Saturday, 22 March 2014

Glowing Results: The Body Shop Beautifying Oils

From personal experience gained over the years by trying on more skincare products than I can remember, I have realised that some of the most successful results that I have witnessed have been achieved by oils rather than serums or creams. However, not all skincare oils I have tested proved to have the same level of efficacy. As I had the opportunity to develop in my review of Rodin Olio Lusso back in January 2012 (see HERE), the secret of a successful face skin oil lies in ensuring that its ingredients are as natural as possible and thoroughly ground into microscopic molecules before being blended with a liquid base solution. The more fluid the resulting oil, the easier it is for the skin to absorb it and become hydrated without looking and feeling oily or shiny.

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While examining a few more skin oils over the recent months, I came across a product that, in addition to achieving very satisfactory results, it was also more economical than most. Advertised as suitable for face, body and hair, The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oils are made from a blend of nut oils, which include the brand’s own Community Fair Trade marula oil, and is available in 10 scent options, Chocomania, Cocoa Butter, Coconut, Mango, Moringa, Olive, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma, Shea, and Strawberry.

Photograph © The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

I started by trying out the Coconut oil but my first reaction was not exactly encouraging: the oil felt more viscous than I expected and the scent was too strong, which got me worried that my skin would look oily and smell of old-fashioned suntan lotion all day. In addition, when applied onto the skin, the shimmering effect was very visible, which didn’t improve my appreciation of the oils. However, within a minute or two, the skin had absorbed the oil and the scent had vanished almost completely, with the final look and feel being one of a more luminous, toned and hydrated skin. 

Even though The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oils are, in my view, not as effective as the likes of the Rodin Olio Lusso, they certainly do a good job and for a fraction of the price. And considering that, like with most skin oils, you only need to use a few drops each time you need to moisturise, the 100 millilitre bottle will last longer than expected. My verdict is that, if you are on the lookout for a good alternative to your skincare routine, these oils are most certainly worth considering.

Unless where otherwise specified images are courtesy of The Body Shop

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