Having really loved my Temple Spa facial during my trip to North Yorkshire recently, I didn't hesitate to say yes when I was offered the opportunity to review one of their brand new products. Goldentini is described as a bronzing body treatment oil, offering omega rich moisturisation and a lustrous sheen. It sounded perfect for summer!
It's a beautiful thing to look at, packaged in a clear tube (not glass, but good quality plastic) with silver accents. There is a pump applicator, and when you dispense the product, it really does look like liquid gold. It also smells amazing. The scent contains a "beautiful aromatic cocktail" of vetiver, mimosa, bitter orange, honey, green florals, sandalwood, oak moss and sweet musks. Imagine a sexy woman in a flowing dress, hair cascading down her shoulders, sunlight glinting on her skin, walking barefoot through a summer meadow. That's what this smells like.
It feels very light. As you rub it in, it just feels like a lovely, nourishing body oil. It absorbs quickly, leaving behind a subtle sheen that gives you a pretty glow when you catch the light. (Not something I was able to capture on camera very well - though you might be able to spot a tiny bit of shimmer on my hand! This product really does come into its own when you are moving about.) The photo reflecting agents it contains have golden brown metallic pigments, so it should bronze the skin a little bit too. I can kinda sorta see this if I really move my arm in and out of the light and study it hard. For me, this on its own wouldn't be enough, but it would be fantastic to enhance an existing tan, or for those who aren't bothered and just want a bit of a subtle glow. That fabulous scent is very subtle too, but it does linger, so anyone you want to get up close and personal with would get the benefit of it, which is rather nice!
The phrase that comes to mind when describing this type of product is "gilding the lily". (Quite literally, in this case - it really does look like you are spreading liquid gold all over your skin!) You don't need a shimmering body oil. That said, when I stretch both my arms out in front of me, the one with a layer of Goldentini on it looks undeniably prettier than the other one. Plus, the beautiful scent and nourishing ingredients it contains - including Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Oil - mean there is a little bit more to this particular product than just a nice sheen for the skin. In short, if you're going to buy one, this would be a great choice!
Goldentini retails at £25 for 50 ml and is available at Temple Spa.
What are your thoughts on shimmering body oils?
PR Sample. All opinions, as always, are my own.