Oiled Up

Two years ago I made it one of my New Years resolutions to moisturise every night before bed. Life changing? No. But something I’ve stuck to? Surprisingly, yes. I love nothing more in the evenings than soaking in the bath, towelling off, oiling myself up then swaddling myself in pyjamas. In a strange way I feel like I’m packing all my moisture in! In the summer I go for lighter lotions and creams, but in the cooler weather I bring out the oily big guns. Lavish and heavy, some might not be diggin’ their sometimes ‘greased up stripper’ texture but I say bring it on…

I’ve churned my way through many bottles of the stuff in my two year long nightly moisturising stint, but my two current favourites are the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil* and Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil*. Different ends of the wonga spectrum but both fundamentally serve the same purpose. The Elemis is a hard oil, thats bottle needs to be run under a hot tap to soften it for application, it smells spa-like and melts into the skin. Definitely the more luxe choice, I save this for extreme primping and preening nights while I ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at its relaxing scents and quite enjoy the whole ritual. More of a daily pick is the Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil. I’m not sure I need to say anymore apart from that it smells of chocolate orange! Yes you read that right. I apply, then wave my limbs in anyone who’s available face wailing ‘Do I smell like Terry’s?’. Turns out I do and I feel rather moisturised too. A bit of an added bonus is a bath oil. When I use these I find that I don’t need to go as crazy with the body oils after as a bit of residual oil sticks around – the Aromatherapy Associates Mini’s are currently occupying my bathroom cabinet.

Special mentions to oils from the past which I’ve slathered my way through and no longer own – L’Occitane’s Supple Skin Almond Oil, Neom’s Refresh Oil and anything from Caudalie’s Body Oil range. And if you’ve been dreaming of glistening, ripped, perfectly defined abs since my stripper reference then shame on you. I was personally thinking of Magic Mike…

*PR Sample


  • Hannah Coogans

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  • lynnsay-xo

    The elemis oil sounds divine! I’ve been using Lush’s midnight massage bar and it’s amazing, super moisturising! Love your blog Anna!

  • joysteib

    Ahhhhh…such a cute post girlie!!! Loved it as usual!! Thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • abeautyromance

    Great post!!! I love the Palmers cocoa butter oil too! ๐Ÿ™‚ รขโ„ขยฅ

  • Katie Fawcett

    I didn’t realise Palmers did an oil too!

    Katie xo

  • Ooh I’d love to try the palmer’s oil, I love their cocoa butter, and I want to smell like terry’s!!
    Daniella x

  • Luxe.

    I love using body oils after a bath or shower, they make your skin feel amazing! Didn’t realise Palmers did one, I’ll have to look out for it!x

  • Kassie lee

    omg I have the driest skin known to man…. or should I say woman hehehe anyway I use palmers before and I liked it, but I wan’t a huge fan of the smell. I kept turning over in bed thinking my boyfriend was eating choclate in our bed and it turns out it was just the lotion, it drove me crazy all night.

  • MyLushBox Barbz

    I did not know that palmars did a body oil, or that it smelt like chocolate orange! Need to get my hands on that! I love body oil, have been using bio oil but find the stench really hard to bare! xx

  • baby in a corner

    ha – watched magic mike at the weekend with friends – it was mostly a visual experience tbh! Always wanted to try the elemis so i must pick it up some day!

  • Rachel Bell

    I adore the elemis oil. There is nothing better than smoothering yourself in it and then wrapping up in a onsie and letting it all soak in! xx