The first time I read that The Body Shop released a bunch of new oils, which they have named Beautifying Oil, I was very excited about it. Namely because I spotted Coconut as one of the available scents. You may have gleaned from the Kiehl’s Body Butter review that I am a complete nut for all things coconutty.
There were 11 fragranced oils released but I think there may only be about 6 available in Malaysia. I was looking out for the Coconut oil and quite frankly, didn’t take much notice of the rest. I think Mango and Moringa were also on the shelves but I didn’t recall seeing Pink Grapefruit, which I think a number of bloggers here have been looking forward to.
So, what is a Beautifying Oil? The Body Shop claims that it is pure beauty in a bottle. The oils are made with a blend of marula oil and is sourced from their Community Fair Trade programme, which offers fair trading with small-scale suppliers. The oil is supposed to be suitable for body, face and hair, and is therefore an all-purpose type of product. And since I chose Coconut, it of course comes with a lovely tropical coconut scent.
The texture is oily (it is an oil after all) but it does absorb into skin fairly quick especially when your body is still slightly damp out of a shower or bath. It leaves a bit of a sheen but my skin feels dry to touch. As I live in the tropics where it is hot and humid all year round, I require an oil that absorbs fast without leaving a greasy mess behind. My skin feels softly moisturised and if I feel like layering, I’d add the Kiehl’s Body Butter and I’ll be in total coconut bliss.
When used on hair, I’d recommend that you apply the oil on damp hair and not when hair is completely dry because it does feel a little oily as I don’t think it absorbs well. My hair tends to be oily on its own and it didn’t feel that great even when I just used a little on the ends of my hair. I very much prefer other hair-specific oils (yes, the ones with silicones) than The Body Shop version.
I am hesitant about applying this stuff on my face not because I am opposed to applying facial oils but I am just a little wary of breaking out in rashes as my facial skin is very sensitive. I’m afraid this won’t be a very “complete” review.
In a nutshell (pun unintended), I am very pleased with the Coconut oil although I don’t find it to be quite the all-rounder for me. The coconut scent is sweet, milky and nutty and not too cloying. But I would only recommend this if you are a fan of coconut smells because it will take a bit of getting used to and may not end up well if you don’t favour such scents.
The Body Shop Beautifying Oil retails at RM58 for each 100ml bottle. I do think it is pretty good value considering you’d only need to use very little at a time. There is a matching body mist to go with the oil but I didn’t see it at our local stores, so I have to find a way to get hold of that coconut spray.
Have you tried any of the Beautifying Oils yet? Do you find it to be as multi-purpose as it claims? Come on up and share your experience as I’d like to hear what you think.
PS – Did you know that The Body Shop has a Malaysian online retail site? Do visit them here.