I was recently sent a selection of oils from The London Oil Company, a small Artisan business based in London (obviously, the clue was in the name), specialising in hand-blended face, body and bath oils.
Using only plant-based oils and essential oils, free-from alcohol, parabens and other synthetic preservatives, instead using natural source vitamin E to help extend the products shelf-life.
I was sent three of their products to sample. Morning Glory Body Oil, Sleep Head Bath Oil and After Hours Massage Oil.
Body oils, which I've mentioned before, are my personal favourite method of moisturising the body. Particularly for guys with body hair. I've been using Morning Glory (love the cheeky name), on wet skin, after my morning shower. It contains a blend of sweet almond oil, cherry kernel oil, avocado oil and fragranced with lemongrass, rosemary and coffee essential oils. I'm a big fan of lemongrass, so I absolutely love this. It absorbs really and the subtle fragrance stays on the skin, without interfering with any additional fragrances you layer over the top. Morning Glory Body Oil retails at £16 for 100ml.
Sleepy Head Bath Oil is a blend of sweet almond oil, lavender and patchouli essential oils. Sleepy Head is also available as a body oil. The difference with the bath oil it has a much higher concentration of essential oils, therefore best suited for the bath, rather than directly applied to the skin.
I'll be honest, although I loved the scent, I was a little disappointed by this product. When I think of bath oils, I think of an oil that dispersers in water, often emulsifying turning the water slightly milky as it gives of it's aroma. Sleepy Head is a bath oil in the sense that it's an oil, that you add to the bath, but I'd describe it more of a carrier oil with essential oils. You still get the aromatherapy aspect, but without the bathing experience I've had with other bath oils. Instead I found myself either adding this in addition to other bathing products OR adding a few drops to a bowl / basin on hot water and inhaling the aroma. Which admittedly was still rather relaxing. Sleep Head Bath Oil retails at £30 for 100ml.
After Hours Massage Oil is a blend of sweet almond oil, cherry kernel oil, macadamia nut oil, plum kernel oil, jojoba oil and ylang ylang, sweet orange, patchouli, coffee, cedarwood, jasmine and rosemary essential oils. Although this is called a 'Massage Oil', I've still been using it as a body oil, generally after my evening bath or shower. Just like Morning Glory it absorbs really well, without any greasy residue and has a lovely and calming aroma to it. If you love musky floral scents (which I do), then you'll love this. After Hours Massage Oil retails at £24 for 100ml.
Overall I really like the range and I love the cute but simple apothecary style bottles. If you're a fan of all-natural, aromatherapy oils, then definitely give The London Oil Company a try.