Summer Body Oils: #ED4OLO & Kahina

Is it ever too hot for body oils? If you get in the shower sweating and get out still sweating, maybe. But even though it’s been consistently hitting over 100 degrees over here in California, my legs are thirsty year round. Two body oils that have me feeling my skin all day long and smelling really, really delicious: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil and Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum.

The #ED4OLO body oil has the same delicious tropical scent as the cleansing oil that makes my sister say, “This smells soooooo good” every time she uses it (once by mistake, she grabbed the body oil instead of the cleansing oil to remove makeup–oops! Don’t do that). I’m not a pineapple person (cannot eat food that I have consciously put pineapple in) but I absolutely love the smell of the oil cleanser, so I was so glad to hear they made a body oil with the same scent.

The ingredients read brightening meets moisturizing: the green tea seed oil and vitamin C ester that I love from the Vitamin C serum, the papaya seed oil from the Vitamin B Oil Cleanser, plus moisturizing shea oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and olive oil. While I can’t say my legs look brighter, when I use this and Chocolate Sun’s Cocoa Lite, I kind of feel like a glowing golden goddess the next day (and then I pull on my jeans/long skirt/appropriate clothing for work. At least I know I’m glowing).

The moisture part is serious though. It doesn’t beat my occasionally scaly calves (though this + regular exfoliation does the trick), but when I do get to bare my legs, I can’t stop touching them. Or smelling them, when I go in for a forward bend midday.

I’m guessing the thickish texture comes from the combination of shea oil + shea butter and green tea seed oil + vitamin C ester. Shea oil has 16 different fatty acids, and typically around 50% of some like oleic acid and stearic acid (hooray, anti-inflammation!). Green tea seed oil holds in moisture, boosts the effectiveness of vitamin C, and is also rich in fatty acids. What probably is also helping to keep my skin so soft is papaya’s exfoliating effects.

Despite the thicker texture, when massaged into the skin (preferably damp from the shower), it sinks in so well–seriously moisturizing my skin and not leaving an oily feel.

While #ED4OLO has a sweet pineapple-y scent, Fez is so beautifully spicy (bonus: scent is “I love the way you smell”-deeeeep-sniff-boy-approved). Fez’s ingredients also include sunflower seed oil and olive fruit oil plus a couple extras: their classic argan oil of course, coconut nut oil, watermelon seed oil, and a beautiful concoction of essential oils like rose, bergamot, cumin, sandalwood, pink grapefruit, neroli.

Watermelon seed oil and sunflower seed oil are both high (~40%-70%) in linoleic fatty acid–fun fact: low linoleic acid => decreased epidermal barrier function, aka the skin can’t properly protect itself from inflammation when it is low in linoleic acid. Adding these oils to the body then, I’m thinking, has the potential to help the skin’s anti-inflammatory reaction.

This combination results in a slightly thinner texture than the ED4OLO oil (fits the “serum” name), but it is still equally as moisturizing. The grounding, comforting scent lasts from one night to practically the next night. When I’m feeling a bit heavy digestive-wise, worn out, or sweetened-out, I reach for Fez. It’s something about those warm spices and warm-things-make-you-digest-and-feel-better.

I typically apply both of these Osmia-style–I hop out from the shower, barely towel off just so I’m not super dripping water on the floor, massage 1-2 pumps of either oil over my damp body, and brush my teeth in the nude while the moisture sinks in. It means I can use less oil for more surface area and get more moisture for my buck. If my calves are a still bit parched in the morning, applying the oils dry is okay–oil : surface area will be more, but greasiness, never. Just massage well.

tl;dr Both body oils leave the skin super soft and moisturized (however, regular body exfoliation is still recommended). What separates the two? Scent. Got a sweet tooth? Try ED4OLO (available from One Love Organics). Feeling spicy? Go for Kahina (available from Spirit Beauty Lounge).

Have you tried either of these body oils? Have a favorite? If not, what are you using to moisturize your body?

Disclaimer: Elizabeth Dehn x One Love Organics kindly sent me the Vitamin C body oil before its launch. I purchased the Kahina Body Serum myself from Spirit Beauty Lounge at the end of March. I am not being compensated in any way for my words. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ingredients for ED4OLO: organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil (and) olive oil (olea europeaea) (and) olive oil unsaponifiables, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, organic camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil, ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin c-ester), tocopherol (vitamin e), proprietary natural & organic fragrance

Ingredients for Kahina: argania spinosa (argan) oil (36%)*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil*, citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil*, citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) leaf oil*, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil*, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil*, cuminum cyminum (cumin) seed oil*, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil*, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) root oil*, bisabolol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, phenethyl alcohol.

*Certified Organic
100% from natural origin, 83.27% Organic

This product is gluten-free and vegan.

Additional Sources:

Honfo, Fernande G., et al. “Characteristics Of Traditionally Processed Shea Kernels And Butter.” International Journal Of Food Science & Technology 48.8 (2013): 1714-1721. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Aug. 2014.

