By Chere Di Boscio
As someone who has worked as an Editor for over a decade, I’m pretty hard to impress. Many beauty brands send me samples to review; some have been ridiculous (the products had already expired and gone off on arrival), others have been complicated (coming with pamphlet after pamphlet of instructions) and very few indeed have been exceptionally wonderful.
But Bodhi is one of them.
Bodhi sets out to rethink the relationship between our personal care and well-being routines, and the impact they have on the environment. The increasing number of synthetic ingredients found in the multitude of skin, hair, body and even the home care products we use on a daily basis not only affect our physical and mental health, but also have a devastating effect on nature and the environment.
The brand offers a wide range of products, from Bath & Shower to Beauty Therapy products, all of which include perfume-grade natural oils with highly therapeutic qualities, such as anti-ageing Frankincense, skin-enhancing Neroli, and healing Damask Rose.
I sampled the Escape Travel Kit, perfect for taking on a plane. It consists of Neroli Luce Face Oil, Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy and Moisturiser, and Flora Paradiso Massage Oil.
My favourite product here has to be the Neroli Luce Face Oil. Whilst many brands claim their oils are ‘dry’, this is the first one I have ever put on my face that didn’t leave me shiny. It smells like an orange grove in springtime, and is something I would apply to protect my face from drying environments, like on planes or at home when the central air is blasting.
The Jasmine Falls Relaxing Body Moisturiser is the closest thing I’ve come across to conveying the scent of real jasmine. This isn’t easy: in other brands, it’s often sickly sweet or slightly chemical, but by blending jasmine flower oil with lavender, Ylang Ylang, honeysuckle, vetiver and orange peel oil, the result is surprisingly singular: pure jasmine.
The cream itself is lush and thick, and the heavenly scent lasts all day–someone even shyly asked me which perfume I was wearing, hours after I’d applied the cream. It felt so good on my hands and elbows and smelled so delicious, I tried it on my face, and guess what? No irritation, just rich, creamy moisture. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone with dry skin and a penchant for floral scents.
Uncapping the product in a hot shower, I assumed the the Jasmine Falls Shower Therapy would have the same scent as the cream, but strangely, it’s much less floral and much more woody, but still quite gentle and pleasant.
Flora Paradiso is a blend of many oils, including coconut, apricot kernel, geranium, cedar wood and more. The scent is much headier and spicier than the other products, and evokes a Nordic forest floor in springtime. This oil is meant to be massaged into the skin on the body, and like the face oil, it is surprisingly dry and hydrating at the same time. The only thing that would possibly make this better is having a masseuse to rub it in!
All in all, Bodhi Skincare is an almost perfect range–my only complaint is the high level of unnecessary packaging and plastic in the branding of the products. Still, the fact that they are all natural and so deliciously scented that I no longer wear perfume when I use the Jasmine Falls moisturiser, I’d recommend this travel kit as the perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas.
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