The benefits of body and face oils

Think of facial oil and body oil as a magnificent silky protector. Oils help create a glossy outer-radiance all-over your body unlike anything else. As the gods and goddesses from ancient Greek times – famous for bathing in olive oil – well knew, oils are fabulously rich in fatty acids. Oil is a highly concentrated smooth operator when it comes to looking after your skin. The Body Shop oils ooze with love for every part of your body – from your head down to your toes – hair oil, face oil and body oil. Then there’s the ultra-sensory oils in the form of shower oil and massage oil too. Let’s get this sublime show on the road.

Woman applying face serum

What is the difference between oil and serum?

Do I really need an oil and a serum? Well, these guys may feel closely related, but they’re not cut out of the same cloth and do different jobs. The big difference is serum is water-based and oil, guessed it? Yep, oil is oil-based. This means serum has smaller molecules that get down deeper into the skin layers and is useful if you want to help plump fine lines. Oil on the other hand is super nourishing but gets down to business on the outer layers of our skin with big fatty molecules. Oils hydrate and coat skin cells with a silky layer of protection, helping reinforce your moisture barrier and preventing dehydration. So, think of serum and oil as a kind of skin pampering double act.

Woman applying overnight serum

How to apply a face oil

So how do you slot a slinky serum and exotic oil into your skincare routine? Well, skin needs both water and oil to feel hydrated and healthy so there’s a job for both to do. But there’s a knack to getting both products to work their hardest for you. After you’ve cleansed and toned you want to pop the serum on first, a good way to do this is pat on a pea-sized blob with your fingertips and smooth out slightly rather than massage. The lightweight watery formula will sink in and get to work deep and fast, helping hydrate that healthy-goddess looking glow. Do this before using face oil or moisturiser, as these two have larger molecules and tend to lock moisture in as a protective outer layer. Oil is particularly good at nighttime as skin repairs itself and oil helps prevent dehydration as you snooze. Put 2-3 drops on to your palm and pat it on then massage in upwards strokes to your heart's content.

Discover our best facial oils

If you were thinking, face oil – one size fits all – no, no, no. These silky-smoothers come with subtly different characteristics to work in harmony with your skin’s needs. Let’s look at giving your skin some extra love with our best facial oils.


Oils of Life™ Facial Oil

‘A kiss-of-life for my dull tired looking skin,’ did we hear you say? Look no further than our exquisite Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, this velvety oil is made from several precious seed oils and quickly absorbs into your skin. No sticky messing about, it just absorbs quickly and helps give you 24 hours of moisturisation, leaving you with a firmer-looking, brighter visage to present to the world.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil

Night face oil

Nighttime can be a blessing and a curse to skin, but with the right night face oil your skin will appreciate your divine intervention. As you snooze for the perfect 8 hours your body can lose a lot of hydration, so you want to help lock moisture in. Our Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil has the perfect skills to sink quickly into the skin helping replenish it, then coating it with a soft protective layer. Helping skin look radiant, rested and fresher by the morning.

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The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate

Face oil serum

If only you could bottle your youthful bounce right? We have – well, almost. We’ve managed to bottle our Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate, a beautiful gel-like face oil serum enriched with three plant stem cells: edelweiss from the Italian Alps, criste marine and sea holly from the Brittany Coast. It’s full of the joys of youth and helps skin feel fresher, suppler and soothed. You might just find you’ve glowed-up with this little beauty.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Imperfection Daily Solution

Face oil for blemishes/oily skin

And we’ve even got a gentle, soothing combo for skin that’s having a moment either with blemishes or going through a stage of producing a little more oil than you ideally need. It’s our gorgeous lightweight Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Daily Solution, enriched with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya. This clever formula helps skin appear clearer, purified and mattified and feel calmer and softer.

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The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil

“It is great for my sensitive skin. It gives a beautiful glow to the skin, and it's not greasy. My skin feels nourished.”

– PrincessPea

About Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

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Our best body oils

Can you feel a warm summer breeze and are you thinking – ‘this feels like sun hats and shorts weather to me’? Body oils come into their own when it’s time to flash a bit of flesh. They bring dull-looking limbs to life with a shimmer and a sheen that might just put a bounce in your step. Now, don’t think slippy oily skin. Oh no, spray on and go ‘dry oils’ are the lightweight quick-absorbing friends of thicker massage oil types. They’re not ‘dry’ so to speak, more that they absorb super-fast into your skin. They’re still lusciously packed with essential fatty acid-rich oils from the natural world, but these guys just do things with a lovely light touch.

The Body Shop Moringa Dry Body Oil

Moringa Dry Oil

First up is our beautiful Moringa Dry Oil enriched with Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil. We source our oil from tough drought-resistant moringa trees in Rwanda, known for centuries to produce seed oil that’s rich in omega 9 and behenic acid (the fatty acids your skin loves to you and me). Spritz this dry body oil evenly over your luscious limbs (and equally lovely other bits…) with a cheeky little massage as you go. You’ll be bunny hopping out of the door with skin that feels freshly nourished and radiates a healthy-looking glow.

