In this article, we will answer the question – ‘what is the best body wash for men?’.

More importantly, we’ll find the best body wash for you!

This article will:

  • Get you better looking, feeling, and smelling skin by finding the best body wash for your skin type
  • Present all the necessary information you need to know to get the most out of your body wash
  • Provide other essential tips to make your body’s skin irresistible.

 

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Top 5 Best Smelling Body Washes for Men – But Really for the Ladies 😉

 

If you have that ‘lucky’ skin we’ve talked about (i.e no specific skin needs), you can just concentrate on smelling good!

Your ‘normal’ skin opens you up to a huge range of new body washes to try.

You’ll see the men that are heading to work each morning with good skin and smelling great; they’re the ones that seem to stand a couple inches taller and have a bounce in their stride.

Smelling great can be thanks to a quality natural deodorant as well, so you have a think about that too.

But we’re going to start with the best smelling body washes for men.

 

#1 Grooming Lounge – ‘Our Best Smeller’ Body Wash

Grooming Lounge - 'Our Best Smeller' Body Wash For Men

  • Scent: Black Pepper
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 11.6oz
  • Smells like: Heaven in a bottle

‘Best Smelling Body Wash of 2017’ by The Huffington Post and a 2018 ‘Handsome Award Winner’.

Uses black pepper oil to achieve its signature base note, and has fresh tones from aloe vera and acai berry.

Plus its paraben free – a preservative which sensitive skins don’t enjoy.

 

#2 Anthony – Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash

Anthony - Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash

  • Scent: Woody and Fresh
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 12oz
  • Smells like: Walking through an Australian forest just after it has rained.

Anthony has a great line of products. They even made our list of the best shaving gels as well as the best pre-shave oils.

Now we have reviewed their 2-in-1 hair and body wash and we were not disappointed.

Eucalyptus and Canadian Balsam give this an incredible scent that’s going to get you energized at the start of the day and wind you down at the end of it.

 

#3 Malin+Getz Rum Body Wash

Malin+Getz Rum Body Wash

  • Scent: Dark Rum
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 16oz
  • Smells like: Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

A sweet and spicy fragrance. But subtle and warm.

A gentle clean that will leave you smelling like a sexy pirate. Contains glycerin which is a great skin moisturizer, so is also a good option for anyone with dry skin.

 

#4 Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino Shower Gel

Tom Ford - Neroli Portofino Shower Gel

  • Scent: Citrus, Floral
  • Price: $$$
  • Size: 8oz
  • Smells like: A 1950s movie star driving an Austin Martin DB4 through the Italian Riviera.

The beautiful smell hits you as soon as you flick open the cap.

Cool and refreshing with that classic ‘man’ smell of years gone by.

It also has an incredibly smooth sensation when you wash, meaning you won’t want to get out of the shower.

 

#5 No. 63 Men’s Shower Gel

No. 63 Men's Shower Gel

  • Scent: Spicy, Woody, Citrus
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 8oz
  • Smells like: Your yacht in Monaco

All natural stuff and smells awesome.

A real classic cologne scent, inspired by the French Provence.

A great lather and a smooth finish too.

Also does a great job at moisturizing your skin with natural moisturizing ingredients including shea butter and Aloe Vera.

 

 

Top 5 Best Body Washes For Dry Skin

For some people, dry skin can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Some people invite dry skin by incorrectly removing body hair. Body washes with plenty of active ingredients designed to add moisture (such a glycerin) are the way to go, and here I list 5 of the best.

 

#1 Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash

Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash

  • Scent: None
  • Price: $
  • Size: 16.9oz
  • You’ll feel like: You’ve spent a lot of money with a very well renowned skin doctor

This is the dermatologists’ choice.

Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and full of moisturizers that will give your skin a soft and refreshed feeling.

Particularly good when you consider the low cost.

 

#2 Mountain Falls Body Wash

Mountain Falls Body Wash

  • Scent: Cream
  • Price: $
  • Size: 38oz (pack of three)
  • You’ll feel like: Your skin has been drinking straight from a fresh mountain stream.

Gives a rich, milky, creamy lather.

This is packed with moisturizers that both hydrate your skin and leave it with a softness you may not have felt for years.

 

#3 Brickell – Men’s Invigorating Body Wash

Brickell - Men's Invigorating Body Wash

  • Scent: Mint
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 16oz
  • You’ll feel like: The Doc has prescribed you something from the back shelf where nobody normally goes.

It’s got the look of an old apothecary medicine bottle.

Which really adds to the feeling you’re getting a treatment and not just a shower.

An awesome clean without stripping the oils your skin is craving.

 

#4 Old Spice ‘Dry Skin Defense’ Body Wash

Old Spice 'Dry Skin Defense' Body Wash

  • Scent: Old Spice!
  • Price: $
  • Size: 16oz
  • You’ll feel like: A cooler version of your Dad.

