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Miss Starling's Handmade Body Oil

Come on admit it who likes to use Baby Oil after a bath or shower? Many of you big babies love the stuff (my sister included). I personally have a love hate relationship with oils. It stems back to the years of bathing in bucket loads of Oliatum bath oil. The very same company that has a cult following in blog-land something which I always find rather odd as I associate it with eczema.

As I was preparing to write this review, I was tweeted by Fleurie Amorette @sugarpuffish As you like things natural, have you tried Bio-Oil? The simple answer is NO.  Why? it contains Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) as well as a few other suspect ingredients like artificial colours. Bio-oil is another one of those companies who's advertising really makes me grumpy.  They happily promote the natural ingredients but do not openly share with you that those lovely plant extracts are suspended in oil made up of chemical nasties.  Let's not single out Bio-oil, in general your average high street baby/body oil will  contain petrochemicals. You all know I discourage you from applying petroleum to your delicate skin. If you missed my previous post  "Why you should not use petroleum jelly" then click here.





If you are a lover of body oil let me suggest a natural alternative.  I was approached by Miss Starling's and accepted an offer to try their Sunflower & Jasmine Body Oil.  This is a handmade natural product containing Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Wheatgerm oil, Vitamin E and Jasmine Absolute. Jasmine is used in aromatherapy for sensitive skins, muscular complaints and stress related conditions.  Let me be honest, if you do not love the scent of Jasmine then this will not be the product for you. The oil is a dry oil, it absorbs quickly into your skin without leaving a greasy residue. Given time the natural ingredients and their fabulous qualities are sure to improve your skin.

Let me share a little tip with you, I apply the oil to my legs prior to shaving. I leave it to sink in for a minute and then shave as normal.  In my mind, I think the oil protects my dry skin and is a preventative measure against irritation and additional dryness from shaving creams/gels. I still use moisturiser or re-apply oil after shaving.

Miss Starling's body oil is a great product.  I still adore my shea butters but this does make a nice addition to my beauty routine.  If you would like to buy this oil head over to Miss Starling's website a 50ml bottle is priced at £11.

Have you tried a natural body oil or are you using a high street brand? Have you considered switching? I would love to get your feedback on this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below. 





Disclaimer – I was sent this product free of charge, all opinions are my own and I am not being paid to do this review or to promote the website/product. Full disclaimer is available on page tab below blog header. 

12 comments:

  1. I am not a huge fan of body oils as they make me feel greasy, but like your tip about using them before shaving. Might give it a try. xx

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    1. Yes, the shaving tip could work for you since the water & shaving would take away any greasy feeling. Let me know what you think if you do try it? :)

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  2. I am seriously allergic to baby oil, i used it for 3 days and my arms were red raw, and i hadnt had a rezcton like that since i was a kid. i havent used oils for a while (i do on my face each day) but on my body last year i used just pure almond oil. really softening but its quite thick alone, so maybe a combination like this would be thinner. sounds lovely x

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    1. I'm not surprised you reacted, my Mum tells me she had a nightmare with me as a baby since products gave me a horrid burning rash. It's not nice when you have a reaction and I sympathise. This oil is thin so from what you say I think you should like it. I can also recommend Handmade Naturals Baby Oil I have used it in the past before I discovered shea butter. Rossi's oil contains golden jojoba oil, virgin organic coconut oil, peach kernel oil and nothing else

      http://www.handmadenaturals.co.uk/shop/shop.php?action=full&id=98

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  3. I only use body oil on my body as I feel that lotions and creams don't do it for me. I adore the smell of jasmine x

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    1. Sounds like this would be the perfect oil for you :)

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    1. Thank you for the award, it's not normally something I would get involved with but I appreciate the thought :)

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  5. I'm a huge fan of body oils! I think the right kind of oil does the trick to get rid of greasiness. I find Jojoba oil very light and perfect for the skin (because it mimics natural sebum in the body) and to some extent Sweet Almond Oil too. I find coconut oil greasy, even the fractionated one. Body oils are perfect for post exfoliation, pre tan and for bed time :)

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    1. I have heard great things about Jojoba, you are totally right, I guess the key is to find the correct one for your skin type.

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  6. I love using body oils, I do stick to plant oils though. Not only do they feel better on the skin but they are doing something good for your skin. My partner used bio-oil on his scar after he had an operation on his skull just before christmas and it has really helped the scar tissue to heal so I can't hate on it too much although I do wish he'd tried a natural alternative. Who knows he may have had even better results.
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    1. I hate on Bio-Oil because of it's phony advertising and everyone claiming it is natural. My argument falls flat when people claim it works for them. I guess the point I should have made was I strongly believe you should not use petroleum based skincare on eczema. Skin with eczema needs to be able to breathe. From experience a natural rosehip oil works better.

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