Body Oils have become one of my many new obsessions during my hiatus from Product Girl. I was never a body oil kind of girl, the idea of slathering myself in any kind of oil was completely unappealing… which is odd when I consider how much I love perfume oils! One day I was in a pinch and wanted a big dose of moisture to pamper my skin with and reached for a gift with purchase from the Jo Malone counter, my beloved Nectarine Blossom & Honey in Bath Oil form. I was instantly hooked and wondered why I didn’t try this before. It was one of those “D’oh!” moments. 😉
Besides leaving my skin super soft and glowing, I realized that the scent that lingers on my skin long after the oil has absorbed lasts practically all day. I do not need to layer on any additional scents to get all day wear. I’ve been a hardcore layering girl for some time now so using one product to scent my skin was a revelation. And a nice added bonus? Using a body oil right before bed also scents your linens. I can’t tell you how much I love getting into bed at night now, I lay my head on my pillow and I can smell Amazing Grace on my sheets. Even doctor’s such as Dr. Angelo Cuzalina recommend oils at night because your body has the most time to fully absorb the moisturizing benefits with no chance of having it be washed/wiped off.
This obsession all started with Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey fragrance, that was the first oil I picked up. Unfortunately that bath oil isn’t as true to the original fragrance as I would have liked it to be. The crisp and refreshing notes of nectarine blossom are not as present here but it is still a good fragrance all on its own, it is perfectly fine for adding a few drops to your bath water or even using it straight on your skin like I do. That led me to pick up Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom and Blue Agava & Cacao Bath Oils, I wanted something a little cleaner than the Nectarine Blossom & Honey, then something a little warmer and spicier. Both of these fragrances are right in line with their cologne counterparts. One thing I have a problem with when it comes to Jo Malone colognes is the amount of wear I get from them. The great thing about these bath oils is I can skip the cologne altogether, it has a strong, long lasting fragrance all on its own.
When I started looking for other body oils, I wanted to branch out with my scents and one that was missing from my newly formed body oil arsenal was a nice citrus based scent. Enter Dr. Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil. This body oil makes my skin feel amazing, this has been the product I reach for after I shave my legs and want amazingly smooth and soft legs. It also has other benefits, lemon has traditionally been used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm skin. I can’t attest to those claims, I just don’t care about cellulite at this time but I will say that I am completely in love with this oil’s fragrance. This body oil does not have the fragrance of an oil like Jo Malone’s but it is simple, clean and very invigorating. I layer other fragrances on top of it when I’m going for a more complex scent but on days where all I want is one note, this fits the bill just perfectly.
Just like Dr. Hauschka, Evan Healy is a cleaner, more ingredient friendly line. In fact, I picked up both of these oils at the same time in a naturopathic pharmacy here in Seattle. Evan Healy’s Sweet Blossom Hydrating Body Oil is exactly what it says it is, hydrating, and very calming on the skin. When I first picked it up to try it, I was expecting to smell orange blossoms in a bottle but the fragrance is more complex than that. It is also blended with petitgrain leaf, ylang ylang and frankincense. Altogether this makes me think of tobacco leaves drying in the sun, which is not a bad thing at all in this case. Compared to the other body oils I have been picking up since my obsession began, it was also the most affordable.
I also seeked out one of my favorite fragrances in oil form: Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Luxurious Multi-Use Body Oil. Amazing Grace is one of those fragrances that I find really comforting. In a bad mood? Give me a bubble bath with some Amazing Grace shower gel and you’ll find my mood has vastly improved. However just like Jo Malone, it is one of those fragrances that just doesn’t wear very long on my skin. This is where my layering started, I couldn’t layer enough Amazing Grace to give me the wear I wanted. Now that problem is solved but I need to warn you; don’t be tempted by the Amazing Grace Satin-Finish Body Oil Mist. I picked up this version of the body oil in Pure Grace and was disappointed that the fragrance was not as close to the original as it should be. It is the same problem with the Amazing Grace version of the body oil. The mist is close but not quite the same as what it should be. This Multi-Use Body Oil is a much better choice, it is as close as you can get to the original fragrance and it gives me more hydration than any perfumed body lotion from Philosophy ever has.
Another body oil worthy of your attention is Caudalie’s Divine Oil. This is the one body oil I didn’t use solely on my body, I would apply it everywhere… hair, cuticles, face. I started with a travel size first, just to test it out. I found myself reaching for it constantly and before I knew it, I made the jump to the full size oil. It has a blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils that do wonderful things for you from head to toe. When it comes to scenting your skin, it has a lovely fragrance that instantly reminds me of the beach but it is also very light at the same time so it won’t compete with anything else you may want to wear. It is a sun-kissed floral with a touch of woodsiness to it that is just lovely. I wouldn’t mind smelling like this all the time if it were just a touch stronger. Getting hooked on this oil also helps support the Coeur de Fôret Association, Caudalie is committed to planting one tree for every bottle sold. I’ve helped three trees become planted.
So there you have it, these are the body oils I’ve been reaching for during the last few months. I have Caldrea’s Tea Olive Lime Body Oil on my radar so that will likely be my next purchase. How about you? Are you into body oils? Which ones have captured your attention? I want to hear all about it in the comments.