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The Beauty Holy Grail

8 years ago by

As a beauty junkie, there have always been a few holy grail products. The ones you dream about making a permanent part of your routine…

They seem so luxurious, so precious, that you would even consider giving away your first born in exchange for one… okay, not really…well, maybe…

For me, one of those holy grail products is Rodin Olio Lusso. There is something about it that feels so glamourous. Of course, in my fantasy beauty world, I’m laying around in a silk robe with perfect Veronica Lake waves putting drops of oil onto my already perfect skin. When a few samples arrived at our office last week, I couldn’t wait to get home and give them a try…

I’ve been using the face oil straight out of the shower and it basically melts into my skin, not to mention it smells like heaven. It is seriously so luxe, I almost feel guilty putting my foundation on over it (but I do and it’s still amazing!). I’m also kind of in love with these travel size samples, perfect for staying all Veronica Lake like on the go.

Do you have an ultimate luxury beauty product that you’d trade your first born for?


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  • Yes! I remember thinking it was a brand only moms would use; going towards brands like Nars or random Organic companies. But I love Shiseido! I love their brightening products.

  • En fait il ne faut pas se mentir à 40 ans le produit miracle c’est les injections ! Acide hyaluronique pour les sillons nasogénien et botox pour la ride du lion et c’est tout (faut pas abuser non plus !)

  • Alina May, 4 2013, 5:36

    pas d’accord! J’ai presque 40 ans et j’ai l’air d’en avoir 27, sans injections. Je fais tous les mois le soin Carita lift-fermeté en institut depuis 8 ans. Ça coute cher, mais mon visage ne change pas depuis 8 ans. Ce soin est magique

  • Well.. I wouldn’t go as far as trade in my daughter BUT… I would say anything by La Mer. I love the smell and what it does to my skin.

  • Hum… bonne question. Je n’ai pas encore trouvé mon graal en ce qui concerne les soins du visage mais je suis par conte totalement addict de certains soins capillaires (Mes cheveux, mon amour, ma signature…!) En prendre soin me faire me sentir tellement bien, j’ai même l’impression de les écouter, de savoir ce qu’ils veulent… Est-ce grave?!
    J’aime beaucoup tes posts; merci!

  • anything L’Occitane Provence

  • I just stayed at Lake Placid Lodge and they had the most amazing spread of L’Occitane for the guests!!!
    My last blog post shows each one, it was amazing!!

  • Hi Alex,

    I love the smell of Rodin as it is heavily scented with Jasmine. Yes, L’Occitane and Clarins
    are always good choices too. Do you know about an equally luxurious product called
    Get spOILed? This is the most beautiful facial oil, great for all skin types – even those with rosacea.
    It has 19 luxe ingredients includng maracuja & boabob. For complete listing you can check the website at:
    The price is very good considering all the natural ingredients. 100% of our test market loved it.
    The essence called étoile is amazing for hydration & makes you feel like a star – a la Veronica Lake.

  • I love my Phenome milky almond body butter. I love the smell and how it gets absorbed into my skin. I always feel like I’m Opera when I use it.

  • Les huiles sur le visage moi ça me fait un peu peur, j’ai l’impression que ma peau va devenir grasse toute la journée… Pour moi je crois que le produit c’est les rouges à lèvres Tom Ford, j’attend à trouver vraiment la bonne couleur

  • That looks interesting and I like Biotherm> Have a nice friday.

  • it sounds divine, but having very oily skin it might not work well for me.


  • I love the Skinceuticals Vitamin C serum, it doesn’t have any smell or anything but makes my skin glow.

  • L’huile protectrice du Dr Hauschka! C’est le seul produit qui fait en sorte que je n’ai pas de gigantesque boutons qui prennent une éternité à guérir. Aussi, ma peau ne s’y est pas ‘habituée’–après trois ans, elle est toujours aussi efficace. Je la mêle à la crème Kiehl’s que j’utilise selon la saison, et magie! ma peau est super bien hydratée sans être trop grasse.

