introducing kimberlyloc x rachel’s plan bee limited edition body oil

kimberlyloc x rachel's plan bee limited edition body oil

“I have an idea.”

Those four words, written in the subject line of a late-night email sent at the end of 2014, unlocked a nine-month journey that taught me about the power of collaboration, intuition and authenticity.

Filled with bursts of creativity as well as tough challenges, this incredible experience yields results that come to life today in the form of a beautiful product I’m proud to introduce.

Meet kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Body Oil, a jasmine body oil featuring certified organic ingredients — a first for the Rachel’s Plan Bee brand.

(See what other people have said about this new jasmine body oil!)

kimberlyloc x rachel's plan bee limited edition body oil

{kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Body Oil costs $36 for a 3.8-ounce amber glass pump bottle.}

Lucky Number 12

As the twelfth and final product in my #12DaysOfJasmine series, it’s my pleasure to share the story behind the creation of kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Jasmine Body Oil — and it goes back to the number “12.”

As Rachel began the blending process, based on the scents and mood I told her I wanted this special oil to contain and convey, she would label her test blends with random numbers and letters to keep the formulations organized before shipping to me to perform blind sniff tests at home.

kimberlyloc x rachel's plan bee limited edition body oil

Of the several iterations of oil blends I sniffed and provided feedback on (“Can you add more jasmine to this?” was a constant from me!), tester number 12 stuck with me. From my notes to Rachel:

“12, from the first sniff, was what I knew had the most jasmine. At first sniff, I thought, WOW, floral. What I loved about this was that 1) the jasmine is prominent; 2) the scent wears well for a regular workday. It’s not overpowering at all, and I like that there is that hint of vanilla. It’s not tooooo floral thanks to orange (but NOT too happy!), and the addition of rose gives it some depth.”

To give a little context to the “NOT too happy!” comment in the notes above, loads of bright citrus feels too cheerful and summery to me; I tend to only wear scents like that during the warm months of the year.

The way I described the mood of this oil — and that of the person who would be attracted to it — was as a “sweet, sexy, girl next door feel without being too bright, happy or floral.”

That, to me, meant an oil with a scent that could be taken from day to night, season after season, and inspire a confidence and happiness only signature scents can do.

This truly is an oil I can wear every day and take with me during travel, when I absolutely must edit my beauty product stash.

Sharing Signature Scents

By no means does any one person “own” a particular scent. But we all know what we are attracted to in the smell-good things we bring into our homes and put on our bodies.

For me, it’s always been jasmine. And I know that rings true for a lot of you, too!

But in addition to jasmine, I knew, based on the conventional perfumes I used to wear, what scents I truly loved. Think florals, woods and spice, with jasmine as the star. I wanted this family of scents in a long-lasting, moisturizing body oil that could be the base layer of my fragrance wardrobe.

(Again, refer to the #12DaysOfJasmine posts to see how I like to build scents).

For Rachel, her tightly edited collection is anchored in vanilla and citrus. As anyone who’s tried her facial oil or body oil knows, it’s for die-hard vanilla fans.

So, it was easy to name jasmine and vanilla as the must-haves in the kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Body Oil, and we knew we would need delicious sweet orange oil (no, it is not phototoxic) to help cut through a bit of the sweetness.

That left room to play with additional scents to capture the essence of sweet, playful girl next door. We experimented with rose, geranium, cedar, lavender and ylang ylang, to name a few.

There were definite “No ways” from our experimentation (cardamom!), and a few close seconds in our search for the signature scent.

Ultimately, Moroccan rose — the queen of flowers — found its home with jasmine, the king of flowers, in what’s now our special, limited edition jasmine body oil blend.

kimberlyloc x rachel's plan bee limited edition body oil

The Next Chapter of Rachel’s Plan Bee

As a blogger, I’ve had the privilege of sampling Rachel’s line and offering honest, constructive feedback about her products.

In my last product review of her original body oil, I commended her business acumen — adding product categories based on customer feedback and updating her design to match the true spirit of the brand — and raised the question of introducing certified organic ingredients when the timing was right.

And that timing is now. With our kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Jasmine Body Oil, the brand steps into the world of sourcing certified organic ingredients. And this is just the beginning.

Here’s the full ingredients list of the kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Jasmine Body Oil:

Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, tocopherol (mixed)**, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine grande) flower oil, jasminum sambac (jasmine sambac) flower oil, rosa damascena (rose) absolute, vanilla planifolia, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, caprylic capric triglycerides.  *certified organic **non-gmo

For comparison:

Original Body Oil Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, tocopherol oil, safflower oil, cranberry seed oil, vanilla planifolia, orange peel oil.

Limited Edition Jasmine Body Oil Ingredients: Organic apricot kernel oil, organic sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, non-GMO tocopherol oil, jasmine grande flower oil, jasmine sambac flower oil, rose absolute, vanilla planifolia, organic sweet orange oil, caprylic capric triglycerides

Besides the obvious scent and certified organic and non-GMO ingredients differences, the limited edition body oil omits cranberry seed oil. This particular carrier oil affected the floral scents in our blend.

The limited edition body oil also has a dash of caprylic capric triglycerides, a derivative of coconut oil, that served as a carrier for the rose absolute.

The Most Important Thing About This Product

While I won’t dive into a full-fledged review of the jasmine body oil (that’s for you to tell me — clearly, you know I love it and recommend it!), what I will share is this:

Getting to today, the birthday of this special oil, has deepened my respect for what every single one of you makers out there works through on a daily basis.

The sheer joy. The setbacks. The imperfections. The final product that awaits.

While I recognize that not everyone’s nose will agree with what Rachel and I have created (scent is so personal!), I do hope that those of you who choose to try this oil will feel more connected now that you know about the inspiration and process behind kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Limited Edition Jasmine Body Oil.

I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback about this special collaboration. If you’ve had a chance to try it, please do leave a comment and tell me what you think of the scent, texture — everything! It’s been amazing to share this with you.


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