Guys, did you know that this is the summer of love for oils in the beauty world? You can’t flip through a magazine these days without talk of oils everywhere for your hair, body, and shower. In accordance, move your lotions and gels to the side, because the newest/Euro-hip way to moisturize and get that gleamy “I just stepped off a yacht in Croatia” look are with these super-duper fragrant oils. Your face is the only place oil doesn’t belong this summer (which I’ll address in a separate post), but for everywhere else, lather up and enjoy the hassle-free ways to tame flyaway hairs, add subtle shimmer, and look sun-kissed and dewy all over.
1. Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse – The French are so chic that their across-the-pond counterpart to our Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion is this beautifully scented, all-over body oil. It’s the kind of thing you find in high quality, utilitarian French pharmacies, and stocked in the medicine cabinets of je ne sais quoi women. Aliza Jabes, the original founder, was a young mother looking for a multipurpose skincare solution, and created a line of natural, luxury products. The dry oil is their top seller and has a lightly perfumed scent that comes from the six precious plant oils (borage, St. John’s Wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, macadamia) that make up 98.9% of the ingredients. I use it after stepping out of the shower to moisturize my legs and the combination of heat and the dry oil texture practically melts it into my skin. It leaves behind a light glossy sheen that calls to mind less Miami bodybuilder, more Beyonce music video glam (even with my non-caramel Twilight pallor), with a airbrushed, seamless look. I also love putting a few drops in a hot bath and sitting back to luxuriate in the heady, musky scent. It comes in two types, the original and a golden shimmer, which Space NK associates tell me they regularly sell out of in the summertime. It’s also supposed to work miracles on stretch marks with clinical trials showing improvement up to 33%. All in all, it’s a wonder oil.
2. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – I learned about this from one of my first beauty blogs, Kristin Kelly’s Confessions of a Beauty Addict. It was one of her top picks and has remained a staple in my bathroom. What makes me reach for it time and time again is its grown-up, sensuous scent.This is not the sugary scented almond of almond cookies or the slightly stale, chemically saccharine scent of almond extract. L’Occitane’s almond is intoxicating–it’s like a top note of purest almond, with the roundness, fullness, and romanticism of a coconut, musky base. I am admittedly terrible at describing scents, I can really only describe how they make me feel. And this scent makes me feel like I’m transported from my bathroom to some French Provence garden, where fresh flowering almond trees are just outside my window. And it feels so good when you lather up and add water. Since it’s a shower oil, adding water doesn’t create bubbles, but transforms into a lovely, milky emulsion that just glides off your body. It also works well as a shaving gel alternative. The scent lasts all day and leaves my bathroom with little steam clouds of yummy, almond goodness.
3. Pureology Precious Oil – As my eleventh grade AP Biology teacher will attest, I am no scientist, nor was I meant to be. But I’ve developed a formidable knowledge of “-ene”, “-onol”, and “-dones” thanks to practice with reading beauty product ingredient labels. The ingredient list from Pureology’s Precious Oils however, requires no such parsing, with words like sunflower, coconut, and fruity olive oil. They work together to make a warm, fruity smelling liquid balm that you smooth on the ends of your hair, on flyaways, to add glossiness and moisture. Just a few pumps is enough for my whole head and the smell is killer, I can’t stop sniffing my hair when I use it and it kind of makes me crave a kid fruit gummy snack (Fruit-by-the-Foot preferable), whenever I get a whiff. Note: The smell is so delectable you might smell a little too yummy–I wouldn’t recommend using this if you’ll be outside for extended periods among mosquitoes or flies, as they seem to like the scent too. Incidentally though, this scent is total boy bait. I’ve found that boys really enjoy the scent of fresh clean hair, but they seemed to notice this scent too.