Tantra Vibrational Body Oil ($29.95) is the type of oil that wakes you with. It’s got a surprising and compelling collection of essences deeply blended in a Jojoba and Avocado base. Why Avocado? Avocado oil has a natural hydrating ability and is deeply absorbed by the squamous layer (or topmost, superficial layer) of the skin. Because of its Vitamin A, D, lecithin, potassium, and chlorophyll content and its ability to retain water, Avocado oil acts as an emollient, and promotes soft and supple tissue.
Tantra, on the whole, is one of those oils that’s impossible to miss. It’s a tropical mélange with a refrained floweriness; sniff at will Jasmine's soft entwined with a arresting but loosely rendered Champaca in a way that is flattering with clarity. Most of us hold to the idea that a tropical body oil will likely have some dash of demi-dense Coconut in there somewhere. Body Bliss skips over this banal expectation and instead cleverly blends Bergamot and Amber with a savory Sandalwood and the sparkling innocence of Neroli into what becomes a confectionary blossom of florals – lucid with a rising, sunny sweetness that doesn’t cloy with any requisite Coconut.
Magnificent in form, it’s the kind of oil you’d expect from a fancy perfume brand, but never see. I have a soft spot for Body Bliss and the brand’s ability to develop something a wonderful degree of floral complexity that the mass-produced ones can’t see to get right in the name of the buck. Proving utility and charm can go hand in hand, the refreshing summer scent does last longer than most and delivers pure, adulterated pleasure, so much so you might just click onto Google the name to see if Body Bliss offers a fragrance to accompany the oil. I did it for you.
And, no…there was none.
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity
Now, let’s talk about wine. Whether it’s red, white, or even rosés, the thrill of discovering a fabulous new wine is always in the grace of its layers, individuality, freshness, bright fruits, structure, balance and exhilarating length. Much like a fragrance actually.
But, this isn’t about the languor of a good wine or oil. It’s about how I came across a line of dry powder masks that combines the best of both. Why wine? According to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Satish Arolkar, l-tartaric acid in wine stimulates the development of new cells in the skin's outer layers. Even Dr. Oz (Oprah’s fave) believes in the benefits of an at-home wine facial.
Zaaina Skincare is one of those under the radar brands; organic and local, intimate in its style, and all about the ingredients, less about the marketing fluff. And, as dry powders are a new, but overlooked category (still needing an identity, if you ask me), there are plenty of interesting reasons to elect one over the usually crackled, green gloop:
- A dry mask is 100% natural
- It eliminates the need for any preservatives for the longer shelf life
- It lasts much longer, doesn't dry out, and is perfect for travel
- The mask allows you to add a wide variety of additives like natural juices, yogurt, eggs, milk, or even wine to create an ideal consistency
- And, they offer up double the product for your buck.
The Extra Glow brings Lemon Coconut, Turmeric and Honey powders with Bentonite Clay, which works in unison to absorb impurities. Turmeric has been used for centuries in India, where even brides slather its paste all over their bodies before a marriage ceremony. When used in combo with Honey and Milk, you’ve got a gently exfoliating, citrus-scented mask that won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin types.
The Green Tea offers up Lemon, Honey, Rice, and medicinal Green Tea powders to help problematic skin rid itself of breakouts from under the skin and even out the overall tone. Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair skin. The stealth Lemon-y scent here has a slightly more medicinal, almost Mediterranean feel to it.
The natural, bracing acidity of my glistening sleek and juicy J. Lohr seemed to give the masks a bite. Add equal parts of wine and powder to form a semi-dense paste, slather across skin, and let sit for about 10-15 minutes. The masks don’t dry up to a crackly, tight finish like the goopey green ones, but rather leave look looking full refreshed. Here's Mama Huile wearing the Extra Glow, which left her skin seriously three shades lighter! Since good Indian mothers don't drink red wine, we added a straight up shot of lemon juice.
