Monday, March 7, 2016

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil LAUNCHES TODAY!

Product Launch & Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

Today is a very special day because it is the official launch day for African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, and it is  It is available exclusively from and

For your convenience, since it is the launch day, I am republishing my in-depth review for your convenience. It remains my privilege to be the first to introduce you to the latest category of antioxidant rich anti-aging beauty oils, and African Botanics has single-handedly redefined this entire category with the introduction of their new Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil. 
Elixir of Youth: "Intensive recovery oil by African Botanics. Fleurs d'Afrique infuses Africa's night-blooming fragrant flowers from ancient Baobab trees and The Queen of the Night - Jasmine Grandiflorum, hand picked at dusk - making it ideal for skin exposed to urban stress, pollution, UV damage, harsh climates and is recommended for hormonal, mature, unbalanced and sensitive skin."
From its very inception, African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil was envisioned  and conceived as a new type of antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory anti-aging oil– the likes of which did not yet exist. Unlike many luxury oils that add water to break down water-soluble actives, African Botanics opted not to dilute the oils, but instead utilized highly potent oil soluble actives. Furthermore, they source rare ingredients of the highest quality from remote locations, and the end result is a staggeringly unique beauty oil that easily rivals the most potent and effective anti-aging serums in the marketplace today.

According to African Botanics,

From a world of truly wild and remote locations far from all civilization and light pollution in the most southern hemisphere of Africa, there is an eternal beauty that endures all time.

Exotic night blooms, indigenous African desert and bush plants that have adapted to survive the challenges of their environment are harnessed and captured with a potent concentration of highly advanced marine biotechnology that is packed with anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties.

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil is a highly concentrated luxury oil that is lightweight in texture and fast absorbing. The texture, is itself, ultra-silky and it leaves skin feeling like the softest cashmere conceived. It has an utterly intoxicating aroma that is a delectable fusion of the Jasmine Grandiflorum, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Marula Seed Oil. It is a warm and earthy floral that delights the senses, calms the mind and nourishes the skin. During the entire experience of using this precious oil, one is reminded that it is unlike anything else previously imagined– let alone actually created. It is an oil to be savored, and the tactile and sensory experience is so exquisite that one immediately slows down to really relish the experiential component of this highly effective ultra-luxe beauty oil.
African Botanics asserts,

Fleurs d’Afrique infuses Africa’s night-blooming fragrant flowers from ancient Baobab trees and The Queen of the Night - Jasmine Grandiflorum, hand picked at dusk - making it ideal for skin exposed to urban stress, UV damage, pollution, harsh climates and is recommended for hormonal, mature, unbalanced, seborrheic and sensitive skin.
African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil utilizes a visionary delivery system that allows the ingredients to penetrate the skin deeply in order to effectively nourish the skin, to stimulate skin cell renewal, to restore and regenerate skin and to protect and heal. Furthermore, this unique formula softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while fading hyperpigmentation, and it reduces inflammation and redness.

According to African Botanics,

With a unique delivery system that penetrates deeply, this light multi-correcting phyto-elixir stimulates skin cell renewal, refines, protects and envelopes the skin with finest Damask Rose, regenerating Immortelle flower, restorative soothing plant extracts, free radical-quenching CoQ10 and a distinct African Oil Complex which forms a powerful essential fatty acid matrix of high levels of Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 to fade and fight the signs of aging skin: fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, dark spots, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, redness, dryness and sagging skin.

Who is this made for: All skin types, including skin exposed to urban stress, pollution, harsh, dry climates, sun damage and is recommended for hormonal, inflamed, mature, unbalanced and sensitive skin.
My Experience:

I have used African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil twice daily for about 6 weeks, and I have noticed a remarkable shift in the quality and overall appearance of my complexion. Truth be told, I knew it was a very special facial oil after my first use, but the length of time that I have used this is phenomenal oil is proof positive that this is, indeed, no ordinary face oil.

I simply apply a few drops to my freshly washed skin, that is still warm and slightly damp, and gently press in and release the oil into my face, neck and décolletage, as recommended. Skin is immediately left with a gorgeous, pronounced luminosity and an ethereal glow. As previously noted, African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil sinks in immediately, but it neither leaves behind a greasy film, nor does it require a long wait before finishing up the skincare routine or applying makeup.

My skin is notably different in that the overall texture is more even in tone and the small areas of light hyperpigmentation have noticeably faded. My fine lines are softened and my skin appears more taut and lifted. Furthermore, it effectively encourages skin cell-turnover to eliminate dull and dry dead skin cells in order to reveal luminous fresh skin.

This oil balances skin, and has regulated my active T-zone while simultaneously fighting redness and inflammation during my monthly hormonal cycle. I also found it remarkable that it healed a hormonal breakout overnight because of its ability to regulate hormonal skin and radically reduce inflammation.

While I do not have particularly enlarged pores, I have noted that mine are now far less noticeable. Additionally, the pores that have always been prone to clogging on my nose and chin no longer appear congested.

African Botanics claims that African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil will leave skin, "luminous, more youthful with increased firmness, elasticity and clarity" and I can attest to the veracity of this statement. This lovely oil leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and luminous unlike anything else that I have tried.
Directions: AM and PM apply on clean skin to balance, soothe and de-stress the skin while promoting rapid healing and repair. Sweep 3-5 drops over face, neck and décolletage, gently pressing in and releasing. Glide in gentle strokes along jawline up towards the ears, from the center of your face towards temples and from the base of your neck upward to boost circulation.
Concerns Addressed by African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil:
• First signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness
• Dullness, dry, aging skin with uneven skin tone and pigmentation
• Hormonal and sensitive skin. Inflammation, redness and irritation from breakouts, sun damage and environmental exposure
• Excess oil, acne-prone, seborrheic and unbalanced skin
• Enlarged pores and clogged pores
Select Ingredients Attributes & Advanced Skincare Technologies Utilized:

Jasmine Grandiflorum: Exotic, sensual and mesmerizing, Jasmine flowers grab the most attention during their fullest blooms at midnight. It takes about 8,000 hand-picked Jasmine blossoms to extract 1 ml of its essential oil. Studied and known for its ability to promote skin elasticity, increase skin's moisture content and cellular renewal while uplifting, calming and combating acne. Jasmine has antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits and acts as a skin tonic for sensitive, hormonal, dry and irritated complexion.

Damask Rose: A hormonal skin balancer, Rose creates a feeling of calm and well-being. High in antioxidants, rich in vitamin C, it is excellent for reducing redness and skin inflammation. Rose possesses powerful healing, anti-aging and purifying properties since the ancient times.

Marine Microalgae Extract from Cylindrotheca Fusiformis: The sea has always been an immense source of precious materials, nutrients and inspiration to humanity as a whole. The origin of microalgae starts almost at the beginning of life itself. They are microscopic single-cell organisms that can survive independently, feed and multiply ensuring the functioning of major biological cycles and the maintenance of biodiversity on Earth.

• Strongly stimulates production of structural skin proteins. Rich in antioxidants, amino acids (EPA), Omega-3, minerals, sugars, carotenoids and peptides with incredible cell-renewal properties. • Offers soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits and is well-known for maintaining good skin condition and structure. Calms and plumps the skin. Healing and ideal for all skin conditions, from Rosacea to acne.

• A powerful anti-wrinkle active and antioxidant MARINE MICROALGAE acts to remove free radicals and helps prevent cell structure damage in the dermis layer. It stimulates the synthesis of collagen (a protein responsible for supporting skin growth and organisation) and elastin (helping to maintain skin elasticity, tone and texture).

Vitamin A: A potent antioxidant that converts to Retinol when absorbed by the skin, leading to increased collagen production and plumped skin.

Vitamin C: Brightens, tightens and repairs the skin. Protects, restores and increases the longevity of skin cells.

Coenzyme Q10: An antioxidant that aids in neutralizing free radicals and supports the building of Collagen and Elastin, both of which reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Helps diminish the appearance of discoloration caused by the sun damage.

Distinct African Oil Complex (Kalahari Melon, Mongongo And Marula): Forms an oil matrix that allows incorporation of high levels of Omegas 3, 6 & 9 to penetrate deep into the skin, helping to restructure and regenerate damaged cells.

Baobab: Superior concentration of Omegas 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids help maintain the integrity of skin cell membrane. High Vitamin C content (6 times more than an orange) assists with skin elasticity. Vitamins A & B firm, tighten and hydrate skin.

Active Botanicals: African Immortelle - Helichrysum, Calendula, Rosehip, Primrose: Rich in powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and lipids which help smooth, heal, soothe, decrease inflammation and prevent irritation.

