With a heavy heart and sincere regrets, I’m deeply saddened to bid you all a fond farewell. While I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the new world of oils in a way I would have never thought possible, the time has come to retire from the fantastically fun world of blogging and venture on to a new chapter and passion.
I have so sweetly enjoyed the new friends I've met (online & in life) through this blog near and far and hope my little corner on oils in the beauty blogosphere has inspired more than a handful of women to enjoy the merits of a good oil. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest appreciation for the niche and mainstream brands, the generous publicists and innovative founders for their unwavering support of this passion. Without you – dear friends – this blog wouldn’t have gone as far as we did together and for that I am wholly grateful.
When I published my first post for my five close friends (who wanted to know why I loved a newly tried body oil so much) I didn’t have the faintest idea that anyone else would ever want to read about my musings. Really – I think I was the only one who sopped her hair in coconut oil every week! But, I was thrilled to see the readership grow from a group of gal pals to readers here and abroad. And, still to this day, I am thoroughly amazed at the loving emails, questions and suggestions you all have so graciously sent in.
This year has led to personal triumphs and new beginnings. As such, I will always be the girl in search of the perfect oil – Huile de Nav – despite having come so close to finding a few here. I wanted to wish you a warm thank you for your genuine friendship and support.
Farewell Huile Lovers,
It’s been two and a half years since I first blogged about In Fiore - luxury purveyor of all things organic and infused. Two and half years later, I am still very much in love with all that they do.
If I haven’t tempted you to splurge at In Fiore just yet, this post may push you over the top. Julie Elliott’s oils and balms are for the thinking organic; no other luxury brand offers such a sense of discovery in an unconventional way like In Fiore. Here you’ll take great pride in learning about unsung essences, aged tinctures, and steeped oils, which seem almost lyrically rendered in ways that are equally as radical as they are exquisite each in their own jar or bottle.
From the intuitive infusion practices (based on ancient texts) with a near orthodox approach for blending to the fittingly obscure French names for products, Julie just gets oils like no one else. It's almost as though she takes great pleasure in getting to know her essences and herbs through touch as well as scent. And, that’s what I love most about In Fiore.
It’s a fascinating read that’ll give you more incidental intelligence on some fascinating fruits, veggies, herbs than you’d ever find on Google. And, a rousing way to get you to understand the potency of ingredients on just about any organic product you have. Some fun facts:
- Cloves are used to attract love and money and for psychic protection
- Figs symbolize the rewards of meditation
- Licorice Root is said to make people who eat it more potent lovers
- Saffron tea is said to greatly enhance the body’s healing powers
- Vanilla bean when carried was thought to tune one’s consciousness to a higher level
Try one of these three amazing multitasking balms guaranteed to please any newcomer to the world of In Fiore – a brand that celebrates “a baptism in fresh, vibrant blooms”:
Bois De Rose ($85): all of In Fiore’s classic balms are made with Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Beeswax and come in this generously oversized jar that even serves as a diffuser of the scent when the semi-soft but super plumped balm has been used up. My absolute favourite from the brand is Bois de Rose. Carnal in nature, but delicate in its essences, you’ll find heart notes of a dusted Bulgarian Rose, slightly green Rosewood and a sly but earthy Vetiver note that leads to an innocent, yet joyously carnal scent. The senses go reeling into a dreamy state night when I use the soothing balm over the tired hands and weary feet to help me slumber in luxury. It’s this handiwork that has changed my thinking of balms for good.
Emmauelle Décolleté Balm Compact ($120): Marula, Rosehip, Evening Primrose and an infused Jojoba (with Calendula) gives special attention to the overlooked, delicate V-zones under the neck we too often forget to treat. Because the décolleté is thinner with fewer oil glands, it is more susceptible to sun damage, aging and irritation and slower to heal from injury and age related changes. Because the area ages at the same rate as your face, it should be treated in a similar fashion. The balm is formulated to reduce crepiness and even weathered skin tone to restore a more youthful appearance with Rosehips, which were brought to the New World by Spanish invaders. Rosehip oil (aka Rosa Mosqueta) is a wine colored oil from the ripened fruit and seeds of the Rosehip. It is extremely high in essential fatty acids and is a natural source of VitaminC and Tretinoin the active ingredient in retinols, both of which help speed up the process of skin regeneration. The balm is packaged elegantly in the gunmetal compact, which houses the soft and exhilarating notes of Neroli and Orange Flower oils. When applied at night, the sweetly fresh scent breeze upwards to calm the day’s frayed energy still buzzing about.
