Best Body Washes For Men

The 20 Best Body Washes For Men

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How do you like to get clean? If you said, “Rub skin with rock,” we wish you all the best. The rest of you might be interested in the vast and varied options in body washes for men, all of them laser-focused on landing a spot in your shower. Turns out there are almost as many ways to get clean as there are to get dirty and each product says it’s the best body wash. Actually finding a body wash that lines up with your likes can take some shoveling, so here’s our guide.

We’ve rounded up a complete list of the best body washes for men that promise to get you clean and make your skin feel refreshingly good. We decoded the branding jargon, looked under the labels and came up with 20 bottles that may very well warrant a position in your daily routine. Pick something that wakes you up like an ice bucket. Or take a milder, just went surfing approach to your day. Sensitive skin is covered. So is deodorizing. Ingredients like juniper, volcanic ash and something called Oud all make appearances here. Decide to go with any one of these men’s body washes, and you’ll be starting your regimen off right.

Triumph & Disaster YLF Body Wash

Triumph & Disaster YLF Body Wash

Athletes retire and do something else, hopefully bringing along lessons learned from the sport. In this case, New Zealand cricketer Dion Nash went on to make skin care for men. A key lesson carried over is getting clean after a hard day of play. YLF Body Wash for men follows Triumph & Disaster’s ethos of using ingredients from nature, engineered through science. Argan oil hydrates. Things like kawakawa and green tea leaf extract work to protect the skin. And sandalwood gives the wash an herbal, woodsy scent. Perfect for washing up after a match or just getting ready for your day. – Buy It

Brickell Invigorating Mint Body Wash

Brickell Invigorating Mint Body Wash

Wake up. Get clean. Stay hydrated. Three noble goals that Brickell’s body wash delivers. With no unpleasant chemicals to irritate your skin, this Invigorating Mint body wash uses coconut-based cleansers and tea tree oil to clean, while jojoba and aloe vera moisturize. The addition of glycerin to the mix helps attract environmental moisture to keep your skin softer throughout the day. The minty scent is meant to put some vim in your morning routine while lavender and chamomile keep sensitive skin well cared for. Wake, lather, rinse, and go about your day, irritation-free. – Buy It

Kiehl's Body Fuel

Kiehl’s Body Fuel

What happens in the morning? Coffee happens in the morning. But also showers. Which, sadly, makes you leave the mug behind while you get clean for the day. Kiehl’s understands how hard that can be, so they put caffeine in their all-in-one Body Fuel. Good for hair, face and body, Body Fuel body wash wakes you up from the outside in with caffeine, Vitamin C and a little cooling tingle thanks to menthol. The addition of zinc helps your skin regulate sebum (oil) and does anti-microbial duty too. Yet another way to up the energy in the AM? Very good idea. – Buy It

American Crew Classic Body Wash

American Crew Classic Body Wash

Maybe you’ve seen those dark amber bottles and jars at the shop that cuts your hair. Most likely those were American Crew. They’re pretty big in the salon products for men field and if you tried their pomade, you might want to give their men’s body wash a turn. Featuring their signature fragrance, rich in spice and citrus, this body wash is good for dry skin and features ginseng root extract for a nice antioxidant boost. If you’re already using their hair product, adding this to your routine is a good way to keep your fragrance game consistent. – Buy It

Jack Black Turbo Wash

Jack Black Turbo Wash

To get some of us out of bed, it takes a lot. To get us to actually wake up? That can take more. Imagine someone blasting you with a fire hose of ice water. Awake now? Most likely. That’s the feeling Jack Black Turbo Wash wants to leave you with. The rosemary and eucalyptus turn your shower into a head-clearing sauna while the juniper berry and arnica ease away lactic acid build-up in your muscles. It’s a dual-purpose hair and body wash, so that blasted awake feeling goes all the way to the top. – Buy It

