Body oils. I am a huge huge fan! I can’t bear using body lotions, but am happy to slather on oils because my skin just feels so darned good (and I smell so darned good) thereafter. I presently have 4 bottles by my bedside – a delicious buffet of oils to choose from every night before bed
I recently received one a couple of months ago, from New Zealand brand, Linden Leaves. Locally, they are brought in by a distributor – The Skin Topic – and the counters are available at Pavilion KL and Subang Parade. Now, I’m probably the first one to line up to check out a new brand of body oil, so this was quite exciting for me.
The Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy Body Oil comes in 4 variants – Memories (rose), Absolute Dreams (lavender), In Love Again (orange), Pick Me Up (lemon). What is probably most eye-catching and interesting is that each variant has within it, a flower or fruit representing the key scent.
In the case of Memories, it is a single stalk of a rose bud. This is the 60ml bottle so it fits 1 stalk. From images I see online, the larger 250ml bottle fits a couple more so it doesn’t look so lonely So, descriptions aside, what you can expect from Memories therefore is a rose scented body oil. We know how tricky rose scents can be, don’t we? Its a risky business, rose scents. So, what can you expect from this one? Good memories? Nightmares?
Well, lets just say that if you like a strong, powdery rose scent then this one will be for you.
The 60ml bottle is pretty small which is a good trial size, or a good size for toting about. The cap is quite tight and its a flip top – the sort you depress at one end to flip up, so the risk of leakage isn’t very high. At RM96/60ml, I however find it pricey for the size.
From a presentation point of view, I think this makes a very nice gift, or even something nice to have on your bedside. However, if you dislike strong rose scents (as I do) then this will remain untouched (as mine is).
The oil itself isn’t bad. The texture is a little thick, but it absorbs well into the skin and makes it feel nice and soft. I do find that its a little more oily than some other body oils I use but it doesn’t bug me because once absorbed, my skin feels very comfortable. I sometimes like that sheen of oil on my skin, because it makes my skin feel lovely the next morning.
However, I found that the rose scent was a little too strong, too powdery and a wee bit too artificial for my tastes. I measure all my rose scented oils by the REN Moroccan Rose Body Oil, which, if you ask me, is one of the highest quality rose oils I’ve ever used. The scent in that one is light and smells of freshly crushed rose petals which is delightful and makes me happy.
With this one, I found that the only memory it evoked was that of a gift shop – something like Lovely Lace (if you have ever entered one of those gift shops that sell various lace, frilly, decorative items and scented teddy bears, you will know what I mean). Again, it isn’t a scent I like. But those shops have survived through the times so I know there are people out there who like the scent of powdery roses, and if so, you will like this one.
Suffice to say therefore, that I’m torn about this one. The oil itself is lovely, but the scent does not suit my tastes. So, I rarely reach for it as the enveloping scent of powdery rose isn’t one I prefer to fall asleep to. Pity about that! Maybe I’d have better luck with the lavender option (Xin has a review of it here but from her description of the scent – similarly artificial smelling, I may just have to pass)
In a nutshell
Linden Leaves is a skincare and bath and body brand from New Zealand. The products are primarily botanical based and one of their popular items is the Aromatherapy Synergy Body Oils which come in 4 variants. The one I’ve tried is Memories, which is rose scented. The body oil is nice and moisturising to the skin and if you have dry skin or are exposed to drying elements like air-conditioning or heating, it does a very good job at keeping the skin soft and moisturised. I however, found the rose scent too strong and powdery for my tastes. I prefer a scent of freshly crushed rose, as opposed to the heady scent of a rose in full bloom. Matter of personal tastes
Pros: Oil is good quality and makes skin feel soft, moisturised and comfortable, Pretty packaging
Cons: Pricey, Rose scent is too strong and heavy for my tastes
Who will like this: Anyone who likes body oils and likes stronger, heavier rose scents
Here is the ingredient list for the body oil.
Like Xin, I noticed that the oils used are good quality and very nice, moisturising oils – sweet almond oil, apricot kernal oil and avocado oil are lovely on skin. However, there is no rose essential oil included in the ingredients and instead there is parfum, to which I attribute the stronger, heavier rose scent. So, that part of it, I’m not enamoured with.
Have you tried anything by Linden Leaves? Do you prefer the light fresh rose scents or the heavier scents?
This is my first time trying something from the brand and whilst it wasn’t much of a success, I can’t rule out never trying anything else from them again. I’m also reminded of the other body oils I have by my bedside and I have to tell you about them. Stuff I use nightly to keep the scaly dry skin at bay (and I love them!)
Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy Body Oils come in 4 Variants Price: RM196/250ml, RM96/60ml Availability: The Skin Topic stores at Subang Parade and Pavilion KL or nz.LindenLeaves.com