calcot manor dry body oil review

When Calcot Manor Dry Body Oil Spray landed on my desk, my first thought was, “OMG, this stuff smells amazing!”.

My second thought? “There’s no way this oil can hydrate my dry skin. Absolutely no way.” As far as oils go, Calcot Manor Dry Body Oil Spray is quite lightweight. My skin is parched dry. Not exactly the best combination.

Luckily, I was proved wrong. Here’s why:

What’s In Calcot Manor Dry Body Oil?


No, mineral oil is not dangerous. It certainly doesn’t cause cancer. And even though it’s derived from petroleum, all the toxic, bad stuff has been removed during the purification process.

Cosmetic grade mineral oil, the only kind used in skincare, is safe, effective, and a godsend for dry skin. It works by creating a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss.

The more moisture stays into your skin, the softer and smoother it gets.

Related: 5 Myths About Mineral Oil You Need To Stop Believing Right Now


Mineral oil may be the star of the show, but it doesn’t play alone. The other oil in this dry oil is sunflower oil.

Derived from sunflower seeds, this oil is rich in moisturising fatty acids, including Linoleic Acid (48-74%), Oleic Acid (14-40%), Palmitic Acid (4-9%) and Stearic Acid (1-7%). 

What does it mean for your skin? Sunflower oil moisturizes skin, strengthens its protective barrier, and even reduces inflammations!

Related: The Complete Guide To Sunflower Oil In Skincare

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Lightweight, but leaves a slightly oily residue (it’s still an oil after all). It sinks in pretty quickly.


Citrusy fruits and patchouli intertwine to create a scent that’s both zesty and cozy, warm and relaxing. I can’t smell enough of it!

How To Use It

Massage it all over your body after a shower. Or whenever you feel like you need the extra moisture.

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Performance & Personal Opinion

In winter, my skin is soooooo dry, only thick body butters like Haus Of Gloi Depravity Pumpkin Butter can keep it soft and smooth from morning till night. In summer, I can get away with something lighter, but never too light.

So, I hesitatingly sprayed this Dry Body Oil on after my morning shower, and massaged it all over my body. Rather than turning me into a greasy mess, it made my skin soft, smooth, and radiant.

But I totally expected its effects to disappear by lunch time. So, imagine my surprise when, as I was getting ready to go to bed, I could feel my legs (and the rest of my skin) still as soft and smooth as they were early in the morning! Ok, maybe a bit less soft, but they were still very moisturized.

Colour me impressed.

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Who Is This For?

Dry skin.

Who Is This Not For?

  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin
  • Sensitive skin


This review has pictures of the old packaging. The new bottle is see-through, pink, and has a spray applicator for easy application.

Does Calcot Manor Dry Body Oil Live Up To Its Claims?

Light hydrating oil spray for radiant skin.True.
Infused with patchouli & vitamin E.True. Patchouli makes it smell nice (but it can irritate sensitive skin) and Vitamin E is part of sunflower oil.

Price & Availability

£5.00 at Tesco

Do You Need It?

It’s not a must-have, but it’s an effective and affordable option for dry skin.

Dupes & Alternatives


Paraffinum Liquidum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate