I am the worst for buying products on a whim, which is exactly how the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Skin Perfector (150ml, £7.49) made it's way into my stash. I wasn't looking for another body moisturiser, I generally stick to The Body Shop Body Butters or my old favourite lotions, but I do have a thing for dry oils and had never come across one at such a budget-friendly price before, so I decided to give it a go. In general, I don't find dry oils overly beneficial when in spritz form like this, in the past other offerings I've tried have left a greasy residue on my skin more than anything else. Dry oils are a great way to hydrate and lock in moisture, but they can be messy to apply when they're in any other format though, so it'd be great if the Ultimate Beauty Oil turned out to be a fuss-free way to apply, as well as ticking all the right beauty boxes.
First off, the packaging. I actually really quite like the packaging for this one, as the shape not only stands out from your usual round or square bottle, but it's also fairly slim, so fits into your hand well to get a good grip (always an important factor when applying oils!). The scent? Completely sensuous and enchanting, a mix of Argan, Macadamia, Almond and warming Rose. The scent is easily my favourite thing about the Ultimate Beauty Oil, but what does it do for my skin?
Promising to give you beautiful skin, the Ultimate Beauty Oil is a perfecting oil which is 5 times more concentrated in nutrients than the regular Garnier body lotion. It contains four enriching and skin-loving oils; Argan, Macademia, Almond and Rose, which as well as creating a beautiful scent, work together to leave your skin looking instantly glowing and radiant (particularly lovely with a tan!). Over time, daily use does leave my skin feeling softer, smoother and I love the way my skin looks when using the Ultimate Beauty Oil, but it's not very hydrating and doesn't do much for dry areas such as knees and elbows.
As a summer product, it's lovely; I apply my usual body butters when I wake, then around midday I'd apply the Ultimate Beauty Oil. It's especially perfect if you have your legs out, as it really works to give a healthy, glowing look. It's easy to hold, apply, and the spritzer makes things a lot less messy than pour-top bottles. It doesn't leave any unwanted residue or greasy feeling on my skin, in fact it sinks in beautiful whilst still making my skin look radiant. Although I liked it, I'm not sure if I'd repurchase, although it seems to be lasting forever! It just doesn't have a wow factor, or do enough to keep my skin soft and hydrated.
Have you tried the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil? What do you think to it? And if you have any dry oil recommendations, I'd love to hear them!