Moaddabdoost Baboli, Zahra, and Ali Safe Kordi. “Characteristics And Composition Of Watermelon Seed Oil And Solvent Extraction Parameters Effects.” Journal Of The American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS) 87.6 (2010): 667-671. Business Source Complete. Web. 4 Aug. 2014.

Okullo, J. B. L., et al. “PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SHEA BUTTER (Vitellaria Paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) OIL FROM THE SHEA DISTRICTS OF UGANDA.” African Journal Of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition & Development 10.1 (2010): 1-15. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Aug. 2014.

Pappas, Apostolos. “The Relationship of Diet and Acne.” Dermato-Endocrinology 1.5 (2009): 262-67. Web.

Picardo, Mauro, Monica Ottaviani, Emanuela Camera, and Arianna Mastrofrancesco. “Sebaceous Gland Lipids.” Dermato-Endocrinology 1.2 (2009): 68-71. Web.

Raziq, S., et al. “Characterization Of Seed Oils From Different Varieties Of Watermelon [Citrullus Lanatus (Thunb.)] From Pakistan.” Grasas Y Aceites 63.4 (2012): 365-372. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Aug. 2014.

Osmia Organics Body Oils in Flower and Sunset

Before Osmia Organics Body Oils, I would towel off completely after a shower, immediately put on clothes, and then strategically move my clothing around so I could moisturize my scaly legs with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Now, I am totally comfortable with dripping nude for a couple minutes post-shower so I can slather one of these lovelies all over my body. It’s in the instructions, and it’s kind of brilliant. Lotions are essentially waters + oils, right? So, why not skip the preservatives you need to keep water fresh in a product and DIY your lotion on the spot by using the leftover moisture from a shower and adding a body oil?

The texture of these are very light, so applying on a wet body is preferable for a smooth glide and plus you’ll end up using less product. Applying on a dry body works, but you don’t get the same glide and you’ll need more product to get the same moisturized after-effect. Either way, the oil absorbs pretty fast–within a couple minutes (which I usually spend on moisturizing my face), I am ready for clothes. The morning after in the summer, my skin is nice and soft and not in the least oily. But the morning after in the winter, my legs still feel a bit parched, but I’m hiding them in jeans anyways, so I don’t mind.

I think one of the stand-out things about these body oils are the mass array of scents that are a result of organic essential oil blends and CO2 extracts. I have Flower and Sunset in the screw-top 2oz size (there are also 7.5oz pumps) and when I first smelled them, I thought the names and scents couldn’t be matched any more perfectly. Flower smells like a field of fresh flowers, and not grandma flowers, but fresh and light thanks to some rose geranium and linden blossom. Sunset is vanilla-y, kind of sultry-ish, and warm grâce à vanilla, jasmine, and bergamot, to name a few. I also had a sample of Night in another order a couple months back, which at first while I thought it was a bit strong, it really grew on me (don’t remember exactly what it smelled like though, but the description says it’s a mix of lavender, chamomile, and sage).

Why this rather than just plain coconut oil or jojoba oil? Well, in addition to both of those, there are some hard-hitting moisturizing oils with benefits like kukui oil, rosehips seed oil, hemp seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and evening primrose oil. Kukui oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and evening primrose oil are all moisturizing and rich in fatty acids, aka goodbye dry skin and hello anti-inflammatory effects. Rosehips seed oil is a great source of natural vitamin A (yay reduced scarring and super healing). Sweet almond oil is a great moisturizing carrier oil which I’ve used with success as a single-ingredient oil cleanser and face oil.

Random fun fact: did you know cacti can flower? The things I’ve learned from watching Korean dramas…I also know how to say “I can” in Italian–extra fun fact: “Posso” or Italian for “I can” is the name of one of my favorite perfumes from Osmia.

Have you used these body oils? What are your favorite scents? If not, what are you using to moisturize your body?

tl;dr Use with dripping, naked body for best results. Perfume (all from essential oils and CO2 extracts, yay!) + body moisturizer in one. May not be enough moisture for winter, but enough for warmer weather. Beautiful scents; gonna catch try them all.

Ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, aleurites molaccana (kukui) oil, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, rosa rubiginosa (rosehips) seed oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn berry) CO2 extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*, and a proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils and CO2 extracts

* certified organic ingredient

Disclaimer: I purchased these myself and Night came as a sample with another order I made from All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Best of 2013: Skincare and Bodycare

Happy end of 2013! It’s been a really fun year of green beauty: of discovery, of healing, of truly, fun. I’ve had a fun time interacting with other greenies and falling in love with new products. Keep reading for my skincare and bodycare favorites of the past year…

Soapwalla may have taken the green and non-green world by storm, but I’ve been loving how the Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream with Tea Tree takes away my stink. Even when I sweat (which is much and often), I smell, can I say, deliciously of tea tree and void of any smelliness? Also delicious is the consistency of the cream, which is soft and smooth as butter, though it has been a bit harder thanks to chilly, dry California.
I’ve gone from using tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, to even nothing as spot treatments. Accompanied with a good diet and yoga, I’ve lately been enjoying Osmia Organic’s Spot Treatment as an extra punch against blemishes. There aren’t necessarily any instant results, especially with larger, more evil blemishes, but not only does it smell lovely, I’ve found it to help along the healing process of my blemishes without leaving flakes behind. The mini rollerball also makes application very easy.
YÜLI pretty much took over my skincare this year. The Panacea Elixir was my initial gateway drug, then the Cocoon Elixir soothed my skin over the summer, and with that I was done for. Pure was the only mask I brought home because it’s my favorite two-for-one: clarifying yet simultaneously soothing in one formula. It heals blemishes I’ve naughtily popped the night before and brings out other blemishes to the surface while leaving my complexion smooth and soft (and matcha green tea is one of its ingredients!). Cell Perfecto PM is definitely one of my holy grail products for how much it healed my acne scars this year. Not only did it enable no-makeup days, but also dabbling into blush and bronzer, something I had given up while my cheeks were too rosy from scarring. I will show picture evidence soon. Halycon has become my favorite second-step cleanser (or only step, if it’s a no-makeup day) for how gentle, light, lovely, and effective it is.

I upgraded from removing makeup with jojoba oil and a flannel to Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organic’s Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover and haven’t looked back. The first time I tried the oil, the tropical papaya scent hit me, and I was like, “Omg.” Then I began massaging it in my face, watched the makeup melt away, and was like, “Omg.” Then I rinsed it off and then I was really like, “Omg” because the oil washed off with water and left my face so soft that I wasn’t sure I had rinsed it all off. Then I had my sister tried it and she had basically the same reaction. Love.

The rest of my bodycare favorites might as well just be dubbed as body oil favorites. I had been pretty nonchalant about body moisturizing before, and was content with just DIYing it with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Until I tried Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum, which not only smells deliciously of citrus and vanilla, but also leaves my body so moisturized and soft. Osmia’s Body Oils overturned my post-shower routine–I now wait just a little longer before toweling off so I can slather one of these deliciously smelling blends over my whole, damp body. The idea is that lotions are basically a mixture of water and oils–so why not use the moisture left over from the shower with the body oil to make your own effective lotion? Brilliant, Osmia. I’ve been loving sultry Sunset and pretty flowery Flower.

For a Gorgias, Gorgeous Body

It’s been a Gorgias day of paper-writing, and yes, “Gorgias” is pronounced just like “gorgeous”–it made me do a double take too when that was what my Philosophic Classics teacher said we’d be reading. The first portion basically is fleshing out what is oratory, and at one point, Socrates differentiates between beneficial crafts and flattering knacks for the body. Example: medicine takes care of the body’s inner health, pastry baking is yummy but doesn’t really take care of the body’s inner health*. Gymnastics takes care of the body’s fitness, cosmetics make the body appear better, but don’t really do anything for the body’s fitness. Where is this going? (Don’t run away yet I promise I’m done talking philosophy.) I’m calling Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum a beneficial craft.
I thought I was going to DIY my way through bodycare – that is, if single-ingredient DIY’s count. I had jojoba oil for makeup removing but a certain papaya oil cleanser took over the role…hey, I could use that on my body! I had coconut oil for cooking and after last year’s scare, I wasn’t going to put it on my face…hey, I could use that on my body and smell delicious!

However gleeful I was at multitasking my ingredients, my body would be dry again in the day, despite moisturizing straight out of the shower. I would get little flakes when I tried applying body sunscreen and my calves were pretty scaly. When Lina Hanson launched her Global Body Serum and green beauty bloggers were all abuzz and NuboNau was offering a free trial size of her Global Face Serum with the purchase of her Global Body Serum, I had to take the plunge.
I’m in complete agreement with what everyone else is saying. It’s beautiful. The grapefruit and vanilla oils fill your olfactories with such happiness and the moisturizing oils** (rice bran, avocado, apricot kernel, argan, brazil nut, pumpkin, and camelia) make my skin feel so supple and soft all the time, never greasy. It is currently the night after last night’s shower before tonight’s shower, and my body skin is still very happy. It is definitely a treat at $63 for 3.4oz and I probably overdid it on application post-showering at first (2 pumps for arms, 2 pumps a leg, 2 pumps for torso), but for how it has healed my stubbornly dry skin, it is definitely worth it. I have since decreased to 1 pumps per body part to extend my use and my skin is still happy. Can’t go back to single-ingredient body oils now…

*Unless you’re going whole wheat and gluten-free and adding chia seeds everywhere and stuff, then we can talk
**Head over to Lina Hanson’s website for a breakdown of the benefits of each oil