Beauty

The 8 Best Clean Body Oils

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June

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Updated: August 3, 2022

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There’s something undeniably decadent about body oils. Ultramoisturizing and wildly luxurious to the touch, they leave your skin glowier, firmer, and suppler. They’re not something you smooth on and then dash off to work after applying—even oils that sink in relatively quickly do take a minute. And that’s sort of the point: Body oils are (in part) about taking a moment for yourself.

Just like conventional body lotions, conventional body oils can contain some unappealing ingredients—from mineral oil and silicones to fragrance and colorant ingredients—with the potential to harm our health. Because we lather our entire body with body oils and creams, the exposure to ingredients like endocrine disruptors or simply to skin irritants is far greater than it would be with, say, an eye cream.

The manner in which even natural, plant-based oils are extracted can also make a difference in how the finished oil affects your skin: Harsh solvents leave residues in the oil that your skin can absorb. And oils labeled “bath” oils are often cut with solvents 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 as hair oil in most cases.

  1. GLEAMIFYING AND MOISTURIZING

    Made with nourishing superingredients like sea buckthorn oil, kakadu plum, and squalane, this rich, luxurious body oil sinks in instantly to deeply moisturize and replenish skin. It feels absolutely fantastic on skin; leaves a smooth, supple, healthy-looking glow; and smells beautifully of ginger, violet, cedar, and vetiver.

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  1. Restorative

    Renowned German doctor Augustinus Bader combines medicinal, highly functional ingredients with nourishing argan and olive oils in this full-body oil designed to restore, protect, and deeply hydrate the skin.

    Augustinus Bader The Body Oil, goop, $100
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  2. Floral

    Moisturizing natural oils imbued with flower extracts leave your skin delightfully soft, dewy, and gleamy. The sexy, faintly tropical scent works fabulously as a clean perfume, too—just at your wrists and neck or all over.

    Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body Oil, goop, $82
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  3. Summery

    This roll-on oil from fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour (a wardrobe whisperer for both Gwyneth and Michelle Obama) effortlessly delivers the most beautiful scent along with pure nourishment. Organic jojoba and grape-seed oils hydrate skin, while notes of neroli and bitter orange smell of a sultry summer on the Mediterranean. Sarafpour designed a brilliant rollerball that makes it incredibly easy to apply everywhere (it sinks in within seconds): arms, legs, collarbone, and—always—pulse points.

    BEHNAZ Summer Skin Oil, goop, $45
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  4. Fresh

    Handmade on a lush organic Tuscan farm, this citrusy, lightly herbal dry oil mixes soothing flower extracts with a proprietary blend of essential fatty acids meant to rejuvenate dry, dull skin. Spritz it all over your body—it sinks in beautifully and leaves your skin silky, faintly scented, and ultramoisturized.

    Seed to Skin The Serenity Time Defying Dry Body Oil, goop, $162
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  5. Tropical Balm

    This semisolid balm makes the perfect travel body oil—and the island-scented natural-oil-and-butter-packed skin treatment is just as beautiful at home, too. Monoi, a fragrant oil derived from coconut and Tahitian gardenias, blends with calming calendula and chamomile for a soft, dreamy scent and a gorgeous sensation on skin.

    Jao Goe Oil, goop, $52
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  6. Energizing

    Rosemary, grapefruit, and juniper essential oils in this revivifying body oil invigorate and hydrate skin—perfect for luxurious post-shower moisturization or as part of a meditative dry brushing ritual (for the latter, start at the feet and make your way up toward the heart for maximum relaxation).

    The Organic Pharmacy Detox Body Oil, goop, $68
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  7. Nourishing

    Antioxidant-rich noni fruit extract and soothing rose hip give this ultramoisturizing body oil a supercharged dose of essential nutrients and fatty acids, leaving your skin silky-smooth with a sexy, irresistible glow.

    KORA Organics Noni Glow Body Oil, goop, $60
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