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I think it’s about time I write a review on the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (French for: “prodigious oil”; sounds like: “hwil pro-di-JOOS”). I’ve been putting off this review for more than a month now and I feel like I’ve been doing my readers some sort of disservice in doing so because this product is so amazing, I think everyone should experience its awesomeness. I don’t know why I came to know about this product only recently when apparently, it has been a dresser-staple for a lot of women since 1991! Does Nuxe Philippines need to step up their marketing efforts? Or have I just been living under a rock? (Okay, maybe it’s the latter. After doing a little research, I found that Nuxe was launched in the Philippines only a year ago.)

What It Is

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-purpose dry oil that is supposed to nourish, repair and soften skin and hair. This Parisian masterpiece contains 97.8% ingredients of natural origin, including six precious plant oils: Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort. It also has Vitamin E and is free of silicon, mineral oils, and parabens.

My Experience

Its name sounds a bit intimidating and the packaging looks “yayamanin”, but this product instantly became my humble skin’s best friend. It has replaced my night time moisturizer and I also sometimes use it as a body lotion. I like how it is instantly absorbed into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy look or feel even though it’s an oil– which is probably why they called it a “dry oil”. I have combination (semi-oily) skin, that’s why I was surprised that this product actually worked for me. On my good-skin days, I can get away with applying only this to my face. No need for foundation or highlighter to achieve a healthy glow. Those days, however, are rare.

Most of the time, I need to wear at least some concealer or a thin layer of foundation to hide my blemishes and even out my skin tone. So I mix a very small amount of Huile Prodigieuse with my foundation, and this mixture gives my skin that flawless-but-still-natural, dewy look. Make sure you do NOT combine it with oil-controlling foundations, though. I noticed that it didn’t go very well with my oil-controlling foundation, which wasn’t surprising because an oil-controlling formula will obviously counteract oil. As a body oil, I like how it softens and moisturizes my skin, without the greasy or sticky feeling.

For my hair, I just spritz some of this dry oil on to my hair to tame the frizz. I do this on those days when I’d rather skip the heavy or sticky products I normally use to define my curls. Although Huile Prodigieuse does not define my curls as well as my curling creams and sprays do, it’s good enough for ordinary days when I just want to wear my hair au naturel.

My Mom’s Experience

When my mom complained of allergy-like skin reactions – including itchiness and bumps – I told her to try out this oil. I knew it worked for her because she never returned my Huile Prodigieuse bottle until I bought her her own.

Aside from its aesthetic effects, it seems this multi-purpose dry oil also has a therapeutic use. The brand does not claim this but my mom does. When my mom complained of allergy-like skin reactions – including itchiness and bumps – I told her to try out this oil. I knew it worked for her because she never returned my Huile Prodigieuse bottle until I bought her her own. Ha, ha! And when she returned it to me, she was already halfway through it. It was almost full when I gave it to her! She said the oil relieved her skin-itching and made her bumps disappear. She even added that it seemed to have also worked as a mosquito-repellent, because she didn’t get any mosquito bites while she was using it. No wonder it ran out so quickly, she had been using it all over her body everyday while there I was trying to use it so sparingly! I was like, “Mom?! Huile Prodigieuse is not cheap, you know.” Ha, ha!

The Scent

If you’ve read my previous blog, you’d know that I wasn’t a fan of the Dry Oil’s floral, vintage scent when I first tried it because I found it too overpowering. But as time went by, I came to like it. And after more than a month of using it, I already love it! I actually now feel that it’s quite a pity that the scent on the skin lasts only for a while, though it lasts longer on the hair. I also found that due to insistent public demand, Nuxe eventually came out with a perfume version of this oil, called Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum.

The Packaging

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse comes in a glass spray bottle, which makes it look so luxurious. My mom initially thought it was perfume, because it did look like one. I have no problem with this packaging even though the glass bottle sometimes becomes a bit slippery because of the oil. But no biggie, I just wipe it off with a paper towel.

Other Details

Price: 50ml (P995.00); 100ml (P1,750.00)

Where I got mine: I got a sample from the Project Vanity Wanderlust Kit, but I later bought the full-size at Rustan’s, Alabang Town Center

Where else it’s available: Rustan’s, Beauty Bar, and select SM Department Stores, Watsons Mall of Asia, Robinsons Magnolia Kiosk, Kiss & Fly NAIA Termina 3 (Visit their Facebook for a more detailed list)

Will I repurchase? I already have… twice! One for my mom and one for me. And I absolutely will again! The last time I bought a 100ml bottle, Nuxe had a promo at Rustan’s, so I received a 50ml Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for free! I got to choose between the regular dry oil and the shimmery one, but I chose the latter because I’ve long been wanting to try it.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 100ml with the free Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or 50ml

 

The Label (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil)

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Bonus: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Dry Oil Mini Review

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil works just like the non-shimmering variant, only this one contains super fine golden particles that make the skin look even more radiant. I learned that the “Or” actually stands for “gold”. A few drops are enough to add just a hint of sparkle to the arms, legs, and collar bones. It can also work as a highlighter on the high points of the cheeks. A little goes a long way with this product. And you can always just add more depending on how sparkly you want to look. It retails for the same price as the non-shimmering Nuxe Dry Oil.

The Label (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil)

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