How to pick your (manly-scented) body wash

Whether you’re into bright citrus flavours or sensual chocolate notes, you’ll find a body wash to suit you.

It may seem like a mundane task in the morning, but just like spritzing on a fragrance, lathering and rinsing should be a sensory experience, too. So how do you go about picking one that suits your lifestyle and taste? Follow this easy guide to figure out what body wash should be in your caddy.

It may seem like a mundane task in the morning, but just like spritzing on a fragrance, lathering and rinsing should be a sensory experience. So how do you go about picking one that suits your lifestyle and taste? Firstly, consider what notes you like – do you prefer something woody, citrus or spicy? Also, consider the aromatherapy benefits that some washes may offer. Orange, lemon or lime notes are perfect for first thing in the morning, as the zingy smell will wake your senses. Florals, on the other hand, don’t have to be girly; they can actually help relax your muscles after a long day - this is where lavender or orange blossom can come in handy.

TOP TIP: Most body washes linger on skin well after a shower, so take into consideration what you might spritz on after.

Here are our picks... 

Best for: Beating stress

You’ll love: L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel

Why: Tap into your inner zen with this lavender, bergamot and geranium body wash that uses real essential oils to instantly soothe the nerves.

Best for: Sensitive or dry skin

You’ll love: Aveda Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash

Why: This invigorating rosemary and peppermint gel will stimulate the mind and is gentle to use twice daily as it won’t strip skin of its natural oils.

Best for: Post-gym recovery

You’ll love: Dove Go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Body Wash

Why: This creamy formula features a refreshing blend that makes it a top choice to massage onto tired limbs.

Best for: A morning wake-up call

You’ll love: Molton Brown Body Wash in Bushukan

Why: Bursting with rich citrus and pepper note, this zingy buy will wake up your senses and make you feel more focused for the day ahead.

Best for: Date night

You’ll love: Lynx Dark Temptation Revitalizing Shower Gel

Why: She’ll love the cherry, red peppercorn and chocolate notes in this mysterious and alluring scent.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.

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