Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia Dry Mist Oil

The ancient art of the recipe gets a decidedly modern twist. Carol’s Daughter – a favourite brand of former gab queen Oprah – has more variations of organic beauty than even the Body Shop, it seems. It’s no surprise to see the company venture into oils, since…well, we’ll say it, oils are the new lotion.

Now, you combine an undying intrigue for oils with an enduring penchant for Mimosa, and you have one happy-over-the-moon blogger. There is an immediate comfort when reaching for this branded name. Something so home-y about the seemingly sunkissed bottle gives you an innate sense that the oil - Orange Ambrosia Dry Mist Oil ($21) - has dispensed away any of the usual chemical offenders – silicones, parabens, petrolatum or even articial colouring. And, it has. But, fragrance? Well, that’s what makes this a sultry, stirring dry oil.

To do so, Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price (her mother really is...Carol), starts with the popular Coconut Oil to create the oil's heart. But, to achieve the airy lightness with glimmering facets of citrusy notes, she adds Moro Blood Orange Peel, Mandarin, Grapefruit, and Key Lime Peel essential oils. Sweet Almond and Soybean oils round off the mélange of moisturizing bases. Sweet Almond oil aids the skin in keeping the proper balance of moisture in the skin, which is critical when treating dry, scaly patches. The nice inclusion of Açai Berry Extract packs quite a punch, since it's a supercharged antioxidant to protect your skin from environmental aggressors.

There’s a spirited radical feeling to the dry oil. It’s not a true Mimosa as purists will swoop in to claim. But, rather it opens sharply with a smirk of crisp Grapefruit, which makes way for the generous Mandarin accords, imparting a subtle orange haze. The citruses and soft and clean, remaining largely on the fringes as each refuses to topple the other. But they are artfully weaved in to awaken and stimulate the senses. There are fleeting moments where the Blood Red Orange slinks in without warning and desirably so. It’s a pleasant surprise to see a citrus oil reworked with a vampish orange in lieu of the vibrant, bubbly Neroli, which lends a sense of versatility here. With a texture that is extremely lightweight, the near woodsy ambrosia avoids conceit and succeeds in being adorable only because the oil plays out the essences so plainly and effortlessly. Perfectly packaged in a 4 oz bottle for quick weekend jaunts.

After so much rhythm in the past few weeks, it’s nice to spritz an unflustered joy of radiance.