This may come as a surprise to you but I generally really do not like using body oil at all, let alone the scented one. In my mind, I picture it to have a greasy feel, leaving my skin oily and transferring onto clothes, but this was all before I met Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil! I literally love everything about it. The promo image lured me in like a moth attracted to a street lamp! Let's not make this a long introduction and jump right into the review!
Perfection in a bottle
Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil comes encased in a transparent, square glass bottle that allows you to see the gorgeous product inside with a 360° view. It is truly, truly beautiful in person or should I say ethereal. The shiny, gold cap compliments the look of the bottle perfectly, making it one of the most luxurious-looking beauty products I have ever had a chance to own!
And I'm just so glad that it has a spray nozzle which makes application super easy, controllable, and fuss-free!
The oil formula is also nothing short of luxury — silky, lightweight, quick-drying, and never leaving an oily/greasy/sticky feel. The fragrance is supposedly a perfect blend of white florals and golden, amber-sandalwood but to my plain, “untrained” nose, it reminds me mostly of sweet, delicious coconut-vanilla scent. Nothing screams a warm summer like this body oil!
I love how the scent is not too strong. I normally can't stand sweet vanilla-y scents because they tend to give me headaches. This one gives me instant relaxation instead! The smell lingers for hours depending on the amount applied. I usually do 1-2 squirts on each of my arm and leg as well as on my décolleté and shoulders and I could still smell it after 4-5 hours before it starts to fade slightly.
I like to apply it on my bare skin as soon as I get out of the shower but sometimes I will mix it in with my body lotion or sunscreen and gently pat it in for added sparkly effect. Speaking of sparkliness, this body oil contains some serious ultra fine shimmers that literally give my skin instant gorgeous glistening effect! The shimmers are a mixture of “gold and platinum leaf” as captured in my close-up photos throughout this review. The shimmery particles are so fine and delicate. You can see them but you won't feel them on the skin at all. Definitely no grittiness of any kind if that's something you're worried about!
Even though there seems to be loads of shimmers in the formula, they sheer out considerably once applied on the skin. The effect is rather subtle in my opinion but you can easily adjust the amount of shimmer by adding more or less. Just don't forget to shake the bottle well before every use to re-distribute the content!
I find the formula fairly moisturizing as it keeps my skin soft and supple the entire wear. I can't confirm whether it is moisturizing enough for dry skin, though, because the oil is rather light. In any case, you can always mix it in with your favorite body cream to ensure your skin is properly taken care of.
As you can probably tell by the tone of my review that I am basically smitten with everything about this body oil! From packaging, to fragrance, to formula, to performance, absolutely nothing about this product disappoints me. I've never seen my skin so beautifully sparkly and I think I have become addicted to using it!
I am trying to remind myself to use it only on special occasions, though, because this piece of luxury is a limited-edition product released only for a short time for the Summer 2015 Soleil Collection. I am truly sorry that by the time you read my review, this item is already sold out everywhere online. I doubt it will ever be re-stocked but hopefully the brand will bring it back next summer season! Still, do check with your local Tom Ford counter because they might still have some in stock! Purchase links down below are only included for your reference. Amazon still has it but I would think twice before paying outrageous markups!