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When it comes to caring for your skin, it’s important to focus energy on moisturizing.

Yes, dry skin, in essence, is harmless, yet when excessive dry skin is left untreated it can lead to various unpleasant symptoms — such as itching, flaking, peeling, redness, fine lines, and even a rough feel and look — as well as cause prone individuals to develop eczema or atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by “redness, cracking, and inflammation.”

Therefore, as the dry winter months creep forward or if you simply live in a dry climate, it’s important to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

While body balm, butter, and/or lotion are essential for a skincare routine if you’re really looking for long-lasting, locked-in moisture give oils a try. Body oils have a “locking and protective nature,” while also improving “cell cohesion, meaning that they can limit transepidermal water loss.” Plus, body oils are generally lightweight, absorbed quickly, and are grease-free. Of course, it’s all about using the product correctly, so make sure you get the low down before applying!

If you’re down to give body oils a try yet skeptical that you won’t be able to find an eco-friendly, vegan brand, here are a few to get you started!

1. Soapwalla Organic/Vegan Luxurious Body OilSoapwalla Organic/Vegan Luxurious Body Oil

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This Soapwalla Organic/Vegan Luxurious Body Oil not only provides that luxurious moisturizing power, but it’s also invigorated with warming scents including ginger, lemongrass, and citrus. Hand-crafted in Brooklyn, this product uses a unique blend of jojoba, rice bran, sunflower, and grape seed oils. Plus, Soapwalla infuses this oil with Mowrah butter, which has been shown to promote smooth skin by reducing the degeneration of skin cells. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and certified organic. A 1-ounce bottle costs $18.00.

2. Zeeta Store Gratifying Grapefruit Vegan Organic Body OilZeeta Store Gratifying Grapefruit Vegan Organic Body Oil

Zeeta Store Gratifying Grapefruit Vegan Organic Body Oil/

This Zeeta Store Gratifying Grapefruit Vegan Organic Body Oil is not only organic, vegan, and cruelty-free, but it also uses therapeutic grade essential oils that are free of parabens, soy, alcohol, and petrochemicals. This product focuses on providing healthy, moisturized, toned, tight, and soft skin with a mixture of non-greasy grapefruit-based oils! An 8-ounce bottle costs $59.95.

Kelly says “I was a little reluctant to try grapefruit on my skin but what a surprise! It smells so fresh on my skin – and feels so good. This is one of my favorites.”

3. BOYZZ Only Organic Cruelty-Free Vegan Active Body OilBOYZZ Only Organic Cruelty-Free Vegan Active Body Oil

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Maybe this oil was designed for men, but its lovely oil formula is great for both genders. This BOYZZ Only Organic Cruelty-Free Vegan Active Body Oil is made with a unique blend of arnica, eucalyptus, and manuka oil. Along with boosting the health of your skin, this mixture relieves sore muscles, eases stress, heals damaged skin, and even fights off any bacterial growth — thanks to that manuka honey! This product is natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan, biodegradable, CertClean Certified, Leaping Bunny approved, and even pH balanced. A 7.05-ounce bottle costs $24.85.

4. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Store Natural Vegan Body Oil for Dry SkinOra's Amazing Herbal Store Natural Vegan Body Oil for Dry Skin

Ora’s Amazing Herbal Store Natural Vegan Body Oil for Dry Skin/

This Ora’s Amazing Herbal Store Natural Vegan Body Oil for Dry Skin takes the definition of oil blending to the next level! This product combines cedar, eucalyptus, spearmint, lemongrass, juniper, apricot, jojoba, grapeseed, and niaouli oils in order to moisturize, heal, and alleviate stress all at once. Recommended for after shower use in order to lock in that moisture! Plus, this product is free of parabens, gluten, synthetic ingredients and fragrances, and is non-GMO, vegan, and cruelty-free. A 2-ounce bottle costs $11.97.

Rosalie Mcclung says “For those people who are sensitive to smells, this body oil is AWESOME!! It is light and soaks right in, leaving you moisturized without feeling greasy! If you are looking for a body moisturizer WITHOUT a scent, this body oil is incredible, but also gluten-free and cruelty-free. Also, it uses plenty of natural ingredients. AWESOME!! Thank you for providing something luxurious for those of us with numerous sensitivities. :-) Also, I have used it on my lips which are usually always dry and cracked. With this stuff… Not anymore!”

5. Olivia Care Store Vegan French Rose Body Oil Olivia Care Store Vegan French Rose Body Oil 

Olivia Care Store Vegan French Rose Body Oil/

This Olivia Care Store Vegan French Rose Body Oil is made from 100 percent natural ingredients meant to hydrate and lock in moisture, improve skin health, and reduce damage. This oil is rich in vitamins that feed your skin including vitamin E and K, as well as omega fatty acids. Olivia Care is proud to offer a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, GMO-free product that is also free of harsh chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and alcohol. Plus, the rose hues help relieve stress, fight anxiety, and bring calm to your mind. A 4-fluid ounce bottle costs $11.95.

