[REVIEW] Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (Before and After)
Texture: Smooth oily oil
What you get: 1 oz/ 30 mL or 0.34 oz/ 10 mL
Ingredients: Rosehip Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, 24K Gold, Vitamin E, ♦️Lemon Grass Oil, ♦️Orange Peel Oil
🏆 Interesting Ingredients:
Rosehip Seed Oil: Antioxidant (Anti-aging: Vitamin E & Carotenoids) + 70% linoleic acid [Moisturizing + Anti-inflammatory + Wound healing + Lightens pigmentation (Suppress melanin production)] + 10% monounsaturated oleic acid [ Emollient + a couple of studies found a correlation between Oleic Acid (The main fatty acid component of olive oil) and acne formation.] + Wound healing
Safflower Seed Oil: Antioxidant (Flavones) + Potentially anti-hyperpigmentation + Potentially anti-aging (inhibited collagenase and elastase activity) + 71-76% Linoleic Acid [Moisturizing + Anti-inflammatory + Wound healing + Lightens pigmentation (Suppress melanin production)]+ 12-15% Oleic Acid [ Emollient + a couple of studies found a correlation between Oleic Acid (The main fatty acid component of olive oil) and acne formation.]
Pumpkin Seed Oil: Anti-acne (Anti-inflammatory properties) + Antioxidant (Tocopherols, Sterols and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) + Antimicrobial +Potentially wound healing
24K Gold: 🔴[Not Enough information] Most dermatologists state that Gold is not well enough researched to conclude anything about it: any antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, or anti-aging claims are currently not backed up by solid research. Doctors advise that if you want to use products containing Gold, make sure the label mentions that it is 22‐24 carats since other types can have impurities in them that can trigger a bad skin reaction. 24K Gold should be safe to use on skin, except if you have an allergy to Gold in general.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E (Most abundant antioxidant found in human skin, works as a photo-protective agent + Anti-inflammatory ). Popular culture suggests that it also helps in wound healing, but this is not adequately backed up by research.
Lemon Grass Oil + Orange Peel Oil: Both of these serve as natural fragrances, they have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory claims, but there isn’t enough research on essential oils in general when it comes to topical skin application. Some types of skins easily get irritated by essential oils. Others don’t react in any way. If you’re interested, I’d recommend reading this blog post [Are Essential Oils in Skin Care Harmful or Helpful?] by The Klog for more information.
Claims taken from the Farsali website product page.
The Rose Gold Elixir is a fast-absorbing, light-weight: No. This oil is not fast-absorbing, and it is not light-weight. I’ve tried applying smaller amounts to limit its oiliness on my skin, but it still ends up being very oily. This is not something you can use during the day unless you mix it in with a moisturizer (which has worked for me). I have preferred using it exclusively during the night to avoid looking like a bottle of olive oil in public.
Rosehip Seed Oil and Safflower Oil nourish and moisturize the skin: As you can read from the in-depth ingredient list above, rosehip, safflower, and pumpkin oil are all very nourishing and moisturizing and possess exceptional antioxidizing, emollient, and anti-inflammatory properties. While these aren’t hydrating oils -since they don’t penetrate deep into your skin-, they can help dehydrated or dry skin by sealing in the moisture or hydrating products used under them.
Making the complexion look even, supple and hydrated: Definitely. Combining each of these oils works as anti-hyperpigmentation, which will noticeably make your skin look more even, as dark marks and acne scars gradually disappear. The emollient and nourishing properties will make any fine line look less defined, and the overall appearance of your skin will be more supple. I don’t personally agree with the hydration part; as I’ve mentioned above, this oil won’t sink into your skin. If you have dehydrated skin, try using a lightweight hydrating serum under it like the Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence.
24K Gold is a natural mineral used that helps skin look radiant and gives it a natural glow: Erm.. Yes. But also, no. This claim is very intelligently structured since it makes you believe that Gold will provide you with radiant, naturally glowing skin, but the keyword to focus on here is ‘‘look.’’. When brands use such words, it usually means that your skin won’t physically change or be nourished by said ingredient. While Gold has a lot of hype and misinformation surrounding it, the hard truth of the matter is that it has not scientific study to back up any of the claims associated with it. People will have you believe its anti-aging, anti-oxidizing, anti-anything, but Gold is just a gimmicky, very marketable ingredient with no factual data behind it. This claim still holds true, however: due to its golden pigment, it will make your skin more highlighted by slightly tinting it, which will give you a radiant natural glowy look when the product is applied on your face. This is a great pro if you’re using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir under makeup, as highlighted by many beauty YouTubers.
