Oil vs. balm: Which one should I use on my body?

When it comes to moisturizing your body, you have to take into account not only your skin type and the nutrients you want to give it, but also the time of day you do it and your preferences in terms of texture and scent. If you're not sure what kind of moisturizer is right for you - oil or balm - this post will help you choose.

The advantages of body oil

Plant-based oils have the ability to mimic the natural fats present in the skin. For this reason, they are quickly absorbed and very suitable for when the skin is in need of replenishing moisture levels immediately, after an exfoliation, for example.

In addition, because they are easily recognized by our skin, they improve its barrier function, having an instant repairing effect. They are great for regulating sebum production, which can be beneficial for skin problems or cases of excessive oiliness.

The advantages of body balm

A balm is a solid moisturizer, composed of butters and oils, and therefore much denser and fatter than an oil. They melt on contact with skin heat and are great for very dry skin or skin overexposed to cold and wind.

If you think about it, we usually use this thicker type of moisturizer for generally very dry areas like lips, elbows, feet and hands. If you like to have something always at hand to use on various parts of the body, during the day, you really have to try the Jasmine and Kakadu, suitable for any skin type and for face, body, hands and lips.


The balms also have the advantage of leaving a wonderful, long-lasting glow on the skin. And if you have already used balm Puro Sol or the Tropicalia in summer days, you know well what we are talking about.

These richer moisturizers, when placed on the skin, form a kind of barrier that retains moisture. In the case of the balm Hydratesbalm, this is even more evident, since one of its main ingredients is cupuaçu butter, capable of retaining up to 4 times its weight in water - everything our skin needs. If you have very dry, chapped or uneven skin, then this is really the best choice for you - it will leave your skin soft and luminous, completely changing its appearance and texture.

How to choose?

You should choose your moisturizer according to your skin type and when you moisturize your body. And oil and balm can even complement each other throughout the day. For example, after the shower, with the skin still damp, an oil will be more advantageous. It will mix with the water and be quickly absorbed, making the skin retain moisture. It ends up being more convenient to get dressed afterwards. If you have normal or young skin, the sea oil oil is practical for daily use. It is super rich in minerals and will work on the skin's elasticity and leave it smooth.


If you have very dry, dehydrated or uneven skin, then a balm is really the perfect choice. To repair badly damaged skin, we really recommend the Hydrates. Now with the colder days coming, having the moisturizer on hand during the day is a must. Jasmine and Kakadu is pretty smart, as it gives you very deep hydration and protects the skin from external aggressors. Great for keeping your hands soft during the day, with the advantage that you can use it on your body as well.

If you like to moisturize your skin before you go to bed, a balm is perfect, because it has a slow absorption and will be able to act while you sleep. And you don't have to worry about your body feeling sticky on contact with your clothes either. The long-lasting hydration will make you wake up with a wonderful feeling on your skin.