One of the benefits of a subscription box like FabFitFun is the ability to “shop” their limited, add-on collections. A lot of high-end makeup and skin care companies offer special deals during these sales. During the winter box sale, Oribe offered two products from their new skin care line—The Balmessence Lip Treatment and the Oribe Cote d’Azur Restorative Body Crème. Since I am a fan of their hair care products, I decided to take a chance.
Oribe Canales, known professionally as Oribe, is a Cuban-born American hairstylist who created the brand with beauty industry veterans Daniel Kaner and Tev Finger. The company has been providing hair care products since 2009. Their products are tested by dermatologists and formulated without parabens, petrolatum, or mineral oil. The brand is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. The packaging consists of eco-friendly boxes sourced from well-managed forests and printed with vegetable inks.
Balmessence Lip Treatment
This has a natural lemon and rose flavor. It contains camelina oil, vitamin E, shea butter, jojoba and orange oil.
This balm has zero color, which I appreciate since I am putting it on with my finger. (Long-time readers of my blog know that I dislike tinted lip balms that come in containers rather than sticks. They inevitably stain your finger no matter how fast you wash your hands!) The flavor and scent are very light. Anyone sensitive to scent/taste would not have an issue.
I have been using this as a nighttime lip treatment. It leaves my lips moist and feeling soft the next morning.
Verdict: I would repurchase, especially if I find another sale!
Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème
The Côte d’Azur fragrance is unique to the brand. The Oribe website explains that it was developed in collaboration with one of the oldest French fragrance houses, tracing its roots back to the 1800s:
“Cote d’Azur was conceived to be beautiful and bright yet calming and composed—the perfect morning wake-up call, afternoon pick-me-up and evening mood-setter. The signature scent awakens with hints of citrus-soaked Italian bergamot, pink lemons, white peach, cassis and muguet, balanced with Aomori apples and leafy greens. Cedarwood, white amber and musk lend their soft woody notes, while Cuba’s national flower, la mariposa blanca, creates a sensual and invigorating experience throughout the day.”
Along with the fragrance, the body cream contains Sweet Almond Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Starflower Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Grape Seed Oil. These work together to provide an ultra-moisturizing and hydrating formula that will smooth, soften, and protect the skin’s moisture barrier.
I am glad that I was able to try this during the winter. My skin gets very dry, and the cream is ultra-moisturizing. The scent is light and refreshing. It takes several hours to fade, though, so note this if you are very sensitive. It is not a seasonal-scent and could be used year round.
This body cream impressed me. Although I was a bit surprised when I opened the container and saw the “jar-within-the jar,” it is important to realize that the product is sold by weight. And I found that I like the extra seal. It keeps the product fresh.
Verdict: I do plan to repurchase this cream. I will have to alternate with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream, which I also enjoy. (As I think about it, the Bum Bum cream has that extra jar-seal too. So maybe it’s not so surprising!)
Have you tried any Oribe skin care products? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: I purchased all products discussed. This is not sponsored.