Whether it’s winter and your skin needs some serious hydration, or it’s summer and the sun has dried out your skin, lotion is an important part of our daily routines. Lotion protects us from the elements and works to fight against that dry, scaly skin that we all want to avoid.
But many lotions are packed full of different chemicals and fillers that can harm your skin rather than help it. Not to mention, the amount of lotion available at the drugstore can be super overwhelming — especially when they claim to do all sorts of things you didn’t even know your lotion needed to do!
So instead of wasting hours starting at the lotion display in your local pharmacy, check out some of our favorite natural lotions to give your skin what it needs and deserves.
Avalon Organics Lavender Body Lotion
Available in lavender or unscented, this lotion from Avalon Organics is made without the use of parabens, harsh preservatives, phthalates, and sulfates.
Vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, this lotion is ideal for dry skin and features lavender essential oil, aloe, vitamin E, and plant lipids to keep your skin nourished and moisturized.
Reviewers mention the lavender scent is light and subtle without being too perfume-y or overpowering.
Others mention that a little bit goes a long way, and that it only takes 1 to 2 (rather than 3 to 5) applications to notice a change in dry skin.
Everyone Body Lotion
Available in coconut + lemon, cedar + citrus, and apricot + vanilla, the Everyone body lotion is plant-based and made out of essential oils.
Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, non-GMO project verified, and gluten-free, this lotion features hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and aloe.
Reviewers mention that this lotion is hydrating and leaves your skin soft rather than oily. There are mixed reviews on the lotion’s consistency, though. Some reviewers love that the lotion absorbs into their skin quickly while others find it’s too watery for their liking.
Alaffia Everyday Body Lotion
Available in unscented, vanilla, and lavender scented options, this everyday body lotion from Alaffia is 100% certified fair trade and made out of raw shea butter to make your skin soft and moisturized.
Ideal for normal to dry skin, this lotion is free of parabens and synthetic fragrances and is made with entirely biodegradable ingredients.
Reviewers mention that this lotion absorbs quickly and works wonders on chronic dry, chapped skin. They also say the coconut scent is subtle without being overbearing or too strong. Something a few reviewers mention, though, is that if you’re switching to Alaffia from traditional lotions, there will be an adjustment period. So if you don’t notice a huge change right away, give it a few weeks.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion
If there’s anything I’ve learned about trying a bunch of Alba Botanica products, it’s that they do an excellent job of creating a formula that is moisturizing and effective. I’ve been using their coconut shampoo for several months, and my hair never feels dry or brittle.
Made out of coconut and shea butter, this lotion from Alba Botanica is free of sulfates, phthalates, and parabens, and is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. Jojoba, macadamia, sunflower, and flax oil work to provide your skin with a moisturized feel.
Reviewers mention this lotion has a fragrant coconut scent that some love and others don’t; it’s a natural coconut scent rather than a synthetic fragrance. Other reviewers mention this lotion is best applied straight out of the shower, and it lasts all day.
Wild Botanicals Natural Body Lotion
Available in a variety of yummy scents like almond, lavender honey, and eucalyptus mint, these natural body lotions from Wild Botanicals are creamy and smooth — perfect for dry, cracked skin. Made out of kokum butter, avocado oil, and apricot oil, this lotion works to heal dry, rashed skin over time.
Essential oils provide the lotions with a subtle, yet aromatic fragrance while Aloe vera works to bring inflammation down. Witch hazel is also included to fight acne and leave your skin with a relaxed, calming sensation.
Reviewers love the different scent varieties and mention the formula is thick and creamy, but absorbs into the skin quickly. Others like that the lotion doesn’t feel greasy or oily, and that it soothes the skin for hours unlike other drugstore options.
Grapefruit Cedarwood Body Lotion
Grapefruit and cedar combined is one of my favorite scents! It’s fruity and energizing with an earthy twist. This lotion from Purely Posh offers that refreshing combination with all the moisturizing benefits you expect in a high-quality lotion.
Free of chemical fragrances and parabens, this vegan-friendly lotion is made with almond oil and shea butter to leave your skin soft and moisturized. Available in an 8-ounce size, this lotion comes in a glass bottle with a pump top that you can reuse long after the lotion is gone.
Reviewers mention the scent is pleasant without being overwhelming and that the lotion absorbs quickly, is lightweight, and doesn’t leave a greasy feel on your skin.