December 29, 2016

Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual Review

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Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual ($89) is a two step skincare routine that includes Aveda Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil as well as the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Facial Dry Brush which can be used to gently exfoliate skin as well as hydrate it.

I purchased this set back in August when it originally released and I can visibly see and feel the difference in my skin. If you have drier skin, I’d highly recommend it.

Here’s my review and thoughts on the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual!


I’m an instant gratification kind of girl but let’s face it, most skincare doesn’t work right away. Visible results aren’t always apparent right away with skincare and it takes time, continued use, and patience to see results when using new skincare. Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual is an instant result skincare product. You’ll be able to see the results almost immediately and you’ll continue to see them over time.

Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual was created to use in the morning and also meant to be washed off. I contacted Aveda’s customer service to ask them if it also can be used in the evening and if the oil could be remain on my face versus washed off and they readily agreed that was fine. I’ll speak a little bit more about how I feel about washing the oil off later in this review but first I want to explain the exfoliating and application technique.

The first item in this set is the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Facial Dry Brush. It can actually be purchased individually should you like and used with a facial oil of your choice in my opinion if the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil is not to your liking. I purchased the set because I wanted to try both items. The small oval handheld brush has short, dense bristles with swirling peaks that we’re created to gently massage skin and sweep away dead skin cells. It’s the perfect size for working around my face and fits my hand and the contours of my face very nicely. You’ll gently stroke it over a dry, freshly cleansed face and sweep upwards and outwards to remove flaky, dead skin. You can work it across your forehead, both cheeks, chin, and down your neck and chest for one minute. I set a timer on my Iphone to tell me when the time is up. I wouldn’t say the bristles are terribly soft but they aren’t unpleasantly scratchy either! They are however, very dense. I’ve used a towel to exfoliate my face in the past and this technique is no different and works just as well to remove dead skin very easily. I think the most impressive thing about the brush is the fact that it doesn’t dry your skin out the way a facial scrub would. The irony of having dry skin is that you only make it even more dry when you use a grainier facial scrub to remove dryness. At best I exfoliate once a week with a facial scrub because anything more makes me feel drier and tighter. This brush I can easily use daily without over stripping or drying my skin out. Although, I wouldn’t recommend daily use. Why? Because it really does remove a good layer of dead skin and overdoing it might make the experience painful versus beneficial. I noticed when I used it three times nights in a row that my skin actually developed some redness and sensitivity. I started using it once every other night and that helped. Also, you don’t want to follow up with an AHA after using this. You’ll want to skip any AHA treatments when using this because it is removing a good deal of dead skin and applying a AHA on freshly buffed skin will make it tingle or even burn. Skip the AHA the nights you use this. I thought it was a gimmick in all honesty but it really works to remove flaky skin. It refines and polishes my complexion and preps it well for skincare as my moisturizer and other nightly skincare absorbs a lot more easier after a dry brushing.


Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil is the second step in this routine and like the brush can be purchased by itself or along with the brush in the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual Set. I can’t express enough how much I like that the items are sold both together and separate. I don’t have sensitives to this oil but if you do and just want to try the brush it is a nice option that it is available as an individual purchase. Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil contains a host of wonderful oils but this does have a strong herbal scent that might be off putting to sensitive users. It contains sesame, sunflower, rose hip, apricot kernel, and sweet almond oils just to name a few. After your dry brushing take about four pumps of the oil and give yourself a massage with it for about one minute. Be firm but use a gentle hand to gently massage the oil all over your face, neck, and upper chest area. After your massage leave the oil on for four minutes. If you’re using this in the morning I would highly recommend following up the cleansing your face step that Aveda recommends. The oil is quite thick and will make your skin shiny and greasy and won’t wear well under makeup. Rinse it off with a cleanser and pat dry. Do not dry to wash it off with water only as it does not emulsify and water will simply bead off it. Use a cleanser to completely remove it from your skin. Personally, I have no time in the morning to dry brush my face and leave oil on for four minutes so, I use the set as a nightly routine and I leave the oil on my skin versus rinsing it off. If you’re prone to clogged pores you might not wish to do this. It works out fine for me and I wake up with bright, soft, super smooth skin.


One of the things that’s almost instantly visible when you’re using this set is how smooth and soft your skin is. The next day you’ll find your skin is brighter and your makeup will look much, much smoother and more even. Sometimes my foundation and my blush can cling to my drier cheeks giving it a cakey appearance. Since I started using this set I instantly noticed how much more smoother everything looked. I suffer from duller skin and I love how much brighter my skin appears thanks to fact this removes so much dead skin and also the amount of moisture it provides which is why my skin looks so much more happier and less tired.

I pegged the Aveda Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual as a gimmick but I was terribly wrong. This set has make my dry skin very, very happy! I’ll happily buy it again. If you have dry, dull skin you’ll adore how much brighter and smoother your complexion looks after using this! I truly think it the long run it’ll keep my skin looking youthful and beautiful. I’ll happily repurchase it again.

Love this and can’t recommend it enough!

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Very Muse Approved!



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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kristen

    How often do you clean the brush Muse? I have not used mine yet but I noticed they don’t recommend washing it very often but that worries me if it is removing all that dead skin!
    Also, do you use the brush dry on a dry face??
    Thanks Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      I clean it after every use because it grosses me out there’s dead skin on it! Hopefully I’m not ruining the brush by doing so! I use it on a dry face, mentioned that in the review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cyndi

    Great review! I too have dryer skin and use this at night (and do not wash off). It is amazing. My skin has never felt so smooth. After I apply the oil to my face and body, I rub the residual oil on my hands thru my hair!. My hair is also on the dryer side.. but that little rub thru during my nightly ritual leaves it feeling hydrated and soft!. (And my husband loves the smell!) This stuff really is worth the price!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Cyndi! Good idea on using on your hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to try that ๐Ÿ˜€