The Bliss of Champaca


Body Bliss’s 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.

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity