The 16 Best Body Washes for Men to Smell Great All Day Long

The 16 Best Body Washes for Men to Smell Great All Day Long

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Summer weather means more sweating, which means you’ll probably start showering more, which also means it’s time to replenish your body wash. Are you still using the same body wash your mom bought you in high school? Well, then it’s time for an upgrade. Or maybe you’re more of a bar soap guy, which is cool—but have you tried a body wash lately? Or maybe, just maybe, you think what kind of body wash you use doesn’t actually matter as long as it smells good. You couldn’t be more wrong.

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The best men’s body washes don’t just smell fantastic, though that obviously has a lot to do with it. When shopping for body wash, you also need to focus on your skin’s particular needs. Body washes can treat everything from dry skin to blemishes to irritation. But one of the most common body wash issues? Over-cleansing.

  • Best Charcoal Body Wash

    Art of Sport Activated Charcoal Body Wash
    Art of Sport

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  • Best Value

    Cedar & Cypress Body Wash

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  • Best Fragrance

    Body & Hair Cleanser with Cardamom & Cedarwood
    Jack Black Black Reserve

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  • Best for Sensitive Skin

    Unscented Body Wash

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  • Best Luxury Body Wash

    BW1 Multi-Action Body Wash

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Old school body washes can give you a tight, squeaky-clean feeling after you use them—which is not great. That tight feeling is one step away from dry, meaning your skin barrier has been compromised by a harsh body wash. While cleaning away dirt and grime, harsh detergents and sulfates in traditional soaps can damage your skin barrier, making skin conditions like dry skin and irritation worse. If this sounds like you, it’s time to embrace hydration with a body wash that won’t suck your skin of moisture.

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Switching to a new body wash could keep your skin healthier in the long run and help control uncomfortable dryness and more. That’s why we reached out to Joshua Zeicher, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai in New York City to help us vet the best body washes for men.

Best Charcoal Body Wash

Art of Sport Activated Charcoal Body Wash

  • Energizing scent
  • Great for sweaty or oily skin

Charcoal isn’t for everyone, but if you are especially sweaty or oily, this deep-cleaning body wash could help keep you fresh after a tough workout. The formula also contains aloe vera to keep skin from drying out post-charcoal-assisted clean. Plus, the energizing citrus scent is good for a morning jolt.

  • Active ingredients: Glycerin, charcoal powder, tea tree oil

Best Value

Cedar & Cypress Body Wash

  • Quality ingredients for the price point
  • Cleans without drying skin
  • TSA-friendly
  • Fragrance can be too strong for some

For the price, it’s hard to beat this body wash. It contains naturally derived ingredients that deliver the type of clean you want from an everyday wash. Plus, the outdoorsy scent makes you feel like you just came back from a hike even if all you did was wake up and stumble to the shower.

  • Active ingredients: citric acid, aloe extract, coconut oils

Best Fragrance

Body & Hair Cleanser with Cardamom & Cedarwood

  • Cologne-like scent
  • Dispenser makes application easy

Old standby Jack Black takes the body wash game to the next level with a more elevated scent that smells more like a fancy cologne than a body wash. It leaves your skin smelling expensive, but not overpowering, all while making your skin feel clean without making it too dry, thanks to the sulfate-free formula.

  • Active ingredients: Jojoba protein, aloe vera, panthenol

Best for Sensitive Skin

Unscented Body Wash

You can choose a variety of scents for this sulfate-free body wash, but this unscented version won’t compete with the other fragrances you throw on later (and also makes it more suitable for sensitive skin). The coconut-derived cleansers in this formula clean without stripping oils, too.

Active ingredients: Citric acid, sodium benzoate, sodium cocoyl isethionate

Best Luxury Body Wash

BW1 Multi-Action Body Wash

  • Sophisticated scent
  • Feels sooth on skin
  • Long lasting

Patricks only continues to grow its loyal following thanks to high quality grooming products that are simple and effective. The BW1 body wash is void of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates and creates a rich foam that soothes the skin. As for the scent, we’d be hard pressed to find anything more pleasant at the moment. It’s the perfect amount of sophistication (Bergamot, Cognac and Amber Cologne) without being too overbearing. which means you’ll smell amazing only to those who come within close contact.

