I’m not a huge oil person, which I think is as a result of having oily skin. I’ve spent most of my teenage and adult years looking for ways to control oil production, especially on my face and scalp, so adding oil seems like a bizarre concept for me. That said, I have changed my view on hair oils quite a lot after being sent some truly spectacular her oils in beauty boxes this year, including Kevin Murphy ‘Young Again’ from March’s Roccabox, and System Professional ‘Solar Sun Oil’ from May’s Look Fantastic – both of which I love. Whilst I’m unsure about this Bloomtown Botanicals in June’s Roccabox I’m going to give it a go and keep an open mind. My Roccabox booklet says:
“This dinky handbag-sized oil fragrance makes us all tick in so many ways. A delectable summery fragrance that’s reminiscent of English country gardens; a long-lastingscent that has serious linger-power even in the hottest summer days (that’s the magic of an oil, rather than a spray perfume) and an essential oil/vitamin e blend that makes it the perfect antidote to dry skin. We even sometimes use it on our split ends. Say hello to your new favourite on-the-go product.”
This is a full size 4.8g jar of infused oil, in the scent The Rose Garden. The oil is also available in 5 other scents, including The Woods, The Meadow, The Hedgerow, The Grove & The Cafe. The oils are avilabale from bloomtown.co.uk for £4.80, and you can receive 20% off your first order with the code ROCCA20.
The oil is packaged in a clear glass jar with a white shiny lid. The jar has a sticker around it which has the Bloomtown Botanicals brand name, and a flash of pink details to support the rose scent. The back has the company contact details, and place of manufacture (Cornwall, UK). The packaging has quite a home made feel about it, its functional and cute if you like that sort of thing. I usually prefer something a little more slick and polished, but even though the packaging isn’t to my taste it’s quite simple and inoffensive.
Ingredients: prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) oil, limnathes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, parfum, vitamin e (tocopheryl acetate), benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool, alpha-isomethyl ionene.
As Fragrance: This is the first time I’ve tried a roll-on oil as a source of perfume. As I’m sure you’ve guessed this smells like roses, but it’s not a false rose smell like Turkish Delight, its fresh and very, very sweet smelling. I roll a little oil on to my wrists, inner elbows, neck and behind my ears, and I’m amazed at how fragranced the oil is. I confess, I thought it was going to be a huge disappointment I that it wouldn’t deliver enough frangrace for me, but I was completely wrong – this packs a punch. One drawback of using oil is that it doesn’t evaporate like a spray so I noticed my wrists in particular were oily after use. But, one major benefit of using oil over spray is that I can top up at my desk in work. I work in an air conditioned office with many other people, some of whom have health conditions which means spraying in the office can make the environment uncomfortable, or hazardous. I do not have to worry about such considerations with this oil as it is not a spray, and is perfect for a quick scent touch up.
To Combat Dryness: I tried this oil two ways – on dry skin and on the ends of my hair which are also dry. I found the results to be very similar regardless of whether it was used on skin or hair. Immediately after the application I found an improvement I the area – my skin seems more hydrated and the ends of my hair seemed softer and smoother. Long term however I didn’t notice an improvement, each time I applied the oil I seemed to be in the same condition as I was the previous day.
Overall, I really like the concept of this oil, and I’m going to keep this in my handbag and continue to use it to freshen up throughout the day in work. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this as I think I’ll be fed up of smelling like roses by the time I get to the end of the jar (I usually like to wear a different smelling perfume each day). I am going to look into alternative roll on perfume products as for me it seems like the perfect solution to smelling great and being considerate of my friends and colleagues.
This is the last item that I tried from June’s Roccabox. I’ve updated my unboxing article with my overall thoughts on June’s Roccabox, whether it was good value for money and what my favourite items were. You can find the article by clicking here: https://fayesbox.com/2017/06/06/roccabox-june-2017-unboxing/