A couple of observations:
- Body Oils are such a treat. Something about applying what could be a face oil to the body just makes one feel luxuriated far more than any lotion.
- Finding the right jasmine can be tricky, some are too cloying, too spicy, too sweet. It’s the ultimate goldilocks scent, so once you find one that sits right with you, treasure it.
- Kimberlyloc, a fellow blogger turned friend over the years, knows her jasmine.
So when Kim asked if I would like to try her Jasmine Body Oil collaboration with Rachel’s Plan Bee, there was no way that I was going to say no.
I’ll be honest, my aesthetic is very much on the decidedly non-flowery side, so I did not think I’d love the packaging. Yet, I have to say the bottle looked pretty good standing amongst my collection of minimally designed bottles and grew on me with each glance. It just looks like a delight and I love the weighty feel in my hands.
Enough about the exterior, let’s move onto the good stuff that’s inside:
Ingredients: 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
The first thing I noticed and appreciated was the good mix of solid carrier oils like Apricot Kernel, Grape Seed (the main base in Vintner’s Daughter’s very expensive serum) along with my favorite essential oils like Jasmine and Rose. Second, there are two different types of Jasmine oil, Jasmine Grande Flower Oil from the Jasmine Grandiflorum species of Jasmine which has the sweeter, floral scent and the rarer Jasmine Sambac Oil from the Jasmine Sambac species of Jasmine which has a greener, tea like scent. I find this to be really well balanced and really brings out the best in the Jasmine fragrance profile, leaving us with a scent that is clean, floral, and smooth.
The addition of rose, vanilla, and sweet orange oil added even more depth to the fragrance. Now here’s an update: originally, I was concerned that the sweet orange oil would be photosensitizing but Kim actually provided educational materials that showed sweet orange oil is one of the rare citrus oils that is *not* photosensitizing, so win-win!
When testing body oil performance, I always check that my skin feels hydrated without the oil itself being too heavy, a balancing act that can be different to manage, yet this does the job. The oil pumps out on the weightier side but absorbs quite quickly into skin so you get the best of both worlds: moisture without feeling like you’re doused in oil. I’ve really taken to applying this on arms and legs on days where I just shaved as it just feels like next level comfort.
I’m not surprised that the kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan B Jasmine Body Oil was a hit, while I don’t know the Rachel’s Plan B brand very well, I do know that Kim knows her jasmine scents and also have a breadth of experience when it comes to body oils, so given her reference, it makes sense that the execution on those main fronts in this product were flawless. What I am surprised about is learning that the retail price for this hefty 3.8 oz bottle is only $39.00. Yes, you can also grab a 1 oz mini for $12.00 in dropper form, but seriously just get the full size. If you love body oils, you should get this one for the reasons listed above, and if you don’t usually go for body oils $39 isn’t a big leap to give it a try. As for me, I still have over half a bottle left but when it runs low and Winter rolls around, I’ll be sure to have a bottle of this jasmine goodness ready to go.