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Secret of Sahara Oil Essence

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CLAIM TO FAME: An antioxidant-enriched essence for healthy, hydrated, glowing skin

FAST FACTS: Unique hybrid formula blends organic cactus oil into a lightweight essence; strengthens and energizes skin with 61% Sahara cactus seed oil, quinoa, and acai berry; provides lasting hydration and intense nourishment; protects against stress and aging; fast-absorbing, non-comedogenic, and high in vitamin E and antioxidants; free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens

PERFECT FOR: Normal to combination skin

My favorite face oil ever
April 29, 2017
”I’m so glad I took a chance on this stuff, because it is HEAVENLY! I have normal skin that can go either dry in winter or combination in summer. Right now, since we’re transitioning seasons, the Oil Essence is perfect. The texture is airy and sinks in immediately, but it also feels like it has heft and that’s it’s nourishing my skin. I use this where I would normally use a face oil, right after serum/treatment/acid and before moisturizer. I feel like this help make my moisturizer work better, and it’s light enough to use in the morning too. I will definitely repurchase!”
–Brooke (from glowrecipe.com)

April 1, 2017
”I love how hydrating this is for my face, and the hydration lasts. Additionally, I love its smell - so light and refreshing. I have combination skin with monthly acne visits. This product makes my skin feel super hydrated, does not add shine to my oily t-zone, and does not irritate or make my hormonal acne worse. This has become a staple product in my skin care line up.”
–Y.A. (from glowrecipe.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Secret of Sahara Oil Essence
NET WEIGHT: 1.01 oz.

After cleansing and toning, apply a dime-sized amount of the Oil Essence to the face using gentle patting motions. Follow with the rest of the skincare routine or with a moisturizer.


Inspired by Brave New World’s author Aldous Huxley, new K-beauty brand Huxley has become a skincare sensation, thanks to its innovative and game-changing products. The brand utilizes hydrating cactus oils, which have made their moisturizers a market bestseller and shot the brand to cult-fave status amongst Korean beauty mavens.

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  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 20

Instagramable? Yes.

I was really excited when i first got this because the packaging was so beautiful and a lot of youtubers highly recommend this product. But, it is not worth your money. I feel like it doesn’t do anything to my skin. Sure, you see this all the time in instagram but are you willing to splurge just for a display? Plus, the fragrance is too strong for a sensitive skin like me. So, try buying facial oils that is in your buget.

4 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 26

Sahara skin no more!

The biggest push for me to get this was an article online saying that this was the go-to product of Korean flight attendants. When I tried this, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my skin wasn't as dehydrated as before (usually, my skin would feel so dehydrated by 5pm that I'd need a generous spritz of a hydrating toner), and it didn't irritate my skin. This was definitely a game-changer for my skin. What I'd love though, is for a better dropper, and a bigger bottle. I love this so much that I've already consumed 2/3 of the bottle within 3 months!

7 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 29

My HG essence!

I am so eager to try this product because of the good reviews. I was able to try Missha's FTE before yet I am more in love with this one. First, it has nice smell. Next, it does not feel oily. It has a watery to gel like consistency which sets on the face quickly. Lastly, this is so moisturizing. I only use this at night to save its content because this is quite expensive.

12 months ago
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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 30

Spa for your face

This oil essence is very light and refreshing despite the "oil" in its name. I love the light floral scent, which soothes the senses, that is why I call this spa for your face. It is fast absorbing and deeply hydrates the skin, making it smooth and supple, without making your skin shine like greasball. I totally skipped using a moisturizer when using this, that's how hydrating this is. It is rich in antioxidants which totally sold me. I currently just finish a whole bottle and I can say that the long term effect on my skin is very satisfying, I just love how my skin looks and feel. Overall, I love this product and will repurchase it; the only thing that will make me think twice in repurchasing is the high price point.

about 1 year ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Deep
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 28

Dried me out, allergic reactions

This is one of my splurges that I thought would be great because I researched a whole lot before buying it...but it dried my skin out and I had painful bumps all over my cheeks after a few days of using it. I was really disappointed. My skin is super sensitive and dehydrated. I read and studied the ingredients and this is supposed to be great for hydrating the skin especially in winter. So I thought - great for me! But I've started patting this on my boyfriend's sunburnt and dry skin and it works for him. So there might be something here that works for other people.

over 1 year ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita

A hydrating essence

I like this essence, its not my absolute favorite but it works for me. First of all, the packaging is so nice!!! It comes in a frosted acrylic bottle and a white dropper, which just screams luxury. The dropper works really well, too, not dispensing too much to getting too little product. The essence itself is quite thick and very hydrating to the skin. Even though I have oily skin, I have quite dehydrated skin and this just helps my skin feel moisturized and hydrated so I highly recommend this for dry skinned people. The smell, however, I am not a big fan of. It smells how I would imagine cactus water to smell like, kind of like natural aloe vera with something else. The smell doesn't bother me TOO much but if you're sensitive to smells, I wouldn't get this. I also do find this essence to be expensive but if this seems like something you'll like and the smell won't really bother you, why not? A good buy for me but not too sure if I'll buy it again.

over 1 year ago
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