Maximalist Body Care: 7 Oils, Lotions, and Balms for Your Body

It was my 2018 resolution to take better care of my body, and thankfully I was pretty successful. Sometimes I’m incredibly lazy and am grateful to remember to put on deodorant, and other times I’m excessively extra with my routine.

Here are some favorite body products I reach for often.

Body Oils


The Fur Oil

$44 USD for 75ml

Fur Oil entered my routine earlier this year and has quickly become a staple. Emma Watson raves about it, so it must be good, right? Well, yes. Yes it is. While it can be used a multitude of places (basically anywhere you have hair) I find I use it most on my underarms to soothe razor rash and prevent in-growns. The antibacterial properties also aid my deodorant, so that’s an unexpected bonus.


Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil

$32 USD for 3oz

This oil may not be the best match for my hair, but it’s actually lovely for the skin. The rose scent isn’t overwhelming and for me, personally, is reminiscent of rose scented products from my childhood, which I kind of adore. It doesn’t leave any residue on my skin, as some oils can, nor stain clothing. This is an oil that’s perfect to reach for in the summer months because it is so lightweight.


NARS Monoï Body Glow II

$59 USD

The NARS Monoï Body Glow II is an old favorite. Heavily scented, this can easily replace a fragrance. Heavier than the others, a little goes a long way and it can leave a residue behind. However, it feels so luxurious. From the heavy glass bottle to the flower inside of it, the blend of tiare blossom, white frangipani, ylang-ylang, and vanilla transport the senses to somewhere very exotic and far away. I’ve used this as bath oil, in the summer as fragrance, and in colder months as body oil as it’s deeply hydrating. My only gripe is the bottle doesn’t come with a pump and the oil generally gets everywhere. The first time I used it I dropped the bottle (because my hands were oily) and was grateful it didn’t shatter.

Body Lotions, Creams, & Balms

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Aēsop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

$97 USD/$127 CAD for 17 oz

$35 USD/$47 CAD for 4.2 oz

This gem from Aesop is definitely a splurge. If spending nearly $100 on body lotion seems insane (I don’t blame you), but you’re still interested in the lotion, they have a 4.2oz version for $35 USD. I prefer the pump bottle, and at 17 oz, it will last ages, so I felt justified in my indulging. The scent is one of my favorites – the light citrus of pink grapefruit, orange and lemon rind is invigorating but subtle. The lotion itself sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling healthier, even a bit shinier.


Nécessaire’s The Body Lotion

$25 USD

This pick may be giving the Rind Concentrate lotion a run for my most reached for product. Unscented and packaged in a tube (instead of my preferred pump style), it may seem simple at first. But this lotion is densely packed with antioxidants and multi-vitamins. It’s even been formulated at a specific pH to optimize the absorption of its ingredients. It absorbs quickly and the hydration lasts all day. If you have someone with sensitive skin or someone who hates the feeling of product on their body, this for them!


Diptyque Revitalizing Body Balm

$68 USD

This is another favorite discovery from this year. A balm-to-oil type product, it also boasts an invigorating citrus sent. Blood orange, ginger, and rose combine with sesame and moringa oils for a luxurious experience. This was a birthday treat I bought myself, and while I don’t use it on a frequent basis, it’s usually the thing I reach for when I want to feel indulgent. A little will go a long way, and it can leave a residue if you use too much. The jar looks as fancy as the balm inside feels and even comes with a little spatula to keep it sanitary.


Sangre De Fruta Botanical Body Cream

$64 USD

This cream comes in several iterations, all at different price points depending on the scent due to the rarity of the oils used. It also comes in unscented, which I have linked here. Developed by the owner of the company when she was pregnant, one of the most notable bits of this cream is the lack of water in the ingredient list, which means the cream is dense, thick, and could probably moisturize the Sahara itself. The first ingredient is Shea butter, if you were wondering. The scented versions of these are extremely fragrant and could easily be used as perfume.