Can we talk about this all purpose oil? I feel like I’ve just discovered something new and amazing, but truthfully I’m just late to the party and this stuff has been around for yonks.
Body oils have always been an non-success with me: they never absorbed despite what the labels claim, and I’d end up with heat rash that would take weeks to heal from. Don’t even mention coconut oil either – it.doesn’t.work! Many people swear by it, but I end up smelling like a Bounty bar and feeling like I’ve just been birthed from a coconut womb.
I received a full size bottle of Prodigieuse as a gift-with-purchase when I was stocking up on skincare from Beauty Bay, and to be honest I wasn’t thrilled with the thought.
A full bottle of a body oil that probably doesn’t work?
Well I eat my words.
Nuxe is an affordable skincare brand from France and many of their products are holy grails for skincare devotees. This dry oil is the cornerstone, which works not just on the body but can also be used for face and hair.
Believe me, I’ve tried all purpose oils and more often than not the carrier oil (the main oil used as the base) is just too heavy to use anywhere else. You may as well have doused me in a bottle of your finest cold pressed olive oil – it might taste great but it’s better off in a salad and does nothing for my skin.
Prodigieuse uses several nut oils and your usual emollient/humectant ingredients (Isopropyl Isostearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate etc), as well as a few extracts (tomato, rosemary leaf) for, I am guessing, antioxidant and restorative purposes. I find nut oils seem to have the best absorption rate, and this stuff doesn’t linger impolitely on the surface of my skin. Could be because nut oils apparently have similar chemical make up as the body’s natural sebum, and therefore is easier to absorb.
Beware those of you with sensitive noses though, because this bodily liqueur is generously fragranced, as only something from that very chic nation of France could be. Difficult to pinpoint exactly what the scent is, but it’s firmly a mixture of jasmine (so floral), a bit of powdery musk, and the smell of generic adult accomplishment. Is that a smell? You know, mid tier successful female who has a steady income, can pay their bills on time and still be able to spend a little something on themselves.
The 100ml bottle comes with a spray nozzle, which I think is the best idea when it comes to dispensing something as unctuous as an oil. I use one spray mixed with my usual body moisturiser, a dribble of a spray tousled into the tips of my hair, or a similar dribble mixed in with my facial moisturiser before application. My face comes away baby soft the next morning; my skin stays un-scaly for longer; and my hair is nicely styled and protected without arduous weight being added.
All round this is a stellar product, surprisingly affordable, and something that I think one should definitely own for its multi use purposes. If you’re interested in owning just one decent oil in your skincare collection, then this is probably the best starting point. Get rid of that Bio-Oil nonsense – use this on your stretch marks instead.