Is YOUR Face Oil Fresh?

HOW TO tell if your face oil is fresh

Oxidized face oils are definitely not something you want to apply on your skin, as they are full of free radicals that damage the skin causing premature ageing!

Face oils are generally more expensive than face creams because they do not contain any water and with a higher percentage of plant ingredients, they achieve more rapid results. However, formulating face oils that are both highly effective and remain stable requires a level of science.

The best way to ensure your face oil is fresh is to use your senses…

  • Aroma
    Fresh oils have a smooth and earthy scent on the nose. If your face oil smells pungent, it’s probably bad!
  • Color
    Oxidized oils lack color. Fresh organic oils have a depth of color resembling the plant they stem from, for example avocado is a lovely green color, argan is sunshine yellow and rosehip a deep orange If your oil is colorless, it’s probably rancid.


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HOW WE keep our face oils fresh

After buying our oils we add natural vitamin E from sunflower oil and high percentages of potent antioxidants to prolong the shelf life, keeping them fresher for longer.

We add only CO2 botanical extracts because they are pure and gentle without the use of oxygen, heat or solvents in their extraction.

We store our oils in dark glass to protect against sunlight, preventing oxidation and further prolong the shelf life.

Is your Face Oil Fresh | Shirley Conlon Organics | Organics Skin Care DubaiHOW YOU can keep your face oil fresh

 Use your oil within 6 months of opening. Store your face oil in the fridge or in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight. Do not allow water to enter. Replace the lid after each use and always use clean hands. Never shake your face oil.

Our 5 Tips for Healthy Skin

A good beauty routine does not have to cost the earth, not financially nor ethically! Organic plant ingredients effectively nourish the skin much better than their chemical counterparts, keeping you and the world around you, Beautiful!

Who said beauty is only skin deep? Stay beautiful to your core…

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Drinking plenty of water is not only necessary for health but compulsory for healthy skin. How much is enough? I believe this differs from person to person depending lifestyle, diet and environment. Begin with 5 glasses, and listen to your body, it will let you know when it needs more.

If like me, you find water boring, get creative and spice it up with some herbs, fruits and vegetables. A few of my favorites are: lemon, mint & basil, lime & thyme, orange and rosemary, apple and cinnamon, lavender and berries or a dash of rosewater. And don’t forget to invest in a good filter and eliminate plastic from your life.


The best gift you can give to your skin is a “double cleanse” every evening. Choose a gentle cleanser like our Olive and Castor Bean Cleansing Milk followed by a toner to remove any remaining impurities. Take 2 minutes to massage a good serum like our signature Rosehip Oil into the skin, preferably lying down with your eyes closed – come on it takes less than 5 minutes total!


The essential nutrients found in colorful food feed into your skin and I believe these are best eaten whole and raw – sorry to all the juicers out there. I love my juices too, but whole foods are whole foods.


Laughter is the best medicine you can give to yourself and to those around you and it costs nothing! A smile can light up a room and instantly transform your own beauty, and in turn the karma behind a smile shows on your skin and soul. Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder!


Time is the most precious gift you can give yourself. Make some guilt-free time for you to re-connect – no excuse! Treat yourself to a massage, a nice facial, a Moroccan bath, a yoga session, or my favorite of all… some meditation, a candle lit bath followed by a nice body oil, an afternoon nap, or just a sunshine stroll, but not a phone in sight.

I hope you try and enjoy some of our beauty tips. Wishing our beautiful customers a nice weekend…










Natural vs Organic Skincare

What is the difference between Natural and Organic skincare and is there really is any benefit to the skin of using either?

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Organic ingredients feed the skin with nutrition

Unfortunately, natural does not mean organic and comes with no guarantees.  Clever marketing can be misleading, so customers really need to understand the difference between the terms.  There are some excellent websites such as where customers can investigate the ingredients and their hazardous rating.

Considered a natural ingredient, Petroleum is a cheap ingredient that suffocates the skin).  It often forms the bulk of  ‘natural’products. Natural ingredients (often not so natural) can suffocate the skin, play havoc on the skins PH and can lead to breakouts. Our body does not easily recognise these ingredients and will not absorb them.

In organic skincare, petrochemicals are prohibited and plant ingredients  such as  nutritious seed and nut oils and botanical essential oils  must be used . Organic ingredients feed the skin with nutrition, are easily absorbed and accepted by our bodies and enhance and promote our inner and outer health and beauty.

Depending on an ingredient’s molecular weight, any percentage of that ingredient will be absorbed into our blood stream (think nicotine patches) and from there, the body will have to detoxify itself.

