I keep smelling my forearms. In public. Someone just looked at me funny. *shrug* I don't care because my skin is subtly aglow and so-softly scented with a lovely lightly fragranced oil.
That said, this isn't really about me. It's about a 25-year-old multi-tasking beauty solution Nuxe founder Aliza Jabès dreamed up when she was expecting her first baby and wanted something that made everything prettier without taking up precious time. (Fun fact: Aliza Jabès is sister to By Terry's Terry de Gunzburg, who invented YSL's Touche Eclat.)
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (50mL/$27 CAD at the bay.com) is a gorgeous blend of skin and hair-softening oils, including macadamia, sweet almond, hazelnut, camellia, borage, olive fruit, sunflower, and St. John's Wort. The 98.1% natural formula has potent antioxidant properties, and now includes argan and tsubaki oils, the latter for anti-aging benefits.
As well, Huile Prodigieuse is known for its wonderful sunshine-y scent, soft and warm with orange blossom and rose and a tiny wink of citrus. (There's vanilla in there, too, but in a delicate dose to create that sensual essence of gently sun-warmed skin.) You can use it on your face – lots of antioxidants and conditioning lipids – although I never have; I prefer its pretty fragrance on my arms and legs vs on my sometimes sensitive complexion.
On the texture side, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, is a dry oil, so it doesn't feel slick on the skin or heavy in hair. A little smoothed through damp hair can function as a blow-dry aid as well as shine and condition-booster.
Also lovely is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or ($36 CAD at thebay.com). It's 95.5 % natural, and formulated with fine shimmering gold particles that don't look like craft glitter on the skin. Don't be fooled by the colour of this one, though; it bestows a hint of healthy warmth, but doesn't quite tint the skin. (See slideshow below.)
Longtime fans will know Nuxe releases Huile Prodigieuse in limited-edition packaging every year now.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Worth noting: neither of these oils contains silicone or mineral oil, nor have they been tested on animals.
Nuxe is available in Canada at thebay.com and at pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix.
But there's sad news for fans in the US: Nuxe is leaving America. Or maybe that's not so sad – Canada's not far. And of course you can add Huile Prodigieuse to your French-pharmacy shopping list for your next trip to France.
Possible drawback of using Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? Side-eye from strangers when you keep sniffing at your forearms. And your hair.
Have you tried either Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or Huile Prodigieuse Or? Over the years, several other companies have launched dry body oils and shimmer oils; do you use any of them?