If there’s one thing I adore in this world, it’s Steven Universe. Oh and dogs too, but Steven Universe is right up there. And my favourite gem, without and doubt is Garnet.
I could explain why I love Garnet so much but the best option is to watch the show.
But what you most need to know is that anything Garnet-related pretty much has me sold.
The Exsens of Paris Massage Oil with Healing Crystals – Garnet Argan 100ml
The Garnet Argan Oil is a massage oil with a difference. Exsens in general are an extremely striking brand with a very appealing company ethos.
100% of the ingredients in this oil have a natural origin and 94% are made from organically farmed ingredients.
The full list of ingredients is as follows:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, Citra.
If you’re vegan then this may complicate things but most people will appreciate the care and dedication Exsens are demonstrating (myself included).
‘Epidermic tolerability’ is also something Exsens values and, as such, they try to make sure their oils are gentle and nourishing on the skin, this oil included.
Taking after its namesake, the Garnet Argan Oil contains argan oil which is often used to hydrate and soften the skin.
Argan oil is naturally high in Vitamin E and made from smaller molecules which soak into the skin easier than something like coconut oil and is less likely to cause issues for those with naturally oily skin.
Another great benefit of argan oil is that it spreads wonderfully. Shaking out some droplets, I found that a little of the Garnet Argan Oil went a very long way. It easily rubbed into my hands and could be firmly, yet caringly, worked into the body.
It responded incredibly well to body heat, adding to its appeal and felt nothing short of luxurious.
The oil itself had a sweet, slightly nutty and almost creamy fragrance to it which is all natural and lingers affectionately on the skin well after use without ever smelling unwelcomingly strong.
This is probably to do with the sunflower and sesame seed oil which is also added to the mix in the Garnet Argan Oil.
Then, of course, there’s its special ingredient.
Acting as a massive appeal to me (and pretty much any gem spiritualist out there), this oil actually come with little chips of garnet in it. *Screams in excitement*
For those unacquainted with their gemology, garnet is a semi-precious gem (100% previous to me) which is often attributed to energy and balance. It is said to regulate blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and reduce fatigue.
If it actually does this is anyone’s guess, but any excuse to slather my body in garnet-infused oil is good with me.
Having used this oil now extensively I can vouch for it helping with inflammation. Marathon training will leave you with multiple sore, aching muscles and a session with this oil left me soothed and rested.
And, I don’t want to brag or anything, but my skin has been crazy soft recently. Trust me: I’ve had compliments.
However, things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows with this oil. I very quickly discovered that if I didn’t extensively rub this oil in to my skin or wash it off then my skin would feel too heavy and itchy for my preference. It’s definitely not a night oil and is a bit too dense for daily use.
At 100ml I also think you’d struggle to justify the price if you were using it as a daily oil. It’s much better suited for special occasions and partnered use.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Much more important to considered is that oil-based products are not condom friendly and are typically for external use only. This is applicable when it comes to the Garnet Argan Oil, and I wouldn’t recommend using it directly on any genitalia.
From experience I can say that it’s great on the breasts and inner thigh, but that’s probably the safe limit for this product.
If you are using this oil before using a condom I’d also recommend taking extra care when it comes to rubbing against the body pre-insertion (as in don’t). In all instances it’s better to place it safe when it comes to condom use.
As a final note some people may find that the scent of this oil is unpleasant for them, or that they just can’t justify the high price of this oil for what is, essentially, a gimmick based on unsubstantiated reports of the benefits of gems.
If either of those are the case then I say ‘fine’. You do you my friend and I totally get anyone who just doesn’t jibe with what this product is selling. But, even on a fundamental level, this massage oil is pretty effective and I could see myself purchasing it as a pamper item, sex or no sex.
Itchy skin is probably the biggest downside I encountered with the Exsens of Paris Massage Oil with Healing Crystals – Garnet Argan and, even then, it was only if applied too thickly and was easy to mitigate with the right degree of TLC.
In the end, the Garnet Argan Oil delivered in every regard that it promised to and its gem-based appeal totally sold me.
Call me a bit of a neo-pagan cliché but seeing little bits of garnet floating in the bottom of my oil wasn’t just affirming from a fandom sense, it was spiritually attuning too.
Oh, and also just really fucking cool. Like a semi-precious snow globe.
People looking for a luxury oil.
People who buy organic.
Do Not Recommend to:
People with ingredient allergies.
People who don’t support organic.
People with very sensitive skin.
The Exsens of Paris Massage Oil with Healing Crystals – Garnet Argan was provided to me by Betty’s Toy Shop in exchange for an honest review. Please do check them out. To take full advantage of the gem-centric nature of this review, they rock.