I've Tried Hundreds of Body Oils, But I Always Come Back to This



When it comes to moisturising my body, I'm pretty lazy. However, there is one body oil that I take true enjoyment out of using and return to time and again. The Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (£37) was one of the first beauty products I ever tried as a newbie web assistant at Elle over a decade ago, so it also has a special place in my heart. It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a neat silver screw-top lid and smells incredible—like the best oil I have ever smelled. Housed within it is coconut oil that enrobes the body, softening the skin. It floods the senses with an aroma akin to heady summer nights on a tropical island. Frangipani flower moisturises too and adds to that addictive holiday aroma.

While it smells unapologetically rich, the consistency of the oil is light, which means it sinks into the skin quickly. As I mentioned, when it comes to body moisturisation, I'm lazy, so my oil of choice must sink in fast. During the colder months, the coconut oil solidifies—meaning you either need to pop this in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes or bring it in the bath with you to melt the oils.

It's a multitasker, too. You can use it on your nails and cuticles or as a hair treatment. Just apply it to dry hair, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. After, coat a little onto the dry ends of the hair.

So if you're like me and get a little down at the thought of summer nights starting to draw in (truly, I do!), then grab yourself a bottle of Elemis's oil. It will give you that summer feeling every time you wear it.