Oiling Up - Why We Ditched Lotion
I know, I won't shut up about oils. I slather my face in them, and now, my body.
Our home is, among many things, a "No Lotion Allowed" zone. With lotion, you're paying mainly for the packaging and water. Lotion provides little moisture and certainly doesn't pack a nutrient-dense punch to the skin, so we don't even bother.
Proper body oil on the other hand has become an all around winner in our home because it:
- Is created with the purest of ingredients
- Provides the best moisture
- Feeds and heals the skin since it is full of vitamins and nutrients
- Lasts longer, a little goes a long way
- Smells incredible without harmful, synthetic fragrance
Notice I say proper body oil. There are plenty of improper oils, so I will list my recommendations. You may notice the oils come with a higher price tag, but don't be so quick to write it off. Not only are they filled with top quality ingredients from the best sources, the bottles last a long time if used properly.
You should apply post-shower/bath while your skin is still very damp. I recommend skin brushing, showering then oiling. I leave my oils in the shower and apply when I turn the water off. The contents of the oils are so potent, they literally feeding your skin amazing nutrients you simply won't get even if you applied a gallon of your favorite lotion.
Also, give the oils a few moments to absorb. Be aware of what you touch for the moments immediately following application. Personally, I stay in my towel as I finish my nighttime routine, but for those trying to rush out the door, you don't want to ruin clothing, so take heed!
Beware, the dreaded conventional oils
Be careful about the average 'body oil' you see on the market shelves. Many of them are what I like to call "Foils" or Faux-oils. For example, Neutrogena's Body Oil is available for around $10 for an 8.5 oz bottle. The contents include only ONE oil, and it's not even the main ingredient:
- Isopropyl Myristate (Irritation - skin, eyes or lungs)
- Sesame Oil (not organic, can contain pesticides, insecticides, etc.)
- PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate (Organ system toxicity, Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane Contamination Concerns)
- Propylparaben (Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Hormone Disruption, Allergies, Immunotoxicity)
- BHT (Cancer, Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Allergies, Immunotoxicity, Irritation - skin, eyes or lungs, Organ system toxicity)
So why the other harmful ingredients? They act as binders, fragrance, fragrance maskers and emulsifying agents. You could go buy pure, organic sesame oil for less than this toxin-laced product! The problem with just using one oil is you want a good combination to give the right vitamins and nutrients to properly nourish and moisturize your skin. The above product, and many others like then do far more harm then good.
The scent of Max and Me's Circle of Protection body oil has a light and sweet citrus-y aroma to it featuring essential oils of vetiver, bourbon geranium, magnolia, jasmine, manuka, litsea and silver fir.
It's such an uplifting oil while truly nourishing and balancing the skin.
You may notice they disclose potential essential oil isolates on their label, which I encourage everyone to investigate to ensure they are doing so for labeling requirements and not that they are using synthetic or isolated components of essential oils. As I have looked into Max and Me quite extensively, I can assure you they are only using whole plant extracts and oils and none of the junk. In fact, they go beyond organic; sourcing ingredients only from farmers, cooperatives and distillers who carefully harvest wild plants, or practice organic farming, in harmony with nature its seasons and its rhythm.
Going above and beyond in this fashion certainly pays off - this oil is truly special! You can find it over in the Beauty Heroes shop here!
Osmia was the first body oil I fell in love with, and our shower has not been without these babies once this year. I love that in addition to sourcing the best, most raw and beautiful ingredients for their products, they are passionate about the power and importance of smell.
My personal favorite is Sunset, which drenches your body in jasmine, vanilla, bergamot and coriander. I really have to hold myself back from licking my arms after application. They also provide Night (think Lavender and Roman Chamomile) along with a pure Unscented option.
All oils are rich in protective and nutrient dense properties including coconut oil, jojoba oil, kukui oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil and CO2 extracts of sea buckthorn berry and rosemary.
If I had to choose one body oil that stands out above the rest, Laurel's Sun Before & After Body Oil would be it. This is the oil I choose to travel with and generally the one I reach for the most.
I've had the opportunity to visit Laurel's studio several times and talk at great length about ingredient sourcing and integrity. I love picking Laurel's brain because her wealth of knowledge is based on a firm commitment to purity and efficacy.
Laurel formulated this oil with whole plant ingredients that help naturally protect the skin from the sun's rays, assist in repairing sun damage and give a boost of vitamin C and E.
Outside of being an incredibly healing and moisturizing oil, the scent has become my signature fragrance. The combination of the Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and gem essences have created my favorite aroma to drench myself in.
This is truly a luxurious body oil May created.
With decadent cocoa oil, giving it the signature chocolate scent, and undertones of rose, ylang ylang and lavender, this oil is also infused with golden minerals to leave a glimmer all over the skin.
This is such a beautiful one to have in my arsenal because it adds such a glow to any dull skin, and looks fantastic paired with a strapless top.
My daughter loves this oil too because of the "glitter" so she asks for it frequently. I love how carefully May has selected the organic, restorative ingredients that I feel comfortable enough allowing my daughter to apply on her delicate skin. I make sure to never run out of this one!
True Natural Botanicals is the latest addition to the body oil family and I think my husband was pleasantly surprised by the more rustic scent in this oil. Don't get me wrong, this is not a 'man only' fragrance, I actually enjoy the scent on myself, but it's not as "flowery" as my other oils.
While my husband will the notice scent and moisturizing capability right away, what he doesn't know is this oil contains hard to extract and extremely potent seed oils like:
- Apricot Kernel Oil - Plump cells and protect against moisture loss. It is rich in oleic and linoleum acids, plus fatty acids that contain vitamins A and E.
- Sesame Seed Oil: Soothes and softens cracked skin and reduces flaking. High in the fatty acids linoleum, palmitic, oleic and stearic which form protective barriers to retain moisture.
- Watermelon Seed Oil: Highly nourishing and absorptive and even helps the body eliminate toxins through the skin without leaving a greasy feel. Rich in EFAs that restore the skin's elasticity.
The oil is a tad thicker than others and feels simply luxurious upon application. The scent starts off as bold, but quickly becomes comforting, not unlike my personality on most days (ba-da-chhh).
Other ingredients that make up this oil are green tea, vegetable squalene, rosemary, jojoba oil and essential oils of tuberose, rosewood, star jasmine and neroli.
TN Botanicals is available directly from their website and is offers 10% off to first time customers after signing up for their newsletters.
I truly enjoy having all these oils in my bathroom caddy because I can alternate between scents based on my mood or pick an oil combination based on how my skin is feeling that day. I could get away with picking just one, but why would I do that!?
Who else loves body oils as much as me? What are your favorites?