Marie Veronique Anti-Aging Body Oil

For years, ever since I started taking an interest in oils, I’ve been intrigued by these two classically bewitching scents. Two over-the-top essences often used flagrantly & deliberately within a myriad of face and body oils. The rose essence is known for its highly nourishing ability, while being able penetrate tissue deeply and rapidly energize every cell, bringing true balance and harmony to the skin. The essential oil promotes cell regeneration and has a tonic and astringent effect, which makes it useful in diminishing the redness cause by large capillaries. In similar fashion, neroli helps strengthen the epidermis layers, increase circulation and improve cell hydration and regeneration by softening wrinkles and scars. Two linear essences brimming full of emotion. Most sensory experiences work like that – restrained scents and oils pass you by until one strikes out with a distinctive encounter.

MV Organics Anti-Aging Body Oil ($36) was just that oil - explosive with a very creamy impression. This elixir is so delightfully delicious, and so great with its range of character, you won't turn up your nose at it even in the dead of summer. Layers of rose and neroli strike a sharp up front notes, equally balanced as not to upstage to other, while contributing an exotic, sumptuous depth that conveys luxury in this treatment. It has lovely aromatic intensity and brightness, as the scent shines through the golden base of apricot kernel, avocado, and jojoba oils. Together, they nimbly moisturize parched skin with an effortless ease. It’s a medium-bodied oil, almost light enough to wear on the face, but full enough to use over the body, which was surprising as most jojoba based oils tend to take a bit of time to absorb. Not this one. The 100% vegan formulations means you’re getting no harmful chemicals, no synthetic fragrances, no water that can evaporate and dry out your skin, and no nut oils that can go rancid with UV exposure. Fatty acids are abound here. But, interesting to note is this is the first time we've seen a body oil has been labeled with an the expiration date prescribed at the bottom. Marie Veronique Nadeau, the founder of the brand and a former chemistry teacher explains:

"Oils have a shelf life, and our expiration date reflects that. One can also infer from the expiration date that oils should be treated with care, and ideally kept in a cool, dark place. Some oils are more fragile than others, and unlike many companies, we do not use nut oils like almond oil or walnut oil because they are unstable, particularly when exposed to UV. We also extend the shelf life of our oils by adding Vitamin E. The expiration date of a year is not set in stone, but rather gives you an indication of when the product is at its peak. Rather than regarding it as an expiration date per se, you might want to use think of it terms of: for best results use by such and such date."

Fresh, indeed. The unlikely of pairing between the timeless rose and sprightly neroli makes for a floricordially sheer delight.