The season of celebrations, holidays and indulgence is upon us. Our desires tend to be a bit more extravagant this time of year. Decadent delicacies, cashmere and jewels dance in our dreams. Here at BWB we want to celebrate your soul, your spirit and your skin.
To give your body the love it deserves, I have 6 luxurious body oils that will change your standards and expectations of what body oil should be. I assure you, though, that even after the festivities wind down, these oils will stay with you. Doesn’t your skin deserve to be spoiled year round?
Their oil features what smells like freshly picked jasmine, and, one of the most interesting ingredients, seed oil from the Plukenetia Volubilis, a plant from the Peruvian Amazon Jungle.
1. Une Nuit A Bali’s The Dry Oil
The founders, Alexandra and Philippe, fell in love sharing their experiences traveling to exotic lands. The romance and influence from their journeys can be felt in their products. Their oil features what smells like freshly picked jasmine, and, one of the most interesting ingredients, seed oil from the Plukenetia Volubilis, a plant from the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. As one of the strongest providers of fatty acids and Omega 3, 6 & 9, this oil is a great anti-oxidant and protector of cell membranes. This company is also committed to protecting our environment and stands by its tag line…100% natural, clean, and pure.
Tip: I like to apply it in the evening while my skin is still damp from my bath. This allows the oil to melt into your body, optimizing the relaxing and seductive aroma of jasmine.
2. Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté
This one is a cult favorite – but its reputation is well deserved. Although Greyl is known for her amazing hair care, she proves that truly great oil can transcend from face to body & hair. Light but sexy, this oil transforms your skin, leaving it with a sublte shimmer. Its gentle lemongrass scent also adds to its uniqueness. My favorite of her ingredients is the mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, known for its ability to repair damage to the epidermis. I have dubbed this my celebration body oil, reaching for it when I’m showing a bit more skin.
Vered’s body oil is just one product of an amazing skin care line.
3. Vered Signature Scent Body Oil
This scent was born and raised in New York City by Vered herself. Indeed, she is an aesthetician and a healer, but considering how her body oil makes your skin feel, she is easily the guru of organic botanicals skincare as well. When you first apply Vered, orange blossoms embrace your senses, including jasmine, amber and rose. Those same ingredients combined with jojoba, primrose and almond oils leave your skin so soft and pampered that you will want to keep reapplying it just for its luxury.
Tip: Vered’s body oil is just one product of an amazing skin care line. Continue the indulgence BWB friends; you deserve it.
4. Huiles Précieuses L’Art Du Soin by Diptyque
Diptyque alone is synonymous with luxury, and this body oil represents the Parisian-born brand perfectly. This oil transports me to the beauty of St. Germaine Boulevard as it reminds me of the of the quality and craftsmanship that France is known for. It contains sunflower seed, Argan oil, and sweet almond and macadamia oils. With the holidays just around the corner, this can serve as a perfect gift, as well!
Joëlle is the skincare specialist of Paris and, I assure you, she deserves the title. In her body oil she has successfully married superior ingredients with a luxury attitude.
5. Joëlle Ciocco’s Huile Aux Vitamines
Joëlle is the skincare specialist of Paris and, I assure you, she deserves the title. In her body oil she has successfully married superior ingredients with a luxury attitude. Avocado oil, citric acid and retinyl palmitate are the key components to this effective oil. Its aroma is sugary and soft and the consistency allows a little product to go a long way. And, because it is absorbed very easily, it is ideal for those who apply oils to dry skin. Joelle leaves your skin feeling very special.
6. Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Italian Resort Toning Body Oil
It feels like silk and screams luxury. When I use this oil, I feel transported to a spa on the Mediterranean Sea. Admittedly I am a bit addicted to its faintly sweet, crisp and clean aroma that holds with it a subtle hint of spice. The body oil contains an abundance of ingredients that assure supple skin: Meadowfoam seed oil, which is high in vitamin E, and pinaster bark extract, which increases your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid.
Warning: when you wear this you do not need perfume. Its the intoxicating smell lingers, and who venture close you will be under your spell!
All of these oils are a great way to invite in the extravagance of the holiday season while allowing your body to receive all of their luxurious benefits.
Beauty and Well Being asks that you do not hold us responsible for possible lifelong addictions to luxury body oils.
Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, currently working with one of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. She has also launched Rejuvanessance , a site and blog devoted to skin care products, advice and the quest for glowing skin.