Meet Skincare's New Honey Grail | Farmacy Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil

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I often gush about honey because it’s my absolute favorite ingredient whether I’m talking skincare or food. There’s just something about the ingredient that I’m so obsessed with. Perhaps it’s the sweetness, the captivating scent or its process that’s incredibly mesmerizing to me.

Last year, I chatted about some of my top beauty recommendations if you love honey just as much as I do, but now I’m back with a newbie that can definitely be added to that list! Farmacy recently launched their new Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil. In my world, an oil really has be something special for me to purchase and go hard about it…and this particular oil has me hooked.

Formula & How It Works

Honey Grail is a fast-absorbing oil that smells of fresh, raw buckwheat honey from California. While it appears to have the slight consistency of actual honey, the oil is actually pretty lightweight and instantly gives the skin a gorgeous glow that looks amazing alone or under makeup.

My Routine

There are a handful of uses for Honey Grail, but in my skincare routine I used it in place of my serum. No real theme here, but here are some other products I used:

  • Cleanser | Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser — great for removing makeup

  • Exfoliator & Mask | Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric Radiance Polishing Mask — exfoliate and mask in one simple step. Plus, the skin benefits greatly from the pumpkin enzymes and turmeric.

  • Toner | Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel Astringent with Aloe — a go-to toner in my collection.

  • Face Serum | Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra Hydrating Face Oil — two to three drops is sufficient.

  • Eye Serum | Camille Rose Eye Blossom — no crazy scent, great if you have allergies and uber hydrating for dry or irritated skin around the eyes.

  • Moisturizer | Laura Mercier Nourishing Rose Creme — also very hydrating and great to use before applying makeup for the day, but can also be used at night.

My Thoughts & Experience

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The Texture & Formula | How Does It Work?

I tend to use honey a lot during the fall and winter when my skin becomes super dry, but I would definitely feel comfortable using this oil in the spring and summer when my skin is typically oily/combination — not that I’ve been able to stop using it! I love that it’s not greasy or ridiculously oily (it really does absorb), and I haven’t noticed any pilling when pairing it with a routine of other products yet. Turns out Honey Grail is pretty versatile and can be used in the following ways:

  1. To revitalize and smooth bare skin for fresh-faced luminosity (fine for AM and PM use). No need for makeup when your skin glows the way Honey Grail does. I love to stunt a good glow!

  2. Mixed with makeup such as foundation, tinted moisturizer or liquid highlight, or layered on top for dewy radiance. I haven’t dabbled with any of my complexion makeup yet, but Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Cushion Stick or MAC Next To Nothing Foundation might be good formulas for this.

  3. To nourish and boost hydration on top of your favorite moisturizer or after at-home treatments. I might give this a go after my next Michael Todd dermaplaning session.

  4. In your hair! I’m not sure that this would help tame my flyaways, but it would sure be great to add a little drop to my styling process for added brilliance or for a boost of shine mid-week. I currently use the Camille Rose Honey Hydrate Leave-In Conditioner to style my hair and it gives me excellent softness and shine, but this oil is obviously much lighter to use.

The Results | What Are The Benefits?

Yes, this product is literally oozing with honey, but there’s more to this formula than simply…honey. Farmacy’s Honey Grail has three key ingredients that make it beneficial for skin and hair:

  • Raw Buckwheat Honey from California which is known for its powerful antioxidants, super soothing and humectant properties, our special honey provides skin-loving moisture and nourishment.

  • Sea Buckthorn Oil which has been regarded as an “almighty wonder oil” full of antioxidants and moisturizing omegas 3, 6 and 7, along with vitamins and amino acids; anti-aging, helps keep skin healthy (hair too!) and guards against free radical damage.

  • 5-Flower Oil Blend of Hibiscus, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Crambe & Sunflower: this blend of nutrient-rich flower oils full of omega fatty acids to nourish, hydrate and maintain a healthy skin barrier.

The Price | Is It Worth The Money?

Retailing at $48 at Sephora.com and in Sephora stores, I think this product is close to similar products in its category and I would definitely replenish it with my own money. I know I’ll be cherishing every drop of this bottle, but I haven’t been hesitant to go ahead and use it up yet. It’s just too good to leave sitting on the shelf! I’ve tried creating my own honey serum and I’d rather buy this to take the work and spending on ingredients out of the equation. Plus, the fact that it can be used for more than just skincare makes it even more attractive as a beauty enthusiast because I adore a multi-purpose product.

Comparing Farmacy vs Gisou

Farmacy’s Ingredients

Cocoglycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Ethylcellulose, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seed Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Flavor (Aroma)*
(*Natural Flavor / Arome Naturel)

Gisou’s Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Mirsalehi Honey, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Kernel) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Seed) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 47000 (Yellow 11), Tocopherol, BHT, CI 26100 (Red 17), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool

Which One Would I Recommend?

I’m going based on research and observation here, but Gisou is definitely super popular amongst the beauty community. The packaging is gorgeous and it’s an overall coveted luxury product. A few things that previously caught my attention several months ago when doing some light research on the product was the dyes and fragrance, or parfum, used in the formula. I’ve never gotten to touch or play with the Gisou hair oil, but I decided to pass based on those factors as well as the price. I didn’t want to pay nearly $90+ USD for a hair oil; however, it looks like they now have a travel size priced nearly the same as Farmacy.

Now that you can purchase Gisou at nearly the same size and price as Honey Grail, I think it depends on what you prefer in a product. Aside from a few skin conditioners as top ingredients on Farmacy’s ingredients list, the rest is packed with natural extracts and oils which is what made it so intriguing to me before even testing a drop. Farmacy does not use any dyes and the packaging even states that Honey Grail is paraben, formaldehyde donor, synthetic fragrance, phthalate, mineral oil and cruelty free.

I’m interested in seeing how Farmacy Honey Grail would age on the shelf compared to Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil due to such a difference in ingredients. Farmacy states that all of their products have a minimum shelf life of two years (some at three years). Gisou states that the Honey Infused Hair Oil has a shelf life of one year after opened (2.5 years unopened).

All in all, I would recommend grabbing Farmacy Honey Grail based on ingredients. If you’ve tried Gisou, I would love to hear your thoughts and comparison! Now that there’s a travel size, I might try it one day to compare.

Honey Grail is available NOW on Farmacy and Sephora’s sites, but will be available in Sephora stores on May 17th!