In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the first of December – which means that the frenetic festive season has officially begun. If you’re anything like me, your diary has begun to overflow with last-minute work meetings, holiday plans, office parties, family get-togethers, meal planning and prep, Christmas shopping… the list goes on (and on).
I’m feeling particularly frazzled after this past week, and next week isn’t looking much better! To try and prepare myself for the impending craziness, I’ve scheduled in quite a bit of ‘me-time’ for this weekend, starting with a long soak in the tub, complete with a luxury bath oil, scented candles, and a good book. I’m looking forward to popping on a face mask, washing my hair, and actually giving myself a blow dry afterwards (I think it may even be the first time I’ve blow-dried my hair all year… is that possible?!) I’ve got all my pampering products lined up, but top of the list is an indulgent multi-purpose hair and body oil that I’ve been using religiously over the past month – and that happens to make me feel like a million bucks!
Meet Inoar Kálice Multi-Functional Oil (R780): a super-luxurious hair, body, and face oil that puts all other beauty oils to shame. Pronounced ‘ka-lee-see‘ (which got all the Game Of Thrones fans excited when the product was launched in October… I wouldn’t know, I haven’t even watched one episode of GoT), this premium beauty oil contains a blend of anti-oxidant rich oils to nourish dry skin, hair, and even nails. Included in the line-up of pampering ingredients is moisturising Vitamin E, along with seven precious vegetable oils: argan, myrrh, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, jasmine, rosemary, and Ojon oil. The girls at Inoar got super-excited about the last oil in particular – Ojon oil is a rare, precious oil that’s harvested (by hand) from the Ojon tree nut in the Central American rainforest. It boasts restorative properties that are ideal for use on dry, damaged hair that’s prone to frizz and fly aways. Right up my alley, then!
I’ve been using this indulgent beauty oil every chance I get, and there are quite a number of ways to use this multi-functional, multi-purpose oil. A few of my favourites?
- As a nourishing hair mask. When my hair is feeling particularly frazzled, I like to apply Kálice from mid-lengths to ends (on dry hair), before wrapping my hair up in some cling film. I usually leave this on my hair for a good couple of hours (usually while catching up on the latest episode of This Is Us), before rinsing and washing my hair as usual. I can’t get over just how soft and smooth my hair feels afterwards – try it, it’s a real treat!
- As a nourishing heat protectant. I flat iron my hair at least every other day, so a good heat protectant is a must for me. Kálice contains a number of protective oils that help to prevent damage caused by heat styling, so I’ve been applying a few drops to my hair after washing and before styling every chance I get.
- To tame frizz and fly aways. Perhaps one of the most obvious uses for Kálice, but a good one at that! I apply a drop or two of Kálice to the palm of may hands, rub them together, then n them through the lengths of my hair to help reduce the appearance of frizz and fly aways. I also adore the beautiful scent that’s left lingering on my hair all day long!
- As a hydrating serum. I’ve been using a skincare product that contains Retinol for the past two months, so I’ve had the occasional dry patch to contend with. I figure that if Kálice is good enough for my dry hair, it’d work wonders on dry skin – and I was right! About once or twice a week, I apply a drop or two of Kálice to my face, neck, and décolletage after cleansing, but before applying my usual moisturiser. I find that it zaps any dry patches literally overnight, and it leaves my skin looking glowing and luminous the next morning. So lovely!
- As a glow-enhancer. Some mornings I wake up and upon gazing at my lacklustre complexion in the mirror, I really regret not using Kálice as a serum the night before! But then I simply add a drop of Kálice to my moisturiser (or foundation, if I’m wearing one) and all is right with the world again. Kálice is best described as a dry oil, which means that it’s instantly absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave an oily or greasy residue.
- As a luxury nail and cuticle oil. My bottle of Kálice has been living beside my bed ever since I got it, and not an evening goes by that I don’t use it as a super-nourishing hand, nail, and cuticle oil. My nails have always been rather weak and prone to splitting and breakage, but they’re currently at the longest they’ve been in months – and I have no doubt that it has everything to do with my super-effective and pampering new cuticle oil!
- To calm and soothe sunburn. The Husband recently spent the day at his brother’s workshop, doing things that manly men like to do… hammering things, sawing stuff, and welding, of course. He came home with a painfully red face, neck, and arms… who knew that welding could cause burns, not unlike a serious sunburn? I dug around my beauty stash and we tried applying anything and everything to offer some relief, but nothing worked… until I had a brainwave while applying Kálice to my cuticles and face one night. We put a generous layer of Kálice on his arms, face, and neck, and you wouldn’t believe how much it calmed the redness overnight! Definitely a product to have on hand this holiday season, just in case…
- As a makeup remover. Have you ever found yourself in a pinch, having applied super-heavy waterproof eye makeup… only to discover that you’ve run out of eye makeup remover? I have – but then I remembered reading that Kálice can be used to remove makeup as well. I tried it, and it works so well! I applied a couple of drops to a cotton pad, wiped my eyes, and voila! All gone. One day, when I make my millions, I plan on using Kálice as my go-to makeup remover – but until then, I’ll stick to using it as an emergency makeup-remover (or when traveling). It’s far too precious to use as a daily makeup remover for the stage of life I’m at, so I’ll stick to using it for all the reasons listed above.
- To wash my makeup brushes. Hang on a minute. A beauty oil. Used to cleanse makeup brushes? It’s not as crazy as you think! In fact, given that most foundation formulations contain oils, and oil attracts oil (you know the drill), it makes complete sense that Kálice would remove every last trace of stubborn makeup in a flash! I’ve only tried this once – and only on my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – for the same reasons mentioned above. I’m simply too precious about my bottle of Kálice and don’t really want to waste it on cleansing my makeup brushes when I could be applying it to my hair, body, or face instead! That said, getting every last trace of foundation out of my Miracle Complexion Sponge has always been pretty impossible, so I was interested in seeing whether Kálice would work. And work it did! I applied two drops to my Miracle Complexion Sponge, added a teeny bit of water, and got to work at washing my sponge. It didn’t foam, but when I squeezed my sponge, loads of leftover foundation came out. I decided to give my sponge a quick wash with a bit of soap (I swear by those teeny tiny hotel soaps for washing makeup brushes), then added another drop of Kálice to get rid of the rest. Worked like a charm! So much so, that I’m tempted to wash my sponge this way every time!
Inoar Kálice Multi-Functional Oil retails at R780 for 100ml, and you can buy it at selected spas and salons, or online, here.