I’ve been in the AB game for long enough by now that not every parcel I get is cause for excitement. Sometimes they’re just restocks, and sometimes they contain items that, while new and interesting, just aren’t all that exciting.
But then there are the ones that are. The ones that make me hover creepily behind my mail carrier as he tries to ignore me while putting the mail in our complex’s mail boxes. The ones that put a little extra nitrous in my step as I carry them back home.
The one that came yesterday was one of those parcels.
I don’t know why we don’t hear more about Banila Co. skincare. With the exception of the well regarded Clean It Zero cleansing balm, it seems the company’s products don’t get much attention, at least in the Western-based AB blog world. That’s a shame. A peek at the ingredients list for the Essence Oil reveals a pretty impressive product.
Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil ingredients: Collagen extract, glycerin, water, methylgluceth-20, polyglycerin-3, niacinamide, ethanol, honey extract, aureobasidium pullulans ferment, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, royal jelly extract, propolis extract, chrysanthellum indicum extract, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, anthemis nobilis flower extract, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, pentylene glycol, PEG-8, butylene glycol, glyceryl polyacrylate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, adenosine, tromethamine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, octyldodecanol, hydrogenated coco-glyceride, sodium starch octenyl succinate, maltodextrin, calcium pantothenate, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tocopheryl acetate, pyridoxine HCI, silica, xanthan gum, carbomer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance
I’m not yet very familiar with many of the plant oils and extracts in this product, but they sound like an enchanted garden for my face. I’m already doing the research to give you the full rundown on this bevy of botanicals in my full review of the Essence Oil, coming in about one month, once my testing period is over.
What I can already tell is that it is going to be a glorious testing period.
The Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil is an oil-and-water serum-type skincare product. You shake the bottle to mix the oil and the water ingredients before application. It’s quite thick and rich-feeling, a lot like honey; it makes my skin feel deeply moisturized and incredibly supple (new favorite word: SUPPLE), and it smells exactly like the most delicious honey that any bee could ever make.
No lie. It doesn’t smell like honey fragrance. It doesn’t smell like artificial honey fragrance. It just straight up smells (and feels) like some magical luxurious honey of the gods.
I’ve been using this in a couple of different ways. I use it undiluted as one of the serum steps in my morning and evening skincare routines. Then, at night, I mix an extra drop or two into my COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream. Doing this makes the cream extra rich, and I woke up this morning unable to stop patting and touching my cheeks. If I ever manage to tear myself away from my new Hera UV Mist Cushion, I’ll also try adding a drop of the Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil into my Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream as well.
What I’m trying to say is, you guys should definitely stay tuned for the full review.
And what’s that other thing in my haul, you ask?
I haven’t quite figured out the best way to use this stuff yet, but don’t worry. I will.
Gotten anything new and exciting in the mail lately?