Our Rating: 5 stars

Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil ($48 in the shop) is a versatile and pleasant addition to your beauty bag. The lightly fragranced oil features natural ingredients and is gently moisturizing without being greasy. It can be used from head to toe, making it particularly useful for traveling.

Kinmoxei is the flower from a tree growing in southern Japan. There is a small window of time in which the flower can be harvested. The petals are blended with rice bran and monoi oils to enhance the moisturizing effects. Wild lime oil is an astringent that helps control the skin’s natural oils. Other benefits claimed are reducing cellulite and fighting depression.

There are over a dozen different oils in this formula. They are designed to work together to stimulate blood flow, creating a healthy glow while invigorating your senses through aromatherapy. Yuzu has antioxidant properties and is high in vitamin C. It is also recommended for reducing pores.

Pink grapefruit is an ingredient I’ve been seeing touted a lot lately. A refined byproduct of the juicing process, this oil is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin c. I’ve seen it advertised as a skin lightener and hyperpigmentation diminisher as well as a cellulite treatment and astringent. As aromatherapy, it can reduce the taste for sweets and increase metabolism. Pink grapefruit is the new black!

The only ingredients that aren’t oils are a splash of retinyl palmitate and tocopheryl acetate, or vitamin E.

My experience with Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil has been entirely positive. Starting with my hair, a few drops worked through before drying helped reduce frizz and flyaways, impart a light fragrance and give a subtle shine. As a facial treatment, it is moisturizing without being greasy and is non-irritating. It can do triple duty as a toner (many of the citrus oils have an astringent effect), treatment and moisturizer. Though for someone with drier skin, it might not be enough. I haven’t found the oil to be heavy at all; it leaves a dewy, healthy glow. The ample hydration softens lines and wrinkles, and it may be helping to lighten some hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. And it was fine being layered with sunscreen, other treatments and makeup.

As a body treatment, it is wonderful. It can be added to creams for places like heels and elbows, or used on its own. Daily use has left my hands very soft and supple. The freckles and age spots have definitely been lightened and I’m thrilled by that. The scent lasts, but it is not obtrusive or cloying. You just smell clean and fresh.

The container is a frosted glass bottle with a traditional pump. It works pretty well, but the stream can be strong. Don’t hold it too close to your hand or it may splatter.

Red Flower tries hard to be environmentally and socially responsible. All its products are free of drying agents and harsh preservatives. Nothing is tested on animals, nor are any animal products included. The paper packaging is 77% post-consumer recycled paper, and it’s printed at a factory that is 100% wind powered.

I couldn’t find anything not to like about Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil. Its simple bottle looks elegant on your counter, and the product is gentle and effective. You don’t need to use a lot, even if you’re using it all over, so it will last a while. For a multitasker, the cost doesn’t seem outrageous. And it seems to be kindly manufactured, on top of everything else. I give it two thumbs up.

Ingredients: Rice Bran (Oryza Sativa) Oil, Monoi (Cocos Nucifera), Gardenia (Gardenia Taitensis) Oil, Yuzu (Citrus Junos) Oil, Wild Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Oil, Kinmoxei (Osmanthus) Oil, Mimosa (Acacia Decurrens) Oil, Pink Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi) Oil, Litsea (May Chang) Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oil, Hibiscus (Hibiscus Tiliaceus) Extract, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Jasmine (Jasminum Sambac) Oil, Oakmoss (Evernia Prunastri) Oil, Vetivert (Andropogon Muricatus) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate