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Body Care Staples for Soft and Smooth Skin

October 18, 2016
The Beauty Look Book - Body Care Routine for Soft Skin

As the weather has started to shift to cooler and dryer temperatures I’ve felt the need for some extra skincare boosts when it comes to body care. I have extremely sensitive skin so I usually stick to a few select brands for body lotions, scrubs and shower gels. There are some lines that cause an allergic reaction for me (scent or fragrance isn’t always the issue) so I always try to do a patch test first. Today I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to share some tried-and-true body care staples I use to keep my skin smooth, itch-free, and hydrated.

I usually prefer light weight lotions or dry oils because I don’t like things that feel thick or heavy. Three I swear by include the L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands and Body, Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver, and L’Occitane Foot Cream. You can click on the icons in the images below to shop the products directly from Nordstrom.

My most repurchased lotion is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands and Body because it’s truly gentle but still effective. I love the Shea Butter line from L’Occitane for the soft soothing scent it has that’s truly comforting. It absorbs into the skin well, leaves skin feeling soft, and I can wear this at night while I sleep without sticking to my sheets or blankets.

Kate Somerville previously had their Eczema Cream which has been renamed Dry Skin Saver. This has a slightly thicker texture compared to the L’Occitane Lotion but is unscented and helps give instant relief for dry skin. It’s suitable for face, body and lips. I gave one of these to my brother who is in his early 20’s, has dry skin that is probably more sensitive than mine and he really likes this one.

I tend to neglect my feet as I find that my 2x a month pedicures are usually enough to keep them looking decent. There are a number of foot creams I’ve tried but they usually feel greasy or smell horrible. I tried the L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream from a small travel size I received from a gift with purchase years ago and was immediately hooked because it’s not thick, it absorbs quickly, instantly soothes any dry spots and has a slight lavender oil scent which is really relaxing.

Next are a few bath products and scrubs. I almost could say that I’m one who lives for bubble baths. There are few things that I enjoy as much as a long bath. It really does help melt away stress and helps me relax.

Fresh Bath and Shower Gels are one of the few shower gels where the scent actually lasts bath the shower or bath. There are a wide range of options and my current favorite is the Fresh Life which is a bright sweet citrus kind of scent. It lathers up really well with a wash cloth or loofa and leaves the skin clean.

In one of my previous shower gel posts a few of you told me to try the Le Labo Santal 33 Shower Gel. I’m all for trying new luxury products but the $50 price tag prevented me from buying for a long time. I eventually did and was instantly hooked. This is a truly luxurious splurge – but I’m one who loves sandalwood scents that aren’t too woody or earthy and this one is just perfect. I’m on my third bottle and the price is indeed very steep so I will be using this sparingly.

For scrubs, my favorite body scrub formulas have all been discontinued (from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s). They’ve either brought new formulas out or discontinued the items completely which has made me very sad. The one favorite that I’ve found hasn’t changed is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub which leaves the skin revitalized and super smooth. It has an emollient base which makes it easy to move over areas of the body in the shower but doesn’t leave the skin with a greasy film.

Bath and shower oils are items I try every now and then. I know many of my readers love them because they leave the skin feeling super hydrated and soft. I’m still more of a shower gel kind of person but the ones from Jo Malone are very good. They come in a number of scent options and they have both bath oils and shower oil options. I bought the Blackberry and Bay Bath Oil and it’s amazing. It also comes in the smaller travel size and also the shower gel format.

One more shower gel that deserves a mention is the Diptyque Revitalizing Shower Gel for Body and Hair. This is probably my favorite one of all time but I go through it so quickly I’ve tried to find cheaper alternatives because it gets spendy. I have yet to find one I like as much as I like this one though.

Last but not least two items I think we usually associate with summer beauty routines but I still find suitable for year round use.

The Soleil de La Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan Lotion is the only one I’ve liked enough to use on a regular basis. The formula is gentle so it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction on my skin (many other formulas do). The scent is pleasant and doesn’t have that strong chemical odor you find in self tanners. It also doesn’t turn my skin orangey or yellow which is a huge plus. I see a tan start to develop by the second day of use. There’s no streaking or transfer to clothing. It’s expensive but worth the splurge.