Zaaina is highly aware of some potent herbs, which are full of individuality and complement essential oils so very well. But, at $15 a tub, it's worth the buy considering you still get your DIY fun without the need to crush up some fruits and herbs...and get to sip on some vino while you detox.
The start of summer skin fun has never been more enticing...
Then, you’re fully in sync with Soraya Hendesi, a cosmetician and founder Snowberry - a natural skincare brand based in New Zealand. She aptly remarked the same and believes that certified organic skincare doesn’t mean breaking the bank for a bottle of the finest natural oils. It means you’ve got to be smart enough to know where in the world your ingredients are sourced from and trust in their purity and efficacy. Snowberry is famed for sourcing a large number of their hearty ingredients and oils from the brand’s storied bio discovery plantation in New Zealand, which reduces the carbon footprint. Lovers of oils will no doubt be delighted with Snowberry’s Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($32).
The azure-blue serum (from Azulene, which gives German Chamomile its gorgeous colour) reminds us of that one treatment we often overlook – the facial massage. I actually puzzled how regular facial massages haven’t found wider fame in the blogosphere. Unless women are doing it on the sly?
Performed daily, or at least once a week, a firm face massage will promote healthy, glowing skin and help your oils penetrate better. Most experts say that massage is good for your skin at any age - but its benefits are most visible after 40, when skin begins to slacken. Marie-Hélène Gaudinat, scientific and medical communications manager for L'Oréal Paris says,
And, don't forget the plenty of Youtube videos that demonstrate the various European or Chinese techniques that best suit your choice of pressure.
When I want to get in touch with my inner DIY at-home spa self, (we’ve been estranged since mid-November) and since skin yearns for firmness, I turned to Snowberry for being a fantastically priced face oil. To get the most of your massage, use this best bet at night, when skin is left make-up free. The semi-viscous, seriously hydrating formula helps you glide your hands over delicate skin without dragging it.
The benefits? On a scale of prodigy, the oil has some pretty interesting elements;
- Sacha Inchi (indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon forest) gives you superior Omega-3 levels and has all eight factors of Vitamin E
- Passionfruit offers high levels of Vitamin C
- Ginger Root nurtures the maintenance of protein levels in the dermis and skin flexibility with anti-inflammatory action
Why hadn’t I done regular face massages before my mid-week exfoliation? It’s always the simple things we often overlook. Snowberry’s oil is a gem; a sparkling reminder that ageless and radiant skin doesn’t come from the hurried slather of a serum but from the virtuous work we put into them.
Scent Classification: Citrus
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity
Sugar Kiss was unbelievably addicting...like licking off the stacked fluffy frosting from a layered birthday cake. I ran out of the tub in a week and a half. Sure, it’s because I’m tall and scrub up the right way. But, it was also because I loved the soft veiled scent that lay atop skin after a rinse. Repeat sniffs were in order that night.
The Tahitian Flower Sugar Soufflé Scrub invites that same type of linger thanks to the sweet, heady and attractive fragrance of the Tahitian flower. Snow white in its purity, the magic of the scrub awakens the senses and shimmers lightly on the skin as the floral sweetness is released with a gentle hand. The real game changer in Lalicious is the authenticity of its fragrance and essential oils. Tahitian Flower has a creaminess that is unquestionably synonymous with the kind you'd find in some mall-based body lotion flanking some high-priced scent, but I’ll say it’s way, way better here. Lalicious’s version is so heavenly sweet that you could actually eat it.
But, you won’t because skin, not salivary glands, come first. Dry patches are gone with a thorough scrub and skin is duly moisturized with the finesse of Coconut and Sweet Almond oils. While Coconut conditions the skin, Sweet Almond (with a touch of Honey) acts as a humectant to help prevent the loss of moisture. And, you won’t need a body oil after scruffing up with Lalicious as this is like a two-ffer. And, pretty fantastic for those of you who self-tan.
