Essence of Vali Detox & Relief Massage & Bath Oils

Mine is a strange line of blogging. Being a beauty blogger and writer allows me to really get in deep with the best of the oils in the marketplace, but it also requires me to make choices between them. And, sometimes, I just can’t. It’s the dilemma I sit at again – to detox or to bring relief? At first glance, both seem to lead to the same end result – to calm. But, it's the tradition of this seemingly old-fashioned craft the yield two very different sensory feels, and makes me wonder which to choose? Valerie Bennis, founder and president of Essence of Vali, brings us blends for both - each sparks its own energy, but neither contains the timeless aromatic stalwarts of scents known to help you relax. Here, both are refreshingly idiosyncratic on their own, but are closely aligned in spirit and spread.

Whatever your need for to make it through the hustle n’ bustle of yet another neurotic holiday season, consider a spunky blend from Essence of Vali to help soothe away the mental & physical aches of overeating, overshopping, and overworrying. Both the Detox and Relief Massage & Bath Oils ($17 for each)  are quiet custom blends of 100% Golden Jojoba Oil but exerting two different jumping points of aromatic relaxation - both equally fit for the decidedly rushed and frazzled.

Detox is a sassy vignette of Grapefruit and Lemon Peel synergistically working to stimulate the senses to awaken alive with the zest of citrus. It’s a sweetened one here, never becoming completely warm or sweet. But, it does have some subtle underpinnings of a lush green feel from the Cypress Leaves, which meet quietly with Juniper Berries to give a fuller heart at the core. Both lend a richness to the body oil that is amplified when layered again with a second slather of the lightly viscous oil. Lemon Peel is appreciated as a popular antiseptic, antibiotic and astringent, and will help to cleanse the body, ridding it of excess fluids and its resulting weighted energy, leaving you feeling lighter than air.
Relief is our second most popular blend as so many people use it for aches and pains - Valerie

And, then you have Relief. While you’ll want to detox your inner self, Relief goes straight away to work on alleviating tension built up in the shoulders, necks, backs, knees, and any other knotted nooks that need to be unwound. Pain, inflammation and enlarged varicose veins from overstress may be relieved with essential oils such as Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lavender and even Myrrh. In this oil, a deliciously minty scent overshadows the vivid swirls of Lavender and bits of woody Birch. Really, if you love Peppermint, this is your oil. Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine. It's an essential oil brimming with minerals (i.e. manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper) omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A & C, all of which reduce anxiety inside and out. Birch is lurking from within, but not enough to qualify it's blend as leathery.

Both oils use 100% plant oils and pesticide free carriers. The darkly blue bottles are nice companions to travel with, as the plastic doesn’t weigh down your vanity kit. What Essence of Vali does is give you an honest engagement of echo oils with an urban feel. Yes, their scents ring through the usual banalities of plain 'ole Lavender. They are clean cut in feel, unisex in scent, and even wearable together with with their diffusive scents. Which to choose for the battering of holiday fervor? Both retain a refined charm and both will deliver some cool, aromatic cheer to sapped out skin. Let's say, it’s ladies choice...