African Bush & Desert Plants: Utilizing a unique botanical maceration process that takes weeks, we harness the potency of African indigenous plants: Resurrection, HoneyBush, Bulbinella and Rooibos which help soothe inflamed, dry, irritated skin, relieving itchiness. These botanicals are rich in many antihistamines and are renowned for their reparative benefits, improving and correcting the appearance of even the most irritable, inflamed, sunburned and damaged skin.

Claims: Over a period of 2 months, the wrinkle depth decreases by 10.4%, and the wrinkle volume decreases by 12% when compared to the original skin condition. In just 24 hours builds 20% more collagen (Tests performed on active ingredient).
Ingredients: Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)* Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Adansonia Digitata*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyseride, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis (Microalgae) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helichrysum Angustifolium (Immortelle) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Myrothamnus Flabellifolius (Resurrection) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)* Extract, Bulbinella Nutens (Bulbinella) Extract, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo)* Oil, Cyclopia (Honeybush) Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Retinol (Vitamin A),  Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract. *Wild-Harvested. Not tested on animals.
Overall Assessment: This is, unquestionably, the anti-aging luxury oil that has set the bar so high that it will be a long long time before anything comes close to it. It is a peerless luxury oil that boasts supreme efficacy, is a delight to the senses, and it leaves skin luminous and nourished. Furthermore, it effectively heals inflamed and traumatized skin, increases skin cell turnover, bolsters collagen production, softens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and leaves skin with a pronounced clarity and a youthful glow. Simply put, it does far more than simply leave skin soft, smooth, supple, hydrated and nourished. This visionary formula earns an A+++!

$250.00 for 1 oz. from African Botanics and Net-A-Porter. $12.00 for 1 ml. sample from African Botanics (Affiliate Links).

Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. Ehh, I think my comment disappeared :-( Meh. Anyway, this sounds rrrrreally amazing! I'm itching to try it.

    1. It is my very favorite oil. They are making sample sized for sale so it will be very easy for people to try before committing to buying the full size bottle!

  2. I need another beauty oil like I need a hole in my head, but this one does sound enticing.

    Oils are so concentrated and can be quite troublesome depending on what is in them and what types of allergies and sensitivities a person has. Even the so-called "all natural" products can have some very harsh results. What is soothing on one person might cause another person's complexion to turn fire engine red, etc. So, it is very nice when a smaller size is offered--especially at a $250 an ounce price point.

    I'll definitely give the smaller size of Fleurs d'Afrique a go when it becomes available. I don't mind spending the big bucks on a beauty oil if I love using it and it actually has a positive effect on my skin, but I do like to try it for a few days before I commit. Beauty oils like Sisley Black Rose, Tatcha Camelia, and Rodin Olio Lusso are staples in my skincare arsenal. As you can tell, I'm not adverse to fragrance in my oils and consider it part of the sybaretic experience. Who knows? Perhaps Fleurs d'Afrique will join my luxury beauty oil lineup.

    1. Hi Eileen,

      Sorry for the slow response. It was the last week of classes, and I was on campus teaching and holding office hours more than I was at home.

      I know what you mean about needing another beauty oil!!!!! This one, however, is quite extraordinary. As you know, I love and use the Sisley Black Rose, TATCHA Camellia and Rodin Olio Lusso, and they are staples in my arsenal as well. African Botanics new oil is a bit different than these for a number of reasons, but one of the key features is that they utilize oil soluble actives to make this antioxidant-rich anti-aging oil especially potent.

      Of course it is true that each person's skin reacts differently to any products that they use, and natural ingredients are often harsh and cause reactions in sensitive skin just as do the chemicals used in many skincare products.

      I am thrilled that African Botanics created a sample size for this magical elixir because $250.00 is a significant purchase, and it's far better to try before you buy, than to buy the full size product if you really want to experience it before committing to a luxury purchase like this. African Botanics told me that the sample size is now available for sale for $12.00, and one simply has to select the sample on the product page menu. Given that we love the same 3 oils as staples, I suspect that you will likely feel similarly about the lovely Fleurs d'Afrique! :-)

    2. Ordering now! I'm really looking forward to trying this one as it sounds heavenly. 0:-)

    3. I absolutely cannot wait to hear what you think! I imagine that you will get it in no time since they are in Santa Monica, and it's only a few miles from you in TO! Let me know what you think once you get it! :-)

  3. Darn, I was about to order the sample size and then realized I'm at a hotel with an unsecured network. Better wait......

    1. I would definitely order it, but certainly wait for a secured network!


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