Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Oil Cream: Fragrant Face Treat

face cream review

I wanted to give this sumptuous, buttery face moisturiser a bit more of a try before writing a full review, but I’ve noticed that it has a third off at Escentual.com at the moment and – as it’s not exactly cheap – thought that I’d give it an early shout-out.

The 8-Flower Nectar Oil Cream from Darphin is a gorgeous little pot of winter skin wonderment; if you’ve got thin-feeling, dry and flaky skin then it’s just a delight. Though you have to like essential oils because this definitely isn’t shy on the florals! It’s almost like applying perfume to your face. In the nicest possible way…

Rich doesn’t even begin to cover this cream – it has, as the name of it suggests, all of the benefits of an oil, but in a cream formula. Which would be better described as a butter really, because it’s very firm-textured and not one of those flimsy, whipped affairs. Not the kind of cream that you’d scoop out a blob of, more a balm or salve that you apply sparingly, bit by bit. Of course you could scoop out a big wodge of it, melt between palms, press onto skin, etc etc, but (as mentioned) this isn’t cheap – I prefer to have a bit more control and just massage it in where I need it.

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After a massive run of using completely unfragranced face products, I am actually rather enjoying the strong scent of the essential oils in the 8-Flower Nectar Oil Creamit feels spa-ish and decadent. I find myself holding my palms over my face for a while after applying and breathing deeply – it’s very summery and uplifting. Rose, lavender, neroli, iris and jasmine, which I would normally find far too overpowering and full-on, but I think that it’s all tempered down by the deeper patchouli, which is the note that my nose seems to single out as the dominant one. (The other flowers in the “8” are ylang ylang and immortelle.)

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And the effects of the Oil Cream? Long-lasting relief from that tight skin dryness that winter seems to always bring, a beautiful juiciness without the residue you might get from a straightforward oil. Great underneath foundation – it has just the right amount of dew and bounce – and if I use it last thing before bed, I wake up with a face that is still very nicely hydrated.

If you want to slather a thick cream on all over with gay abandon then this, perhaps, is not the one for you; if you fancy a bit of a special (fragrant) face treat that deserves a press and a massage when it comes to application then you’ll love it. I hate to use this particular phrase, but it’s sort of for the person who likes their skincare rituals. Takes their time.

It’s usually £65 but at the moment Escentual.com have 1/3 off French skincare brands so it’s £43.33 here. If it’s showing as out of stock you can still order at the reduced price and it will ship when it’s restocked, which at last check is about 7-10 days.

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  1. January 8, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Is it wrong that sometimes I wish I didn’t have oily skin and instead had dry skin? This sounds totally divine!
    She’s So Lucy

    • January 8, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Haha, not at all. I used to have oily skin and now it’s dry, so I’m in my beauty-testing element! : )

    • Emily
      January 8, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      I have the oilyist skin EVER! This cream has worked wonders, when you are oily your skin can be dry, it’s worth trying a sample I love it x

  2. January 8, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    No winter dryness for me this year, my pregnancy hormones have me staying oily throughout the seasons. Which is a shame, I could really do with some uplifting, summery scents right now.

  3. January 8, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    This sounds absolutely divine! Definitely costs a pretty penny but it doesn’t sound like you need a lot of it. My skin gets so tight and dry in the winter it’s not fun at all! This may do the trick…I need this, for medical reasons? That’s a good excuse I think.

  4. January 9, 2016 / 1:04 am

    This product sounds delicious!


  5. January 9, 2016 / 2:25 am

    I love Darphin but hadn’t seen this – it looks amazing. This is my first winter in a climate cold enough that it snows so my skin is in a whole other category of dry all of the sudden. Between this and the LV agenda I am going to be broke by February

  6. January 9, 2016 / 6:29 am

    My skin has been so compromised lately, this sounds amazing. I was just out in the sun/fog/cold all day and I look like a roasted beet. I’m doing a moisturizing mask but I don’t think it’s going to be enough between todays outing and the the cleansing oil debacle of NYE.

  7. Charlene
    January 9, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Another lovely and substantial cream is Aurelias Rose moisturiser, absolutely lovely!

  8. January 9, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I love this cream and have just used it tonight. I have fragile skin which desperately needs all the help it can get! I have used other creams with a lighter texture but find they can be overpowering and difficult to distinguish individual essential oils whereas this is a treat to take time to massage enjoying the indulgence of the balm texture and scents.

    I also have the oil which is even more expensive (thankfully a gift) but it is completely different from any other facial oil I have used. I can save on the oil by using the cream but for winter skincare they are perfect for skin like mine which lacks oil too. The oil is a little more reasonable with the offer……..

  9. January 9, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    This product sounds delish, I NEED to try it after reading this!

  10. Radha
    January 13, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Hi Ruth, How are you? Hope you and family are alright.

  11. January 14, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Ooh sounds lovely! I tried one of their facial oils and it was delightful. Oh this offer looks dangerous, is still on! :-)

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