After reading one too many beauty articles on the dangers of the unnatural chemicals in skin moisturizers, I gave up the chemical laden moisturizers you find in the beauty isle and started using edible oils from the grocery store. Every "natural" beauty expert seems to recommend a different plant based oil for a moisturizer, so my journey to find the best food based moisturizer has been a lesson in what works and what makes me feel like a greasy French fry. Here are my findings.
Coconut oil leaves my skin feeling soft and saturated. The problem with coconut oil is from the grocery store is that it often comes in solid form which takes more time to apply. I would scoop a chunk of it out of the jar and apply it to my skin, wait a little for it to start melting then spread it around with my hands then wait at least a few minutes for it to absorb. The coconut oil absorbs so slowly I probably ended up with more of the oil rubbing off on my clothes than absorbing into my skin. This was the least successful of my edible oil experiments.
Almond oil was highly recommended by a beauty author, so I bought a bottle. The good news is that it's available in liquid form making it easy to apply and it has excellent moisturizing properties. The bad news is that the almond oil I bought is so thick it does not absorb quickly and leaves a greasy film on my skin for a while after applying it. After it absorbed my skin felt soft and supple, but because of the thickness of the oil I only applied it to my face and hands.
My most successful attempt at a "natural" moisturizer is by far grape seed oil. I bought a bottle of grape seed oil at the grocery store and I am very pleased with the results. The texture of the grape seed oil I bought is not as thick as the almond oil and it absorbs faster and better than both almond and coconut oil. I still have to wait a few minutes for it to absorb into my skin after applying it, but there isn't that feeling that the oil is sitting on top of my skin like I had with the coconut oil. If buying an edible oil from the grocery store seems a little too weird for you, try looking for grape seed oil in the beauty department of your local natural grocer.