Body oils for your budget
Despite the various types of body moisturisers available – body butters, lotions, balms – I think nothing works better for your skin than good old fashioned oil. Why? It spreads so easily and softens your skin like nothing else.
I find that most lotions tend to absorb into the skin too quickly and you soon feel dry again. Or the few lotions that do leave you feeling soft and supple – such as Molten Brown require an industrial sized application to work. The same is true of body butters. Palmers Cocoa Butter is lovely, but it doesn’t spread too easily, you need to use lots for your whole body and on top of that, you’re left feeling a little greasy.
Oil on the other hand, is an age-old solution for dry skin or after-shower moisturising.
So it’s agreed, body oil rocks. And even better, whatever your budget, there’s a body oil that can work for you and your pocket. I’ve reviewed one of the cheapest out there, as well as one of its more high-end contemporaries.
Available in all good toiletry stores, pharmacies
The best thing about body oil is that it needn’t cost the earth. While you tend to get what you paid for with moisturisers, a good body oil that does the job is within the means of us all.
Johnson’s baby oil really is as good for baby as it is for you. It seems to suit every type of skin. It’s light (as far as oils go), and you can be top-to-toe moisturised in no time. The only downside is that it can take a while to absorb. So it can be a little tricky in the morning when you’re dashing to work. Oil streaks on a blouse is never a good look.
Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body oil
Sold exclusively at Selfridges.com
This really is the Prada of body oils. Black Chicken Remedies is an Australian beauty brand which created this luxury aromatherapy body oil.
Despite its silly name, Love your Body oil contains 12 remedial oils which claim to provide deep long lasting moisture to nourish skin. These include avocado oil, rosehip oil (good for wrinkles and stretch marks), hazelnut oil to help tone and tighten the skin, sandalwood essential oil which is great for stress, lavender oil for sunburn, and vitamin E to help maintain cell integrity (whatever that means).
Anyway, the proof is in the pudding as always. I certainly noted one oil – lavender. The smell was so pungent when I tried it that I thought that bees would swarm as soon as I stepped out of the door! However, After second use, I was used to the smell, and it actually becomes quite pleasant. One lady at the gym even complemented me after I’d used it, so it obviously suits a certain nose.
Smell aside, Love your Body oil is as luxurious as you’d expect. You only need one squirt of the oil per limb, which means a little goes a long way, plus my skin was left feeling incredibly soft until the very next day – an impressive feat which even trumped the Johnson’s baby oil. But then again, at £45.50 a pop, I should think so too!
I don’t know about the effect on wrinkles and stretch marks (don’t have any) and despite its claims, I wouldn’t expect it to cure stress, but if you were looking to treat yourself, or buy a gift for someone who has everything, this wouldn’t be a bad way to go.