Old Spice has really upped their game and applied a lot of science to their well-established brand.

Great cleansing properties and it is full of moisturizers to rehydrate dry skin.

 

#5 18.21 ‘Man Made Wash’

18.21 'Man Made Wash'

  • Scent: Sweet Tobacco, Whiskey
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 18oz
  • You’ll feel like: Clint Eastwood in ‘A Fistful of Dollars’. Just less sweaty and with really smooth skin.

A small company you may not be familiar with – but get familiar with them.

18.21 combines nostalgia with modern technology.

It is paraben and sulfate free so it is great for sensitive skin too.

But it’s the huge levels of moisturizing ingredients that make it a great choice for dry skin.

 

 

Top 5 Best Body Washes For Sensitive / Acne-Prone Skin (Sulfate Free & Natural)

Sensitive skin; often red, often prone to acne and often painful. As discussed, sensitive skin needs gentle ingredients that won’t ‘strip’ away too many of the natural oils that you need to be preserving. So by default this category also includes ‘Best Natural Body Wash For Men’, ‘Best Sulfate-Free Body Wash For Men’ and ‘Best Body Wash for Acne’.

 

#1 Jack Black – Turbo Wash Energizing Cleaner

Jack Black - Turbo Wash Energizing Cleaner

  • Scent: Rosemary, eucalyptus
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 10oz
  • You’ll feel like: King of the Entire Freakin’ World

Jack Black is not the cheapest on the market, because it’s one of the best on the market.

Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and dermatologist tested.

The natural anti-bacterial agents will cleanse and infected or blocked pores to help with spots, plus it smells incredible!

Jack Black is a leader in male grooming products thus it is no surprise that their products have made a multitude of our “best of” lists including best body lotion for men, best face moisturizer for men, and even our coveted list of the best safety razors.

 

#2 Murad – Acne Body Wash

Murad - Acne Body Wash

  • Scent: Clinically Clean
  • Price: $$$
  • Size: 8.50z
  • You’ll Feel Like: Dr. Pimple Popper has gone to town on you.

What makes this a great body wash for acne, also makes it a great body wash for all sensitive skin.

Offers a deep clean to flush out pores, but is all natural and gets great reviews.

The Murad company slogan is ‘Murad—a connected life is a beautiful life’.

No, I haven’t got a clue what they mean either but its a damn great product!

 

#3 The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash

The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash

  • Scent: Various (mint/lavender/citrus vanilla/unscented)
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 12oz
  • You’ll feel like: Your skin has had all the benefits of swimming in the ocean, without feeling dry and crispy from the salt!

Hydrating, soothing, and energizing.

Over 65 vitamins and minerals flood your skin with nutrients.

Seaweed algae naturally purifies and cleans, and the various natural oils leave a really nourished feeling.

 

#4 Ivory Free & Gentle ‘Cleanse & Nourish’ Body Wash

Ivory Free & Gentle 'Cleanse & Nourish' Body Wash

  • Scent: Pear/Sandalwood
  • Price: $
  • Size: 16.8oz
  • You’ll feel like: Calling your Mom more often because you’re a nice boy who does nice things.

Market themselves as a ‘family brand’, protecting and cleaning generations of families since 1882.

And it’s a clean living tag that’s justified – 100% natural, very gentle, and leaves a beautifully soft and smooth finish.

 

#5 18.21 ‘Man Made Wash’

18.21 'Man Made Wash'

  • Scent: Sweet Tobacco, Whiskey
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 18oz
  • You’ll feel like: Clint Eastwood again! Actually, you’ll feel like his annoyingly handsome son Scott. Who is basically just as cool as his Dad was in those Westerns but with skin 30 years younger.

This popped on up the list for ‘best body wash for dry ‘ skin thanks to its natural moisturizers.

But it’s the natural cleansers and strict sulfate/paraben-free formula that also make it a great choice for sensitive skin.

 

Top 5 Best Body Washes for Oily Skin

Oily skin can create a few problems. You may see a lot of blackheads, blemishes, pores, and acne. Spots from oily skin come about differently to spots caused by sensitive skin; here the spots break out due to blockages and a poor supply of oxygen to the skin, rather than a reaction to an irritant.

So you’ll need a body wash specific to your oily skin.

TIP: what you eat and drink can help your oily skin. Try and limit caffeine, processed fats, and salts. Plus of course, drink lots (and lots) of water.

 

#1 Manscaped All-in-One ‘Crop Cleanser’ Body Wash

Manscaped All-in-One 'Crop Cleanser' Body Wash

 

  • Scent: Subtle wood, Medicinal
  • Price: $$
  • Size: 8oz
  • You’ll feel like: Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption after he’s been hosed down when he arrives at the penitentiary. You’ll feel as clean as that, but just a lot freer.