Trust me when I say you won’t find another Tahitian Flower scrub with the requisite sweet breath that is notable and memorable. Another unexpected find from Lalicious that I expect to get again.
$34.00 available at Lalicious.com.
Very few beauty folks have an interest in the science behind the skin-transforming oils and elegant essences. But, I…like Dr. Villafranco…share a mutual fascination with the effortless benefits of using an oil in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and qualitative. Here’s what the good doc had to say about face oils:
As a physician, why do you see more brands launching oils today & moving more towards holistic skincare?
Dr. Villafranco: People, more than ever, are educating themselves instead of just doing what others (including their doctors) tell them to do. If you do your homework well and thoroughly (and sort through all the hype and extremist points of view), you will make an informed, and hopefully less toxic, decision for yourself. Companies are seeing this trend, and responding by making a more honest effort to use healthy ingredients, like beautiful oils, in their products.
Why are face oils here to stay? Yes, I’m assuming they are and will.
Dr. Villafranco: Because they work! There are fewer ingredients, and without a water phase, less need for preservation. They are a lovely way to soften the skin and deliver antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory ingredients to the skin. They go on smoothly, gently, and have an aromatherapeutic boost as well.
What’s your take on brands using mineral oil in cosmetics? Science shows it’s not toxic, but greenwashing argues it is; but we’ve all been using baby oil since the start of the century. Should a consumer watch out for this?
Dr. Villafranco: Oh, there are so many opinions on this issue. I just have trouble with the idea of applying a barrier to my skin (think saran wrap), which is, by definition, an exchange organ. It is more comedogenic (acne causing) than many plant oils. And, it is a petroleum product. As a society, it would certainly make sense to diminish our use of petroleum products, and it will take a LOT of us making these small changes to make a difference.
I so agree! From a scientific point of view, what are the benefits of adding a face oil to our skincare regimes?
Dr. Villafranco: A lotion is made up of oil and water held together by an emulsifier. But, any product with a water component, especially if it is a jar into which fingers dip, must be preserved - usually with a paraben. Almost all of the large companies use paraben-based preservatives - they work well to keep bacteria and mold from growing in the product. However, they may also be responsible for large-scale hormone and endocrine shifts in the population. Using a pure oil eliminates the water phase, need for preservatives, and concentrates the formula making its active ingredients more effective.
Any tips on getting the most out of a face oil?
Dr. Villafranco: Yes!
- Apply a face oil to damp (even wet), clean skin. Never put it on dry skin - it will just make you look oily!
- A few superpowers to look for are Sea Buckthorn, Pomegranate, Rosehip seed, and Evening primrose oils.
- Anytime you apply your face oil, continue down and treat your neck and upper chest, as well.
- Avoid face oils with citrus essential oils in them - they can cause photosensitivity, which can result in an awful rash. This is one thing you don't want to find out the hard way.
- Depending on the level of purity you are trying to obtain, you may want to stay away from oils with absolutes as well - they are solvent-extracted, and could potentially contain a small amount of hexane.
Dr. Villafranco: Here's what I would say: You're right, you might get a zit! But, then your skin will adjust - that's its job! And if breakouts continue, you are either using too much product, applying it to dry skin, or using an oil formulation that is too rich for you. Now, there are a few skin conditions out there that really don't do well with straight oils, such as eczema/psoriasis and perioral dermatitis. But, most skin will do really well with the right face oil, which will give you a youthful, delicious glow!
Try these picks
Facial Calibration Serum ($50); fantastic for oily skins, this Kukui & Acai based serum also features lush Rosehip and Schisandra Fruit that maximize water replenishment while enhancing skin's natural ability to retain moisture. For centuries, Schisandra has been considered in Asia as a highly effective healing plant; its precious extract penetrates skin easily to soothe stressed, sensitive and hyperactive skin from the inside out. The clean-scented, ultralight oil has a delicate herbal touch, which echoes faintly of Rosemary and Osmia’s proprietary essential blend, which are undoubtedly from the pure, good stuff. If a dry oil could be made for the face, this is it. No slick left behind.
