Review: The Body Shop Beautifying Oils for face, body and hair

Review: Beautifying Oils by The Body Shop

Summer is here! That means there’s a need for lighter scents and aromatherapy. The latest Beautifying Oils by The Body Shop are just the ticket to lightweight multitasking — for your hair, body and face. Find out why we’re slightly obsessed.

The Body Shop always had me at their Body Butters. But now, there are new surprises from the brand that feature pleasant fragrances that it has always been famous for. But this time, they come as dry Beautifying Oils for face, body and hair.

Available in Coconut, Shea, Cocoa Butter, Chocomania, Moringa, Olive, Strawberry, Mango, Sweet Lemon, Pink Grapefruit and Satsuma, each body oil is a blend of three lightweight nut oils. These are Marula, Kukui nut oils and Sweet Almond oils. Marula is made from the ripe fruit of the marula tree which grows predominantly in Namibia. Kukui nut oil has been used for years in Hawaii and known for its rejuvenating and soothing properties. Harvested from the Candlenut tree, it is packed with omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. Sweet Almond oil, with a hefty concentration of vitamin E, nurtures the skin and is used extensively in spas and aromatherapy.

These are considered “dry” beautifying oils, and promise to banish dry skin, promote a smoother texture and add radiance to skin. Because they’re considered “dry” not wet oils, they absorb very well into skin and also leave a subtle fragrance that’s not too sharp.

How do you use them?

Because of their versatility, the Beautifying Oils can be used many different ways. Here are a few pointers:

  • Use them post-shower for instant hydration. It’s best to use them on slightly damp skin so that they absorb. A little goes a long way!
  • Beautifying Oils make excellent face moisturizers too, but don’t put them on if you have oily skin. While the oils won’t clog your pores, less is more. One of the ways I like to use them on the face is to leave them on for a few minutes as a mask, and then rinse off.
  • One of my favorite uses for these oils is on the hair: A dime size amount will tame your flyaways and leave your locks glossy and smooth. You’ll want to use them on dry hair (damp hair is OK if you’re planning to style it immediately after).
  • Use them on your elbows, knees and rough patches of skin. These oils absorb so well that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t tap their potential and use them where your skin needs moisture the most.
  • Another way to use them is to add them as part of your moisturizing routine to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Use them as essential oils for an at-home massage or spa day.

Pulse Boutiques and availability

The oils are available online and in stores and retail for $14 a pop. They are also beautifully displayed in the new Pulse Boutiques that the chain is launching nationwide. The goal of these boutiques is to create unique and memorable experiences while you shop: Each boutique will have story selling tables that encourage you to interact (so plenty of touching, smelling, applying is encouraged!). In fact, this is how you should purchase the Beautifying Oils, since they are a highly tactile experience.

Since they come in various fragrances, buy a few and reap the benefits of beautiful, fragrant skin and hair. Out of the several I tried, my absolute favorite is the Moringa Oil because the scent is very tropical. I feel as though I’m in Hawaii when I apply this (I even use some on my dry lips and it works like a charm).

A great way to pair these oils is to use the accompanying new Body Mists ($12) which will definitely cool you off this summer. Simply spritz, rub and inhale!

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