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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Skin Care Oil Pairings, Part I: Vered Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil and Muscle Soothing Body Oil

Today, I'm going to do something a little different: a face and body oil pairing. It occurred to me recently that this is an entirely appropriate extension of reviewing products such as organic oils scented with natural essences to carry out the idea of scent pairings.I am a perfume person, after all. In certain instances, a lot of thought and care is put into the scents of these blends, and it's very clear when the creator has a deep understanding not only of traditional aromatherapy, but the modern aspects of fragrance composition.

Master esthetician and herbalist Vered Back has 23 years of experience in the field, and she also happens to be a stunning beauty. If there were ever an advertisement for her products and services, all that is needed is this photo:

Vered Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil ($118) and Muscle Soothing Body Oil ($74)

Vered Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil is the ultimate oil for facial massage. It's one of the most elegant oils I've used to date, and it stays on the surface of the skin long enough to do a proper massage. The bit of sweetness present from the vanilla along with the very imaginative blend of floral and herbal oils make this my idea of the perfect oil. It's wonderful for a gentle hit of fragrance before bedtime, when you can't or don't want to use perfume. Kind to the sensitive-skinned and profoundly hydrating, this oil can be used any time of day. It absorbs into the skin well, which makes makeup application very smooth. I'm also getting used to the feeling of awe upon waking up in the morning after using it the night before and looking in the mirror: there's a glow to end all glows.

Look at this list of ingredients for the Face Oil: rose hip, carrot seed, borage, argan, primrose, jasmine, rose eo, rosewood, vanilla, camellia, pumpkin seed, licorice, marshmallow root, calendula, plantain, lemon peel, fennel and roses.

Next, I follow up with one of Vered's body oils. My favorite is the Muscle Soothing Body Oil, which smells like my beloved Moroccan mint tea, and I find that its hearty essences play very well with the more delicate aspects of the Face Treatment Oil. Without a hint of medicinal qualities, the Muscle Soothing Oil is minty/herbal, and contains the following addictive essences and oils: arnica, calendula, oregano, lavender, eucalyptus, birch, peppermint, chamomile, st. john's wort and ginger in a base of jojoba, avocado and sweet almond oil.

The Muscle Soothing Oil completely surpassed my expectations. I like to use it right out of the shower for optimal hydration, and also for a back massage whenever I can talk my husband into it. I've found that it's much easier to talk said husband into a nice long massage when he likes the scent of the massage oil, and in this case, it was very easy.

The fragrant marriage of the face and body oils brings me sweetened Moroccan mint tea, all you can drink. Heavenly. (Here I go again, whenever there's mint involved in a natural fragrance, I lose all sense of decorum.) When these two organic powerhouses bounce off of one another on my warm skin, I get anise and mint dancing languidly with one another, along with softly sweetened florals. In the world of natural and organic fragrances and skin care products, these two gems by Vered stand out as a complete symphony in a sea of pleasant ditties. They are masterful in terms of quality of ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, never for a second abandoning the task of creating a sublime scent experience. Vered has made the possibility of an anti-aging nightly home facial and body treatment a reality and a true luxury.

This is one of those uncommon moments when my brain is extremely satisfied with the quality of the products, and at the same time, I can lose myself in the pleasurable, emotional experience of using them. Vered Back's creations transport me in a similar way to how perfume works its magic on me. You won't get a payoff with longevity or sillage, it's natural and soft, and meant to be enjoyed in the moment. That's why I feel that using both of these oils for facial and body massage really extends the sensory experience as well as having the benefit of boosting circulation.

Next up in the world of Vered Organic Botanicals: I'll review her two organic perfumes:  her Signature Scent blend and Deep Citron. I've already got a favorite, but I need to spend a bit more time with both of them before I declare my loving intentions to the world.

[NOTE: For those with normal to oily or combination skin, I highly recommend Vered's Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil, which has a different set of equally delightful and unique botanical essences]

[samples of products sent to me for consideration by the company]


  1. I love how you sniffed out the Vanilla, Carrie! Your nose knows! I'm such a fan of Vered, her streamlined, sexay (!) packaging, and all around true-to-luxury vibe. Haven't gotten around to the massage oil, but sounds wowowow!

    1. I love a good vanilla essence, and the Anti Aging oil definitely has it. The oil smells gourmand in different ways-- sweet, savory/herbal, and then the Muscle Soothing oil has that Moroccan mint tea thing going on. It's truly a thing of beauty.

  2. Good things. It is good that using both of these oils for facial and body massage really extends the sensory experience as well as having the benefit of boosting circulation. Thanks for this ultimate sharing. It is really good & safe for beautiful skin.