Rosehip Seed is made up of 77% fatty acids -- high in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol) -- all essential for skin health. Rosehips have been found to regenerate tissue and reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks: The majority of these statements are true. But two are misguided. First, although Rosehip does contain high amounts of Vitamin C, the seeds contain very low concentrations of it: "The analyses show that vitamin C is unequally distributed in the different parts of the fruit. Highest is the concentration in the skin [of the fruit]. Significantly lower (6 times) is the concentration in the seeds." [source]. Moreover, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so it would be present in even lower concentrations (if at all) in Rosehip seed oil. Second, rosehip seed oil doesn't contain Vitamin A, but substances called Carotenoids, which are Vitamin A precursors. While great antioxidants, the same properties that retinoids have can't be copy and pasted unto their precursors. The majority are known not to show the same effects, especially not with carotenoids. Not enough research on their use as a precursor to Vitamin A has been made. Nevertheless, rosehip seed oil is still a great anti-aging, antioxidative ingredient.
It can be used as an excellent lip hydrator: Lips that are damaged and dry usually get healed by emollients like vaseline, not hydrating substances. Since the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir is a fantastic emollient, it will recover your lips. Personally, my lips have chronic dryness, and not a lot of products work on them. This oil has worked surprisingly well, and the fact that I can use it on my face and then only slide my fingers on my lips instead of needing to use a separate product for them has been convenient.
Excuse the before picture; although my overall complexion does look dewier and even after using the Farsali oil, the difference in lighting between the first picture and the others makes it look more outstanding than in reality. Also, in the third picture, you can see just how oily my skin looks after the product application (mind you, this is after waiting 20 minutes for the product to ‘absorb’ and only using three drops).
A little background information before I tell you whether or not I recommend this product: I’ve used rosehip oil in the past for about 2 years nonstop. This was before I decided to create this website and review products. My skincare routine was as sporadic as it is now, but rosehip seed oil had become a staple because it seemed to have every single positive skincare property I was looking for: it lightened my scars, decreases my acne, made my skin supple, got rid of fine lines, and was overall a great, affordable preventative anti-aging regimen. Its only downside was that it was very oily, so it could only be used during the night (to my preference). Or alternatively, during the day, if I used some kind of paper to remove it - but this is wasteful.
The Farsali Rose Gold Elixir presents all these benefits and more since it also combines this with Safflower and Pumpkin Seed Oil, both also noteworthy. I even don’t mind the addition of Gold; although it’s gimmicky, it’s a marketable ingredient and probably is one of the main reasons why this product is so hyped. Plus, the Gold used is 24k Gold, so it has meager chances of irritating skin. The add on of Vitamin E was probably a way to make the oil slimier. From what I remember, rosehip oil is pretty runny.
From the above, you might conclude that I would recommend this product to everyone, but this isn’t the case. This is because this oil also contains Lemon Grass Oil and Orange Peel oil. These are fragrant components; although they have some beneficial compounds, they also have aromatic ones that can sensitize and irritate the skin. My skin doesn’t usually get irritated by essential oils, but it did with this product. While I noticed good results while using it, I always ended up with a couple of tiny red bumps on my skin. I knew these weren’t acne because they didn’t appear where I usually had acne, and they would only occur a few hours after I had applied this oil and then disappear a few hours after I had washed my face.
Obviously, this won’t happen with everyone, as essential oils don’t react the same way with every skin and have less sensitizing potential than fragrance. Still, I would not recommend this product to people with acne or sensitive skin, as these are types that are more prone to developing irritations to such compounds. As for normal, combination, or oily skin, I’m not entirely against recommending this product to you, but I feel like using rosehip seed oil alone would have all the added benefits of the Farsali elixir, minus the potential irritation and price tag. Basically, try the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir if you want, but you need to monitor your skin for any adverse reaction closely. If you want a dupe that is less expensive with lower chances of irritation, this is the rosehip seed oil I used for two years: Life-Flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil, I remember not liking the dropper quality, but the good news is that they now also have a pump option. Alternatively, you could also create your own concoction by buying separate Safflower and Pumpkin Seed Oil, but I can’t recommend specific products since I haven’t tried any.
One last thing: even if this didn’t have the fragrant compounds, I think 51$ for this oil is a bit much in terms of price. When I buy products that are a simple combination of oils with great benefits, if they are that expensive, I expect a luxurious formulation that will enable the product to sink into my skin, not sit atop of it.
Great ingredients that work in a myriad of way to yield better, healthier skin
Great add-on to an anti-aging skincare routine
You will see results *unless allergic to one of the oils
Contains essential fragrant oils that have the potential to irritate the skin
Doesn’t sink into the skin
🥇Score: 3.9/5 ——— This is a good product. It would have gotten a better score if it was formulated without the fragrant lemongrass and orange peel extract.