Body lotions come in as many flavors as jelly beans, with bottles boasting a range of scents from fruity to floral and everything between. But if you are particularly sensitive to fragrance-laden products, or if you don't want your lotion to drown out your daily spritz of eau de parfum, then you have probably sought out a scent-free option to moisturize your skin. Here, some favorite fragrance-free lotions from a few beauty experts.
Unscented Versus Fragrance-Free
Before highlighting some of the best body lotions, it's important to note the difference between "unscented" and "fragrance-free" when it comes to product labeling. Spa owner and InStyle.com contributor Julia March points out that formulas claiming to be unscented may still contain aromatic essential oils that could irritate sensitive skin. Therefore, it's best to choose lotions labeled fragrance-free if you're trying to avoid perfumed products.
Another reason to skip the lotions that list "fragrance" or "parfum" in the ingredients: These broad terms can be used to hide a number of potentially toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates that can be in products, says green expert and Oprah.com contributor Sophie Uliano.
Best Daily Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe may be the rock star of the beauty aisle when it comes to fragrance-free body lotion. Not only is the hydrating product a four-time winner of "InStyle" magazine's Best Beauty Buys, it also comes highly recommended by Paula Begoun, author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." Dermatologist Noelle Sherber praises its time-released ceramides that strengthen the skin's barrier and help retain moisture.
Another best-in-class example of fragrance-free body lotion is Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion with oatmeal. It also is an "InStyle" Best Beauty Buy winner. Its rich but non-greasy formula ranks high in New York City dermatologist Bradford Katchen's book, as well.
Best Body Sunscreen
Most dermatologists would agree that shielding skin from the sun via a lotion with SPF is of premier importance. For a fragrance-free option, slather on Elta MD's UV Lotion with SPF 30+. Another "InStyle" Best Beauty Buy, this potion packs a punch with UVA/UVB coverage while maintaining a lightweight feel. It's even free of parabens, potentially irritating preservatives.
Best Sensitive-Skin Lotion
Oprah.com recommends John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion with gentle moisturizers and white tea extract as a good treatment for extra-sensitive skin. It contains no artificial fragrances or parabens.
Based in Dallas, Rachel Watkins has been writing luxury lifestyle-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in “Modern Luxury Dallas” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Southern Methodist University.