For the longest time, I didn’t even know body lotion was something men actually used. The thought of having soft, moisturized skin never concerned me. I had my razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and (usually) unscented soap. Not to mention, applying body lotion seemed like a real chore.
If this sounds like your situation, you really should consider adding a bottle of men’s body lotion to your bathroom sink counter. I never knew how dry my skin was until my college roommate saw me repeatedly scratching my back and tossed me his bottle of men’s body lotion. It’s been years since that day, and I’ve never looked back. Now, I always have men’s body lotion in my dopp kit.
I’m all about value and body lotion doesn’t need to be fancy to moisturize your skin. The best body lotion for men will rehydrate or prevent dry skin, soften rough patches like elbows and generally promote healthy, regenerative skin. And if you’re into scents, which can really help distinguish a men’s body lotion, you’ll smell nice too.
There are more body lotions for men on the market today than you can shake a stick at, so we rounded up our favorite products to get you started. All of these body lotions will get the job done, but we’ve included options with different ingredients, scents and price points to suit your needs. Some options are also gentle enough to be used on your face too.
Whether you want a basic fragranced body lotion to stay moisturized and smell great all day, a multipurpose lotion to use in the shower or an intense moisturizing lotion to repair ultra-dry skin, SPY’s got you covered. Keep reading to discover the best men’s body lotion.
1. Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body and Face Lotion
Vaseline’s lotion is my personal body lotion of choice. It’s the ideal everyday men’s body lotion. It doesn’t go on greasy, absorbs quickly to fight most levels of dryness and has a simple, masculine smell. You can buy it in basically any drugstore or major online store, and it is always a ton of lotion for cheap.
The only downside? This formula uses parabens, a class of chemicals that prevents bacteria from developing. Many health-conscious and chemical-averse consumers are avoiding parabens at all costs over fears that they have adverse health effects. However, parabens continue to remain in widespread use among major lotion producers, and they aren’t a dealbreaker for me when choosing the best men’s body lotion.
2. NIVEA Men Maximum Hydration 3-in-1 Nourishing Lotion
If I need a lotion that fights just a bit harder against dry skin, then I’m going with Nivea’s men’s body lotion. It’s concentrated to fight those extra dry spots, doesn’t go on greasy and absorbs relatively quickly for how strong it is. Given that, the scent can come on strong and it might not appeal to you. All things considered, you get a lot of moisturization with this Nivea’s men’s body lotion. It’s only a little bit more expensive than the top pick.
3. Lubriderm Men’s 3-In-1 Lotion Enriched with Soothing Aloe
Lubriderm was my mom’s body lotion of choice, but its dermatologist makers also developed a soothing men’s body lotion. Unlike the top two choices, Lubriderm’s lotion can boast about the aloe and mineral oil in its formula. It also has a pleasing, masculine scent and absorbs quickly into the skin. Though it’s a little bit pricier than the top pick and isn’t as moisturizing as Nivea’s body lotion, it has more natural ingredients and makes for a great daily men’s body lotion.
4. Brickell Body Lotion for Men
BEST PREMIUM LOTION
When you increase your men’s body lotion budget, the main difference is the scent. Higher-quality products like this Brickell lotion feature a more unique, premium scent and often do a better job of hydrating your skin. This product also includes naturally soothing ingredients such as certified organic aloe vera, jojoba oil, vitamin E and green tea.
5. Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion
BEST FOR VERY DRY SKIN
If you need to fight aggressively dry skin, Eucerin’s body lotion is the drink you want to order. It’s healthy to be skeptical of branding, but Eucerin is literally targeting the “very dry skin” market here and its lotion totally delivers on that front. The formula uses ceramides, molecules that help skin retain moisture. It’s also fragrance-free to accommodate more sensitive skin. For men dealing with irritated or itchy skin after a long winter, this is the best body lotion for dry skin.
6. Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion
This isn’t the same product, we promise. In extreme cases where Eucerin’s Advanced body lotion can’t cut it, you can also consider Eucerin’s Intensive body lotion. It’s even richer and thicker and will tackle the flakiest of skin, but it doesn’t absorb quickly and may leave a noticeable residue.
7. Tea Tree Hair and Body Moisturizer
BEST MULTIPURPOSE BODY LOTION
Tea Tree’s Hair and Body Moisturizer can do it all, which is what makes it one of the best men’s body lotions. The natural ingredients like jojoba seed oil, tea tree oil and peppermint are as safe for the hair on your head as they are for moisturizing for your body. The product doesn’t have a traditional masculine scent — the scent is more gender-neutral — but that smell is still fantastic. The combination of those pros with the convenience offered by a body lotion/conditioner is hard to match. This is one product to throw in the shower instead of the bathroom counter for sure.
8. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 Sunscreen
BEST BODY LOTION FOR BEING OUTSIDE
The sun is the enemy when it comes to dry skin. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun a lot, choosing a body lotion with SPF sunscreen can go a long way to preserve moisture and keep your skin feeling comfortable. That’s where Aveeno’s oat-based, non-greasy body lotion with SPF 15 can help you out. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you know oats soothe dry, irritated skin. With Aveeno’s formula, the natural moisturizing powers of the oats work with the sunscreen to protect your skin and retain its moisture barrier. Be sure to reapply or pair this with stronger sunscreens for extended time in the sun.
9. Supergoop! Everyday Play SPF 50 Lotion
If you’re looking for something a little more powerful, Supergoop!’s Everyday Play SPF 50 Lotion not only leaves your skin feeling hydrated, but also absorbs both UVA and UVB rays so your skin doesn’t have to. As previously mentioned, sun exposure over time can cause serious skin damage, from unsightly wrinkles to sunspots. This sunflower extract-packed lotion nourishes and protects skin to ensure healthy looking and feeling results time after time again without the annoying white sunscreen-y cast. No need to hesitate any longer when it comes to applying your daily dose of sun protectant—Supergoop! will make you actually want to.
10. Jack Black Cool Moisture Body Lotion
For most men with dry skin, cheaper products from Nivea, Eucerin and Aveeno will work just fine. However, for men who think of grooming products as an investment in their appearance, luxury picks like this cooling moisturizer from Jack Black are the better option. Premium products like Brickell, Marlowe and Jack Black contain more natural ingredients and superior scents.
Inside this men’s body lotion, Jack Black has combined macadamia nut oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil softens, and soy protein to nourish, strengthen and moisturize your tired, dry skin. However, this cooling lotion also includes a derivative of menthol to provide a cooling sensation. For athletes in particular, that combination is very effective at calming dry and irritated skin.
11. Outlaw Soaps Blazing Saddles Natural Lotion
BEST MADE IN THE USA
If you’re like me, you like to support smaller producers when possible, especially those in the U.S. They often offer something a little different or something more traditional that speaks to a sense of Americana. In that regard, Outlaw Soaps hit a home run with its Blazing Saddles Natural Lotion.
This body lotion claims inspiration from the Wild West. It’s handmade in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and smells of sandalwood, leather and gunpowder. Yes, gunpowder. This is not a body lotion for the scent weary. The lotion’s natural ingredients, like shea butter, can make it go on a little thick, but it hydrates well because of it. Throwing in the fact this is a sustainably produced, cruelty-free men’s body lotion just puts Blazing Saddles lotion over the top.
12. Marlowe 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion
VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE
The best body lotion for men isn’t always made specifically for men. Like a lot of products on this list, this Marlowe Extra Moisturizing Body lotion is designed for unisex use. Deep sea algae extract, passionflower fruit, green tea and willow bark work together to moisturize and restore your skin. This lotion has a light, non-oily formula that absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving your hands softer and younger-looking. Plus, it’s paraben and phthalate-free.
13. Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion
This non-greasy, absorbing natural lotion has the power to keep your body feeling supple a whole 24 hours. By nourishing your skin with the stuff it actually wants, you’ll feel the difference after your first application. The lotion itself has a spa-day type of scent and feel as it leaves the bottle and hits your skin without irritating more sensitive skin types. Try and get that from another natural brand.
14. Man Lotion
BEST FOR ROUGH SKIN
If you’re the no-nonsense kind of guy who simply needs a lotion to combat rough and tough skin, look no further, Man Lotion is the everyday body cream for you. This lotion is specifically formulated for hard-working guys that work with their hands, promising a softer touch without that oily after-feel. As a non-floral scented alternative, Man Lotion lathers on with a clean, masculine smell leaving behind zero lingering aroma.
15. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
BEST CLEANSER AND BODY LOTION
So you want to clean your skin, but you don’t want to strip away that sweet, healthy moisture. Enter Cetaphil. Cetaphil softens and moisturizes skin while gently cleansing it. Though you might assume it’s primarily a hand lotion, Cetaphil is also a great face and body lotion for men. It’s designed with sensitive skin in mind, works with or without water and won’t remove natural oils or mess with your skin’s pH and pores. If you’re looking for a unisex moisturizer that will also clean your skin, this is the best body lotion for you.
16. Hempz Natural Hemp Seed Oil Body Moisturizer
Still haven’t tried a hemp-derived product? In 2020? What the hell are you waiting for? Hempz Natural Hemp Seed Oil Body Moisturizer not smooths and protects your skin, but reduces redness, calms atopic dermatitis AND leaves behind no residue. Although, bananas and flowers aren’t the manliest of scents, one application with this vegan cream will have you going back for seconds nonetheless. If you’re looking for the best men’s body lotion with a little something extra, try this bottle.