21 Best-Tested Body Lotions

21 Best-Tested Body Lotions

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21 Best-Tested Body Lotions

It's in the winter that we realize it the most: the skin of our body also needs a good dose of hydration throughout the year.

1. Necessaire The Body Lotion, $39

Tester says: "When I'm jumping out of the shower and rushing to work, I need something that dries fast and isn't sticky. This body lotion goes onto damp skin and soaks up right away. I love that i can put jeans and even leggings on within minutes of using this, and I can feel the hydration until the next day."

Available at Sephora

2. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $12

Tester says: "This lotion has medium consistency and comes in a large container with a pump. It spreads fairly well but I was most impressed with the quick absorption. It has a very mild smell, a tiny bit sweet, but it doesn't linger. The lotion smooths rough spots and is nonirritating."

Available on Amazon

3. Dr. Hauschka Nurturing Body Cream, $52

Tester says: " This lotion is packaged in a beautiful glass pump bottle. It's rather runny, almost like milk, and spreads quickly and easily. It smells like roses, as promised, pleasant if you like floral scents and for going out in the evening. It's definitely a high-quality moisturizer – it really lasts and smooths out rough spots."

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

4. L'Occitane Shea Butter Rich Body Lotion, $47

Tester says: "I tried the sample size of this cream, which is in a little tube that fits nicely in my travel cosmetics case. It's quite thick, probably due to the 25 per cent shea butter, which means it's better for drier weather and drier skin. In fact, it works best on rough spots, and even as a foot cream. Best of all is the smell – I love the scent of L'Occitane products and the shea butter smells delicious!"

Available at Sephora

5. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Moisturizer, $68

Tester says: "I love the packaging (a pump bottle) – I find it so much easier to use than a tub. The consistency of this lotion was the best part – it was creamy, with a very smooth application that left a nice sheen on my skin afterward, but no residue. The bottle is huge, but I'm a bit obsessed with moisturizing, so I used it up in a month – it would probably last longer if you were less liberal with application. The smell was not overpowering, which I loved – a very fresh, clean scent with not a lot of heavy fragrance. My skin felt soft and hydrated – this lotion is a keeper in my routine."

Available at Sephora

6. Vaseline Extremely Dry Skin Rescue Lotion, $11

Tester says: "This lotion is really smooth, very much like a cream. I hate when lotion is too runny or too thick, and this was neither. It absorbed really well – it wasn't greasy, so after I worked it into my skin, I could go on with my day without gooping up my keyboard or leaving a mark on everything else I touched. This is one of the best moisturizers I've used in a while – it's helped keep my skin consistently smooth. I would definitely buy it."

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

7. Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion, $33

Tester says: "While I really like a lot of Lush products, I generally find their scents a bit too strong for me, so I was skeptical about this body lotion. But I was pleasantly surprised – while it does smell quite strong in the tub, I found the scent refreshing, and it faded quite quickly after application. As for its capabilities, it moisturized extremely well, and as an added bonus, I swear it even made my mosquito bites less itchy."

Available in Lush stores or at

8. Aveda Beautifying Body Moisturizer, $50

Tester says: "This lotion spreads well and absorbs very quickly, and because of how well it spreads, you don't need to use a lot. It moisturizes very well, and does a great job replenishing dry skin. It does have a very distinctive, love-it-or-hate-it scent, so I recommend smelling before buying."

Available at Aveda

9. Chanel COCO Mademoiselle Moisturizing Body Lotion, $78

Tester says: "This lotion comes in a pump bottle and is on the runny side of creamy. It spreads easily, covers a large area and absorbs quickly – you only need a small amount, and it's going to last a long time, maybe three or four months. It's a good, light lotion but better for summer as it doesn't have the deep moisturizing powers that I need in the winter. It smells fabulous and flowery and the scent stays on my body for quite a while."

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

10. Green Beaver Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion, $19

Tester says: "This is a great winter lotion. It's medium-thick, probably from the shea butter, and takes a bit of effort to rub in properly, but once it's absorbed there's no greasiness at all. It helped my skin stay hydrated even through the extremely rough winter we had this year – no scales in sight!"

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart

11. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Lotion $27

Tester says: " This lotion soaked right into my skin while keeping a layer of protection – my legs are slick in the shower 24 hours after application. It's unscented, so my husband liked it for his dry skin, too; we'll probably go through the bottle in three months. I even used it on my face when I ran out of day cream and it worked really well."

