ever used, I go back to it every winter without fail. Here’s the twist, most people with dry skin also have irritated skin. It’s part of the package, dry skin is typically more sensitive. If your skin is both dry and irritated, get the Sarah Chapman. The added ingredients like the oatmeal make it really calming as well as moisturising.
I’ve developed a true knack for not picking an outright winner with these posts.
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