Peppermint's Double Fun


It’s become a bit rare for a body oil to surprise me at first whiff, but Intelligent Nutrient’s Attune Feel Good Total Body Elixir ($30) did just that with a crescendo of a strikingly sweet Peppermint jazzed up with the aromatic waves of Bergamot, Lemon, Vetiver, Lavender, and Rosemary essences.

The organic pundits at Intelligent Nutrients produce some pretty amazing, uniformly blended oils. So, it shouldn't come as too big of a shock to read a roster of ingredients (which are certified organic) that is so plentiful. Nestled deep within Jojoba, Block Cumin, Pumpkin Seed, Red Raspberry, and Cranberry carriers is a delicate leafy blend of essential oils that uplifts the tired senses in a very hushed up way.

At first glance, I actually skipped over Peppermint's mention on the label. But, it's boastful bristle surely leads the oil's scent while amplifying the staggered aromatic foliage of Rosemary and Geranium right behind it. Fresh and sparkling from the get go, the oil is bracing at its aromatic best. If you’re a minty fan, this is your oil. And, mint's jibe is a tricky one to get right. The fleeting scent settles into an earthy base that is clean that helps reenergize skin to help feel fully rejuvenated for fall's cooler temps sneaking up on us. And, the oil feels slightly plumpier than most others without leaving a sliver of shine left behind.

Castor oil is the second prominent oil listed, and that ought to signal some "double the pleasure and double the fun" as you can use the elixir on your skin post-shower or on the hair before one.  Castor oil contains loads of Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and anti-fungicidal attributes. Scientists attribute its healing benefits to its unusual chemical composition, which consists of up to 90% Ricinoleic acid. A natural frizz fighter, researchers who studied light reflected from hair samples, found to those locks treated with Castor oil showed an increase the luster of hair. This effect is caused by Castor oil‘s ability to coat the hair shaft, sealing in moisture and creating a silkier surface, which is a boon for those of you who love those enviously smooth but drying straightening treatments. Some folks have even seen those errant grey strands turn dark by using Castor oil.

A 60-minute soak test did improve manageability. And, yes, the oil does wash out though you may need to rinse with your shampoo twice as the Castor oil is what gives Attune a weighty viscosity.

But, the peppermint just feels fun on the scalp, wouldn’t you say?

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Herbal
Viscosity: Moderately Viscous