So obviously the title kinda gives it away but I have an exciting giveaway for you today. Before we jump into it though, remember I mentioned I had a hectic weekend. Well I became an aunt on Saturday. My sister was blessed with twins, a boy and a girl and I’m so elated. I’m happy mum and babies are all doing well but rather than being at work I wish I could be with them instead. Oh well, for now I’d like to share my experience with the Farsali Volcanic Elixir with you.
Now if you’re a YouTube and social media junkie like me, you’ve seen Farsali before. In almost every third video or makeup tutorial someone has a dropper in their hand putting this stuff all over their face. The Farsali 24k Rose Gold Elixir is everywhere you look. It’s signature gold flecks within the oil have sparked many other brands copying their style. Used as a primer, a moisturiser, a lip hydrator or mixed with foundation for a dewy finish. After seeing so many people rave about it, I was almost tempted to pick it up. Since I have super oily skin and prefer a matte finish for my foundation, common sense and the voice of reason kept me at bay.
Then I found out about the Farsali Volcanic Elixir, and whilst doing my research, found out that it could aid against acne. Now if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I suffered with terrible breakouts and adult acne. That was about a year and a half ago before I undertook a course of Roaccutane. You can read about my full journey here but it cleared 90% of my acne up. What I was left with was dark blemishes and scars that made me hate looking in the mirror.
Over the last year, I focused on finding full coverage makeup to hide the scars. Only recently did I realise to instead tackle the problem, my skin, instead of looking for short term solutions. As I mentioned in my 2017 goals post, this year my focus is on skincare. I received the Farsali Volcanic Elixir from Muse.SA to test out and review just over a month ago. I’ve been using it daily and here’s how it went along with what it claims its supposed to do.
How Volcanic Elixir works
This precious oil is extracted from the nut kernels of the Tamanu fruit, which flourishes in the south pacific islands of Polynesia, due to the volcanic atmosphere. Volcanoes have a very good effect to the surrounding soil. The Volcanic ash contains minerals that are beneficial to plants and provide nutrients to the soil. Due to this very reason, the Tamanu oil originating from Polynesia contain the most nutritional value.
The properties in oil can help regenerate skin tissue. For this reason, the Volcanic Elixir can condition broken skin, and repair sun and acne damaged skin. It also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties, making it ideal for acne sufferers. The thing that sets this oil apart from others is a certain lipid called calophyllolide, which is not found in any other oil, and is a very strong anti-inflammatory.
The Volcanic Elixir aids in regenerating new healthy skin. It can be used on acne and acne scars, dry and scaly skin, stretch marks, etc. The oil does have a strong earthy scent, but only a few drops are needed, and is perfect as a night time regimen.
The matte black bottle with gold writing is simple yet stunning. It comes with a glass dropper that doesn’t mess and dispenses the product perfectly.
Ingredients and How to Use
So the only single ingredient contained in the Farsali Volcanic Elixir is Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil more commonly known as Tamanu oil. There are no preservatives or anything else from what I can see. Farsali describes the scent is being earthy but if you’ve smelt it you’ll know it’s potent. It smells straight up like curry and that’s the reason they recommend it only for nighttime use. I’m all about the benefits of the product so I’ve been using it morning and night, even to work. I use just three drops at a time, one on my forehead and one on each cheek. After about an hour I don’t smell it anymore but if people at work noticed, they haven’t yet said anything to me.
I did have a few issues finding out when in my routine to use the Farsali Volcanic Elixir. For about two weeks, I used it after my serum and massaged it in to my face with the aloe vera gel I use. Then I read that facial oils should be used after moisturiser because of the density of the droplets and it’s ability to be absorbed. I tried that for about a week but I felt my makeup didn’t last as long and my skin didn’t look as plump. I’ve now returned to using it before my moisturiser and it’s working perfectly for me.
I’ve always stayed away from facial oils after I had this bad experience. The Farsali Volcanic Elixir has completely diminished those fears in just one month of use. I use it underneath foundation and it doesn’t make my face look greasy or allow the makeup to slide off. If anything, I have less dry patches on my cheeks and forehead so I don’t experience any flaking or tugging on the skin. Tamanu oil has a comedogenic rating of 2 which means the chances of it clogging the pores is moderately low. I’d recommend it for any skin type no matter how dry or oily as long as your concern is acne, marks and blemishes. If you have other issues such as brightening or wrinkles, then perhaps choose something more suited to that concern.
Using it daily has lessened the amount of breakouts I’ve been getting since my skin doesn’t need to produce more oil. Most importantly, it has greatly reduced the visibility of my acne scars. There are days when I get compliments on how great my skin is looking and people cannot believe I am not wearing foundation or base. The Farsali Volcanic Elixir has become a staple in my skincare routine and I would advise anyone struggling with scars to try it out. I’ve spent thousands on medicated skincare, trying out different products for months at a time. This has been the fastest results I’ve seen and it will not break the bank. Also you only need such a tiny amount that one bottle will last you for months.
Price and Where to Buy
The Farsali Volcanic Elixir can be purchased directly from their website but they only ship to certain countries. If you are in South Africa you can purchase it off the MuseBeauty website for R450 (15ml) or R700 (30ml). I have the 15ml bottle and even after using it twice a day for a month, it’s still 80% full. Trust me you won’t regret it.
And now for the exciting part. MuseSA has generously sponsored a Farsali Volcanic Elixir to giveaway to one lucky follower. All you need to do is check out my Instagram post for details on how to enter.
A huge thank you to MuseSA for sending me this product to review. It has worked so well and now I know why so many people rave about the Farsali brand. While this product was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.