Tangy Winter Moisturizer for Dry Skin

My skin is dry all year round, but winter is a different beast.

My skin tends to get so dry that it gets itchy, inflamed, and scaley. And while I never skip moisturizing my face, my body is a different story. I'm not proud of it, but I skip body lotion all the time because I hate how long it takes to put on and sink in. Or if I find something that sinks in fast enough, then it usually isn't moisturizing enough. And natural body products can be hella expensive, too.

Now, for a long time, I've been a big fan of facial oils and I recently started using body oils in place of lotion. I have to say, I like them a lot better. I like being able to slap something on while my skin is damp in the shower.

In the winter, I find that there can be an overload on the sweet, vanilla scents which smell great but there is something about a fruity, summery scent on winter mornings that is energizing and uplifting.

Check out my recipe for below for an effective winter body oil with a tangy, fruity scent.

Tangy Winter Moisturizer for Dry Skin

I'm super picky when it comes to carrier oils. They need to be moisturizing but light. Ain't nobody got time for greasy skin. During the summer I tend to stick to the light oils, like grapeseed, since my skin isn't as dry, but in my winter oil mixture, I added another few moisturizing powerhouses - shea nut oil and sweet almond oil.

All three oils are high in vitamin E and other moisturizing properties, won't clog pores and calm inflammation. (If you want something a bit heavier, you can switch the almond oil with shea nut oil so that it's 2 parts shea, 1 part almond, 1 part grapeseed).


2 parts sweet almond oil
1 part shea nut oil
1 part grapeseed oil
40 drops tangerine essential oil
25 drops grapefruit essential oil
15 drops lime essential oil


Put all ingredients in a glass pump bottle and you're done! Apply to damp skin in the shower and let sink in before getting dressed.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try, or if you make your own version. I'm always looking for new body products to try, especially if I can make them myself!