Whether for cleansing, or moisturizing, or both, oils are the hot topic of the beauty world right now. These once maligned products are now revered as protectors of moisture and dissolvers of pesky long-wearing and waterproof makeup. The only tricky thing? Finding the right oil for your needs! Many are overpriced marketing gimmicks, while others can be too heavy and smelly for everyday use.
The Body Shop has tried to fill the market desire for gentle, light facial oils with their Olive Beautifying Oil. TBS has been in the oil business a long time and I fondly remember using their amazing Manoi oil years ago, so you know you can trust their stuff. The Olive Beautifying oil is a multi-purpose oil that you can use for the face, hair and body. You can use this oil as a skin moisturizer, or to fix split ends, and for those rough patches like elbows and knees.
Besides containing all natural ingredients that are good for your skin, this product is also good for society. The marula oil in this product is ethically sourced from the Eudafano Women's Co-operative in Namibia, which helps over 1750 women become self-sufficient.
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: an emollient that's gentle enough for even sensitve skin types. Derived from coconut oil.
- Dicaprylyl Carbonate: another moisturizing type ingredient.
- Sclerocarya Birrea seed oil: aka marula oil that has been used as a skin softener for generations in its native Africa.
Other key ingredients in this product are olive oil, almond oil and macadamia nut oil. Lastly, I have to point out how awesome the TBS website is as it not only lists out each ingredient, but also translates what they actually are for!
Price & Packaging
A 100 mL bottle will cost you $15. I actually got this one on sale for $8, but even at full price, this product gives you fantastic value. I use this primarily for my face and you need very little to cover your face in a light coating of oil. The actual packaging itself is pretty horrible as it's really hard to control the amount poured out of the bottle at once, so I transferred about a third of it to an old washed out bottle of Kiehls Midnight Recovery! Since the Midnight Recovery has an eye-dropper, I found that a much easier way to control the amount I wanted to use. Yay for product recycling!
My favourite thing about this oil is its light, floral scent. I was a little skeptical at first because olive based products don't smell very nice, but the dominant scent is actually a little fruity and floral, with a bit of a deeper vanilla base from the almond oil is my guess.
I use a large drop on each cheek and forehead and another one to fill in the gaps between on my face. This oil is very light and absorbs quickly, but I still would caution using this for daytime. Instead, I used this in place of a night serum and layered my regular night cream on top. The end result was waking up each morning with amazingly soft and plump skin. While this routine worked for my normal-dry skin, I would recommend that those with oilier skin try just using this oil by itself at first until you know how much your skin can handle.