We’re always keeping a close eye on K-beauty trends and the most innovative products that Korean women are in love with. And recently, we’ve noticed an emerging cult product that we’re seeing tons of Korean beauty enthusiasts swearing by: Huxley’s Secret of Sahara Oil Essence; Essence-like, Oil-like.
An all-rounder that’s highly raved about in Korea, this oil-and-essence hybrid delivers multiple functions: moisturising, energising, and anti-ageing. Its sophisticated packaging and cutting-edge ingredients and formulations make it the new go-to product by beauty enthusiasts in Korea.
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The power of succulents: The exclusive ingredient in Huxley’s Secret of Sahara Oil Essence; Essence-like, Oil-like
The secret behind why this up-and-coming brand has gained so much attention in Korea lies in its exquisite ingredient used: the Sahara Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
Probably the Sahara Desert’s most well-kept beauty treasure, the Prickly Pear cactus is an incredibly resilient plant. Just imagine how hardy it has to be in order to thrive in an extreme environment with 50-degree temperature fluctuations every day!
The oil derived from this cactus, found in all of Huxley’s skincare products, is made by first separating 1 million seeds from the plant in order to extract just 1 litre of this precious oil. The amount of time taken? 36 hours for every litre.
Why is Huxley’s Oil Essence so well-loved in Korea?
The time invested to process the product is certainly worthwhile. After all, this prized oil offers a unique phyto-chemical that acts as a natural defense and barrier protection for our skin against environmental stress; effectively taking on the resilience property of the amazing plant for our skin’s benefit.
Just like the plant that is able to maintain 95% of its moisture even in a harsh environment, the Huxley Oil Essence helps our skin to retain moisture that we need to keep skin look fresh and bouncy.
Many oil products may feel too greasy or even heavy on skin, and many women avoid them for fear that it may interfere with their makeup, aggravate oily skin, or worse, clog pores.
However, the reason why Korean women who have tried it can’t get enough of Huxley’s Essence Oil is how lightweight the product feels on the skin. This is thanks to the optimal balance of oil and essence in the formula. What’s more, the product contains 61% linoleic acid, so that it is able to offer a light and fast-absorbing texture. Reviewers say that the oil absorbs quickly, leaving a nourished feeling on their skin, without any greasy or sticky feeling. Many also commented that it has even greater moisturising effect than argan oil – an ingredient that beauty enthusiasts swear by.
Besides offering intense hydration and nourishment, Huxley’s Oil Essence also promotes anti-ageing benefits. There’s a high concentration of natural vitamin E (400 times more than olive oil) thanks to extracts from the Acai Berry, Yerba Mate Leaf, Quinoa, and – of course – Prickly Pear, so it delivers potent antioxidants to skin to defend it from the appearance of signs of ageing.
For those with sensitive skin, you’d be happy to know that Sahara Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a safe and natural ingredient that’s gentle on the skin. It definitely also helps that unlike some oil products out there, the Huxley Oil Essence has a pleasant scent that comforts you.
Huxley Oil Essence review: Our first impression
Huxley is finally available in Singapore and we got our hands on a bottle of the popular Huxley Oil Essence.
The first thing that caught my eyes is certainly the beautiful packaging: in an understated frosted bottle, this is definitely going to be featured consistently in the #flatlays that I create for my Instagram feed.
I used Huxley’s clever dropper that lets you perfectly control how much essence you use. I was surprised by the texture of the product. While it is just as nourishing as a facial oil, the texture feels nothing like it. It is closer to how a water-based serum would usually feel: hydrating without being sticky or greasy. The product melts easily into skin and absorbs within seconds. I like that it has a subtle but pleasant scent that makes the overall experience even more pampering.
I used it right after toning and before moisturising, and the product works beautifully with the other items in my regime. After application, my parched skin felt hydrated instantly, and left it feeling felt velvety soft and smooth throughout the day.
As far as my first impression goes, I know I will continue to Huxley’s Oil Essence because I really enjoyed the experience! Read on to find out how you can get a Special Samples Card from Huxley to try its products for yourself!
Where can you get the Huxley Oil Essence in Singapore?
Good news! Beauty enthusiasts in Singapore used to have to ask friends to bring bottles of the Huxley Oil Essence back from Korea, but now the brand is finally available in Singapore!
You can find the Huxley Oil Essence (SGD60) on their official website for Singapore, or in store at Centrepoint (starting 1 October) and Skinx online store. Skinx also has a physical store located at 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-15, Singapore 082001. Don’t forget to check out other amazing products from Huxley while you’re getting your bottle of Oil Essence!