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I am nothing short of fanatical about my body oils, and given my penchant for them it should come as no surprise to you that my very favorite luxury body oils are made by African Botanics. They make three of them, and they are all exquisite. During the warm moths of the year, I can forgo any other moisturizer than these lovely oils, but I often use an additional body cream or body butter for even more luscious moisture.
African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil ($90.00 for 3.4 oz. from African Botanics, Space NK US, Bloomingdale's, Credo Beauty, Beauty Bar, SkinStore.com, Dermstore, Net-A-Porter, SkinCareRX and Violet Grey): This is an antioxidant-rich moisturizing and firming oil that makes my skin look and feel utterly amazing. This is essentially an incredibly luxurious, potent and ultra moisturizing antioxidant rich anti-aging oil serum for the body. The idea is to treat your body as you do your face to keep it moisturized, dewy, radiant and protected all year long. This is my very favorite body oil because it does so much more than simply moisturize the skin, but it also does an extraordinary job moisturizing. My skin is left deeply hydrated, luminous, lifted, firmed, toned, and more soft and supple than I could have imagined possible.
Using Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil is an amazing sensory experience because the oil itself is luxuriously silky to the touch, and because the scent is an intoxicating blend of African Botanicals.
- Loss of firmness and youthful density
- Dull, dry skin, uneven texture and tone
- Exposure to pollution, smoke and other environmental aggressors
- Stress, fatigue and jet lag
Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Seed Oil)**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil)**, Aspalathus linearis (Green Rooibos Tea extract), Cyclopia (Honeybush extract). **Certified Organic. Formulated without mineral oil, silicone, synthetic fragrances, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Among the key ingredients that account for its efficacy is the potent blend of cold-pressed oils, regenerating Grapefruit and Neroli that tone and regenerate, fast-absorbing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish, firm and reduce the appearance of scars and stretchmarks. Furthermore, the highest quality Marula, Baobab and Avocado oils strengthen and nourish the skin while Rosa Mosqueta Oil reduces that appearance of stretch marks, and aids in their prevention in the first place.
This healing body oil is the perfect anti-aging choice for premature skin damage from overexposure to the sun, and it is a perfect choice to treat post-surgical scars. Furthermore, if you experience crepey skin or body acne, this delectable oil will improve the texture of the skin with remarkable efficacy.
Directions: Massage well with a firm circular motion into wet skin for best results. Best to wait until product is fully absorbed before dressing. Use daily. For stretchmarks, exfoliate area first and apply a few pumps every morning and evening.
Ingredients: Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Essential Oil)**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip Seed Oil), Adansonia digitata (Baobab Oil)**, Citrus aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit Essential Oil). ** Certified Organic.
African Botanics Shimmering Gold Body Oil ($105.00 for 3.4 oz. from African Botanics, Space NK US, Violet Grey, Net-A-Porter and Beauty Bar): This is a magical antioxidant-rich and unbelievably nourishing and hydrating oil that can be used from head to toe. In the hair it offers conditioning and tames frizzies while adorning your tresses with a gorgeous golden luminosity. This delectable nourishing oil hydrates and smooths the skin while giving it the most gorgeous and refined shimmer. Skin is left luminous, soft, supple and utterly quenched. Of all of the shimmering oils that I have seen flood the market none compares to this one. It's perfect all year round, but it is the one to try this summer. The subtle scent is an intoxicatingly delicious blend of Gardenia, Magnolia, Neroli and Vanilla Bean that is so delectable that I would wear it as a perfume given the chance.
- Dull dry skin, uneven texture and tone
- Damaged and stressed skin
- Lack of elasticity and firmness
- After sun exposure to extend the tan and keep skin glowing
Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Isostearyl Isostearate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Silica, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Mica, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia) Oil, Magnolia Fargesii (Magnolia) Oil, Vanilla Bean (Vanilla planifolia) Essential Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Hydroxycitronellal*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Iron Oxides. May Contain ± [Ci 77019, Ci 77891, Ci99491].*Consists of a 100% natural blend of essential oil constituents/isolates.
**Certified Organic. 100% Vegan. Formulated without mineral oil, toxic preservatives, colorants, silicone, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Overall Assessment: Simply put, these three gems are pure unmitigated bliss. A+
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