A couple of months ago, I spent my last Saturday living in Dublin wandering around Temple Bar with a friend. Between the food market in Meeting House Square and the Cow’s Lane Designer Market there was enough to keep us occupied for more than a few sun soaked hours.
When I spotted a stall selling skincare I was immediately interested in knowing more. After a chat with the knowledgeable and friendly man, whose name I have stupidly since forgotten, running the stall I learned that the SunRose Garden is a Wexford based company that makes all their products by hand.
My Skin Essentials by Mariga Nourishing Oil was dangerously close to running out so I decided to buy the SunRose Garden Anti-oxidant Oil Facial Serum to have on standby.
What SunRose Garden have to say:
‘A light oil serum rich in antioxidants, that nourishes and helps protect the skin from free radicals. Blended with precious oils, well known for their rejuvenating qualities.
Best when used in conjunction with the Gel Serum, but it can also be used on its own: as a moisturising day or night face oil, as a booster under the everyday moisturiser or as an intensive treatment ingredient added to a face mask.’
What I have to say:
Texture wise, the Anti-oxidant Oil Facial Serum is a bit of a weird product, it’s thinner than any facial oil I’ve used before but, it doesn’t feel anything like the serums I’ve tried either.
It struck me as a light oil for people with normal or not very problematic skin and I was worried that it wouldn’t be rich enough for my ridiculously dry skin.
As always, with facial oils, I apply them while my skin is still damp from a spritz of thermal water. The instructions state to apply five to eight drops depending on the needs of your particular skin type. I’m used to applying three drops at most and usually only when my skin is going through a flaky patch, so this seemed like a lot of product to me. However, having messed around with the amount I realised that I needed the full eight drops for it to have an impact on my skin.
Packed full of Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, Squalane (derived from olives), Blackseed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, CQ10, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Rose Geranium essential oil this product sinks in fairly quickly and leaves the skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
In the morning I follow it up with my current moisturiser RoC’s Calmance Intolerance Repair Cream and at night I’m still using the Skin Essentials by Mariga Hydrating Cream.
There’s no obvious scent from this oil serum. The ingredients mix together in a manner that leaves it smelling fresh, but that’s as much as my nose could detect.
While it is a lovely product that, despite my initial concerns, did the job of hydrating my skin nicely, I won’t be purchasing it again. Purely because you have to use five to eight at a time, meaning I went through it in less than three months and at €18 for a 20ml bottle I don’t think it’s as cost effective as the Skin Essentials by Mariga Nourishing Oil, Trilogy Rosehip Oil or the Kinvara Skincare Rosehip Face Serum.
Have you tried any SunRose Garden products? If so, let me know how you got on with them in comments below.