13 of The Best Body Washes For Men: Your Guide To Smelling Better

Last Updated: March 2, 2019 | This Article May Contain Affiliate Links

Here’s the deal guys:

After coming home from the gym or having your hands covered in grease, you need a soap that will not only perform well to get your skin incredibly clean, but also you need one that isn’t going to dry your skin.

So what’s the solution?

While you could share a unisex soap or body wash with your significant other, you will be missing out on all the great benefits that a proper body wash that was designed for a man’s skin has to offer.

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A man’s skin is different from that of a woman’s.  Us men have much more thicker and coarser skin.

In addition, we have increased collagen levels making us look on average about 15 years younger than those of the opposite sex (source).

The problem though is that men often times use inferior products that don’t account for their naturally different skin.

While you could of course use a bar of soap to lather up in the shower, body washes make the process much quicker and tend to deliver really effective results.

With the recent of explosion of men’s grooming products on the market, we wanted to round up the very best men’s body washes that you can order with a few clicks of a mouse.

Comparing The Best Body Washes

NameScentSizePrice Range
18.21 Man Made WashSweet Tobacco18 oz$$$
American Crew Deodorant Body WashFresh & Clean15.2 oz$
Burt’s Bees Body WashWoodsy + Citrus12 oz$$$
Dove Men+Care Body WashFresh & Clean23.5 oz$$
Every Man Jack Body WashVariety16.9 oz$
Everyone Soap For Every ManEarthy32 oz$
Hose Off Body WashOutdoorsy12 oz$$
L’Occitane Men’s Body WashEarthy + Sandalwood8.4 oz$$$
Mahogany Woods Body WashWoodsy10 oz$$
NIVEA Men Platinum ProtectVariety16.9 oz$
Old Spice High Endurance Pure Sport Body WashVariety18 oz$
Oleavine Body WashMint12 oz$$
Rugged & Dapper Body WashMasculine16 oz$$

Body Washes Shouldn’t Simply Be Applied To Your Skin

If its your first ever time picking up a body wash, you will need to also get a complimentary sponge, loofah, etc. to go with it.

Don’t worry loofahs aren’t just for wives, girlfriends, or moms – plenty of men use these incredibly useful things.

However, do you know which one should be best for you?

If you have sensitive skin or you are simply not looking for a terribly deep exfoliation, then one of the best options out there is going to be a sponge.

Of course you don’t want to get a Scotch sponge that might be resting under your skin that has a brillo backing.  Instead, we highly recommend checking out a soft sponge that will do an effective job at treating your skin gently.

Or perhaps you can pick up a sponge that clearly says what part is for your body and what part for your back side.

On the other hand if you are looking for a deeper exfoliation, then a loofah is actually going to be a great item to pick up.  Loofahs are typically harvested from natural sponges and will be able to adequately get all the dead skin cells off any part of your body with just a gentle scrub.

Lastly, and of course the one many men likely use, is just going to be your standard washcloth.  Washcloths stand somewhere in the middle between loofahs and sponges when it comes to just how abrasive they are when applied to your skin.

Generally speaking, it comes down to personal preference on the level of exfoliation you are aiming for when taking a shower – personally we prefer a sponge.

Dry Or Scaly Skin? Here’s a Few Things To Keep in Mind

Now if your skin seems to be a bit on the dryer side there are a few things you can look out for when picking up a body wash.

Of course there is a multitude of reasons on why you may have dry skin.  From allergic or environmental reasons to simply atopic dermatitis and diet, even the best body wash may not be able to solve the problem.  This article does a great job at explaining all the different reasons your skin may be dry.

However, for the majority of men, a simple change of habits or soap can make a huge impact.

First and foremost, you want to shower once every couple of days.  There are a few reasons for this, but most importantly it has to do with your sebaceous glands.

These glands that are found at the base of every hair follicle produce an oil called sebum oil.  It’s the job of sebum oil to ensure that not only your hair stays well nourished and moisturized, but also your skin as well.

Of course one of the key ingredients you want to look for in your body wash, is one that contains oils or moisturizers that naturally complement the sebum oil.  This will help give your skin an overall better appearance between showers.

Also when you hop out of the shower, you want to typically pat to dry instead of vigorous drying that some men prefer.

Of course aside from showering, moisturizers and getting an adequate amount of water daily can make a difference too.