Stream Body Oil ($75); in similar vein, this sharply fresh and green treatment brings the same Kukui to Borage, Hemp and Evening Primrose in a denser formula. The Cannabis plant is a natural source of amino acids, and even contains a good amount of Vitamin E. It's also a natural antioxidant, so right off the bat, it's good for your skin. It's also got a quality not many plants can boast: it's oil doesn't stick to your skin. Osmia’s elixir opens with an arresting almost tangy blast of Juniper Berry that is sweetened by Geranium. The scent doesn’t turn woody but rather embraces skin with a soft finish.
Dr. Villafranco also reminds us that heavier body oils are for the...body always, not the face. Ever. Use immediately after showering or a bath while skin is slightly damp for the best penetration.
Detox Exfoliating Mask ($50); nothing works better than prepping skin with a deep cleansing mask before your face serum. With anti-inflammatory and calming properties, this uses three kinds of clay to clean out the pores and activated Bamboo charcoal to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers from the daily smut - environmental toxins, dirt, and debris. A couple tablespoons of water added to a heap of this powder in the darling little ceramic bowl (yes, spatula included) and you’ve got a non-drying treatment that leaves you with bright, smooth and well-hydrated complexion after it tightens and dries up. Absolutely my new fun fave alternative to the rich, gooey ones as you scrub gently while rinsing and let the finely milled walnut shells deflake your skin. And, you know if a doc has made this, it’s good for sensitive skins, too.
Luster ($15); probably the most perfect gloss you can find that’ll suit your natural lip colour. Made from the highly emollient Castor oil, the second skin natural colour is from wild harvested Alkanet and Beet Root added to Beeswax for a non-tacky but lip hugging formula. This faint Geranium scented, semi-dense lip rouge tints each person uniquely, depending on her natural lip coloring and body chemistry. I can’t get enough of the dewy wash of colour left on lips!
There is little question that Dr. Villafranco has a deep respect for nature as seen in her products. The delightfully nouveau-style products are remarkably consistent in their quality and beautifully proportioned essences. But, what I truly appreciate is how physicians being a new class of specialists to serious skincare.
I can’t wait to try Flower Body oil soon enough as you know of my penchant for all things floral. After all, when a doc says an oil matters to skin…I really ought to slather, sniff, and opine sooner than later, yes?
May Lindstrom and includes 20 botanical and plant oils ($120) along with the scientific fave – coenzyme Q10. In short, it’s the first face oil that I’ve been seen uses this supercharged anti-ager.
Why it matters: Sure, the oils in this moderately viscous oil are aplenty; Avocado, Seabuckthorn and Rosehip transport skin back to its balanced health by plumping in good moisture. But, different in this serum is Plum Kernel; it’s a new specialty oil that I also haven’t seen in any other face oil. Highly moisturizing, Plum Kernel absorbs easily and complements Rosehip’s high content of Vitamin A to help refresh skin's cell turnover rate and keep it from looking lackluster and lifeless.
Why it impresses: The CoQ10 is what had me at hello. A handful of studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have an effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles, most notably by reducing UV damage, stimulating healthy collagen production, and reducing substances in damaged skin that wreck havoc on its support structure (Sources: Biofactors, Volume 32, 2008, pages 237–243; and November 2005, pages 179–185;Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; and www.naturaldatabase.com). Studies also show how UV light may deplete this precious free radical fighter as you age on, which is reason enough to start wearing the enzyme in your serum. Sci-speak aside, it’s an antioxidant that has been proven to penetrate through the epidermis and really does deliver intense moisture deep into the skin for increased softness and suppleness, folks. Give the oil a few extra seconds to sink in, especially overnight. It's a great one to practice your facial massages with, actually.
