Ambrosia Alert — Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia Skincare Collection
In Greek mythology, the inhabitants of Olympus believed that, by consuming the ambrosia fruit, they could attain immortality and avoid aging altogether, relishing in a state of eternal youth. Homer’s Iliad referenced how Zeus’ wife Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena all consumed the fragrant fruit — in fact, Hera is said to have cleansed with the substance in order to remove any imperfections from her skin. Now, though there is an apple strain known as ambrosia that was cultivated in British Columbia starting in the early 1990s, no other fruit exists that can be traced back to ancient times — it follows, then, that the food referenced in Greek mythology is as cloaked in fantasy as Achilles’ heel. Still, who wouldn’t want to feel like they’re savoring the fruit of the gods?
This idea of indulgence inspired Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price when she developed the Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia collection, a trio of body care products with a citrus-y smell derived from the mandarin peel oil, blood orange peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, and key lime peel oil in the formula. Designed for women with dry skin, these products soothe and moisturize the skin while titillating the senses to create a fragrant experience worthy of a banquet presided by the mighty Aphrodite.
I had the chance to try two of the products in the collection: the Orange Ambrosia Dry Oil Mist, which incorporates freesia, Italian orange, and woodsy notes for a citrus scent that’s still mysterious and wild; and the Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé, a sweet treat that smells a bit like orange sherbet.
The Orange Ambrosia Dry Oil Mist is meant to be spritzed onto damp or dry skin, then massaged all over, moisturizing the skin with a blend of softening shea butter, conditioning coconut extract, soothing aloe leaf juice, and antioxidant-rich açai berry extract. The paraben-free dry oil promises to lock in moisture and to deliver a healthy glow. Unfortunately, the “glow” is more of a “shine” (and a greasy, let-me-reach-for-a-paper-towel type of shine, at that) resulting from the oil’s inability to be fully absorbed by the skin. Instead of penetrating the top layers of skin, it seems to just sit there, making you feel like you’ve been greased with margarine or coated with PAM cooking spray. How bad is it really? Well, forty-five minutes after applying the Dry Oil Mist to my arms, I patted them with my right hand — and, when I looked at my palm, it was covered with so much oil that I felt like I’d been deep frying chicken. Imagine if I had then touched my face — can you imagine the breakout this might have triggered? You catch my drift.
Given how disappointed I was with the dry oil, I was a bit skeptical about whether the Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé would prove satisfactory. I was, however, comforted by the fact that rarely ever has a Carol’s Daughter Shea Soufflé ever done me wrong (the best-selling Almond Cookie scent is a dear, dear friend). Much to my delight, the Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé was as delightful as its other soufflé brethren. The consistency is creamy but slightly fluffy so that it won’t feel heavy and greasy on the skin (even on 90-degree days) and the aroma is intoxicating. The Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé includes such skin-loving ingredients as: moisturizing shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil; soothing aloe leaf juice; sweet almond oil, which softens the skin and helps to improve overall tone; antioxidant-rich grape seed oil; grapefruit extract, which functions as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic; key lime peel oil and mandarin peel oi, which work as natural astringents and help to balance the skin’s moisture levels; carrot root extract, which is said to promote cellular renewal; vitamin E, which protects the skin from free radicals; and pro-vitamin B5, which conditions an softens skin.
While most shea-based products can feel a bit thick and balmy, the Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé has a lighter consistency than a scoop of mayo or a spoonful of homemade yogurt, and it’s absorbed by the skin relatively quickly. The smell, however, lingers on for a bit — an added benefit since it’s sure to entice all those around you.
Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia Dry Oil Mist, $21; Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia Body Cleansing Gel, $14.50; and Carol’s Daughter Orange Ambrosia Shea Soufflé, $20. Available at CarolsDaughter.com or Sephora.com