Persephenie Linden Blossom Dry Body Oil

As the nights start to take on a distinct summer coolness and leaving the house without smoothed legs & arms has become an unthinkable crime against your arsenal of beauty, many trendsetters are trying to make their lean limbs feel like the silkened skin of their fantasies. The Linden Blossom Dry Body Oil($42) is the accessory to make just that happen.

As a certified aromatherapist and botanical perfumer, the Los Angeles based Persephenie comes out swinging with a line of discreet oils and the such. Recrafting some of nature’s basics from her neatly tucked away studio – both on trend and on commission – she’s an artist adept at applying new techniques to the ancient art of curative essential oil therapy. The Linden Blossom dry oil is a hidden gem, one which quietly captures Persephenie's collection of handmade floral whims.

So what's the big appeal of this sulfate-free, vegan-friendly dry oil? Jojoba is coupled with some fractionated coconut oil to make a moisturizing base. Because jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it can "trick" the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production. Jojoba oil is actually composed of liquid wax esters rather than oil. The body’s natural sebum is also created from wax esters, which act as a sort of natural moisturizer and environmental barrier for the skin. However, wax ester production gradually decreases with age, causing the skin to appear dull and emphasizing wrinkles. And, using the fractionated counterpart will make your oil less likely to go rancid.

But there's something more about Persephenie that the ladies love. She’s got good instincts with raw aromatic essences and creates products with an illustrational bent. This makes scant sense until you try the dry oil. A discreet touch of the honeyed Linden Blossom sprouts from the opening with riper aromas of orchids reflected by the slightly richer, yet graceful oil. The Linden Blossom is such a rarely used essence – a honeyed, playful absolute with its spontaneous hint of grassy underpinnings. In folklore medicine, its heart-shaped leaves were dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love, and was said to cure all diseases classified under the goddess.

Perhaps, the finest touch is also the simplest. Light enough to spritz on the hair to tame flyaways, but creamy enough to use over the rest of the body. You see a tremendous fluidity with this oil, which absorbs upon contact. Persephenie’s meticulous blends are perhaps most apparent in this treatment – a charming oil evoking a sweet pleasure with a connoisseur's mark. It's an huile for fans who aren't simply slaves to a label.

Postscript: When you order online, do request a sample of her forthcoming fragrance, Datura.  It exhibits narcotic datura, rose, lily, and jasmine notes intermixed with a delightful balance of sandalwood and caramel. It's this poetic repertoire that I'd dare dream to see in a body oil some day...