I took a brief break from my usual moisturizers to test a sample I received from Sephora of the Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil, a blend featuring 10 plant oils. This is advertised as a multi-use product, but I’m primarily interested in it as a facial moisturizer. Call me crazy, but $32 is a little steep for a cuticle oil or even a hair oil. However, it’s not necessarily an outrageous price for a nice facial oil.
The ten featured oils are argan, moringa, marula, watermelon seed, plum seed, baobab seed, olive fruit, grape seed, jojoba, and rice bran. Based on the sample’s package, I initially thought that those were perhaps the only ingredients, but the full list is actually much longer.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Citrillus Ianatus (Watemelon) Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Prunus Insititia Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil*, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil*, Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Manketti) Kernel Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.
This is a clear, lightweight oil that feels really nice to apply to skin. It seems to absorb really quickly, and it smells pretty nice, too (there is some added fragrance in it). A little goes a pretty long way and I’ve taken to applying to my face, neck and décolletage because it’s very easy to spread. The drier areas of my face seem to absorb this in a matter of seconds and it quickly feels like I never applied an oil to begin with. I think this might really appeal to people who like to keep things simple and don’t really want to feel their moisturizer, though personally I actually kind of miss it. I don’t have a habit of using oils on my face during the day, but this one might work just because of how lightweight it is.
I was able to use this sample for three nights. One thing I noticed on the second night I used this was that in combination with another product I used (I’m not positive whether it was my eye cream or a different oil I used on my body), I got a very weird, unpleasant smell. It surprised me because I haven’t had this happen before when using different products. It contributes to my idea that this is a product targeting for people who really like to keep things low-maintenance and not combine and layer lots of skincare concoctions.
This oil wasn’t made for me, but it’s still a good one and I suspect that there are a lot of people who would enjoy using this, and who’s skincare routine would benefit from the addition of it. I’m ok with spending a little money on my skincare and $32 isn’t a shockingly high amount of money for me to pay for a nice staple that can be effective yet disappear on the skin, but it is bordering on luxury. The company also suggests using this as a beard conditioner and shave oil, which I have no experience with. I would not use this on my feet, elbows, cuticles, and hair, though. I have no need for a luxury foot oil, if you know what I mean.
Have you tried it? Do you have a favorite oil?