Bath & Body Works

Lotion vs Body Cream

Simply put, lotions are lighter with more water content and less oil. Creams are heavier, with more oil content and less H20.

For example, the Bath & Body Works Starlit Body Lotion is a lightweight body lotion while the brand’s Starlit Ultra Shea Body Cream is a thicker formula that’s infused with rich shea butter.

Then, there are body butters. These are on the thick end of the spectrum.

Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, a board certified dermatologist at UnionDerm, says they’re considered thick creams.

“Body butter is a cream which includes shea, cocoa, mango, or palm butters. They’re generally a thick cream and may also include essential oils and other oils, such as coconut and avocado oils,” Gmyrek says.

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