The 10 Best Body Oil Fragrances That Will Make People Say, โ€˜Dang, You Smell Good!โ€™


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If thereโ€™s one thing weโ€™re certain of, itโ€™s that there are no two greater compliments than, โ€œYou smell goodโ€ and โ€œYour skin is glowing.โ€ And nowadays, you don’t have to stack a zillion beauty products to achieve the goal of smelling divine and having soft, hydrated skinโ€”investing in a quality body oil fragrance lets you have the best of both worlds (and keep the flattering remarks coming.)

A body oil fragrance is a multipurpose product that helps simplify your routine, meaning fewer purchases and less time spent layering product after product. โ€œBody oil fragrances not only moisturize and protect the skinโ€™s barrier but also offer the added benefit of a longer lasting and more intense scent to the wearer,โ€ says Sopreye Chaine, fragrance enthusiast and content creator behind the Instagram account, ScentsandStuff. Below, Chaine and other pros share their tips for picking scented body oils that pull double-duty as a moisturizer and a perfume. Plus, their picks to shop for yourself.

The best body oil fragrances, at a glance:

How are body oil fragrances different from perfumes?

The key difference between body oil fragrances and perfume oils is that rather than just offering a nice scent, body oil fragrances moisturize and hydrate the skin. โ€œSince oils are rich in emollient and occlusive properties, they help to support the skinโ€™s barrier and lock in moisture,โ€ says board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, FAAD. โ€œMany oils also have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.โ€ These functional fragrances contain nourishing oils, such as jojoba, almond, or coconut oil, imparting hydration and softening benefits to the skinโ€™s barrier.

Additionally, Chaine says perfumes and perfume oils differ in that theyโ€™re, โ€œa concentrated form of fragrance that typically lacks the moisturizing properties of a body oil.โ€ As such, โ€œthey have a higher concentration of aromatic compounds and are specifically formulated to provide a long-lasting scent.โ€

The two also differ when it comes to the application and longevity. โ€œPerfume oils are usually applied sparingly to pulse points such as your neck and wrists as they are very potent,โ€ says Chaine. Contrarily, body oil fragrances are lathered on from the neck to the toes, the same way you would rub on a body cream.

What to look for

Key notes

If you’re into body oil fragrances, good news! There are tons of options out there for every tasteโ€”be it woody, citrusy, coconutty, spicy, or something in between. Chaine suggests thinking about scents that truly vibe with you and suit your style. Also, check that the fragrance isn’t too faint or too strong for your liking. Our advice? Grab a tester or give it a whiff in-store before committing to the full-sized bottle

Ingredients

When you’re on the lookout for a body oil fragrance, Dr. King suggests being ingredient-savvy. Go for the good stuff โ€”natural ingredients that treat your skin right, especially if your complexion is a bit touchy. She suggests jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and argan oil as they’re loaded with omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Dr. King advises that these carrier oils should make up most of the productโ€™s formulation to be the safest for sensitive skin.

Speaking of sensitive skin, be sure to brush up on your allergens, too. If you are sensitized, Dr. King recommends avoiding body oil fragrances that contain notes of lime seed oil, lemon peel oil, limonene, linalool, citronellol, tea tree oil, ylang-ylang, lemongrass oil, sandalwood oil, clove oil, jasmine absolute oil, and narcissus absolute oil, as these properties are a common cause of contact dermatitis.

Application

Fragranced body oils have become a lot more popular in recent years. โ€œAs layering has become the new beauty craze, brands have leveraged that opportunity to create complementary body oils for their fragrances,” says Chaine. She adds that incorporating a scented body oil into any fragrance layering routine enhances the longevity of your chosen scent because body oils are more concentrated than traditional perfumes as they are formulated with less or no alcohol. โ€œPlus, layering allows you to tailor the fragrance to your liking, experimenting with different combinations to create your signature scent by pairing your fragrance with a body oil that has a matching or complementary scent,” she says.

Body oils have a reputation for being messy, so how you apply them matters. Luckily, body oil fragrances are offered in different forms, such as a rollerball, spray, dropper, or pumpโ€”pick whichever works best for you.

Shop the best body oil fragrances

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Firmeza Body Oil

Best firming: Sol de Janeiro, Bum Bum Firmeza Body Oil โ€” $52.00

Key notes: pistachio and salted caramel

If you love Sol De Janieroโ€™s Bum Bum cream because of its iconic nutty, sweet gourmand, vanilla aroma, and nourishing properties, youโ€™ll also love its Bum Bum Firmeza Body Oil. The Brazilian olive oil and Guaranรก Caffeine+ Complex visibly firm and de-puff the skin, while the microalgae extract helps with skin aging and inflammation. โ€œI love this body oil for its firming effectโ€ฆ and its non-greasy hydration that leaves my skin silky,โ€ Chaine says. โ€œThe delightful blend of pistachio, salted caramel, and vanilla notes makes it an aromatic treat for the senses.โ€

The oil is super emollient; a little goes a long way, so you can justify the $52 price tag as the bottle will last you a long time. So whether youโ€™re heading to a pool party or going out with the girls for a night in the city, apply a few pumps all over your body and watch your skin glisten.

