Esse Light Body Moisturiser and Body Oil, with their unique textures, are decadent and luxurious treats for the ultimate nourishing body care.
All the products I’ve had a chance to try so far (and with many more on my wishlist) from this luxurious green beauty brand – Esse Probiotic Skincare – have left a great impression on me. Yes, Esse’s prices are quite steep, no way around this fact, but their formulations, ingredients and effect on the skin, along with mesmerizing scents, put this brand in a league quite of their own.
I’ve been using the Esse Light Body Moisturiser and Esse Body Oil for months now, and both boast of uniqueness in many areas of organic body care, and both are decadent, nourishing, softening and smelling marvelous.
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Esse Light Body Moisturiser comes in a sturdy 200ml glass bottle with a handy pump. Its texture is unlike any body moisturiser I’ve tried so far: thin in consistency, nearing on almost runny. It takes 1 -2 pumps for the whole body as little truly goes a long way and the body moisturiser applies and spreads with ease. It takes a good minute for the body misturiser to fully absorb and immediately upon application, the velvet soft skin appears. The nourishing and hydrating aspect of this body moisturiser is so amazing, it’s almost difficult to describe it – and it lasts all day. Due to its light texture, I use this body moisturiser in the morning, immediately after a shower, while my skin is still a bit damp, which results in the body moisturiser to be absorbed faster and deeper into the skin. This body mosituriser is also a great choice for Summer. And while suitable for all skin types, those with very dry skin might find it not rich enough.
The smell is also in a category of its own: a long lasting sweet-like-candy one due to Vanilla Extract and Spearmint Leaf Oil, which is also the source of fresh and refreshing feeling on the skin. Bellow the surface of this sweet scent is a distant scent of Palmarosa oil. Just – marvelous scent!
Its color looks like a foundation: a very light brownish caramel color. Of course, the color dilutes once on the skin and leaves no stains.
The Esse Light Body Moisturiser, like all Esse products, also contains valuable nourishing and hydrating ingredients, providing the skin with antioxidants and essential omega fatty acids.
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So, how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glycerin**, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Manketti) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Inulin*, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Phytate, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mentha Vidiris (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Linalool***, Limonene***, Geraniol***
Rooibos Leaf Extract is rich in alpha hydroxy and zinc. It has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties. Jojoba Seed Oil is an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Marula Seed Oil has a high content of antioxidants, minerals and fatty acids; it hydrates and repairs the skin. Manketti Seed Oil, has high levels of Vitamin E. It has moisturizing, rejuvenating properties. Aloe Vera Leaf Extract has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties; it is soothing, moisturizing and promotes wound-healing.
Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also firms and tightens and calms skin. Inulin is a humectant; it makes skin soft and smooth. Palmarosa Oil has antiseptic and
antiviral properties. It moisturizes and balances the the skin. It rejuvenates and regenerates the skin. Ylang Ylang Flower Oil balances the skin by normalizing sebum production. It has anti-irritant and anti-aging along properties
Vanilla Planifolia Extract is antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Sunflower Seed Oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration. Spearmint Leaf Oil is soothing, with anti-microbial, antibacterial properties.
Dehydroacetic Acid is a synthetic preservative.
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My final word?
The Esse Light Body Moisturiser is a light, a bit runny, quickly absorbing body moisturiser, great for use after a morning shower or in hot Summer days. It’s hydrating and nourishing and its scent is sweet and refreshing – and long lasting. This body moisturiser makes the skin so incredibly velvet and soft!
The price? It’s an Esse Probiotic Skincare price – £45 (€52) for 200ml. Ouch? Yep, but it’s difficult to argue against it: from ingredients, texture, scent and the nourishing and soft feeling it has on the skin. Another fact, that a small amount (for a body care product, of course) is needed, which spreads these 200ml to about, say, 4 -5 months, might sway its price on a more bearable side, though by no means do I claim that makes it any more affordable.
