The Most Expensive and Glorious Body Product I Own: Lina Hanson Global Body Serum (Review)

Last month I lost my mind and ordered a $64CAD body oil.

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I mean, OK, so I am a bit obsessed with cosmetics and maybe this doesn’t seem all that crazy to you.  But I mean, $64 for a 100mL bottle of Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum was a little bit steep, even for me.  If used regularly, it’d probably last me a month, tops.  And I do NOT make enough money to spend $768 a year on a body moisturizer (that’s $64 x 12 for those of you paying attention) – especially with my needy, dry, eczema-prone skin.  Nuh-uh, no way.

…But godDAMN if it isn’t the most luxurious, wonderful, $64 I’ve spent in a while!!!! :D

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Ok, so here’s the deal.  I kept reading over and over about how awesome this oil was, seeing photos of the sleek and classy black bottle, and how delicious it smelled (the rumors are true – JUST like an orange creamsicle, except in the most chic, sophisticated way possible), and I kept stalking it on Fresh Faced, waiting for it to come back in stock just to torture myself.  I mean, the product is hand-blended in small batches and is free parabens, artificial fragrance (yay!), silicone and other baddies – how could I resist?  Finally, one day while going through my routine ‘click on product, see it’s out of stock, regain sanity, repeat’ cycle, it happened – it was in stock and waiting for me to throw my wallet at it.

So I did.

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Oh happy day :)

Designed to relieve dryness and improve elasticity and skin circulation, the oil is slightly thicker than say, jojoba oil, but spreads relatively easily.  However, I can’t make the claim that a little goes a long way – I need a good 3-4 pumps to cover one arm, hence how I could go through this bottle in a mere month.  How I’ve been enjoying it without powering through it is adding a pump or two to my usual Haus of Gloi pumpkin butter, reaping the benefits of it’s amazing scent and nourishing ingredients (more on that in a minute).  On special days I’ll use it alone, mostly on my arms and shins, to bask in it’s glorious fragrance and really treat myself.  I find that used alone, it offers adequate hydration though I could use just a touch of something more in drier areas.  Paired with a moisturizer is really the best way to go for my skin anyway, at least during the colder months, and I don’t find I lose much of it’s efficacy that way so it’s a win-win.

Ingredients, for your perusal!

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If you’re at all familiar with various oils that are common to organic products, you’ll know that the line-up here is relatively basic but still full of superstar ingredients.  As I’ve been in the habit of reading labels for what seems like forever, upon reading this list I was pleased to see oils such as avocado, camellia, pumpkin seed, and rice bran, all of which are occlusive and protective to the skin – which is imperative for eczema sufferers like myself, as it keeps environmental triggers from coming in direct contact with the skin.  Additionally, most of these oils are anti-inflammatory, and there is a good mix of oleic and linoleic acids to both moisturize the skin and provide barrier support to retain that moisture as well.  Cool beans.

My only beef (aside from the painful price!) – and it’s not with the brand, but rather with the e-tailer – is that the ingredients listed on the Fresh Faced site are not the same as what is listed on the box.  It appears that they have replicated the Global Face Serum ingredients for the body serum, which may be a small error, true, but I purchased the oil based on the fact that I was intrigued by the marula and baobab oils, of which there are none in the actual product ~shrugs~  Happily, the product is still great and effective, so no harm no foul…but it’s something to be noted, to be sure!

If you’re feeling spend-y (as I have been lately) and are looking to tie in both hydration as well as a fabulous scent, look no further than this serum.  It’s definitely not a necessity, but the added touch of luxury has certainly made both my bathroom counter as well as my bod look just that much better ;)

What is the most expensive skincare product you’ve purchased before?

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  1. #1 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on November 15, 2013 - 3:22 am

    LOL haha I love it. But this sounds really great! I’m starting to really enjoy higher end organic/natural skincare, so I understand completely! I think it’s a worthy indulgence once in awhile.

  2. #2 by Eugenia on November 15, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    This sounds absolutely yummy! You already know how much of a moisture-fiend I am, and if you found a product that makes you feel & smell good, then I say you’re more than worth the splurge!

  3. #3 by Larie on November 15, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    I think we all need our indulgences every once in a while!

  4. #4 by Rae (@theNotice) on November 16, 2013 - 5:28 am

    Oh, wow ♥ This sounds amazing, Toya! I wonder if I could dupe this with a more basic oil/essential oil blend — camellia, pumpkin, grapefruit, and vanilla for the scent; maybe sunflower for the base. You make it sound like such a wonderful winter skincare treat, but with the way I moisturize (read: LIKE A MONSTER), there’s no way I’d be able to justify spending $64 on a body moisturizer!

  5. #5 by Liz (@Reductionista) on November 16, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Hey, it’s a treat that you have to indulge in from time to time. And if you do choose to rely on this always, it’s time to toss out the Aveenos and other things, right? I nearly caved to Tom Ford Neroli Portofino body oil ($75?) and it doesn’t even have any skincare benefits — just absurdly expensive and smells good. I’M HAPPY YOU’RE ENJOYING THIS. <3

  6. #6 by Jyoti on November 16, 2013 - 11:56 pm

    This sounds simply yummy, its good to get indulged in something :) happy that you are loving and enjoying <3 following you on fb <3

    • #7 by Latoya on November 17, 2013 - 10:39 am

      Aw thanks Jyoti! Yes, this body oil is a gorgeous luxury that I adore, no complaints here! I really don’t feel one bit of guilt in buying it :D

  7. #8 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on November 17, 2013 - 4:21 am

    Ooooh this sounds so lush and gorgeous!!! The packaging reminds me of the May Lindstrom The Good Stuff body oil that I’m obsessed with. That one is quite pricey too but oh, so worth it. When I run out, I just may be tempted to pick up a bottle of this one. You make it sound so irresistable!!

  8. #9 by Sarah on November 18, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    I’m glad you like the product! It sounds wonderful. I’m finding that I often need far more oil than I would have originally thought, because it doesn’t seem to spread as well as, say, a body butter. I do feel so much more fancy with an oil, though.

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