  • Active ingredients: Green tea extract, coconut oil, salicylic acid, blueberry fruit extract

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Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

If there is such a thing as status body wash, this would be it. Keep this in your shower to impress anyone who might see it—even if it’s just you. The scent is rich and earthy and the natural ingredients can make you feel good about putting it on your body.

    From the brand that brought manscaping into the 21st century, Manscaped’s body wash is incredibly effective and easy to use. The bottle is made of metal, so it stays put in your shower instead of sliding everywhere like plastic does. The pump is well-made too, which helps deploy appropriate amounts of wash without over-cleansing (remember what we said earlier!). And as for the scent, you get a nice refined fragrance that subtly stays on the skin for multiple hours after jumping out of the shower. Yeah, this wash is deceptively good.

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    Invigorating Daily Body Wash

    If you look for a tingly, fresh feel in your body wash, this cleansing gel contains menthol and eucalyptus to deliver it. The lather is rich and conditioning, but still effective at stripping away excess oil. It’s perfect for after a long run or a day out in the sun.

    “Made for All” Gentle Body Cleanser

    This gentle cleanser contains 95% natural ingredients aloe vera and other botanicals, which are included to make this body wash suitable for all skin types. You won’t get the tingle you get from some other harsher soaps, but it still delivers a standout clean. Plus, it’s biodegradable.

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    Black Bergamot Exfoliating Body Wash

    Body scrubs can be helpful for smoother skin, but too harsh for sensitive skin or daily use. This new body wash is the best of both worlds. It has silica and jojoba beads to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells, charcoal for a deep clean, and argan oil to leave your skin moisturized. And it’s all in a smooth formula that won’t upset sensitive skin.

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    As if you couldn’t tell by the name, this new scent from Harry’s was inspired by coastal woodlands and comes to life through notes of cypress, sandalwood, and driftwood (with a dash of citrus). It is a fan-favorite out of all the Harry’s body wash scents.

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    Relax Body Wash with Lavender

    The cleaning power of this body wash is top-notch, and the addition of lavender gives it a fresh scent. Lavender has relaxation properties to help you unwind, too. Chill out, you ball of stress you.

    “This body wash contains the same types of ingredients found in traditional moisturizers, including stearic acid,” says Dr. Zeichner. “It also has ultra gentle cleansing ingredients that won’t disrupt the outer skin layer.”

    The star of this body wash isn’t the scent (though it is nice and not overpowering). It’s oat, which acts as a soothing agent to help calm sensitive, itchy and dry skin without drying it out. The sulfate-free formula ensures you get a fresh clean feeling without tightness.

    Use this body wash to soothe super dry skin–even eczema. It works because it contains a combination of the specific ceramides that are predominant in the skin and replenishes them to build up your skin barrier, according to Dr. Zeichner.

    Two ingredients to look for in a body wash, according to Joshua Zeicher, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York City, are stearic acid and ceramides. “Stearic acid is a fatty acid found naturally in the outer skin layer,” he says. “It helps seal the skin barrier and when applied topically to the skin, it also acts as an emollient to soften rough cells on the skin’s surface.” Similarly, ceramides are a lipid that keeps the skin barrier intact. “In conditions like dry skin or eczema, where the skin barrier is not functioning properly,” adding in ceramides can help build it back up, says Dr. Zeichner.

    For the past two years, we consulted with Men’s Health‘s Grooming editors and writers on the top body washes for men. Experts including Dr. Zeicher, Grooming Editor Garrett Munce and Senior Commerce Editor Christian Gollayan have tried countless body washes and evaluated their effectiveness, scent, and value. We also considered top-reviewed body washes that have at least 100 five-star customer ratings on e-commerce websites that we trust.

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