11 silky body oils your skin will love all summer long
From subtle to sparkly
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / December 08 2021
Warm weather raises quite the conundrum in the body care department; you want your skin to look gloriously glossy, glowy and gorgeous at all times, yes, but it's way too hot to be coating your sweaty limbs in thick creams.
So, what's a dry-skinned gal to do when she wants to keep her glow game high amid equally steep temperatures? Go for oils, of course.
Able to deliver softer, firmer-looking skin in a flash, body oils save you serious time in the absorption arena, as they soak in super quickly and dive even deeper than traditional moisturiser options. And hey, the luxurious-looking sheen they leave you with isn't exactly a downside, either.
So, whatever style you're after, from sparkly to subtle, we've rounded up the best body oils in the biz, perfect for slathering on all summer long...
Sunday Riley Fairy Godmother Shimmering Body Oil Gel
Intended to deliver a bit of everyday magic to your beauty routine, this oil-gel hybrid contains golden shimmer and vitamin C for an all over glow.
$68 at MECCA
Salt by Hendrix Neroli + Argan Body Oil
A luxurious vegan oil rich in vitamins C and E (for a mix of both brightening and nourishing benefits), the only thing better than the way it feels (spoiler alert: silky), is the way it’ll make your limbs look (spoiler no. 2: stunning).
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin E Shimmer Body Oil
Searching for an oil option that’ll deliver a shimmery sheen sans glitter? You need this tone-perfecting hydrator in your life ASAP; it’s even loaded with mica, a mineral that works to softly blur imperfections.
$82 at Sephora
Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
A duo of coconut and monoi oils take care of the hydrating, gloss-enhancing part of the equation, while a dreamy frangipani fragrance handles the whole ‘making you want to reapply multiple times per minute’ thing.
$85 at Elemis
Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil
Want to smell like coconuts and vanilla? Oh, of course you do, who are we kidding? However, it also doesn’t hurt that this all-over scent comes with a serious serving of golden sparkle.
$64 at Adore Beauty
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Scented Body Oil
If it’s a citrus scent and delicately light feel you’re looking for, this argan, sweet almond and apricot kernel oil combo (fragranced with lemon, orange and bergamot) will certainly work a treat.
$111 at MECCA
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil
Billed by the brand as ‘sun-kissed summer skin in a bottle’, it’s practically the gold standard in body oils (in more ways than one considering it’s infused with literal gold leaf; fancy, huh?).
$146 at Myer
NARS Monoi Body Glow II
The OG tinted version may get most of the hype, but this glossy guy is, in our opinion, extremely underrated. It favours shine over shimmer for a more subtle finish and smells like a bouquet of fresh Tahitian florals – delightful.
$123.95 at Cosmetics Now