Available on Amazon

12. Guerlain Shimmering Body Milk, $61

Tester says: "This body lotion came in a very pretty pink bottle with a flip top. It's pretty enough to leave sitting out on my vanity. It has a very thin consistency with a slight sheen to it; it's really more of a moisturizing milk than a body lotion. It spreads and absorbs really well – I love the way it feels on my skin. What I really liked was the slight sheen it has to it: it makes the skin have a slight glow but nothing that is too obviously sparkly."

Available on Amazo

13. RoC Retinol Multi-Correxion Body, $40

Tester says: "This product is light and creamy; it absorbs almost immediately and isn't greasy. It moisturizes really well – I used it at night and when I woke up in the morning, my skin still felt silky soft. The smell lingers but it's a light, soft fragrance that's very nice – it smells fresh, almost like soap."

Available on Amazon

14. Kiss My Face De-Stress Hand & Body Lotion, $14.99

Tester says: " This is a fabulously rich body cream with a wonderful scent – the tube promises melon and rosemary, but I found it more along the lines of generically fruity in a citrusy way, almost like a creamsicle – a good thing as I don't like melon! It's thick, so it doesn't absorb as quickly as a lighter lotion, but the moisturizing benefits are worth the extra effort."

Available from Kiss My Face

15. Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream, $34.50

Tester says: " I adore the scent of this cream – slightly spicy, very gingery and as refreshing as a cocktail on the beach. It absorbs well and keeps my skin soft, and the smell fades after application until you can only smell it if you hold your skin right to your nose – perfect if, like me, you don't want everyone else on the subway to be able to smell you. And I love that it comes in a tub as I can get out every last bit."

Available from Origins

16. Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion with Royal Jelly, $9

Tester says: "This lotion comes in a tube with a handy flip-top cap. It's a bit runnier than most lotions I've tried but leaves my skin feeling smooth, not greasy. It absorbs easily and it takes little effort to rub it into my skin. The smell is subtle and slightly floral. Because of the light consistency, I find this is best as a daily lotion. It's infused with 'natural mica to enhance skin tone' and it lives up to its claim – it leaves a subtle, flattering shimmer on my skin."

Available from Burt's Bees

17. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion, $19.95

Tester says: "This is a creamy lotion, not too runny or too thick, that comes in a pump bottle. It spreads easily and absorbs very well. You only need a small amount to moisturize – it'll last a while. I like the light scent, which lingers, but not unpleasantly. Since it's a relaxing formula, I've been using it in the evening, and I have to say it did deliver – between the scent and the soothing moisture, it helped me relax a bit at bedtime."

Available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores across Canada;

18. Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical Body Lotion, $19.95

Tester says: "This lotion comes in a pump bottle, and has a medium consistency – not too thick, not too runny. It has a nice, natural scent that is fairly strong. It spreads and absorbs very well, and goes on light – not much is required. This body lotion does very well on dry spots such as elbows."

Available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores across Canada;

19. Upper Canada Hand & Body Lotion, $12

Tester says: "This lotion is quite thick, but comes out nicely from its pump bottle. It is not greasy at all and absorbs quickly. I love the refreshing scent, 'Wild Mint Lime' – it smells like a mojito! Best of all, it's paraben free, mineral oil free, synthetic dye free, SLS free and made in Canada."

Available at gift and department stores across Canada;

20. Burt's Bees Soothingly Sensitive Aloe & Buttermilk Body Lotion, $17

Tester says: "I love this nice, light body lotion for everyday – it absorbs quickly and goes on light enough for summer, but not too light for winter. Most of all, I love the company's commitment to natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging – the bottle is made from recycled plastic and I can throw it in my blue box when it's empty. It's become my new favourite."

This product has been discontinued, but we love the Burt's Bees Sensitive Solutions Gentle Day Lotion SPF 30.

21. Yes to Carrots C is Smooth Body Moisturizing Lotion, $9.99

Tester says: "This is my new go-to summer lotion – it's nice and light with a soft scent, and absorbs quickly without feeling greasy, even when it's humid. I love that it's paraben free and the price is right for the amount you get – I think it's going to last me a while."

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart






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21 Best-Tested Body Lotions