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If the light moisturiser is decadent and unique in so many aspects, then the Esse Body Oil is, truly, in a league of its own. The Esse Body Oil also comes in glass bottle with a pump – just that, unfortunately, in a 100ml bottle.
The texture of the body oil – where do I start? It falls somewhere between a unique texture of being a melted smooth wax, a bit runny gel and finally, upon application, once in contact with the warmth of the skin – an oil. A texture quite unlike any I’ve ever seen in a body oil.
As mentioned, there’s only 100ml of this body oil – and with its price, it’s a relief half to one pump suffices, though it’s oh so very tempting to drain the skin with this body oil! I first apply one pump on my palm, then gently rub the body oil between my palms in order for the body oil to absorb the warmth from my palms. Then I “stamp” my palms on the skin, leaving the body oil to further melt upon contact with the skin and then massage it onto my skin. Just as with the body moisturiser, I use the body oil immediately after an evening shower – while the body oil does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin (upon massaging, it sometimes acts like a semi-dry oil), it does take a few minutes to absorb. If you’re in a really luxurious mood, I suggest spraying a hydrolate on the skin before and after applying this body oil – the results will be even more decadent!
While the Esse Light Body Moisturiser might not be rich enough for those with very dry skin, the body oil will deliver rich and deep hydration and nourishment even for those with very dry skin. And just as it’s difficult describe the effect and the feeling upon applying the body moisturiser, so is the body oil: visible nourishment and hydration and smooth, soft, velvet feeling, immediately upon application and in the morning.
The scent is another unique aspect of this body oil: quite lavender – fragrant upon first application, a bit herbal-like. Once the top notes settle, it’s gentle mixture of lemon and palmarosa. Delicious and long lasting.
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So, how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Sclerocarya Birrea
(Marula) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petitgrain) Leaf/Twig Oil*, Linalool***, Geraniol***, Limonene***
Jojoba Seed Oil is an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Apricot Kernel Oil has nourishing and softening properties and is very suitable for sensitive and dry skin. Marula Seed Oil has a high content of antioxidants, minerals and fatty acids; it hydrates and repairs the skin. Kalahari Melon Seed Oil has a very high content of linolenic acid and Vitamin E along with Vitamins A, C. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It regenerates, tightens skin and stimulates skin cell growth. Lavender Oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Patchouli Oil stimulates the growth of healthy skin. Juniper Berry Oil has
antiseptic and astringent properties which make it very useful for people who have oily skin. Palmarosa Oil has antiseptic and antiviral properties. It moisturizes and balances the the skin. It rejuvenates and regenerates the skin.
Sunflower Seed Oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration. Bitter Orange oil has antiseptic properties; it rejuvenates the skin and stimulates circulation
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My final word?
The Esse Body Oil is a unique and unlike any body oil I’ve ever tried – decadent and luxurious in its scent, texture and the deeply nourishing and hydrating effect it has on the skin, while making the skin so incredibly soft. The ingredients used in this body oil are also unique and precious for a body oil.
The price? Do I even dare to mention it? £56 (€65) for 100ml. I know. It’s hard to justify such a high price. It’s hard to part with £56 for a 100ml bottle of a body oil. So I’m not going to tell you that you must have it. But I will say, as hard as it is to justify such a high price in itself, the quality of this body oil (almost) lessens the burned hole in one’s wallet.
If you were to contemplate, given the pampering feeling this body oil leaves on your skin, combined with only 100ml of it and the high price, whether you could also use it as a face oil – I would caution against it due to high, or much higher concentration of essential oils compared to concentrations in actual face oils or face care products in general. You should keep in mind that body products, body oils are formulated differently than face care products, and one of the differences is the concentration of essential oils used in body care products. Of course, the other way, using a face oil as a body oil, is perfectly fine.
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Have you had a chance to treat yourself with Esse Probiotic Skincare products? Tried any of the these two luxurious body care products? How did you like them? What’s the highest price you’re willing to pay for a body moisturiser or body oil? Let me know!
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