If I have a bath or shower a nandegree above body temperature, it goes absotely ring-a-ding-ding crazy. If I dare to bare a shoulder to a stiff breeze, the next day I’ll wake up feeling like I’ve landed a world class case of windburn. If I skip body moisturiser for a day, well, the phrases ‘dry husk’, ‘painfully tight’ and ‘it’s like a chestburst from Alien except it’s my shoulderblades and oh god this hurts.’
I have no idea either. All the more proof that my body is stupid at best and actively plotting against me at worst.
I have, however, found something that’s been giving me some temporary relief over the past few weeks!
L’Occitane Organic Almond Body Oil is exactly that – a light, low viscosity oil that gives my skin a drink without being, well, oily. Here is where I’d normally break down the ingredients and their features and benefits, but L’Occitane have skipped one step ahead of me and given a clear ingredient breakdown on their website. Lazy blogging, go!
Its formula combines almond oil, rich in omegas-6, and cameline oil, rich in omegas-3. It helps to repair the hydro-lipidic barrier for a more supple skin that no longer feels tight.
…that’s what I was going to say, honestly.
I’ve avoided body oils over the past few years due to some unpleasant past products – oils that never penetrated, oils that dried sticky, oils that oxidised on the skin and took on an unpleasant odour. Taking a wild shot on this body oil has at least changed my anti-oil stance a little, as it absorbs quickly even on completely dry skin, the scent is extremely light, and I don’t feel like I’m wearing an oily second skin even when I apply a little too much.
It leaves a nice lustre on my skin, glowing and polished without being glossy or shiny. This is super noticeable on my décolletage and top tops of my shoulders. Since dropping a lot of weight this year my collarbones are back with a vengance; adding a splash of this body oil catches the light in just the right way and gives the illusion of collarbones you could shave with. Très bien!
Two points I’m not thrilled with: the bottle and the lid. A glass bottle and oil just needs like a terribad combination for someone like me who isn’t, shall we say, particularly graceful. The thought of cleaning up a broken mess of glass and oil from the bathrooms tiles isn’t exactly thrilling the cockles of my heart.
The lid of this bottle doesn’t actually lock or seal, but comes with a loose metal sheath to protect the pump. I think that went missing sometime in, oh, the first hour. It’s not a total dealbreaker, but I’d much rather prefer a lock lid than something small and fiddly that immediately gets lost in the black hole of my product cabinet.
Organic Almond Tonic Body Oil is AU$64.95 for 100ml. L’Occitane is available from Myer, David Jones and selected boutiques and pharmacies, and from au.loccitane.com.