Chamomile Pedicurie Luxury Balm ($45): Skin is thickest of the bottom of the feet and often the most neglected. Chamomile Pedicurie helps revive, refresh and cure cracked dry skin with a serene blend brimming with Chamomile, Tangerine and Lavender oils to clear any infection and calm any soreness. Julie has created a moisturizing base from Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils which mimic skin’s own natural oils. The travel-friendly jar is easy to pack along for your bi-weekly pedi appointments and will work far better than any those bargain bin lotions most nail salons have on hand. Pun intended.
To conserve the full potency of essential oils, all balms are handblended at the lowest possible temperature. Fresh as possible is the edict at In Fiore.
It is about time these masterful skin saviours get their due. Beauty world, take note.
Yes, I’m always intrigued by a new face oil hitting the market. Yet, at a time when nearly every beauty house seems to be launching the requisite serum to keep on trend, I’m a bit more cautious about trying just anything or worse...amateurish in its make. And, if the face oil in question doesn’t exactly start off with a commonplace oil…but is technically an oil…made with oils I’ve seen…well then, I’m interested. Did I make sense? I will.
See, Algenist’s Advanced AntiAging Repairing Oil ($79) -now launching this month - isn’t just another face oil made with any hero ingredient you’ve seen. Argan made its reputation on face oils two years ago. Marula might be Argan 2.0. But, if you have a compelling desire for something scientifically proven, let’s talk about microalgae.
The culture of algae is gaining serious momentum in the skincare space. Board certified, clinical and research dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf (aka Dr. Peptide) says, "Microalgae is rich in oleic acid, which is very emollient. And studies have shown that brown algae lipid extract is high in antioxidants, which help both the cellular-renewal process and microcirculation.”
Microalgae oil is our oil’s main ingredient and resets the idea of what I think of a basic face oil. With a slightly citrus smelling scent, I find this to be one of the more advanced oils on the Sephora shelves, one that attacks aging in an entirely new way. Rife with ceramides for added hydration, the oil also shas retinyl palmitate, which is a non-irritating combination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and palmitic acid and helps cells turnover over. The powerful paraben-free concoction is topped off with the antioxidant action of brown algae lipid extracts. Algenist’s studies show within 2 hours of use, hydration is upped by 40%. And, 24 hours later, skin is hydrated 5x greater than when left untreated. Impressive.
The interesting thing about this face oil is the feel; while dry oils for the body tend to disappear faster than you can see, with this oil you get the same effect on the face. It’s so perfect for those of you shucking away a face oil for being a bit too much to wear during the day. The easily pumped pipette ensures you don’t waste a precious drop and the oil brings a lightness to skin, which will literally be glowing will health.
And, at a happily sized 1-ounce bottle, you’ll be set through both the fall and winter seasons.
Scent Classification: Citrus
Viscosity: Ultralight Viscosity
In all things fragrance and luxury, L’Artisan Perfumer is a prestige brand that sits on the periphery of the niche scent set and reigns from high up top. While my view on scent legends may be too literal minded, I will say it’s a commonly accepted fact that L’Artisan produces some of the finest fragrances and body care as any scent-obsessed world traveler knows. I mean this is the same brand that fashioned olfactory art out of berries and musk turning scent into an adventure at a time when heavier, convoluted scents were all the rage. Breaking the rules? You know I'm sold.
Getting a read of some of the better-made oils with their impressionable notes isn’t always an easy task. But, it’s one that I’m happy to undertake especially when the oil in talk is from L’Artisan. If you’re fan of a good, clean musk the Mûre et Musc Dry Body Oil ($70) is a soft, subtle and sexy scented oil that sees the fruity-musk com combo made wearable on its own or to layer with the namesake scent.
There are shifting perspectives on L’Artisan’s best selling scent that may lead you to think this is a fully berried oil, but don’t be swayed by any fond memories from your scent sniff. Rather I find the usually ingenious tart notes shy away from the full blast the part musky/part citrusy opening seen in the scent as expected. Here, the oil isn’t some sort of trivial consideration; it’s a muted version of the enigmatic interplay drenched deep in a base of Fractionated Coconut oil (which makes it fantastic for hair) and enhanced with Black Mulberry extracts. It’s a mood brightening scent almost close to that of a blackberry body wash but better. Way, way better.
The feathery light formula is clearly a strong suit for use on the legs for a glistening effect when wearing shorter skirts or for when you need a light, shower fresh feeling in the mornings.
As always, I’m intrigued by little Parisian brands that can do great big things with the simplest of ideas. L’Artisan - which may have its extremes in fragrance - can do no wrong on my skin. Ever.
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight Viscosity