Face oils are your essential winter skincare addition

Face oils help boost skin’s protective barrier and lock in hydration.

Remember when we carefully scanned beauty counter shelves seeking products emblazoned with ‘oil free!’ and treated oil with such suspicion you might have thought we were avoiding putting caustic household cleaners on our skin? Where once oil was the enemy, it’s now considered an elixir of not only youth, but vitality and radiance.

Of course it’s not exactly the same. Our old oil fears were born of the fact cheap mineral oils were used to bind makeup, clogging pores at the same time. Now the focus is on using high quality natural face oils like squalene, rosehip, almond, argan, avocado and jojoba, to help balance and maintain the skin’s protective barrier so it effectively wards off environmental challenges and holds on to moisture. Many modern botanical oils also offer significant antioxidant and anti-aging benefits.

Your skin naturally makes oil, so adding more of a similar profile can help skin do its job effectively, especially in very cold weather. It sounds counterintuitive, but the right face oil can also help stabilise and regulate your skin’s sebum production to make you less oily overall, so all skin types can benefit. 

While they provide their own form of nourishment in the form of vitamins and omegas helping skin to stay soft and supple, face oils really come into their own as the last step of your skincare routine in the evening. When you apply oil on your face after your moisturiser, it seals in all of the hydrating ingredients, making your skin more likely to hold onto that added hydration. 

To use, apply 2-4 drops of oil onto your fingers and massage over skin. The key is to start with a minimal amount – less than you would a serum – to avoid skin feeling slick or greasy.

They can be used in the morning, but can make applying makeup afterwards tricky and can interfere with SPF so ensure you apply well before adding anything on top.

Don’t forget, as with all serums and skincare, avoid touching the dropper directly to your skin as you risk transferring dirt or bacteria back into the bottle. 

Five of the best face oils:


Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, $122; Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $125Two Birds Replenish & Repair Bio Retinol Serum, $79; GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil, $187; Jeuneora SuperSuper Face Oil, $108

The uplifting new perfume that inspires joy in simple moments

The new BOSS ALIVE Eau de Toilette layers notes of mandarin, jasmine and magnolia with a soft woody base.

What do you consider life’s simple pleasures?

For us, it’s as simple as hearing our favourite song on the radio. That first sip of coffee in the morning or the colours of a beautiful sunset.

Clearly, they don’t have to be big, on the contrary, delighting in the little wins of each day makes life all the more sweet!

Taking a second to acknowledge them is so important, especially in an increasingly busy and challenging world where nourishing your mental wellness is imperative.

Acquiring a new perfume is no little pleasure, rather a special one to be celebrated, but subsequently encountering its lingering notes on your skin, days, weeks and months afterwards, certainly offers plenty of moments to savour.

Light hearted and chic, the new perfume from Hugo Boss is inspired by this very notion. BOSS ALIVE Eau de Toilette’s light and bright notes are intended to remind us to live life to the fullest and take joy in small moments of connection, positivity, and happiness that lift our spirits.

After spritzing it, we definitely caught ourselves breathing deeply a few times throughout the day to make the most of the pretty, enduring scent. 

Bright and uplifting

A year after the initial BOSS ALIVE Eau de Parfum landed on counters here, the brand new version extends on its success while lightening up the olfactory approach, putting a spring in its step, so to speak.

There’s a real soft gourmand personality when you initially smell it that we would describe as delicious, but instead of veering to sweet it’s more bright fruits, then settles into a familiar feminine powdered note. That’s thanks to a radiant composition that layers citrus fruits with elegant floral elements and soft woods.  In an interesting approach that plays into the success of this scent, it was co-created by respected female perfumers Marie Salamagne and Honorine Blanc. The two women chose crisp apple top notes joined by zesty mandarin, lemon, and a magnolia accord, providing a fresh and floral boost. 

However, the true personality of the scent lies in its intensely feminine heart, bringing together Sambac Jasmine, Damascena Rose, and exquisite Michelia Yunnanensis, a type of magnolia, which adds exotic floral tones with a unique creamy and spicy signature. Notes of clary sage and moss join elegant sandalwood and cedar wood at the base for a captivating and enduring strength.

Thanks to their composition, Eau De Toilette perfumes are less concentrated and intense so they make easy everyday options as they aren’t overwhelming and that’s definitely the case here. Whether you’re in an office, meeting with friends or out and about, it won’t jar with other scents you might encounter. 

Sleek and chic

For counter-appeal the bottle is stunning in its simplicity. 

The architectural perfume flacon was designed by German jeweler Amélie Riech. Previously a fashion stylist, Reich is known for the strong, sleek and minimalist designs of her jewellery brand Uncommon Matters, and she translates that aesthetic beautifully to the BOSS ALIVE perfume bottle.  

It houses a new, lighter pink liquid inside, while the polished metal band encasing the heavy glass shape is a feminine, rose gold hue. The peachy-pink box, also encased with a rose gold band, mirrors the stylish and uplifting but not in-your-face approach of the perfume’s scent. 

  • BOSS ALIVE Eau de Toilette is in stores now

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