Review: Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil

A few winters ago, my skin started itching like crazy.  I would be unconsciously scratching my skin, ending up with red welts all over my body.  I even woke up in the middle of the night because my skin itched so much.

The worst part of it was that I wasn’t able to put body lotion on, because it made my skin itch even more. Guessing that it was coming from the fragrance in my body lotion, I applied olive oil to my skin.  It was a little thick to apply, and also smelled pretty strongly.  My skin was so dry and irritated that olive oil was just the right thing to apply, but I definitely felt like a salad!

After that winter, I started applying body lotion even during the summer, to prevent my skin from drying out.  However, in recent months, my skin started drying out again. I needed something stronger than body lotion and easier to apply than olive oil… so I turned to baby oil.  This is a review of the Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil.


What it does: (from the company website)

Locks in moisture for baby soft skin. It’s a silky soft moisturizer for silky soft skin. JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil locks in up to ten times more moisture on wet skin than an ordinary lotion can on dry skin, leaving your baby’s skin soft and smooth. This gentle oil is also easy to spread, so it’s ideal for baby massage.

Price: Will vary. Target online lists this for $3.50/20 fluid oz (591ml).  Amazon Japan lists this for 691 JPY (about $6)/300ml

Scent: Very faintly floral.  I bought the “light fragrance” version, even though my skin was irritated from perfumes in my body lotion. A non-fragrance version does exist, but it was much more expensive than the light fragrance one!

Availability: This product is widely available in Japanese drugstores, discount stores, and baby specialty stores.


  • This is a thin oil which spreads very well.
  • Although it is perfumed, it did not irritate my skin.
  • My skin stayed moisturized until the next day.
  • Although my skin was greasy at first, the product absorbed into my skin well.


  • Well, it’s an oil. If the thought of spreading oil on your skin freaks you out, this product is probably not for you.
  • This is a very runny oil, unlike many of the other oils I have used in the past such as argon oil. This means it will spill easily if you are not careful


Would I repurchase? Yes. This product is fast becoming a must-have for the winter.

How do I feel about applying mineral oil to my skin? To be honest, it does not really bother me since it is a grade of mineral oil made for skin care. My skin gets so dry and itchy, and I am happy to find a product that works well for me.


How do you take care of your skin in the winter? Let me know!


xoxo, K

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