Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (Multipurpose Dry Oil)


Or: My Mother Knows Best

Last year in Paris I saw the ads for Nuxe products all over the city. I had every intention to check the dry oil which seemed to be in every drugstore/pharmacy (there are two things I envy most about living in France: baked goods and drugstores), but somehow never got to it. I was happy to learn that unlike decent croissants, Nuxe is actually available on our shores from several online retailers. I kept meaning to order the famous Huile but, again, somehow never got around to do it, until my mother, who apparently has been using it for ages, sent me a bottle and a firm order to use it.

And she was right, as always.

While I'm not adventurous enough these days to attempt using the dry oil on my face or hair, as recommended on the bottle, when it comes to my limbs and other body parts this is a fabulous product. Easy to spread and fast absorbing, it's never greasy and won't give you the Gwyneth Paltrow finish. It softens, moisturizers and makes even my cuir de crocodile look and feel normal with no sticky residue, which is especially appreciated in the summer.

The scent is this faint beachy-white floral thing with a hint of clean musk in the drydown. It doesn't project and won't interfere with perfume, as it disappears within 20 minutes or so.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multipurpose Dry Oil ($44 for 100 ml that last a very long time, and be aware that there's also a gold shimmer version, but I'm utterly not responsible if you get that one) is available online from beautyhabit, apothica and beauty.com. Or if you're in France, just about on every street corner (but you probably already own a bottle and don't need me to tell you about it).

15 comments:

  1. Well, for once a product I won't have a problem finding and trying. :) I love dry oils and I've been looking at Nuxe for a while now. I had DEcleor's dry oil and I absolutely loved it - a product I'll definitely buy again, but I'll try this one as well (the price seems to be similar to Decleor's).

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  2. Love this! It's a godsend when you're travelling: no need to bring any day or night creams, Huile Prodigieuse will do it (and yes, I do use it on my face, albeit not on my hair, which is oily enough as it is, thank you very much). It will replace heavy bottles of body lotion, and in a clinch it will even take off your make-up. Superb stuff!

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  3. I use it on my face too (and I bought the shimmer one.. but I don't use that one on my face!)

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  4. Ines, I've seen the Decleor oil around. I'll probably try it next.

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  5. Dinazad, that's really good to hear. I'm all for a multi-tasking product, especially of this quality.

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  6. Tara, I'm sort of contemplating the shimmer now. Since I've mostly given up on self-tanning, my legs could use something like that.

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  7. I think I might need this soon. I also might need to know your mother.

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  8. I've used this product before, even on my face! I broke out, presumably because it was too rich, but it was an amazing body/hair moisturizer. I've found that coconut oil does the same thing for loads less, though. I wish I still had the bottle, I'd love to know what the ingredients are.

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  9. I have easy access to Nuxe, living in Europe, so I will get some and apply it to my croco-legs.

    Thanks for the review!!

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  10. Mela, I've tried coconut oil and while it sure is good, I found it not to be as fast absorbing as I'd like. The dry oil has a huge advantage of not looking or feeling oily.

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  11. Jamilla, I'm always glad to help fighting the croc ;)

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  12. Gaia, try Rosehip oil (for example by Trilogy). It is one of the best oils I've ever had.
    Lavinia

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  13. Lavinia, thanks for the recommendation. I'll make sure to look for some.

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  14. This stuff sounds great! Clyde's on Madison used to carry Luxe, do you know if they still do?

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