To be fair, this is a good option for a lot of skin types.

But it’s particularly effective against oily skin thanks to its natural cleaning agents that cut through any build up of grease and grime.

 

#2 Rocky Mountain Barber Co. – All-In-One Shower Wash

Rocky Mountain Barber Co. - All-In-One Shower Wash

  • Scent: Birchwood
  • Price: $
  • Size: 8oz
  • You’ll feel like: A cheat. Having hair, beard and skin smelling and looking this good shouldn’t just be one bottle.

It does the lot. It’s a 5-in-one (shampoo, conditioner, face wash, beard shampoo and body wash).

Totally natural but a very effective cleanser which makes short work of any oily build-ups.

Plus it could almost have earned a place on the Top 5 ‘Best Smelling’ list too.

Rocky Mountain Barber Company’s beard oil just made our list of the ten best beard growing oil products as well.

 

#3 Noir – Men’s Collection Bath & Body Works

Noir - Men's Collection Bath & Body Works

  • Scent: Spicy, Vanilla, Musk
  • Price: $
  • Size: 10oz
  • You’ll feel like: James Bond (not Pierce Brosnan, obviously. One of the cool ones).

Designed for it’s cleaning properties, this body wash lathers brilliantly and helps thoroughly clean pores and remove any build up on the skin.

The smell is unique, subtle and quite adventurous.

 

#4 Nivea ‘Active Men’ Body Wash

Nivea 'Active Men' Body Wash

  • Scent: Fresh, Medicinal
  • Price: $
  • Size: 16.9oz
  • You’ll Feel Like: Embarrassed about being so elitist and not considering a Nivea product before we mentioned it!

Certainly not a brand you would show off by leaving lying around in the locker room, but it works.

It works really well.

Cuts through oil and grime effectively and will leave you feeling really cleansed.

More sensitive skin types might not get on with it though as it’s not all natural.

We are also a big fan of their aftershave balm which made our list of the best aftershave balms.

 

#5 Old Spice ‘High Endurance Pure Sport’ Body Wash

Old Spice 'High Endurance Pure Sport' Body Wash

  • Scent: Old Spice! (duh)
  • Price: $
  • Size: 18oz (pack of 2
  • You’ll Feel Like: You might not want to tell your really cool pals you use Old Spice. But do – they are knocking out some great products now.

Old Spice is cleverly playing up to that slightly, erm, ‘naff’ reputation they may have got.

But they’re combining great marketing with really great products.

This is probably not a body wash to use if you are prone to dry/sensitive skin.

But for oily skin, it’s going to get rid of a lot of stuff you don’t want!

 

Why Find the Best Body Wash for Men?

why find the best body wash for men My father would use dishwashing liquid in the shower when he ran out of body wash, claiming ‘it’s all the same stuff anyway!’.

I love him a lot, but my father was (and still is) an idiot on the topic of grooming.

But there still might be a feeling that men choosing a skin-appropriate body wash isn’t in any way ‘masculine’ or necessary.

Well, in fact, it is both of those things. I mean, if using a chapstick is now an OK thing to do, then surely finding the best body wash is! The body wash you use has a huge influence over how your skin feels and looks.

We’ll discuss in more detail next how men’s skin differs from women’s (so if you’re using a wife or girlfriend’s product, you might want to think about getting more organized and buying your own!).

Feeling good is important. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your mood and confidence can be greatly increased by having skin that feels good, looks good and smells good.

Plus, taking a shower shouldn’t just be something you do as part of your routine, like taking out the garbage or putting gas in the car. Showering can be a therapeutic process that energizes and relaxes all at the same time – and your perfect body wash the biggest part of that.

As you’ll discover, your perfect body wash is only half the story. You really need to be applying lotion too. But more on that soon.

Additionally if you may be more of a bar soap man, check out our list of the top 5 best bar soaps for men and find why body wash isn’t the only option.

Why You Need to Use a Body Wash Designed for “Men”

Why you need a body wash designed for men The best body wash for men differs massively from the best body wash for women. And here’s why; men and women’s skin differs massively too.

The two biggest features of men’s skin versus women’s;

  • more oily
  • more porous

Being more porous means more stuff travels through it. Air gets in and out more easily than women’s skin.

Which would be OK if air was always 100% pure, but unless you live next to a stream on top of a Swiss mountain a million miles from the nearest village, it just isn’t.

So you’ve got dirty air, fumes and general grime getting deep into your skin.

Plus your skin is more oily than women’s.

The result? Blocked pores, more body acne, faster aging (yup, wrinkles!) and dry skin. Which is one of the major reasons you need to be using a men’s body wash.

More importantly, a men’s body wash specific to your skin type, which we’ll talk about soon.

 

Importance of Collagen Retention

Importance of Collagen Retention This is not just something you hear being said on women’s skin cream commercials.

