Melvita makes a nice dry oil for the body and hair. Given that "dry oil" is a relatively odd term, you might be wondering, "How can an oil be dry?"
A dry oil is an oil that has been rendered almost free of water, contaminants, and impurities. Most dry oils for skin care are absorbed rapidly and don't leave you feeling sticky or greasy. The Melvita Bio-excellence Extraordinary Dry Oil ($33) is a fragranced, extra-mild combination of plant oils, gathered from the "four corners of the earth." Extraordinary Dry Oil sprays on the properties of its plant ingredients to soothe, repair, and hydrate. It leaves a pleasantly silky protective film on the skin. It's also said to be suitable for use on dry or frizzy hair, thanks to its non-greasy texture. I haven't tried it on my hair, given that any weight is too much weight on my hair. I might try it next weekend for a treatment, though.
You can spray this oil on without massaging it in, but it feels so good to rub it in. If you apply it right after bathing, the oil will help your skin trap and retain moisture. I also apply it before bed so that I can sleep easy knowing my scales will be gone in the morning.
It's main ingredients are sesame oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil, camelina oil, argan oil, oily extract of strawberry, vitamin E, and 100% natural fragrance. How does it smell? Hard to define! It's a bit earthy/herby, but not either alone. It is said to include a blend of voilets, pears, and mimosa, but they are not distinguishable to me. Actually, the fragrance smells like an oil that would be delicious on a baguette!
Melvita is French organic body care and beauty products leader. The company is located in the heart of the Ardèche countryside. Founded in 1983 by beekeeper and biologist Bernard Chevilliat, Melvita (meaning “honey and life” in Latin) has been a pioneer in the field of organic beauty for more than 25 years and is a passionate advocate for the complete organic lifestyle.
You can purchase the Bio-excellence Extraordinary Dry Oil at SkinStore. Beautorium also carries Melvita products, although it doesn't appear that they carry this product. Both online sites have specials at the moment. Beautorium is offering 10% off Melvita and two free travel-sized items with a $50 purchase of Melvita. Use the promo code MELVITA at checkout. SkinStore also has a gift with a $45 Melvita purchase. I want the argan oil! It's on its way.
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