The Final Word: If the enzymatic action doesn’t impress upon you, the dusted, incensey potpourri of Geranium, Bulgarian Rose, and Rose absolutes (all certified organic) will trail about the skin in a way that isn’t flashy or loud, but mellow and restrained and fully gratifying. May was vigilant on this blend; it’s not too sweet or too granny, but richly plotted and fantastically feminine.
Ok, a few extra words…forgive the love for another great oil.
Rose? Too picky.
Tea, Olive, Lime? Get.
It’s no surprise the oil world is full of Lavender and Rose renditions. But, you ought to know there are some serious, profound blends out that are just as fresh and lively. Caldrea’s Tea, Olive, Lime Body Oil ($24) is a fantastically priced treat for regular skin maintenance. I say regular because oils truly are the new lotion; if you’re not using one to help re-build those age-defying lipids, well then you’re not doing justice to your skin.
Lavender often catches flak for its banal ways. And Rose can very well lead to floral fatigue after just a few days of use. Now’s the time for change. And, there’s no place better to start than with Caldrea’s well-appointed and sumptuous body oils.
Tea Olive Lime is a fresh medley of notes; a lively and luminous citron opening, with a cologne-like scent from the Lime and Mandarin. A heart of tea segues into the charms of Vanilla giving a sea-breezy green effect on skin. The citron becomes even sexier with sneak sliver of Sandalwood, which makes this Apricot Kernel oil warm and comforting. A little splash on your wrists and you’ll be smitten with the stunningly blended scent, which is also available in a perfume oil.
Caldrea isn’t some obscure brand. I say it’s rather unappreciated for its aesthetically pleasing and organic approach. They know their oils and they know them well. Apricot Kernel is the key carrier, giving you Vitamins A & E to prevent free radial feasting on mature and sensitive skin types. It’s blended with Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and certified organic Avocado oils to give you a semi-dense treatment, which is easily absorbed after a bit of gentle massaging. The star surprise - the super hydrating Chia Seed oil, which is being billed as the new wonder ingredient. If you tend to experience dry, itchy skin after showering, this is the perfect oil to lightly apply to damp skin before toweling off. And, there’s always other uses for a prettily scented oil; cuticles, elbows and feet will also appreciate the extra boost of moisture.
There aren’t any phthalates, parabens, or artificial colours in the vegan blend either, which matters to some of you looking for near natural formulations. But what gets oil enthusiasts really excited is how the exceptionally sophisticated, very Mediterranean scent is a real find. As far as scented body oils go, I might even say the resonance citron makes this a thing of perfection.
Scent Classification: Citrus
Viscosity: Slightly viscous
Masks have had an interesting history. Masks have been a part of the standard beauty regimen in both ancient and modern cultures. Here’s an interesting fact; a 1972 expedition to study archeological and ethnological relics of the ancient Etruscan civilization discovered linseed flour used in the preparation of masks. Yes, waaaay back in BC times, women were beautying up with organic treatments.
Jennifer Newman – the twinkly sweet founder of this vegan, cruelty-free brand – builds upon this age-old tradition by bringing the magnificent Deep Sea muds (imported from the fertile waters of Israel) in her Stiml8 Mud ($70) treatment; a super soft facial mud mask with a minerally-charged formula that exfoliates gently to loosen up trapped toxins & sop up impurities.
Why does Jennifer’s concoction matter? Because she’s actually a pro portrait photographer, who realized after touching up countless images that women need to work on their bumpy, unsloughed skins before a session.
Experimenting with the healing magic of Dead Sea and Moor muds on her own acneic skin helped her fine tune her mask into something that works for just about anyone. One look at the ingredients and you’ll want to put this mask on your little list of high luxuries. It’s going to be an unarguable crowdpleaser, for sure.
