Natural, non-sticky body oils that smell delicious enough to eat were the order of the day when choosing our top ten. Each of our finds uses only natural ingredients, with some certified organic. There’s no need to fret about your purse strings either, as our selection includes some great options for under a tenner. Time to give your skin some serious TLC.
1. Absolute Aromas Detox Bath and Massage Oil: £8.26, absolute-aromas.com
This toning oil claims to redefine your body shape. Our saggier bits felt notably firmer after use and the heavenly smell was an added plus. It can also be used for a thorough hair and scalp cleanse and it comes in an attractive green glass bottle.
2. De Mamiel Botaniques Salvation Body Oil: £70, demamiel.com
This sensual choice is jam-packed with the crème-de-la-crème of woody aromatherapy plant and flower oils. It may be at the upper end of your budget, but your skin will feel like velvet. We used it before a birthday bash and it left us feeling that little bit more special.
3. The Rose Tree Apricot & Palmarosa Body Oil: £26, therosetree.co.uk
Gentle and undeniably luxurious, this light and nourishing oil from boutique organic skincare producer The Rose Tree leaves a lingering scent of palmarosa and apricot as it deeply moisturises. Zesty hints of orange and bergamot add freshness while sleek packaging makes for a lovely gift.
4. Primavera Energising Ginger & Lime Body Oil: £23, pravera.co.uk
Spicy ginger is warming while uplifting notes of tangy lime will energise and awaken the mind. Ideal after a sports session or simply when in need of a refreshing pick-me-up, this oil is certified natural and gave us a healthy glow.
5. Marble & Milkweed Nourishing Organic Body Oil: £26.95, abeautifulworld.co.uk
Slather on this silky soft oil from small New York apothecary studio Marble & Milkweed, hand-made to order with wild-crafted Australian sandalwood, rosehip and apricot. Only a little is needed so don’t be put off by the small bottle, it’s the perfect size for travelling.
6. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Body Oil: £41, aromatherapyassociates.com
This tranquil lavender-based oil successfully eased our aches and pains. Healing arnica combines with reviving rosemary to de-stress even the most uptight body. Ideal post-exercise to aid a good night’s sleep.
7. Eminence Mimosa Champagne Massage Oil: £21, theskinsmith.co.uk
Decadence in a classy, champagne-shaped bottle, this sweet-smelling Hungarian oil is certified organic and packed with lush grapes. This tightened our pores and left us feeling red-carpet ready, just as promised. Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel are all reportedly fans.
8. Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath and Massage Oil: £9.99, hollandandbarrett.com
This versatile oil is hydrating and restorative with proven anti-ageing benefits. It revitalises dry skin while stimulating the senses with its exotic but far from overpowering fragrance. We found it glides on without feeling greasy.
9. Natural Elements Peppermint & Orange Body Massage Oil: £20.99, naturalelementsskincare.com
Suitable for all skin types and free from all synthetic nasties, Natural Elements blends patchouli, peppermint and orange. It’s subtle, soothing and budget-friendly to boot with a handy mess-free pump.
10. Toulou Organics Vanilla Pod & Macademia Body Oil: £26, toulouorganics.com
This one is recommended for mature skin due to the rejuvenating qualities of macademia nut oil, Toulou Organics is quickly absorbed and smells delicious enough to eat. Try their Balmy Nights oil too for an extra-therapeutic bed-time.
De Mamiel Botaniques and Aromatherapy Associates are our pick if you’re feeling flash. Should these posher oils need to be saved for your Christmas wish list, Absolute Aromas offers an excellent value for money range; their Detox oil wins our vote as the best choice for a pamper session that will leave your skin feeling gorgeous without a big price tag.
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