I am taking a big summer trip soon, and all day long my thoughts wander to vacation planning- what to do, where to stay, how to get there. So it seemed fitting to try Votre Vu’s On Holiday, since that is the persistent state of my mind. The On Holiday range includes a gentle body scrub, shower gel, body milk, and moisturizing body spray. I tested this last one (Huiler Pour Le Corps) to see if it could replenish my skin’s moisture that has been lost to frequent showers (often two in a day), an unavoidable compulsion in the sticky summer heat.

Votre Vu’s On Holiday Huiler Pour Le Corps, with its elegant packaging and generous size, would make for a beautiful gift. However, I don’t think its namesake “On Holiday” is meant to imply that this product is practical for a hostess gift or for a moisturizing fix on the go. Rather, the name evokes the illusion of a mini-vacation within your bathroom. Its contents (roughly 4 oz.) are in liquid form, so the TSA will promptly confiscate it from your carry-on, and the application can get messy. Huiler Pour le Corps spritzes on like a water-based mist. What settles on the skin is decidedly not water, but a fragrant dry oil not unlike the texture of Bio-Oil.

After spritzing Huiler Pour Le Corps all over your body, the microscopic beads of oil settle on the skin and leave a beachy glisten. You can either rub the oil in or let your skin naturally absorb it within minutes. I’ve learned the hard way that spraying the body oil into your palm and smoothing it into your skin is the wrong way to go about application, since the consistency is so fluid that it drips down your arm before you have a chance to massage it elsewhere. As the lightweight oil works its magic, your entire body gets enveloped in its sexy sheen and complex aroma.

The silky feel that the product imparts is mostly thanks to the base ingredient: isopropyl myristate, a synthetic oil that cuts down on grease and adds slickness. But due to the inclusion of this ingredient (which has a tendency to clog pores and aggravate acne), Votre Vu’s oil is not recommended for the face. Though there are some other synthetics like the stray silicone cyclopentasiloxane, most of the emollients are natural and known for their conditioning properties. These include caprylic/capric triglycerides, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil.

Some of the plant-derived oils provide more than just moisture. Grape seed oil, a rich source of essential fatty acids (particularly linoleic acid), helps regenerate cell membranes and draws on antioxidant power to protect skin from the elements. Meanwhile wheat germ oil, with its high levels of vitamin E and EFAs, can rejuvenate damaged skin and return suppleness to skin. Further nourishing and revitalizing benefits are offered by apricot kernel oil and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E).

At $49, Votre Vu’s body oil is a luxurious indulgence and an extravagant escape from the mundaneness of moisturizing. Isn’t that the purpose of a holiday, after all?

Ingredients:
ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, LINALOOL, AMYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRONELLOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, FARNESOL, LIMONENE.