  • Ideal Cheese May, 3 2013, 3:10 / Reply

    Leonor Greyl hair and skin oils. Wonderful stuff.

  • Aesop fabulous face oil!

  • I agree fabulous face oil by Aesop is well . . . Fabulous! I hope to try Rodin soon.
    Polly xx

  • Great recommendation. My holy grail product? Coconut oil. Since it’s solid, it works well as a moisturizer, hair conditioning mask, body lotion and so many other things. And it smells amazing. But I also love the Sheiseido eyelash curler, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Rodial Dragon’s Blood XXL Plumping Mask (the smell!!!). But honestly I’m still on the hunt for 100% Holy Grail skincare and makeup products and still haven’t found the best of the best of the best!

  • Belleza a la mano. Gracias por compartir. Te dejo muchos abrazos y te invito a ver las Portadas más famosas de mayo y espero que me cuentes cual es le que más te ha gustado. Besos todos

  • Kristyn May, 3 2013, 4:17 / Reply

    I love NUDE Progenius face oil.

  • Philosophy moisturizer is the bomb dot com.

  • I HAD one, my daydream. But they decided to remove these from all stores so now I have a problem. Thing is I can’t handle most day creams so I need to find a new GOOD one within one week and testers seem not to exist anymore….xx

  • I’ve really been wanting to try the oil out!!

  • Les crèmes et huiles Rodin justement !! Et alors ca sent quoi exactement ? Te sens tu plus belle ensuite (ben oui) ) :D

  • Evan Healy’s Rose Geranium Hydrosol mixed with her Rosehip Serum with the Whipped Patchouli Vanilla Shea Butter on top. Perfect for dehydrated skin, smells amazing, and feels gorgeous.

  • Deeyarah May, 3 2013, 11:02 / Reply

    I love… Clarins moisturizers, Smashbox Photofinish primer, Dimitri James moisturizers, oh and Dove white soap bars.

    {don’t sleep on Dove}


  • Claire May, 4 2013, 12:10 / Reply

    Now that I live in Australia I treat myself to some Aesop goodness :) Leurs produits sont juste delicieux! And of course, l’huile prodigieuse de Nuxe… J’adore!

  • cesomu May, 4 2013, 2:52 / Reply

    Pour moi ce sera les sérums et en particulier le concentré cellulaire fondamental Esthederm
    Dix jours d’utilisation et une peau lisse, éclatante et rebondie
    Bonne journée

  • Oh, there are quite a few…. I love, love, love the Rodin oils, too, especially the face oil. And then there is the Revive night cream, the SPF 50 day cream by Madrid based facialist Massumeh – fabulous products!! – Dr.Sebagh vitamin C powder (though I look forward to trying the Skinceutical ones), the gentle and organic Sentara products, Supergoop City Serum SPF 30 and more…. And of course, the fabulous, and really shouldn’t tell, totally intoxicating, unique perfumes by Argentinian nose Julian Bedel, Fueguia 1833….

  • Thanks for presenting those to me – I have never heard of them before so I’ll definitely check them out :). I also have a few of those products that are a must in my routine for quite a few years now. But I’m still wishing for that Gisele skin ;).
    Have a lovely Saturday :)!


  • A combo of YULI Skincare’s Panacea Elixir and M.E. Skin Fuel makes me so happy every single day. I’ve tried so many facial oils out there, including Rodin, but I always go back to Skin Fuel.

  • ERNESTO DÁVILA May, 4 2013, 12:34 / Reply

    Hello Grance!!! Try with the amazing DECLEOR Paris; I´m totally in love with that brand since 7 years ago.


  • Lorcec May, 4 2013, 1:14 / Reply

    moi les produits capillaires Christophe Robin depuis que tu nous en as fait l’article ; huile au citron, nettoyant au citron et masque à la figue de barbarie. ça change tout. merci pour ce conseil précieux.

