Eminence Organics Apricot Body Oil

Call it love at first whiff. The peachy-hued oil atop my vanity table is enticed with suggestions of apricots, grapes, and pomegranates. It's flattered with Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10 & salicylic acid. It's free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate & other harsh chemicals and has been hand-made without mass production for over half a century. Its origins hail from the flowering fields of Hungary, where skin care traditions still maintain a legendary pedigree. The oil? Eminence Organics Apricot Body Oil ($29).

The apricot kernel oil is often used as a carrier oil, however, here it’s found as both an essence and as a base. I discovered this oil during a recent visit to the swanky Spa Montage. After a gruffish vichy scrub & shower (well worth the time), the therapist layered the Apricot Body Oil for a skin-smoothing touch. But, the scent had me at hello.

One gripe made by most huile-istas is how they wish for a deftly scented body oil. For those harboring this perennial obsession for fragranced treatments, here is your the dream realized. The apricot is not a hopelessly gawky wallflower here. The oil has a natural lustiness and spontaneity about it. It’s light & sparkling, much like it’s namesake luscious, opulent fruit. The scent was so indelible, it compares to nothing to what I’ve tried to date. Best of Green Award winner for the best environmental practices in the industry, the purity of the 100% organic ingredients shines through Eminence’s products.

And, what ingredients they are! The roster of oils almost teeters between scientific and sublime. For starters, pomegranate seed oil happens to be rich in extremely rich in rare essential fatty acids called punicic acids (approximately 65%) and other EFAs. A new study (from the University of Michigan Medical School, published in the February 2006 Journal of Ethnopharmacology) shows that pomegranate seed oil stimulates keratinocyte proliferation, promoting regeneration of the epidermis. Because pomegranates are also loaded with antioxidants, you get a double dose of nourishment, moisturization and improved skin elasticity. Pomegranate seed oil can also be effective in treating dry skin ailments (i.e. eczema, psoriasis) and splotchy sunburned skin.

Added to this is grape seed oil, which has mildly astringent qualities, and helps to tighten and tone the skin. In the background is a biodynamic powerhouse: the supercharged combination of Vitamin A, Ester C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, which synergistically help to protect the body from free radical damage (one of the causes of aging at a cellular level). COQ10 is one of those rare ingredients that can help reverse signs of aging by stimulating an uprising of collagen. It’s a heavier oil, one suited for post-spa treatments or even for at home-waxing sessions. We love how even the day after, our legs still feel treated without the need to re-apply.

Profundity in an oil that forever banishes the stereotype of apricots as the flirty, summery fruit-of-the-moment. No, it's time to junk that thought. This oil has a lush sensuality about it. I won’t be returning for a vichy shower anytime soon. The Apricot Body Scrub ($48) with its raw sugar cane juice now beckons...