I Thought Body Oil Was A Waste Of Money Until I Tried This Clean Formula
My job revolves around researching and testing products, which means I have strong opinions about every item I use. Case in point: dry body oil. I've been unimpressed by pretty much every formula that I've slathered on my skin. They're either way too heavy, way too slimy, or simply ineffective.
So when our beauty director asked me to test out mindbodygreen's new dry body oil ahead of launch, I agreed hesitantly. As a self-proclaimed body oil hater, I figured I was the wrong person to put the new formula to the test. My opinion on body oil was set in stone: It was a waste of money that couldn't compare to a body lotion.
After a month of coating myself in the lightweight oil, I'm prepared to admit my mistake. A phenomenal body oil does exist—and my stubbornness almost cost me the smoothest, silkiest skin that I've ever had.
What makes this dry body oil different?
The main difference between this dry body oil and others that I've tried is the consistency. It has a thin, lightweight texture that's silky rather than greasy. This comes from the two base oils: sunflower and an organic safflower seed.
Both oils are fast-absorbing, essentially melting into the skin after making contact. As a result, the oil never feels thick or heavy like it's simply sitting on my skin. And while you might think that means you need a lot of oil to effectively coat your body, I've found that a little goes a long way. The formula glides across the skin, never forcing you to rub effusively.
Let's talk ingredients.
Of course, a good consistency doesn't mean a beauty product isn't actually making a difference. Luckily, this natural pick still boasts plenty of benefits. Not only does it lock in moisture, but the star ingredients have some pretty notable perks.
Sunflower seed oil earns praise for its ability to support healthy skin aging, thanks to high concentrations of vitamin E and linoleic acid. On the other hand, safflower seed oil helps support the skin's barrier function with fatty acids. The result is an underrated healthy aging combo that also locks in moisture.
Plus, the star ingredients have some pretty impressive backup, despite the formula containing just seven ingredients. Olive-derived squalane further supports the skin's barrier by preventing transepidermal water loss, prickly pear seed oil adds antioxidant properties, and vitamin E in the active form of tocopherol acts as a natural stabilizer. The end result? An all-natural dermatologist-approved body oil that nourishes skin without parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, petrochemicals, common allergens, or the other 1,000+ ingredients regulated by the European Union.
The body oil difference.
While I could wax on about how well it absorbs and how soft my skin feels, I think the "shave test" was the moment I knew this oil was different. Typically, shaving leaves my skin irritated and I have to be extremely careful about what I apply afterward (or my body breaks out in tiny red bumps). Unlike other body moisturizers, this all-natural one didn't cause any stinging or burning. That meant I could finally give my skin much-needed TLC right after shaving instead of waiting a few hours.
This small difference alone was enough to get me on board with a body oil—but the formula's long-lasting effect really sealed the deal. Not only does my skin feels silky right after application, but the feeling stays for hours.
I've always wondered how other people can get silky skin without drenching their bodies in moisturizer, but I didn't realize it all came down to body oil. When done right it can apply evenly, absorb quickly, and leave skin perfectly hydrated. So even though I once considered body oil a waste of money, I full intend to stock up on this natural formula.
Braelyn Wood is the Deputy Commerce Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University, along with a certificate in marketing. After interning at Bustle Digital Group and Cosmopolitan, her love of products (and a good deal) led her to the commerce space, and she joined Meredith Corporation as its first health and wellness-focused shopping writer. During this time, her byline appeared in Health, Shape, InStyle, People, and Travel Leisure, as she covered topics like workout gear, home goods, and coronavirus essentials to help shoppers lead healthier lives. In her current role, she helps readers find the best deals, uncover the latest launches, and understand which items are worth the splurge (or not) from her home in Brooklyn, New York.