As a follow-up to last week’s post about dry brushing (Have you been brushing? Have you loved it?), I wanted to put together a quick roundup of all my favorite body lotions, since, you know, a freshly-brushed body deserves the best, purest lotion there is. Enjoy!
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African Black Soap with Shea Butter 1 of 9I first came in contact with this stuff at the street fairs held in the summers in Brooklyn, where it's sold in big old hunks of black smooshiness, usually along next to shea butter (which is displayed in its open shell--fascinating stuff that shea butter). The vendors would slice some off in front of you and package it up in a plastic tub. African black soap isn't really soap, I mean, it is but it isn't. It's said to cleans skin naturally while it moisturizes, and it is supposed to be especially good for body acne. It's said that Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba were avid black soap users. What more reason do you need? By the way, this stuff smells AMAZING.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $9.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment 2 of 9Yes yes, you CAN find Aquaphor in a lotion version (it's sold as Eucerin, but it's the same stuff give or take), but I really prefer the original, greasy Aquaphor in the big old tub. I used this on Huck's precious baby skin when he had baby acne and cradle cap, and I use this in the dead of winter when my skin needs the big guns, and on the sporadic occasion when I skin weirdness that needs extra attention. Every bathroom needs a tub of Aquaphor stashed away in a drawer somewhere. PS I swear by this stuff on cold sores and cracked lips.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $27.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 3 of 9I've been reading about the virtues of coconut oil for so long that by the time I finally tried it I was already a convert. It doesn't hurt that coconut oil is literally the most delicious smell on planet earth. What I like most about coconut oil is that, although it is an oil, it's mostly solid at room temperature and only slicks up with body heat. This makes for a no mess application. And yes, you can use it as conditioner on your hair, and yes you can use it as lube in the bedroom (gasp!) and yes, you can cook with it too. I even like it on my feet! Miracle product. You should grab some.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $13.
Jergens Cherry Almond Moisturizer 4 of 9I have terribly nostalgic emotions for old Jergens and it's cherry almond scent, because it's what my husband used on his skin when we were dating. (He used it on his face! Not a single break out.) Jergens is a classic for a reason, and while it may not boast the organics and all-natural fanciness like the pricier options in this slideshow, it is a workhorse of a lotion and a great value.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $7.
Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Triple Body Cream 5 of 9Okay okay okay, this is neither organic nor terribly good for your skin. It's pumped chock full with artificial fragrances and all manner of parabens and other ickiness. That said, I worked at good old B&BW back in the day and the scent of Warm Vanilla Sugar never fails to brighten a bad mood. It is what it is. You know?
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $12.
Mustela Stelatopia 6 of 9My sister-in-law gave me a tube of the stretch mark prevention cream when I was pregnant with Huck and though I used it dutifully, I hated the way it smelled. The good news is, I'm stretch mark free, and unlike the stretch mark cream, the Stelatopia doesn't have a fragrance at all. It's perfect for very sensitive skin and though it goes on very light and sinks in quickly, it really does the job on dry winter skin. This makes it the perfect all over every day lotion.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $21.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps 7 of 9Oh my favorite Kiehl's. I particularly get a kick out of that hilarious yellow fat color. Seriously, it's the grossest color. But this stuff is THICK. It means business. It's a little pricey so I like to use it just on my hands and feet. It's almost a little too heavy duty for the rest of me.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $24.
Almond Oil 8 of 9I read once that you should never put anything ON your body that you would hesitate to put IN your body. And as far as that's concerned, there isn't much better for you than almond oil. And it smells incredible. Almond oil is stock full of monounsaturated and linoleic fatty acids, such as all those great Omegas, so slather on up! It's bound to sink in, right?
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $16.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Body Oil 9 of 9Another great oil, this stuff smells sweet and bright and is especially good when applied to partially damp skin.
Get this favorite body lotion right HERE. $20 for a pack of 3.