One of the beauty ingredients that seemed to be popular this past year was white truffle oil. I love truffle oil in my risotto and on my gourmet hipster french fries, but I never considered putting it on my face before I encountered a slew of white truffle oil skin care products, including the Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop.
I guess it makes sense — truffle oil is supposed to be high in antioxidants, and they’re naturally high in Vitamins B and C. But I don’t know how well these ingredients, in their raw form, absorb into the skin, nor have I seen any convincing studies that show that truffle oil is beneficial for the skin (if you see any, please send them my way!). But I’m always game to try a new ingredient, even if the research lags behind the trend, and the Neogen White Truffle Serum looked like an intriguing product.
Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop Review
The Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop is a combination of an oil-type product and a serum-type product. The oil drops are suspended in the serum, which is totally cool and high-tech, and means you don’t have to shake the bottle to mix the oil and water phases. You can always count on Neogen to use the latest product technology to make a really cool product.
Ingredients (source: package):
water, dimethicone, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, adenosine, sodium cocoyl alaninate, palmitoyl isoleucine, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, ceramide np, phytosphingosine, tuber magnatum extract (20ppb), dimethylmethoxychromanyl palmitate, proline, alanine, serine, sodium phosphate, hyaluronic acid, acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tromethamine, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, coptis japonica extract, cyanocobalamin, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl cocoate, dimethiconol, palmitic acid, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, caprylyl glycol, cholesterol, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, stearic acid, adansonia digitata seed oil, ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, sodium hydroxide
I have kind of mixed feelings about the ingredients. The first four ingredients don’t include truffle oil, or ANY oils. Instead, they are water, a silicone, glycerin (one of the most common humectants), and hexanediol, a synthetic solvent and moisturizer. I would be much happier if some of the advertised ingredients were up at the top of the list. I don’t have a problem with silicone oils myself — after all one of my favorite oil essence blends, the Naruko Supreme Elixir Oil, has silicone as a top ingredient, but it also has various other oils right up near the top of the ingredient list.
Some people may not love the inclusion of silicone in this “oil” product, as silicones don’t really offer many benefits other than occlusion (which is still an important function), and some people may be sensitive to them. But for people who don’t like the “oily” feeling of some facial oils, the smooth feel of silicones may be a plus.
There are some awesome ingredients after the first few, including niacinamide, adenosine, ceramide, mushroom extracts, amino acids, peptides, hyaluronic acid, macadamia oil, and more.
Texture and Scent
No scent (yay for those of us with sensitive noses)! The Neogen White Truffle Serum has a medium viscosity when pumped out of the bottle. It’s not runny but it’s not thick or heavy at all. Once you start rubbing or patting it in, the serum disperses into oil and water droplets.
In practice, it actually feels incredibly watery and refreshing, and really not oily at all, except that it feels slick and slippery as you rub it. I really love the feeling of it on my skin as it is so refreshing. It absorbs pretty quickly, and once absorbed, you have a light sheen on the skin. There is no tackiness — instead you have kind of a slick smooth finish on your skin that feels really lovely and light.
Because it leaves a little bit of a protective layer on my skin, I like to use this near the end of my serum step, after my thinner, more watery essences and serums. I don’t have a problem layering a cream over this serum, and it does seem to boost my moisture level quite a bit.
I feel like this serum did a great job of immediately boosting both my hydration and moisture levels, and softening my skin to the touch. It was refreshing and pleasant to use, and I felt like it gave my skin some extra protection from the elements. However, after using it for several weeks, I didn’t really see any long-term results other than increased moisture, and it kind of fell out of my routine for a while.
I think the Neogen White Truffle Serum is perfect for people who need a little extra moisture in their routine, and want to try a facial oil without the oiliness that some facial oils can have. Basically, I think it’s a great starter facial oil that doesn’t really feel like a facial oil. Some facial oils can leave a shiny and oily finish, but the Neogen White Truffle Serum leaves a soft satin, smooth, non-tacky finish. It’s much lighter than a typical facial oil (and for dry-skinned people, it may be too light).
After taking a hiatus on this product for a while, I recently started using it again and I like it in the summer because it feels so watery and refreshing, while still providing a layer of moisture and protection.
The Bottom Line
I like the feel and texture of the Neogen White Truffle Serum. It has a unique oil-drop technology, which makes it fun to use, and it feels refreshing and hydrating. It’s a great product for people who are new to facial oils and want to avoid “oiliness”.
Do I feel like it’s a must-have product? Not really, and it’s a tad pricey at $35 for a product that doesn’t do much more than moisturize. And although it does boost my moisture levels, I think a standard facial oil does better. I didn’t notice any mind-blowing long-term effects, but I continue to enjoy using it in my routine.
Buy It At
I purchased this product with my own money. All reviews are, as always, my honest opinion.