Rica Body Honeysuckle Lemon Kukui Nut Serum

Rica's Honeysuckle Lemon Bath & Body Oil ($32) is a pretty body of work. And, by that I mean a delectably fresh-faced and pretty body oil with fruity notes that excitingly skimmer across the skin. Sheer and radiant, the body oil is made largely from Kukui Nut Oil; extracted from its namesake Hawaiian nut, the oil boasts a heft of essential fatty acids and Vitamins (A, B, C, D, and E), which have helped the islanders weather the varying natural conditions. Easily absorbed and non-greasy to the touch, Kukui is a popular choice for treating minor bouts of psoriasis and eczema thanks to its immediate effect on the skin by reducing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and relieving the itch. According to a study published in the Journal of the European Accademy for Dermatology and Venereology by Yildrim et al., researchers at the University of Suleyman Demirel Faculty of Medicine in Isparta, Turkey, psoriasis sufferers have higher levels of oxidants than non-sufferers. The antioxidants in Kukui oil may help to rebalance the oxidant-antioxidant levels and reduce inflammation.

An appealing hybrid of Passionfruit, Avocado, Safflower, Jojoba, and Shea Seed carriers round out the moisturizing base. But, what tickles me about this thoughtfully composed body oil is the fragrance. While it may be tempting to think the floral scent will veer towards some island variety, it smartly does not. Enjoy, if you will, the swinging sparkle of Honeysuckle that has been tempered ever so lightly with a tinge of Lemon, both of which impart a floral dew of spring-like notes.

It’s quite aromatic, lasting longer on skin than most. And, while I more often than not hope some of my favourite fragrances would create a flanking body oil, this is the first time when I hope a scent could be created from a body oil. With its floral twist to the usual citrus, the blend works quite nicely on skin after a shower. Considering the weightier feel of the oil, I love it on freshly exfoliated or even shaved skin as it truly takes away the scaly patches I see during this time of the year.

Rica Body has gotten me intrigued as the brand also have 4 other non-traditional blends that surely will smell just as sweet as this minimalist blend. Thank you Rica for a refreshing reminder that body oils should be selected as carefully as the scent of the day.

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Slightly viscous