Remember when you were in college getting ready for a night out? Or maybe it was high school. Ice Cube’s “We Be Clubbin’” was playing in the background as you and your bestie tried on tube tops and crop baby doll tops in front of the mirror. As if you were going to leave the house in anything else. I remember this fondly. I didn’t have my navel pierced like my BFF, but I still wanted my belly sparkling like a Treasure Troll. I was living up to my millennial duties through and through. Platforms, cropped tops and sparkle. I wanted my abs to shine when those strobe lights hit my body, so I slathered on my Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne shimmery oil straight from stash of apocalyptic semi annual sale hoarding. The same scent that now gives me pause but back then made me feel like I was all that and then some. Don’t act like you don’t know.
Now that we’re a little older and wiser, shimmer has transformed and come a long way. Less silver sparkle and more bronze-hued, we’ve traded in that kiddie-chunky glitter for a grown and sexy shimmer. Unlike your traditional baby oil or those old college favorites, there are now products on the market that are non-greasy and compliment our melanin-rich skin. Please don’t use anything that makes your skin look ashy so for most of us that means to stay away from shimmery oils with silver and platinum. The best shimmer body oil will lean more toward the tiny gold and bronze flecks to compliment red and golden undertones in skin–or create them. Remember, you want something that goes on silky smooth and makes every inch of your curves glisten like you’re a golden goddess…because let’s be honest, you are.
SHIMMERING BODY OILS WE LOVE AND RECOMMEND (In No Particular Order)
Nars Body Glow
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Dry Oil
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Michael Kors Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil Spray
Thalgo Polynesian Sacred Oil
Clarin’s Shimmer Oil (hard to find. Amazon is your friend)
Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil (Currently super sold out)
— Nikia Phoenix