Of course Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream make me think of Chris Hemsworth. *grin* The beauty brand's latest releases launched a couple of weeks ago during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), while the Glossier Toronto Pop-Up was in the 6ix. Chris Hemsworth, though, was not here this year – I think his last TIFF visit was in 2013 for Rush....
glossier: a little backstory
"Hundreds of interviews" for her site Into the Gloss revealed a singular detail for founder Emily Weiss: the majority of subjects connected with specific beauty products – i.e. a favourite mascara – but few felt that same connection with a beauty brand. "I could see that there was something that was missing," she told Fashion Magazine. "And that was a beauty company, not just a product line or a product brand, that involved women in its creation, every step of the way. From product creation to offline experience creation."
With three-year-old Glossier, Weiss seems to have built exactly what she envisioned, a beauty company millennials can really get into (and contribute to as well – Glossier asks for customer input on developing products), even if the brand isn't easily available in their home country.
The recent Glossier pop-up in Toronto had quite the welcome: lineups started at least an hour before doors opened, and an emergency shipment of skincare came in on the third-last day. As it was, Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser sold out; Glossier then offered to ship it free from the US for would-be purchasers. (Glossier customer service is aces, by the way.)
Of course you don't have to be a millennial to appreciate Glossier – I really like a lot of the items I've bought and received as samples. Those reviews will be up soon; I'm just starting with the most recent releases....
glossier body hero wash and cream review
More than anything in the Glossier lineup so far, I think Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream are for Glossier fans. I'll explain in a sec; first let's look at the details.
Body Hero Daily Oil Wash ($22 CAD and $18 USD at glossier.com) is made with seven oils to remove impurities without stripping skin. The blend of sesame, coconut, meadowfoam, olive, soybean, grapeseed and sunflower oils (plus a hit of surfactant to make it easy to rinse off) also has antioxidant properties as well as skin-conditioning benefits.
Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream ($27 CAD and $22 USD at glossier.com) is enriched with antioxidants via cactus flower, prickly pear, and yucca extracts, along with tamarind, a source of skin-smoothing Alpha Hydroxy Acids. (I know tamarind from childhood years in the Caribbean; the AHA content is a delightful new detail.) A dose of light-reflecting particles in the formula leaves a glow rather than shimmer.
Both products, also sold as a save-$5 duo ($44 CAD and $35 USD at glossier.com), are scented with an Orange Blossom Neroli blend that our scent-expert Liza (LEEZA) Herz describes as "a more adult version of French baby cologne. (Yes, in France baby cologne is a thing.)"
As promised, the body wash cleanses gently without robbing skin of its natural moisture, and the body lotion sinks in quickly without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. I don't mind the scent; it's more potent in the cream, which might be an issue for more sensitive-nose types. And while I might prefer a pump for the lotion – messing with a tube is such a pain to handle while moisturizing – overall the packaging makes an attractive tub-side addition.
(Aside: Why oh why can't drugstore brands make prettier bottles and labels? Our Liza rants on the subject often. "I hate drugstore packaging," she says. "It's like, 'first thing in the morning you're going to remind me I'm too poor to afford pretty things??'")
For me, the Body Hero prices are a bit high for everyday – I'd have to be a Glossier-addict to keep myself stocked. (I'm all about Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Green Tea Oil as post-shower body moisturizer anyway.) But the Body Hero cleanser and lotion are a nice price as gifts, whether hostess, holiday, birthday or thank-you.
There's no measuring up to Chris Hemsworth as a body hero, though – really, that's an unfair comparison. However, it's an excellent opportunity for including a gratuitous Chris Hemsworth photo.
Has any of you tried the Body Hero duo yet? And what do you think of the campaign images? As well – can we talk about drugstore packaging??
GLOSSIER BODY HERO DAILY OIL WASH ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Laureth-3, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-7 Citrate, Parfum/Fragrance, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
GLOSSIER BODY HERO DAILY PERFECTING CREAM ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Mica, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Tamarindus Indica Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Opuntia Tuna Flower/Stem Extract, Yucca Schidigera Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, , Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-5-Laureth-5, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)