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L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil review, photos | The kind of oil that… isn’t

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil review photos

The product: L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (from the Immortelle range)

L’Occitane’s Divine Youth Oil reminds me a lot of the Argentum Apothicary moisturizer that I reviewed last month — but with a few important differences. First, the similarities: it’s a high-end anti-ageing moisturizer that smells amazing, with plenty of natural ingredients and a beautiful, velvety finish.

But now, the differences: at less than half the price, L’Occitane’s oil is twice as moisturizing, far more comfortable to use, and may smell even better.

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil

Don’t cut my content

My biggest pet peeve with high-end oils and serums is when companies dilute their product with fillers to cut down on production costs — things like mineral oil, ‘cones, and plain old water. When you buy an oil (and this one’s $100/30 ml), there’s an unspoken agreement that what you’re getting is more concentrated, and that you’re paying for a product that hasn’t been stretched out already.

But though this oil is very obviously cut with caprylic/capric triglyceride… I find it hard to care. Caprylic/capric triglycerides (which you may know as liquid coconut oil) are one of my favourite skincare ingredients out there, and in the case of this oil — I think they do wonders for the formula.

L'Occitane Immortelle oil review Divine Youth

What makes this one special

Unlike other oils that you may have tried, the triglyceride content of this one means that it both feels dry to the touch and sinks in instantly. A blend of seven oils–including borage, evening primrose, sea buckthorn, and rosehip–with Corsican immortelle essential oil and caprylic/capric triglycerides, this oil is incredibly lightweight and leaves my skin with the most gorgeous velvety finish, even when I mix it with my super-heavy, super-oily German Nivea.

It smells amazing; mouthwatering and fruity (a scent that I’m told is unique to the L’Occitane Divine Immortelle range), and a little goes a long way: for my terrifyingly-dry skin, I use 5-7 drops, but for normal to oily skin, a single drop will do.

L'Occitane Immortelle Oil review

The verdict?

While I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with dehydrated or extremely dry skin, for anyone else: you neeeeed this. This oil not only feels and smells amazing, but it leaves my skin looking velvety and clear (without any fancy primers or powders). It’s kind of like an oil that isn’t, which I think will appeal to both facial oil users and heathens everyone else.

Availability: $96 USD/$100 CAD at L’Occitane boutiques & online. Buy it!!

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The L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sunflower Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Squalane, Borage Seed Oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Extract, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Flower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Musk Rose Seed Oil, Myrtle Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Camelina (Gold-of-Pleasure) Seed Oil, Rose Geranium Flower Oil, Orange Oil, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol.

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    I have sample sachets of this one somewhere. Now I am highly motivated to dig them out and smear the oil all over my face! I don't mind caprylic/capric triglyceride, either, but I do have a beef with "oils" that are actually "cones."
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  • I've never used a facial oil (I know, I know) but you have made this sound SO good I actually want it. Like, really bad.
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    • Noooooo, you must! I LOVE facial oils — I don't have very many, but when my skin is super-parched, they're indispensable. (Er, not this one; the ones without triglycerides. This one is GREAT, but really shines on normal to oily skin, not extremely dry skin!)

  • beautyreflections2013

    So why a no for dehydrated skin? I've always wondered about the immortelle range and how good it really is.
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    • Not moisturizing enough, imo! (Unless, of course, you have oily-dehydrated skin.) Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides are beautifully lightweight and velvety, but they're not particularly comforting — mind you, though, I think I actually have well-controlled eczema >.< If I go more than half a day without moisturizing, my skin starts to show signs of it. •~•

      Haven't tried anything from the range but this and the brightening eye cream, but I was really impressed by both! They're definitely targeted to a more general audience, though, rather than those with super-dry skin. <3

  • i has squalane! I make my own facial oil blend with squalane, and a bunch of other oils…I don't think I am going back to regular moisturisers, ever!
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    • Ooh, that's a great one! What else do you like to moisturize with? (I'm currently hooked on sweet almond and grapeseed for the body, and I've got some squalane, meadowfoam seed, and rosehip seed oils for the face. Haven't braved the latter category just yet, though!)

  • scoo06

    This sounds dreamy and I am a sucker for beautiful packaging BUT this is flithy expensive here and I mean double the price for other oils on the market! *super sad face*
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  • I love everything you say about this oil, except that last bit with the price. HOLY WHAT.

    *sadface*
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  • Ormas

    Darn.. now I want it.