The Greatness of French Lavender


“Yon” is the river of living, purifying water, and sounds similar to “ion”, particle of energy.

“Ka” is the eternal part of every being according to Egyptian mythology.

It’s been said that the French women know best how to age. Or, anti-age, that is. If so, then Yonka is a Parisian brand that ought to be on your hot list for emphasizing the simplicity of phytoaromatic care through oils.

I’ve actually heard of the luxury brand for awhile now, but never realized how easily accessible it is in the U.S. And, we all know how I feel about French anything – it’s hard not to get swept away by the magic of their elusive but fetching scents and ingredients. Whether it’s a flash of the thigh or backless summer dress (or sari in my case), Yonka’s Huile Corps ($62) is a fresh and sensual body oil that beautifully marries the herbal note of Sage with a soak in Lavender. Yes, herbaceous fans, this balanced and refreshing oil brings a European subtlety that isn’t an in-your-face grassy oil.

The essential oils are blended in Hazel Seed oil, which is a rare choice among body treatments. The carrier has a stimulating effect on the skin and slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. Hazel Seed also enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness, which is why the elixir so richly warms the skin’s look and feel.

A dash of Petitgrain and slivers of Rosemary impart an arresting scent in this semi-plumpy oil. A breathtaking blending of green notes tinged with the lingering sweetness of Helichrysum, it’s a rather interestingly sophisticated step up for Lavender fans that have a hard time finding a non-piney version. Or, one that has been hurriedly stirred up in a vat of Jojoba, which doesn’t leave much for the senses. Yes, it happens.

A few drops handpoured from the frosted glass bottle presents an inimitable aura of absolute serenity for the senses and skin in away that only the French can do. And, do so, so right.

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