I am one of those people who have an oily/combo face but very dry body, so sometimes after shower, especially in colder months, my skin can get very uncomfortably dry and I hate that feeling. Luckily, I seem to belong to a rare species who actually enjoys using lotions and body butters so I go through ridiculous amounts of them and have moisturising firmly embedded in my evening routine. I like to feel comfortable in my skin and feeling dry is anything but, not to mention some of the body products smell soo heavenly that they’re good enough to eat, and the scent lingers for a long time. All I need afterwards is a warm bathrobe, a cup of tea and Netflix and my evening is sorted…so adventurous, I know..
Anyway, here is my top 5 body lotions and body butters that I use most often, all of which have been repurchased more than twice because they are just simply that good. What they all have in common is they keep my skin soft and comfortable for long after use, some are on a heavier side in terms of consistency, others are lighter, but all absorb quickly enough and don’t leave my skin feeling sticky. They also cover various price points, from very affordable, to almost ridiculously expensive.
Aveeno Moisturising Lotion with shea butter
This smells like oats, porridge, very gentle scent, lovely. I would say compared to some others, this is one of the lighter ones in terms of texture, absorbs almost immediately and the smell goes quite quick, so if you want to use your perfume afterwards and don’t want the scents to ‘clash’, this would be a good one. It contains Triple Oat Complex and is made for very dry, itchy, irritable and sensitive skin, so if you suffer from skin conditions, or just have a very dry skin, this could be one to try. It comes in a squeezy tube, so travel friendly. It is also purse friendly at £5.45 All Aveeno products are very affordable and worth trying for sure. Available at Boots, I couldn’t find the same one online but Targer carries Aveeno range, so worth checking.
The Body Shop body butters
Ahhh, The Body Shop, where do I begin. I’m sure you are familiar with their body butters. I think most of us, at some point, have tried their body products. If you haven’t, thought, you have to give it a go. They are dreamy. The scents are amazing, I have tried pretty much all of them over the years, and they are all gorgeous. My favourites are Moringa, Honey and Wild Argan Oil to name a few. They are on a thicker side, as most body butters, definitely not a product I would use in a hurry, to put my clothes on right after. They are for the evening use for me, to slip into a comfy pyjamas and enjoy the lingering scent. I don’t find they leave any sticky feeling on my skin once absorbed and my skin feels very soft afterwards. I always buy some for my family too. My mum loves them all. The Body Shop often does gift sets so it may be something to think about for the upcoming Christmas for yourself or the loved ones. If butters are too rich in texture for you, try their body lotions. They are very affordable at £14 per large jar of 200ml which will last you for long months of often use. Available at The Body Shop in variety of scents and jar sizes.
Palmers Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E
I honestly cannot even remember how many bottles of this I have gone through. I love it, from the scent, very mild and warm cocoa, to the texture, thick but again, not sticky. Absorbs very quickly, leaving the skin lusciously soft and silky. This is the cheapest of the five, at only £4.15 per bottle so you really cannot go wrong with that. I feel like the brand is quite underrated, but their products are really worth trying. I have had few others from the range and have been happy with all of them, but the lotion will always be one I will come back to. They are available at Boots or Amazon
Soap & Glory Righteous Butter
Similarly to The Body Shop, most people are familiar with the scent of S&G products and have tried their body butter. If you haven’t yet, then this is what you need to know. It contains shea butter and aloe vera. It smells absolutely divine, very sweet, flowery almost, but not too overpowering. If you are scent sensitive, this may not be for you. The scent will definitely stay on your skin for a long while. The texture is very creamy, smoother and much thinner than usual, heavy butters, hence it’s less sticky when first applied and absorbs very fast leaving skin beautifully moisturised. The packaging is very young, funky and brightens up any bathroom shelf. I’ve gone through multiple jars of this one and not planning on stopping there. It retails at £10 per 300ml jar, so still quite affordable. It’s available at Boots, Soap & Glory or Amazon
Laura Mercier Body Creme
This is a complete splurge. Opposite end of cost spectrum and definitely one that I only use as a treat, every now and again. Although very expensive, it’s so worth the price. Enriched in Vitamins A, E and C AS, as well as oils to condition the skin. The scents are out of this world amazing, all of them smell like something you’d want to eat. It’s one of those lotions that I apply and then sit there inhaling it. Seriously, that good. All lotions leave a strong scent, which I love, and for me, it’s definitely part of the ‘experience’ and I expect them to be long lasting for that price. I wouldn’t apply any perfume afterwards as I don’t feel the need to, if that makes sense. The texture is quite light and more creamy and softer than any of the above products. Having said that, they feel amazing on the skin and give more than enough moisture to feel comfortable and soft. Because I only use them every once in a while, the jar lasts me a very long time and you don’t need to use a lot to cover the whole body. Everything about Laura Mercier body products is pure luxury and if you are looking for some fancy body lotion, definitely give them a go, you will not be disappointed. They also release some lovely gift sets for the holiday season, so keep your eyes open wide. The body butters retail at £45 and are available at Space NK, Laura Mercier, John Lewis,