For a skincare hoarder specializing in face oils, it’s very rare that I’ll actually finish a full 1 oz bottle of any face oil, however good it might be. I am proud to say that Yuli’s Liquid Courage is the very first face oil that was used, and used till the last frikkin’ drop!
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Although I bought it sometime last year, it wasn’t until July/Aug of this year that I got around to using it regularly. See, I wanted something trusty. Something that wouldn’t cause my finicky normal/combo acne prone skin to break out. Before I was scheduled to travel to Europe, I finally settled down on this mighty bottle as my armor to combat additional travel related breakouts that I always seem to get! But guess what?
Not a single breakout during the entire 12 day tour, across The Netherlands and France. Sleep was at a premium during the tightly packed trip, but using this face oil day and night meant I always woke up with glowing, and super moisturized skin. This oil hasn’t earned the nickname of “photoshop in a bottle” for nothing. Although one of the more expensive oils ($125 for 1 oz bottle) in the beauty world where DIY recipes and single ingredient face oils abound, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend all my dollars on this miracle again. I feel really safe knowing that unlike many other brands out there, a high percentage of my money goes into the ingredients and not things like packaging, marketing etc. I really admire Yuli for very strong ethics, and for the fact that they usually rely on word of mouth for brand marketing. And the results speak for themselves.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients:
Botanical Antioxidant Seed Complex (Grapeseed, Pomegranate, Red Raspberry, Blueberry, Carrot Seed, Golden Jojoba Seed, Cranberry Seed), S. chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, A. spinosa (Argan) oil*, supercritical extracts of pomegranate seed, rosehip, seabuckthorn fruit*, R. officinalis (Rosemary) antioxidant extract*, Liquified black garlic ferment, L-Ferulic Acid (Derived from Acai and Argan), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C), C. aurantium (Neroli) oil*, C. atlantica (Cedarwood) oil*, Ubiquinone (Liquid CoEnzyme Q10 from Vegan sources), Soy Peptides, D-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E)
With sophisticated ingredients consisting of Grapeseed, Carrot Seed, Cranberry et al forming the core of this powerful antioxidant, I felt completely safe venturing out in the sun wearing only this oil as my sole face moisturizer and protector. The wonders of Argan Oil, Ferulic Acid, Black garlic ferment, Vitamin C and CoQ10, Rosehip, Seabuckthorn is also not lost to any green beauty girl out there. I’d say this oil as an antioxidant plus anti-aging super moisturizer all rolled into one. I have to be honest: I’m not a sunscreen wearer. The only time I spend outdoors is a couple of minutes every morning when I walk my dog, and then a sum total of 10 mins it takes to drive back and forth from work. So, to keep things simple, I skip sunscreen. My skin feels really overloaded when I wear one. Anyway, coming back to this oil, all I’m saying is that I toured 12 full, bright sunny days and never got sun burned. I did get a little tanned, but it wasn’t much for the time I spent outdoors (about 10-12 hours a day).
The texture of the oil is really light and can be used both day and night without worrying about over moisturizing. It has a beautiful light, golden-yellow hue. For night time, you might have to layer it with a separate moisturizer if you have particularly dry skin. I managed fine with just the face oil.
If you’re yet to buy a Yuli product, I’d say, give Liquid Courage a try. I’ve run out of this oil, but have Modern Alchemist and a deluxe sample of ME Skin Fuel (sample generously gifted by Yuli when I placed some orders last year). More reviews to come later once I’ve had a chance to finish up these bottles. And finish, I will.