5th February 2016

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

By Get Lippie

Now, having said in a previous review about my liking but not loving Ren,
there are some Ren products that I do, actually adore, and the Rose Otto
range in fact, encompasses all of them. 

In fact, I like the Rose
Otto range so much that I actually asked for the bath oil for Christmas,
and, husbands being husbands (or more specifically, my husband being 
…  my husband) I actually ended up with a bottle of this
instead.  And now I have two.  Not bad for someone who never uses body products!  However, taking this into account, these two bottles are probably a life-time supply.

The “Ultra Moisture” body oil (actually, does one have “moisture” in
an oil product?  Surely, as they say, moisture is the essence of
wetness, and oil is greasy rather than damp, isn’t it?) is a really
genuinely lovely product .It doesn’t enhance my
bathtime in the same way the, you know, bath oil would had I gotten a bottle. Oh well. Ren Rose Otto Ultra Moisture Body Oil smells
delicious. It smells divine. It smells of both the idea of rich red rose
petals and a hint of the woody stems beneath.  It smells rich, and it
smells expensive.

Now look, the Morrocan Otto scent is a signature of
the Ren line, and I beg you, Unilever (who recently bought Ren), to no matter how much you are
tempted, not to screw with the formulas of the Rose Otto line at all – I
know several hundred people who will stop buying Ren altogether if you
do, and they’re already hacked off at you for buying the brand in the
first place.  Anyway, I’m
digressing, but I need to tell you that the Rose Otto Line contains products that people care
about, and if go on to pump them full of mineral oil to save themselves a couple of pence a bottle they will notice, and they wont forgive.  Just so they know.  Oh, and I’ll be one of them. I may even egg them on.

Anyway, back to the review.  I was delighted on trying the oil again recently to discover that
roses had “come back” to my nose, as they’ve smelled like burned paper
for the last year and a half. Discovering they smell almost normal (in
spite of my parosmia) has been great.  The Ultra Moisture Oil is a thick, unctuous oil, that
nonetheless seems to sink in quite easily, and it definitely does seem
to do good things for drier skins.  My hands are, I’ve noticed,
becoming slightly crepey and my forearms have
definitely been drier recently, but this oil definitely feels more
nourishing than the spray moisturisers I’d been using recently to combat
those conditions. Sprays only seem to moisturise the very top layers of the skin, I’ve found.  A little of this, however, goes a long way, too.

I do also like the redesigned labels for the Rose Otto line, I always
think Ren packaging doesn’t quite go far enough in underscoring the
price tags of the products – the designs usually just look cheap, or too
simplistic compared to what’s inside the packaging, but the design on
the Rose Otto line show that you don’t actually need to change much to
make something look more expensive, or more thought out, or simply just
to draw the eyes in to something.  They’re still “clean”, but look infinity
more luxe than the other products Ren puts out.  Ren straddles a line,
and it’s a difficult line, being cheaper than its prestige  cousins on
the shelf (which is a good thing, good skincare should be available at all price points), but also by looking
cheaper than the other lines, even the ones at a similar price point
(which I think it does), it won’t appeal to those who like prestige and
also like a bargain (like moi).  Something is only a bargain if you feel
like it’s worth more than you paid for it, cheap-looking packaging just
looks cheap.

So yeah, body oil.  Two bottles and I’m set for life.  How about you?

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