Body Oil 101

Body Oils are one of the best investments you can make for your skin. They are multi-functional, uber-moisturizing, healthy, long-lasting, and easy to apply.

One of the primary reasons I love Body Oil over traditional lotion is because Body Oil does not require the types of preservatives and emulsifiers water-based lotions require. This makes Body Oil preferable from a body health stand-point.

I also love Body Oil because I tend to have very dry skin on my arms and legs. I find Body Oil just feels amazing and soothing on my skin. (And yes, I do use Brown Barn body lotion as well!) Typically I use Body Oil as part of my post-bathing routine and I opt for Body Lotion on my nightstand and desk (where I can grab it for a quick application).

I've included below a basic "Body Oil 101" tutorial for you. Enjoy!

Christine Untiedt, Founder, Brown Barn Botanicals

What is Body Oil?

Body Oil is an oil combination meant for use neck to toes. You can think of Body Oil as a concentrated moisturizer for your body. Body Oils come in a huge array of oil combinations and an endless list of scents. 

How is it used?

Body Oil has a wide range of uses. 

1. On the body - Body Oil can be applied directly to skin. Personally, I prefer to use body oil on damp skin after bathing because I need so much less oil, it glides on more easily, and it just feels great on warm skin!

2. As a massage oil - Warm a pump of body oil between your hands, then massage deeply.

3. As a bath oil - Depending on the size of your tub, pump 1 to 3 pumps of oil into warm bath water. Mix by swishing your hands through the water. Take care entering and exiting the tub. The oil will float at the top of the tub. When you exit the tub it will cling to your skin - carefully pat dry so as not to remove the oil after bathing.

4. As a scalp and hair oil - Massage into scalp prior to washing or apply just a tiny bit to fly-away hairs with fingertips.

5. For hands and cuticles - Massage a drop across your cuticles in place of cuticle cream. I keep a bottle of Body Oil by my kitchen sink to hydrate my hands after washing.

Body Oil can also be used to make do-it-yourself skincare recipes. Need ideas? Get my free guide. Click below:

What should I buy?

Well formulated Body Oils are made using carrier oils, essential oils, and vitamin E for stability. Avoid Body Oils that contain sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrance, fillers, phthalates, chemical preservatives, emulsifiers, and any type of synthetics. 

Look for oil combinations that are made with light oils that will go on smoothly such as coconut, jojoba, almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower. It's okay for an oil to contain a few heavier oils for stability and skin nutrition.

Choose Body Oils scented with essential oils so you can have aromatherapy benefits or unscented. Avoid Body Oils that list "fragrance" as an ingredient unless the maker stipulates the fragrance is a 100% natural blend.

Start with a smaller 2oz size if possible. A little body oil goes a very long way, purchasing smaller amounts to start will give you a chance to experiment with blends or have more selection on your bathroom shelf.

Brown Barn Body Oils

Brown Barn Body Oils are unique in that they contain infusions of flowers, leaves, and roots - many of which were hand cultivated using organic practices by us at the Brown Barn Botanicals Farm.

Our oil combinations were devised to address three main concerns - joint and muscle massage (Arnica), skin nutrition (Nourishing), and relaxation (Lavender).

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