It might seem like a total beauty classic nowadays, but oddly enough, Nuxe's Huile Prodigiuese wasn't always this iconic and loved-the-world-over body care staple that we know it to be now.
In fact, back in 1992 when the founder Aliza Jabès first developed the formula in her small Parisian lab, French pharmacists laughed in her face. "It'll never work," they said (in French, obvs), and they mocked her efforts to put a luxury face on the natural skincare world. And the fact she thought anyone would want to slather themselves head to toe in a rich golden divine oil? Yeah, they thought that was pretty laughable too.
Still, Jabès stuck at it, and good job too, as fast-forward 25 years, and Huile Prodigiuese is now the best-selling all-purpose oil in France. It's so nourishing, you only need a little drop and suddenly frazzled hair becomes glossy again, dry shins are lacquered in an unbelievable sheen, and deflated cheeks look plump and almost juicy once more.
So how do you improve upon results like that? You make it richer of course. Enter Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche ($51), a super-charged version of the cult oil that I've seemingly developed a minor addiction to. Scroll down to find out why.
Pros and Cons
- Great scent
- Quick drying
- Practical spray bottle
- Multi-use product — can be used on face, body, and hair
- Can be a bit rich for some people
- Some users report scent is too strong
The Bottom Line
The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche is a gorgeous oil — the scent, the texture, and its skin benefits are all worth the somewhat hefty price tag.
Best for: Dry skin
Uses: Hydration and moisture
Star Rating: 4.5
Potential allergens: Nut oils, including sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil
Active ingredients: Tsubaki Oil, Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil
About the brand: Nuxe is a luxury French brand that specializes in natural skin, hair, and body care.
The texture is slightly different too and feels much more aligned with more traditional oil formulas: There's none of that slightly weird viscous feeling you get with the dry version. That does mean that it sits on the skin a tad longer, and so you might have to wait it out for a few more minutes before you try and slide your jeans up your moisturized legs, but it's worth it, I swear.
So what's the main difference between the Riche version and the regular oil? Well, the most notable one—and the reason my legs seem to be clinging onto its hydration for way longer than usual—is the increase of macadamia oil, the nourishing ingredient at the center of the formulation. Its composition is as close as you can get to sebum, meaning it mimics the skin's natural hydrators and is therefore more easily absorbed. The rich version has 30% more than the original, which is a pretty major increase that you can really feel on the skin.
There's also an extra ingredient you won't find on the bottle of the OG version: Tsubaki oil. This oil is made from the camellia flower and is really popular in Japan, where Geishas have used it in their skincare routines for centuries. In this body oil, it's just another great hydrator to add to the roll-call of nourishing ingredients.
If you have dry skin, this oil will be a godsend. It's rich, but not so much that you're left feeling like a grease spill.
It's great on dry, split ends (although avoid the roots as it's pretty heavy going) and the only downside is that unless you have a super-flaky, dry complexion, it's probably best you avoid using this one on the face, as it might be a bit heavy and start to clog up pores. But in all honesty, I'm too busy slathering it up and down my limbs for my face to even get a look in. It sinks in quick enough — you don't have to wait around for an extra 30 minutes to put your clothes on, and it has a lush scent that isn't too overwhelming.
This oil is priced at around $51 for a small-ish bottle (100ml/3.3oz) of product. It's a tad on the expensive side if you plan on using it everyday, however, the ingredient list makes it worth it in my honest opinion. It's the perfect oil for a nice treat yourself day or during the winter when that ultra dry skin rears its ugly head.
Similar Products: You Have Options
Neutrogena Moisturizing Sesame Body Oil: This oil, priced at a super affordable $12, is a mainstay in the beauty community. It's formulated with nourishing and lightweight sesame oil and sinks into the skin almost immediately. Use alone or mix with your favorite lotion for a super moisturizing treat.
Glossier Body Hero Dry-Touch Oil Mist: If you're looking for something a sweet, refreshing scent and ultra-moisturizing power, this oil is the one for you. It's priced at $28 (so a little less than half the cost of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche oil) and is made with a blend of lightweight oils like sunflower seed, oat seed and grape seed.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche oil is a bit on the expensive side, but it's well worth it for the luxe ingredients, the texture, and of course, I love the fact that it's a multi-use product. If you're looking for a lush treat for your next at-home spa day, or you have super dry skin that needs some extra TLC, this oil is well worth the money.