Review: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil


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There has always been something so alluring about French beauty.

The un-done hair that is impossibly shiny. The outfits that look both carefully curated and just thrown together. The skin that looks immaculately taken care of but never contoured.

Women like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clémence Poésy and Caroline de Maigret have all said in various interviews that skincare is the star of their beauty routine – not makeup – and because of this, products like Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Avène Thermal Spring Water, La Roche-Posay Sunscreen and Bioderma Micellar Solution have all garnered cult-like followings.

Another elusive French creation I kept hearing about was Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil.

I tend to believe that the best makeup and skincare products are those with the least amount of advertising. The fewest billboards, television commercials or Hadids. Because good beauty sells itself. Or the French girls accidentally sell it for them – such is the case with the Nuxe Dry Oil.

Sold in drugstores and pharmacies throughout France (and Italy as my sister discovered last weekend), this dry oil can be found in every French girl’s medicine cabinet. It’s a multi-purpose product meaning that it’s intended to work between body, face and hair seamlessly and it’s packed with six different plant oils (including macadamia and St. John’s Wort), plus vitamin E. It is mineral oil-free and silicone-free. It also should be said that I use body oils religiously and really dislike body butters and moisturisers, so I was probably predisposed to like this product.

The first thing I fell in love with was the smell. I would almost argue it’s worth buying the Nuxe Dry Oil for the scent alone and wearing as a fragrance. It has a perfect blend of things like camellia and almond oil which make it incredibly comforting and soothing to wear day-to-day.

The main problem people usually have with body oils is the mess. Waiting for oil to absorb fully before putting clothes on is really impractical for busy women. The Nuxe oil is a dry oil which adds to it’s charm because you can drown yourself in it, get dressed immediately, and there’s no greasy residue. A massive tick.

In order to review it fairly I used it equally on my face, body and hair over the past seven days and what I’ve concluded is that my hair generally doesn’t need much oil. It’s not curly, frizzy or sun-damaged. So it’s more of a self-care ritual to disperse it through the ends of my blonde locks after washing than anything else. My skin on the other hand loved this product; I applied it after cleansing and toning by spraying two drops in the palm of my hand and then pressing it into my cheeks, forehead and neck. By the morning there was no trace of the oil, my skin felt silky and healthy, and I could still vaguely smell that heavenly camellia and almond oil concoction which was a very chic way to regain consciousness at 6am.

So by now it goes without saying that as a body oil this product is truly beautiful. There is no greasy reside and you can apply it from top to toe without much time or effort due to the sprayer nozzle making it easy to distribute.

Basically, this has been a very long-winded way of saying I loved it. I want to use it forever. I want to break into French girls apartments and steal it from their medicine cabinets and not feel bad about it. So sue me.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, $55 from Inès Store. 

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