Beauty Loon

November 28, 2013 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Skincare , , ,

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil ($14 for 3.3 fl. oz.)

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil ($14 for 3.3 fl. oz.)

Back in the beginning of September, I was trying to take advantage of a sale at The Body Shop but wanted to find one more item to purchase in order to make the most of the discounts. This Beautifying Oil was what I landed on to wrap up the purchase, and I’ve really enjoyed having it around. The Body Shop describes this as a multipurpose, lightweight oil that can be used on face, body and hair for hydration and a shiny finish, and this particular variety has warm, sweet coconut scent.

These Beautifying Oils come in small 3.3 oz. bottles, which initially had me thinking that this was a pretty pricey product.  However, a little bit really does go a long way – much more so than with other body oils I’ve tried. It has a pretty lightweight consistency and sinks into skin really well, even if you just slap it onto dry skin.

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

My most-used applications for it has been as a bath additive and body oil. In a bath of salts or something else that’s either lightly hydrating or not very hydrating at all, I’ll use it as a supplement to keep my skin from losing too much moisture while sitting in the hot water. Or, I’ll rub it into my skin after getting out of the bath or shower while my skin is still lightly damp. When used this way, it offers very comfortable hydration and a nice scent, but nothing too overpowering. I’ll feel comfortable slipping into pants or bed sheets without feeling like I’m getting oil everywhere, and I also don’t feel like I’ll be overwhelming people with the smell if I go right out and walk around in public.

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

I have also tried it as a facial oil, and it works just fine. It’s not necessarily my favorite facial oil, and it’s definitely not as lightweight as something like Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil (see my review here), but it definitely didn’t cause me any issues and felt nice on my skin. And really, it’s a whole lot cheaper than most facial oils, so it could be a decent option if you’re trying to keep costs down.  As for it’s use as a hair oil, I can’t comment too much. I think it works ok, but in general it’s not the kind of product I’m looking to use in my hair regularly.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Cocos Nucifera Oil/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant).

This oil contains Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil as well as a blend of nut oils. I only need a small squeeze when I use it, so although I’ve had my bottle for 3 months now, I still have about a third of it left. To me, that makes it a pretty good buy. When I use this up, I’ll likely try one of their other available scents. It’s been a great product to have around to supplement my bath and body care!

The Beautifying Oils are available at The Body Shop and cost $14 for 3.3 fl. oz., but can often be picked up during a sale. Have you tried any of them? What’s your favorite way to use them?

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