There are countless bottles of lotion on the market—even the selection of vegan and cruelty-free products can be mind-boggling. But which ones actually work, softening our skin post-shower and making us feel pampered and pretty? And of the ones that work, which ones smell amazing without the danger of us being mistaken for an overzealous florist or an overworked baker? We slathered ourselves with a medley of moisturizers and decided on these nine essential, cruelty-free, scented lotions that get the job done.
1. LUSH Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion
Some food-scented lotions smell a little too real … we don’t want to crave cupcakes every time we moisturize. LUSH’s vanilla-banana-scented body cream balances the sweet scent perfectly; the smell is comforting enough to make you chill out, but not tempting enough to take a spoon to the jar. As for its hydration, we can always trust in LUSH to deliver on smoothing our dry skin. They’ve got the vegan formula down.
2. Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil-Free Water Syrum
Remind yourself of summer even during the bleakest winter weather with this tropical-scented body lotion. The oil-free formula makes it a stellar option for all skin types, particularly those who struggle with combination skin. Lather it on liberally and restore your dewy summer glow (without the sunburn).
3. Dr. Botanicals Japanese Orange Revive & Invigorate Shea Butter Cream
Spread this luxuriously creamy lotion onto particularly chapped patches of skin (elbows and knees, we’re looking at you!) in the morning and bask in a citrusy scent that’s sure to get you up and moving. Citrus scents are known for inciting happy, feel-good vibes, so you’ll lighten your mood—even if it’s Monday. Thanks to the gentle-yet-hydrating seabuckthorn fruit oil, this product is safe for those with the most sensitive of skin.
4. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion
This drugstore find has become one of our go-to’s—especially when we’re traveling and security threw away our big bottle of moisturizer. The rich cocoa butter formula delivers on hydration and soaks in quickly, and the fruity hint of tropics lingers pleasantly without being too overpowering.
5. Timeless Organics Body Lotion
Prevent early onset wrinkles with this dynamic, age-defying body moisturizer. Your skin will drink in this non-greasy lotion almost instantly, but the scent will stay with you to give you a boost throughout the day. Scents include woodsy Amber, floral Lavender Vanilla, bright Rosemary Citrus, sweet Tropical, earthy Patchouli & Cedarwood, or refreshing Crisp Aloe & Cucumber.
6. Andalou Naturals CannaCell Botanical Body Lotion
No, you won’t get high off this moisturizing lotion, but your skin will soak it up eagerly to repair its dried state. The collection of scents deliver different experiences, depending on your mood. Calm down with patchouli-and-basil-scented Ritual, wake up with the rosemary and lemon-scented Joyful, or re-energize with the Mandarin Vanilla Vitalizing formula.
7. Flower Mill Beauty Rose + Gardenia Body Melt
Keep this floral-scented heavy-duty cream on hand for dry skin emergencies. Apply after your nightly shower and wake up to repaired rough patches. If your weekends consist of snow sports and long exposure to the winter elements, this body melt is a must.
The perfectly balanced scent of this ultra-hydrating everyday lotion keeps us coming back. Inhale hints of cucumber and ivy while the shea butter formula does its work.
9. Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream in Vanilla
You’ll quickly fall in love with this decadently creamy body lotion as much for its hydrating effects as its not-too-sweet vanilla scent. It’s essentially a lotion and perfume in one. Don’t be phased by the name—this body butter is 100-percent vegan!
Tanya Flink is a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.