Perfume, cologne, and eau de toilette are body care staples for many, but they aren’t the only ways to rock a fragrance. Scented body lotions are also an option. A good-smelling lotion can, of course, help you smell great—but more than that, they offer benefits that more concentrated liquid perfumes do not (namely, hydrating and softening your skin). Some can even help address skin concerns like dullness and unevenness.
Here, we’ll introduce you to four of our best-smelling lotions and creams to add to your post-shower routine. Whether you prefer a potent perfume or a more subtle scent, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our top picks.
1. Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion
We’ll start this list with a classic: Our iconic Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion. This all-purpose scented lotion first hit Kiehl’s shelves in the 1960s and quickly became a customer favorite. The aloe vera and oatmeal-infused formula offers lightweight hydration that absorbs quickly for skin that feels softer and smoother. It’s suitable for all skin types and comes in a variety of scents (including lavender, coriander, and grapefruit) and sizes to suit any need. We recommend applying the lotion to damp skin immediately after showering to help trap in moisture and leave your skin with a subtle, fresh scent. You can also reapply the lotion for additional moisture (and fragrance) throughout the day as needed.
Kiehl’s Tip: Looking to make your routine more sustainable? Instead of buying a new bottle of lotion when yours runs out, opt to refill your current bottle with our one-liter refill pouches. These eco-friendly refills use 81% less plastic than traditional plastic packaging, replacing up to four single-use plastic bottles. Check out our article The Kiehl’s Guide To Sustainable Beauty for more eco-friendly beauty tips and tricks.
2. Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Butter
Body lotions are great for daily hydration, but if your skin is dry or you want something a bit richer, consider a body butter. We recommend Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, which contains honey along with shea butter and jojoba butter. The unique air-whipped formula provides intensive hydration while still feeling light on the skin. The scented body butter boasts a light, subtle fragrance and leaves your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. We recommend applying it while your skin is still damp to get the best results.
3. Original Musk Body Lotion
No list of scented body products is complete without mention of Kiehl’s signature Original Musk line. Inspired by an essential oil blend developed in the 1920s and re-discovered in the 1950s, this iconic unisex scent boasts bright top notes of bergamot and orange blossom, followed by a soft, floral finish with hints of neroli, patchouli, and (of course) musk. The original Musk Oil is what we use to fragrance the Original Musk Body Lotion, which contains apricot kernel oil and sesame seed oil. The scented lotion absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling silky-smooth and gorgeously fragranced. Like the other picks on this list, the Original Musk Body Lotion is suitable for all skin types and can be used as often as needed for soft, hydrated skin.
Kiehl’s Tip: Though undoubtedly one of our best-smelling body lotions, the scent from the lotion alone won’t last all day long. To keep your fragrance going strong throughout the day, dab a few drops of the Original Musk Oil onto your pressure points, or lightly spritz the eau de toilette version onto your skin before heading out the door. Layer the fragrance over the lotion for a scent that lasts even longer.
4. Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream
While not a body cream per se, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream on this list of our best scented lotions. Designed specifically for use on the hands, this rich cream with shea butter and vitamin E helps nurture dry skin. The aromatic formula, which is available in three fresh scents (specifically: grapefruit, lavender, and coriander), boasts a rich, velvety texture that leaves your hands feeling hydrated and smooth. Apply it after washing your hands and as needed throughout the day for softer-feeling skin.
Bonus: Scented Body Oil
Body oils may seem intimidating, but they need not be: When used properly, these indulgent formulas can be a major asset to your body care routine (especially if your skin appears dull or lackluster). The right one can also offer a delightful scent. To reap the benefits of body oil without risking greasy-looking skin, try Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil. Made with ultra-lightweight oils, including squalane and grapeseed oil, this body oil spray delivers a fine mist that absorbs easily without leaving an oily residue. It boasts a warm, delicate vanilla-and-almond scent and provides long-lasting hydration for smooth, supple-looking skin. Spritz the aromatic formula onto your skin after showering and massage until the oil is fully absorbed. If desired, you can layer your favorite Kiehl’s body lotion under the oil for added skin-softening benefits.