I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Two floral round ups in one week?! Don't mind if I do!
Like hibiscus, geranium is a pretty difficult ingredient to find in products, especially when it's a star ingredient. That said, I was able to find four products for this curated collection, and I really think you'll like them.
Before I start, though, just a few words on geranium as an ingredient:
- In my research, I found that geranium is almost always utilized in oil form and that the oil is collected from the leaves of the plant, not the flower.
- Geranium oil is actually an astringent. In that sense, it's able to help clarify, fight acne, soothe, and slightly plump the skin to reduce fine lines.
- Because of its astringent properties, geranium oil often sits next to other ingredients, versus standing alone, to help create a balanced product.
- Regarding scent, geranium oil is typically super crisp and earthy with subtle, spicy overtones. Interestingly, it's considered a therapeutic scent that can help calm you and potentially reduce stress or depression.
Thesis is one of my favorite brands, but I hadn't yet tried their Patchouli & Geranium Cream until within the last month. It's composed of a lot of skin nourishing oils and butters, including shea, sunflower, coconut and jojoba (listed in order of ingredients).
It also contains sweet orange, patchouli, geranium and lemongrass, and to me it's the spiciness of the patchouli and geranium, the mild sweetness of the orange, and the lemongrass zing that compose the scent story of this cream. It's super hippie/earthy/granola crunchy and my skin sucks it up with pleasure.
And here we have a facial cleansing oil, this one brought to you by PureErb. The ingredient list touts less commonly utilized oils, which makes it a nice departure from the norm. Those ingredients include sacha, baobab, moringa, olive, kukui, geranium, and mandarin orange oils, among others.
It smells creamy, fresh, earthy and a little spicy, and it really does a nice job of dissolving making and moisturizing my skin. Though it says you just need to rinse and pat dry because it's a "rinse off" formula, I still prefer to follow up with a foaming cleanser. I do that any time I oil cleanse, though.
Seriously, Jo Malone does no wrong where scents are involved. This scrub is what the spas in heaven smell like, and I've been carefully rationing it out to myself in the shower in order to make it last as long as possible.
It contains geranium oil, which helps to create a crisp, earthy scent, and walnut shells. At first, I was a little nervous about using a nut shell to exfoliate, but the walnut shells are ground up very, very finely (the ingredient list calls it a "powder," actually) and it feels softer than sand, salt, or sugar.
And finally, I want to talk to you about this wee little bottle of botanical body oil by indie skincare brand Hi Wildflower Botanica. This is their No. 2 version out of four, and it's definitely the earthiest of them all. While the others are floral and citrusy, No. 2's primary oils are cardamom, vetiver and Egyptian geranium.
I find it a more subtle scent, but it still has that spicy, crispy thing going on. I typically apply it post-shave on my legs, and sometimes on the heels of my feet. A little goes a long way.
Any thoughts on geranium? On these products in particular? Also, in case you missed them, here are the previous floral roundups I've done: rose here and here, gardenia, violet, orchid, honeysuckle, jasmine, lilac, and hibiscus.