May 052011


During my last visit to Paris, I became fascinated with using natural oils as beauty products.  The French pharmacies seemed filled with beautiful bottles, and I had received emails from readers recommending products that happened to be oils.  I tried a few– Leonore Greyl Palm Oil for hair (reviewed here), Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil (reviewed here) and Uka Nail Oil (reviewed here), I experienced conditioning and healing for hair and skin.  I loved them all, and I wanted to know more.

I asked Rodin for a few tiny samples of their renowned Olio Lusso Face Oil, which I’ve been reading about forever on Into the Gloss.  Essentially, this is a mix of several different luxury natural oils that have a moisturizing and beneficial effect.  Linda Rodin does not promise miracles–she is neither a chemist nor a scientist.  She is interested in simple, natural products that work.  In her own words, the product makes skin look more alive  — it balance and heals my oily/combination skin.  Red scars seem faded, acne goes away, and the skin is left with a soft, moisturized natural glow.  Really, it’s very noticeable.  There is no creamy or chemical ingredient that leaves any clogs.  My pores are clean, clear and small.  There is a dramatic and immediate effect on my neck–it instantly looks better.

"I don’t want to know what everyone thinks; I want to know what like-minded people who I trust think" ~ Linda Rodin

If your skin is oily, you may have an (understandable) fear of adding more.  I got over this years ago–most oils sink in easily and don’t clog at all–all of the products that cause me problems are creams, liquid foundations or powders–never oils.  I don’t know why 2-3 drops of this works so well even for the oily areas of my skin, but it does.  I apply it after a shower, and it sinks in beautifully leaving a slight glow behind.

Rodin Olio Lusso is $140 for 1 fluid ounce, and can be purchased online at the Olio Lusso online store.  I’ve only used the tiniest amount–I’m only near the end of one of the three tiny bottles that I was given, so I have no doubt that it lasts a long time.  I’ll be purchasing this when these run out–I really like the effect.

I should note that Rodin’s Olio Lusso Face Oil has a strong, earthy scent immediately on application.  It seems to fade after about 30 minutes, but the initial scent is very strong.


  • Jasmine Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Rose Canina Fruit Oil
  • Arnica Montana Flower Extract
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil
  • Orange Flower Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil
  • Benzyl benzoate, Linaool

Sample sized products were provided to Cafe Makeup were provided without charge for review and considerations.

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  13 Responses to “Rodin Olio Lusso Review”

  1. Hello~ I am a newbie to your blog and I must say…I love it! After reading this post about Rodin’s Face Oil (a must in my book), I clicked on some of your previous reviews. I stumbled upon your one of the Le Metier de Beaute’s eyelash curler. I, too, never quite got the “love” people had for the Shu Uemura one as it kind of hurt and never really did anything for my lashes. I now have become obsessed with trying to get my hands on the LMdB’s one. Do you have any words as to the availability of this said product? I have googled/binged my morning away trying to locate one to no avail. Just wondered if you had any insight.

    Thanks for “listening”.

    • Did you call Bergdorfs/NY? Neiman may also have it… It may be temporarily out of stock. They are a very small niche brand but you could get added to a wait list very easily.

  2. 140 bucks?? That’s a very simple mix of easily accessible oils anyone can make. I’ve been using oils for 5 years now so i know the subject. Also, there’s no need to add benzyl benzoate, it just makes the mix non-natural. I also suspect it’s scented. I wonder what makes the mix smell like you described.

    • @ Marina, do you know where you can get good quality jasmine oil? I usually order oils from Garden of Wisdom and they don’t have that. I was thinking also it may be possible to make a similar oil more cheaply…but then I started looking into how much it would cost to buy all these oils separately, then the pain of having to figure out the right quantities of each (probably wasting a lot in the process), so I think it may not be cheaper to do this. I read the Linda Rodin article she linked in this post, and she said one bottle can last for daily use for 8 months…Hmmm, if that’s the case, and someone really loves this oil, it may be worth it. I doubt it is scented…I was reading in reviews the strong smell is from the combination of jasmine, neroli (orange blossom) and rose oils. I agree I wish it didn’t have the benzyl benzoate…but if it didn’t, the oils wouldn’t stay fresh for 8 months so I guess it’s necessary.

      • I’ve tried the Olio Lusso and the scent is heavily jasmine, very natural, from the jasmine oil – it very much dominates the blend. I mix my own oils as well, and it is not inexpensive to say the least! I think Olio Lusso is probably a bit overpriced, but it would be very costly to try and replicate it because you would have so much waste that would not stay fresh.

        • Nina, if you use oils, you know they stay fresh for years. Secondly, you wouldn’t waste them, you’d just have different good mixes you could use. Thirdly, i don’t like replicating stuff, i like inventing my own 🙂 And i don’t just mix oils, i also make creams, lotions, cleansers, etc.

      • Amy, i know only one good online shop in the US, White Lotus Aromatics. There are a couple more in Europe and Australia, if you’re interested 🙂

  3. i’m so glad you reviewed this. I’ve been curious about this for a while! I currently use pure jojoba oil as my night moisturizer and its excellent

  4. p.s. Where can one get samples of the Rodin oil, like the samples you pictured above? I’d love to try samples!

  5. This particular blend is too viscous for me (I like Pomega5’s capsules, it’s ultrafine and silky), but I agree it makes your skin glow and relaxes congestion. Personally, I like the jasmine, it’s worthy of a high-quality soliflore, but it is very potent.

  6. I received a sample of this from the company, but, sadly, it didn’t work all that well for me. I love facial oils, but this was a little too heavy; it could be the argan oil. So far, plain rosehip oil and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate are the very best for me, but this one is definitely worth a try.

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