I'm a bit neurotic about keeping my body moisturized. People are constantly impressed by how soft my arms and legs are. My college roommate once declared I was the most hydrated person she'd ever met. Over the the years I've slathered on hundreds of different lotions, creams, butters, and oils, and I'm not lying when I tell you that Josie Maran's Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is one of the best skin softeners I've ever had the pleasure of covering myself with.
And it looks like I'm not alone in my opinion. Allure readers have voted it as the best natural body lotion in our Readers' Choice Awards two years in a row. Which brings me to my first point about this luxurious hydrator: The formula meets our naturals criteria, which means it doesn't contain phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, talc, toluene, chemical sunscreens (like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate), or petroleum. Sweet.
What it does contain is the secret to why it's so good at leaving even the roughest elbows silky smooth. The ingredients list consists of a who's who of awesome moisturizers, including argan oil, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, and avocado oil. And you'd think all those oils would make this stuff super heavy, but it's quite the opposite; the butter — which has a similar texture to Greek yogurt — is quite lightweight.
It's not greasy, either, but having all those oils does mean it takes a few more minutes to absorb completely than other body lotions. For some people, this could be a deal breaker, but the results are well worth what I consider to be a very short wait. I slather it on immediately after getting out of the shower. I pat down my skin with a towel so it's still slightly damp, then rub this on my arms and legs. I throw on my robe, make a cup of coffee, do my makeup, maybe blow-dry my hair, and by the time I'm ready to get dressed, the only reminder that I've used this body butter is the faint scent (I love the vanilla-apricot but it comes in 11 scents and an unscented version), and the fact my skin has a beautiful, healthy-looking sheen to it.