A couple of weeks back, L'Occitane were kind enough to add their Almond Shower Oil to my hoarder's stash, and I didn't think I would love it as much as I do. It's something I've been holding off on for ages because I've always been weary of almond scents. They're usually too fake and come off chemical-laden.
The first time I used it, I immediately realised why it has such rave reviews, and an absolutely devoted following. I'm definitely late to the party; but better late than never right?
[Lusting after L'Occitane]
Yes, I'm sure you spy the exfoliating bar in there, and that's a review for another time.
For now, let's give all our attention to this absolutely divine elixir which makes the necessity of showering that much more luxurious and tempting.
[Definitely Relationship Material]
[Cleansing and Softening]
I've got a little travel size of the shower oil, and I'm already halfway through it. I've been using it religiously, and I can't get enough.
The bottle definitely looks pretty in the shower, but thankfully it's made of plastic and not glass. With my Queen of Clumsiness status, a glass bottle in the shower would not bode well.
The flip-top cap is extremely secure as well, and that's exactly what you want from any form of bath product, especially an oil.
Now, this doesn't function in the same manner that you would use a regular body oil. It's meant to be used as your body cleanser. In effect, it's actually more or less a cleansing oil for the body. I never knew I needed such a thing until I discovered how miraculously awesome this is. Then again, I didn't know I needed a Shu's cleansing oil for my face; so we all live in darkness till the light hits us!
You're meant to hop in the shower and wet your skin. Then tip a little onto your hand or loofah and smoothe it in.
When you first pour the oil out, that's exactly what it is. It's a lightweight oil that doesn't have the full-on almond scent going. But when it hits water...
Bam! Emulsification! And the scent absolutely floods your bathroom! It's amazingly gorgeous because it has none of the chemical, and all of the floral notes that almond scents are meant to have. This doesn't foam up the way a traditional shower product thus; it just turns into more of a milk that's easier to work into your skin. If you do use a loofah, I would recommend smoothing this onto your skin and emulsifying it before going in with the loofah.
It's so fresh and soothing in the most amazing way, and while I'm not a fan of food-related scents in my bath products, this is definitely the exception to the rule. It's heavenly purely because it doesn't smell manufactured. I also love the fact that it lingers on the skin for hours after. I know it's a little creepy, but sometimes I'll be tying up my hair and I'll get a whiff on my arms and I'll go "Oooo" because the scent is there in a very subtle manner.
The scent may linger, but the oily residue doesn't. As with all products of this nature, you can't completely get rid of the film of oil in the shower, and you're not meant to. When you step out of the shower, the film of oil will absorb into your skin, which is precisely why it is so nourishing and moisturising.
I was curious as to how this would bode without a body lotion, and I'm afraid it isn't a substitute. It definitely moisturises and nourishes the skin, leaving it smooth and feeling addictively lovely, but if you have dry skin on your body as I do, you will definitely need a body lotion. Undoubtedly, this is better at keeping you moisturised that your regular shower gel or cream, and if you don't use a body lotion with any of those, you will find this infinitely more moisturising than most other shower products out there.
All in all, this is a keeper and I'm going to have to go and get myself the biggest bottle of this stuff so that I can drown myself in it. Honestly, Cleopatra's baths in milk have nothing on my showers in oil!
The Almond Shower Oil is available at all L'Occitane boutiques, as well as on their site for RM100 (250ml). A bottle that size will last you ages because you don't need very much of it per use.