Best Body Washes Designed For Men

18.21 Man Made Wash

If there was ever a manly body wash, this is it!  Emitting the smell of sweet tobacco (in a good way), you will be channeling your inner manliness when you lather up this body wash in the shower.

Evoking scents that are only reserved for war vets from a few generations ago, this body wash is pH balanced along with being free of sulfates and parabens – therefore it has a relatively tepid ingredient profile.

Of all the mens body washes that we covered, this is likely the best one that presents itself well to be an excellent gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or any other special occasion.

Rugged & Dapper Body Wash

This dual use body wash by Rugged & Dapper can be used on both your body and hair.  Primarily containing all natural ingredients (although there are a few chemical based ingredients added as well), will give you a relatively healthy and clean wash not found in the majority of big name body washes found in the marketplace.

Some of the oils that you can find in this body wash include rose hip, tea tree, and orange peel for starters.  Generally speaking this is a manly scented body wash, much like the cedarwood one offered by Every Man Jack that should be able to provide adequate nourishment and moisture throughout the day.  A few other notable features that sets this body wash apart is that its paraben free, animal cruelty free, vegan, and contains no artificial fragrances or parfums.

If you are looking for a relative newcomer to the mens grooming field that is largely all natural, this body wash by Rugged & Dapper is definitely worth a try.

Everyone Soap For Every Man

This three-in-one mens body wash was by and far one of the most unique body washes that we have ever seen.  What sets this apart from the rest is that it not only is it a body wash, but it also serves well as a shampoo, and even a shaving gel!

While of course it will never live up to any of the best shaving creams that we recently reviewed, you should be able to generate a passable lather to get a relatively smooth shave while in the shower.

As far as the ingredient compound of this mens body wash, the manufacturer relies on essential oils to provide the scent, which is a good thing.  Essential oils included in this product are cedar wood, lavender, and orange.  Whats more is that it shouldn’t be to overbearing and likely to largely dissipate by the mid-morning hours.

Hose Off Body Wash

This unisex scented all natural body wash will serve both you and another well to get completely cleaned off day after day.  With its concentrated, yet natural formula of essential oils you will be both clean smelling of their proprietary velvetier scent upon using this body wash.

While the design of the bottle may appear to be an amber glass bottle similar to what you may find when making your very own beard oil, rest assured that its made of plastic to ensure no damage if accidentally dropped in the shower.

Much like the Mahogany body wash that we reviewed above, this wash includes both shea butter along with aloe vera for maximum hydration and nourishment of your skin.  Therefore if you are experiencing dryness and flaking on your skin, this wash may perfect for you.

Lastly you will find bentonite clay which works to completely wash away the dirt and pollutants from your skin when rubbed thoroughly with a sponge or loofah.  It also doubles as an effective shampoo as well!

American Crew Deodorant Body Wash

Many men are familiar with American Crew’s hair products given that they are in barbershops across the country.  In addition to hair styling, they also make pre shave oils to help ensure a much more comfortable shave which we recently reviewed. In the latest addition of their line up, this body wash makes for a fine addition.

Specifically geared towards your body only, the American Crew body wash is designed to work on completely eliminating body odor instead of simply covering it up with heavy fragrances.

With a mixture of some synthetic ingredients along with natural oils, the primary cleansing agent is actually derived from raw vegetables.  Generally the scent is classified by American Crew as being fresh and clean.  Lastly, this product is made in the USA.

Burt’s Bees Body Wash

Largely known for their lip balms, Burt’s Bees enters the foray into the mens grooming world with this body wash that was designed specifically for men in mind.  While it might be exclusive to body washing only, this wash was made from 99.9% natural ingredients.

One of the major components of the ingredient list for this body wash is coconut oil, which can deliver a plethora of health benefits for both your skin and well being.

Regarding the scent of this body wash, its largely considered to be of a woodsy profile followed by some bright citrus after tones.

Overall this is a terrific body wash to try out, especially if you depend on Burt’s Bees balms for those extremely dry winters or desert summers.

Dove Men+Care Body Wash

One of the most popular and iconic brands when it comes to body washes, this product has been design specifically for a mans naturally rougher and coarser skin.  They make a splash in this review with their Deep Clean body wash.

Designed with purifying grains that get deep into your pores, this body wash will leave you feeling both invigorated and clean once you hop out of the shower.

While others in this review are a 3-in-1 solution, the Dove Men+Care Deep Clean body wash is only suitable for both your face and skin.  Therefore, you will want to steer clear of using this as a shampoo.

