Best of Beauty: Best Body Products for 2009

The votes are in and here are our picks for the best body products of 2009. Agree or disagree? Tell us why. Here’s what we love:

Best Body Cream

Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

Leave dry, flaky skin far away in the past with Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm ($42 at The mix of shea and cocoa butter seals in moisture like no other.

Best Hair Removal

Nair Hair Exfoliator

Nair Hair Exfoliator

Nair Exfoliator with Skin Renewal Microbeads ($9.99 at drugstores) uses lanolin and mineral oil while the microbeads of the title buff dead skin away. Oh, and yes, the cream removes hair as well.

Best Fragranced Cream

Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Body Souffle

Laura Mercier’s Creme de Pistache Body Souffle is our hands down favorite scented body cream of the year. One whiff, you’re in the Greek isles. One slather on your skin, you’re a lifetime subscriber.

Best Body Wash and Lotion

Prive Duo Bath

DuoPrive’s Replenishing Body Wash and Hydrating Body Cream duo makes for a refreshing spa experience in the privacy and economy of your own bathroom. Economy is nothing if not fashionable this year, and the light, fresh scent doesn’t hurt our trendy sensibilities either.

Best Sunblock

Neutrogena Sunblock with Helioplex

Neutrogena Sunblock with Helioplex

Some things don’t go out of style. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock ($9.99 at drugstores) gets the job done with Helioplex technology that absorbs quickly into skin, leaving it protected from the sun but without an unpleasant residue.

Best Self-Tanner

Loreal Ultimate Sublime Bronze

L’Oreal Ultimate Sublime Bronze

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer ($10.49 at drugstores,) also known (mainly to me) as Pretty Sparkly Glow in a Bottle, ushers in a new era of tanners. Not only does the color show instantly on skin, preventing the dreaded streakage, but the color itself manifests subtly, in a good way.