Skin & Bones Therapy | Face, Body, Hair Oil

It’s hard being at the top. And, it’s a lonely place to be. And, the ones who truly belong there never forget their humble beginnings. It’s where Skin & Bones sits and is a perfectly apropos in the small world of oils. When my fellow huile aficionado and editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Alli, asked if I had yet grabbed a bottle of the body oil…I got quiet.

“Ummm, which one?”

Skin & Bones! I love the oil for its heady scent and ability to coddle and nourish everything from the face to hair. It doesn't feel lightweight, even in humid climates, but also offers the right amount of comfort on long-haul flights to drier or colder climates.”

“Say what? Gotta go…” And, so I shamelessly ducked out.

And, so I finally found it. The rockstar of organic oils. The Face, Body, Hair Oil ($50) is one-man show in which Jojoba oil takes center stage. In succession, 9 characters – all of which provoke immediate, visceral reactions and culminate in hitting the high note of scent – each inhabiting its own righteous spot in a darkly protective bottle. To give you some smooth moves are Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Lemon, Rosewood and Sandalwood, all of which manage to lure you into a highly evocative state of floral trance. The an unwavering attention to detail in this treatment is marked with the thrilling levels of pure, therapeutic grade absolutes. The highest concetrations of essences seen thus far, proving yet again that these precious commodities can be anything but dull.

It has been shown that Jojoba oil increases the skin's suppleness by 45% and after 8 hours the effect was still present. Not for the fainthearted, the warmth of Myrrh has great drive and a poetic cut. It’s not the easiest essence to play with, but here, Myrrh displays an impressive purity, texture, and depth when set against the generous additions of Jasmine and Grapefruit. And, the scent does persist - not quite powdery, not yet full on flowery. In other words, it's truly the first unisex oil we found. Founder, Heidi Jenkins explains:

"Because the essential oils change with the person it can lean either feminine or masculine - more than that, we really did focus on a scent that both men and women would love (children love it, too). We wanted a lot of depth and and balance so people can really draw out what they love from the scent."

The medium-bodied oil has a mystical moving quality. Tested against its peers, this has a higher level of intensity and focus as the jojoba oil melds with skin without effort. Myrrh oil interacts with mature skin cells to ward off those nasty free radicals treating saggy, wrinkled skin from head to toe. When used in the hair, the oil washes out with a single rinse, though it’s hard to resist as I reached back for more when the lights went out. A delicate trace over my chapped hands sent me off to a deep slumber followed by a morning of rejuvenated skin.

“Hey Alli, this is some pretty accomplished mixmastery in this bottle. It's a discreet yet potent sexuality captured within an oil.”

“Yes, and a tough act to follow…”