4 Glorious Shower Oils That Deserve a Spot in Your Bathroom ASAP

Moisturising your body is the most annoying beauty task of all. There, I said it.

Maybe it's just me, but I have zero desire to rub any kind of body lotion, cream or butter on my limbs after stepping out of a relaxing shower. Not to mention, it's physically impossible to reach all the bits that actually need moisturising on your own.

The fact is, I know I'm not the only one who finds body moisturising a bit... boring. When I posted a poll about it on my Instagram Stories, 96 per cent of you agreed with me.

It's for this reason I'm very pleased to introduce or reacquaint you with the magical powers of shower oils.

Shower Oil vs Shower Gel: What's the Difference?

The difference between a shower oil and a shower gel is exactly as it sounds: one is (mostly) water-based and the other is oil-based.

Typically, shower gels turn into a sudsy foam with water because they contain a foaming agent/ingredient. Most shower oils emulsify to more of a milky, creamy lotion consistency, which can be less stripping and harsh for anyone with sensitive, super dry or irritated body skin.

Shower oils also contain a lot of hydrating oils to nourish and replenish the skin. Both gels and oils can still clean your body, but a shower oil won't give you that squeaky clean feeling some people love.

Then there's the way shower oils make you feel.

Personally, I like my showers to feel like a decadent spa and shower oils are a big part of that because they feel so luxurious.

The term 'self-care' can sometimes feel a bit wanky when there are far more important things going on in the world, but for me, ending my shower lathering up with a really beautiful shower oil makes me feel good. Even if just for a few uninterrupted minutes.

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How to Use a Shower Oil.

Using a shower oil isn't rocket science, but there are a couple ways you can use one that differ from how you'd use a body wash.

For example, you can either rub a small palm-full of product over damp limbs in the shower and lather up with more water OR apply it to dry skin before you even step into the shower.

I like to wash my pits with a regular body wash or an antibacterial wash, and then coat the rest of my body with a shower oil.

Enough chat, here are four beautiful shower oils that deserve a spot in your bathroom ASAP.

1. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Huile Lavante AP+ Cleansing Oil 400ml.

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Gee, this product has a really long name but all you actually need to know is it's the best shower oil for very dry skin.

The La Roche-Posay Lipikar Huile Lavante AP+ Cleansing Oil contains a heap of protective fatty acids, niacinamide and shea butter to reduce severe skin discomfort or dryness. This is especially helpful in winter when your skin resembles a snake skin bodysuit.

This shower oil is probably the least oil-like of the bunch, and it turns into a light milk when you add water. It's also safe to use on kids, can be used in the bath as a bath oil, and on your face as a cleanser.

2. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil 250ml.

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They say you never forget your first...

Frankly, the first time I slathered this luscious, golden oil over my bod was far more sensual than any of my romantic firsts.

The L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil 250ml contains almond oil and moisturising lipids, and has a creamy almond scent I enjoy (but those sensitive to fragrances might not).

You can apply the oil onto wet or dry skin, but once it mixes with water, the formula emulsifies to a rich lather that leaves your skin feeling like satin. A little goes a long way, but be warned: partners (specifically, mine) have been known to douse themselves in this glorious stuff.

Even better, the brand sells eco-friendly refills so you can keep reusing the packaging.

3. Sensori+ Detoxifying & Rejuvenating Shower Oil 200ml.

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If you're after the bougie shower or bath you deserve, this vegan, cruelty-free shower oil is it.

I find the Sensori+ Detoxifying & Rejuvenating Shower Oil in Toowoomba Carnivalis a touch lighter than the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - probably because it's designed to be applied to dry skin before you get in the shower. Wild.

Again, hop under the water and watch the vitamin E-rich avocado oil formula emulsify into a gentle wash that smells like a boutique fragrance or a fancy botanical gin. Think: rose, sweet orange and lavender.

The scent lingers long after you've jumped into your pjs. Delicious.

4. Kiehl's Crème de Corps Smoothing Oil to Foam Body Cleanser 250ml.

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Finally, fans of the cult Kiehl's Crème de Corp body moisturiser will froth the Kiehl's Crème de Corps Smoothing Oil to Foam Body Cleanser 250ml

Same luxe feel. Same intensely hydrating powers. Just in a silky shower oil that does all the hard work for you. The almond and vanilla scent is fairly strong when using, but doesn't hang around all day, if that's what you're after.

Compared to the L'Occitane and Sensori+ shower oils, this one is truly 'oil to foam'. It's rich and lightweight at the same time, and you can get a great lather when applied on wet skin, which feels a bit more thorough for places like your pits.

Now, if you don't mind, I think I'm gonna go have a shower.

Feature image: Supplied/@theamyclark.