I’m back on the dry body oils for that sexy, summer sheen sans grease. When it’s hot and sticky, there’s nothing worse than being coated in a thick oil – it makes you feel like you’re basted and ready for the oven! An unctuous, nourishing body oil is great when the weather’s cooler – you really get a good massage going and it’s wonderful for giving your skin a silky feel – but on those balmy summer nights when you’re floating about in your kaftan (yes, I like to imagine that everyone lives in Ibiza and/or on the set of Absolutely Fabulous) a light spritz of something easily absorbed and beautifully fragrant is preferable.
I’ve been indulging in a bit of Bois d’Orange Huile Sublime, which has a sexy orange blossom scent and a nourishing feel. In fact I’ve photographed the wrong thing above, that’s Roger & Gallet’s water spray fragrance with added gold flecks, but equally lovely! The Huile Sublime is £21.65 here – smells and feels far more decadent than the price would have you believe.
I once described Aurelia’s Dry Body Oil as being “Best in Show” (read the full post here) and I still don’t think I’ve found another one that quite compares. It’s dry (hence the name) but feels as deep-down moisturising as a proper, massage-it-in-all-evening sort of oil. Really very, very hydrating and with the most beautiful neroli, rose and mandarin scent. A true treat. It’s £48 at Cult Beauty here.
L’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil became a favourite of mine post-pregnancy, though I still haven’t managed to write a proper post about it. I actually stole a whole bottle from my Mum’s bathroom when I lived with her for a month after the baby was born (our house was still being renovated – goodness, I do not miss those house-less days). I only intended to use it once and then sneak it back onto the shelf, but it turned out to be quite addictive, both scent-wise and in terms of what it did to my skin! “Supple” is about right – silky and smooth, too. You can find it here online – it’s £34.