I was recently a maid of honor in my lovely sister Erika‘s wedding, and I received the above bottle of oil as one of several gifts for my troubles (because visiting California for the first time and being introduced to beautiful spas, fancy cocktails, and amazing food was such a hassle…PSYCH). Anyway, today I’ll be reviewing said oil.
Ingredients (provided at basqnyc.com)- “Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulicis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract; Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Fragrance.”
This preliminary report I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a low hazard score of 1. The only ingredient with a hazard score above a o is tocopheryl acetate. I left fragrance out of the preliminary report since theirs does not contain phthalates (phew!)
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, and petrochemicals.
2. It’s cruelty-free.
3. It comes in a handy glass bottle.
Product Description(provided at basqnyc.com)- “basq signature resilient body oil base blends some of the finest oils available for full body toning and stretch mark care. This uplifting aroma is perfect when you feel exhausted or drained and want to revive! The Grapefruit Citrus oils help with swelling, improves circulation and vein issues. Grapefruit is known to boost physical and mental energy level and acts as pure pick-me-up for spirit and mind! Great for if you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
Quite simply, nothing nourishes skin like Essential Fatty Acid rich oils. Oils fuel the skin’s natural hydration and healing process in the dermis layer of skin where damage, stretch marks and loose skin forms. Hazelnut, Sunflower and Sweet Almond Oil provide intense skin cell nourishment with Essential Fatty Acids and naturally occurring Vitamins that protect skin from damage. Sweet Almond oil also has natural antimicrobial properties that help prevent damage, minimizing the chances of scarring and ugly marks. Rosehip Oil has a high content of essential fatty acids known specifically to heals scars and restore normal skin color.Grapeseed Oil is plentiful in antioxidants and fatty acids to moisturize deeply helping to restructure damaged and stressed skin tissue. Due to its nourishing and detoxifying effects, Sesame Oil reinforces the body for skin regeneration and smoothes the skin.
The skin care protection and toning you need, in an aroma you want! Use neat or blend into our Fragrance Free Illipe Body Butter for a customized, creamy butter.”
Price– $19.50 for a 2 oz. bottle
Performance– I realize I should probably use this product sparingly so as to make it last, but I enjoy it so much that I’ve been moisturizing pretty much all over with it (with the exceptions of my chest, armpits, and face). For an oil, it isn’t especially oily, and it’s plenty hydrating and skin-softening for even the most neglected of areas. In short, I love it!
Scent– Bright, uplifting citrus. It makes itself known without being overwhelming, which is nice. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t remind me a little of fruity pebbles.
Rating– I’m subtracting half a point for the price and an entire point for the presence of tocopheryl acetate in the product. 8.5/10
Would I purchase this item again? I think Erika had the right idea when she gifted her maids and matron of honor this oil. It’s a little too pricey for me to justify buying it for myself, but I’d gladly give a friend a bottle for a special occasion.
*This product was given to me as a gift. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
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