Nearly two years ago, I reviewed some fragranced soaps from a small brand called Anjolie Ayurveda. I was impressed by them on various counts: their natural scent blends, their high quality, their artistic packaging, their interesting back-story. I don't think I've come across any other soaps that quite compare to these. I was happy to learn recently that Anjolie had added scented body butters and body oils to its catalog, and the unpredictable warm-to-cold, dry-to-humid weather of the past few weeks has given me a good opportunity to test the moisturizing effects of these new products.
Anjolie Ayurveda's Aromatherapy Body Butters are offered in four scents: Lavender, Neem Tulsi, Sandalwood Saffon, and Neroli Lemon. I was drawn to the Neroli Lemon because I'm a great fan of neroli in general: I find it cheerful, cleansing, and calming all at the same time. Anjolie promises that "neroli brings a romantic and sophisticated air while lemon adds bright citrus notes" to this blend, and I agree. It's a simple, satisfying fragrance. The Body Butter's formula feels more like a thick cream: its ingredients are shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E, plus the two essential oils of neroli and lemon. Since it's a smallish jar, I've been reserving my Body Butter for specific areas like elbows and shoulders, where it works (and smells) beautifully. It's also my new favorite hand cream at bedtime, when it seems to guarantee happy dreams.
For the Aromatherapy Body Oil, I sampled a more mysterious scent blend: Seven Spices. (Anjolie also makes the Body Oil in its Sandalwood Saffron, Neem Tulsi, and Neroli Lemon fragrances). Seven Spices is described as a mix of "balmy tropical wood notes. Smoky spice rack. Reminiscent of tropical islands bay rum scent." The bottle's label reveals that the blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, clove, turmeric, fennel, star anise, and nutmeg, in a base of sweet almond oil, olive oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil. (In a nice touch, the oil contains actual cloves, green cardamom pods, and slivers of cinnamon bark floating inside the bottle.) The oil absorbs easily and leaves its scent hovering close to the skin for an hour or two. It's a fragrance that would suit both men and women: I'm noticing the warm cardamom and clove notes more than some of the other spices, with the nutmeg and cinnamon remaining in the background. I'd say that Seven Spices smells "exotic," but that's a bit of a cliché, and it also seems like the wrong word for a fragrance that's so easy to wear.
I'm glad to see Anjolie Ayurveda gradually growing and adding a few more products to its line, especially ones that feel and smell so good. If you tried and enjoyed Anjolie's soaps as much as I did, you'll want to investigate these new items.
Anjolie Ayurveda Neroli Lemon Body Butter (60 ml for $18) and Seven Spice Body Oil (110 ml for $24) are available through the Anjolie website.