We’ve been thinking about bodies recently and noticing that we lavish attention on faces but largely neglect the rest of the body. It’s as if out of sight is out of mind but as this magnificent Summer shines on and we are all exposing more skin to the sun, we decided to make a product specifically for the body, but so much more than a standard oil – I wanted something that would make the skin feel lush and utterly loved.
Our Body Lotion #6 is gorgeous and receives much praise from all who use it, but I decided that adding a Body Elixir to the range would be a beautiful offering. I thought about which oils would flow easily onto the skin and feel positively sensuous. There is something so deeply alluring about an oil on the body; the glide and sensation are both comforting and deeply pleasurable if the blend is right and the quality excellent.
A considered essential oil combination can add to the pleasure and benefit the skin. There has recently been some hesitation about using essential oils in products but I think it’s a question of quality, quantity and judicious blending. All our oils are fantastic, many we produce ourselves and those we don’t we source carefully and mindfully – without them, our products would be a shadow of themselves.
For the Elixir we started with Jojoba oil, which is in fact a gorgeous wax, golden in colour and the skin drinks it in, recognising it as close to our own sebum. Then we added Grapeseed and Peach Kernel oils which are light but pleasingly moisturising. To really work on the skin we made a trio of incredibly healing oils from our own plants - Calendula, Hypericum and Rosehip. We also included Borage and Pumpkin oils for their anti-inflammatory and long lasting deep moisturizing qualities.
We chose the essential oils as if building a perfume, with therapeutic top, heart and base notes of: Rose for its cooling, beguiling scent, Bergamot for its complex fresh citrus note, Labdanum because it brings an earthy richness, Clary sage to bring clarity the mind and Benzoin for a balanced sweetness.
The bottle is 200mls which, given the small amount needed, is a very generous size, so you can use it daily, after a shower on moist skin or you can use it as a massage oil to condition the skin and bring luscious relaxation to the body and spirit.