The Body Deli skincare products review
Written by Olivia Richardson: 02-August-2013
Blueberry Fusion Micro-Scrub
The Body Deli is our newest, favourite, pampering treat. EVER.
It's a Palm Desert (California) based company that makes 100 per cent natural skin- and hair-care products using organic, raw, fresh and live ingredients that are bio-identical and absorbable by the skin. (Think vitamins, enzymes, minerals, proteins, essential oils, amino acids, peptides and other clinical-style-yet-natural anti-ageing ingredients plus superfoods you'd usually find in a macro-style juice such as kale, acai berries, cantaloupe, barley grass, spinach and dandelion.)
And the results sure.are.lush. But don't just believe us - loyal fans of the brand include Alicia Silverstone, Venus Williams, Kate Hudson + her mamma Goldie Hawn, plus the brand's had its fair share of splashings throughout the pages of US InStyle, Glamour and OK! magazines, to boot.
The generous peeps at The Body Deli sent us some major beauty product loot to review. Here’s how they fared.
Amazing. 6 / 5. The pure-er than pure, natural and mostly-organic ingredients perk up your mood through the essential oils (hello aromatherapy) as well as plumping up and nourishing your skin.
Synthetic fragrances make us feel a little headache-y and sometimes even dizzy, but all The Body Deli products use pure essential oils, which don’t. The scents in the Body Lotions amazingly last all day on the skin too – fainter as the day goes on but are still there come 5pm.
Our faves? Crème de la Rose anti-ageing facial moisturiser is A-grade with its nourishing, high-moisturising, smoothing and regenerative effects. No wonder it’s their best seller. It actually takes 24 hours to make and contains goji berries, coenzyme Q10, vitamin A, and Bulgarian Rose essential oil – which takes around 30 roses to get just one drop. Gourmet. 60g, US$75.
Second on our must-have list is Moroccan Mint Ultra Rich Hand & Body Cream, which really, literally, honestly smells good enough to eat (and probably is with all the natural ingredients, including oat grass juice, maca root and sprouted quinoa protein isolate).
The scent is so perky-fresh, uplifting and energising – like an Aero Peppermint chocolate bar, minus the choc. And like all The Body Deli products, it doesn’t scrimp on quality ingredients (think organic coconut water as the base instead of ye olde water).
Just don’t put it on your face (it can clog your pores and cause pimples there, which we found out). 200ml, US$32.
Our third-fave is Jasmine Tuberose Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion. Remember those cute little ‘honeysuckle' flowers kids used to snap off and suck the stem - well it smells like those. And the scent lasts all day on the skin - but not in an annoying way (it fades slightly as the day goes on).
Key scents are jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, creating one sultry yet innocently and slash uplifting fragrance. Reminds us of warm summer evenings come 7pm, when flowery scents drift in the air, lawn mowers hum and you can hear kids playing in the neighbourhood.
As for moisturising factor, it seems more nourishing than the Amber Vanilla Lotion, below (they're full of different base ingredients. No ‘copy-paste' formulas here). 240g, US$38.
Being awarded four stars by us is Amber Vanilla Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion. They rightly coin the scent as being a smoky mix between vanilla, amber, tobacco and leather. Key scent ingredients are amber, vanilla and cardamom pure essential oils. The vanilla scent here is a ‘darker' version of the popsicle-sweet vanillas in most perfumes. Think Britney Spears' ‘Lace and Leather' song.
As for moisturising levels, it's light, so not the best choice for dry skin. 240ml, $38.
This is a vitamin-filled, liquid mist featuring goodies such as micro-clustered ionized water, sea kelp bioferment, acai fruit extract, nettle, tripeptide 5, tamarind seed extract, rose, lavender, and more. It smells lush. This would be a refreshing, cooling skin treat in summer, but the US$55 /120ml price-tag can seem dissuading, given its water-based factor.
This makes your skin smell of subtle rose afterwards, which we love (it's so uplifting and soothing). Best used in a relaxing, candle-lit bathroom. Because it's packed with super-fine European Dead Sea salts as the main ingredient, your skin isn't greasy afterwards, like with other more oil-based scrubs. 350g, US$32.
Check out the utter lushness at thebodydeli.com or on their Facebook page.