Key ingredients: Guaranรก Caffeine+ Complex, microalgae extract, Brazilian olive oil

Size: 3.4 fl. oz.

  • Hydrate
  • Firms
  • Soothes and de-puffs
  • A little goes a long way
  • Scent doesnโ€™t last all day
  • Pricey

Saltair Pink Beach Body Oil

Best budget: Saltair, Pink Beach Body Oil โ€” $22.00

Key notes: coconut, almond blossom, vanilla

Saltair Pink Beach Body Oil is a fan favorite for good reasonโ€”it understands the assignment. It features kukui and squalane, which soothe and moisturize the skin; cacay and moringa, which tackle the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines; and fermented saururus, which ensures youโ€™re left with a non-greasy feeling. But the best part is undoubtedly the scent, which smells like a tropical island surrounded by pink sand and cool, blue water. (The only thing missing is a frozen drink.)

Pro tip: Mix it with Saltairโ€™s complimentary body lotion or a cream of your choice for the ultimate glow. We promise you wonโ€™t be disappointed.

Key ingredients: fermented saururus, kukui, cacay, moringa, and squalane

Size: 4 fl. oz.

  • Affordable
  • Hydrates
  • Smooths
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Only available in one size

Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil

Best for dry skin: Osea, Undaria Algae Body Oil โ€” $52.00

Key notes: grapefruit, lime, and cypress with mango and mandarin

Dry-skin shoppers, listen up: If you struggle to hydrate your skin during the winter, Oseaโ€™s Undaria Algae Body Oil will be your new BFF. First, itโ€™s packed with sun-kissed citrus and passionfruit notes, a mood booster to start your day on the right foot. Second, it features undaria seaweed, white lupin, and botanical oil, which knock out dryness, soften skin, and leave your skin glowing. Itโ€™s lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, meaning it wonโ€™t transfer onto your clothes.

Key ingredients: undaria seaweed, white lupin, botanical oil blend

Size: 1, 5, or 9.6 fl. oz.

  • Makes skin glow
  • Deeply hydrates
  • Soothes
  • Take a while to soak into the skin
  • Pricey

Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil

Best for sensitive skin: Moroccanoil, Dry Body Oil โ€” $48.00

Key notes: spicy amber and sweet florals

If you know and love Moroccanoil for its hydrating hair products and signature delicious fragrance that can be noticed a mile away, then its Dry Body Oil is for you. The argan, olive, and avocado oils work together to combat dry and flaky winter skin, while the citrus, vanilla, and amber scents lend a musky, calm, and well-rounded aroma. The best part? Since itโ€™s a dry oil, it is easily absorbed by the skin and does not leave any oily residue on the surface. Plus, it comes with a spray applicator, which makes it easier, cleaner, and faster to dispense the product onto the skin. Apply it at night with the Moroccanoil Body Butter ($38) to wake up with baby-soft skin.

Key ingredients: argan oil, essential fatty acids, olive and avocado oils

Size: 3.4 fl. oz. or 1.7 fl. oz.

  • Non-greasy
  • Hydrates
  • Easy to apply

Ellis Brooklyn Sun Fruit Body Oil

Best for summer: Ellis Brooklyn, Sun Fruit Body Oil โ€” $70.00

Key notes: fresh fig, jasmine, vanilla planifolia

We donโ€™t know about you, but once the summer rolls around, we yearn for one thing: sun-kissed, glowing skin that smells like a tropical fruit basket. Thatโ€™s exactly what Ellis Brooklynโ€™s Sun Fruit Body Oil delivers.

This body oil fragrance is like summer in a bottle. Itโ€™s scented with the brandโ€™s iconic โ€œSun Fruitโ€ fragrance, which is beachy and tropical, thanks to fresh fig, pear, orange blossom, and coconut notes. Plus, it has skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil and squalane, which leave your barrier fresh and nourished. Apply this all over your body in the morning, and watch how the formula leaves your skin with a subtle yet flattering sheen and a glorious scent that goes anywhere with you.

Key ingredients: squalane, jojoba oil, calendula flower extract

Size: 3.2 fl. oz.

  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • Soothes
  • Strong scentโ€”might be polarizing for those who donโ€™t like fruity fragrance
  • Pricey

Kopari Golden Aura Body Oil

Best for long-lasting hydration: Kopari, Golden Aura Body Oil โ€” $39.00

Key notes: jasmine, toasted sugar, and a hint of musk

Hyaluronic acid is an active ingredient in many skin-care products but is rarely included in body care, which is why Kopari set out to create the Golden Aura Body Oil. This product features hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient, allowing the moisture to penetrate deep down beneath the skin and combat dehydrated skin (aka rough, dull skin that creases and wrinkles easily). It provides immediate hydration but also lasts all day. The body oil has 24K gold, squalane, sunflower, shea, and coconut oil to moisturize the skin further and improve elasticity and skin tone. To round it all out, the oil has notes of toasted sugar, jasmine, and sweet, creamy musk that smells like a better version of your natural skin scent.

