Now I am a big fan of body oils. They can be a skin saviour during the winter months, and in summer give you that sexy sheen glow that (let’s face it) rarely comes naturally. But not all oils are created equal. Some can simply leave you in a greasy mess, which is why I was excited to try Pevonia’s Dry Body Oil from their Ligne Nymphea (body line). Dry? I hear you say. Why, yes. Dry!
This body oil comes in a thick, white plastic spritzer bottle in a funky semi-circle shape. The plastic is recyclable, and I’d say this would appeal to those who like their products looking classic, classy, clinical, and upmarket. It looks expensive. It looks modern Frenchy-chic.
Initially I was a little confused over the term “dry oil”, as it seems to be a complete oxymoron to me. But I guess you could think of it in terms of a “dry white”. It’s liquid – yes. But it doesn’t seem to touch the sides, if you know what I mean. No greasy. No messy. We likey. It doesn’t give you that wet, moist nourishment we are used to with moisturizers. It glides over your body like a second skin, yet miraculously it actually does seem to penetrate and sink in. It did relieve that dry, winter skin itchiness, and it left my skin smooth, without any residue, silky and soft, with a definate glow. Winner!
Pevonia’s Dry Body Moisturiser has a very strong smell, but it dissipates quite quickly, giving your skin that scent that every girl loves: fresh laundry. Now, I love the smell of freshly laundered clothes (I’m feeling very 1950s here). It’s fresh, clean, and innocent. My boyfriend also loved it (on me that is – he still seems to prefer the smell of sweat and dirt on himself). It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that freshly clean scrubbed skin smell is a dream to have before bed! No artificial fragrances are used, instead Pevonia use an interesting blend of essential oils, including chamomile (to soothe skin), lavender (though I couldn’t pick up any lavender at all – a good thing) and also Orris root extract (for it’s gorgeous fresh smell).
Also included are a swathe of lovely, deeply nourishing oils like macadamia and squalane oil, plus aloe vera to boot. My only qualm is the addition of a synthetic silicone, which is safe but has the reputation of actually drying out your skin over time. I used this body oil nightly for two weeks with no such problem. And again, we have the preservative phenoxyethanol, which is safer than parabens, but the toxic-ingredient jury continues to be out on this one. Despite those two ingredients, the rest make for a wonderful nourishing blend for dry, scaley winter skin.
Cost / Usage
I used about 5 squirts to cover my entire body, so I estimate that this oil will last me through a season (3 months) of daily use. As I am also happy to use the less glamorous plain olive oil as a body moisturiser it does seem to be on the exy side but keep in mind that you are paying for the glamour factor, the gorgeous scent, and also the fact that unlike olive oil, you can jump straight into bed without fear of oily stains on the sheets.
I might save this one for summer, so I can get extra bang for my buck by showing off the sexy glow it gives my skin!