The best body cleansers for hydrated, healthy limbs

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BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / July 20 2021

Traditional body washes and soaps are more often than not packed full of cleansing agents that, although great at washing away dirt and impurities, tend to strip skin of it’s natural oils leaving limbs feeling dry and sometimes even tight and uncomfortable.

We’ve collated the very best of the new age body cleansers that boast gentle, nourishing formulas that help to hydrate skin, while still keeping your body squeaky clean.


Formulated with hydrating and moisturising blue algae extract, this refreshing and gentle body wash also doubles as bubble bath – a no brainer to add to your self-care lineup.


CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Ahh we stan a budget-friendly queen. This super gentle cleanser from CeraVe utilises their tried and true ceramide-rich formula as well as hyaluronic acid for lasting hydration that doesn’t strip skin or clog pores. Plus, this little guy’s sensitive-skin friendly!

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($10.39 at Chemist Warehouse)

Avene XeraCalm A.D Cleansing Oil

If you love cleansing oils for your face, you’ll love this offering from Avene: a super silky cleansing oil that repels water, halting its drying effects on skin, and can be lathered up on limbs in the shower for an all over cleanse or added to the bath for a nourishing bathing experience.

Avene XeraCalm A.D Cleansing Oil ($35.99 at Adore Beauty)

Drunk Elephant Kamili™ Cream Body Cleanser 

Combining a potent cocktail of marula oil, sacha inchi seed oil and passionfruit oil, a ph of 5 and an ultra-mild blend of gentle cleansing agents that are rich in fatty acids, Drunk Elephant has kind of nailed it in terms of formulating a cleanser that’s gentle on skin.

Drunk Elephant Kamili™ Cream Body Cleanser ($30 at MECCA)

Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap

If your skin is prone to pesky ingrown hairs, this AHA body soap is a real winner. Formulated with papaya and grapefruit extracts that help to break down and slough away dead skin cells for ultra smooth skin, while antioxidant-rich ginseng extract work to revitalise and oat proteins soothe sensitive and irritated skin.

Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap ($12 at MECCA)

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

We can’t talk about hydrating body cleansers without mentioning this guy, truly a classic in it’s own right and with packaging so chic it’ll elevate any shower lineup. Infused with a nourishing blend of almond oil and skin-replenishing lipids, this shower oil leaves skin feeling so unbelievably soft it should be a crime.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil ($39 at L'Occitane)

Up to elevate your pampering shower session even more? These body scrubs won’t make a mess in your shower.

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Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.