The Best Natural Body Balms For Dry Skin

Winter can be heck on your skin! Which is why we’re loving these natural body balms. They help even the driest of skins!

By Lora O’Brien

We’re moving into the cooler months, and with the drop in temperature comes the inevitable dry skin! The central heating goes on and our skin starts to flake, taking with it the remnants of our summer tan, sob! But there are ways you can bring your skin back to life with the use of a good, natural body balm.

Also known as a salve, a body balm is a thick, waterless cream that is designed to soothe, heal and protect the skin. Think of it as a security guard for your skin!

Due to the waterless content of balms, they’re not loaded with preservatives and toxic ingredients, and are often a potent remedy for even the driest skin.

Body Balms vs. Butters

Anyone else think body balms and butter were the same thing? Nope! Though both products are packed full of super nourishing vitamins and minerals that your skin will drink up, texture and moisturising abilities separates the butter from the balm.

Body butters usually contain lots of natural ingredients, especially cocoa and shea butter, and are super protective when it comes to our skin. They offer intense moisture and can prevent even heels and elbows from drying out. But a body butter can feel a bit oily.

On the other hand, body balms are thicker, and can often be a little harder to rub in. That’s because unlike body butters, they’ll contain a humectant.

A humectant is an ingredient that binds with water, thus keeping it from escaping from your skin. Butters, though nourishing, don’t often contain high levels of humectants – if any at all. Which means all that moisture escapes back into the air faster.

Types of humectants to look for

The most common (and natural) humectants to look for in natural body balms include the following:

Hyaluronic acid: This is a molecule found naturally in the body, although the body makes less of it as you age. That’s one of the factors that leads to dry, aging skin. Most hyaluronic acid for skincare is made in a lab.

Glycerin: Also called glycerine or glycerol, glycerin is a clear substance that occurs naturally in animal and plant tissue, including that of humans. A lot of the glycerin in skincare is made from soybean and sugarcane. Glycerin is one of the best humectants, and it also helps keep your skin barrier strong.‌

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA): Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid are naturally derived acids from fruit and milk sugars. Along with drawing in water, AHAs help the body get rid of dead skin cells.

Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel and juice come from the aloe vera plant help smooth the surface of your skin and hair. In this way, aloe vera can act as a humectant and an emollient. ‌Other natural humectants in personal care products include:

  • Seaweed
  • Sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol
  • Molasses

All of the above-mentioned humectants are vegan-friendly, but there’s one that isn’t: beeswax.

Beeswax creates a protective layer over your skin that can seal in moisture and prevent your skin from drying out. Plus, it can slough away dead skin cells, clearing the way for younger and healthier looking cells to take their place. Though it’s 100% natural, vegans and animal lovers will want to stay clear of this one, as it harms bees.

Benefits of natural body balms

It’s not just your body that can benefit from a balm. They can also be used for the following:

Moisturiser: Use natural body balms to prevent your skin from drying out. But remember: less is more with a balm, so use sparingly. It’s also great at soothing razor burn and other skin irritations. Simply apply to the area for instant relief.

Lips and nails: Who doesn’t love a holy grail beauty product that can be used in a multitude of ways? Dry lips is another side effect of the colder months, so use your body balm to soften and protect lips. You could even add a dap above lipstick to make your lips glossy! Alternatively, you can use it to soften and protect dry, brittle nails and flaky cuticles.

Keep pesky bugs at bay: Going somewhere tropical and warm this year? Don’t buy overpriced, often toxic bug repellent. Instead, choose a body balm with essentials oils such as lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus as they’re natural bug repellents!

Aches and pains: Some kinds of natural body balms can actually help to soothe muscle aches and pains.

The Best Natural Body Balms For Dry Skin

1. OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm

Dry skin can highlight the appearance of sun damage. So lucky that this potent blend will soothe the driest of skins, leaving it with a luminous glow. Not to mention the lemon, grapefruit seed, jasmine and coconut oils smell heavenly as you massage them in! This natural body balm smooths flakes, improves the texture of the skin, as well as tightening and toning its appearance.

Price: Around $75     

Best for: Soothing skin and reversing ageing

OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm

2. True Botanicals Everything Rescue Balm

Chapped skin is a pain, literally! Now you can soothe the skin back to being soft once more thanks to this balm by True Botanicals. The ultra-gentle, multi-purpose balm is crafted from a blend of natural oils and waxes and works in a speedy way to moisturise and condition the skin. 

The multi-purpose abilities of this balm make it perfect to have on hand at all times. Use it on your hands, face, lips and elbows to care for your precious skin every day of the year.

