The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers

The Winter is never kind to our skin. But the focus tends to go to our facial skincare. Nourishing and protecting against the elements and sharp winter air. While our bodies are covered in clothes and tend to fall onto the back burner and get slightly more neglected and forgotten about. But really, requiring just as much attention. Especially if you suffer from particularly dry skin like me.

Whether we’re in and out of central heating, or jumping into hot showers to warm us up in the morning. It’s that exposure to such contrasting temperatures that really tires the skin in the winter.

I’ve put 5 different brands of drugstore moisturisers to the test, to help keep you on top of your body care this winter. Read on to find out which ones came out on top.

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers



Price £4.19 250ml / 1.7 pence per ml.

If you’ve ever tried Palmer’s Coco Butter Formula Body Lotion then you might have an idea of what to expect from this. However, I was surprised to discover a much runnier and more lotion-like consistency. Quite different to the thick gloopy-ness of the Coco Butter option.

The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any real stickiness. The bottle claims 24 hour moisture. While this isn’t untrue, there are definitely more nourishing options out there.

The scent of this is something I personally can’t get along with in the winter months. It’s a very strong, quite nutty and rich coconut scent. Very tropical and very summery, it really lingers on the skin. I’m thinking this could be one for the travelling kit.

This is perfect if you’re heading abroad and want something quick, light and summery scented. 

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers



Price: £4.49 for 250ml / 1.7 pence per ml. 

I could shout from the rooftops about this one. Dare I say ‘holy grail’? I’ve tried a number of the Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Lotions, but this one just blew the others out of the water. Specially formulated for very dry skin, it’s the ‘very’ that makes this so incredible.

Sitting somewhere between a lotion and a cream this is a lovely thick moisturiser. But not so much that it is an effort to apply. It absorbs quickly and lives up to it’s claims to be non greasy and non sticky. And of course, the scent. Honey Treasures. The clue is in the name, but this smells delicious.

If you have uncomfortable skin all over and want something that’s quick to apply daily and incredibly nourishing. That also comes in a no-nonsense dispenser AND that smells incredible, then look no further.

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers



Price: £5.99 for 250ml / 2.4 pence per ml.

Warning: this doesn’t smell like coconut as the name might suggest. This was disappointing for me (floral scents aren’t my thing). But, if you’re after something light, floral and fresh, then this one’s for you.

With a light, lotion like consistency this quickly absorbs into the skin. My only gripe is that a slight tackiness tends to linger on the skin slightly longer than other options.

Containing 97% natural ingredients is a win for this one, so if you’re into your natural skincare it’s worth checking out. 

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers



Price: £14 for 200ml / 7 pence per ml. Though this beauty is currently half price – you’re welcome!

Peach is having a moment in the beauty world and this body butter is no exception.

I know this isn’t technically drugstore, but it’s not exactly luxury either, sitting somewhere in the middle. If you haven’t tried a Body Shop Body Butter before, (first of all, have you been living under a rock?) they are literally hard, like a butter. An unusual consistency, but it works.

The Body Butter’s are silky smooth to apply and this one leaves the most stunning peachy scent lingering on the skin. It absorbs like a dream, and really is nourishing and gentle on super dry skin.

If you suffer from dried out and patchy skin in the winter, then this truly works wonders. 

The Battle Of The Drugstore Moisturisers



Price £5.69 for 200ml / 2.8 pence per ml.

Minimal smearing and application effort required, this is a dream to apply.The consistency of the Aveeno lotion is somewhere between a lotion and a gel, allowing for quick absorption.

The scent is very subtle and natural, and doesn’t linger on the skin. You could easily pair this with any perfume and not worry about clashing scents.

I had a lot of tightness and dryness on my torso (I think down to a reaction), which was very uncomfortable. A couple of days into using this, it had seriously improved. Not bad for a drugstore moisturiser. The Aveeno Lotion is incredibly kind to the skin and is true quality at a drugstore price.

I’m not recommending this over medicated creams. However, if you suffer from skin troubles, such a eczema then this could really be a soothing and nourishing addition to your normal routine.

  • The body shop do amazing body butters. I currently have Olice, shea butter and coconut and they smell amazing.

    Lauren x

  • I love Aveeno it is such a lovely product. You have a wonderful selection here love your review 🙂

  • Mandeville Sisters

    I use Aveeno I absolutely love it! Especially in this harsh winter we are having!

  • leah rachel

    I suffer with really sensitive skin so to me, aveeno is the winner! It’s so kind to my skin and my skin feel SO soft after using it! I just wish it was a little cheaper 🙂 x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Yes I’m so pleased you love it too, I was seriously impressed! I wish it was a little cheaper too- I started myself off with the smaller bottle to test but I think I’m going to invest in the one with the pump next. I do love a pump! Xx

  • I love coconut so I’m disappointed that the kind natured one was a downer. But I’m in love with all things Peach so I’m definitely going to get my hands on the Body Shop one! I have such dry skin in the winter time! xo

    McKenzie |

    • It’s not bad as far as moisturisers go, but if you suffer with dry skin it’s probably not the best. Also not the scent for me either sadly. But yes you should totally check the peach out, it’s divine! Xx

  • Hayley Rubery

    I’m a HUGE fan of The Body Shop body butters, they always smell so divine and are super nourishing! I have to say I love the sound of the Garner one though, bet it smells amazing!

    Hayley xo

    • They are amazing, I sometimes find them a bit too much for everyday though, more of a bath time relaxing treat 🙂 the Garnier one is a gem, you should check it out if you can! Xx

  • Meredith

    Thanks for this review! I need to up my moisturizing game 😉

    • You’re welcome lovely! Hope it’s helped you discover something new! xx

  • Ellie Adams

    So I need the Garnier option then yeah? 😉 I am honestly so unbelievably lazy when it comes to moisturising my body, I seriously need to up my game, but this has made me want a major pamper session!


    • Haha, I meaan it’s definitely my favourite! Seriously worth a go! I’m so lazy too I probably do it every second or third day but the pump on the Garnier makes it waaay less of a faff! Xx

  • Bernadette

    The body shop body butters are definitely incredible. I find nivea and dove are just so good when it comes to moisturising products.

  • Maria

    Aveeno products are amazing! The body shop body butter sounds lovely too!
    IN 1997

    • I wasn’t so pleasantly surprised with Aveeno, had no idea what to expect from them but it’s fab! Xx

  • I really don’t thin you can go wrong with Aveeno products their moisturisers are super hydrating


    • This moisturiser is the first thing I’ve ever tried from them, but I totally agree with you and definitely want to pick up more! xx

  • I love this post. I’ve recently mixed up my skin care routine as well. Would love your thoughts. Beautiful blog – imagery is amazing.

  • Holly R

    This is exactly the post I needed, my skin has been soo dry lately and my regular moisturizer just isn’t cutting it. The Garnier ultimate blends one sounds like one I definitely should try! Thanks lovely 🙂
    Holly x |

    • Yes the Garnier! Good choice, it’s my favourite and so so great for the price. I think it’s still on offer at Boots at the moment too! Xx