I’ve handed over the testing of these two Aveda products to a trusted friend, Christine, who’s been far more rigorous than I would ever be!

‘I’ve liked the Aveda hair and skin products I’ve tried in the past, especially the for the floral/plant essences they use, so was quite happy to try out the Beautifying composition and Calming composition. They both smelled as I expected – light, floral/herbal scents, not too girly.

I was a bit surprised by the description on the bottle, and wasn’t sure what to do with them first – should I use as a body moisturiser, as a bath oil or a scalp treatment? I decided they must be like Johnson’s Baby Oil – multipurpose. Which I suppose they are really – but much more expensive and better for your skin because the ingredients are all plant based.

Both have a jojoba oil base (said to be the closest match to the oil our skin produces naturally), and my skin absorbed them easily. I didn’t need to use very much, and it’s easier to apply on slightly damp skin. I ended up mainly using them as body moisturisers after my shower, but had a go at massaging into my scalp before shampooing. As I don’t tend to use oil on my hair/scalp I probably would use it only occasionally for that.

The calming composition had a much lighter fragrance – with hints of rose and citronella. The beautifying composition on the other hand was more pungent – which I put down to the rosemary, lavender and bergamot essences it contains. One little niggle – because of the stopper in the neck of the bottle I had to shake hard to get enough oil out. It did come out more easily with the hot weather though.

All in all, one of these oils is a handy addition to the bathroom cabinet – especially if you are prone to slightly dry skin.

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