Lately I’ve felt conflicted about new beauty brands. They simultaneously attract and repulse me. Attract because who doesn’t love a new shiny? But repulse because there are just so many duds out there that I mostly want to hide in a cave lined with Sulwhasoo and Naruko and COSRX and forget the world. But that wouldn’t be a smart thing for a blogger to do, so here we are, with a new product from a new brand, representing a new risk.
The product featured in this post was provided by a Fifty Shades of Snail sponsor. Affiliate link marked with an asterisk(*).
I’d been seeing Olivarrier products pop up in posts around the Asian beauty Instagram sphere for a while, mostly due to the company’s campaigns on influencer marketing hub 0.8L. Olivarrier’s focus on simple ingredients and barrier-friendly pH 5.5 skincare appeal to me, so when a brand rep introduced himself with an offer of product for review, I went for it. I asked to try something that hadn’t gotten as much exposure as their 0.8L-promoted toner and mask. That’s how I ended up with an Olivarrier bar cleanser, cream, and the essence we’ll be talking about today.
Purpose: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence claims to rapidly hydrate even dry or sensitive skin without irritation.
Best suited for: Dry, dehydrated, and/or sensitive skin.
Do not use if: Your skin reacts to olive oil or other olive derivatives, you are sensitive to anything else in the ingredients list, and/or you have concerns about using products that contain only natural preservatives.
When and how to use: After cleansing and any actives and toner steps, dispense 2-3 pumps of product and spread evenly over face. Pat in or allow to dry down slightly before applying any other products.
Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence ingredients: Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, squalane, panthenol, madecassoside, portulaca oleracea extract, arginine, allantoin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, ceramide NP, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) extract, carbomer, octyl dodecanol, isohexadecane, dodecane, isoeicosane, octadecane, tetradecane, potassium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, tocopheryl acetate, avena sativa (oat) meal extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated lecithin, camellia japonica seed oil, linoleic acid
pH: 5.5 according to my nice pH strips*, though to be honest, I don’t think it makes a big difference anyway since this isn’t a cleanser or a pH-dependent active. But it’s good to know that the product pH is what the brand claims it to be.
Notable ingredients: You want the good news or the bad news first? Here, Fiddy pick for you. Good news first. Happies should come before sads.
The good news is that Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence’s ingredients are well suited for the dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin that the brand targets. Humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid help add water to skin, while emollient moisturizers like olive-derived squalane and olive oil shore up weak spots in a compromised lipid barrier. The brand’s name appears to be a portmanteau of the words “olive” and “barrier,” which now makes so much sense.
The botanically derived emollients (and assorted calming and anti-inflammatory extracts) may also deliver antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage, which can prematurely age skin. Panthenol is a nice humectant and skin conditioner. I’m also drawn to madecassoside, a compound derived from centella asiatica; madecassoside has potent antioxidant benefits and may also accelerate healing. And oat extract is one of the ingredients I seek out when I or the young master are having eczema flare-ups.
Okay, now the bad news.
Like many other brands both Western and Asian these days, Olivarrier has chosen not to use “chemical preservatives” in their products. I personally have no problem with parabens, for reasons clearly articulated by my other self Chel in this Holy Snails blog post. I prefer parabens in my skincare. I like parabens. Give me all the parabens. The way I see it, the risk of contamination and microbial growth in a weakly (“naturally”) preserved product is more significant than the unsubstantiated “risk” of health issues arising from the minute amounts of parabens present in properly preserved cosmetics. (If you prefer to avoid parabens, however, you’re in luck here!)
The Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence’s pump bottle helps minimize the risk by preventing product exposure to air, but ehh. I would prefer a more robust preservative system. I am still using it, but I think it’s wise to be aware that there is a greater risk of spoilage in a paraben-free product. Use the product up reasonably quickly (no hoarding for months after you open it!) and be especially cautious if you live in a warm, humid climate.
