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A recent Elemis product I've discovered is from their Spa @ Home range, Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. This is much more than a simple body oil and can be used on your hair and nails, I don't use it for either of those things as my hair tends to veer towards greasy (so oil is a no-no) and my nails are currently behaving quite well so I can't really justify using such an expensive oil on them.
I use the oil after my nighttime bath as it provides my skin with intensive moisturisation and also gives it a silky delicious feeling that I've never experienced to such a degree with any other body oil. It doesn't feel greasy in the slightest (I'll never fail to be surprised at oil not being greasy!) and when I apply it to my skin it doesn't take much rubbing in at all for the oil to absorb and leave my skin with a lovely soft and nourished sensation.
I find if my skin remains a little damp after my shower the moisture tends to be locked in when I use this oil and that makes the moisturising properties even better, obviously that's only useful when I'm trying to fix any dry areas but I can definitely feel an enhanced effect when I apply it over still-damp skin.
This oil smells wonderful, so good that sometimes I just open the bottle for a sniff even when I'm not planning on using the oil. I used it to massage my partners shoulder a couple of evenings ago and he smelled amazing for hours after, when I use the oil on my own skin I can't necessarily smell it for long so that was reassuring that the scent IS there for a while afterwards even if my nose loses it fairly quickly.
This stuff is crazily expensive, mine is the 35ml travel size bottle of oil and that costs £15 - a full size 100ml bottle will cost you £25.50 so it's definitely more cost effective to buy the larger size if this is something you're going to be using regularly. I'll buy it again but think it'll opt for the travel size bottle again as I swap and change so much with skincare items that I don't really want to commit myself to 100ml of the oil, especially when you consider even the 35ml will last forever as you have to use such a tiny amount of oil per application.
I have been a big big Elemis fan since being introduced to its face care range in my early twenties. I have dry/sensitive skin that reacts horribly to many premium brands, though I have yet to find an Elemis product that irritates my skin (and -since the brand is so generous with freebies- I have tried at least 80% of the range in the last eight years!!)
A full-size bottle of this oil retails for just over £30. However, this product is a cult favourite and appears in the majority of gift sets, which are usually much more cost effective. As a regular Elemis-buyer, I have received countless free samples of this oil (at least 10 generously-sized mini glass bottles, each good for a week's worth of daily use) and strongly recommend signing up to their timetospa website for free postage and great freebies. Debenhams have also done some bargain-priced exclusive gift sets (this product is nearly always included) and great free-gift-with-purchase deals in the past.
The oil has a strong tropical floral 'holiday' scent and is heavenly to use as an all over body moisturiser, though it does take some time to sink in. I usually use it under pyjamas at nighttime to avoid messing up my clothes! I also use it as an all-over hair mask if I know that I will be staying in the house all day. I run it through the lengths of my hair, then tie it in a bun until I wash it out in the evening.
For anyone that can't decide between this or Elemis' Japanese Camelia Oil, I personally prefer the camelia. It is a few pounds cheaper (£28) and I find that it sinks in better and is far easier to apply as it is always oil-consistency. Conversely, the frangipani oil solidifies at room temperature and needs to be warmed before you can get it out of the nozzle. However, the frangipani oil for is best for treating my long, bleached hair (the camellia oil leaves it too greasy) and for travelling (the solid state of the frangipani oil means that I don't worry about a leak, and the freebie miniature glass bottles are just the right size for a week long holiday!)
Elemis produce a range of skin and body care products that are used in luxury spas around the world.
I bought a travel size kit to try out their products and discovered the Frangipani Monoi Body Oil and it is one of my all time favourite body products.
This comes in a high quality deep red glass bottle with a silver lid . The lid reveals a very small opening which means you can control how much you dispense which is important as I find oils are difficult to control.
Unusually the product is solid inside the bottle and you need to heat the oil . Apparently it solidifies below a certain temperature. I normally place the bottle in hot water in the bathroom sink so it liquefies while I am having my bath or shower.
The oil can be used as a hair and scalp treatment, a body moisturiser and a nourishing nail treatment.
It contains coconut oil and frangipani flower which gives it a sweet exotic fragrance. The flowers are soaked in oil to infuse the fragrance.
A little goes a long way with this product for example I use about a 10p size on my arm. I normally apply straight after a shower when my skin is still damp and I simply smooth over my skin. I haven't used this as a hair treatment as I am not keen on using oil treatments as I find them hard to rinse out.
This is a gorgeous oil, it has an exotic smell which is heady spicy and floral , but not in an overpowering way. The oil glides easily onto the skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated with a slight sheen. It doesn't feel greasy or leave any oily residue and I find it sinks in fast on my very dry skin. I find it really quick and easy to apply and my skin feels soft and fragrant for a long time after applying.
It makes my skin look healthy with a soft glow and so much better.
Would I Recommend
Yes this is a wonderful oil that is a treat for your skin. It is expensive but I almost feel like I have been to a luxury spa after using it. I tend to use it in Summer as I think it is the perfect body product to use on those rare hot days. I have very dry sensitive problem skin and this does not irritate in any way. I find it works best if applied to damp skin like most moisturisers.
I think this would work on all skin types , just use less if you have normal or oily skin.
I have had mine for ages mainly because I forget to melt it first ( the only downside) and it hasn't gone off. It doesn't take long to melt , but I am usually in a rush most mornings, so I tend to use this when I have a good long soak in the bath which is less often than I would like.
Full price this is £31.50 for 100ml and available from Harvey Nichols or John Lewis. I usually wait for an offer to buy this as it makes a wonderful gift if I can bear to part with it.
No hesitation a 5 star product and one I put on my Christmas list every year.
Ingredients: Frangipani Coconut Oil and White Gardenia Flowers / Hair, nail and body oil / This truly exotic oil is rapidly absorbed providing superior moisturisation for dry parched or mature skin / Directions for use: Elemis Sp@Home Frangipani Monoi Body Oil solidifies at cooler temperatures / Place the bottle in a bowl of warm water to return it to a silky liquid / After bathing, apply to damp skin, massaging over the entire body / Concentrate on hands and feet for an intensive moisturising manicure or pedicure / For a weekly treat, massage a small amount into hair / Cover with a warm towel and relax for 15 minutes, shampoo and rinse / Spa tip: Take time during your hectic week to restore equilibrium and serenity in your home by creating an exotic spa retreat / Put some exquisite essential oils in a burner, or light some exotic candles and let the delicate fragrance gently wash over you as you close your eyes and practice deep breathing techniques, while your thoughts wonder to another place, melting away stress and tension / Continue your journey with a warm aromatic bath or shower, then indulge in an all over body scrub to smooth and soften your skin / Finish by applying the intoxicating aroma of frangipani, known as the 'Flower of the Gods' all over your body / The power of this ritual alone once or twice a week plants the seed of awareness, keeping you feeling grounded and de-stressed / Key