Paul & Joe Body Treatment Oil

Oils, moisturizers, treatments…call them what you will, but there’s no dispute one ingredient – Mineral Oil - will make most of you cringe with a visceral disgust and cosmetic fear. The ingredient has reached such epic proportions of hate making it seem as though it's the spawn of the devil: it’s carcinogenic, the oil causes premature aging, it’ll rob your skin of precious vitamins, the film prevents the absorption of collagen and other nutritious forms of anti-agers, and even the ever-popular, it causes acne. And, while most of the oils I covet are usually devoid of this supposedly hedonistic huile, I refuse to ban those that do contain Mineral Oil is its main carrier when science says otherwise.

We’ve all been there - seemingly trapped in a neverending barrage of curiosity inspired by mainstream marketers who have successfully misaligned what is nothing more than a bare bones oil. But, research has proven there is nothing schizo about it. The scientists behind TheBeautyBrains (among others who have published their findings in PubMed) argue consistently Mineral Oil is nothing more than a cosmeceutical, refined carrier oil. Mineral oil acts as an occlusive agent who prevents water from naturally leaving your body through your skin. Which is why you should't knock off Paul & Joe Body Treatment Oil ($50) for using it as a main moisturizing base.

While the axis of the oil is Mineral Oil, a host of vitamin-rich oils bring a bustling burst of energy to treat skin - Olive Fruit, Meadowfoam Seed, Orange, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Grapeseed oils are what will feed parched skin with fortified elements and fatty acids. Of the lot, Meadowfoam Seed oil is one of the most stable oils, and will actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. When applied to the skin alongside Mineral oil, it, too, forms a formative moisture barrier and will assist the skin with preventing moisture loss, doubling down any effects from dry weather or rough shaving. Interesting to note is how Meadowfoam oil is also totally beneficial for our environment. The oil was first developed in the 1970’s, and introduced as an alternative to sperm whale oil in order to protect the species. The pressed seeds are fed to cattle and other livestock, and are a source of nutrients for these animals. While grown in the field, birds, insects, mice, and other critters, also eat the nutritious seeds. The Meadowfoam plants themselves are a renewable crop, and are usually grown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers, which eliminates the need to burn the fields in between grass seed plantings, thus providing farmers with additional income.

Doing good for you skin while doing good for Mother Earth. While the body oil is a feathery weight feel with a light slip, the scent will convince you of moving beyond your mental block. A delicately sweet citrus is tantalizing without veering into any gourmand notes. The lasting radiance from the Orange Oil is tinged with a burst of candied shine. Not of the mawkish vanilla variety, but more of a single-noted, honeyed orange. Quite simply, it's a soft, floral, joyous scent much more like a nectar than a fragrance.

The oil is like hearty chuckle salaciously trumping those cheeky claims meant to inspire fear. The oil works...and it works well. If marketers had their way, I’d wonder how many Johnson & Johnson babies from the dawn of time should have ended up with wrinkly lines reaching for the ears, pimpled dottings in between flaps of loosened skin heading for the gobblity neck by their 30s? Please.