Simply put, lotions are lighter with more water content and less oil. Creams are heavier, with more oil content and less H20.
Then, there are body butters. These are on the thick end of the spectrum.
“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.