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Favorite Body Oils

top dry body oil

 

Hey All! One of my latest skincare obsessions are the dry body oils. I’ve been crazy about them that I pretty much hoarded every single body oils I could find, LOL. I tested several and a lot of them are really good, but I do have some personal favorites that we will be talking about today.

A lot of these dry body oils are great for the summer and are also perfect for the coming Fall and Winter. They’re not the typical oils you commonly associate with massage oils or some other oils that are wet, shiny, greasy, and sits on top of the skin. Dry body oils are different, they’re very lightweight, quick-absorbing, non-greasy, and they moisturize the skin very well, even better than most body lotions. Some of them can be also used as hair oils. They’re basically ideal for those who cannot stand the feeling of using body creams and lotions on their skin. Speaking of body creams, check out a review my favorite body creams, lotions, and body butters HERE.

Back to dry body oils, they’re relatively a new trend though they’ve been out for quite some time. A lot of them have been popping out lately in several different packaging and ingredients, and they’ve been well-received by the general public. So for this review, let’s take a closer look at the dry body oils I absolutely adored.

 

With Shimmers

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil review, Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil

Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sultry Shimmering Oil (1.7 oz: $55.00) – This body oil gives a nice subtle shimmer that makes your skin glow. It has a soothing floral scent like a rose and something herb-like. The kind that makes you imagine you’re in a spa. This oil sets well on the skin and it hydrates well. It’s not greasy and it’s not sticky. The packaging is small enough to fit inside a purse, but for its price, it’s a little too small. However, you don’t really need to use a lot. 

 

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil (3.4 oz: $100) – What can I say? this is one sexy and sultry body oil. I love the shimmers of this and it’s really hard not to notice it. It makes the skin glow and sparkle in a gorgeous way. The formula doesn’t feel sticky, it’s quick absorbing, and it’s also not greasy. The scent is alluring like a warm beachy tropical fragrance. On top of that, this body oil’s bottle looks so luxurious and so pretty, you can’t help but stare at it all the time. There is also the Rose Gold version/shade of this which has been recently released, and I can’t wait to try it.

 

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil, Sol De Janeiro Glow Oil in Ipanema Sunset swatch

 

Sol De Janeiro Glow Oil in Ipanema Sunset (2.5 oz: $35) – This body oil will definitely give you that extreme glow and sheen, and it has a nice scent that lingers for several hours up to the next day. The scent is similar to the Bum Bum Cream, only it’s a lot stronger and kinda pungent at first. I love this body oil for its massive amounts of micro shimmers, but it can feel a bit sticky and thick if you use a lot, and it may transfer and stain the clothes as well. However, if you apply just enough product on the skin, then this oil can moisturize and sinks in the skin quite well. Apart from the pungent scent, I think the packaging could be improved by using a pump so that it’ll be easier to control the amount of product dispensed from the tube.

 

Without Shimmers

Fresh Fresh LifeBody Oil

 

Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 for Skin & Hair (5 oz: $36) – I love this oil especially when I spend a lot of time outdoors and whenever I don’t feel like wearing the usual sunscreens or even the cream ones that tend to get sticky on my skin. This is one of the few body oils with added SPF that doesn’t feel sticky and greasy on the skin even after hours of staying under the sun. There’s not a lot of this type of body oil formulation nowadays, and this one sets on the skin immediately and it can also be used for the hair. It also smells amazing. I have a lot of love for this body oil and this is my fourth bottle already since last Summer.

 

Fresh. Fresh LifeBody Oil (3.3 oz: $48) – This oil is probably the thickest and warmest oil of all the body oils mentioned in this review. This also doesn’t feel so “dry”, but a bit sticky and it takes a while for it to set on the skin. This has a nice sweet lemon scent that moisturizes the skin but its formula is a little too moisturizing for this Summer. This is more like a made-for-Winter type of body oil. Additionally, this has a nice beautiful heavy glass packaging that looks sleek and simply pretty, especially the marbleized cap.

 

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil (3.4 oz: $64) – This is the body oil my preggo friends swear by. They said this basically tones the skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. You’re supposed to apply this while in the shower and then rinse thereafter, but with me, I apply this right after showering while my skin is still damp and this oil feels so soothing and relaxing since it smells like lavender. I haven’t noticed any improvement on my stretch marks yet, but I did notice the firming and toning effect on my skin, which is amazing.

Nars Monoi Body Glow II, Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil review

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil (2.5-5.9 oz: $17.50-$34) – This has got to be one of the best-scented body oils I’ve ever tried. It has vanilla and something else I cannot quite discern, but it’s good. The performance of this body oil is just perfect, from its non-sticky, non-greasy, and lightweight formulation, to its hydrating ability, I cannot say anything off about this. I love its easy-to-apply packaging, it’s quick-absorbing texture, and I can only wish that it comes in a shimmery formula as well.

 

Nars Monoi Body Glow II (2.5 oz: $59) – I was so curious about this body oil before trying it, and when I finally did, I felt like I didn’t really like its strong gardenia/jasmine-like scent. However, after a few hours of using it, I seem to like its drydown, which became something like a light floral tone that stays on the skin and to the clothes even up to the next day. The oil itself doesn’t feel greasy or sticky and it moisturizes my skin excellently. Also, its packaging looks simple yet unique and beautiful.

 

Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil (1.7 oz-3.4 oz: $29-$48) – This body oil is as good as Kiehl’s and it has argan, avocado, and olive oil. The scent is kinda fruity and floral and this pretty much sinks into the skin immediately. It’s a very good body oil that doesn’t feel heavy, sticky, or too shiny. Instead, this has a nice silky texture that leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the day.

