25 Body Lotions That Smell So Good, You Won’t Even Need Perfume

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Enough choosing between effective body-care and delectable fragrances. These 20 formulas deliver the best of both skin-loving worlds.

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Moroccanoil Body Soufflé ($38)

The only thing better than a veil of Moroccanoil’s signature amber scent on your strands? A layer on your body via this squalane- and natural oil-boosted cream.

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Ursa Major Perfect Zen Body Lotion ($28)

Rich bergamot and sharp cedar make every deep breath of this lotion a treatment for the body and mind.

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L’Occitane Moisturizing And Smoothing Milk Veil ($45)

Quick to absorb and never sticky, this lightweight lotion not only delivers softening ingredients to parched skin, but leaves behind a sophisticated almond scent and a hint of shimmer, too.

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Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter ($81)

This ultra-luxe formula relies on olive oil, vitamin E, shea butter and sunflower seed oil for its rich hydration, and a balance of citrus and sweetness for its subtle yet long-lasting scent.

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Playa Ritual Body Serum ($38)

Lotion goes weightless in this vitamin C and hyaluronic acid–spiked serum. The vacation-scented treatment—think coconut and vanilla—works to smooth and brighten skin in a true water-light consistency.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Pink Dream Body Cream ($28)

Dry, flaky skin begone. This sweetly scented, sinks-right-in formula is loaded with gentle exfoliating AHAs and hydrating hyaluronic acid to reveal softer, smoother skin.

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Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Cream ($45)

A sultry change from the brand’s cult-classic Bum Bum scent, this amber– and vanilla-scented option also includes vitamin C and glycolic acid to smooth rough texture and brighten the look of dark spots for Ipanema-ready skin year-round.

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Summer Fridays Summer Skin Nourishing Body Lotion ($26)

A blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and natural oils and butters quench even desperately dry skin; an addicting coconut-vanilla scent is an added bonus.

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Drunk Elephant Sili Body Lotion ($20)

This yummy, almond-scented lotion isn’t the least bit sticky, and is filled with nourishing ingredients—think marula butter, marula oil, shea butter and ceramides—to lock in serious long-term moisture.

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OUAI Body Crème ($38)

Packed with notes of citrus, rose, white musk and spices, this smells-good-enough-to-bathe-in cream is also made with ingredients like cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and squalene—and looks beyond chic on any vanity.

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Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer ($23)

If fresh, clean scents are your thing, look no further than this hemp seed oil–infused lotion. The never-overpowering, addictive scent is a bonus—the real benefit lies in the sinks-right-in formula that delivers softer, smoother skin instantly.

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Molton Brown Milk Musk Body Lotion ($42)

For a luxe lotion that doubles as a signature fragrance, this sweet-meets-seductive scent—it’s peppered with notes of tonka bean, vanilla and white cedarwood—delivers every time.

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The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter ($21)

Along with its whipped, rich formula that’s a must for dehydrated skin—try applying it right after the shower while skin is still damp to amp up the moisture—this cozy and familiar scent can’t be beat.

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Follain Everywhere Lotion ($28)

Powered by cocoa seed butter and aloe leaf juice, this sinks-right-in, lavender-spiked lotion smells like relaxation—almost like you just left a spa day. The formula itself is rich yet lightweight, free of harmful toxins and housed in a refillable glass bottle you’ll want to keep out.

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45

This rich, dry skin–quenching cream (pronounced boom boom in Brazil) has an incredibly addictive scent: It’s part tropical, part warm and sensual—all qualities of the country itself. Chock-full of guaraná, a caffeine-rich Amazonian plant, it also works to stimulate circulation and keep your bikini body looking firm.

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Fresh SugarBath Sugar Lemon Body Lotion, $23

For all you citrus lovers, this sweet, zesty body lotion is sure to please. Based on Fresh’s best-selling Sugar Lemon fragrance, it’s no wonder this lightweight lotion is coveted by beauty enthusiasts. Plus, it’s quick to absorb and soothes dry skin—an obvious win-win.

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Malin + Goetz Rum Body Lotion ($35)

Equal parts musky and fresh, a small drop of this richly scented lotion goes a long way—and is instantly recognizable among the brand’s loyal followers. Plus, it’s infused with provitamin B5 and fatty acids to quench parched skin fast.

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Oribe Restorative Body Cream ($65)

Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur fragrance is now available in a softening body cream that lives up to the brand’s luxe standards. Case in point: its long list of nourishing ingredients, including almond, meadowfoam, starflower, olive, jojoba and grape seed oils.

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Korres White Grape Body Butter, $29

The scent of this body butter gets me so excited—it’s one of those fragrances you can’t exactly describe (it’s basically Santorini, Greece in a tube) but you just tell people to try it and trust you. The butter itself is rich and packed with 97.6 percent natural ingredients, including shea butter and a skin-smoothing trio of oils: sunflower, almond and avocado.

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Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Creme, $45

This ultra-luxe, whipped body cream is infused with Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess fragrance—a warm, amber-vanilla blend that smells absolutely heavenly. Note: You will get stopped by strangers when you’re wearing it—it’s that good.

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Juara Candlenut Body Creme, $35

Lather up with this nongreasy, tropical-scented (it’s a nutty, coconut type fragrance) body cream right when you get out of the shower so your skin is still damp. It’s so soft and velvety and sinks right in, making your skin feel smoother than ever. Plus, the scent will linger for hours—no perfume necessary.

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Key West Aloe Mango Moisturizing Body Lotion, $22.50

If fruity scents are more your style, especially for summertime, you can’t get much better than this. Formulated with 50 percent lab-certified aloe vera, as well as mango extracts, this ultra-effective lotion drenches your skin in moisture and keeps it hydrated all day long. 

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Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, $35

Available in multiple yummy scents—the Vanilla Apricot is my favorite—this silky body butter features Josie Maran’s signature argan oil, plus 10 other oils and extracts that help to restore and revitalize dry, crepey skin. The perfect combination of texture and fragrance make this one a must-have.

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Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Body Cream, $58

Treat yourself to this delicate floral body cream that not only replaces your daily spritz of perfume, but also looks beautiful on your vanity. The scent is sunny and bright and perfect for warm weather days and the texture is just heavy enough to nourish parched skin. You’ll instantly be hooked.

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The Body Shop Spa of the World Hawaiian Kukui Cream, $36

Hawaiian women are known for their sun-kissed, glowy skin, but what’s their secret? Kukui oil, which is the base of this rich, deliciously scented (think beachy, nutty and tropical with a hint of floral) cream that melts into skin on contact. Post-shower, give yourself a bit of a massage as you apply it for a spa-like experience.  

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