A look at Sunday Riley’s Artemis Oil a week or so ago (which I didn’t get on with at all well), prompted some questions about which oils I am actually rating. I love oil as a skincare product: depending on the mix of botanicals and whatever else may be added, they can do jobs from acting as a soothing barrier, helping to keep moisture in the skin; right up to repair and hydration. 

A good oil is a precious thing; it’ll have a dry-touch feel that sinks in quickly, it wants to play nicely with your moisturiser (if you’re into to layering products) and it should let you apply your makeup right away afterwards.

Bonus points are awarded if it smells nice too, but hey, I don’t mind natural seed scents or unscented versions, though my personal preference is for skincare that smells delicious. I know – it doesn’t need to be, but the sensorial experience is nice, eh?

So, with that in mind, here are four I’ve been using regularly recently and which I’d have no hestiation in recommending.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil, €22.99

A newbie from this mass brand, the fact you can pick it up in the supermarket is a huge plus but that’s not to say it doesn’t work hard for your money: it does. It’s got a luxury-style presentation, a pipette that actually works (something a lot of posher brands can’t seem to get right) and a blend that smells floral and pretty and which is a mix of essential and omega oils. It’s pitched as an anti-ager and the claim is around skin-smoothing, anti-ageing and providing antioxidant benefits to the skin. On my quite-to-often-parched dry skin this was perfect during the summer, though I’ll be swapping it out for colder weather. It sinks in fast, feels comforting and nourishing and can be used morning and evening. There’s a companion cream and it’s definitely one to look at, especially if budget is a factor.

Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil, about €70

Look for this at Space NK, which has opened up a world of possibility to us since its Grafton Street arrival this summer. Un-scented, the big guns in ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil are ten active plant oils enriched with omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. The dark glass of the bottle protects the integrity of the ingredients; this feels lovely on skin, sinks in fast and seems to do the trick of keeping my skin feeling comfortable all day – I’d use it morning and night, because my approach to oil is that it IS a moisturiser, and I don’t tend to layer cream on top outside of very cold winter months. Oh, props for the clicky-style dropper cap too.

Oskia Restoration Oil, about €90

I love this (of course I do, it’s expensive) and it’s my favourite of the four, for two reasons: it smells lovely and I feel it gives my skin a softer feeling than the others. All oils are softening in my experience, unless they’re really shite, but this one gives me more refined complexion texture. That might be because of its refined texture; it’s a very fine, silky oil that’s got lots of interesting plant extracts in it like Lupin, Sea Fennel and Heart Seed Vine. Interestingly, Lupins are a key part of the active in No7’s Protect & Perfect wizardry, so go figure. That’s in addition to more usual things like evening primrose and rosehip seed oils, so as a skincare product, it feels light but very nourishing. 

Clarins Santal Oil, €39.50

While all the others were press samples, this is one of the few products I consistently re-purchase. There are several different types of Clarins oil; this one is designed for dry to extra dry skin so it’s the one I go for. Helping to act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss, I find this really good all year round and if my skin is being really really bad, I know it’ll sort it out, as will Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + (which would also have made the cut here; I just don’t have a bottle to hand right now). About the only thing I’m not crazy about with this is the scent, I don’t adore it. It’s fine, but I’m not in love. It’s by no means a deal-breaker, as this is a great products.

Got a fave here or one to add? Lemme have it in a comment!