 

Caudalie Divine Oil (3.3 oz: $49) – This is another great body oil with grape, sesame, hibiscus, and argan oil, plus antioxidants. I love its floral fruity and woody fragrance. The bottle of this feels really robust and it has a sprayer that throws a very fine mist of oil, perfect for a more controlled application. I love that this is fast-absorbing, light, non-greasy, as well as non-sticky. This is even great for the hair.

 

dry body oil review

 

Overall, I love dry body oils. They’re just so easy and so quick to use. I love that they set fast into the skin and that unlike most body lotions, I no longer have to worry if they’ll transfer to my clothes, or whether they’d feel sticky, greasy, or too warm. If I have to choose my top 3 of all the oils reviewed here, it would be first – the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil, second- the Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil and the Sunscreen Care Oil SPF 30, and third would be the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Dry Body Oil or the Caudalie or the Moroccan body oil.

 

What’s your fave dry body oil?

 

 

Battle of The Best Foot Creams; L’Occitane, O’Keeffe’s, Kenzoki, Caudalie & Sol de Janeiro.

best foot cream review

 

And the best foot cream goes to… well, not yet, that’s too soon. Hey Y’all, this post is dedicated to all those who loves their feet, obsessed about their feet, likes to google other’s feet (haha!), or are suffering from calluses and dry cracked heels. Also, even for those who have unsightly feet, foot fetishes, or just simply are foot crazies. This post is for you and for all of us.

Admit it, it’s not every day that we get to have gorgeous and well-conditioned feet. Our feet take a lot of beating for the most part of our lives and it’s hard to make it look pretty or presentable all the time. A few weeks ago, my feet had been looking like the Sahara Desert. My heels were dry, cracked, and they were starting to hurt. It was also starting look slightly discolored. Oh my, what a disaster! like it’s not enough to have elephant feet, now I have Sahara/Nevada desert feet? Oh no, this can’t go on, I immediately went into resuscitating my feet and grabbed the nearest hand cream I could find. I wore socks at night to keep the moisture on my feet, however, even though the hand creams somehow helped, I wanted something a lot thicker and even more moisturizing. I’ve tried the good ol’ Vaseline but it’s too greasy and wouldn’t be absorbed by my feet easily. So, I embarked on a few weeks’ journey of looking and trying for some good foot creams. The result has been fun and interesting and has helped my feet back to its normal state or ever better.

 

Here’s what I found out.

 

Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream

L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream (5.2 oz $28) – This hefty foot cream has 15% Shea Butter and it smells like pure lavender. The tube looks similar to the popular L’Occitane Hand Cream, so be careful not to confuse the two. This is the first foot cream I purchased and it’s so creamy just like its hand cream cousin. It took a few minutes to be absorbed by my feet, but it felt good and it kept my feet hydrated which slowly healed my dry cracked heels. The lavender scent can be too much, even though it’s meant to be relaxing to the senses. Apart from that, I love that this tube is huge and that I can use it for a long time.

Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream (2.5 oz $15) – A cream that smells like sweet grapes or citrus, much similar to Aveda Hand Relief Cream. It smells really great at the beginning but it gets too sweet later on. This cream is tricky to use. The first time I used it, there was a lot of pilling, so much so that it was uncomfortable, annoying and messy. I realized that the trick to prevent pilling is to not put a lot of it. Just a little bit goes a long and this cream will work wonders. It’s creamy, it gets absorbed easily, and it makes the feet feel smooth the next day.

 

O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet Foot Cream

O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet Foot Cream (3.2 oz $8.84) – A cute and cheap foot cream that you can find almost anywhere. I expected a lot from this popular foot cream. It’s marketed as a cream for extremely dry feet, however, in my experience, it’s actually quite the opposite. I can’t seem to love this cream because even though it’s creamy to the touch, it was actually just sitting and waiting to be absorbed by my skin. Somehow it felt thin and couldn’t penetrate into my dried alligator feet. So off this goes to a friend. Ciao!

Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm (2.7 oz $26) – A luxuriously packaged foot and ankle cream that smells like fresh flowers and slightly cherryblossom-ish. The packaging is velvety and the cream has rice essence, Cupuaçu, and Shea Butter. It gets absorbed by my skin easily and it feels smooth and creamy. The scent is not overwhelming and you don’t need to use a lot of the product.

 

best foot cream Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care (3 oz $27) – This cream is supposed to come with a foot board so you can exfoliate the dry rough areas of your feet. Unfortunately, and I don’t know why, mine came without any foot board. Even the ones that are currently sold in store don’t seem to have any included foot boards anymore. But anyway, this cream felt slightly less creamy and somewhat thin, but my skin absorbed it easily. The scent is not like the Bum Bum Cream, but more like the Açai Body Power Cream.

 

So, Here are the awards:

 

Best in Scent: Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy & Sol de Janeiro Foot Fetish Care

 

Most Creamy: L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

 

Runner Up for The Creamiest: Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream & Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy

 

Best in Value: Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream & L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

 

Best Overall: Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm (my most favorite of all)

 

So, there you have it! these are some of the best foot creams I’ve ever tried. Some are really good, while a few are somewhat meh. The good ones are what saved my feet from becoming a disaster. I’ve been using them regularly especially at night while rotating each brand from time to time.

 

The L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream is available at Sephora, Dermstore, Nordstrom, and L’occitane.com

The Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream can be found in Sephora

O’Keeffe’s Heathy Foot Cream is available here: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, & Walgreens.

Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm is available only at Sephora

The Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care is also available only at Sephora

 

Have a great day everyone!

 

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