I have a strange love-hate relationship with body lotion. For one thing, I know that a constant lotion habit will keep my skin infused with hydration, glow and nutrition (flakes, backslides), but I just can’t digest the lotions that leave me so sticky or fat that I am 99.9% tempted. to return directly to the shower. Someone else?
It wasn’t until recently (okay, since I became beauty editor) that I finally curated a collection of gold body lotions – the crème de la crème of creams that hold back my cringies. previous by providing high power moisture to my skin without making me feel like I could get off a Slip ‘N Slide without water. It’s a slippery slope, and I dare say my chosen group (aka the lotions that line my bathroom vanity) are crossing the line with reliable stability. The only problem? The majority of the lotions I’ve started prioritizing are seriously debilitating for my bank account, and given my body surface area (I’m 5’10) my bottles are empty. real quick.
So I did what any self-respecting beauty journalist would do, and did some research: scan the labels, verify the ingredients, and dive head first into hundreds of reviews until I found 10 affordable dopplegänger body lotions that could be paired with all of my more expensive favorites. Now, I’m not saying I’ll say sayonara to my budget-friendly favorites (I love them so much), but I’m saving them for indulgent occasions while reaping the still decadent perks of their more thrifty counterparts. Curious to see what I suggested? Continue scrolling! The 20 best body lotions (cheap and not that cheap) are right below!