Every Man Jack Body Wash

Every Man Jack Body Wash

Whoever said stuff had to be expensive to be good probably wasn’t very good with money. While paying for quality is never wrong, if a good thing comes at an even better price, we say just go with it. Every Man Jack makes scrubs, shave creams, beard washes and sun protection at agreeable prices and their body washes are no exception. With citrus scrub, eucalyptus mint, sandalwood and a bunch more scents, you get a slew of washes to choose from, and you could feasibly buy them all without draining your accounts. – Buy It

Dove Men+Care Body Wash For Men

Dove Men+Care Body & Face Wash

When we say Dove, what do you think? (It’s ok if you said ice cream, Dove Bars are crazy good.) In terms of skin care, however, you might still equate Dove with “stuff for women.” Their Men+Care line-up wants to change that. These men’s body washes strive to meet different needs, so if you want a deep clean, oil control or something for sensitive skin, one of their washes will serve. With the Elements collection, Dove gives a nod to the natural bent products tout these days with options like Charcoal+Clay or Minerals+Sage. – Buy It

Tom Ford Oud Wood Shower Gel

Tom Ford Oud Wood Shower Gel

This body wash is for the guy who has it all. Or wants to smell like he does. A designer body wash from a designer brand featuring one of the most expensive natural materials in the world. Oud Wood — a fragrant resinous wood from southeast Asia — can run 5 grand a pound and it’s the featured ingredient in this shower gel from Tom Ford. Musky, smoky, woody, it makes men smell exotic and expensive, with a commensurate price tag. Use it when you feel extravagant and want a scent profile to match. – Buy It

Byrd Hydrating Body Wash

Byrd Hydrating Body Wash

Sometimes it’s about more than just washing up, it’s about how you feel when you climb out of the shower. This men’s body wash from Byrd wants to make you feel like you just swam out of the ocean. In California. After surfing. In the 60s. A pretty specific feeling they’re going for, but it’s one we don’t see too many people minding. Full of ocean-derived and -inspired things like sea salt, red algae and kelp, Byrd Hydrating body wash cleans your skin without stripping it. If you can’t go to the ocean, let it come to you. – Buy It

Nivea Men Platinum Protect 3-in-1 Body Wash

Nivea Men Platinum Protect 3-In-1 Body Wash

The whole point of a men’s body wash is to make you smell like you’ve showered. Or at least to make you stop smelling like you haven’t showered. This offering from Nivea hits hard on that point. It’s a deodorizing gel that works double duty as a shampoo with a clean Ocean Burst scent. The deodorizing comes courtesy of something they call Smart Deo Technology. We’re pretty sure Smart Deo means after you use this body wash you will smell the opposite of bad, and you will smell that way all day. Which is good. – Buy It

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Wash

Ask some people what scents they love most and they will tell you: food scents. We can totally get behind that. This body wash from fabled Australian skincare brand Aesop, gets its fragrance from black peppercorns and crushed coriander seeds. The resultant smell is more spicy/woody than spicy/dinner. But it’s an agreeable aroma nonetheless. The wash itself is a low-foaming cleanser that uses Aesop’s signature blend of plant-based and proven laboratory-made ingredients that work well to both clean and nourish. Now who’s hungry? – Buy It

Man Cave Cedarwood Shower Gel

Man Cave Cedarwood Shower Gel

Ever read the back of a bottle and wondered just what in the what Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride is? Man Cave will tell you. Committed to their policy of putting “no nasties” in their products, their website supplies the curious with a definition of every ingredient they use. This Cedarwood Shower Gel, for instance, uses a good deal of essential oils like cedarwood, tea tree and black pepper along with naturally derived ingredients like decyl glucoside (comes from cornstarch and makes things foamy). The end result makes you smell extra nice with a deep forest scent. – Buy It

18.21 Man Made Wash

18.21 Man Made Wash

18.21… is it a date? A time? Neither. It’s an homage to the 18th and 21st Amendments that removed, and subsequently restored Americans’ right to alcohol in the early part of the 20th century. And it’s a fitting name for this maker of grooming provisions for men. Based out of Austin, Texas, 18.21 Man Made revels in an old-time style straight out of the days of prohibition. Their men’s body wash comes in a bottle that looks like bourbon and has a scent that smells like sweet tobacco. Old time flair … but pH balanced too. – Buy It