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The Body Shop Olive Dry Body Oil

Olive Dry Oil

Seems the humble olive has been hard at it in Mediterranean beauty circles for thousands of years, dubbed ‘liquid gold’ no less. We have great respect for this noble fruit. Our Olive Dry Oil is enriched with Community Fair Trade cold-pressed olive oil from Italy. We source high quality organic olives from groves high up in the rolling hills of Cilento National Park in Italy, once tended to by Benedictine monks in the Middle Ages. This rich oil smooths over your skin with a loving touch, helping to soften skin and protect it from moisture loss as it glides on. Feeling non-greasy and silky, this is the body oil to romance your skin when you’re in the mood to feel touchably soft.

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The Body Shop Wild Argan Dry Body Oil

Argan Dry Oil

Next we’re off to Morocco to find the argan nut, another skin lover used in Moroccan hamman’s as the finale in skin softening rituals for centuries. We source our argan oil from the Little Atlas Mountains. The fruits that are used to make our Argan Dry Oil, beautifully light oil smooths over skin, helping it feel intensely nourished and you might just find you’ve adopted the appearance of a golden goddess.

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Our 4 top tips for using body oils

Woman applying The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Scrub

Step 1: Prepare your skin

Oil just loves fresh new skin cells to look after and lavish with love. So it’s always a good idea to use them on freshly exfoliated skin, where you’ve said ta-ra to dull dead skin cells. Use our Body Scrubs to give your whole body an invigorating rub down. Oh la la, you’ll enjoy this surface-smoothing procedure prepping for a dreamy light covering of body oil. It’s gonna get steamy in here.

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The Body Shop Hemp Shower Oil

Step 2: Use a shower oil for cleanse and hydration

Shower on, yep, the steam is rising! Now hop in the shower and have a darn good wash you mucky pup. Let’s start silky – get it on with our Hemp Shower Oil, a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid – great for helping hydrate skin. A splash of water transforms this oil into a soft lathery foam, which gently cleanses while going for it on the hydration front. It’s great for dry skin, helping to reinforce its natural moisture barrier.

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Woman applying body oil

Step 3: Apply oil to your body

Glide out of the shower and pat dry any excess water and with a nice fluffy towel, then call on your favourite The Body Shop body oil for the main event. Using body oil is a gorgeous way to massage any tension out of your limbs and wake up your body to a love bug sensation. Drizzle some softly scented oil into your hands and get to work with some stress-busting deep breaths. Bliss.

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The Body Shop Wooden Massager

Step 4: Massage by use accessories

If you want to topple the heavenly massage sensation over the edge, you want to get your hands on a Total Body Relaxer. This ingenious wooden roller is designed with parallel rolling balls and a hand grip so you can apply pressure all over your body and work on areas of tension. A gorgeous way to pamper and self-care time or if you’re feeling sociable, a partner always comes in handy.

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Our best massage oils

When your hard-working brain cells and body are frazzled it’s easy to dream of a heavenly spa retreat where all your stresses and strains are washed away. But wait! We think you deserve that spa feeling whenever you need it, and you shouldn't have to traipse off to far-flung places. So we’re bringing The Body Shop’s Spa of the World™ to your very own soon-to-be luxury bathroom. We’ve got a blissful range of massage oils to lighten your load every day of the week.

The Body Shop Spa of the World French Lavender Massage Oil


King Charles VI of France was a big fan of 14th century luxury and was quite partial to lavender in his pillows to help him sleep. So we’ve infused our very special Spa Of The World™ French Lavender Massage Oil with the snoozy scent of essential lavender oil to help you massage your limbs into a state of ready-for-bed-bliss. Tense knotty bits need a little extra something? Combine that with skin that feels nourished and velvety soft – you’ll be writing yourself a rave review for a wonderfully indulgent spa treatment.

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The Body Shop Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil


You might want to offer yourself a whole range of different massages, or persuade an enthusiastic partner to join you in your luxury home spa. If you’ve ever had a Thai massage you’ll know these guys don’t mess around, they get into every nook and cranny with a firm elbow or knee. We’re not recommending you go that far but you could welcome in the spirit of Thailand with our Spa of the World™ Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil. This zingy oil awakens your nose and your skin. Try massaging any bits you fancy firming up – arms, belly, bum, hips, thighs… you know, all those gorgeous bits.

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The Body Shop Spa of the World Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil


If you’re about to wow a crowd with your awe-inspiring presence you might feel like a little extra golden glow. Welcome to our spectacular Spa Of The World™ Polynesian Monoï Radiance Oil. Inspired by the gorgeously glowing women from the Pacific who’ve used monoï, a sacred blend of coconut oil and fragrant tiare flowers from French Polynesia, for 2000 years. You might just send your nose to paradise before you’ve had time to get massaging. So get this sublime oil glossed over your skin from your neck to your toes, which could induce the appearance of glistening gold. Watch out, heads are going to turn.

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