Do the words 'face oil' leave you with a sense of impending dread? For those of us encumbered with combination or oily skin, the thought of putting more oil onto our faces in the unforgiving, perpetually humid weather seems a tad counter-productive. But the great thing about oil-based products is that they help to maintain your skin's natural moisture barrier without the drying effect of harmful chemicals often found in over-the-counter products. And here's the great news. Frankskincare, a small-batch organic conscious skincare brand born and developed in Singapore, has developed a range especially for men with oily skin.
Cruelty-free and environmentally conscious
Formulated to temper the harsh conditions of our tropical Southeast Asia climate, the brand meticulously sources ingredients from across the globe, using only pure 100% certified organic non-GMO plant-based ingredients (yes vegans, you can hop onto this bandwagon too). The best part about all of this? The brand’s advocacy for environmental consciousness and transparency means that not only are ingredients cruelty-free and free of any silicone and paraben nasties, but that all packaging materials are either recycled or recyclable, keeping their commitment towards nature conservancy.
Summer Piet Travel Pouch for men
This summer, the brand is debuting its Summer Piet Travel Pouch Series, a three-step complete skincare travel set that takes you through the day and all of the night. Launched in collaboration with Ock Pop Tok, a Laos-based artisan social enterprise dedicated to empowering Laotian women through their traditional craft of weaving, the collection for men further demonstrates the brand’s commitment to fair trade and sustainable business practices through its use of renewable materials.
The collection is presented in a pouch made from piet, a jungle vine uniquely grown in Laos during periods of fallow and hand-woven by the women of Khmu Village, providing a sustainable, all-natural forest material alternative for textile production. What’s even better is that in doing so, business opportunities are created for the local textile artisans for whom textile production is their main source of income, thereby raising the economic value of weaving as a sustainable livelihood for their families and the community. As a nice touch, the pouch’s rich red hue comes from Sappan Wood dye, as a natural alternative to chemical dyes.
What's inside the Summer Piet Travel Pouch?
Starting with the Magic Wipe Cleansing Oil (15ml) which is made from a blend of apricot and castor oil, this daily cleanser needs no more than a single pump to wash away sunscreen and dirt on your face—thanks to the anti-bacterial properties of castor oil. A splash of water does the trick, using the Organic Bamboo Washcloth provided to gently wipe remaining traces of cleansing oil, leaving the skin soft and well moisturised.
Next comes the Lifted Mist (15ml), an alcohol-free toner made from honeyed notes of neroli and uplifting peppermint, aimed at regulating oil sebum on oily skin as well as minimising the appearance of pores to rejuvenate tired skin. Don’t be afraid to go liberal with it (it does say to spray generously) and pat any excess into your skin for an energising and pleasantly refreshing feel.
The third and final step introduces the Super-man Luxury Face Oil (15ml), a face moisturiser intended for both day and night use. Made from a blend of 11 botanical ingredients such as sea buckthorn, rosemary, calendula flower, bergamot and jojoba oil (to name a few) this little but almighty bottle is jam-packed with multiple vitamins, antioxidants and omegas to nourish your skin and help to maintain its natural barrier. Basically, it’s superfood for your face. Designed to combat oiliness and speed up the regeneration of skin cells, the oil promises clearer pores and dewy skin. Pat two drops into your skin, shut your eyes for bed—and that’s it. If sleep doesn’t do the trick, this face oil sure will.
Lastly, don’t forget to pamper your skin with the Goodnight Homies Luxury Body Oil (15ml), a blend of seven botanical ingredients including apricot and chamomile, known for their revitalising and soothing properties. This multi-functional oil can be used as both a body moisturiser, massage oil or even as a hair conditioner on the go. With a lightweight feel and calming aroma designed to soothe the senses, this body oil will have you drifting off to sleep in no time.
Retailing at SGD 78, the Summer Piet Travel Pouch is available on Frankskincare’s website and at its physical store in OUE Downtown Gallery, 6 Shenton Way, #01-46, Singapore 068809.