For the past month or so I have been using the OGEE Hyrdoganics Velvet Botanical Moisturizer. I planned to post this at the end of thirty days, But Thanksgiving happened and scheduling got bent so I am now at the end of this bottle of moisturizer.
I actually don’t mind that the moisturizer use was extended as I ended up taking it traveling with me so it was an extra test for the moisturizer. Plus I also really enjoyed using it. But lets look a little at the actual product. The brand OGEE Organics specializes in high quality, high performing certified organic skincare. So I feel good about using the products in general. They have skincare items like the velvet Moisturizer I used but they also have a few makeup items in their collection. I haven’t tried any of the makeup, but given the quality of this moisturizer I have a few of them on my list to try out in the near future.
Jojoba is one of the brands hero ingredients because it has a molecular structure very similar to the sebum we naturally produce. Which It one of the reasons this moisturizer felt so good to wear. I’ve always found that my skin absorbs jojoba based products really well and feels amazingly soft and hydrated afterwards.
One of the other ingredients, In fact it is the first ingredient listed in the full list, is aloe.
Full Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Squalane (from Sugarcane), Glycerin* (from Vegetable Sources), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride* (from Coconut Oil), Propanediol (from Corn), Glyceryl Stearate SE (from Vegetable Sources), Isoamyl Laurate (from Vegetable Sources), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate (from Vegetable Sources), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol (from Vegetable Sources), Jojoba Esters, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Galactoarabinan (from Larch Trees), Microcrystalline Cellulose (from Wood), Decyl Glucoside (from Sugar), Carrageenan (from Seaweed), Sodium Benzoate (preservative used in foods), Lauryl Glucoside (from Corn & Coconut), Xanthan Gum (from Vegetable Fermentation), Citric Acid (from Cassava), Tocopherol (Vitamin E from Vegetable Sources), Potassium Sorbate (preservative used in foods), Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax (from Beeswax), Cellulose Gum (from Wood), Sodium Phytate (from Rice Bran), Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate (from Vegetable Sources), Rose Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis (Cantaloupe) Fruit Extract, Alcohol (from Sugarcane).
*Certified Organic Ingredient
Free from harsh chemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, dyes or petrochemicals. Certified to Contain 73% Organic Ingredients.
Aloe and I go way back. When I was little my mom always had several potted aloe plants in the house and anytime there were sunburns or minor skin irritations a little piece of the plant would be snapped off and the resulting interior gel would be rubbed into the skin. And when I left home, I was given a small aloe plant to take with me so every place I have ever lived has had an aloe plant. (The small one was sent off to college with me to ‘brighten up’ the dorm room, In case you were wondering.)
To me aloe has a very nostalgic scent and it is one of the main scents in this Velvet Botanical moisturizer. There are no added fragrances so the moisturizer smells of it’s components. The scents that come through for me are Aloe, Jojoba and a a few drifts of scent from both the chamomile and eucalyptus. The scent though is predominantly aloe and Jojoba.
In the picture to the left you can see the cream massaged into my skin. There is a shine because it is freshly applied, but the skin is not greasy, just hydrated. In the picture below you can see my face after applying and waiting less than a minute. The moisturizer absorbs quickly.
The bottle is a white glass bottle with gold details and looks vet classy on my skincare shelf. I especially like that the pump locks in place for travel.
But how does it perform?
Well actually. I needed two to three pumps to cover my entire face (two during the day and three at night). My skin is what you would call normal to combination. I have some spots that are more oily than others, but over all I am not too dry and not too oily. It does mean that my skin’s needs tend to shift with the seasons. In the summertime I lean more towards the oily side and in the winter I lean to the drier side.
when I started using this moisturizer, the weather had not quite turned. I was in the in between phase. My skin lost the oiliness of summer but the central heating was not running enough to lead me into the drier phase of the year. In this phase of time, this moisturizer was perfect for both day and night time use. I tend to like a little more moisture at night, hence the extra pump of product. I simply apply my moisturizer thicker at night or use a night cream. I don’t mind using a night cream. In fact I rather prefer separate day and night time products because there is a difference in what my skin goes through in the day and in the night I don’t mind if products specialize. Mostly because I tend to find that multi use products tend to still do one thing well and a few other things so-so. I would rather have a product that does one thing really well.
As a day cream, this Ogee Organics Velvet Botanical moisturizer was stellar. It went on smoothly, absorbed well and quickly and actually worked really well under makeup. Because it absorbed fairly quickly it was fantastic to use in the morning.
When I started using it in the evening it worked well then. I added the extra pump but it was the right mount of moisture for me. Then the weather changed and the inside air dried out a bit. Then this moisturizer needed a helping hand once or twice a week with a night mask. With those two nights of alternate night masking it was fine for me and remained fine for both night and day use. I think in the summer time, when I am a little more oily than I am now, this would work even better for me, without any night masking. It is just the winter where a few times a week I needed back up.
As I don’t mind having a separate night cream and a day cream, I would use this as a day cream in the future and just use it as a night cream. If you lean more towards the oily side, you could probably use it for both. If your skin is drier than mine, you might want to use this as a day cream as well.
One thing that I did notice was that there was no irritation from this moisturizer when my skin broke out during the excesses of Thanksgiving. Butter and sugar were consumed in larger quantities than usual during the week and my skin showed it. I was able to spot treat the resulting eruptions, but the treatment tends to dry out the areas around the blemishes. This moisturizer was able to rehydrate those dry patches without irritating or further inflaming the portions of my skin I was trying to treat.
To be honest I really enjoyed this OGEE Organics Velvet Botanical Moisturizer and would certainly use it again. For me it is more of a day cream, at least until the summer humidity rises, but using it only once a day would extend the life of the product so that I could use it for a longer period of time, Which I would certainly enjoy doing.