Lust Vs. Must: Darphin Essential Oil Elixirs Leave You Smooth, Smelling Good, And $80 Richer

When it comes to products that I feel very strongly that I NEEEEEED, they generally cost more than my ConEd bill for any given month. I love luxury beauty because it makes me feel that I, by owning and using it, become luxurious by osmosis. It’s a little mind game that I like to play with myself: if I buy this $150 serum, it will make me the kind of fabulous girl who warrants a $150 serum in the first place! Yay marketing!

The perpetual object of my lust for the past year or so has been RODIN Olio Lusso, which (I’ve heard) is basically the be-all end-all of oils and serums. As someone who loves to slap such substances on her face at least twice daily, the promise of a chemical-free product comprised of essential oils “legendary for their soothing, softening, glow-giving, emollient, and protective properties” with a natural aroma of jasmine and neroli in the most gorgeously minimalist Deco-inspired packaging you’ve ever seen … it’s all enough to send me into spasms. I need it. I am getting it. And then I’m like, “Oh, wait, how much is it?” I’m thinking $60. Okay, I’m thinking $80. But no, this perfect potion, this liquid gold, will set you back $150. I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I could cry — $150. Is there no justice in this world?

I will never, ever stop coveting the RODIN Olio. It will haunt me until I break down in a moment of vulnerability and hand over a fat wad of cash, which inevitably will happen. But in the meantime, I feel pretty damn good about Darphin Aromatic Care Essential Oil Elixirs. At $70 they’re not cheap by any means, but they are less than half the price of RODIN’s version, and that’s good enough for me, because I am going to want to put expensive oils on my face no matter what. They may not contain the same miraculous medley, but the individual essences, each one geared toward a different skin type, also happen to smell incredible and work like a fancy French charm. So why sell your soul for the RODIN Olio Lusso when you can just trade your firstborn for the Darphin instead?