It's kinda weird, but I'll always make sure to pack moisturizer, yet I get so carefree (a.k.a lazy) on vacation that I often forget to apply it and of course in the end, I regret it as I dry up into a scaly prune. One of the first things I did upon returning home was take a long shower and SLATHER myself in deep moisture. Nothing feels so good as freshly moisturized skin!!
Anyhoo, it got me thinking to put together a roundup of some of my favourite body moisturizers, as well as introduce you to some new ones I'm trying.
If you're planning your own sunny vacation, then you may want to consider packing a body oil in your suitcase. A nice dry oil is the perfect moisturizer in hotter months as they're not as sticky as heavy creams yet still deeply hydrating; oils also give your skin a beautiful glow and sheen that looks great in the sun! For sure, my favourite body oil is the Nuxe Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse oil with its luxurious blend of six different plant oils, such as macadamia nut, hazelnut, camellia and sweet almond. It also smells heavenly with notes of orange blossom, magnolia and coconut milk. Check out my full review here.
Continuing along with the theme of good smelling things, is the OGX Sea Mineral Body and OGX Eucalyptus Mint Body lotions. These are great "medium-texture" moisturizers; they don't feel too heavy, spread easily, absorb quickly and smell fantastic! The OGX Sea Mineral Body lotion reminds me of the old-school The Body Shop Oceanus scent - so fresh, clean and beachy! On the other side of the spectrum is the OGX Eucalyptus Mint Body lotion, which, you guessed it, smells of mint and eucalyptus and really gives off that cleansing, spa feeling. Both lotions are widely available at drugstores everywhere and retail for around $10. I've been loving these as a refreshing perk-me-up in the mornings and they leave my skin feeling silky smooth.
Now, different scents can elicit different moods and while the OGX lotions are great energizers, it's nice to have something more soothing at night. One of my absolute favourite de-stressing lotions is the L'Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Body Cream. Like the rest of the Aromachologie line, this cream has a real vintage flair with its apothecary-inspired packaging and use of essential oils that gives it a comforting, spa-at-home feel. Needless to say, this cream is quite moisturizing, but what really makes this one standout is its fragrance. Specially designed to help you relax and unwind, the Aromachologie Relaxing Body Cream contains notes of fresh cypress and juniper. When designing this cream, L'Occitane did studies to prove that these scents really do help users relax and focus better, so slap some on when you know you'll need to be extra-sharp the next day! Check out my full review here.
If cypress and juniper herbal scents aren't your jam, then Lush has got your back with their Sleepy Hand & Body Lotion. This light almond oil and organic Fair Trade cocoa butter based lotion contains lavender and tonka bean to soothe you into dreamland. Normally I detest lavender, but I actually really like this one! I've just started using this one, but I can already attest to its powerful hydrating skills - my hands just drink this one up!
Last, but not least, is my favourite heavy hitter for the depths of winter: the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion. This super rich and thick cream is chock-full of emollients and smells like a relaxing mix of bath salts and eucalyptus goodness. After just one application your skin will thank you! Check out my full review here.
What are your favourite body lotions and creams?