I was lucky to receive the February Beauty Heroes box way back in January, and I have been bursting to tell everyone how amazing it is. A couple of days before I received the box, I had a long Skype chat with Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot. It was inspiring to hear her talk about her beauty journey and how she founded the company at a time when the concept of green beauty subscription boxes didn’t exist. Towards the end of the conversation, when she told me that the February box was going to be sleep-themed, she asked me if I had a regular sleep routine. I don’t. Having a regular sleep routine is one of those things I struggle with. When I hesitantly told her I didn’t, she said that she hoped the Osmia Night Body Oil would help me create a nighttime ritual.
The Osmia Night Body Oil is a nourishing body oil blend containing organic essential oils of lavender (tension diminishing), roman chamomile (decreases irritability and soothes the GI system) and atlas cedar (stimulates the pineal gland to release the sleep hormone melatonin). Together, these ingredients create a soporific atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Ever since I got this oil, I have been taking a shower every night and applying the oil on sopping wet skin. Using it on wet skin creates an emulsion that is more easily absorbed into the skin. In a way, you are creating a body lotion of sorts because lotions are essentially oil and water emulsions. I find that using it on wet skin inside the shower cubicle (after turning off the fan so that the aromas don’t escape) gives me a more intense aromatherapy experience. Osmia recommends not drying off after, but I don’t think my cold-prone vata body type could handle that. I generally work the oil in and gently pat dry after a couple of minutes.
The great thing about the smell of this body oil is that it is quite familiar. I’m glad Osmia didn’t overcomplicate the essential oil blend with other, more exotic, ingredients. Lavender and chamomile, I’m guessing, are smells that most people associate with sleep. The combination of these aromas (along with grounding atlas cedar) inspires a feeling of rest and wellness as soon as I smell it.
Despite its calming qualities, it’s not a sleeping pill-substitute. It probably won’t instantly put you to sleep, if you have terrible sleep issues. What it will do is help create a routine or ritual that will help train your body to sleep at the same time everyday.
The oil base is composed of a number of highly emollient oils. I normally don’t like coconut oil in “leave in” face or body oils. I prefer using it as a cleanser. Osmia, however, uses fractionated coconut oil, which makes coconut oil more absorbent and less comedogenic. Regular coconut oil gives me body breakouts, but I have been using this oil for the last few weeks without any issues.
Overall, I really like the texture and smell of this oil, and I’m keen to find out what the other oils in Osmia’s collection smell like.
Ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, aleurites molaccana (kukui) oil, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn berry) CO2 extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*, and a proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils and CO2 extracts
The Beauty Hero sidekick this month is Osmia’s Lip Doctor. The first thing I noticed about it was how generous and chubby the stick is, compared to most lip balms. Like the Night Body Oil, it contains lavender, but it is essential-oil free. It contains lavender-infused olive oil instead. Being free from essential oils makes this lip balm perfect for very sensitive lips. I’d heard great things about this lip balm before I got to try it in this month’s box, and I can see why it’s such a hit. It thoroughly moisturises dry, chapped lips, and it would be perfect for winter (it’s summer here in Australia, so I’ve been using this as a night treatment). The only thing I don’t like about it is that it leaves a very glossy residue. I usually prefer lip balms that leave a more natural finish, but that is a minor criticism compared to all the amazing things it does to dry lips.
As I mentioned in my review of last month’s box, the thing I love about Beauty Heroes is how it helps you build a skincare wardrobe by introducing you to different product categories every month. One of the complaints I have with many other beauty boxes is that they keep repeating products from the same categories (face oils and masks month after month, in many cases), but Beauty Heroes seems to strike a healthy balance between hair, body and face products.
An interesting thing I found out about Beauty Heroes during my chat with Jeannie was that they keep a list of ingredients their subscribers are sensitive to, and they go through this list manually each month to give these customers an option to skip that month’s box. This level of attention to detail is truly impressive, and this, I think, is one of the things that make Beauty Heroes one of the best beauty subscription services on the market.
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