PETER THOMAS ROTH GREEN RELEAF CALMING FACE OIL REVIEW (CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL)
Happy Beauty Wednesday guys! Today, I wanted to review another product from one of my favourite skincare brands, Peter Thomas Roth: The Green Releaf calming face oil. If you’re not familiar with this product, it’s basically a face oil that contains cannabis sativa seed oil.
I feel like cannabis-based beauty products have been popping up everywhere on the market since cannabis legalization started really being a conversation in North America, and I’m not mad about it. I even asked you guys on Instagram if you would be interested in a roundup of some cannabis-based beauty products with my reviews and first thoughts on each of them, and almost all of you said yes, so that will be coming up soon - stay tuned.
But today I’m gonna really focus on this Green Releaf face oil. Full disclaimer, it was sent to me by the brand for me to review it on Instagram. In no way was I asked to give a biased review, and the brand doesn’t even know I’m doing this review on my blog over here. Also, if you guys decide to purchase this product based on my recommendation, I don’t make any money off of it, so I really don’t care if you end up purchasing this or not. All I want to do here is give an honest review so you guys can know what all the fuss is about regarding this product. If you guys have been here for a while now, you know I really enjoy reviewing beauty products and giving you my real, honest thoughts.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about this bad boy. I was super curious to try this out, because as I mentioned, cannabis-based products have been on my radar for a while. I’m also a huge PTR fan (see my previous reviews of their face masks and peel pads) so I honestly had quite high expectations for this.
I’ll say this right off the bat: I wasn’t disappointed.
When it comes to the product’s claims, it’s supposed to “instantly reduce the look of redness”, “soothe and smooth skin’s appearance” and leave skin looking youthful, hydrated and plump”.
One thing I will say is that I usually don’t have very dry, irritated or red skin. My skin concerns are pores, acne, oiliness and preventing aging. So when it comes to reducing the look of redness, I may not be the best person to attest to that.
However, I took a look at the sephora reviews for this product, and literally everyone was unanimously saying that this product helped with redness and irritation. I even saw a girl with lupus say it really helped with rashes.
So if I base myself on these reviews, that part of the product’s claims seems to be quite true.
The two other claims though, I can really validate. When it came to soothing and smoothing the appearance of my skin, I observed something really interesting: It actually made my pores look A LOT smaller. I was really surprised, because I didn’t see this mentioned anywhere, and it’s such a big deal to me, because I have quite textured skin with enlarged pores… And it’s the ONE thing that bothers me the most about my skin.
So even though I was expecting this to help with hydration and smoothness, it was really a very pleasant surprise to look in the mirror and see my pores virtually disappear. I’m not sure exactly what it’s due to as far as ingredients, but since cannabis is known to be anti-inflammatory, I’m assuming it might have something to do with that.
Overall, my skin definitely felt and looked smoother, tighter, and definitely hydrated, younger and plumper.
If I had to really sum it up, I would say this made my skin look like I just came out of a facial.
There are also a few other things I want to mention when it comes to the Green Releaf calming face oil. First of all, the cannabis oil in this product won’t make you high, and it’s not like smoking weed. I know this might seem very obvious and you might be rolling your eyes right now, but I actually got a few comments regarding that issue when I posted this product on my Instagram stories on the day I received it. For lots of people, cannabis is still synonymous with drugs, so I can kind of understand the worry here, but there’s really nothing to be weary of when it comes to this product.
Also, I often talk about the experience surrounding skincare. Textures, smells, you get it. Is this product fun to use? Yes. It’s fragrance-which means there are no added fragrances, but it still has a subtle smell that I would describe as herbal, maybe? Like it doesn’t smell like grass or weed, but it does have a tiny bit of a leafy smell. That being said, the smell isn’t overpowering at all and it really doesn’t bother me. It also smells directly when you take it out of the bottle, but once you put it on your face, the smell really doesn’t linger.
When it comes to the actual application of the product, it absorbs pretty quickly, too. And it doesn’t feel super oily like some other face oils do. It actually feels a little more like a serum that would be on the more liquid side. Once you pat it in, the skin looks a little shiny (which is TOTALLY normal after applying an oil) but not greasy. I actually find that if I wake-up early enough to give it a bit of time before applying my makeup, I can even apply this in the morning… Especially if I’m going for a natural, dewy look. But I’ll be honest, I mostly apply this at night, after my toner and before my moisturizer. When I wake up in the morning, my face just looks super refreshed and youthful, like I had a great night of sleep… Even if I didn’t.
Last thing: The packaging. It comes in super sturdy glass bottle with a dropper. But the dropper is not like a regular dropper with a rubber end though. It has a button on top of the cap, that sucks in just the right amount for one application (maybe 3-4 drops) when you press it. Meaning you don’t have to do the guesswork when it comes to the amount you should be using, the dropper does it for you. This is also great if you want to bring this when you travel, because droppers with rubber caps usually get damaged or crooked during travel.
Overall, I really, really loved this product and will for sure continue to use it. I will also most likely repurchase it when I’m done with this one, because it’s honestly one of the products that gave me the most visible results when it came to improving the look of my pores.
Did any of you guys try this face oil? What did you think? As always, I would love to hear you out. And if you have any suggestions for products that you would like me to review, please leave them in the comment section below!
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