Regular readers will know how attached I am to using body oils. So attached, I even made my case out for them. They are the only body moisturisers I use. Not lotions, butters or creams. I hate those. But I love a good body oil. I also know my tastes in body oils run to the expensive (REN Moroccan Rose and Antipodes Heavenly Oil come to mind). Not my fault that you need good oils to make a good body oil, you know 😛
But there are 2 oils that I’ve been using for a while that are relatively affordable and which are quite good as well. So I thought I’d let you know about them, if you want to experiment with body oils but aren’t sure about plonking down the cash for the pricier ones.
There is a slight problem in that I’m not sure if we get either one locally in Malaysia. They both happen to be natural/organic skincare brands and I don’t hang out enough in stores selling organic or natural produce to know if they stock these, so if you do know, please feel free to share the information in the comments.
Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body oil – RRP US$21/100ml
Weleda is a natural based skincare brand which (I believe) originates from Germany but is found worldwide. I haven’t tried other products in the brand although I did also recently purchase a cleansing milk to try. This Lavender Relaxing Body Oil was my first time trying anything from the brand.
The bottle is a nice hefty dark green glass which brings to my mind a medicine bottle. I liked it though. It felt solid and I always feel that oils keep better in a glass bottle than a plastic one. The thing I did not like about the packaging is that it isn’t a pump bottle. When you twist off the cap, there is a stopper in the mouth of the bottle, to control the flow of the oil, but it is still something you have to pour. You know how it is, it gets hard to estimate use and if you are not careful, you can overpour. But its a small bother.
The oil is a clear oil that has a lovely strong, soothing lavender scent. I have run out of my favourite Dollymoo lavender body oil and its far far too expensive to ship anymore here so this has had to take its place. The oil is not very thick, and it absorbs very quickly and easily into my skin. If you apply it on damp skin, it’ll be quick, but I like applying it on dry skin before bed, so it stays on longer, but I don’t mind that. I love the gentle lavender scent and the texture and its very affordably priced for a nice body oil.
I purchased mine on iherb.com for US$16.13 (approx RM49) and I don’t think it gets better than that! (You can use my iherb code MPW213 to get up to $10 off any order over $40 if you like 🙂 )
Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, fragrance (parfum)*, limonene*, linalool*, geraniol*, coumarin*. * From natural essential oils
Pangea Organics Body Oil – Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom – RRP US$24/120ml
The Pyrenees is a range of mountains that separate SouthWestern France and Spain. Its a lovely region but I didn’t know they were famous for lavender. Anyway, the Pangea Organics brand uses Pyrenees Lavender blended with Cardamom in their rejuvenating body oil.
Like Weleda, this is my first proper brush with the brand Pangea Organics. Pangea Organics hails from the USA and is USDA Certified Organic for most of their products. The body oil is certified organic with the “Made with Organic Ingredients” label which allows for 70% organic ingredients. It gets too complicated delving into the intricacies of organic products and certification and I’m not well versed in the subject matter. I’m not 100% into the whole organic movement so its just a personal thing for me.
I got this body oil also from iherb.com for about US$20.40 (approx RM62) and it was mostly because I was curious how lavender and cardamom would smell like. Cardamom is a spice commonly used in South Asian and South East Asian cooking and is quite spicy. Pangea Organics say its purifying, invigorating and uplifting the senses, while lavender is soothing, tension relieving and relaxing. Quite a bit of contradiction there, but you know what?
It works. The usually sharper scent of lavender oil is tempered by the spiciness of the cardamom so the smell is more rounded and soothing. The smell in this oil isn’t as strong as that in the Weleda oil so I dock points for that. I like them more strongly scented with whatever essential oils it contains.
The product comes in a pump bottle that is very practical and the oil feels a little thicker, but works well, absorbing quickly and keeping my skin moisturised. I’m already more than halfway through my bottle because its just easier to pump out a portion, than it is to unscrew the Weleda bottle and pour out what I need.
Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, sesamum indicum (organic sesame) seed oil, olea europaea (organic extra virgin olive) oil, cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (organic blood orange) oil*, lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) oil*, elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) oil*, lavandula mailette (lavender mailette) oil*, mixed tocopherol (vitamin E). *Essential oil
I like both oils and I think they are both nice quality body oils that absorb well into skin and is thick enough to be used as massage oils, without leaving that sticky residue behind as is usually found in most massage oils. If you like the scent of lavender then you will prefer the Weleda Lavender Body Oil. I personally prefer it too because the scent is stronger and more all-enveloping as you massage it into your skin. The Pangea Organics rejuvenating oil has a much lighter scent and although my skin feels comfortable, I don’t find it as relaxing to the senses. Matter of what you prefer, really 🙂
Are you sold on using body oils yet? What scents do you like in your body moisturisers?
I like relaxing scents like lavender or its variants and also am not above a nice fresh rose scent. The “problem” I’d say is that high quality lavender and rose essential oils are pricey so the products too tend to be a bit pricier. Still, these 2 featured here are relatively wallet friendly so they are a good place to start experimenting 🙂 I plan to pick up some other types next time so if you have tried either brand and have a fave please share!
Local available of Weleda and Pangea Organics is unknown. Prices are as set out above in USD and my purchases were made from iherb.com through friends and family members. You can get a $10 discount off your $40 order using this code MPW213