These body butters will nourish parched winter skin (and they smell incredible)

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Indulge in olfactory bliss this winter with our tried-and-tested edit of the best body butters to shop now.

There are two types of people in this world: those who dutifully apply moisturiser all over their body after each and every shower and those who don’t. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to try to convince you to come over to the dark side – mostly because it’s a great place over here, and there are no elbows or knees that resemble sandpaper in sight. 

Not only is indulgent body care set to be huge this year, but using a beautiful butter-like cream is a good way to either start or finish your day. Not only does it melt into the skin and hydrate it in the most satisfying of ways, but if you shop carefully, you can invest in something that smells great, too – which is a surefire way to make sure the long, cold winter days feel even just a little bit brighter and happier. 

So, if you do want to elevate your body care routine or simply ensure you’re looking after your limbs as well as you do your face, then keep reading to discover our handpicked favourites. From scoop-and-slather watermelon-scented creams to whipped, luxurious, lavender-infused textures, we know there’s something here to convert just about everybody…

  • Garnier Body Superfood Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid

    Best body butter: Garnier Body Superfood Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid

    A satisfying-to-use gel-cream texture that not only intensely soaks in and hydrates the skin – without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy – but also smells like pure summer, making it perfect for the current dark winter mornings. Plus, it’s an impressively big tub so it’ll last a while.

    Shop Garnier Body Superfood Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid at LookFantastic, £8.99

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  • This Works Deep Sleep Body Whip

    Best body butter: This Works Deep Sleep Body Whip

    Infused with a sleep-inducing blend of hemp seed extract, magnesium and shea butter, not only will this body butter help you wind down after a long day, but the whipped texture is also incredibly nourishing. For obvious reasons, this is best used just before bedtime – and we recommend inhaling the scent from your hands post-application for the ultimate in relaxation rituals.

    Shop This Works Deep Sleep Body Whip at LookFantastic, £25

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  • The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

    Best body butter: The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

    A beauty editor favourite, this body butter is rich and anything but greasy – and we love that it absorbs almost instantly, too. A dream to apply morning or evening, it instantly hydrates parched limbs (especially knees, elbows and shins) and provides long-lasting moisture.

    Shop The Body Shop Shea Body Butter at The Body Shop, £18

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  • Emma Hardie Moringa Luxury Body Butter

    Best body butter: Emma Hardie Moringa Luxury Body Butter

    If you’re one of Emma Hardie’s hardcore moringa fans then don’t sleep on this body moisturiser. Not only does it melt effortlessly into skin, but it also soothes and nourishes it, thanks to the infusion of hydrating oils alongside hydrating hyaluronic acid and strengthening aquaxyl. 

    Shop Emma Hardie Moringa Luxury Body Butter at Marks & Spencer, £38

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  • Fenty Skin Butta Drop Shimmering Whipped Oil Body Cream

    Best body butter: Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream

    Just as you’d expect from Rihanna, Fenty’s body butter is both decedent and delicious – and it’s refillable. The combination of tropical butters and oils mean it melts into skin like a dream to replenish and renew, while restoring skin’s vibrancy.

    Shop Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream at Sephora UK, £29

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  • Ouai Body Crème Melrose Place

    The brainchild of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, this body cream is the brand’s signature Melrose Place fragrance – a burst of rose, lychee, cedarwood and a base of white musk. 

    Shop Ouai Body Crème Melrose Place at Cult Beauty, £32

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  • Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

    Floral, fresh and fruity, this collagen and squalene infused body cream (two ingredients that improve the plumpness and hydration of the skin) is a blend of pink dragonfruit, lychee essence, Brazilian jasmine, ocean air, hibiscus, sheer vanilla and sun musk. Sunshine in a pot. 

    Shop Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream at Cult Beauty, £48

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  • Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter

    With a sweet coconut milk fragrance, this whipped body butter is a light but nourishing addition to your body care routine. Hyaluronic acid, mango seed butter and squalane all encourage the skin to absorb and retain moisture. 

    Shop Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter at Cult Beauty, £32

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