One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Body Serum

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On any given day, my routine goes like this: exfoliate, rinse, moisturize. It's standard—I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel here. But more recently, I've had to amp it up a little, thanks to skin still dehydrated from the winter and a rapidly approaching summer. So now my morning looks a little more like exfoliate aggressively, rinse, moisturize, re-moisturize, skip an hour, go back and reassess whether more lotion/cream/other hydration agent is needed. Ah, the perks of working from home.

Now, when you're striving for immediate moisture immediately upon exiting the shower, I find that application methods apart from pumping some lotion into your palms are far more efficient—like with the One Love Organics’ Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum. It comes with this funny spray bottle, not unlike a small bottle of Windex, so you can quickly shake off some water, grab the plastic bottle (so many oils and serums are gorgeous and glass-encased—not ideal for steamy bathroom use), spray onto your legs and everywhere else, and rub in.

I've never been a huge fan of greasing up just after I get clean. But One Love's Body Serum isn't quite an oil—it's a little thinner than that. And better for you: It has pumpkin seed oil (a natural source of salicylic acid and zinc) to refine, tone, and even the skin, antileukine 6 to fight free-radical damage and tighten the skin’s surface, and all kinds of nourishing extras like green tea seed oil, kelp extract, chia seed extract, and rooibos tea extract. But unlike a creamy lotion, I'm not worried about it just sitting on my skin and rubbing off onto my clothes. It soaks in right away, decidedly un-slimy, leaving behind only a super nice scent (Gardenia + Tea, so obviously), but not in a fragrance-y way. Honestly, it's good enough to ditch your Frederic Malle perfume—and not just because it's got that nifty top.

In fact, the Serum worked hard enough that I went through an entire bottle in less than a week. Now, I’ve ordered a second bottle (it's $40, but once I get my skin over the lingering winter hump, I've resolved to use it a little more sparingly) and also added their Vitamin C Body Polish and Coconut + Salt Mineral Body Lotion to my summer skin boot camp routine, too. Seeing that they're all certified organic and smell just like a resort (the scrub is like a piña colada) the mindset alone is enough to get me into a bikini willingly. Just waiting for the temperatures to finally catch up to my shower...

—Victoria Lewis

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