All Shirley Conlon Organics  products have been registered as organic with the Dubai Municipality.  We have submitted proof of our organic claims, along with our suppliers’ organic certificates.  We can only use the ‘organic ingredients’ claim because our products have been  scrupulously  investigated and tested. Soon we will be seeking the Soil Association certification. In our opinion this is the strictest international certification board.



Serums, Oils, Moisturisers
What’s the Difference?

Bamboozled and confused by what sort of hydration you should be using on your skin?

You’re not alone.

It’s estimated that over a whopping 7 billion toxins accumulate from within the skin, impairing its ability to maintain radiance and rejuvenate itself. Your skin needs protection from external influences, too – pollution, toxins, free radicals and the weather – as well as help to counteract the effects of ageing.

The combination of an oil, elixir, serum and moisturiser is ideal. These products are designed to work in conjunction with each other, providing maximum hydration and protection for the skin.


The primary difference is that serums, elixirs and oils are able to penetrate the skin on a deeper level, whereas a moisturiser locks in hydration and protects the surface of the skin, enhancing the overall effects and benefits of the oil or serum.

The basic premise is that the layering effect will ultimately assist with balancing and hydrating the skin. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about when or in what order to apply them. Rather, it’s a matter of trialling what works best for you and your skin. It can also be dependent on climate and other extrinsic conditions.


antioxidant facial oil

An oil is an oil and technically not a serum. Confusingly, it’s become a misnomer in the skincare industry to call an oil a serum.

A face oil adds hydration and nutrition. It should consist of a blend or synergy of potent and active oils high in essential fatty acids or omegas, otherwise known as EFA’s. Because our bodies don’t manufacture EFA’s, we need to apply them both topically and we also need to ingest them. EFA’s also contain vitamins and minerals that feed and nurture the skin.

Oils have a natural affinity with our skin’s cutaneous lipids. They work down to the base of the epidermis, which allows them to be rapidly absorbed. Facial oils may also consist of essential oils that work together to functionally to create optimal results.

Essential oils alone can contain hundreds of different molecules. The benefit of the inclusion of essential oils in a formula is that they work on a physiological and psychological level. They can calm, uplift and/or sedate the body, mind and senses.

Only two to three drops of an oil are needed. Oils can sometimes invoke fear of breakout for those with oily skin, but the opposite is true. They actually assist with balancing the skin. The most wonderful thing about oils is that they penetrate quickly and don’t contain heavier waxes and emulsifiers that can sit on top of the skin and clog pores.

If you have oily skin, a bi-weekly application assists with keeping those deeper layers of skin hydrated and plump.

If you suffer from eczema or rosacea, you may benefit greatly from a gentle face oil layered with a moisturiser to help strengthen and protect the external layer, as well.

How to apply:

I recommend using an oil after cleansing and applying to damp skin that has been lightly spritzed. This assists with penetration, as the skin requires both water and oil. I then follow with a serum and a moisturiser.

The main thing to remember with layering is to allow each layer to penetrate before applying the next. I like to apply oil at night and also during the day when I’m in colder climates. You only need a few drops and it’s best to press gently onto the face, neck and décolletage with the fingertips.



I like to think of serums  as ‘repair’ products that have a multi-functional effect that targets more than one concern. Most facial serums are water-based, containing vitamins, antioxidants, peptides and other specialised ingredients.

They’re formulated with smaller molecules that are able to penetrate further into the skin, making them extremely effective.

The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated, so what you’re left with is a high concentration of active ingredients. They’re the worker bees of any skincare line. Because the active ingredients are more expensive than water and thickeners, serums are also the most expensive product.

How to apply:

After cleansing, toning and applying a light oil, a serum should be applied over the entire face, neck and décolletage. Gently press on with the fingertips. It’s best to allow it to penetrate for a few minutes prior to applying a moisturiser.

Because serums are super potent, more is not always better. Be careful before piling it on. Powerful ingredients can irritate sensitive skin. Always patch-test accordingly.



Moisturisers are a combination of oil and water. They’ll contain some sort of wax, emulsifier or both to bind them and create stability. Because of this, the molecular structure is larger, so they only penetrate the upper layers of the skin, which seals and locks in moisture and nutrients.

In winter months, it’s best to incorporate extra hydration, as the skin is exposed to extremes in temperature and has to constantly adapt from cold to warm environments.

How to apply:

After cleansing and applying a toner, oil and serum, the final layer is the moisturiser. Gently glide the product across your forehead, cheeks, chin, and give yourself a massage, pressing it into your skin. Bring the product down onto your neck, and the area of skin below your collarbone, even down to your chest.