If any of you have even remotely explored the HEALTH/BEAUTY section of this blog, you will have gathered by now that I am passionate about beauty products (specifically skin care), and have formed an almost-but-not-quite-disturbing attachment to Herbivore Botanicals. You can read all about my love affair with this company in my earlier article, BEAUTY PRODUCT OBSESSION. However, in this article, I will not dive deep into my infatuation with this company—which still remains as strong as ever—but will instead focus on one of their particular products that I have recently warmed to.
At first glance, this product looks enticing, does it not? The term “Coco Rose” hints at some deliciously intoxicating scents that await; the phrase “Body Polish” sounds simply posh and indulgent; the pale, peachy-pink hue of the product itself stimulates whispering thoughts of feminine, soft gentility; and even the high-ended nature of the font on the label indicates a level of quality incapable of disappointing.
I came by this product indirectly. I was stocking up on my Rose Hibiscus Spray and suckered myself into purchasing the Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio ($39—a pretty good price for three quality beauty products), which included the spray, the body polish, and some lip conditioner (fancy term for Chap-Stick). I normally do not use exfoliators on my body, and I am all set with my lip gloss (I divert from Herbivore Botanicals for a moment, to plug my profoundly perfect lip treatment of choice—Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, in Coral Crave, by Maybelline). So, to purchase this Trio was more of an experimental, momentarily indulgent dive into the shallow end of some harmlessly extravagant waters.
Upon first receiving my Trio and opening the jar of Coco Rose, practically tingling with gid (short for giddy/giddiness—not a word, but I just made it one, as I think it should be…I wonder if Webster takes requests?), anticipating the soul-awakening aromas about to overtake my nostrils, my shower, my life; I was caught a bit off guard by the reality of this product’s bouquet. Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending. But I must take you through the darkness before I can bring you into the light.
The words “coco” and “rose” imply—if I had to take an educated stab of a guess—essences of coconut and/or rose. However, when I opened the jar of this grainy polish, I was whacked with a robust whiff of something more like cotton candy musk—heavy on the musk and light on the cotton candy. Actually, the cotton candy scent had a very barely-there kind of presence, and musk was the dominant personality of this primal explosion of scents.
If you take the time to read the above definition for “musk,” you will get a clearer sense of what I am attempting to describe. Burnt sugar mixed with slightly un-fresh body parts, could supplement my previous description. Or, coconut oil that is about to spoil but has not quite fully spoiled yet. Maybe like a day into spoilage, but it is still ok—kind of. It smells nothing like rose when the jar is ajar, and not very much like coconut either. It just smells pungently musky, and kind of erotic—like bodies with no clothes on, engaged in activities involving mutual nakedness.
You can imagine my—I would not say disappointment, but more like—confusion in reaction to this experience. Still, I am devoted to this company for the joys it has brought into my life thus far, so in that moment, I remained open.
The magic of this product stems from its dynamic and transformative nature. It truly evolves itself, reflects manifold aspects of its personality, and has a multi-tiered depth that one does not often come across in a beauty product. When this coco baby is put to use on the bod, in the shower, the brilliance of this concocted exfoliating recipe is truly revealed. Scoop out a slushy finger-full of this pinkish goop, and it still smells of amorous musk. But apply this granular mixture to a deserving spot of flesh, and the pure life force of rose overtakes the nasal sensory receivers, as the body, mind, and spirit begin to melt into released and surrendered goddess love.
Because this rose-infused profusion of heart-opening love occurs with each use of this product, I have intuitively taken to applying this textured spread, specifically to my heart chakra, including this in my daily shower ritual. This practice has become more about spiritual union and less about exfoliating my bosom, although of course this is an added perk.
If you are not exactly sure where your heart chakra area is, it is simpler than you think. It is not located off to the side where your heart organ is anatomically positioned, but rather, in the middle of your chest (Venus below will show you—this is her bread and butter), running in line with the rest of your chakras, all strung along together in one central meridian throughout the body.
Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Although I have designated this product as, first and foremost, a soul-fulfilling and heart pampering massage medium; at times, I do use this product on the rest of my body as well. When I am feeling extremely indulgent, or when I am taking a DETOX SHOWER, I may use this cocktail on my lower back, my arms and shoulders, and/or my lower legs and ankles, as it truly does work as an effective exfoliator. The product resting in the jar remains sandy and rather firm. But once it communes with the warmth of human flesh, it begins to thaw and dissolve, until the skin surface becomes a subtly greased shell of smooth epidermis. This product is truly amazing.
I detail many aspects of my Goddess Attainable lifestyle on my Instagram account @thegoddessattainable and posted this pic to illustrate the very undeniable usage of my Herbivore Botanicals products. This image actually makes me sad and anxious because I hate running low on products. I have since purchased more of the Rose Hibiscus Spray and have asked for some more Coco Rose for the holidays—I will try to stretch it until then!
I will end with the full list of ingredients for Coco Rose, as it always astounds me how this company has mastered the art of maintaining a quality product, as they unfailingly remain within the confines of utilizing truly, exquisitely, and exclusively “all natural” components.
Full list of ingredients: Sucrose (Sugar), Cocos Nucifera (Organic Virgin Coconut) Oil, Capric Triglycerides (mixed triester derived from coconut oil and glycerin), Cetearyl Olivate (ester of cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids derived from olive oil), Sorbitan Olivate (emulsifier derived from olive oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute, Rose Clay