Buck Off or Buy

boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil: Buck Off or Buy

Every winter my skin makes a dramatic shift from being combination to dry and patchy. I should expect it by now, but it always takes me by surprise. I have tried ultra hydrating moisturizer creams, but they didn’t cut it. I have also tried coconut oil and the Josie Maran Argan Oil, but they felt greasy and made me break out.


I can’t remember where I first heard about the boscia Tsubaki Oil but I made my way over to the Sephora website to read about it. It had rave reviews and I ended up purchasing it for $46. I’ve had this product for a few months now and I’ve found multiple ways to use it.

But before I get into all of the different ways, I want to mention the one main con….the dropper. First of all, it functions as more of a delayer than a dropper. When you open it up and pull it out you have to be very careful to keep it over the bottle. They oil will begin dripping out even if you aren’t squeezing the dropper. It takes very careful focus to try and get a single drop out of the dropper.

I had my first bottle for approximately 3 months when one day I couldn’t open the bottle. I found that I had to pinch and hold the rubber dropper to open it. There was also product leaking out on the top where the rubber top connects to the top. Luckily, I still had the receipt and Sephora has a kick ass return policy. They exchanged the bottle for me and I now have a nice new one. (I did feel bad since I had used so much product but I was honest with the Sephora employee). I will note that I had traveled with it, so that could have affected the bottle.

Let’s talk about all of the ways that you can use this product!

  • Moisturizer
    • I primarily use this as a night time moisturizer. I use a drying retinol product and this helps balance my skin when I slather this on! It has a nice calming scent and it’s relaxing putting it on before bed.
    • If you have oily skin this is the only way I would recommend using the oil. If you use it in the morning it could make you even more oily. Using it at night however, will help add moisturizer to your skin. This will help make your skin realize that it doesn’t need to produce extra oil.
    • If my skin really needs a boost of hydration or I want a dewy glow I will use this in the morning. If I use just a little and give it time to sink in I find that it helps my make up application. It has a nice thin consistency, it’s way thinner than the Josie Maran Argan Oil.
  • Foundation Mixer
    • If I don’t want to use this as my moisturizer in the morning then I will mix a drop of this in with my foundation. It helps your foundation go on nice and smooth and helps make a foundation less matte.
  • Cream Product Blender
    • I have recently fallen in love with the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair. The creams can be a little stiff and hard to blend on their own. I put one drop in the pan and then it goes on my skin like a dream and blends so easily. It also gives a nice glow to the contour.
  • Foundation Blender
    • I don’t do this very often, but I will put a couple of drops on my Beauty Blender before I go in to blend my foundation. I haven’t been able to notice any effects from doing this. I also feel like my Beauty Blender just eats it up. I have knock off Artis brushes that I still want to try this trick with.

While the dropper may not be the best on this product, I can overlook it since the product itself is so great. It’s thin formula, versatility, soothing fragrance and hydrating properties make it a definite BUY!




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