Thursday, 16 January 2014

Oiled Up

I'm one of those girls that struggles to keep up with daily moisturising of the body. It's just that extra step I always seem to forget or simply can't be bothered with. Instead of trying to fit a little body butter time into my daily schedule recently I've been experimenting with body oils. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Body Oil and the Caudalie Divine Oil are the two I've been enjoying. Both are at opposite ends of the 'save vs splurge' spectrum and I use them both very differently. The Cocoa Butter offering comes in at just under $11 for 250ml whilst Caudalie's Divine Oil is a massive $46 for only 100ml, woah. Not only is there a massive difference in the price but, as you'd imagine, the texture and scent is also very different.

Starting off with the more budget friendly option, the Palmer's oil is considerably thicker than the Caudalie offering. It has the traditional Cocoa Butter Formula scent which is quite strong and may be over powering for some. Due to it's thicker formula I like to either add a few drops to my bath or use it for shaving my legs. When added to the bath I'm always left with lovely nourished skin, no effort required, and when used for shaving it really is a saviour for dry legs. After using either way I take a little time to massage any excess oil into my skin as I find it works wonders when it comes to hydration. After use I always feel super soft and it leaves a light cocoa scent which I quite like. Perfect for adding to your bath just before curling up into bed.

On the more purse emptying side is the Caudalie Divine Oil. This is much lighter than the Palmer's offering and I'd describe as more of a dry oil. The scent is quite floral and mature, not something I'd usually go for but I actually really like it. It's handy spritz applicator makes it perfect to spray on after a shower or bath and it's dry formula means you don't have to spend ages rubbing it in. It's not one that will leave any oily residue and is even marketed as being appropriate for use on your face, body, cuticles and hair, quite the multi-tasker. I haven't yet braved it on my face (I think it may be too heavily scented for my sensitive skin) however a few spritz' to the ends of my hair really helps reign in any frizz and leaves the ends looking healthy and shiny. Packed full with four different oils; grape, extra virgin argan, extra virgin hibiscus and sesame, it's super nourishing and always feels very luxurious.

I'm currently having quite the body oil moment, are there any others I need to try?


  1. Great post :) I really enjoy the Caudalie Divine Oil. I use it at the ends of my hair after a shower and on my face after my cleanser. I have acne-prone, sensitive skin and it actually helped clear it up. Like you said, it's a dry formula so I don't think it'll break you out. However, everyone's skin is different.

  2. I adore body oils.. I definitely have to try the Caudalie Divine! Have you tried the Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse Dry Oil?. I love it and the smell is so good! Great post :)


  3. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt16 January 2014 at 16:55

    The Divine Oil is amazing, absorbs so quickly without leaving any greasiness and it smells lovely too :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  4. I'd love to try the Palmer's oil, it sounds great for adding to my bath.

    Libby from

  5. I love the Caudalie Divine Oil but hadn't even see the Palmers offering. I might have to try and hunt it down! Great review :)

    Lottie x

  6. Wow! I definitely want to try the Palmer's for my baths because I have been taking a lot more of them recently! The Caudalie one sounds amazing too, but will probably save that for when Sephora sends out coupons...


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