Men, never neglect the humble body wash. We’re not talking about plain soap on a rope here, we’re talking about dedicated body washes that won’t dry out your skin, leave you itchy, or leave you smelling like a second-rate dishwashing detergent. You’re better than that and deserve a top-quality men’s body wash.
How to use body wash
So how does one use body wash? Think of it like soft wash hand soap but for your entire body – just don’t use it on your hair like shampoo (we know soap guys do this). You can apply some to your hands and rub yourself down before giving it a rinse or if you want to be more thorough, apply it to a washcloth or loofah.
Rub it onto your wet skin in circular motions and apply as required. Once you’re done, rinse off and the job is finished – you’ll smell like a million bucks without all the itchy red rashes, and you’ll find that with just a few uses your skin will be blemish-free and the softest it’s been in years!
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The body washes we’ve selected below hail from all over the globe, from Kiehl’s to Lab Series to Aēsop to more high-end brands such as Jo Malone (yes, Jo Malone isn’t just in the candle game). Whatever your budget or preference for body wash, you’re guaranteed to find the right one to slip into your toiletry bag or cabinet. Your white shirts, suits, hot dates, and, most importantly, your skin will thank you for it later.
The Body Fuel will treat you to scents created by the fusion of menthol and caffeine, and your skin will absorb the nutritional benefits provided by Vitamins E and C, along with Zinc. It's designed to remove excess oils, sweat, and impurities, and to leave you feeling invigorated and ready to tackle the day.
The company's Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser lists oils of mandarin and bergamot rind as its key ingredients, as well as, of course, geranium leaf; which works to not only rid your skin of daily grime and dirt but to invigorate it and leave it smelling fresh. Expect citrus notes to exude from your body after you step out of the shower.
Anthony's Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash is designed to provide just that, an invigorating rush akin the one you receive from a cold shower, minus the shrinkage. It can, as the name suggests, be used on both the hair and body and utilises eucalyptus, birch leaf, and Canadian balsam to help stimulate and refresh your skin, without causing any dreaded inflammation. You're left with a fresh alpine scent that will give you a welcome morning boost.
The All-Over Wash is a fantastic product, as it can be used for your hair, body, and face, making it the only grooming product you really need. It's designed to banish away dirt and grime, but without stripping your body's natural oils with it at the same time.
The Invigorating Body Wash (good for a generous 45 days of use) creates a thick lather when it comes into contact with water, which works to rid your body of oil, sweat, and dirt, but leaves essential moisture where it should be. You're left with a refreshing minty scent that helps to wake you up in the morning too.
Malin + Goetz
The Rum Hand & Body Wash is, as you'd expect, rum-scented. Clean body and the sweet smell of alcohol in the morning? Yes, please. Once in the company of water – whether in the shower or running your hands under a tap – it creates a rich foaming lather to clear your skin of any impurities. While suitable for all skin types, those with sensitive skin will find it particularly accommodating.
Baxter of California
The Invigorating Body Wash gives your body a wake-up call during your morning shower. Aloe vera and jojoba oil caress and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and hydrated for the remainder of the day. And it’s all topped off with a refreshing citrusy scent.
Among a sea of various beard moisturisers and oils, you can find the company's Body Wash. Infused with its signature Black Tea scent, this body wash is sulphate-free and has been designed to "foam gently" before being rinsed off. It's certified Clean Label, meaning it's free from any harmful ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians.
Aside from creating tasteful pieces in the lighting and furniture sectors, Tom Dixon also has a small range of bath and body products. The company's Body Wash is available in three scents, but our favourite is the Orientalist for its more floral arrangement of smells, including cassis, violet leaves, and rose. Dixon encourages you to pair it with the matching body balm to lock in moisture.
Huron's Body Wash benefits from a combination of menthol and eucalyptus to stimulate your skin. Nourishing oils and vitamins soothe and moisturise for unbeatable softness and a bubbling lather effectively removes dirt and nasties away from your skin. Completely vegan and with completely recyclable packaging, Huron is a brand your skin will love.
Among that line of products is the Our Best Smeller Body Wash, not just a clever marketing name, but one that was voted "Best Smelling" by The Huffington Post. The smell? Black Pepper. With an ingredients list that includes acai, aloe vera, and black pepper oil, you can rest assured it will leave your body smelling good but also feeling moisturised and revitalised.
This Cypress & Grapevine body wash creates mountains of foam when you lather it onto your skin, helping to rid it of dirt and grime. Once you've rinsed it off you're bathed in a scene of woody notes of aromatic cypress, complemented by juicy grape notes.
The Oud Wood Shower Gel joins Tom Ford’s Oud Wood collection. Oud is an expensive ingredient that originates from the forests of the Southeast Asian agar tree. It's an incredibly rare ingredient, only a small proportion of agar trees produce it, so snatch up a bottle of this Tom Ford body wash while you can. Once lathered and rinsed, you'll be left with a smoky scent that exudes warmth, and freshly conditioned skin.
The Santal 33 Shower Gel is named after the primary scent note, with the number indicating its total ingredient count (a naming convention used for all its products). It comprises Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties and olive leaf extract to act as a moisturiser. The company claims it not only cleans the body, but also the mind...
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The Colonia Shower Gel joins the Colonia line of scented products – Colonia was the company's first fragrance to be released – and can be used to cleanse your entire body, and even your hair if you don't have shampoo on hand. With its ingredient list reading off things such as aloe gel and coconut oil, it will leave your body feeling and smelling fresh.