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I have always been a big big Elemis fan. 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 I have tried at least 80% of the range!!)
When I fell pregnant, I became extra particular with what I put on my skin. Partly because constant all-day 'morning' sickness dehydrated me, making my dry skin even worse, but mostly because I didn't want to expose my growing baby to chemical nasties. I therefore switched from my regular body moisturiser (The Body Shop's Moroccan Rose Body Butter) to this body oil. Although I am not normally into celebrity reviews, I may have also been swayed by rumours that Victoria Beckham used this through her pregnancies to avoid stretch marks (please don't judge me!)
The oil has a very VERY subtle scent, which is very important for a morning sickness sufferer! Even better, it left my skin softer than I can ever remember it being, and even improved the condition of little bumpy bits on the tops of my arms. Since the birth of my son, I have also used it to give him a little bit of baby massage to calm him and to alleviate scaly bits on his arms & legs. The oil sinks straight in fairly quickly...very important when handling babies, as oily babies can slip through your hands when picked up!
For anyone that can't decide between this or Elemis' Frangipani Oil, GET THIS! I find that it sinks in better (more like a dry oil) and is far easier to apply as it is always oil-consistency, whereas the frangipani oil solidifies at room temperature and needs to be warmed before you can get it out of the nozzle. The only thing that I prefer the frangipani oil for is 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!)
I can't say whether or not this product was the reason, but I never had a single stretch mark in pregnancy. It certainly didn't hurt!
Ingredients: Japanese Camellia Oil and Sweet Almond Oil / Nourishing body oil / This is the finest grade oil for Aromatherapy / For many centuries camellia oil from Japan has been used for the care of nails, hair, scalp and combination skin / Used in the Elemis Nurturing Mother-To-Be pregnancy massage, this light oil is easily absorbed and rich in plant collagen to keep the skin moisturised and supple, helping to prevent stretch marks / Directions for use: Use Elemis Sp@Home Japanese Camellia Oil Blend daily for skin maintenance / Spa tip: Stretch marks on the legs, tummy, bust and arms can be the result of changes in body weight, as well as during pregnancy / You can improve the appearance of stretch marks by conditioning and massaging the skin regularly with a nourishing body oil / If skin ever gets very dry and dehydrated then get a glowing body sheen with an exotic body oil and seal it in with a body cream for that super soft and cared for look / Suppleness returns to the areas that are inclined to let us down when we sport that little black number, like knees, heels and elbows / Key