Price: $38   

Best for: Family life! This is gentle enough to be used on children, and even newborns!


everything rescue balm

3. Ilapothecary SOS Body Balm

If you’re experiencing muscle pain, bruises or insect bites on your skin, this SOS body balm is the perfect for you! It’s a healing balm made up of essential oils. For example, rose and blue chamomile work as anti-inflammatories, while arnica offers healing benefits to soothe bruises, sprains, aching muscles and any swelling.

Price: Around $50      

Best for: Any skin injuries, or to use before and after any kind of surgery.


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4. Natureofthings Superlative Body Balm

If you’re looking for a somewhat medicinal beauty product, then this one is it! Worth its weight in gold, this is one of those natural body balms that really lives up to its name. Penetrating deep into the layers of skin through a unique proprietary process, it works to effectively ease any pain and soreness you may experience.

Made from a powerful, healing concoction, it includes anti-inflammatory botanicals including arnica, ginger, turmeric and Boswellia. It can be applied anywhere on the skin that feels an ache or pain. The cooling menthol and moisture-rich emollients such as jojoba oil and shea feeling therapeutic, invigorating and soothing.

Price: $26

Best for: Healing muscle aches and pains – in a super luxurious way.


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5. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

Dreaming of silky smooth skin? Make those dreams a reality with Aesop’s Rind Concentrate Body Balm. This seriously nourishing moisturiser has a mid-weight creamy texture that provides exceptional hydration to the skin. Whether you’re a man or woman, this balm will leave your skin smooth and supple.

Zesty aromas of the citrus fruit rinds of orange, pink grapefruit and lemon offer a crisp scent. A blend of nurturing nut oils work to enrich the body with their skin-softening properties. And did I mention its recyclable brown glass bottle looks great on the bathroom shelf?

Price:  Around $100    

Best for: Invigorating dry skin. Tip: pop in the fridge during summer for a cooling, soothing cream.


6. One Love Organics Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm

There is SO much to love about this balm by One Organics! Firstly, it’s made with a mix of antioxidant-rich ingredients, such as coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba and chia which will leave your skin incredibly soft and nourished. Secondly, it’s a multitasker. It removes makeup, smooths lips and moisturises the body from head to toe.

Plus the citrus and vanilla scent lingers on your skin, giving you a subtle fragrance long after use.

Price: $49

Best for: Simplifying your life with one cream to answer all your needs!


one love organics skin savior wonder balm

7. Eu’Genia Everyday Lavender Shea Butter Balm 

This little tin may not look like much. But it contains an intensive face and body moisturiser that you’ll be thankful to own during winter! Eu’Genia designed this product to combine the beneficial qualities of raw shea butter to be easily used like conventional body creams.

Produced fresh from the wild from one family to you, the butter will melt in your fingertips so you can use it from head to toe. Simply apply to the parts of your body in need of some hydration, whether that’s your arms, body, feet or face. It can also be used to remove makeup, soothe skin post-shaving and even serves as a conditioning hair mask!

Price: Around $20

Best for: Being a genius, multi-functional product.

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8. Planet Revolution The Everything Balm

This may look small and budget-friendly, but it’s one of the best natural body balms, ever! The Everything Balm is a hydrating elixir that can help save everything from dry skin to hair. And all while helping the planet to thrive!

This multi-use product can be used to soothe dry faces, massaged onto the body, used as a mask to de-frizz hair, and it’s even perfect to nourish cuticles!

Plus, not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, but the packaging is fully recyclable, too. Yay!

Price: Around $13

Best for: Those on a budget.

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9. Agent Nateur Body Balm

This rich balm gets rave reviews, and for good reason. It does it all: hydrates, firms, nourishes, soothes, and protects. This is one of those natural body balms that just melts into the skin, leaving a glowing finish that smells great and lasts for hours.

That’s thanks to plant based and patented anti-ageing active ingredients that are proven to work, and that set it apart from competitors.

The only downside? It’s so thick, you have to really pump the pump to get it all out.

Price: Around $99

Best for: Ashy, dry skin.


10. Maya Chia Body Balm

We’ve already spoken about waterless beauty products before, and how they’re set to become a rising trend. So it’s no surprise that this gorgeous Wonder Balm by Maya Chia is a holy grail beauty product. The concentrated, waterless body balm quickly relieves dryness on the body, leaving behind skin that is smooth and supple.

Crafted with a blend of deeply nourishing oils, including chia, apricot and sunflower, it’s mixed with shea butter to seal in moisture, softening the skin whenever it’s applied. Not to mention that the orange blossom essential oil is the perfect way to uplift and energise the senses.

Price: $42

Best for: A multi-purpose balm that can be used pretty much anywhere, and provide a soothing hint of citrus!


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