Meet the 9 Best Body Washes for Men

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Greetings, sweaty mates, dry-skinned friends, and all males who wash their bodies (or want to help a male up their body wash game – aren’t you nice?).

When choosing a body wash for men, there are a few things to consider.

There’s your skin type. There’s the scent. And there’s the expert advice that we should step away from antibacterial or antimicrobial hand soaps with harsh chemicals.

So, the best body wash for men has gentle ingredients and is often unisex.

Yes, men’s skin does produce more sebum (read: sweaty oiliness) and is generally thicker, so the product you choose should cleanse deeply. And make you smell Hemsworthy.

And that's why we want to share some cult faves.

Now, Here Are the 9 Best Body Washes for Men

1. A men’s exfoliating body wash to scrub away the rough stuff - Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash

Let’s go straight in with the gritty skin. Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash uses natural Pumice Stone to go to town on dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities.

The ingredients sound like a Saturday morning brunch: Mango Butter, Açai Berry, and Mandarin Extracts. Please don’t eat; they’re there to deliver antioxidants and vitamins to keep your skin moist and happy.

Mr. Smith is a PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free product. It’s also artificial fragrance-free, sulphate-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, and microbead-free. Love that for us.

2. A men’s citrus body wash for the luxurious sort - Aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser

Once you go Aesop, you don’t go back. Australian-made, cruelty-free, and vegan, Aesop has eco-friendly cred inside and out. Even its bottles are made from a minimum of 97% post-consumer recycled plastic.

The Aesop Citrus Melange scent of this body wash for men is like a fancy summer soiree in a bottle. You’ll sense a fresh burst of Lemon, a grounding dose of Petitgrain (extracted from a bitter orange tree), and the freshness of Grapefruit Peel. It’s low-foaming, so you get out of the shower with clean, fresh skin that’s not too dry. Put that on your bathroom shelf and feel smug.

3. Best unscented men’s body wash for sensitive skin - La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet AP+ Body Wash Cream

If your skin is as dry as the Simpson Desert, try this La-Roche Posay daily body cleanser for extreme dryness and irritation. Fragrance-free, soap-free, and paraben-free La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet AP+ Body Wash Cream is a high-tolerance gel. This body wash for men and women uses Shea Butter to restore the skin and Niacinamide, an anti-inflammatory active ingredient, to soothe itching.

It’s dermatologically tested and can be used on babies, children, and adults alike. A gentle friend for any gent or family member with sensitive skin.

4. Natural men’s body wash that packs a peppermint punch - Dr. Bronner Castile Liquid Soap in Peppermint

Nothing screams ‘so fresh, so clean’ like Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Organic Liquid Soap. First time with Dr. B’s? This brand has been a world leader in producing pure Castile soap (read: made with vegetable oils instead of animal fats) since 1858. Yep, they were digging the vegan vibes yonks before everyone else.

The most popular scent is Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap, because what guy doesn’t want to smell minty-fresh? Lather up this organic, detergent-free mix of Coconut, Olive, Jojoba, Hemp, and ethically sourced Palm Kernel Oil. Hot tip: The Peppermint gives a cool tingle.

5. Best body wash for men who can’t decide - Dr. Bronner Rainbow Sampler

If you’re not ready to commit to Peppermint, try the all-in-one Dr. Bronner Rainbow Sampler . This pack contains 59 mL samplers of Citrus, Rose, Lavender, Peppermint, Green Tea, and Sandalwood Jasmine. Once you find The One, you can always buy a bigger bottle later.

Fun fact: Dr. Bronner touts the fact that their washes have 18 uses. How? Because they’re good for cleaning your face, body, pets, and even your dishes. Dr. Bronner bath products are also effective cleansers for acne-prone skin, given they have no harsh or synthetic stuff to potentially make your skin go, ‘Argh!’

6. Bacne, back the hell away with this acne body wash - Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Face and Body Wash

If you’re looking for the best men’s body wash for acne, you might like the Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Face and Body Wash. It’s a cruelty-free gel cleanser designed specifically to help soothe and reduce breakouts on oily and acne-prone skin without drying you out. It’s non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. Hear that, bacne?

Alpha-H body wash for men (and women) combines natural (not chemical) antibacterial and anti-inflammatory botanicals like Thyme, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus with Willowbark and Vitamin B3 to balance oil levels. There’s also Salicylic Acid for blackhead removal and pore cleansing. Plus it's available in a larger value size pump bottle.

Remember, if acne is a chronic problem for you, talk to your doctor about possible solutions.

7. Vegan soap for all skin types - Aesop Body Cleansing Slab

More of a bar-soap bloke? The Aesop Body Cleansing Slab is a popular, cruelty-free, vegetable-based cleansing soap. The formula is non-drying and pH-balanced, which means it gives your skin a healthier glow. The sophisticated Citrus scent comes from purifying botanical oils including Bergamot Rind, Ylang-Ylang, and Tahitian Lime. Is it just us, or does that make you think of five-star hotel soap?

Good news: it’s appropriate for all skin types, though we’ve had a few Adore Beauty reviewers tell us it’s a particularly good body wash for sensitive skin.

8. A cruelty-free cleanser that gets rid of the stank - evo cake cleanser of pores

evo cake cleanser of pores dubs itself the ‘eraser of smells’. Like The Terminator of soaps, or Eraser, to be very literal with another ‘90s Arnie movie.

Anyway, this evo cake cleanser of pores is a pH-neutral, tripled-milled soap to gently cleanse the body and moisturise your skin. How so? With goodness like Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerine, and Vitamin E to keep your skin healthy. It’s a vegan soap with no sulphates, parabens, or gluten, and it can be used on normal-to-dry skin types.

9. The affordable option with a fresh, citrusy scent - Doers of London Body Wash 300ml

Doers of London Body Wash 300mlis a fresh, vegan option that provides a lush scent and an easy lather. We reckon that the combo of Frankincense and Bergamot is more than enough to wake you up in the morning.

This refreshing formula really keeps you clean with ingredients like Green Tea extract, Green coffee, Evening Primrose oil and Avocado oil. It's a zesty body wash that is an affordable option if you tend to go through shower gel a bit quickly.

Hooray! You now know a lot more about body wash for men than you did before reading this. The key is to look for something to suit your skin type, whether you’re the sweaty sort, dry guy, or luxe lad.

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