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.
1The 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
Body Oil – Jasmin goop, $58
Smooth a few drops over your
limbs after a shower or bath and
feel deeply, sexily French Girl all
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.