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 aggravate your allergies, all whilst leaving you smelling like dishwashing detergent. You’re better than that and so are these body washes for guys.
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 similar body scrubber. Rub it onto your wet skin in circular motions and apply as required. Once you’re done, rinse and the job is finished – you’ll smell like a million bucks without all the itchy red rashes.
The body washes we’ve selected below hail from all over of 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 of body wash, you’re guaranteed to find the right one to slip into your toiletry bag or cabinet. Your white shirts, suits and hot dates will thank you for it later.
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The Body Fuel was can, despite its name, also be used on hair. Regardless of where you rub it in, you'll be treated to scents created by the fusion of menthol and caffeine, and your skin with 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 (not to mention geranium leaf), which work to not only rid your skin of the 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 the shower.
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 bathroom with love.
The All-Over Wash is one you're going to want to have space for in your bathroom, 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 taking your body's natural oils with it at the same time. If you'd rather have a full selection of products at home, at least consider getting this for when you travel.
The company's products are named after what's in their DNA, such as this body cleanser which has chamomile, bergamot and rosewood as its main ingredients. Designed to nourish and moisturise your skin, this body cleanser also creates a calming and relaxing experience for you to help combat dryness and fatigue.
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.
This men's Russian Leather Bath & Shower Gel is named as such because it has the Siberian Tundra in its DNA. It transfers a dark, woody scent onto your skin while providing an "intensely rich bathing experience.
The Invigorating Body Wash (good for a generous 45 days of use) creates a thick lather when coming into contact with water, which works to rid your body of oil, sweat and dirt, but leaving 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.
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 feeling moisturised and revitalised.
The No.104 Hand & Body Wash has been developed to thoroughly moisturise the skin. With Bergamot, Patchouli and Cedarwood essential oils as its main ingredients (the former two provide soothing properties on the skin) along with a herbal and spicy scent, this body wash will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
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, and we've picked out 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.
The Oud Wood Shower Gel joins the 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.
That includes the Body Wash Ginger Flower, which has been developed with "Earth Silk Technology" that claims to tick off the main three wants from a body wash: cleanse, hydrate and soothe. You're left with a refreshing scent of bergamot and lemon and the calming knowledge of it being vegan and cruelty-free.
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 of the grapevine.
Baxter of California
The Invigorating Body Wash gives your body a wake-up call in the morning shower. Aloe vera and jojoba oil caress and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and hydrated for the remainder of the day. It's all topped off with a refreshing citrusy scent.
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...so long as you shower solo.
Acqua di Parma
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 if your hair if you don't have shampoo to hand. With its ingredient list reading off things such as aloe gel and coconut oil, it will leave your body feeling and smelling fresh.
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 its free from any other harmful ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians.