8 of the Best Clean Skin Body Oils. And Recipes to Make your Own

Skin and body care

There is something truly indulgent and luxurious about body oils, it’s ultra moisturising and decadent, leaving your skin with a beautiful glow. It’s not something you’ll put on right before you rush out the door, even the lightest oils need time to gently soak in. That is the point of it all, to take a bit of a breather for yourself and to soak up the beautiful aromas a good body oil can deliver.

People have been using body oils since Biblical times. The ancient Egyptians were well known for formulating legendary oils. Rumour has it that pots with richly scented oils still held a faint odour when King Tutankamen’s tomb was opened 3000 years later. In Egypt, everyone used oils, from royalty to labourers, but we’ve somehow replaced the art of regularly using aromatic and moisturising oils with lotions and other store-bought potions that were cooked up in a chemistry lab.

Unlike traditional oils used by the ancient Egyptians, modern oils can still contain menacing ingredients such as mineral oil, artificial fragrances and silicones. A big culprit is oils labelled as bath oil, this is often cut with drying ingredients and solvents that prevent the side of the bath from going greasy in the process. It’s as if we’re creating more problems by trying to be too clever with our solutions, sometimes a bit of good old fashioned elbow grease is a better solution to keeping the bath clean than adding ominous ingredients to the bath oil.

Body oils are extremely versatile. It can moonlight as perfume, hair oil and bath oil and will leave the skin smooth, supple and beautifully radiant.

These clean skin and cruelty-free recommended moisturising oils below are set to give serious good skin benefits. I’ve even included a recipe if you’d like to try your hand at making your own.

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Clean Skin and Cruelty-Free Body Oils

1. REN Skincare, Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture


Vegan, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

Suitable for all skin types, designed to lock in moisture and boost skin’s radiance. Infused with the scent of thousands of rose petals, this rich oil deeply moisturises skin, leaving it replenished and intensively hydrated. Calming and soothing, it works to bring back that glow and boost overall radiance.
Find it at REN Skincare

2. Green People, Age Defy + Pure Lux

Green People

Organic, cruelty-free, vegan + recyclable bottle

Designed for women aged 35+ this perfecting organic oil will give you a glow and beautiful, satin-soft finish skin. The oil is enriched with 23 beauty-enhancing actives for radiant skin. Scented with a beautiful balance of essential oils including Mandarin and Neroli to uplift the mind and evoke feelings of joy.
Find it at Green People

3. Odylique Mosimix

body oil odylique

Organic, vegan, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

Vegan cruelty-free and organic this 100% natural is bursting with natural essential oils which give a refreshing lemony aroma with the added benefit of warding off little things that bite! Applied sparingly to exposed skin it is non-greasy and quickly absorbed to leave the skin smooth and lightly fragrant.
Find it at Big Green Smile

4. Dr. Hauschka, Rose Nurturing

Rose Nurturing Oil

Organic, vegan, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

Treat your skin to Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil containing organic and natural ingredients. The extracts of damask roses and rose essential oil soothes, calms and protects even sensitive skin, whilst jojoba oil maintains moisture keeping your skin supple and rejuvenated.
Find it on the Ethical Superstore

5. Weleda, Pomegranate Oil

Weleda body oil

Organic, vegan, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

A nurturing, enlivening treatment with an inspiring, feminine fragrance that is proven to boost cell regeneration in ageing skin. Oil carefully removed from the pomegranate seed has antioxidant and balancing qualities, rejuvenating oils of jojoba, sesame and macadamia soften skin.
Find it on the Ethical Superstore or Amazon

6. Our Tiny Bees, Floral Oil


Organic, vegetarian, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

Perfect as both a body and massage oil and incredibly smoothing. This moisturising oil is made from almond and oat oil which prevents dehydration and helps to nourish sensitive and damaged skin. The divine scents of ylang-ylang, British lavender oil and lemon oil creates a calming effect and helps you to relax and relieve stress.
Find it on the Ethical Superstore

7. MOA Hello, Sunshine Energising Oil

Organic, vegan, cruelty-free + recyclable bottle

This energizing and zesty oil has a nourishing golden base and is easily absorbed, hydrating the skin whilst providing essential minerals, antioxidants and vitamins to protect and tone. With sweet citrus notes of antibacterial lemongrass and marjoram essential oils awakening the senses, kick-starting circulation and purifying the skin, whilst keeping pimples at bay. 
Find it on Amazon

Make your own body oil

Make your Own Body Oil DIY Recipes

Making your own means that you know exactly what’s in it. Moisturising oils are generally made up of carriers oil and a mix of fragrant essential oils. Yes, it really is that simple, however, you should pay attention to the ratios. Start with a smaller amount, roughly 60ml of carrier oil or 30ml if you’d like to test the fragrance first, adding 15 drops of essential oils per 60 ml carrier oil will give you enough fragrance so that it’s not overwhelming. You can use less essential oil if this is too fragrant for you, this recipe is yours to make your own. That’s the whole point of doing this yourself right?

Related: DIY Skincare: Easy Homemade Facial Oil

If you’re going to all the trouble to make your own oil, step it up and use organic oils for pure goodness, it will be better for you and the planet. You can experiment with the two combinations below depending on your personal preference around fragrances. I like using mint for summer as it has a slight cooling effect, the bigger the peppermint ratio the bigger the cooling effect.

Remember to do a patch test first to ensure you don’t get a reaction from any of the oils you’re using.

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9 thoughts on “8 of the Best Clean Skin Body Oils. And Recipes to Make your Own”

  1. I love body oils! I definitely need to add REN?s body oily to my list – I love them!

  2. Jenny

    I have used different oils for what seems my life time. I would love to try some new blends as I?ve never made my own. Now I?m inspired.

  3. I agree body oils are a nice, quick and luxurious way to pamper at home – and depending on which oils you go with – can be affordable too. Will look over the brands you mention here. Thanks for the list.

  4. I adore essential oils. We have made skin care products for years. Thank you for your post. It was great.

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    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

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