I find myself using body oils more often in cold weather; somehow, in my mind, they seem to cut to the chase in moisturizing dry skin, particularly on rough knees and elbows. Yes, I could just use jojoba oil or everyday olive oil and get good results, but I inevitably prefer a product with appealing packaging or a more interesting fragrance. MBeze’s Body Oils fit both criteria. Their labels look like Pop Art interpretations of vintage magazine ads, and I’ve tried the oils from two of their available scent “collections” so far.
The “Aim to be Pleased” fragrance is described as “Determined, driven, never a dull moment. That’s the way you roll. We’ve taken cherry blossom and added just a dash of sandalwood to make this scent as brave as you are.” Aim to be Pleased is subtler than it sounds: the cherry blossom is a touch fruity, but retrained, and the sandalwood note is smooth and warm. This is an comfortable, neutral fragrance that isn’t likely to interfere with any perfume you apply afterwards; in any case, it fades away quietly. (I also went “off-label” and used this oil as a pre-wash conditioning treatment on my hair; it worked very well in that capacity!)
“Cruizee” is described in this way: “This clean scent of cucumber, jasmine and mint tea is very fitting for the laidback, Cruizee gal you are. It’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon of bumming with your friends, lounging by the pool, or doing... whatever!” I don’t normally enjoy “clean” or “fresh” scents, and I never lounge by any pool, but I was unexpectedly pleased by Cruizee. It’s blended so that no specific note dominates; there’s a hint of cucumber, but not enough to remind me of those horribly artificial “cucumber” body splashes from mall chain-stores. Instead, it’s an airy, spring-like scent that would coordinate well with Frederic Malle’s En Passant or L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Thé Pour Un Été.
The ingredients list for MBeze’s Body Oils is refreshingly simple: just a blend of natural oils (apricot kernel, grapeseed, sunflower, coconut, meadowfoam seed, and rose hip) plus vitamin E. The scents are phthalate-free blends of natural and synthetic fragrances. MBeze also offers body mists, perfume oils and “deodorettes” (pocket-size, solid-deodorant sticks) available in both these scents and five other fragrance blends; so, if there’s a scent that you especially like, you can “layer” it and enjoy it in various formats, or even change your product from season to season.
MBeze Body Oils sell for $22 for 8 oz or $5 for a 1 oz travel size, through the MBeze website.