You know when you see a picture of yourself from 10 years ago? And you look different. It’s still obviously you, you just look older now?

Well, that’s because you were full of collagen back then. Now, not so much.

Collagen is the main protein in body tissue and gives it its elasticity and strength. It’s everywhere; in tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and of course skin.

It gets its name from the Greek word for ‘glue’. That should tell you the role it plays in how your skin holds up! It naturally decays over time, which is why our skin ages.

But you can slow that process and the best shower gels for men will help that.

Clever science dudes can tell you all about it. If you care for your skin, it’s definitely worth getting up to speed with.

 

Specific Skin Types

Specific Skin Types What type of body wash will be best for you?

Well, that’s going to depend on what type of skin you have.

Here I’ve highlighted the main skin types men are likely to identify with.

Your facial skin will give clues to your body’s skin type, but of course you will need a separate wash for your face.

Oily Skin

We already know that men’s skin is generally more oily than women’s. but some are particularly oily.

If you have particularly oily skin, you may see a sheen on your face soon after washing.

Or your body skin may have prominent pores and be prone to blackheads and other blemishes.

 

Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight and is sometimes itchy or flaky, it’s probably dry. You may benefit from a more gentle body wash.

But just as important, look for a body wash with a high level of moisturizing agents like glycerin.

 

Sensitive Skin

Similar to dry skin, but more prone to irritation. You’ll need a body wash that doesn’t strip away important oils.

So one that is free from any aggressive ingredients like sulfates and parabens is ideal.

Sulfate is one of the main offenders when it comes to skin irritants. They’re used as lathering agents in a lot of products, but they’re cheap and can be quite aggressive.

Parabens are antibacterial and fungal cleaning agents (good news) but can also aggravate skin (bad news).

So if you’ve already identified sulfates or parabens as your dermatological nemeses, avoid them at all costs.

 

‘Normal’ Skin

I’m not going to call this skin type normal. Mainly because there’s no such thing.

But also, I would just prefer to call it ‘lucky’.

If you are one of the few people whose skin isn’t dry, isn’t oily, isn’t flaky or isn’t shiny, then enjoy it!

You should get on with any of the best men’s body washes that’s been made with good quality ingredients.

 

Other Stuff You NEED to Know

Other Stuff You NEED to Know

How to Correctly Apply Body Wash

I’m not patronizing you with this, trust me.

It’s just that some men are way too slap-dash with how they wash.

Why invest in your perfect body wash if you then don’t get the benefits?

Be sure to use some kind of sponge, wash scrunchie or washcloth.

This is for two main reasons;

a) you get a way better lather and your nice (and potentially not cheap!) body wash goes further and lasts longer.

b) your body wash works better. It is worked into the skin in a way that your hand couldn’t ever do. You’ll feel so much more clean, revitalized and your skin will reward you.

 

Use Warm, Not Hot, Water

Getting that water temperature as high as it can go before you can’t take it, isn’t a good idea.

A warm shower feels great.

A hot shower will dry you out, and leave your skin thirsty, raw and exposed.

You’ll be applying lotion after each shower (I’ll come on to that!) but give your skin the care it deserves.

 

Use a Body Scrub Every So Often.

Depending on how gentle your body wash is, you will benefit from a more ‘thorough’ clean with a body scrub once to twice a week.

It will better rid your body of the old skin cells which exposes your young vibrant looking new skin cells as well as allow for greater absorption of moisturizing agents.

It’s like putting your towels in the washing machine on a deep wash versus just sticking them in for a quick spin the majority of the time.

 

Moisturize!

After using a body wash, especially if you have just used a scrub, you should use lotion.

Pat yourself dry with your towel (don’t rub, because that takes away your skin’s moisture) and apply your preferred moisturizing product.

Take a look at our great guide on the best body lotions for men.

Even oily skin types should be moisturizing after showering.

Why moisturize? It’s simple.

Using a good body lotion after every wash will put back the essential oils and moisture which can be lost during showering.

Moisturizing provides that all-important collagen the water and nutrients it needs to remain strong and healthy, so your skin is strong and healthy too. (see the ‘Significance of Collagen Retention’ section a few paragraphs up!)

 

Summary

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There is a lot of great body washes for men out there.

You may need to do a bit of trial and error to find your perfect one.

And when you do, enjoy the awesome feeling it gives you.

If problems with sensitive skin and acne persist, do see your doctor.

They may be able to sort the issue pretty rapidly, leaving you only needing to manage it rather than ‘cure’ it.

So please don’t be shy about that if you are.

In the meantime, for advice, guides and tips on all things to do with male grooming, be sure to give the Prim & Prep team a shout!

Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert and body grooming aficionado. His work has been featured on many other prominent publications including Good Men Project, Addicted to Success, Steven Aitchison, and Sharpologist.

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