The Body Shop ‘Oils of Life’ range recently launched in South Africa and I was lucky enough to try a few of the products out before they hit the shelves. I’m a huge fan of oil-based skincare products and I think it’s only fair that I start off by complimenting the packaging of this new range. The Body Shop have definitely undergone a bit of a re-branding and I’m loving it. The Oils of Life range showcases simple, but luxurious looking bottles and tubs. The range is advertised as being infused with three precious seed oils – black cumin (from Egypt), camellia seeds (from China) and rosehip seed oil (from Chile). As you can imagine this makes for beautifully fragranced and highly sensorial oils and creams. Black cumin seed oil is known for its concentration in antioxidants, Rosehip seed oil is rich in omega 3, and Camellia seed oil is naturally rich in nutritive oleic acid.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion (R195) was the first product that caught my eye and piqued my interest. Is it a lotion? But it’s oil-based. Is it a toner? No. So many questions. This unique bi-phase (oil + water) formula feels light on your skin and absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue. The scent of this refreshing lotion as well as all the other products in the range is very intense and earthy and might be too much for those with sensitive noses. However, I’m a fan of the heady scent and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. You apply this ‘lotion’ after cleansing and before moisturising. You can use your fingers or a cotton pad to press it into your skin. If you’re looking to add an extra moisturising/nourishing step to your skincare regime then this one is for you.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream (R220) instantly became my most used product out of the three I have. This silky cream melts like butter into your skin and leaves your face feeling unbelievably soft, plump and revitalised. After using this on my skin for more than a month I can confidently report back and say my skin is happy. The purpose of the cream is to help the skin retain water and to tighten and firm. The cream version is better suited to older skins or skins that need a bit more TLC, while the gel one is lighter, non-greasy and gives your skin a dewy glow. So besides the three main precious seed oils, this cream also contains olive fruit oil and shea butter.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (R250) was already a firm favourite the moment I spotted it at the Body Shop event earlier this year. It’s formulated with a powerful blend of essential oils. Also, with this one keep in mind that Olive oil is quite high on the ingredients list so I’m not sure how well-suited it is to acne prone skins. However, I’m certain that it’s a winner for dry skins. The facial oil has a very oily consistency (obviously) but I still feel like it absorbs relatively fast and one drop (two max) goes a long way. It doesn’t absorb as quickly as the Essence Lotion, but that’s to be expected considering the fact that the lotion is made up of a lot more water. My skin feels “perked” up, revitalised and instantly nourished after application. My dehydrated skin has really been lapping this oil up. I’m in love and I’ve happily added it to my facial oil collection.
You can purchase all the Oils of Life products at your local The Body Shop store and you can also go view the full range over on their website.