One of the reasons I enjoy traveling is I get to escape my life. It's not a terrible life by any means, but it's good to be away from the daily grind every so often. It gives me perspective and allows me to appreciate the things I normally take for granted (like super cheap transportation and food here in the Philippines haha). I travel so that when I am done I am struck by the profound realization that it's good to be home.
Aside from traveling, there are little things you can do right where you are to destress and feel as if you were in another place. You can treat yourself to the spa or bring the spa in your home, for one thing! The Body Shop's new premium lines are here to give you a luxe, back-to-nature experience. The Oils of Life skincare line features three precious seed oils known for their revitalizing and repairing properties. It has three products: the Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion (P1,295) which is a priming toner, the Intensely Revitalising Cream (P1,695) which is a daily moisturizer, and the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (P2,395), a lightweight, non-sticky daily oil.
I have the Facial Oil so that's what I'll quickly review for you guys today. ^_^ To start with, it contains three precious seed oils from around the world. Black Cumin Seed Oil, known for its concentration in antioxidants from the Egyptian Nile Valley; Camellia Seed Oil, which is naturally rich in nutritive oleic acid from the evergreen trees of China; and the Rosehip Seed Oil, which is rich in Omega 3 and 6 from the Andes foothills of Chile. The Facial Oil is touted to be composed of 99% oils from natural origin.
Not to fear though, because this has a light, easily absorbed texture that doesn't feel greasy at all. It has a subtle, herby scent that smells pretty fabulous. Let's just say it's a cheaper version of the cult favorite Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum. ;) The Body Shop's version indeed has the same overnight brightening effect, and hydrates skin so effectively without causing it to be extra oily.
But man is it expensive. It's probably one of The Body Shop's most expensive products, at about P2,400 per 30ml. However, you'd only need about three drops of this for your whole face. It's going to take forever to finish this, even if you use it both daytime and nighttime. You can by the way definitely use it during the day. Unlike the Kiehl's oil, this doesn't sit on top of the skin. It actually fully sinks in so you can wear your makeup as if you're using a normal moisturizer underneath! That's pretty amazing.
Overall, get The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil if you've always wanted to:
1) Effectively brighten and moisturize your skin
2) Try the Kiehl's MRS but balked at the P1,000+ more expensive price tag and
3) Want a facial oil that you can for realz use during the day. This is great for all skin types, IMHO!
And so we come to the new body care line from The Body Shop called Spa of the World. It features products key to some of the most famous beauty rituals around the world, with refined textures and delicate fragrances to take you to a spa journey. ^_^ This is a comprehensive line with anything from a Himalayan Charcoal Body Scrub to a Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil to a Hawaiian Kukui Cream. So many products, you're bound to find something! For me, it's the African Ximenia Scrub (P1,950 for 350ml), one of TBS best-selling products of all time.
It's the product that clued me into the power of salt scrubs when it comes to softening the skin. Unlike cheaper salt scrubs, this one has a creamy, non-abrasive texture that's emollient enough to keep my skin moisturized after a shower - I don't need to use a body lotion after washing! I can really testify to how effective this is in clearing off dead skin, thus giving your whole body a velvety feel.
It's quite pricey for a body scrub, but if you like luxe body care then this won't disappoint. You get about 350ml for the price which should last about 3-4 months of 3x a week usage.
So there you go. ^_^ Check out Oils of Life and Spa of the World next time you're at a TBS store!
PS I wonder how many people actually read a beauty post this long! Sometimes I can't help but share too much information!