French skincare brands are known for many cult products. Oil-based preparations are one of the most hallowed products among beauty enthusiasts. Many people swear by Nuxe’s dry oil, but I am not fond of it; it isn’t moisturising, and it doesn’t smell that great. And what does dry oil even mean? It’s oil, of course, it must be greasy. My go-to choice is Caudalie’s Divine Oil, as the name says it’s divine.
The product is based on grape seed oil and sesame seed oil. These oils are full of omega fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamin E; I have mentioned sesame seed oil before. We can also find shea butter, sunflower seed oil great for keeping skin smooth and soft, and rosemary leaf extract, which helps to soothe skin. There are also polyphenols, antioxidants found in grapes. They are a fundamental component of many of Caudalie’s products, as they support skin in combatting free radicals provoked by environmental aggressors.
The Divine Oil is not only a nutrient-rich body oil but also a perfume. Its scent has been created by Jacques Cavallier, a renowned perfumer who is known for one of the most iconic scents like the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio or the Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey. There’s quite a bit of fragrance in the product, which I like. It’s the reason why I buy this product, but if you cannot tolerate fragranced products, then skip this altogether. The fresh and zesty awaken you and, its warmer scents cocoon your senses. I like to apply it to my wrists, so I am surrounded by the smell, which always gives me an energy boost.
The oil itself is lush; it’s oleaginous but absorbs pretty quickly without leaving too much residue behind. It’s best to apply it on damp skin as it will absorb better, but it won’t leave a heavy layer even if you apply it on dry skin. I use it mainly during colder months, but it works in summer, too, especially if you just want to get the scent on your body. I often use it on top of my regular body care products to smell nice throughout the day. I am enthusiastic about the fragrance of the product rather than the oil itself. There are many oil blends available, but not too many smell well, and this one smells divine. It’s more of perfume than oil for me. It has a beautiful, lasting scent, but it isn’t overwhelming. I don’t usually apply any type of oil on my greasy and floppy hair, but for this product, I make an exception because the smell is lovely. This product is a delightful treat for yourself, and it also makes for a perfect gift. Whomever you give it to, I am sure they will appreciate it. The best part is that it lasts for a long time; a little goes a long way. I don’t necessarily use it daily, but fairly regularly, and the small 50ml bottle takes me more than a year to finish. I also don’t apply it all over my body, so that may be another reason I use it more like a body perfume. I should underline that it is a fantastic body oil. It will moisturise and soften your skin, but its scent is the main selling point for me.
I highly recommend this product, it’s one of my favourites from Caudalie to which I regularly go back, and I am sure that many of you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Ingredients: VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, ISOAMYL COCOATE, COCO-CAPRYLATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, PALMITOYL GRAPE SEED EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, CITRIC ACID, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, LIMONENE, CITRONELLOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, GERANIOL (caudalie.com)
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