A review of Wildsmith Skin Stillness Body Oil - what ingredients are in it, how they work, how to use it and the results on how it performed
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In this article I'm reviewing Stillness Body Oil from high performance natural skincare company, Wildsmith Skin.
I have been using this body oil for a month, which has given me enough time to ascertain how it performs and any pros and cons associated with it.
In a previous life as a developer and producer of organic skin care products, body oils were my first products. A good body oil should be blended with a mix of oils to both nourish and rejuvenate skin whilst absorbing quickly without being greasy. Testing body oils is absolutely one of my all time favourite things to do and I'm a hard woman to please!
Wildsmith Skin - The Brand
Wildsmith Skin is a natural luxury skincare company based at Heckfield Place, a secluded Georgian estate in Hampshire in the UK. It was at the luxury hotel also based here that it is said that Meghan and Harry spent a few days chilling out before the arrival of their first born, Archie.
With beautiful parkland, formal gardens and a biodynamic farm Heckfield seems the perfect place to have inspired a skin care range connected to nature and powered by science. In the 19th century the woods were planted by William Wildsmith (what a fabulous name!), who also created an arboretum and hothouses providing a range of exotic fruits. It is this history and the deep connection to the natural world within Heckfield that has guided Wildsmith Skin on their journey to develop a natural yet high performance skin care range.
Wildsmith Skin use sustainably and ethically sourced plant derived bio-actives, botanicals and minerals to deliver clinically proven benefits. They call this 'Radical Botany' - skincare that truly delivers.
Bioactives - ingredients that have an effect on living skin cells
Botanicals - nourishing and often healing plants oils and extracts
Minerals - elements from the earth that can also help the skin
Wildsmith Skin have two luxurious body oils in their range. Vitality, for use in the morning to stimulate, energise and awaken the senses and Stillness, for use in the evening to calm the mind, relieve stress and promote a good night's sleep. I decided to go with the Stillness as I love a hot bath or shower before bed and treating my skin to an overnight moisture drench with a body oil.
Wildsmith Skin Stillness Body Oil
The product arrived the day after I ordered it packed very well in recyclable packaging.
The Stillness Body Oil comes in a dark green glass 150ml bottle with a black pump and the pump has a very handy clip to stop it dispensing oil all over the inside of your suitcase if you are travelling. Wildsmith Skin also enclose a pre-paid returns label so that you can return empty products to them for recycling by the most responsible methods possible.
Wildsmith Skin Stillness Body Oil - Ingredients
Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rubus ldaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Wood Oil, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil, Jasmin um Officinale (Jasmine Absolute) Flower Oil, *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, *Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Leaf Oil, *Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Root Oil, *Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, **Linalool, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Limonene, **Geraniol, **Citronellol, **Benzyl Alcohol, **Benzyl Salicylate, **Farnesol, **Eugenol, **lsoeugenol, **Citral, **Benzyl Cinnamate.
*Essential Oil **Naturally occurring fragrance allergen
There are a host of great oils in this blend. Grapeseed is particularly good for itchy or dry skin and the Evening Primrose penetrates well to help soften and smooth. The Raspberry oil is anti-inflammatory and both the Raspberry and Rosehips oils are soothing and moisturising and great for mature, dry or sensitive skin. The Chia Seed oil is rich in fatty acids and is highly moisturising with a silky feel and the Oat Kernel oil hydrates and softens and is also good for sensitive skin. I love the addition of the Sea Buckthorn oil too, packed with vitamins and highly anti-inflammatory, great for anti-ageing and boosting skin healing and regeneration. The whole oil blend works well to protect the skin barrier and help prevent moisture loss.
There are nine essential oils blended in the Stillness body oil and are a great mix for calming and relaxing the mind and body at the end of the day.
Lavender - good for relief of stress and insomnia
Roman Chamomile - eases irritability and anxiety
Ylang-Ylang - soothing yet uplifting and sensual
Cedarwood - an under rated oil in my opinion, helps instill a feeling of peace and relieves tension
Frankincense - calms the mind and gives clarity of thought
Jasmine - relaxing
Patchouli - grounding and balancing
Rose Geranium - balancing and harmonising
Benzoin - comforting and stabilising
How to use Wildsmith Skin Body Oil
Use immediately after a bath or shower when the skin is dry, but still slightly damp. This helps the product spread evenly and penetrate the skin as well as helping minimise water loss from the skin.
Pump some oil into the hand. I found I only needed one pump or less for a leg unless I really wanted a heavier treatment and then I used a little more. The oil itself is very slightly coloured and has a floral scent with a very mild herbal background. It's quite a unique smell and not at all overpowering and I found it very relaxing.
The oil sinks in quickly and absorbs beautifully so there are no worries about getting it all over the bed sheets. My skin felt smooth and soft after I had put it on and it was still the same the next morning.
Does Wildsmith Skin Body Oil Work?
I have been using the Wildsmith Skin Stillness Body Oil for a month now and am extremely pleased with it. I was on a mission to hydrate my skin as I needed to apply some fake tan on my legs and wanted them in top condition! My legs are lovely, soft and smooth and I have found the body oil deeply nourishing and hydrating on this part of my body (always the driest!) and I have noticed an improvement in skin texture on my arms too.
before you apply a body oil use some exfoliating gloves in the shower to help get rid of old dead skin cells and help the body oil penetrate deeper
The essential oils do not have a strong aroma but are enough to make you feel relaxed. I am a big fan of Roman Chamomile and Cedarwood essential oils for helping me to switch off mentally and emotionally and often put them in my bath.
Being an absolute body oil fanatic (and for the absolute purists out there) I did spot one unusual ingredient in the formula, which is Pentylene Glycol. Ingredients are listed by concentration and as this one is next to last on the list it tells us that there is a really small amount of this ingredient in the body oil.
Pentylene Glycol can be obtained from a plant source or created synthetically and it is used as a mild preservative and skin conditioning agent. I did not initially expect to see this ingredient, however given the actual oils that Wildsmith Skin have used in this body oil blend I feel that the addition of this ingredient, along with tocopherol (vitamin e) was necessary to ensure the stability and longevity of the product.
I have absolutely no issue with this ingredient in the body oil, it is such a tiny amount and is classed as a safe product, however as a reviewer of natural skin care products I always go through all the ingredients for readers.
It should also be noted that this product is not suitable for use during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Overall I am really pleased with the Stillness body oil and will definitely be buying the Vitality to test after my morning shower. Wildsmith Skin Stillness Body Oil costs £38 for 150ml.
If you fancy trying out a body lotion instead of a body oil, check out my review of Evolve Beauty African Orange Aromatic Lotion.
If you would like to try your hand at making your own luxury body oil, check out The Happy Sage Body Oil Range Recipe e-book.
If you are new to natural beauty you might be interested in reading my articles on clean beauty. Part I - What is Clean Beauty? and Part II - 15 Ingredients to Avoid in your Skincare.
If you are looking for a face oil for evening use then you might like to have a look at the review I did on Aurelia London Cell Repair Night Oil.
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