Key ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, squalene, sunflower, shea, and coconut oil

Size: 3.3 fl. oz.

  • Deeply hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • Slight shimmer
  • Non-greasy
  • Strong coconut smellโ€”may be polarizing for those who donโ€™t like coconut fragrance

Tatcha Mini Hinoki Body Oil

Best for daytime: Tatcha, Hinoki Body Oil โ€” $58.00

Key notes: Hinoki wood

If winter makes you want to lather yourself in a soft, clean, earthy fragrance rather than a sweet one, make Tatchaโ€™s Hinoki Body Oil your next purchase. This body oil fragrance is part of the brandโ€™s new Forest Awakening line, which features hinoki and is made from cypress trees to calm the mind, meaning less stress, a boosted mood, and better sleep. The woody and earthy fragrance is like a breath of fresh air. Itโ€™s offered in a 1-ounce and a 3.38-ounce bottle, but we love the travel-sized option because it allows you to keep your skin hydrated anywhere in the world.

Key ingredients: natural hinoki oil and Forest Awakening essential oil blend

Size: 1 fl. oz. or 3.38 fl. oz.

  • Invigorating scent
  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes

Prima Beyond Body Oil

Best lightweight: Prima, Beyond Body Oil โ€” $56.00

Key notes: fresh botanicals

Picture this: Youโ€™ve had a long, busy day, come home to take a warm shower, and are looking for something to hydrate and calm your skin. Enter: Primaโ€™s Body Body Oil. This healing oil contains many skin-loving ingredients, but the two main ones are hemp CBD and magnesium to relieve aches and pains and relax your body. It has a silky-smooth texture that doesnโ€™t leave any residue but instead improves the texture of your skin. We canโ€™t forget to mention the intoxicating blend of botanicals that make you feel like youโ€™re inside a luxurious spa. Trust us, youโ€™ll look forward to coming home to this body oil fragrance each day.

Key ingredients: Broad-Spectrum Hemp CBD (600 mg), magnesium, helichrysum

Size: 6 fl. oz.

  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • Doubles as a muscle rub
  • Non-greasy
  • A lot of product is needed since itโ€™s lightweight
  • Expensive

Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil

Best for nighttime: Alo, Head-to-Toe Glow Oil โ€” $48.00

Key notes: bright citrus blend with spice and vanilla

This oil has amazing, effective ingredients like amla, turmeric, marula oil, aloe, avocado oil, castor oil, and botanicals, which leave all skin types supple, dewy, and glowing. Itโ€™s ultra-rich yet rapidly absorbent, and it locks in moisture for a nice glow from head to toe. Plus, the citrus blend, spice, and vanilla fragrance evoke a sense of comfort and grounded elegance that makes you want to snuggle under a blanket with a book on a dark and cold evening.

Key ingredients: vitamin C-rich amla, turmeric, marula oil, aloe, avocado oil, castor oil, and potent botanicals

Size: 3.2 fl. oz.

  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • A little goes a long way

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil

Best shimmering: Tom Ford, Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil โ€” $34.00

Key notes: bergamot, pistachio, coco de mer

Want to take your evening glam or summertime look to the next level? Add Tom Fordโ€™s Solei Blanc Body Oil to your routine. This lightweight body oil imparts a beautiful, golden goddess-like shimmer. It features jojoba seed oil, an excellent skin softener, and olive fruit oil to maintain hydration.

โ€œI love this body oil, especially in the summerโ€”it captures the sultry vibe of sun-kissed skin with an amazing fragrance of white florals, amber, sandalwood, and adds a touch of shimmering gold,โ€ Chaine says. โ€œItโ€™s like bottling the allure of a perfect tan on a white sand beach.โ€ Pro tip: When heading out for a winter date night, apply some to a makeup brush and gently brush the oil on your collarbone, shoulders, and down the front of your arms to give yourself that glow-from-within look.

Key ingredients: jojoba seed oil and olive fruit oil

Size: 1.5 fl. oz.

  • Hydrates
  • Nourishes
  • Slightly shimmery
  • Fragrance can be overwhelming for some

FAQs

How should I apply body oil fragrance?

Like traditional body oils, scented body oil should be applied on damp skin after showering. The dampness will help lock in moisture and keep your skin smooth and hydrated all day. Chaine notes that if you are layering your fragrances, you should apply the body oil fragrance before any perfumes. โ€œThis creates a hydrated base layer that enhances the longevity and projection of the scent,โ€ she says.

Whatโ€™s the shelf life of a body oil fragrance?

โ€œFragranced body oils typically have a shelf life of one to two years but can last for much longer if stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat,โ€ says Chaine. While many fragrance body oils come in beautiful packages you may want to show off on your bathroom counter, Chaine warns that you should never keep them in the bathroom. This is because the bathroom contains moisture from the shower or bath, creating humidity, which can alter the scent of the fragrance or make it less powerful.

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