Body care and Hydration: Body Oils

I won’t lie, when it comes to skin hydration I’m usually a lotion person. It’s easier to work into the skin, and it absorbs better (imo). But sometimes I want to use something that feels a little more luxurious. Something I have to take my time applying. That’s when I turn to body oils.

I still remember the first one I used. It was the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (with shimmer). I’d been wanting to try it for a long time, and when Target briefly carried it, I snatched up a bottle. I bought it before a trip to Disneyworld, and the whole time we were there I used it. My skin smelled wonderful, stayed hydrated, and had a sun-kissed look.

Since then I’ve tried a few more body oils. Some have aromatherapeutic properties, while others are simply good at hydrating (and smell lovely!). Some I use strictly on my skin, and others I also use in the bath.

L to R: Herbivore Citrine, Bath and Body Works Lavender, Aromatherapy Associates Breathe, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Radha Argan Oil, Bath and Body Works Bergamont.

Mini reviews/How I Use:

          Aromatherapeutic oils:

Let’s start with the aromatherapeutic oils. The Bath and Body Works oils I use in place of lotion. I also use these as massage oils. I’ve even been known to rub some of the bergamont oil into my hands before bed. These oils are scented just right; strong enough to enjoy, not strong enough that they repulse. They are also very reasonably priced!

The Aromatherapy Associates oil is simply outstanding. I suffer from asthma and a little of this in my bath really does help my breathing (probably the eucalyptus oil). It also just smells divine and the formula is the perfect consistency for using in the bath. It disperses evenly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling too oily. This one is more on the expensive side, but well worth it.

          Dry Oil:

The Nuxe oil is the only dry oil I currently use, but boy is it awesome. This oil goes on so smooth and easily, not to mention the smell is wonderful. Sweet, but not over-the-top. Musky, but not in a gross way. There’s a reason this is a cult product. The last time I bought this (repurchase!), I got the big bottle. I like it that much.

          Oily oils:

Thick. That’s how I would describe the Herbivore Citrine and the Radha Argan oil. These take a lot of working into the skin, but there’s not doubt they are hydrating. My favorite way to use the Radha oil is in the bath. I add it to whatever bubble bath or bath bomb I’m using for an extra boost. The Herbivore oil I use on my skin, not in the bath. It smells exactly like powdered Peach Snapple. Any other 90s children remember that?

Products Mentioned:

Herbivore Citrine:

Bath and Body Works oils:

Aromatherapy Associates:

Radha Argan:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (large bottle):


How about you? Do you use body oils? Which are your favorite?

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