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A bar of soap has always served its purpose, but these days, more and more people are switching to using body wash as a more hygienic and convenient way to clean up in the shower.
The best body washes offer the same moisturizing and conditioning properties of soap, but are dispensed through convenient squeeze bottles, eliminating the need to share an old bar of soap between multiple people (things could get hairy). With fewer hands — and body parts — touching the body wash, you also decrease any chances of contamination or the spreading of germs.
A good body wash also eliminates waste. The squeeze bottle dispenses the product more evenly, so you’re only using as much as you need. And you don’t have to worry about your body wash flaking or drying out, like a bar of soap does.
To use, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of body wash into the palms of your hands, or onto a pouf or loofah. All of the body washes on our list deliver a rich, foaming lather when applied to skin. Apply liberally to your skin and dispense more as necessary.
Men’s skin is different from women’s too, and these body washes are specially formulated for men, packed with with active ingredients that help remove dirt and grime, and fresh scents that help get rid of any nasty smells (say, after a sweaty workout). Many of these scents last for more than eight hours too.
These body washes help you feel refreshed in the morning, and wash away buildup from your day at night. A little bit of body wash goes a long way towards helping your skin feel softer, smell better and look cleaner. Here are the best ones to get.
1. AXE Phoenix Body Wash
AXE is one of the most popular men’s grooming brands in the world and for good reason: their products tackle common skincare and body issues with formulas that will leave you feeling fresh and confident.
We like this AXE Phoenix Body Wash for Men, which scrubs off the dirt and grime from your day without leaving any sticky or soapy residue behind. The refreshing fragrance blends mint and rosemary with woodsy and earthy elements, for a crisp, masculine scent. You can skip the cologne if you use this body wash, with a scent that lasts all day long.
This body wash is especially great after a particularly strenuous workout, to help get rid odors and rinse away sweat.
This set gets you four, 16 fluid ounce bottles.
PROS: Strong, long-lasting scent.
CONS: While AXE makes a line of deodorants and anti-perspirants under the “Phoenix” collection, this product is just a body wash and doesn’t have any sweat-blocking properties.
2. NIVEA Men DEEP Active Clean Body Wash
NIVEA is known for their moisturizing face creams, lotions and shaving gels, and the same skin-nourishing ingredients are found in this body wash.
Formulated especially for men, the body wash contains charcoal, which naturally draws out excess dirt and oil without drying the skin. NIVEA says it pulls out grime and sweat “like a magnet,” while the suds help rinse everything clean away.
This body wash not only deep cleans, it also leaves your skin soft and hydrated. Cheaper body washes will strip the skin and leave you feeling dry and irritated, but this one doesn’t dry you out.
This body wash has a light, clean scent that mixes notes of vanilla and bourbon.
This set gets you three, 16.9 fluid ounce bottles.
PROS: The addition of charcoal helps to get a deeper, more invigorating clean. Most subtle scent on our list.
CONS: Some may find the charcoal unnecessary.
3. Irish Spring Moisturizing Men’s Body Wash
You may have grown up using your dad’s Irish Spring soap, with its fresh, outdoorsy scent and thick lather. The same great formula is now available in a convenient body wash.
Irish Spring says its body wash features an updated “moisture blast” formula, which packs skin-soothing emollients into every bottle to moisturize and condition your skin. The body wash also works into a rich lather that gets into all your nooks and crannies to help neutralize odors.
Irish Spring touts its “Odor Neutralization Technology,” which can help keep you smelling fresh for up to 24 hours.
This set gets you two, 18 fluid ounce bottles.
PROS: Best for getting rid of odors (think smelly feet and armpits).
CONS: Some may find the scent a little strong.