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Three to try: Body oils from L’Occitane, Clarins, and Osmia Organics

Body oil reviews

For something that sprays: L’Occitane Amande Supple Skin Oil ($ /3.4 oz)

With a formula containing over 50% sweet almond oil (and following up with fractionated coconut oil), the makeup of L’Occitane’s Amande Supple Skin Oil is pretty great. It hydrates well despite its lightweight texture, and comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a spray dispenser — and while I don’t think it’ll make well-hydrated skin any more firm or supple (as it claims), any good body oil will do that for chronically dry skin!

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

However, despite the fact that I love the feel and presentation of this oil, I personally hate the scent. It opens with just a second of beautiful, nutty synthetic almond, but turns into something sharp and cloying once misted and rubbed in; something that sits in the back of my throat with painful honey-sweetness.

But, to each her own: I adore the idea of honey scents, but for some reason, I just can’t stand them in practice. If you love scents like Lise Watier’s Something Sweet or Marc Jacobs Dot (or anything with honey in it!), I bet the L’Occitane Amande body oil would work beautifully for you.

L’Occitane Supple Skin Oil ingredients:

Sweet Almond Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Fragrance, Oleyl Alcohol, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dioleyl Tocopheryl Methylsilanol, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Citral.

Clarins Shimmer Oil

For shine and shimmer: Clarins Shimmer Oil for Face & Body ($ /3.3 oz)

Of these three oils, Clarins’ is the only one I haven’t tested — and for good reason. This beautiful bi-phase oil (the shimmer separates out) has wonderful, chunky-chic packaging and a captivating amount of warm shimmer particles, but it’s actually a silicone-oil: the formula contains plenty of glittering minerals, but its liquid phase is based mainly on coconut oil fractions and cyclopentasiloxane.

For those of you who missed out last year, this is an exact copy of Clarins’ Splendours Body Oil, from the packaging to the ingredients; the packaging simply lost the “Splendours” label and picked up a “face & body” descriptor.

Clarins Shimmer Oil ingredients: 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isononyl Isononate, Hazel Seed Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Tin Oxide, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coumarin, Linalool, Farnesol.

Osmia Organics body oil review

For a sexy scent: Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil ($30 USD/2 oz)

I seriously need to try out some new Osmia oils, because Sunset still has me smitten — months after the first time I tried it. Their oils are all-natural and beautifully scented, with a luxurious fractionated coconut oil & jojoba base that delivers wonderful, completely lightweight moisture.

I’ve tested quite a few body oils since falling in love with this one, but Sunset is still my favourite by far. The delicate, feminine scent lasts all day long (it’s a super-sexy rendition of vanilla; slightly spicy and just barely floral), and though the price tag is a little high, it’s an easy compromise to make — it may be sold as a body oil, but it can definitely double as your perfume.

Osmia Organics Body Oil ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Jojoba Oil, Kukui Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Co2 Extract, Rosemary Co2 Extract, And A Proprietary Blend Of Organic And Wild-Harvested Essential Oils And Co2 Extracts.

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  • fieran

    The Osmia oils are amazing. I can't use anything else since I started using their oils. Sunset, Night, and Light are my favourite.

    • Oooh, thanks for the other recs! I'm hoping to add some more to my collection soon ;)

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I actually love the L'Occitane one, and the smell is rather sweet, but I don't mind it. It's the one I've been repurchasing, and now that I'm pregnant, I apply it on my belly every day :-)

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    • Aww, that sounds lovely!! I'm so glad you're able to enjoy it, Lily — something about its scent just makes my head spin. It's pretty for the first few seconds, but after that, I just have to get it off! :(

  • mostlysunnybunny

    I have the L'Occitane one and I love it! I owned it before, and I'm a huge fan of the scent! Now come to think of it, I still have a bottle of the shower oil sitting around. Might have to crack that open before it expires. I've been saving it "for a better day!"
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    • Whoo!! I'm so glad to hear some love for it — I can't tolerate the scent myself, but the formula is just gorgeous. Hope you enjoy your bottle of the shower oil, Sunny! :)

  • I'm intrigued by the Osmia oil. The Sunset scent sounds amazing! That is a kind I'd like if I am to wear a perfume in body oil.
    Honey is a difficult note to do well in fragrance. I actually like MJ Dot a lot although I'd never buy anything looks that gaudy with a hefty price tag like that, but I don't think I could do it in oil. It is really different, you know? ;)
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    • Yup, I feel you on that one! Dot didn't sit well with me either, but I can definitely see the appeal.

      Sunset is amazing, Lena — you MUST try. :D

  • The skin on my body is always, always neglected in favour for pretty makeups and skincare on the face, haha. Reading your post made me think I should get back into body moisturisers! The Osmia one sounds really promising, and the way you described the scent kind of sold it to me. :D I am far too lazy (as you can probably tell by my omission to use moisturiser..) and if it doubles up as fragrance, even better!
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    • Oh, man, I'm so jealous. I can't go a day without moisturizing my body — my skin gets so dry it hurts!

      If you're looking for a product that'll shorten your bodycare routine, absolutely go for the Osmia one. Sunset is such a gorgeous, sexy scent, and it's so easy to apply.

  • Ooo I've been meaning to get a bottle of L'Occitane (I do like the fragrance) and as for Clarins I didn't care much for it when I tried it at the counter. Would love to try Osmia!
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    • Helene, the Osmia oil is absolutely to die for. I bet you would love it! (I'm basing this off the fact that I literally do not know a single person who has tried Sunset and not fallen completely head over heels for it — it's THAT good.)

  • sylirael

    That Osmia oil sounds amazing,and the packaging is so gorgeous too…and the bottle is frosted…and I keep meaning to finally dip a toe (or my whole body, as the case may be) into the whole cosmetic/moisturising oil thing.

    I would accuse the fates of conspiring against my wallet, but I don't think Osmia is available here AND I'M MOT CHECKING IN CASE THEY ARE.

    Ok, maybe just a peek… ;-)
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    • The packaging is perfect!! It even has a little orifice reducer in the lid, and honestly, it makes all the difference — you never have to worry about dripping or spilling your Osmia oils, unlike pretty much all of the other oils out there.

      So far I've properly tried three products from their line (I have a handful of other samples that I haven't gotten around to digging into yet), but I swear, all three of them are amazing. They're all the very best of their class — Sunset is the absolute best body oil out there, Juniper Fire is the sexiest woody scent, and their Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair outclasses every other natural lip balm I've ever tried.

      <3 <3

  • Swatch and Review

    I love the smell of Almond Oil! If the L'Occitane smells anything like Lush Snowcake, I'm in!

  • Whitelace

    Does anyone else find the Clarins….unattractive? The look is just offputting to me and for that reason alone I couldn't see myself using it.

  • It's too bad that the Clarins one has silicon in it! I generally just use straight up fractionated coconut oil for my skin but I like the extras you get with the bottled ones like a lovely vanilla scent! Who doesn't love vanilla? :)
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