NOT JUST A STONE....
When hear or see the word Onyx, the beautiful black stone probably comes to mind right away. There's a lot more to this Agate than I initially thought! Firstly, the Onyx offers up more varieties than the common black stone we so often see; there are other colors in shades of purple, blue, red, white, and even green! Most of the black Onyx that you find today is in fact colored artificially and this method has been around since the ancient Roman times.
The gemstone is found all over the world in parts of Germany, Latin America, the UK, China, Australia, and even a few states in the U.S. Historically, Onyx has been utilized in jewelry and carving - the Egyptians used the gem to create pottery, in addition to the Greeks and Romans who used the stone for jewelry. The word Onyx literally means fingernail or claw in Greek and is most likely a reference to a Greek myth, although the exact reference has been debated.
The myth involves the Greek gods Venus and Cupid: one day Cupid cleverly cut off some of Venus' fingernails, resulting in some of those nails falling to the ground and then transforming into what we now know as Onyx. One of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world is an Onyx and diamond panther bracelet made by Cartier from 1952, that was sold at auction for over $12 million :0 So what does it do exactly for skin?! For starters, it aids in the never-ending fight against the signs of aging, while improving your skin's elasticity.
Onyx also helps with skin regeneration, inflammation, and rejuvenates the skin- all while doing it in luxury & style :) Now when it comes to products out there that offer up the Onyx as an ingredient, there really aren't that may out there :/ I'm sure that some of this has to do with the fact that it might be an expensive venture and something that it takes a bit of R&D for a good while, before you can just throw the mineral into any product.
Luckily, there is an awesome brand out there that specializes in creating specialty skincare and beauty products like these- Lionesse! They show that it's possible to create quality and effective items with a different approach. Make sure to check out my verdict of their Black Onyx Cream below + a little bit about the brand:
WHO THEY ARE:
They are a newer salon brand that provides luxury boutique products, in addition to offering up makeovers! What I really like about them, is that Lionesse strives to make products that are revolutionary in the way that they make your skin looks and feels. The company has two other brands- Celestolite and Venofye that focus on providing lux & top-notch quality beauty items as well. Celestolite features a skincare line that contains authentic powdered meteorite! Venofye on the other hand, takes a different approach that hones in on bee venom as it's prime component- which is equally cool and unique :)
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
Black Onyx Cream
This product is one to impress from the get-go when it arrives in a nicely made and well-designed box that allows for storage too. I love that it snaps shut with a simple and easy magnetic closing action as well :) The product container is equally as thought-out and provides an excellent decor piece that can be left lying around without looking obtrusive or unpleasant-looking.
The pump mechanism itself is designed in such a way that you can easily get out just the right amount of the cream without wasting it or making a huge mess. I was absolutely shocked at how great my skin looked and felt just after the first application of the Black Onyx Cream :0 When it comes to the scent- it's spectacular as well! Sometimes perfumes and other scents can create issues for me as I have beyond sensitive skin, yet this product just felt and smelled great!
My face looked luminous and soft all day, making this perfect for underneath makeup or for a nightly skincare boost. The only drawback I could honestly find with this product was the pricing- however keeping in mind that this IS a luxury skincare item so that is going to be part of what makes it a high-quality brand.
I will note though, that this doesn't always mean it's a great product because of the price- I've found this be unfortunately be true more often than not :/ When looking at the Lionesse line of products, this isn't something you are going to find true one bit- you are paying for a top-notch luxury skincare beauty product and that's exactly what you are going to get :)