November 26, 2013

beauty scoop | la bella figura skin aficionado nourishing body elixir

It’s no secret that I’m an oil addict, and body oils are something I absolutely kick myself for forgetting when I pack for trips.

I have no patience for body lotion (and don’t use the hotel body stuff anyway, ew) and prefer the slick and sheen that body oils deliver.

A new body oil (well, OK, I’ve had it since September but I like to take my time) in my rotation is La Bella Figura’s Skin Aficionado Nourishing Body Elixir.

la bella figura skin aficionado nourishing body elixir

{La Bella Figura gave me a full-sized sample of its Skin Aficionado Nourishing body Elixir to review. It retails for $90 for a 3.4-ounce glass bottle.}

La Bella Figura Skin Aficionado Nourishing Body Elixir is one of my go-tos for days when I want a subtle scent but amped-up moisture and a bit of indulgence to start my day.

I don’t wear a ton of perfume anymore (though I’m rounding up new natural favorites), but on days when I do add a little smell-good potion, I don’t want my body oil to compete.

That’s where this lovely body oil comes in — it’s got all the nourishing, beautiful ingredients but an extremely soft, sweet scent thanks to grapefruit, mimosa and ginger.

It sounds like a lot of citrus, but I think the ginger is cutting though it, and the concoction of outstanding carrier oils — camellia, sunflower, meadowfoam — helps keep the scent light while giving your skin plenty of moisture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, Plumeria Alba (Frangipani) Oil,  Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Yuzu) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Acacia Dealbata (Mimosa) Olessence,  Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka) Bean Oil, Santalum Album (Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood) Oi, Cocos Nucifera (Fractionated Coconut) Oil

My only concern with this oil is the price. It’s expensive. I tend to like expensive things (body oils included — another one I adore but wear sparingly and definitely for the scent), but I know a $90 price tag is a bit hard to swallow.

That said, the ingredients list looks very solid to me. “It” oil camellia does not come cheap, and it’s No. 1 on the list. It’s definitely responsible for the suppleness I see in my skin during these cold, cold days and nights.

Bottom line: Would I buy this myself? Probably not. I go through body oils so fast that I need something a little more economical. I could easily put the $90 toward a few other favorites from La Bella Figura (like this, this, this and this).

Have you tried La Bella Figura Skin Aficionado Body Elixir? What are your favorite body oils? How much will you spend on a body oil? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • Marcella

    Can I say that I absolutely love how honest you are about what you will and won’t buy? And that you break it down real simple! I’m with you on wanting an economical body oil that has a good fragrance and I haven’t found one yet that I’m absolutely in love with. It doesn’t help that I’m notoriously bad at remembering to put on body oil, even after showers.

    • kimberlyloc

      Thank you! I am just trying to keep it real with everyone because I know everyone’s budget is different. I love green beauty products, but if I can get by with less-expensive products in some categories vs. others, I’m all for it. That means more $$$ for the stuff I really, really want :)

      Have you tried Osmia’s body oils? They are incredible and very economically priced. A 7.5-ounce pump jar of oil is $70 … that’s a HUGE bottle. The smaller bottles are $20 or $24 I think. I’ve tried Sunset, Flower, Stream and Water Lily. Sunset is my jam!

      You will notice a HUGE difference in your skin once you start moisturizing with body oil post-shower, especially in winter. My legs get so scaly and dry, my skin craaaavvves body oil. Do you have room in your shower to place a bottle of body oil right there so it’s in-sight? That may help cue you!

      Have a happy Tuesday :)

      • Marcella

        I like that state of mind Kim :). I have Meow Meow Tweet’s Cocoa Skin Cream which is amazing for dry elbows and hands but sometimes you have to reach for body oil, you know? It’s just easier to spread around.

        Honestly, Sunset’s fragrance didn’t work for me so I gave it to a happy friend who liked it! I have to try more Osmia body oils (I agree that 7.5oz + pump is a great deal) to see which one I love.

        • kimberlyloc

          Cocoa skin cream?! Yes please.

          I take it you may not be a vanilla/jasmine gal. Scent is so personal and really hard to nail down. I’ve read reviews of jasmine-y products or other scents I like, and then tried them and been repulsed.

          Ok that’s a strong word but you know what I mean :)

          I wonder if there is a body oil sampler set from Osmia? She does that with her perfumes and it’s very helpful!

          • Marcella

            Cocoa skin cream = melts like milk chocolate on your body. Seriously.

            But I AM a vanilla/jasmine gal in theory! I know what you mean :) I love the fresh jasmine flowers out in the backyard. But my momma said I smelled like Asian preserved lemons with Sunset, and I had to laugh about it and then I had a “oh wait you’re right Mom moment”!!

          • kimberlyloc

            OMG that is the best description ever. Mamas don’t lie, so I would definitely take that to heart, too! Which reminds me of the time I made my mom try a bloody mary (she doesn’t drink), and she proclaimed that was “the most disgusting thing she’d ever tasted.” :)

            MMT here I come!

          • Marcella

            Hee hee, my mom doesn’t drink either and I think she said the EXACT same thing when she tried a Bloody Mary. ;)

            I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on MMT now!

  • Mademoiselle nature

    That looks really lovely ! but yes…the price is quite high…maybe a Christmas treat then ?

    • kimberlyloc

      It is quite lovely! I love me some camellia oil. It will definitely be a special-occasion treat … Christmas, Valentine’s … I will be hinting to the teacher man when it’s time to restock :) xoxo

  • Victoria

    Thank you Kimberly for your review of Skin Aficionado, so glad you enjoyed it! Like the name states this body elixir is for true skin aficionados that wish to take great care of the skin on their body as much as the skin on one’s face. I think a lot of us focus on our faces and forget other parts of the body that need oil loving and can age real quick, neck, hands, chest area. You’re right that it’s pricey, but at 3.4 ounces with the stellar ingredients in this bottle of sunshine we think it’s a fantastic gem. It does smell incredible with the added luxury of frangipani flower oil and the therapeutic swooning essence of royal Hawaiian sandalwood. If any of the skin aficionados out there are wondering about any LBF specials, check back with us on Friday for sweet deals! (MAJOR hint!)

    • kimberlyloc

      You’re welcome! I think you’re right on the whole-body factor. I’m always slathering all over my legs and arms but don’t always get my chest area … getting better at that. Excited for your sweet deals this weekend, woohoo!

  • Anusha Puri

    I agree with Marcella .I love your honesty too.I love using body oils but not this much expensive and when my budget is tight i just go for a organic virgin coconut oil.I am eyeing so many osmia oils

    • kimberlyloc

      Cannot go wrong with coconut oil all over your body! I think it’s nice to have a decadent, indulgent oil in your arsenal (La Bella Figura, May Lindstrom Skin), but it’s not economical for everyday use. Which Osmia oils are you eyeing, lady?

      • Anusha Puri

        definitely ..i have been bugging mom to buy me lots of goodies from La Bella Figura, May Lindstrom Skin if i get good marks in exams.Now i have a solid reason to study hard :)

  • Kelly

    90 dollars is way out of my budget for a body oil. I agree and would rather spend that money on there face products which are lovely. I’ve tried the osmia flower and sunset body oil. I love the flower one but not sunset, I couldn’t smell the jasmine in it. I also got a sample of the light body oil and that really smells good, like spring. I love that osmia uses pump glass bottles that makes it easier to use.





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