  • Miam, très très tentant, et je ne connaissais pas ces mini-formats, hyper pratique. Pas de risques d’allergie?

  • Ah oui pardon et pour répondre à la question, well j’en ai un petit paquet sur ma wishlist:
    La crème de la mer
    Advanced night repair sérum d’Estee Lauder
    Les sérums skinceuticals
    Produits Christophe robin
    Crèmes Sisley
    Make up By Terry et Nars (tout)

  • I’ve always been in love with Kiehl’s products but the Rodin oil sounds amazing!
    I’ll definitely have to give it a try :)

  • Hello Garance,
    Dans le meme type de soin il y a “Le cérat aux fleurs” de Joëlle Ciocco, attention addiction en vue!!!
    Et deux marques de soin coréennes extraordinaires (des plantes et racines rares basees sur la medcicne chinoise) que tu découvriras peut être lors d’un prochain voyage far east: sulwhasoo et the history of whoo. Des textures et des soins d’un raffinement inouï …

  • Colleen May, 5 2013, 4:19 / Reply

    GOOD GENES by Sunday Riley, actually anything by Sunday Riley.

  • Christophe Robin Hair Mask “Brun Froid”.

    Absolute perfection.

  • I’m a total Clarins-aholic, but sometimes I cheat with Kiehl’s every now and then… But I love oils… I have oils for everything! :)
    I stil don’t have found that Beauty Holy Grail… maybe it’s because I just don’t believe things anymore. Everytime I see a recommendation (in magazines, webs, tv…) I don’t wether it’s a sincere recommendation or just another way of advertising…

  • Sandrine May, 6 2013, 12:43 / Reply

    J utilise le serum Advanced Night Repair depuis des années tous les soirs mais aussi le matin l été ( il permet d éviter les tâches). Si je le pouvais, je me tartinerais de toutes les crèmes de la gamme mais mon budget exploserait ! C est donc Avene qui prend le relais ( genial serum hydratant, confortable creme hydratante ). J ai 43 ans et ma Dermato m a félicitée sur l état de ma peau… Sympa, non?
    Merci pour toutes les précieuses infos.

  • Alexandra May, 7 2013, 7:02 / Reply

    Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, love it but will have to try Rodin

  • Dear Alex and team
    Another thought-provoking post. Whilst I wouldn’t go as far as trading in my kids for products since I’m rather attached to them, I agree with the sentiment that a desert island product (or several) makes all the difference to our well-being. Now I’m wondering, can there be one product to achieve this with consistent use or does it vary according to weather, stress and hormones? Looking forward to trying out some of your suggestions XX

  • shopgirl May, 7 2013, 10:26 / Reply

    My holy grail: Orofluido- argan oil elixir, for hair, body, hands .. smells like heaven.

  • love everything linda rodin……obsessed!!! xo

  • I love putting on a coconut oil every evening.
    My skin is so smooth next morning!

  • ita darling May, 13 2013, 5:51 / Reply

    My holy grail really is extra virgin pure coconut oil. i slather it on my whole body every day after showering.. I really miss it when I don’t do it! Its mainly for my body, but i also use it on my face, as a hair mask, and also take it internally..Honestly I love the Rodin face oils- I have gone through several bottles, and the smell is heavenly, but like most “miracles in a bottle”… i never saw the changes in my skin like an excellent diet, lots of water, a little sun, and good regular sweating (i.e. exercise and sex!) can do for my skin.. I am searching for a perfect moisturizer wt/ SPF for Paris climate extremes.. and want to try a good BB or CC for make up times… Coconut oil actually has a natural SPF of 6-8 so its amazing how golden I will get in the sun even after oiling myself up… as for makeup- my holy grails are By Terry touche veloutee concealer and Blinc tubing mascara, and Nars Orgasm blush- still the best!

  • Sandrine May, 14 2013, 4:47

    … and where do you buy your coconut oil? THANKS

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