The Best Fragrance-Free Body Lotions
These creams won't interfere with your perfume—or irritate your skin.
We love the idea of wearing a signature perfume, but using more than one scented product at a time can be overkill. Layering a body lotion on top of a body wash, then adding hairspray into the mix, for example, can create an overwhelming scentcape—one that could mask or drastically change the scent of your signature fragrance.
Now, let's focus primarily on the body lotion component of that equation. For those who have sensitive skin, perfumed creams can be especially irritating, since the fragrance is literally rubbed directly onto your body instead of just spritzed into the air around you. That's where fragrance-free body lotions come in—these scent-free creams moisturize, protect, and perfect, sans unnecessary irritants like fragrance. (Did you know that fragrance is one of the most common allergens in beauty products?) Still, it's important to point out that lotions labeled unscented are not the same as those marked fragrance-free. The former merely means that fragrance materials were used to mask an underlying scent, while fragrance-free products truly contain no fragrance materials at all.
Here's the best part: Narrowing your search to find a fragrance-free body lotion doesn't necessarily mean your options are limited. Because more and more brands are recognizing that perfumed products cause irritations, an increasingly large number of body lotions are being formulated sans fragrance—and most are meant to do more than just hydrate. They're made to help solve a myriad of issues, from body acne and eczema to sagging and dullness. With that in mind, we tried, tested, and rounded up some of the best fragrance-free body lotions you can buy today. Here, our favorites.
For an effective body moisturizer that can be anyone's go-to, look no further this lipid replenishing cream from Avène. It moisturizes while helping to strengthen the skin's barrier over time, so that it won't be easily aggravated or dried out by external factors.
Shop Now: Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream, $34, dermstore.com.
Another thing that's not just for your face? Sunscreen. When you're spending the day at the beach, you'll definitely want a dedicated SPF of at least 30, but for day-to-day use, this one will do the trick. It's actually a three-in-one, so it not only contains sun protection, but also glycolic acid to exfoliate and shea butter to moisturize.
Shop Now: Glytone Daily Body Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15, $54, dermstore.com.
We love a good multipurpose balm that you can throw in your bag for touchups on the go. With panthenol, shea butter, and glycerin, this option can quickly repair cracked hands and chapped lips—or anywhere else that needs instant hydration.
Shop Now: La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 for Dry Skin Irritations, $14.99, cvs.com.
For a daily dose of tightening, sans the fragrance, apply this formula by SkinCeuticals. Packed with rice protein, it helps to firm skin, while also softening its texture.
Shop Now: SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate, $79, dermstore.com.
Products that protect from the damaging, aging effects of daily environmental pollution can be an important step for your face and body. We love this one, which contains cumaru oil and sugar to fight free radicals in the air and stimulate circulation. (The better its circulation, the better your skin can defend itself from external aggressors.)
Shop Now: Biologique Recherche Emulsion Corps VIP 02, $98, shoprescuespa.com.
Body acne can be even more stubborn (and seemingly erratic) than facial blemishes. To nip zits in the bud, use this lotion, which lightly moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and mango seed butter; niacinamide clears spots and lightens those scars blemishes leave in their wakes.
Shop Now: Elta MD Moisture-Rich Body Crème, $27, dermstore.com.