I alternate between body oils and find I gravitate towards different ones depending on season. The Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil is one I found too heavy during the summer but I love it for right now. It has that signature Moroccanoil scent which I find natural, earthy and soothing all at the same time. I love that this comes with a spray dispenser – I think all body oils should come with one. It absorbs quickly into the skin. The scent has a warm and cozy feel which was probably why I didn’t really use it a lot over the summer time but now that it’s cooler, it’s perfect.

For those who like body care products I hope you found this post helpful in case you’re looking for items to soothe dry skin that are also suitable for sensitive skin (and noses). As always I’d love to hear your favorites! Many of you have asked for a roundup on face moisturizers and serums I use since I have sensitive skin. I’m in the process of testing a few brands but will have a post up in the next few weeks.

Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions my own.

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  • Robyn October 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    L'Occitane is one of my favourite products 🙂 Always use their hand cream in the winter — it's a must have!

    • Sabrina October 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Another L'Occitane fan! Yay – their hand cream is definitely one of my favorites.

  • Clever Girl Review October 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I really love Fresh's bath oil. It's a staple for me when I have a tub!

    • Sabrina October 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      I tried a mini of the bath oil and it was to die for! I'm scared to check the price of that one though, lol.

  • Anonymous October 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for the post. Just wondering if Nordstrom provides the products to you when you partner to sponsor a post?

    • Sabrina October 18, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Anonymous – they do not, hope this helps!

  • Anonymous October 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Awesome roundup, I love the L'Occitane lotion too. The Kate Somerville item looks interesting, will have to check that one out!

    • Sabrina October 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      It's one I think you should definitely try!

  • Anonymous October 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Ahh the Diptyque shower gel is AMAZING! Pricey but worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.

    • Sabrina October 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      LOL – I agree, but when I have it, I use it and my husband uses it so it gets used up very quickly!

  • Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I like L'Occitane hand and foot creme and love the Diptyque shower gel. It smells so good and the texture is nice. Body Shop scrubs and body butter are pleasant, too. For a luxurious treat, I adore Hermès shower gels.

  • Ann McLeod October 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I really love Fresh Dry Rice Oil. It has a super delicate fragrance arms is nicely moisturizing.

  • Millie Robinson October 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I always find foot creams way to greasy, this one from L'Occitane sounds so nice though, I love their products! x

  • Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Sabrina, Thank you for this lovely post! As a body care product lover I really appreciate the products you mentioned. There are a few for me left to try. The fresh one will probably be the first one! Always interested to find some new jams! The Diptyque shower gel is one of my favorites as well. Used it again this morning! X Emilie

  • Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Could the Jo Malone bath oils also be used as fragrance oils or are they soapy?

  • Kirsten Norman October 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    My favorites include L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, Molton Brown heavenly gingerly or templetree body wash, and Bvlgari au the blanc shower gel. I don't use many exfoliating balms, but right now I'm liking my Fresh seaberry exfoliating bar. Instead I go with the Salux exfoliating washcloth and glycolic acid lotion (Paula's Choice, Glytone, etc. all make one for the body). In the winter I only use a shower oil or super gentle cleanser as my skin gets quite dry, and I finish with Avene XeraCalm cream.

  • Amy C. October 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    L'Occitane is wonderful! I love their shea cream and use it on my hands and feet at night. I love body oils. I currently use Oribe's spray body oil as well as Diptyque's. Great products! Had the chance to sample the Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil yesterday and all I can say is WOW! The store was out of stock but I immediately ordered one. What an incredible smell! Thanks for this great review, Sabrina. 🙂

  • Cheryl October 22, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Sabrina, I purchased the Diptyque Revitalizing shower gel after you recommended it in a previous post and it is fantastic. It's become a staple item for me, the citrus scent is heavenly!

  • NewfoundBeauty November 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Hey Sabrina! These all look dreamy! Are there any drugstore body care products that you use?

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