As someone who adopted a Goth style in her late teens and early twenties, and who is still obsessed with early American gravestones, I couldn't help being intrigued by Skin & Bones. It's an all-purpose, oil-based moisturizer made entirely from natural ingredients, and it caught my eye because it's packaged in a dark glass bottle with calligraphic lettering on the label (shown below); the company's logo (shown above) is a winged skull of the sort you'd see carved into a very old tombstone.
Skin & Bones' ingredients are jojoba oil and essential oils of ylang-ylang, frankincense, myrrh, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, rosewood, cedarwood, and sandalwood. As the Skin & Bones website explains, the essential oils were chosen for their aromatherapeutic properties as well as their benefits to skin. The one that dominates the overall fragrance of Skin & Bones is ylang-ylang. I enjoyed Erin's recent post about ylang-ylang fragrances, and I recommend it as a primer on this note's background and characteristics. I'm another person who fell in love with ylang-ylang during my early niche-fragrance sampling days, and I'm still happy to encounter it. Skin & Bones' ylang-ylang has a brightness that is enhanced by the accompanying lemon notes, and a sensuality that is reinforced by the rosewood and sandalwood. It's a linear, versatile blend. Incidentally, the dark purple "Violet-Glass" bottle is functional as well as cool-looking: it shields all these botanically-derived contents from light and thus preserves them longer.
Jojoba (simmondsia chinensis), the carrier oil for Skin & Bones, works beautifully to soften and protect the skin, since it's so similar to the skin's own protective sebum. I've been smoothing Skin & Bones into my elbows and legs to soothe them during the weather's recent mood swings; the oil absorbs quickly and leaves a light fragrance. I've also been using Skin & Bones as a conditioning oil for my hair, which is an unruly wavy-curly hybrid, prone to dryness: I work a nickel-sized amount through my hair in the evening, tie it all back, and leave the oil there overnight. I can enjoy the scent while I'm falling asleep, and I happen to find it somewhat soothing, so that works well. (I haven't yet tested it on my face.)
Strictly speaking, yes, I could purchase some jojoba oil and an assortment of essential oils in order to mix up a similar formula, but by the time I rounded up those ingredients (and some droppers, and a container for the finished blend) and combined them, I'd spend more money and probably make a mess. Plus, I wouldn't have the spookily appealing packaging and product name, so I'm willing to make this purchase instead.