I'm a Beauty Editor and these are the 9 best bath oils you need to try (when you get more than five minutes to yourself)

We've put the best bath oils through their paces to see which deliver maximum pampering potential

model using some of the best bath oils
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If you're looking for the best bath oils, you've come to the right place. As a busy parent, finding the time to have a bath isn’t easy, so when the opportunity does arise to enjoy a moment of me-time with a locked bathroom door (a treat in itself), you really want to make the most of it. 

As any parent will know, finding time in those busy mornings before the school run for a full body moisturise is nigh on impossible, and the cold winter weather can be harsh on your skin. Using one of the best bath oils can kill two birds with one stone - helping soften skin all over while providing a moment of me-time too. Now’s not the moment to worry about how much it costs to run a bath, but to indulge. Normally a bubble person? A bath oil has the upper hand when it comes to the concentration of scent (just a few drops can make your bathroom smell like a spa) and its ability to nourish, making it as essential for dry skin as the best facial oils and best hand creams

“Dry skin is naturally deficient in lipids, which are essential to help the skin retain hydration and moisture,” explains skin expert and pro facialist Fiona Brackenbury. “One of the best things you can do for dry skin is bathe in oil-based products that are rich in lipids rather than bubble baths and bath bombs which focus more on foaming than improving the condition of your skin. Bath oils bring instant comfort to dry skin.” And, because your skin will have absorbed all that goodness while you soaked in the tub, you’ll find that it’s less uncomfortable and scaly and that you’re relying less on moisturiser afterwards. 

9 best bath oils for dry skin, tested by our Beauty Editor

How we tested the best bath oils

selection of the best bath oils ready for testing

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To bring you a reliable roundup of the best bath oils, I enjoyed a bath with each one (I know, it’s a hard life). Some were favourites that I have used before (so knew what to expect) while others were either new launches or new to me. While the skin on my face is oily/combination, my body is as stubbornly dry as the Sahara – something that’s only made worse by cold weather, central heating and wrapping up in moisture-zapping clothes. My legs especially have taken the brunt of winter dressing, and seem to get ashier every time I wear tights.

My verdict for each is a reflection of how lovely and pampering they were to use, as well as how they left my skin feeling afterwards. All of the products that made the top nine best bath oils were a joy to test and made a noticeable difference to my dry skin. 

Fiona Brackenbury
Fiona Brackenbury

WIth more than 30 years experience in the beauty industry, there’s nothing about skin that Fiona doesn’t know. She’s a trained facialist, massage therapist and aromatherapist, has worked as Education Director for some of the biggest names in the business and even presented on QVC for more than 20 years. 

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Jess Beech is our Beauty Editor, working across Goodto.com, Woman & Home, Woman, Woman’s Own, Woman’s Weekly and Chat. Joining just after she graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA in English Literature back in 2013, Jess has been a part of the team for over 8 years. Over that time she’s tried her hand at most subjects – covering diet, health, cookery and even a stint on real life crime before settling on beauty and fashion a couple of years ago. Her average day in the office is spent tracking down high-street copies for all your favourite celebrity looks or testing the latest beauty launches to see if they really do live up to the press release. Although she writes across a wide range of topics, when it comes to beauty it’s always a new hair product that catches her eye first. Whether it’s a new frizz-fighting shampoo or a game-changing gadget, she’s first in line to try anything that might help tame her own unruly mane. When Jess isn’t at work you’re likely to find her busily making plans for her next holiday, trying out yet more beauty products or (reluctantly) heading to the gym. Oh and she’s a sucker for reality TV too – just don’t call her when Love Island is on.