Finally, some “eh, not really good news, not really bad news”: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence contains Ceramide NP (aka Ceramide 3). Ceramides are skin-identical lipids that can be fantastic assets in strengthening a damaged lipid barrier. They need to be combined with cholesterol and fatty acids in a specific ratio for optimal effects, though. The ceramide is here and linoleic acid works for the fatty acid, but I’m not super sure this product contains cholesterol. The ingredients list doesn’t show any.
But anyway. I am still using the product, as I mentioned, so apparently the lack of preservatives and suboptimal use of ceramides haven’t put me off that much.
Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence is a milky, fairly viscous liquid with absolutely no scent whatsoever.
It glides smoothly onto skin and sinks in quickly, leaving no noticeable residue behind, just softer and more comfortable-feeling skin.
I’ve been going through some serious dryness problems lately due to a lot of factors, including but probably not limited to dry winter weather, accidental overexfoliation, and a bizarre sudden decline in water quality where I live. Thanks to these problems, I need more moisture, earlier in my routine, than usual.
Happily, I’ve found the Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence does what it claims to do, which is quickly impart moisture to thirsty skin at an early stage of the skincare routine. On days when I’ve forgotten or purposely skipped this product, I’ve definitely felt the difference. Without this essence, my skin dries out faster, particularly when exposed to the currently insanely arid and windy outdoors, and feels rougher and tighter overall. I haven’t experienced any irritation from the Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence, either. I found it exactly as soothing, smoothing, and moisturizing as I hoped.
I also noticed another nice benefit to the product. Before I talk about that, though, I need to point out that what I’m about to say is in no way medical advice. Just anecdote.
Here it is. I’ve been having some problems with eczema on my palms. They had gotten pretty bad around the same time I received my Olivarrier package in the mail, with redness, itching, and peeling galore. I had days when I barely Snapchatted any product because my hands are gnarly enough (chronic nail biter and cuticle gnawer here) without that crap going on as well.
I started using the Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence on my palms before I even started testing it on my face. It noticeably calmed the nastiness where most of my other products did nothing or sometimes irritated my skin. Again, this is absolutely not medical advice. Just a cool thing I noticed in my own experience.
Conclusion: Recently, my skincare tastes have tended towards fancy products with decadent packaging and complicated ingredients lists. I’ve developed an unfortunate taste for luxury is what I’m saying. Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence doesn’t fit that category at all, but for me it’s become nearly essential.
Think of this simple product in the plain gray bottle as a comfortable, comforting basic, like your softest white T shirt or coziest laundry day underwear. You may not spend a lot of time oohing and ahhing over the aesthetics, but when your sweaters are itchy or you’re out of pants, you know you can rely on your basics to get you through. There’s definitely a place for that in my life. I’m going to take a half point off for the preservatives issue, but overall, I do really like this product and plan to use it up in a timely fashion.
1 –This should be taken off the market, or this failed at its one primary job.
2 – Caused me some problems or doesn’t work very well; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Worth rebuying.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.
Disclaimer: Reviews on this blog are descriptive, not prescriptive. Individual experiences with products may differ. As always, patch test, know your sensitivities, and remember, YMMV!
Where can I buy Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence?
- Official Olivarrier site (in English)
And if you’re having barrier issues, check out the other posts in my Barrier Repair tag!
8 thoughts on “Review: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence”
I really want to thank you for incorporating warnings about olive oil and olive derivatives–I am one of the unlucky few with a nasty olive allergy, and I always feel crushed when I read a tantalizing review of a fabulous product (or worse, buy a product) and then find out in the end that it contains olive oil or squalene. Squalene is, heartbreakingly, in most Sulwhasoo products and many other high-end cream formulations for the glorious texture it imparts. Buying k-beauty can mean not having full ingredient lists sometimes, and I have, tragically, given away a few truly divine products to friends after my skin flew into olive-induced chose. I know I can always trust your reviews bto porovide ALL the info I require to make an informed purchase.
