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Skin Alchemists Apothecary Sésenne Facial Elixir

Skin Alchemists Apothecary
Sésenne Chantewelle La Rose Facial Elixir
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issue nine : Here Comes The Night

I have a secret to tell you…something I have been keeping to myself for a long time now but have reached a point where I just need to be honest with all of you, and most importantly, with myself. I loathe reviewing face oils. There, I said it! That’s been weighing dark and heavy on my chest. (So rest assured, that when you do see a review for a facial oil on UNTAINTED, it’s because it’s truly deserving.) I don’t know if it’s because they seem to be the first product every brand or PR wants to send in for review, or that many just don’t really cut the mustard when I do finally get round to trying them. And in case you didn’t know, one of my pet peeves is beauty waste. In fact, it’s gotten the point where I actually refuse accepting facial oils for review because the anxiety that comes along with wasting precious, expensive and often exotic and unnecessary ingredients fills me dread worrying I might not finish them. The same dread one might feel being left alone in the dark convinced the boogeyman is coming to get you. But every now and then, when my defences are low and I’m least expecting it, an oil will land on my desk. (In this case, on a small table in Le Pain in Great Marlborough Street in London over coffee and cake in early June.)

So there I was, under the spell of caffeine and sugar, when I was presented with this beautiful box…and inside was pristine black glass bottle filled with, well I can only explain it as ‘the light.’


They claim that this facial elixir is hypnotic and opulent. Those, my dear friends are not false claims. I would go so far as to say that this hand-blended concoction inspired by Theresa’s – the brand’s founder – St Lucian heritage feels like a protector. Like the warm embrace of a lover on a cold night. Like the safety of your mother’s arms when you were a child. In short, I am so pleased my defences were down that day and I have had a few months to really acquaint myself with rich, nourishing oils gifted to us by Mother Nature.

There is no denying that this is a premium product, and as with every review, I recommend only buying if you’re in need of a new facial oil or serum. Fortunately, Skin Alchemists Apothecary has also made a more affordable 10ml size*…perfect for travel, but also for testing if this product is right for you. It has a deep, heady, sophisticated aroma of reminiscent cumin and frankincense. So if you’re partial to more fruity or floral scents, this might not be to your liking.

I have normal but thirsty skin, so this elixir really suits my skin. It sinks in quickly and I am not left looking (or feeling) like an exotic oil slick in skincare meant for someone else. So although I have been using this product mostly at night, it would be suitable to use as part of your early morning routine too, just make sure cover up with an untainted SPF as it does contain amazonian cacay oil, natures most potent form of vitamin A. It really does leave the skin looking glowing, plumped and rejuvenated. There’s always a moment of I finish applying it where I honestly, just stop, breath and embrace the sensation of my skin drinking up this magic potion.

Sésenne Rejuvenating Facial Elixir would also be suitable for my pro-kit as it works beautifully under makeup in a studio situation – as I know it will keep my model’s skin safe and protected from man-made elements like air-con, artificial light sources and everyday pollution, throughout the shoot day.

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A little goes a long way, 4 – 6 drops is all you need. Warm between your hands to activate the oils and aroma’s and swipes over the face in an upward motion. Once your face is covered, firmly, but gently, press the oil into the skin. As I said before, if you are going to wear it during the day and will be outdoors, do use an SPF before applying your makeup.


Caryodendron Orinocense (Cacay) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) oil, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower oil), Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Nigella sativa (Black Seed), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) oil, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) essential oil, Pelagonium graveolens (Rose Geranium), Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood), Pimenta racemosa (West Indian Bay), Pimenta racemosa (Frankincense), Mystica Fragrans (Nutmeg), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime), Rosa Centifolia (Rose de Mai), Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh), Citrus × clementina (Clementine), Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa), Champacca, Jasminium grandiflorum (Jasmine), Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)

+Limonene, +Citronellol, +Geraniol, +Linalool, +Citral, +Eugenol (Component of essential oil)

100% natural and vegan | blended primarily from organic and wildcrafted oils


The packaging and container are fully recyclable (depending on your curbside recycling). If you’re not going wash the bottle out and keep it for testers for other oils or liquid products you might like to try, be sure to separate the pipette from the dropper cap before putting it into the recycling.

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