I was recently contacted by new brand TouLou Organics, who kindly sent me their Vanilla Pod & Macadamia Body Oil* to try. To quote from their site, TouLou source their “certified organic ingredients from around the globe. Where organic is not an option [they] use cold-pressed and wild-crafted ingredients because they retain their vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals etc; after harvest.”
When people talk about fragrance they have tendency to wax lyrical, describing feeling ‘cocooned’ or ‘enveloped’ in a scent, perhaps, or ‘transported’ to another place or time.
TouLou Organics Vanilla Pod & Macadamia Body Oil had me at first sniff. When I first received it, breathing it in was one of those moments where you just have to sit down, close your eyes and pause in the moment. It’s that lovely. Sweet, sensuous and a little exotic.
Slathering it all over and then catching the scent every so often is like being hugged.
While I couldn’t find information on the site about exactly who certifies their organic ingredients, the blend in this oil is a lovely roll call of classics. Surprisingly, given the inclusion of nourishers like sweet almond, avocado and the featured macadamia oil, I found this oil wasn’t quite as hydrating as my skin needs at this time of year. I tend to use it after a bath or if I need to shower again in the evening. It’s perfect when my skin is warm and I’m only going to be sitting around under blankets in pyjamas rather than braving the elements in the ‘always winter and never quite spring’ outdoors. In fact, I’d say that’s my favourite time to use it anyway because I sit snugly in my bundle and every time I move (not very often, to be fair), I get a waft of that lovely smell again.
If your skin isn’t quite as dry as mine, this would definitely be moisturising enough and worth checking out. For those who – like me – are new to TouLou Organics there are also many other lovelies to explore. The Avocado Butter Creme is on my to try list after this write up from Sarah at Sugarpuffish. And maximum points to TouLou for including an easy to navigate glossary of key ingredients that link back to their products. Informative and useful for those with specific allergies.
TouLou Organics Vanilla Pod & Macadamia Body Oil, £26 for 100ml
Ingredients: Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract and Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract and Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Oil*, linalool**, geraniol**, benzyl alcohol**, benzyl benzoate**, citronellol**. (**Composition of natural essential oils.)
*PR sample – all opinions are my own