I was always a big fan of body lotion growing up, and I’ve only dabbled in body oils from time to time. When I was younger I tried Neutrogena body oil. They are right – the sesame oil was fast absorbing. And Neutrogena is a “dermatologist recommend” brand – what could go wrong there? What’s not to love about Neutrogena body oils: propylparaben, BHT and potentially added synthetic fragrance.
There are so many natural, organic and paraben-free body oil alternatives on the market now. Here are just a few to consider:
Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil Review
This was actually the first natural body oil I tried. Weleda is very easy to find at most natural, organic and health food stores and markets like Whole Foods. Many of you may be familiar with their “Skin Food” lotion. I’m actually not wild about it – it didn’t blow me away. The oil base itself in this Wild Rose body oil works well: the sweet almond oil and jojoba oil is either to smooth over your skin, absorbs fairly well and protects against dryness very well. The scent is definitely rosy but actually not as much as I used to think. Generally I do find rose scents and essential oils overwhelming, but this doesn’t give me as much of a headache as it used to. It has rosehip oil and rose damascena oil (damask rose). There is a lot of other ingredients like farsenol that are made “from natural essential oils” – these seem to be fragrant enhancing compounds that are a part of many essential oils. If you love rose scents, you will love this Weleda body oil. If you are sensitive to fragrance however, I would try something else. This body oil is not vegan but it is gluten free.
Osmia Organic Night Body Oil Review
I first discovered the Osmia brand though my October Art of Organic monthly beauty box, and this natural body oil and an accompanying lip balm came with my February Beauty Heroes monthly subscription beauty box (see one of my latest Beauty Heroes reviews here). There are lots of reasons to love Osmia body oil from the package alone: this oil is made of 60% certified organic ingredients, it’s made in the USA, it’s cruelty free and it’s vegan! I use it per directions following a shower with skin still wet and it left me feeling very moisturized. Osmia also makes it very clear about ingredients they use and don’t use: no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and more.
It has a great mix of organic oils that absorb very quickly into the skin: jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, hemp oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil, and evening primrose oil. It also contains non-organic coconut oil and kukui oil. The scent is not too overwhelming as far as oils go, but I wish it had less rosemary extract and lavender (duh…’cause that’s me). The scent reminds me slightly of the Maya Chia face oil I use sometimes but it is far less fragrant. This oil is only $20 which is pretty good for such a luxe organic product, and it should last you a long time.
Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil Review
I received this lovely body oil in my January Art of Organics monthly beauty box. This natural moisturizing oil can actually be used on your face too, although it’s a little too scented for me so when I use it I tend to just use it on my legs. This is pleasantly a paraben free, phthalate free and sulfate free product without animal testing or artificial fragrances. Like many natural and indie brands is also keeps a glossary of ingredients it doesn’t use or doesn’t like.
This has the simplest ingredient list actually of all the beauty oils in this roundup: jojoba oil and apricot seed oil hydrate and keep skin from getting too dry. I’m not that into scents but I generally don’t mind citrusy scents. This Indie Lee oil uses sweet orange and vanilla extras, so yes it does leave you smelling a bit like a sugar cookie in a delightful way, much like Nourish Organic almond body lotion. It’s a little to vanilla-y for my tastes, but Indie Lee has many varieties of body oils to choose from.
I don’t find this Indie Lee oil to be as quickly absorbing as the Osmia, but I will definitely try more Indie Lee products in the future.