Beth says “Love this oil! I use it along with my favorite lotion to enhance the scent and level of moisture. It’s a sweet and light fragrance w/o being too floral or “fake” smelling. I first found it in Target but they don’t carry the Apricot Fig anymore-was SO happy to see that Amazon has it (of course!:)”

6. Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial OilMad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

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Maybe you’re looking for a more target moisturizing approach? It’s true that not all of our skin is the same over our body, therefore should be treated individually. This Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil is all-natural, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, preservative-free, and GMO-free. Basically, all the good without any of the bad! This oil is made from a mixture of powerful antioxidants including sea buckthorn berry, blueberry, goji berry, argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and sunflower seed oil, to name just a few. A 30-milliliter bottle costs $19.99.

Stephanie f. says “This has been my favorite product from this line so far! It says to use it in the AM but I usually use it at night and by morning my skin looks so youthful and glowing. I don’t use it much in the mornings because it’s a bit oily but if my skin is feeling dry I do put it to use. I’m in my early thirties and went through my acne stage in my mid-twenties which unfortunately left some scarring on my cheeks. This line has definitely helped my skin out! I have super sensitive skin and have not had any issues with this line. I’m very light skin which is a bummer when it comes to wrinkles but I have no worries at this time and always get compliments of looking much younger, I’d like to thank this line of products for that.”

7. Naissance Vegan Cruelty-Free Fractionated Coconut OilNaissance Vegan Cruelty-Free Fractionated Coconut Oil

Naissance Vegan Cruelty-Free Fractionated Coconut Oil/

One of the most popular natural beauty trends that has proven itself over and over again is plain old coconut oil. This Naissance Vegan Cruelty-Free Fractionated Coconut Oil takes coconut oil moisturizing to the next level with 100 percent pure and natural food grade coconut fractionated oil. This oil is liquid at all temperatures, meaning it’s easy to apply, lightweight, and versatile! Great for your skin, but it can also be used for hair conditioning, like body butter, or even soap. The unique vegan-friendly blend of saturated fatty acids, capric acid, and caprylic acid lock in moisture, while boosting the health of your skin. An 8-fluid ounce bottle costs $13.99.

campbell says “love this product give my hair a sheen to it and feel moisturized will buy more in the future. five stars for me oh yea it came on time.”

8. OKAY 100% Pure Coconut Oil OKAY 100% Pure Coconut Oil 

OKAY 100% Pure Coconut Oil/

Maybe fractionated coconut oil is a bit too fancy? Maybe you’re looking for good old fashioned pure coconut oil designed for your skin? This OKAY 100% Pure Coconut Oil is the perfect coconut oil option! This coconut oil offers deep moisture for both skin and hair. It’s rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, powerful anti-aging, antibacterial, antifungal, and skin healing properties. On top of that, this oil is free of parabens, silicone, and sulfates. A 6-ounce jar costs $7.97.

Steve C. says “My wife and I use a lot of this, great for general moisturizing, in my case, in particular, keeps my skin from drying out, so always apply after showering. It’s also really good if your skin drys out/burns a little in the sun. Best of all is like some similar products this one does not crystalize if it melts and then re-solidifies. Overall great product – we have on subscribe & save.”

9. Cebra Ethical Skincare Shea Butter Oil

Cebra Ethical Skincare Shea Butter Oil

Cebra Ethical Skincare Shea Butter Oil/

This Cebra Ethical Skincare Shea Butter Oil takes into consideration both your skincare needs and your ethical beauty product standards. With a unique shea oil blend, this product is rich in skin-loving nutrients such as vitamin A, E, and F, as well as keratin and allantoin. Along with moisturizing your skin, this oil will also soothe, smooth, and even fight pain in joints and muscles. Plus, this oil can be used to help with minor skin irritations such as insect bites and sun burns. A 3.38-ounce bottle costs $14.00. 

10. Poppy Austin Pure Rosehip Oil Poppy Austin Pure Rosehip Oil 

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If you’re looking for a company that offers the whole package — vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced ingredients — then Poppy Austin is the place to go! This Poppy Austin Pure Rosehip Oil is 100 percent organic, vegan certified, and all-natural. The unique blend uses organic rosa rubiginosa seeds that have been cold-pressed and traditionally extracted in order to create a high-quality, multi-purpose oil. This oil aims to tackle wrinkles, laughter lines, crows’ feet, age spots, brittle nails, hyper-pigmentation, radiation, and sun damage. A 2-ounce bottle costs $19.49.

Amazon Customer says “This Rose-Hip oil is a delight. I have been using essential oils on my face with success but I have now switched to Poppy Austin Organic Rose-hip Oil and I am so glad I have. I used to work in a high-end skin store where essential oils in smaller quantity sold for $175.00 I promise I can not tell the difference between the highly marketed oil I mentioned and this lovely product. I live in high altitude—- a ski town, where the air is particularly dry. Every girl and woman I know complains bitterly about our atmosphere. It’s a challenge. BUT since I have been using this product, I have found that my skin retains moisture throughout the day and evening. I apply over my face after I use the Poppy Austin Rosewater. I then use a sunscreen (sunscreens can be by nature very drying—-so yes, you save your skin from UV but the result looks dry.) and a tinted makeup. When I use the PA Rose-hip oil my face retains the moisture all day, no matter what I layer over it. TRULY. I am a convert!”

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