Splurge vs. Steal: NARS Monoi Body Glow & Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil

This Christmas, I am the most tan I have ever been. Usually I am a lovely shade of pale in December, but not this year, thanks to a mid-November vacation in Hawaii. One month later and I’ve still got a bronzey glow going on. I attribute it to my obssesive use of moisturizer. I think I literally locked the tan in – and I’m hoping to ride it out as long as I can!

In my quest to to maintain my Hawaii tan, I’ve been using body oil after shower and bath time. I find that applying it on damp/wet skin produces the most softening affect and locks in moisture. I’ve been a long-time fan of NARS Monoi Body Glow II which smells like a mix of coconut and gardenia and gives a luminous sheen. Seriously, this stuff makes my skin softer than any body butter ever could. But it’s a definite splurge at $59 for 3.9 oz.

So when one of my coworkers recommended I try Vaseline’s Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil, I was eager to give it a try. For under eight bucks, you get 6.8 oz. of product. The smell is less floral and slightly more nutty, but it’s darn close. The consistency is more of a gel, which I actually prefer because it’s harder to spill! I have to be careful when applying the NARS because sometimes it drips from my hands. In terms of performance, I can hardly tell a difference. I deem this a worthy steal!

I would recommend both of these products in a heartbeat, especially the Vaseline! But if you are really interested in trying the NARS, I wanted to throw out a friendly shopping suggestion. In the online sale section at Sephora, they have a full-size NARS Multiple in South Beach, a shimmering apricot, along with a deluxe sample of the Body Glow.

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