Yeah this blog is so great for that! Definitely stay away from this brand in its entirety, their products all base around olives, hence the brand name.
yikes. I understand a very bland formulation w/o preservatives – a lot of brands that hyper-focus on barrier repair do often make preservative-free stuff to omit as many potentially-irritating ingredients as possible / uses ONLY skin-helping ingreds and omits everything else – but again, these are extremely minimalist formulations. if you’re going to put that many extracts, going preservative free is truly unwise
This looks lovely… And I’m starting to get patches of eczema due to the weather…I’m gonna look into this.
How does this compare to the Goodal Waterest Water Oil stuff? I already have that, though I haven’t broken it out of the stash yet.
I’m with you on preservatives. Not only have I read Chel’s excellent breakdown of parabens/preservatives in skincare, I’ve done additional research as well. I carefully investigate ingredients in all skincare I’m considering purchasing and make sound decisions. I like “natural” skincare, I’m constantly on the lookout for new, natural products, but there are limits, and main one is product must have scientifically proven preservative system. So, okay, here’s a story for you: I was interested in Herbivore Botanicals Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment, it sounded divine. So, when Sephora had the VIB 20% off special, I was going to order it. BUT then, I started reading the Sephora reviews… and there were numerous comments about receiving the Moonfruit deluxe sample with mold in it! And mold growing in it within days! Hmmm, I made up my mind to not order, but I’m a scientist, and wanted answers, so I contacted the company via email, informing them of my interest in their product(s), intent to purchase, and asking them about the many experiences with mold growing in the Moonfruit. Their reply was thus: “This was because of a defective jar we were using to ship our samples in. At this time we are in efforts to find a small jar with an airtight seal on it so we can yet again send out samples to people wanting to try Moon Fruit. We Have airtight seals on our full sized Jars of Moon Fruit so have not run into any issues on this size. We use organic alcohol and citrus extracts to preserve this product so it is important for it to have a tight seal as it is a very delicate product.”
Soooo, see if you’re with me here: defective sample-size jar with lack of airtight seal is the reason given for mold growing in the product > full-size jars have airtight seals > thus safe??? Uh, when I receive the $58 full-size jar, I’m going to OPEN IT breaking the airtight seal > what’s there to prevent mold growing once open??? What bothers me is that this is how many natural companies are operating!!! Pushing the all-natural thing with a couple of “natural” preservatives and an airtight seal. Ugh. No thanks. But THANK YOU, Fiddy, and Chel, for rational, scientific analysis and honest reviews:)
You trippin. Disodium EDTA is a basic preservative that’s in every skin care product ever. COSDNA doesn’t flag it as such so you ignore it? You trippin, half assing it, all while misinforming your entire blogger base. Vitamin E is also used as a preservative. They also use a combination of natural extracts as preservatives. So yes, there is a preservative system. And yes, I must iterate that you be trippin.
You been in the game so long, got Holy Snails at your side and you still ignorant af. Girl, you make me roll my eyes. Just a prime example why you can’t rely on a blogger for information 🙄
Sorry it took me so long to answer your comment. I generally choose not to approve hostile comments to this blog after some incidents of harassment, but I did want to address your criticisms.
I’m very lucky to have someone like Chel to talk products with, and we of course discussed this one and its preservative system. It’s our understanding that D-EDTA is a chelator, meaning it binds to metal ions and can be an important part of an overall preservative system, rather than a preservative in itself. Vitamin E is not either; it keeps things from oxidizing/going rancid. Again, an important part of an overall preservative system, but not a preservative itself. Extracts can also be helpful but are not as strong as traditional preservatives. (And can also be a liability, so there’s that.)
I don’t see where I’ve said this product doesn’t have a preservative system. It does. It’s just a weaker one than I would prefer–not a dealbreaker, but a concern, and I certainly intend to continue discussing my particular concerns with the products I try and review.
Thanks for commenting. I welcome discussion, but let’s keep it civil in future~~~
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