After Pa+G, Odacité Bl + C (Black Cumin + Cajeput) is my second pick from its Serum Concentrate line. I specifically wanted this because God knows I suffer breakout once in a while and I need to be prepared.
It was a little bit tricky at first but I found the leeway into it.
Odacité Bl + C Serum Concentrate.
What it is (from the website):
Formulated to absorb deep into pores, this active serum helps to achieve blemish-free skin and smooth the complexion. The purifying properties of Black Cumin oil control the spread of breakout-causing bacteria. Therapeutic Cajeput acts at the source of the problem with potent antiseptic properties, helping to prevent further pimple eruption. In aromatherapy, Cajeput is known to promote clear thoughts and liveliness. Not intended to be used with Retin A or for people with sensitive skin.
Upon reading, Black Cumin has a lot of benefits such as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant; to name a few. It can even be used to treat skin cancer. So that’s one powerful ingredient (and it’s also one of the oils that make up Sunday Riley Artemis Oil). To add to that, Cajeput also boasts many benefits, similar to Black Cumin that cumulatively makes this tiny bottle of 5 ml a one potent blemish treatment. Cajeput is also one of the ingredients in one of my favorite products to heal blemishes, Osmia Organics Spot Treatment (which is due for a review).
Odacité Bl + C has a greenish-yellow color and the Cajeput oil dominates its scent. I’m no stranger to Cajeput because this is a remedy staple since childhood. For fellow Indonesians, we call it Minyak Kayu Putih. I like to use it when I have tummy ache and I still do rely on it. I like Cajeput in general but this one was a little strong to my nose at first. I get used to it in no time though because it’s soothing.
When they say it’s not for sensitive skin, I’d say yes but it depends on how you use it. I personally cannot use Odacité Bl + C as a spot treatment as I find it to be harsh on my skin. I can feel the heat from the serum and it’s quite uncomfortable when it’s applied on the blemishes. The area can get really parched too and that’s not good.
What I like to do is mix it with other serums or face oils. This works the best and brings a balanced yet powerful combination. Some of my favorites are Antipodes Apostle Serum and Leahlani Champagne Serum (I know, I know, you guys have been asking me to make a review on this). I just add 2 (two) drops of Odacité Bl + C and mix it together before applying it into the skin with a light massage and patting motion. Just 2 drops, 3 is too much and I can notice the difference a.k.a. it’s a little too purifying for my liking. When Odacité says it’s concentrated, they weren’t kidding.
At first, I use this when I have blemishes or active acne to cure them up. It takes a few days depending on the severeness of the blemish. Some diminished on their own, some become “ripe”. When it gets to this stage, sometimes I got a little naughty and popped it out, providing that the blemish had come to the surface and NOT inflamed anymore. The other times, I just go on with my AHA products (Bravura Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid for example) to smooth the skin’s surface.
To encourage the healing process to be a little faster, sometimes I prepped my skin with Bravura Salicylic Acid 2% first as a peel then add a chunk of hydration in between so the overall skin won’t be too dehydrated. If that’s not enough, when I’m feeling a bit desperate, I’ll dot Osmia Organics Spot Treatment too. Keep in mind that I’m doing this with full caution.
There was one time where I felt my skin acted unusually and I could foresee that blemishes might form up, I decided to include Odacité Bl + C in my routine and boy, it became one wonderful safety net. Those ugly red dots either didn’t decide to show up or healed faster. Ever since then, I was able to use this serum more often. I’m more confident in incorporating it before and during PMS, when I’m traveling and times I feel something bad is about to come up. The downside is, it runs out faster, so much so :'(
Bottom line, Odacité Bl + C has become a staple in my routine. It’s very handy, just add a couple of drops and I feel safer already.
By the time I’m writing this, it’s running out. I’m on my last drops. Thankfully, I have a backup ;)