Now I’m not someone who splurges on bath and body care products, ever! The reason being 1) there is enough makeup in this world to distract me, 2) I do not have dry/troublesome skin on my body. I generally do not even use lotion on my body since I have fairly normal skin which doesn’t need added hydration. I only use a body lotion with SPF when I’m headed out. So the fact that I got tempted by The Body Shop beautifying oils enough to actually buy one is something! I have seen the miracles of light oils on my facial skin (I’m talking about Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate) and couldn’t resist the Beautifying Oil from The Body Shop especially since it comes in such amazing fragrances. Now I normally would have gone for Satsuma or Mango but decided to try the warm and comforting Shea this time.
Price : Rs 895 for 100 ml
What The Body Shop says about the Shea Beautifying Oil :
Beautifying Oil is pure beauty in a bottle. Made with a lightweight blend of nut oils including Community Fair Trade marula oil, it gives instant hydration and a shimmering finish. This one has a delicious nutty scent.
- A little goes a long way
- Delicious nutty scent
Our Community Fair Trade marula oil comes from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia. Marula fruits are hand-selected, the nuts are extracted and dried in the sun. The kernels are cold-pressed to release the oil. By setting up their own factory, the 5,000 women members have gained entrepreneurial skills and, they tell us, a newfound self-esteem.Our Community Fair Trade shea butter comes from Ghana. Local women hand-harvest shea nuts, dry them in the sun and crack them to extract the kernels. These are roasted and ground into a paste to make the butter. Our trade with the Tungteiya Women’s Shea Butter Association has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Butyrospermum Parkii/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).
My take on the Product
Since this was an unusual buy for me, I really wanted to love it! But sadly it didn’t do any miracles for me.
The oil comes in a plastic bottle with a flip open cap. I like the transparent bottle as it allows one to see how much product is left in the bottle. The flip cap packaging isn’t fully tight even though it does close with a click. My bottle was lying horizontal since 2-3 days in my drawer and a tiny amount of product had leaked out, not enough to spoil the surface it was kept on but the outer surface of the cap was covered with the product. I’d recommend storing it upright and to avoid travel with this in your vanity bag.
The oil is thin and light and doesn’t have any tint/color. It has a faint scent of Shea which is quite comforting and warming. Its marketed as a Dry Oil which simply means its a light oil that will vanish onto the skin without leaving an oily residue behind. One of the major reasons why I can’t bring myself to love this product is because it doesn’t vanish into my skin completely. Its not really the product at fault, I just don’t have enough dryness in my skin to absorb even light oils. It does make the skin smooth, soft and gives a nice sheen till it absorbs completely but I can feel a bit of residue in my palms after rubbing so I cannot touch my phone or laptop for a some time after using this.
I tried a very tiny amount on my face over night but my skin was excessively oily in the morning. When I washed my face with a mild face wash, I could see that my skin felt slightly softer and looked hydrated but there’s wasn’t any noticeable glow or radiance. I think it’ll fare better on dry skin.
On my body, I used this right after a bath on damp skin so that it absorbed better and but apart from a faint aroma of Shea, I did not get any great results. It is definitely hydrating but skin doesn’t need much hydration which is why, I think it’ll fare much better on dry skin. I was hoping the aroma would last a few hours but it barely lasted about 3-3.5 hours.
On my hair : Now this is where I could really use this product with some success because I have frizzy hair that tends to get dry and unruly and a massage with this oil before shampoo did work really well for my hair. After washing my hair looked shinier and healthier. It also felt softer and smoother. I also used a small quantity of it on damp hair after wash as a serum but it weighed my hair down a bit even though it did add to the softness. Now I just use this before wash and thats how it works best for me!
The GOOD about The Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil :
- Transparent bottle packaging
- Thin, light texture
- Soothing fragrance
- Makes the skin soft, supple
- Multi-use – face, body, hair
- Makes the hair shiny, soft and removes tangles/frizz to an extent
- Too heavy for oily skin
- Nothing miraculous about the results
- Scent doesn’t last very long (which may be a good thing for some people)
- Cap is not leak proof
Overall, I think its more of a luxury buy, if you like pampering yourself and/or have dry skin/hair, this’ll work well for you but its not really a miraculous product. I would not recommend it for facial/body skin for those with oily skin because it takes a while to absorb if your skin is not dry and that’s not a very pleasant feeling. If you love any particular scent from The Body Shop, its a nice feeling to use that oil after bath and layer it with the body mist of the same fragrance for it to last longer.
Rating : 3.75/5[note color=”#FFE4C4″] Have you tried The Body Shop Beautifying Oils? Which is your favorite fragrance from The Body SHop? [/note]
Other variants available : Sweet Lemon, Mango, Satsuma, Coconut, Chocomania, Pink Grapefruit, Olive, Strawberry, Moringa.