Unusual among the glut of clay crap out there, the exacting details of the mask are unique. For one, the duo of muds bring high amounts of minerals like Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Iron, which have been scientifically proven to improve cellular metabolism and turnover rates. While the black-ish goo gets to work on soothing and conditioning your skin with the combined thermopexic properties (read: a warm, tingly feeling), what makes the mask feel fresh is the boost of moisture from sustainably harvested Kelp and Kombu Seaweeds, which are steeped in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, and K. Seaweed's natural, anti-inflammatory action can reduce those proverbial problem spots and help deliver deep moisture from oils in the mask into the skin. Rosacea and psoriasis patients even see vast improvements with the non-harsh mud.
While light gloops of blended clay help suck up the grime from your polluted pores, it’s the creamy cocktail of essential oils like Tulsi, White Grapefruit, and Oregano that replenishes the normal lipids. The most surprising thing in this mask is Malic Acid (sourced from apples), which brightens skin for a nice radiance.
I know drier skins will want to know if this is one of those sucks-you-scarily-dry masks, but rest assured it’s not. I gave my face a quick scrub with the super gritty White Bamboo Exfoliator and left the mask on for about 20 minutes and inhaled the deeply herbal aromas that step out with the voluptuous richness of Cumin that heavily hovers above the touches of Ajowan, Oregano, Patchouli & Clove essences.
Yes, it tightens without the tautness that hurts. The face was definitely way more polished and hydrated. Twice a week of ugly masking will get you days of prettiness, I promise.
Why it matters: Candied Vanilla is the real star here with its smooth delivery, but it’s also enhanced with a gentle touch of citrus and the gentle presence of Rose oils, which layer beautifully with light floral scents. Because sugar-based scrubs tend to leave the oil on skin, you step out of the shower with a sheer, lacy and lingering sweetness that doesn’t annoy or offend. No, this is one scent that teases with a deliciously delectable cloud of pink spun cotton candy minus the cloy.
Why it impresses: The Coconut oil softens the scruff, which isn’t harsh on skin. Scientific studies at NYU show how Coconut oil is the preferred choice for treating dry, rough and scaly skin. In the shower, the crystalline sugar cane crystals give a moderate scrub without the heavy grate of those salted kinds and rinses clean. I’d say the treatment is gentle enough to use all over twice a week without worrying about getting too abrasive of an action.
The Final Word: Guaranteed to satisfy every gal who loves her Vanilla body care.
Lina Hanson’s newly launched Global Body Serum ($63) is one of the few…very few Vanilla based body oils that will please the purists. The all-natural blend uses the Madagascar variety, which brings creamsicle like waves of delightful sweetness to skin with the hint of Pink Grapefruit. I have a confession - you know my penchant for tasting organic body oils? Well, this one I wanted to stick on a popsicle stick and freeze before licking down the honeyed treat. Yes, it’s that good.
The lightweight blend feels somewhat plumpy with the Rice Bran, Apricot Kernel, and Brazil Nut oils with the floral tang of Yuzu. Let’s talk about Brazil Nut; sourced from fair trade farmers, the oil is ultra-high in vitamins A, B, C, and E with healthy amounts of phytosterols to get in deep and hydrate. Brazil Nut oil is also mega-rich in Selenium, which helps retain skin and hair elasticity, contributes to the prevention of hair loss and boosts the immune system, helping relieve scalp irritations, which means the oil can double as a hair treatment.
Fans of sweeter body oils will swoon over this non-foody Vanilla and its tender fragrance left atop skin. I’d say the beauty of the oil is that there aren’t any harsh citruses added, which could have masked Vanilla’s gloriously smooth feeling of intimacy and warmth.
Be proud to love your Vanilla. I am.
As a good global citizen, Lina is partnering with the International Refuge Committee to share 15% of the net proceeds from the Global Face Serum and this Body Serum between June 15 - August 15. The organization works to responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.
Get good skin while giving a deep respect.
