Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, Review

Facial Oils are the new trend be it as a step in our skin care or mixed with various products we use such as our creams or foundations. I have previously talked about Sisley Black Rose here and was positively surprised to hear lots of very experienced and enthusiastic comments. After that I decided to invite an expert to the discussion and I was so happy when Ebru from ChicScience agreed to write us an article about the basics of facial oil (read here). She then later on added another article to this series on her blog, which is about twelve most favorite facial oils and their benefits here

Today's post is inspired by our orchid, which is right now in full bloom and poses so well. I have been searching for a more affordable alternative to the Sisley Black Rose Facial Oil, so have been on a journey on trying a few alternative products. I heard many good things about Clarins Facial Oils and decided to give one of them a try for science (thanks to Clarins for supporting it). For the ones who don't know, there are three different products for different skin types in their line up. The one I would like to share my thoughts today is  Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (Huile Orchidée Bleue) for dehydrated skin. There is one for dry skin but it is more specialized in rednesses which I luckily don't suffer from, so I decided to go for Blue Orchid.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil comes in a 30ml glass container with a drop dispenser. It feels luxurious and heavy in a good way. The packaging is great, though I don't know if being transparent is an issue here for the life of the oils. I keep it in my bathroom cupboard which is dark. Ingredients are given as follows:


Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Fragrance, Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Flower Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Eugenol

Hazel seed oil is given to be a quickly absorbed light facial oil, which is great especially for dehydrated skin. Pogostemon Cablin Oil, aka patchouli, known to stimulate the growth of new skin cells apart from smelling divine. It is especially said to provide fast wound healing (source). Rosewood is given to aiding rejuvenation of the skin. There is unfotunately fragrance in the mix, which might be of concern if you are sensitive to that. Dendrobium Phalaenopsis is the Orchid which gives the oil its name is given to be great for hydration.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

On my slightly damp skin, I apply this facial oil straightly. I found that 5-6 drops is optimal for my skin condition at the moment. I suspect though in winter I might need more. I like using Facial Mists before Facial Oils. I am going to share a few of those I am loving at the moment in another post. The oil smells divine and it doesn't sit on the skin. I feel like this doesn't get soaked in as quick as Black Orchid but still my skin feels good after the application. I am missing squalane here which I got used to so bad. I purchased a bottle of pure squalane in Japan after the recommendations in the last post. I am mixing it with this one to make it more complete in terms of anti-aging ingredients.

One of the things I love most about Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil must be its smell. It is a gorgeous woody smell which is not too heavy but very calming. With some of the smells I can't sleep at night, but this one takes me to the most sweet dreams.

In the morning when I wake up, my face feels smooth and hydrated. I don't feel that it is very much nourished so need to add my cream on top for this purpose. All in all a great budget option for dehydrated skin types. I recommend you add your anti-aging on top.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Final thoughts: I love the smell, the quick absorption and lightness of Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. It definitely helps to keep the skin hydrated and happy. I think it is best if you use it under or together with your anti-aging creams.

Have you tried any of Clarins' Facial Oils? Which oil ingredient makes your skin happiest?

Disclaimer: The product in this post was sent free of charge for consideration purposes. 
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.



  1. Hey Sara, thanks for the review! I'll have to replace the Sisley one at some point, and I'll take Clarins into consideration! I'll have to see just how much fragrance there is tho. I no longer like heavily-fragranced products!

  2. Clarins oils are really good and widely available. I have a mini blue orchid one which I need to use tonight. My skin decided to give me hard times after 32 years of behaving so well.
    I'm just packing parcels for the summer and your oil is there. Sorry for such a delay but I feel it will be safer to send it from Poland;-)

  3. Weleda almond oil is really good.

  4. Oh and if you like rose Alverde has a rely good one.

  5. Thanks for the heads-up! I think I might have a little sample sitting somewhere. Let me dig it out ;)

  6. I need to try this! x

  7. I really like this oil. It's not the greatest oil I've ever tried, but it does the job and is on the more affordable side. I prefer to add this oil (and any oil really) as the last step in my skin care regime. Putting an anti-aging cream or serum on top of this may be a little counter-productive as all those good ingredients may not penetrate the oil. If I'm using this oil, I will apply my serum, then moisturiser and the apply just a couple of drops to face concentrating on my cheeks as this is where most of my dehydration is.

  8. Thanks for this review, Sara. I have been neglecting my facial oils lately as i'm testing quite a number of other new products, but at some point I've got to get back on track again!

  9. I've heard nothing but good things about Clarins face oils! I tried the Lotus version about 10 years ago- I should really give it another go! Have a great weekend, Sara :)

  10. I bought this last winter when my oily skin got super dehydrated I had heard good things about facial oils and this is the one the Clarins rep recommended. I like it a lot.

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