Reviewed: A Soothing Body Oil for Your Sad, Dry Skin

Faith Xue

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best oneswe’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Unlike my co-worker who vehemently hates body lotion, I don’t particularly mind it. Do I enjoy slathering myself up after every shower, hands left sticky and faintly smelling of flowers/coconut/fruit? No, not really. But my skin is supremely dry, especially during winter (or whatever you call L.A.’s semblance of winter), and skipping lotion usually leads to an unsightly dry, scaly, itchy situation—trust me, I apply lotion for the good of those around me. Even after using lotion, however, my skin still tends to end up on the drier side—which is why I was excited to get Plant Apothecary’s Get It On Organic Body Oil ($38) a try. Yes, I do admit the vaguely naughty name is what initially drew me to the product, but I was also intrigued by the all-organic formula and main ingredient: rice bran oil, which is full of antioxidants and vitamins that promise to improve skin elasticity and moisturize deeply (all things I need, like, now).

When I stepped out of the shower, I squeezed the oil into my palm and was immediately taken by the smell—an earthy, citrusy scent with a hint of sandalwood and cedar. My first thought: I wouldn’t mind smelling like this all day (and much preferred it to the overbearing, sickly-sweet smell of most body lotions). The oil wasn’t thick—the golden liquid was easy to apply, and much easier to spread evenly than lotion. Plus, it left my skin lightly scented and with a sheen—the sheen of a person with happy, hydrated skin. By the time I had picked out my outfit, the oil had sunk in completely, and my skin was silky to the touch—again, so much better than the instantly disappearing effect body lotion tends to have.

At $38, it’s certainly not a steal—but if you suffer from super-dry, sensitive skin or just want your limbs to glisten in a Gisele-like manner even in the dead of winter, this might be worth the splurge.

Sorry, lotion—I’ve been getting it on with something new.

Do you use a body oil or lotion? Tell me your favorite below.

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