Scent Classification: Sweet
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity
Sending my warmest apologies to sensitive skin types, but you’re going to have to skip this one. It’s rare to see a purely organic serum that may not work for everyone until you realize just how potent the naturally occurring AHAs in Visage Vitale ($120) can be. That’s the case here; Aloe Leaf Juice, Irish Moss and Apple Cider Vinegar make up a rich, seductive texture in this spray on serum. ACV?
Well, what about it? Many people may not believe in the curative gains of ACV, but I say the time for the vinegar has come. Even the perfectly reasonable girl can't ignore the mystical powers of ACV, which gets into your pores to prep skin for receiving a face oil. As many face oil fans tend to veer towards the organic side of shopping, there are very few options in the serum space that work synergistically with oils. Look no further than this.
ACV finds it glory in complexion perfecting Visage Vitale. It's a lightweight spray treatment that integrates beautifully into any skincare regime to help detox skin by a tonic action that promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the epidermis. Early adopters agree that the miracle of ACV is in its ability to dissolve excessive fatty deposits at the surface of the skin (which can clog pores). And, for those who can’t wait to unfurl their towels at the beach, ACV will also reduce temporary sunburn or peeling conditions thanks to its alkaline nature. Because of these, you can even try the astringent Visage Vitale as a spot treatment over the sporadic monthly zit.
Lightly infused with sweet oils like Geranium, Neroli and Saffron, the serum is medicinal in its spritz. In particular, Saffron (appreciated by ancient and modern cultures alike) is used to help brighten uneven, lackluster skin tone making this organic gem studiously interesting. In Fiore has zeroed in on some fantastically regenerative tinctures and herbs with serious science behind them to complement ACV's healing.
Use the treatment every other night before your face oil spritzing a bit into the palm of your hands and pressing into skin. My own feeling is that Visage Vitale is a definite must for your weekly at-home spa nights. When used after exfoliation or a mask, the tonic sinks in deeper and draws it brightening action from Grapefruit, Pineapple and Papaya Fruit extracts.
Visage Vitale’s work is quite simple in its final results, but you can tease so much more out of skin with its regular use.
Scent Classification: Herbal
Viscosity: It's in spray form
You know Caldrea for handy household goods with a startling scent quality. Recently, the brand’s gotten a facelift and made all things utilitarian quite chic and appealing with colourful graphics and edgy packaging. Take for instance the Rosewater Driftwood Hand Balm ($10). It makes complete sense to stock a hand balm next to the sink and protect hands immediately from the harshness of Ajax. Beauty in the kitchen? Why didn’t I think of this like 10…15…20 years ago when I was assigned weekly chores despite being a straight A kid? Never mind.
It’s no easy task to protect the hands day or night. Face it – it’s the most neglected part of our beauty regimes. Do so with the physically elegant Shea Butter based balm, which also has Sweet Almond oil blended into the goop-free formulation. I say this because unlike those greasy counterparts (which work well at night), you can use this balm after doing the dishes and go straight to the computer keyboard without any fear of getting the keys…goopy.
Protect, moisturize and replenish dehydrated hands with just a little dollop of the concentrated cream, which goes a long way. As you know the charm of Shea Butter (rich in fatty acids and plant sterols) is that it spread so nicely and easily to visibly smooth away crepiness. And, did you know there is evidence there is evidence to suggest that cinnamic acid esters in Shea fat help to prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation? Daytime TLC should be a must. The diminutive tube is a win for the desk, car, gym or travel bag.
The scent? A wonderfully warm accord of Cedarwood carries the Rose into a woodsy realm while Chamomile lies in the base of the balm’s fragrance. Also available in a matching candle ($20), which you can keep in the kitchen to help you get rid of smelly cooking sessions with fish or masalas with a moderate throw.
Since the tortuous bridal shower season is in full swing (can you tell I'm a single gal), I can think of no better gift than this duo for the kitchen or bedroom. Let’s face facts – no one wants yet another thoughtless, tired ‘ole tote bag of Victoria’s Secret shower gels.
Scent Classification: Floral