One of the more compelling stories behind a body oil is that of Hungarian brand Omorovicza; an enchanted beginning where a US ambassaodor (Margaret Dickerson) meets, falls in love and weds a worldly businessman (Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza). A year later, the impossibly glamorous couple launched the namesake brand that uses famed mineralized thermal waters (thriving and rich in calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc) from Danube with atypical ingredients such as ruby crystals, gold particles, and Hungarian mud. It’s the type of high tech luxury that demands your attention with hauntingly beautiful, paraben- and petrochemical-free products you’ll really want to save up for.
Hungary has offered up some charmingly precious beauty treatments of late and judging by the purity of the elements in the serums and oils, it’s about time the country gets the spotlight. Now, I’m crazy for the Gold Shimmer Oil ($80), which is a fine example of old-world-style blending that hasn’t been lost to modern mass productions.
The silky oil is soft and seamless; Jojoba, Rice Germ, Fractionated Coconut, Apricot Kernel, Sunflower Seed and Carrot Seed oils comprise the restorative elixir. The ultrathin oil houses microfine flecks of gold…real gold. The metal is known to possess serious anti-inflammatory action and works to repair micro-damage on the skin resulting in improved texture. Also notable is Carrot Seed oil, which contains high concentrations of beta-carotene and vitamin A and is known for bringing good antioxidant properties. It stimulates skin cell growth and thus prevents signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines and age spots. Scientists attribute this to the “carotol,” a primary component found in Carrot Seed oil. The oil also has moisturizing vitamin E and protective vitamin C, which work together to help encourage healing and to rejuvenate skin cells and bring new life to skin. In fact, Carrot Seed oil has a well-earned rep for helping to heal eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis because of its ability to repair damaged skin.
Enough of the science, and now onto the insanely addictive scent. The floral tone right from the start is from a strikingly sweet succor of Ylang Ylang melting into the heart of Orange Blossoms. Give it a few minutes to allow a discrete undernote that reads of something of a bewitching Jasmine finish. Slather lavishly, as the much-beloved scent is near absolute perfection!
And, for the gold flecks? Far more of a sheen when the bottle is shaken, not stirred. No really…the flecks may settle a bit around the opening, so be sure to give the bottle a good flip. On legs and arms, the Gold Shimmer oil should be your list for must-have accessories for those flitty dresses you wear on breezy spring nights. I’ll be pairing this with my Indian saris as the subtle gleam on skin complements the embroidered swathes of silk so perfectly.
The oil is actually the last step to the fun of having your very own luxuriant spa-like scrub at home. As a first step, try the resinous scented Gold Sugar Scrub ($90); fair trade, moderate sized Golden Cane Sugar granules and gold mica are blended in Coconut and Apricot oils to help slough off dead skin. The gentle, non-abrasive scrub also has Capsicum peptides and Turmeric Root and Bark extracts blended within thermal waters. The Vitamin C enriched Capsicum (derived from hot chili peppers) will help give a kick start to your microcirculation and promises to leave your skin looking aglow. The scrub rinses off easily, but double up on the moisture with the Shimmer oil and marvel at your newfound softness.
I can see why the brand is so celebrated among the beauty cognoscenti as there’s something about Hungarian blends that bring a befitting distinction. Omorovicza does an extraordinary job of teasing out the precious elements from the rustic countryside and puts them at that smart nexus of where nature meets high tech. The scents are big and balanced; the oils are potent and pretty. Every ingredient seems to have a tale to tell…which is very much in the spirit of the brand’s founders. Like them, I’m also very much in love…
With Omorovicza that is.
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity