I'm not generally a big user of body oils, in fact, I can't remember the last time I bought one. But a body oil with organic frankincense made for Leonard Cohen? Ok, twist my arm. Mandy Aftel of Aftelier says Cohen uses her Ancient Resins body oil and hair elixir every day, and I'm glad to hear it because he must smell lovely and hey, doesn't Leonard Cohen deserve to smell lovely?
Ancient Resins goes on oily and thick, but the organic jojoba and fractionated coconut oil formula soaks in nicely — Aftelier says it leaves a "subtle veil" on the skin, but lightly applied on my winter-dry arms, it left behind virtually nothing but the scent. And the scent is lovely, especially if you're an incense freak. The blend of frankincense, Balm of Gilead, benzoin, elemi and labdanum starts strong and a little camphorous; it softens into an airy incense that fits right into my own idiosyncratic “outdoor incense” category — see Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure, Tauer Perfumes Incense extrême and Comme des Garçons Ouarzazate. It's meditative but not churchy, dry but not bone dry, and after 15 minutes or so, it's mostly close to the skin. It would make a perfect sheer scent for bedtime, winter or summer, but really you could wear it anytime, and it would presumably make a great layering agent. I'm sorry I did not find time to test it that way, nor did I try it as a hair oil.
Going on my buy list, and since it's reasonably affordable, I may actually buy it.
Bonus poll: name your favorite Leonard Cohen song in the comments.
Aftelier Ancient Resins body oil and hair elixir is available in a 50 ml pump bottle ($40) or sample size ($4).