“IS there is a chicken here somewhere?”
Black Chicken Remedies. I know. I’m thinking the same thing. What kind of cutesy brand is that with such an impish wit luring you in with some curious wonder? Cute as can be (maybe too cute), the brand from Bondi (a bustling sun n’ surf town edging on a hot, flat stretch of Australia) is home to 100% natural treatments made free from parabens, petrochemicals, and artificial fragrances inspired by ancient crone.
The brand, yes, is inspired by the mystic legend of some groovy black chicken, who was known for her (of course, it’s a hen – for beauty!) healing and transformative prowess. Myth or not, it’s still an adorably cute backgrounder with a name to make you giggle every time you go to pump the Love Your Body Oil (A$69). The brand doesn’t speak with superlatives beyond this. Housed inside the sleek, aluminum bottle with a much appreciated pump is a lightweight elixir with an alluring deck of delicate essences. Avocado, Rosehip, Hazelnut, and Coconut carriers rest together in a moisturizing base. I always love the fat-fest that Avocado for brings in addition to vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta Carotene that skin loves to sop up on sight. And, that it does. Researchers have found that Beta Carotene suppresses some serious UV damaging enzymes, which lead to premature aging. Hazelnut helps add in a touch of astringency to tighten slacking skin where you least expect to see it. Taken all together, the oil sinks right away, making you look twice to see where you slathered a second ago.
The tantalizing composition of essences shows us exactly why we see such a fondness for oils here & abroad. Cool notes of Lavender play alongside Sandalwood expressing a subtle wildness waiting to come forth. The scent settles into a palpable Geranium and Patchouli base that lasts with a slight dryness that is toned sweetly with Ylang Ylang. For the daily stresses at the office, this is that perfect vignette of calmness to keep desk side for use on temples to unfurl unwanted tension.
In the body oil’s kitsch cohort, the same Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood turns the Love Your Face Serum (A$79) into a velvety treatment. The warm embrace of both essentials beautifully balance an exquisite Rose Maroc while suffusing essences of Neroli and Palma Rosa into a soft, dewy touch. Given the essential consistency here, skin’s hissy fit is given a therapeutic boost with Apricot Kernel, Argan, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, and Rosehip working synergistically to detoxify and beautify while enhancing resilience in just a few days. The serum will resonate with most because it’s a pretty scent with an equally lightweight feel that doesn’t resort to the clichés of Rose, which some of you may fear…ahem, Carrie.
Kittenishly clever in name, sweetly serene on skin, Black Chicken (just try not to smile when saying this aloud) is well worth the effort to order from down under. And, to make it worth your while (shipping from Australia is only $10), Black Chicken is offering you, my dear readers, a complimentary full sized jar of their forthcoming release, Love Your Body Polish ($24.95), made with Himalayan Pink Salt suspended within the same 12 natural oils from the body treatment. Just in time for spring’s strappy sandals and dresses, the scrub will help neglected areas feel smooth and primed for the affection of nourishing oils.
From now ‘til April 20, enter code: newskin with your purchase of either utterly lovely face or body oil….or both.
Oh, and did I mention the sweet, chipper brand is 100% vegetarian? Go figure.
Scent Classification: Soft floral
Texture: Light viscosity (2/10)