There, I said it.
Debate among yourselves if you will, but you can’t deny the fact that the sun shines brighter out here, feeding those minerals, botanicals and well, let’s face it...our souls with something a little extra special. Not that anyone is hating on the East Coast, but let’s just say those yearly weather disasters can’t be good for the elements that are supposed to fight off our free radicals.
I realize that we’re never going to end our debate over taste, but I know you’ll agree with me when I say Brad Biophotonic is a brand that’s going to make the ordinary in skincare seem a little more sexy.
This isn’t just another tiresome story about how the founder couldn’t find a fix for dry skin. But, really when you think about air travel, the inexplicable changes in cabin pressure, airtight altitudes, and the grossness of recycled air, you realize how vital it is to those deeply penetrating elements bent on keeping skin’s optimal health.
Brad demonstrates a high respect for the original character of an organic essence's nature, modifying just enough to subtly manifest its dermal purpose. Packaged in a protective but sturdy glass Miron Violet bottle (it blocks UV light to preserve the potency) is The Transforming Body Oil ($95), a harmoniously rich elixir that ought to be a mainstay in anyone’s travel bag.
You know about the fabulous skin-loving nutrients that Grapeseed, Macadamia, and Jojoba oils bring. But, added to this medley are Tamanu and Noni oils. Scientific studies clearly establish that Tamanu Oil is a significant healing agent, not only because of its ability to produce new skin tissue, but also for its anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. Noni is the new kind of oil I haven't seen before. From its namesake fruit, little is said about this vegetal wonder except that its Linoleic Acid locks in moisture.
Guys and dolls alike will want to use this oil on hands and body as really, it’s about celebrating citrus; near masculine hints of sundrenched Neroli and Orange Blossoms segue nicely into the tang of Tangerine. A sweetened Mango gives a slightly exotic yet unorthodox twist to the scent. That’s the magic of Mango; Neroli on its own can make for an instantly passé body treatment but here the blend ushers in a fruity kind of spring glee softly and disappears before you’d like it to. Or not depending on your preference for scent strength.
As the lightweight oil fell upon the skin, I enjoyed the very fresh and citrusy scent balanced with literalness. What you sniff is you what you get. And, it’s fantastically unisex to lighten up anyone’s mood with its energetic flux of fun. Ladies, on the legs you’ll love the gleam under night’s light, which is supposed to be slimming.
Quality oils are paramount to any luxury bodycare treatment. And despite the high brow minimalism here, you should know Brad is also eco-smart; he eschews the usual chemical offenders like parabens, sulfates, dyes, and perfumes, which now only makes me want his fanciful creations even more. Ultra Elastin (another oil-based treatment) is where I really want to click next. It’s not just about the look; the pared down packaging is very sleek and sexy, but Brad Biophotonic is also rooted in some pretty serious smarts.
And, no one understands this sentiment better than an Angeleno.
Scent Classification: Citrus
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity