Men stink. And I don’t mean in a “men or pigs” or “men or dogs” kind of way (unless you’re discussing the literal smell of those creatures, not their behavior). Men smell bad. But the society we live in requires us to smell fresh everyday no matter what we’ve put our bodies through throughout the day. And we must not forget how bacteria loves to fester on our bodies if we don’t clean ourselves properly.
All these requirements and expectations make a good body wash essential to everyday hygiene. The brands on this list were all chosen because they are considered strong enough to handle a mess only a man could make. But these brands also won’t dry out your skin or charge you an arm and leg to purchase (well a few of them well, but you can judge that for yourself).
Here are the top nine body washes for handling that mess only a man can make.
Dermatologists strongly recommend this brand that gives you a clean and fresh feeling while being very gentle on your skin. The micro moisture system Dove implements will help moisturize your skin and prevent future issues from springing up. And the clean, sporty aroma is perfect for application before social occasions.
The only negative to Dove is it can dry out sensitive facial skin.
The Cedarwood Shower Gel is perfect for skin that experiences breakouts and rashes on a regular basis. Cedarwood is gentle on the skin, but it still gets the job done. Cedarwood also uses black pepper oil so it remains stable during changing seasons or on days that produce extra levels of grime. But while Cedarwood helps wash away the grim, it doesn’t take oils with it that would dry up or age your face.
One thing to consider here, however, is some think Cedarwood has a bit of a feminine smell to it.
One of the most affordable gels on the market, Every Man Jack will only cost you $10 a bottle. But its simple formula does more than just keep Every Man Jack’s cost down.
The aroma is not very strong. But Every Man’s understated smell is highly effective. No oily residue or lingering odor will be left behind after a shower with this body wash.
Even though Every Man Jack leaves nothing behind, it will initially go on your hands slick. So be careful when moving around in the shower. The bottle also requires a pump.
The improving market of men’s body washes has made Old Spice really step up their game. And the assorted varieties Old Spice makes available are a definite plus in their column. Not many store bought body washes clean as quickly and effectively as the Old Spice Brand.
Another plus is the cost. Many Old Spice brands come in two or three packs for just $10. But it has been reported to leave a residue on your skin that you need to account for when you are done showering.
The “three-in-one” in Nivea’s shower gel stands for “Shower, Shampoo, Energize.” And being able to use Nivea for both the shampoo and body wash is a definite plus.
The Nivea brand uses mint extract to open up your pores and provide you with that “energize” feeling. And while that energizing function doesn’t really help keep you clean, it is perfect for waking you up in the morning.
Now, that doesn’t mean it won’t keep you clean. Nivea comes with very strong cleansing properties that keep your skin from becoming dry. However, Nivea is not the strongest moisturizer and contains sulfates that might irritate your skin.
If you’re looking for ecologically friendly, then Burt’s just might be the brand for you. This shower gel uses citrus, cypress, and fur to give it an earthy, woodsy scent. And natural vegetable soap is the base that is kind to your skin and won’t leave a lot of scum in the shower. Bert’s is also affordable at a unit price of $6 a bottle (Bert’s is sold as a three pack costing $18).
But while Bert’s is a natural, healthy brand, its watery feel may not be the best to give an energizing feeling in the morning.
Molton comes in multiple scents. Cocoa, sandlewood, and black peppercorn are just some of the unique scents you’ll want to try. And while those scents are wonderful, they don’t linger past their usefulness during the day.
Molton scrubs away sweat and dirt while not lathering on heavily. And the creamy foam won’t linger on your skin, so those with dry skin would benefit greatly from using it.
Molton does come in a small bottle, which is unfortunate considering it is one of the pricier brands on the market.
Aesop is one of the most flexible brands on the market with the capability to handle any type of skin. Whether it is rough or delicate, Aesop’s black peppercorns, sea salts, and coriander seeds cleanse thoroughly without adding extra steps to your shower routine. And this thorough wash is also great for your face and hands, and it won’t cause your hair to dry out.
But Aesop is a fairly pricy brand. And there are a few harsh chemicals (such as Sodium Laurate Sulfate) that you may need to consider before trying.
Jack Black is one of the best (if not the best) natural brands on the market. First, it’s an energizing cleanser that provides a powerful punch when waking up in the morning. Jack Black opens up your pores with a juniper scent perfect for waking you after a long night’s rest. Second, the rich lather does a thorough cleaning on all varieties of grime and skin. Third, the woodsy aromas give you the perfect manly scent for starting your day. And lastly (and maybe most uniquely), the Arnica in Jack Black has pain-relieving qualities.
That is a lot of positives for the Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser. But you will also have to pay a steep price for them.
Now, that maybe a lot more to consider than you ever thought possible for a simple bottle of body wash. There’s the natural scent you send off when you don’t shower or get dirty. There are the scents you want your shower gel to hide and create. There’s the condition of your skin. Is it dry or easily irritated? How much do you rely on a shower in the morning to get your day started right? And how much can you pay (and how much do you need to pay) to achieve these various effects?
So assess these key questions about yourself before making a determination on which shower gel is best for you and your daily routine.