Hose Off Body Wash

Hose Off Body Wash

Here’s a twist: You will actually recognize and be able to spell every ingredient inside this bottle. One of those ingredients is bentonite clay, a fine volcanic ash that Fieldworks Supply puts in most of their products. It’s an effective carrier of natural oils and also works to draw away grime. The concentrated body wash formula is good for skin as well as hair and smells clean, masculine and spicy thanks to rosemary, vetiver and nutmeg. Aloe and shea butter keep your skin from feeling dried out. With no harsh chemicals, you can even take it camping. – Buy It

Old Spice Pure Sport Body Wash

Old Spice Pure Sport Body Wash

You may remember Old Spice from such places as… your dad’s bathroom. But things have changed since then and Old Spice changed along with it. Their Pure Sport body wash for men will give you that assured clean feeling on 3 fronts: it lathers up to make you clean, rinses easily so you feel clean and has crisp scents to make you smell clean. That’s a lot of clean packed into one bottle. Pick one up and prepare to wash-up while smelling nothing like your dad. Unless he switched to this. Which is cool too. – Buy It

Baxter Of California Invigorating Body Wash

Baxter Of California Invigorating Body Wash

There’s really nothing wrong with wanting to add a little luxe to your daily regimen. Baxter of California products have been tested out since 1965 in the Baxter Finley Barber + Shop in LA where you can still get a hot towel/straight razor shave and a haircut (for just a smidge over 2 bits). This Invigorating body wash loads up on the aloe, Vitamin E and jojoba to soothe and cool your skin while it lathers up nicely. The Italian Lime & Pomegranate variety gives you notes of bergamot, citrus and cucumber with a sweet musk undertone. – Buy It

Rugged & Dapper Dual Purpose Power Body Wash

Rugged & Dapper Dual Purpose Power Body Wash

Here’s a company that understands that just because you like to play in the dirt — at work, on the trail, or somewhere in between — it doesn’t mean that you don’t also like to get cleaned up. Hence the name, Rugged & Dapper. Their men’s body wash cleans the grime out of your hair and off of your body using natural ingredients with nothing harsh to irritate. Using oils of olive, tea tree and borage as well as gotu kola and dandelion, this one lathers up rich and leaves behind a fresh, masculine fragrance. – Buy It

Olivina Men All-In-One Bourbon Cedar Body Wash

Olivina Men All-In-One Bourbon Cedar Body Wash

We like the washes that do it all: Face, hair, body. Pairing down what’s in your shower neatens things up and you only need to worry about keeping stocked on one bottle instead of 3. Olivina Men started their collection of body care for men based around natural ingredients, particularly organic olive oil, which is where they get their name. Their Bourbon Cedar Body Wash is calming and rich with hints of smoky vanilla. Use it head to foot for an easy clean that smells excellent. – Buy It

Burt's Bees Men's Natural Body Wash

Burt’s Bees Men’s Natural Body Wash

Burt’s Bees has come a long way from the little beeswax lip balm company based up in Maine. Now making everything from cough drops to protein powder, they too have thrown their hat into the skin care for men ring. This is a body wash that is 99.9% natural, using coconut oil based cleansers and soy proteins that are naturally moisturizing. It’s enriched with Vitamin B and has an energizing, warm aroma. They also make a matching deodorant to round out the effect. And of course, they’re still making that lip balm after all this time. – Buy It

Gentleman's Brand Co. Body Wash

Gentleman’s Brand Co. Body Wash

If you’re one of those people who thinks it just fine to judge a book by its cover, you’ll like these guys. The packaging on their body wash is clean, refined and understated, just like you’ll be after using them. Made on the east coast of Australia, native extracts and bush botanicals find their way into Gentleman’s Brand Co. skincare line. Their body wash uses macadamia and avocado for hydration and natural essential oils for a light coconut scent. With no extra stuff like phthalates or parabens, this will be your pick for a no-frills kind of body wash. – Buy It

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