Lastly, the scent of the Deep Clean body wash is more of a ‘Fresh’ scent profile that should satisfy most men out there.

Every Man Jack Body Wash

While a relatively newer entrant to the mens grooming world, Every Man Jack makes a variety of all natural products.  In fact we reviewed their all natural deodorant in this post.  What makes Every Man Jack stand apart from the crowd is their ingredient list.  While big names may contain rougher chemicals in their products – in this body wash you will find castor oil, clary sage oil, and rosemary oil to just name a few.

These oils will help to keep your skin naturally hydrated throughout the course of the day.  If you generally have sensitive skin then this body wash may be worth checking out.  Ingredients aside this product is cruelty free and also absent of any synthetic dyes.

L’Occitane Men’s Body Wash

While many may think that L’Occitane is reserved for just women and can be found at your local mall, they do actually provide a body wash that can be used for men as well – all without smelling too feminine.  The body wash itself is pretty versatile in that it can be used on both your entire body and head.

Also worth mentioning is that this body wash does contain a plethora of essential oils that will leave a pleasant after scent upon use.  On the side of the label you can find juniper, sandalwood, immortelle, and rosemary oils.

Lastly, and most importantly L’Occitane included shea butter as a moisturizing and conditioning agent to help ensure that this body wash keeps your skin well nourished through natural properties long after use.

Mahogany Woods Body Wash

This luxurious body wash by Mahogany Woods is by and far one of the best all around body washes for men for a few reasons.  If you are aiming for that manly “woodsy” smell that brings out your inner lumberjack without smelling to completely overpowering, then this body wash strikes a good balance.  The scent is derived from bourbon vanilla mixed with mahogany that just simply smells amazing.

Scent aside, what we really love is a few outstanding ingredients.  First and foremost this product contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which will do wonders for the nutrients for your skin.  Vitamin E can be incredibly helpful in warding off dry skin.  Also included in the ingredients list is shea butter that is a natural conditioner found in both mens and women’s beauty products.

Overall this is a great body wash that should rinse away cleanly from your body once you are done showering without leaving any sort of oily or slimy film afterwards.  Definitely worth investing in.

NIVEA Men Platinum Protect

When it comes to aftershave balms, we absolutely fell in love with NIVEA’s post shave hydrating balm as it can effectively keep your skin well moisturized throughout the day.  Now when it comes to their mens body wash line, Platinum Protect is an excellent choice for men looking for a versatile body wash that covers all the bases.

Platinum Protect comes in a smaller 16.9 fl oz. body wash when compared to the Dove body wash we also reviewed.  However, unlike many of the other body washes, this one by Nivea will not only get your skin clean, but also doubles as a shampoo as well.

Therefore you can take one item off your monthly shopping list and use this single bottle for your entire shower routine.  Lastly regarding scent, this body wash is dubbed as having a Ocean Burst scent that is coupled with silver ions that work to completely eliminate odor.

Old Spice High Endurance Pure Sport Body Wash

If Old Spice isn’t making some sweet commercials featuring the legendary Terry Crews (that guy is awesome – here is a really cool Reddit IAMA he did awhile back), they are developing great smelling deodorants and body washes.

This body wash by Old Spice will do a great job at getting you clean.  However, there is a kit limitation inherently with this product.  First and foremost, it’s absent of a pump design like many others out there, which may make it a bit cumbersome to handle in the shower with soapy hands, and secondly its only a body wash.  Therefore it’s not designed to be used on your face or hair (get a separate face wash instead).

If you like the classic Old Spice scents, then this is definitely one worth checking out.

Oleavine Body Wash

This tea tree based body wash by Oleavine is a completely all natural body wash that will be effective at washing your skin completely clean naturally.  Geared to be used on both your body and feet, the tea tree oil contained within this product is naturally an antiseptic that will help to fight any odor causing bacteria along with jock itch, foot odor, and other general funguses.  You can even find tea tree oils in popular products like beard oil as well.

Bacterial fighting properties aside, this body wash is loaded with a ton of natural carrier oils that will also ensure that your skin stays incredibly moisturized and nourished throughout the entirety of your day.

Much like the Every Man Jack body wash, this body wash is also cruelty free for the animal-tested conscious consumers out there as all the ingredients are plant derived.

Shawn Burns | @toolsofmen

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