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Aftelier Ancient Resins Body Oil & Hair Elixir Review

Aftelier Ancient Resins Body Oil

I’m a fan of Aftelier Body Oil & Hair Elixir. I love a multi-purpose product and I especially love a high-quality, all-natural product. I didn’t think this product could get any better, but it has.

Ancient Resins was created for the wonderful Leonard Cohen. Yes, you can smell like Leonard Cohen. That alone should make you buy this.

Ancient Resins is an intoxicating blend of balsamic and acrid resins. The top is more coniferous and the base is more creamy.  What I adore about the scent of Ancient Resins is that it is ancient resins; however, it’s not too dry, not headshop-y and not church-y. It lays on the skin like a veil. I view the scent as some sort of protection, a perfumed amulet, like a nazar in scent form. I feel it wards off evil. This mostly has to do in part to the ancients beliefs of these precious resins. For example, frankincense was believed to purify the home from evil and attract angels.

This oil is fragrant enough to be used as a perfume if you are looking for something meditative and subtle during any month of the year. My skin and hair loves the Aftelier oil bases so I love to slather myself in it. This can be worn alone or layered. It makes a wonderful balsamic base for any type of fragrance. Plus, it makes the body feel so soft. For an oil, this stuff absorbs quickly.


Notes listed include organic frankincense, Balm of Gilead, benzoin, elemi, and labdanum. 

I highly recommend this product. I usually do some sort of “if you like ___, you may like ___”. I want to recommend Anicent Resins to everyone. Ward off the bad, attract the good.

Also, shake this product very well before applying as to mix the resins and to get get the most balanced wear from the oil.

Due to the price of these raw materials, Ancient Resins comes in a smaller bottle but I still find it an excellent value at $40. It can be purchased at Aftelier. 

I featured this in my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

Victoria’s Final EauPINION – An amazing multi-functional product that is a fragrance equivalent of a nazar. Plus, Leonard Coehn wears it. Is that enough peer pressure for you?

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by Aftelier. I am not financially compensated for this review. My opinions are my own. And I’m going to buy a bottle of this because I love it. Product pic from Aftelier. Nazars from 

14 thoughts on “Aftelier Ancient Resins Body Oil & Hair Elixir Review

  1. I saw another review of this, and was ready to buy it blind… until I put it in the cart, and learned that shipping to Canada would cost as much as the stuff itself. Alas. It sounds lovely.

      1. Thank you, Mandy! That’s funny; it didn’t display that option for me before – only FedEx and USPS, both at over $30.

  2. This is on my to buy list. I’m trying to make an effort to use up the products I already have before I purchase this though.

  3. Your review is terrific Victoria, thank you for such a wonderful treat! I did use an especially high dose of frankincense for its arthritis benefits, but also love how its fragrance blends with the other resins.

  4. Brilliant review! I love Mandy’s body oils for bringing together some pretty unconventional essences.

    Thank you also for sharing my experience!

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