5 Body Oils We Can’t Get Enough Of

There’s something undeniably decadent about a body oil: Ultra-moisturizing and wildly luxurious to the touch, it leaves your skin more glowy, firm, and supple. It is also not something you smooth on and then dash off to work—even oils that sink in relatively quickly do take a minute. Body oils are in fact for taking a minute for yourself.

A conventional body oil can be, like a conventional body cream, pretty bad: Mineral oil and silicones infused with artificial fragrances and colorants. Slather your whole body and you expose yourself to many more toxic ingredients—carcinogens and endocrine disruptors as well as plain old skin irritants—than you would with, say, an eye cream.

The manner in which even natural, plant-based oils are extracted also makes a difference: Harsh solvents leave toxic residues in the oil that your skin readily absorbs. And oils labeled “bath” oils are often cut with solvents and/or drying surfactants to make them foam, or to make them less greasy on the surface of a tub.

In the same way that face oil simplified and revolutionized skin care for many people (suddenly, the centuries-old essential of indigenous women across the globe made more sense than the 17-million-ingredient conventional skin care concoctions designed to attract with texture and scent as opposed to results), the best body oils turn out to be incredibly multipurpose. Beyond their amazing moisturizing and firming qualities, great body oils work in place of conventional perfume, as bath oil, and even hair oil in most cases. Our favorites, below, combine beautiful scents, exquisite texture, and serious skin benefits.

  • 1

    The Organic Pharmacy
    Detox Body Oil goop, $68

    This invigorating body oil
    helps detoxify with juniper,
    grapefruit, and rosemary
    essential oils, enlivening
    and deeply nourishing skin. Use
    alone, right after dry brushing,
    or you can actually apply it

    with a dry brush, working upwards from the feet in a circular
    motion, towards the heart for ultimate treatment.

  • 2

    Balmyard Beauty
    Romantic Call
    Body Oil goop, $82

    This has to be one of the most
    beautiful scents ever: It’s luxurious all
    over the body, but it also works as an

    amazing, subtle perfume dabbed at your wrists or neck. Made with coconut, shea, sweet almond, and hibiscus seed oils, this incredible oil leaves your skin soft and gorgeously fragrant, not to mention glowy and supple.

  • 3

    French Girl
    Body Oil – Jasmin goop, $58

    Smooth a few drops over your
    limbs after a shower or bath and
    feel deeply, sexily French Girl all

    day: pure organic coconut, argan, rose-hip-seed, and sesame
    oils are infused with ayurvedic botanical absolutes, resins, and
    essential oils to soothe the skin and create the gorgeous scent all
    at once. We also use it on the wrists and behind the ears as a
    subtle perfume, and as a supremely indulgent (and
    skin-revivifying) bath oil. 

  • 4

    Jao Goe Oil goop, $48

    A combination of 28
    plant, fruit, and flower
    oils and butters, this

    multipurpose, semi-solid oil smells faintly
    of Monoi (Tahitian gardenias soaked in
    coconut oil) and moisturizes skin like
    nothing else. Lighter than a typical body

    butter, longer-lasting than a moisturizer, it’s made with a high
    percentage of jojoba oil—not technically an oil, but a
    polyunsaturated liquid wax, plus
    rosehip, hemp, meadowfoam, and rice bran oils, all of which contain
    omega and essential fatty acids. Antioxidant avocado,
    grapeseed, mango, and pumpkin seed butter, plus kukui nut oil
    nourish the skin, while chamomile and calendula calm.

  • 5

    Tammy Fender
    Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil goop, $65

    On the body or in the bath, this exquisite oil is deeply toning, nourishing, and healing. Lavender balances hormonal problems, relaxes the body, clears the mind, is both antibacterial and anti-fungal, and even encourages collagen production, soothing cuts, burns, or scarring. It also smells and feels pretty wonderful.

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