Last autumn I wrote a review of two new beauty products from Aroma M, Camellia Hair Oil and Camellia Face Oil, which smelled as beautiful as they felt. Aroma M has just added another item to its beauty line, a Camellia Body/Bath Oil; now, in an ideal world, you could anoint and scent yourself from head to toe with these elixirs.
The Camellia Body/Bath Oil, like its two sister products, is crafted from thoughtfully selected, all-natural ingredients. Its base is a blend of camellia seed oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E; its scent is a bouquet of essential oils of jasmine, neroli, geranium, Moroccan rose and frankincense. The scent of these combined oils (which are all beneficial to the skin) is similar to that of the Camellia Face Oil, with the addition of a bewitching rose note. (Maria McElroy, the perfumer behind Aroma M, has written about her "fragrance adventures" in Morocco on her blog; it's possible that she discovered several of these essences on her travels.)
Although I'm not usually a fan of straight-up jasmine, I do like the jasmine in Aroma M's skincare products: it's sultry, but not raw. The rose is velvety and true. The geranium and the neroli lend a brighter aspect to the blend, and the aromatic frankincense is like a tarnished antique gilt frame around a floral still-life painting. In addition to using my sample sparingly on my arms and legs after bathing, I've also been dabbing a drop onto each wrist at bedtime, so that I can drift off to sleep while inhaling this fragrance.
My only wish now is that Aroma M might release a concentrated perfume oil with this fragrance, but perhaps I'm just being greedy at this point. In the meantime, I'll luxuriate in my Camellia Body/Bath oil sample.