The Best Body Washes on the Market, Period
The right body wash cleanses your skin, yes, but it can also completely elevate your entire shower experience. Shopping for one may seem like one of the simpler beauty choices, but there are a lot of factors to consider before adding to cart. You'll want to take into account the smell, the price point, whether you need a formula gentle enough for sensitive skin, and if it has specific active skin-care ingredients like niacinamide for extra hydration or the acne-fighting salicylic acid.
Still, there are hundreds of options out there to choose from, so narrowing it down can be a feat. That's why we curated this list of a few dozen body washes that stand out above the rest. Some feature scents so heavenly that one lather will make you feel like you're sitting beachside on a tropical vacation, while others get the job done without any added fragrance. There are also the cleansers specially made to treat issues like acne and eczema or multitasking products that be used on the hair, face, and body.
If you're looking for the best body wash to suit your needs — whatever they may be — you can start by checking out our curated guide of favorites ahead.
Best Exfoliating Body Wash
If you've been searching for an exfoliating body wash that can cleanse and refresh your skin without being too harsh, look no further than the Tatcha Hinoki Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash. This POPSUGAR Beauty Award Winner has a spa-like scent and a luxurious feel that stands out against the rest.
Best Body Wash For Dry, Sensitive Skin
A tried-and-true product for a reason, this CeraVe body wash contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to quell any dryness and leaves out any potentially irritating ones like sulfates and fragrance.
Best Fragrance-Free Body Wash
Nécessaire The Body Wash ($25)
This Nécessaire body wash features star ingredient niacinamide to reduce inflammation and cleanse the skin without stripping it of natural oils. The best part? It contains no fragrance, so you can suds up without the scent.
Best Body Wash For Hyperpigmentation
The Boscia Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser is a refreshing formula that's rich with alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid and mandelic acid that help treat hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Our editor also calls it a great treatment for body acne, which you can read about in our full review here.
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin
Ever used a cleanser that made your skin feel like silk? That's the feeling you'll get from using the Dove Purely Pampering Coconut Butter & Cocoa Butter Body Wash, as it's made with not one but two types of butters to keep skin hydrated even after you step out of the shower.
Best Body Wash For Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris, or KP for short, is a common skin condition that manifests in tiny red bumps on body parts like the backs of arms and legs. To treat them, you need a specially formulated body wash that exfoliates, which is exactly what you get with the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Resurfacing Body Scrub. It combines chemical exfoliants (lactic acid and salicylic acid, plus fruit enzymes) with physical exfoliants (pumice beads) for an as-good-as-it-gets body buff.
Best Body Wash For Eczema
If you have eczema, you'll love the Curel Itch Defense Body Wash. Not only is it completely unscented, but its main purpose is also to reduce itching and skin irritation, and it gets to work fast.
Best Drugstore Body Wash For Acne
There's a reason dermatologists recommend this body wash to acne-prone patients regularly: the Neutrogena Body Clear Acne Body Wash With Glycerin is packed with 2% salicylic acid to fight breakouts effectively but gently — and you can't beat that price.
Best Body Wash For Sensitive Skin
Aveeno has mastered the art of creating gentle products that don't irritate even the most sensitive sets. The Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Body Wash is no different, and will cleanse your skin without making it feel dry or leading to irritation.
Best 3-in-1 Body Wash
Jack Black All-Over Wash ($24)
We love this Jack Black All-Over Wash because it takes care of all of your body's cleansing needs by combining everything — shampoo, body wash, and cleanser — into one hydrating, multitasking product that leaves both the skin and hair feeling baby soft.
Best Gentle Body Wash
There are plenty of body washes out there that let the fragrances do all the talking, but the Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser actually features a creamy, clean, fragrance-free formula meant to cleanse and balance supersensitive skin.
Best Antioxidant-Rich Body Wash
The organic The Seaweed Bath Co. Hydrating Body Wash creates a moisturizing lather with antimicrobial oil to protect your skin and is formulated with antioxidant-rich spirulina (a type of algae).
Best Luxurious Body Wash
Luxury doesn't have to cost a fortune, and the Fresh Brown Sugar Bath & Shower Gel is the perfect example of that. This body wash features a simple blend of lemon and caramel fragrance that's so good, it'll leave your bathroom smelling like a baked dessert.
Best Cream Body Wash
With its blend of Amazonian butter and coconut oil, the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream is a gentle, tropical-scented cleanser that'll have you stepping out of your bathroom with supermodel-soft skin.
Best Oil-to-Foam Body Wash
Castor and grape-seed oils are the star ingredients of the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil to Foam Body Cleanser, a lightly scented formula that cleanses the skin to leave you with a velvety-smooth finish.
Best Conditioning Body Wash
Hyaluronic acid has always been a standout ingredient in skin-care products thanks to its hydrating abilities, but it's the star of the show in the Olay Nourishing Body Wash, which also features niacinamide to help moisturize and soothe the skin, among a handful of other things.