Skin feeling tight? Looking dull? Try the best organic body lotions we’ve found. They’ll make a difference!
By Lora O’Brien
Sometimes, it feels like our skin is never happy. The sun dries it out in summer. And in winter, central heating and drier weather lead to itchy, flaky skin.
The solution to dry skin in any season? Using the best organic body lotions, my friends!
Because who doesn’t want to have smooth skin, am I right? I want to run my hands along my legs and feel silk. Our skin absorbs the majority of lotions and creams we smear into it. So why not feed our bodies the moisture they deserve?
A good body lotion will have a milky texture. These are not creams, per se.
Why choose an organic body lotion?
As mentioned above, our skin quite literally drinks up anything placed onto it. This means it’s super important to only use natural ingredients – especially organic – so that our bodies aren’t sucking in anything toxic. When it comes to creams, there is quite literally a plethora of healing balms, soothing creams and body butters to choose from. You name it, it’s out there!
But what you’re not often told is that many lotions contain ingredients that you’ll want to steer clear of if you value your health! Things like parabens, silicones, synthetic perfumes – even formaldehyde! When you use an organic lotion, it won’t contain any of that crap. And even ‘natural’ body lotions that use loads of plant based ingredients will also be including the pesticides on those plants, unless they’re organic.
Finally, but importantly, the best organic body lotions don’t rely on cheap, artificial fragrances used in many mainstream lotions. The FDA doesn’t require brands to list chemicals used in fragrances because it helps to protect signature scents from ‘plagiarism’, but it also makes it near impossible to understand the kinds of chemicals pumped into scented body lotions.
What to look for
To be considered as an organic skincare product, the item must contain at least 70% organic ingredients, excluding water and salt. Some ingredients you’ll want to check the ingredients list for are:
Shea butter: Shea is incredibly intensive when it comes to its moisturising properties. It can help to heal even the driest of skins, prevent flaking and even soothe redness if you suffer from sensitive skin.
Aloe vera: Aloe is such a natural healing ingredient. Not only does it soothe inflammation, redness and itchy skin, but it fights bacteria, too.
Oats: Super cheap and cheerful, oats can help to calm skin that flares up due to eczema, dryness, and even insect bites.
Vitamin C: This is vital after being in the sun all summer! Vitamin C helps to tackle free radical and sun damage, as well as signs of ageing. It also works to tighten the skin and leave it glowing.
Vitamin E: This is another vital ingredient, as it’s a natural antioxidant and provides intense moisture to the skin.
Sunflower oil: This oil is packed with natural vitamin E, and is highly absorbent for the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning that it doesn’t clog pores.
Ready to check out some of the best organic body lotions, ever? Read on! I’ve tried and tested most of these myself.
John Masters Organics is loved for its indulgent products, and this new body milk is a welcomed addition. The cream itself is ultra-lightweight and absorbs rapidly into the skin, leaving even the thirstiest of skin fully quenched!
The veil of coconut oil conditions and creates a barrier to deeply condition skin, while blood orange gives a boost of concentrated vitamin C and antioxidants. Vanilla calms and purifies the skin with its own boost of antioxidants, and the heady mix of orange and vanilla is as relaxing as it is addictive.
Price: Around $32
Best for: Calming irritated skin
We love: That this is 100% vegan
The rich formulas of Mauli Rituals go beyond just trying to soften the skin. Each bottle is infused with 90% organic ingredients that seamlessly work together to heal the skin and support cell renewal, all while soothing the senses, too.
The pure essential oils inside this Reawaken Lotion has vital antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will leave behind skin healthier than it ever looked with every application. The refreshing veil of lime and lavender will linger on the skin long after use.
Price: Around $40
Best for: Spluring on a bottle of pure skin-soothing magic!
Neal’s Yard Remedies have a heavenly collection of skin lotions. And their Beauty Sleep Body Lotion is one of our favourite of all the best organic body lotions! The lotion itself is light and moisturising, featuring a calming blend of ylang-ylang, patchouli and clary sage essential oils for an intoxicating scent.
Blended with organic olive and pumpkin seed oils, this lotion works to penetrate deeply into your pores, leaving your body silky, soft and beautifully scented from top to toe. Plus, the naturally relaxing essential oils are the perfect way to unwind and relax after a long day.
Price: Around $29
Best for: A gorgeous fragrance to enhance your bedtime routine
Alteya’s certified organic cream is a decadent lotion your body will thank you for. Not only does it make your skin incredibly soft to touch and glowing with health, but it will also melt away any lingering dullness and dryness.
Its rich botanical blend helps give your skin the tools it needs to repair itself. It provides deep nourishment and hydration that lasts! The therapeutic scent of rose will seduce your senses, prompt harmony and leave your body relaxing. We also think this is one of the best packaged organic body lotions to keep in your bathroom!
Price: Around $26
Best for: Dry and normal skin in need of serious moisture
Once the colder months come, for many of us our tans have long gone, and we’re wishing for a summer glow once more. Evolve Beauty’s Sunless Glow Body Lotion is the perfect way to add a gradual tan without drying out the skin. Organic papaya will smooth the skin, preparing it for the months ahead, while organic aloe vera will soothe any signs of redness or irritation.
Price: Around $25
Best for: All skin types in need of a bit of colour
Treat yourself to a relaxing shower, then slather yourself with Whamisa’s organic body lotion while your skin is slightly damp. Your skin will suck up the cream, absorbing every last drop! Plus, you’ll be gently perfumed with a refreshing scent of grapefruit, yuzu, citrus fruits and apple.
Based on organic aloe vera, this light lotion gives your skin a boost of moisture that will last long after application. The oil blend hydrates without leaving a sticky or oily residue behind.
Best for: Making you smell slightly citrusy.
This rich body moisturiser by Hempz is enriched with 100% pure, organic hemp seed oil. Hemp combines with a host of other natural extracts to create a cream that provides dramatic skin hydration. It’s guaranteed to improve the health and condition of your skin, whatever the season!
This great vegan body lotion will help to support your skin’s natural oil barriers with the help of sunflower seed oil and shea butter. Your body will feel more supple and calmer, thanks to antioxidant-rich ginger root extracts. This is also one of those organic body lotions that’s also free from parabens and gluten, too.
Best for: A faithful favourite you’ll always want stocked in your cupboard!
If you’re looking to improve your skin tone and texture, Juice Beauty has the best organic body lotion for you. The luxurious formula delivers brightening and rejuvenating properties, thanks to a cocktail of beneficial ingredients. These include shea butter, jojoba oil and apple-derived malic acid.
The lotion is lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin without any residue. It works to tone and tighten your skin while minimising the look of fine lines, dark spots and any discolouration on your body. The end result is smoother skin that is more refined.
After all, if we work to fix the tone of our face, why not treat our body the same way, right?
Best for: Fixing any issues such as dark spots or discolouration on your body.
When it comes to organic body lotions, Dr Bronner’s is a brand that many households love. And for good reason! This is a gorgeously scented milk that is crafted with pure organic oils, free of petrochemicals.
Organic jojoba oil is similar to the skin’s natural oil, and it lightly moisturizes the skin. Organic coconut oil assists with absorption, while organic hemp and avocado oils will keep your skin smooth and glossy.
Price: Around $15
Best for: Those on a budget. Plus, this is one of those organic body lotions your entire household will love!