When a warming, soothing skin care oil doubles as most exciting sensual (unisex) fragrance, what can you ask for more?
Dear Adventurers, I planned to surprise you with a ‘Winter Beauty Secrets – Frrrom Russia Wiz Luv’ kind of post, alas, to quote Miss McLachlan: “it doesn’t snow here, it stays pretty green”.
So instead, I’ll reveal one of my long time wintery favourites: Skin & Bones Luxurious Face, Body and Hair Moisturizer. They call it a moisturiser, but it’s in fact made of 100% blended oils (and plant wax):
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Canaga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Aniba Osaeodara (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil.//All ingredients are 100% certified organic, made in the USA.
100 ml approx. €76, 15 ml travel size approx. €20.//
Where do I begin my praise?
FIRST and foremost, let’s address the Scent. I think the makers have tapped into my brain one day because they blended in everything I love in perfumes: from Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine to Frankincense and Sandalwood. How? How?The scent is wonderfully rich and warm, but be warned: there are people who don’t like Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang. I’ve met them. To those people, the wonderful, carnal scent of these exotic beauties seems bland and evokes associations with – wait for it! – hay and horses.
(I’ll stop here for the sake of your and my sanity, because ignoring how some people can misunderstand and judge a fragrance is a bliss!)
Anyway, the sample size or a bigger travel size are a wise investment if you’re not sure about the oils.
NEXT, there are the many benefits of this product:
> Moisturising everything & not greasy: from cuticles to elbows, from knees to the feet – yes. Hair? Yes. Face? Yes. Just apply whenever needed and relax. It takes a moment to be properly absorbed.
It’s still “oily” enough to double as massage oil.
> Non-comedogenic. Of course, an individual can in theory react to jojoba oil (a liquid plant wax in fact), but it’s considered lightweight and safe.
> Bonus point – the precious fragrance. Wearing this, you don’t need perfume.
You are rubbed with ointment like an ancient Queen/King. Your skin and hair are an unspoken order to kneel before and to worship you!
> Why it’s a great winter skin care: it warms you. This is actually the best part.
The essential oils used, Ylang Ylang before all else, are warming your skin. And in winter, a fine layer of this fragrant (not scented), warming, soothing and moisturising oil protects your skin both from cold and mechanical rubbing of your clothes. Yes, greyish and flaky wintery shins, I’m looking at you!One more, red carpet/formal event tip: if you ever have to wear a thin, formal dress in winter, your arms and legs (and feet!) will love the Skin & Bones Moisturizer treatment.
If you think you’re seeing double, you are not: I’ve already referred to this Skin & Bones oil in the more summery context (of summertime beauty desasters like chlorine hair). I just didn’t offer a comprehensive review back then. I adore attentive readers!