Sometimes you just have to get a cult beauty product to see for yourself what the fuss is all about, right? For me, this was definitely the case with Isla Apothecary Neroli Body Oil. My main natural body moisturisers up until a couple of months ago were raw plant-based oils (jojoba or sweet almond) or homemade whipped body creams. But then I found out about the Neroli Oil and curiousness took over me. I had to get it.The Isla Apothecary Neroli Body Oil is not a beauty cult product without a reason – many of my fellow green beauty bloggers have written about it (including Ana from Ana Goes Green and Sandra from Beauty Balm). And most recently it earned a prestigious accolade by scooping up the 2018 Beauty Shortlist Award in the Best Body Oil category.
Isla Apothecary is a UK-based artisan natural skincare brand founded by Kate Protopapas in 2015. The philosophy behind Kate’s brand is to focus on marrying pure, unadulterated (and organic where possible) ingredients with aromatherapy experience. The products are made in small batches to ensure freshness which is always a wonderful thing to hear about a brand. Isla Apothecary products also don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients and are free from animal testing, making them suitable for vegans.
I’m also impressed with their policies when it comes to packaging and posting their products. To ensure as little waste as possible, their jars and bottles aren’t boxed and they’re posted using recyclable boxes and 100% biodegradable void-filling chips made from renewable sources. Now that’s one amazing ethical company!
“The heady and romantic floral and peppery aroma of the bitter-orange blossom is the proud and exquisite heart note and key ingredient in our cult favourite Neroli Body Oil. Skin radiates from the ability of Neroli, Petitgrain and Mandarin oils to cleanse and balance the skin, improve elasticity, and soften the appearance of scars and stretch marks. A rich and grounding base of Frankincense and Patchouli oils accommodate healing and initiate cell regeneration. Neroli Body Oil is a multi-purpose, dry body oil that can be used in the bath, in massage, and is gentle enough for the face. Skin becomes silky to touch from the highly-absorbent and skin-soothing seed oils rich in essential fatty acids. Suitable for: All skin types, especially mature skin.”
Size and price: 100ml, £32
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) oil – rich in linoleic acid and contains vit. E; ideal for sensitive and dry skin.
- Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil – forms a protecting film on the skin; suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
- Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) oil* – rich in vit. E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants; retains moisture, improves skin tone and fights free radicals.
- Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil – rich in vitamins A, C, D and E; boosts skin hydration and restores elasticity.
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E) oil – intensely moisturising and helping with tissue repair; works to block free radicals, reduce inflammation and can improve moisture and elasticity.
- Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil – helps to nourish and replenish your skin, as well as uplifting your mood and emotions.
- Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil – therapeutic, as well as toning for the skin and helps to rejuvenate dry skin.
- Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) oil – rejuvenates and restores dry, tired or mature skin; improves fine lines and stimulates circulation.
- Citrus Aurantium dulcis (Petitgrain) twig oil – has balancing and rejuvenating properties, particularly for oily or combination skin.
- Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) oil – helps open pores and remove dead skin cells.
Naturally occurring allergens in these essential oils: Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool.
Ingredients: Here we have a gorgeous blend of plant-based oils and essential oils. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple but effective formulation. (As long as you’re not sensitive to essential oils, of course)
Use and benefits: As it’s a rather pricey oil, I only reserve it for sporadic use after bathing/ showering, to ensure I enjoy its benefits for a longer period of time. Were I to use it on my whole body every single day, it would have run out within a week. In terms of texture, it’s an extremely light and well absorbent oil – as long as you follow the basic principles of applying oils on damp – rather than dry – skin. It contains rosehip oil which contributes to its orangey colour which can stain your clothing so I never use it in the morning, only in the evening before going to bed.
I haven’t tried it on my face and I’m unlikely to do so in the future. This is because of coconut oil within the blend which has previously caused breakouts on my face.
When applied to the body though, the effect the oils have on my skin is really amazing. It makes it instantly velvety soft and I find this feeling lasts well into the morning. Its very unique smell is a real treat to your senses – a mixture of citrusy freshness (from mandarin and petit grain essential oils) and woody notes from neroli, frankincense and patchouli.
Price: It can’t be denied that £32 for a relatively small bottle (100ml) of the oil is quite pricey. It’s definitely not an everyday moisturiser that a regular customer would repurchase time and time again so for me, it’s an indulgent treat once a week or so. Because you know what? At this moment in time, I don’t go out, I don’t spend money on clothes and I generally don’t get many opportunities to put myself first (kids have obviously taken that top spot!) so treating myself to a luxurious body oil doesn’t seem like such a huge splurge to me.
Packaging: The oil comes in a (recyclable) dark glass bottle with a (plastic) pump to dispense just as much or little of the oil that you need.
Overall, I think this is a luxurious body oil and makes a fabulous gift to a loved one who’s in need of a mental wellbeing as well as skincare-related pick me up. It hydrates the skin while providing a true aromatherapeutic experience to your senses.