Jul 312014

ZirYabs Oil Face Clanser

The idea of cleansing your face with oil to prevent blacheads and Milia may sound strange to some people but for some reason when I first heard about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) or Oil Cleansing Treatment (OCT) it made some kind of sense to me.

Oil cleans oil, I’ve known this for a long time and often use oil to remove other old or unwanted oils on objects. Oils have worked well to remove tar from my feet and even had some impact on getting it off towels. It also works to get off sticky substances off of objects or to clean hardened oil off of cooking surfaces.

Knowing this, I see no reason why oil isn’t a great substance to use on those oils blocking our pores.

Oil Can Open Blockages

True, oil is also the cause of blockages but it is internal oil called sebum. Sebum is natures way of cleansing our pores of  dead skin cells. However, sometimes this doesn’t go exactly to plan. Too much sebum or other complication can mean that the sebum clumps up with skin and hair  and gets trapped in our pores.  This can cause bacteria to develop which become pimples.

Black heads occur in a similar way, forming when our natural oil gets trapped in a hair follicle and the oil oxidizes and turns dark. While there is no infection related to blackheads, most of us would prefer not to have them.

For years I’ve been told to be careful using things that will block my pores, especially oil laden lotions and makeup. I was told to look for noncomedogenic (a blackhead is known as a comedeo) products to prevent my pores from getting clogged.

When I began getting those small white pumps around my eyes as I got older called milia ( small epidermal inclusion cysts) I was strongly urged to use only oil-free or water-based products on my face by an esthetician in order to avoid milia and blackheads. I followed her advice for several years but still got those damned white spots.

All accepted wisdom needs to be questioned every now and then. I still agree that oil laden and greasy things left on skin for too long is likely to block pores.  However, it seems to me the right oils used properly can prevent and maybe even lessen blackheads and milia by loosening up stubborn sebum and allowing it to be cleansed away.

It may be coincidental but ever since I’ve been using high quality pure oils to gently cleanse my face, I have no white bumps on my face, eyelids or around my eyes and even the bumps that are deep in my skin under my eyes are less noticeable and bumpy.

May 212014

E8304-Kosh-Kol-sea-buckthornTibetans have been using Sea Buckthorn Oil for centuries for health and the treatment of illness. I had heard that the Russians had used Sea Buckthorn oil  to treat Chernobyl radiation exposure which I didn’t think much about ether way until one of my clients was looking at my Face Serum and I started to tell her about Sea Buckthorn Oil. She nodded knowingly, a small smile on her face. With a slight accent she told me she knew of Sea Buckthorn because her father would grow it and make home made ointments out of it. I asked her where he lived and she told me he was Russian. Then I asked her what he did for a living, she told me he was a Russian Nuclear Physicist! Wow. Obviously not proof that Sea Buckthorn Oil will work to treat radiation burns but a powerful vote in its favor for that and other uses.

I began using Sea Buckthorn Oil from the berries in many of my products inclduding my Face Serum and my Lotions after buying a small amount and being immediately impressed with the oil’s color and fragrance. The oil derives it’s rich golden red almost opaque color from a high level of carotenoids.

Carotenoids are organic pigments and there are over 600 varieties of them. I imagine just exploring the mysteries of individual carotenoids could keep a few scientists busy for a long time but there is a lot already known about the benefits of some specific carotenoids. One benefit we have known a long time is the benefit to our eyes.   As the name implies, one of the most abundant carotenoid providers is carrots. Carrots are eye food according to mothers everywhere.  While there’s little evidence that carrots can actually improve vision, there is little debate on their protective value.  For one thing,  the carotenoids in carrots protect your retina from blue and near-ultraviolet light damage.

Beta-carotene is one important variety of carotenoid.  The more intense the color of the source of beta-carotene, the higher amount it has in it. Beta-carotene is a recognized antioxidant. We hear the word “antioxidant” thrown around so much, I really want to do more research to understand what is true and what is hype about antioxidants. However, for now it is my understanding that antioxidants neutralize, capture or somehow protect us from “free-radicals”. It sounds like there is a war going on at a microscopic level going inside our bodies! Whether this is an accurate analogy or not, I am told that free radicals are damaging to cells, can cause the visual signs of aging  and that beta-carotene can stop them or slow them down. Studies and anecdotal evidence concur.

Topical vitamin A may be helpful for treatment of aging skin. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that a 0.4% vitamin A lotion applied three times a week significantly reduced the number of “fine” wrinkles in seniors. 42 Benefits were also seen in terms of some biochemical measures of skin health.”   NYU Langone Medical Center 

To read a great article on Sea Buckthorn Oil, both seed and berry, check out:


Nov 192013

When developing my own Face Serum, I had an idea of what I wanted to include in the recipe however when it came to pricing, I wasn’t sure what was  reasonable. I wanted to make sure my serum was comparable (or better!) then the best face serums out there. I also wanted to make an affordable face serum.

This led me to do a face serum comparison according to ingredients and price. I actually looked at many other face serums I don’t include here but the ones I included are the ones I picked for quality ingredients, good ratings and good reviews.

I even added a link where you can buy these face serums.

The Face Serum Comparison

Dr. Haushka Normalizing Day Oil, $42.95.  RMS Beauty Oil, $74 Aesop Fabulous Face Oil, $55
ZirYab’s Rose Petal Serum $20
  • Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Carrot Root Extract
  • Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
  • (Sunflower) Seed Oil
  • Calendula  Extract
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Wheat  Bran Extract
  • Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Linalool
  • Citronellol
  • Citral
  • Geraniol
  • Farnesol
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Limonene
  • Eugenol
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Cocoa Seed Butter

Purchase: Dr. Huashka Normalizing Day Oil


  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Herbs Infused in Jojoba) Seed Oil:
    • St. John’S Wort
    • Horsetail
    • Marigold
    • Country Sarsaparilla
    • Turmeric
    • Ashwagandh
    • Licorice
    • Olive Leaf
  • BuritiFruit Oil,
  • Tamanu Seed Oil
  • Tocopherol (non-GMO)
  • Vanilla) Extract

Purchase RMS Beauty Oil

  • Macadamia Seed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Camellia Japonica Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Ylang Flower Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil
  • Hazel Seed Oil
  • Tocopherol
  • Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil
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