Even in the summer, I’m a big fan of facial oils. The opportunity came up to try a product from the range of Bodhi, and the Neroli Luce revitalising oil seeemed like the perfect choice, not least because … well … Luce is my nickname. But that’s not the only reason I picked it, I swear!
Anyhoo. Bodhi is a UK brand that’s been around for a little while now. Bodhi pride themselves on their ethical products, and quite rightly. All are free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates, propylene glycol, PABA, palm oil,
mineral oil, paraffin, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic colours or
fragrances and animal ingredients, which is a heck of a list, and quite a challenge for a skincare brand. It’s quite a tightly edited collection of products, which is slowly branching out into new items, but on the Bodhi website, you’ll find facial skincare, shower gels, massage oils, and more. I can highly recommend the Jasmine Falls Relaxing Shower Gel, btw, it’s divine.
Containing a blend of neroli, frankincense, sea buckthorn and evening primrose oil, Neroli Luce face oil is intended for normal to combination skins, which might be a bit dull, or have a tendency to be slightly blemish prone. After a stressful few weeks, my combination-oily skin was beginning to get me down, having lost its glow, and starting to get a little congested.
Neroli Luce is a slightly thick oil, bright orange in colour, which means its packed full of beta carotene, which has an almost instant brightening effect once applied to the face – I find that the orange shade provides a great optical illusion, making my rather rosy-toned face look a little more even as well, which is a god-send! Even though it’s rather thick, it’s actually quite light, and is easily absorbed into the skin, with a minimum of massage, meaning you don’t need to wait a long time in order to be able to apply your normal moisturiser over the top.
You can use it morning or night, or both, but I tend to use it on mornings when I feel I need a bit of a boost (so that’ll be every day at the moment, then), and the beautiful scent helps raise my spirits every time I use it. The combination of neroli and frankincense is a classic one, and I like to cup the product in my hands and breathe the scent in deeply before I apply to to my skin.
The bottle is small, around 15ml, but you use so little of it that I estimate it would last you a good few months, certainly I’ve been using mine every day for the last month and barely made a dent in the contents. At £32 for a product with this quality of ingredients, it’s a bit of a bargain too. I’ll be investing in a bottle of the Bodhi Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face oil for the winter months, I suspect.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca, (Apricot) Kernel Oil,
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening
Primrose) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil,
Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii
(Frankincense) Oil, Lavendula Augustifolia (High-Altitude Lavender)
Flower Oil, Pelargoneum Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon
Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil,
Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Citral*,
Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Isoeugenol*, Limonene*,
Linalool* (*natural constituents of essential oils)
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