It’s the product you use every morning that can set your day in the right direction. I don’t know about you but it definitely makes a big difference to me, when I wake up and take a deliciously warm shower with a truly awesome body wash. In my line of work I’m lucky enough to try a variety of brands and believe me, not every bodywash out there is a winner. Even sometimes within a brand that makes a few great formulas or scents, there can be a dud. So through extensive trial and error, I present to you the most consistently awesome bodywash brands, as in – regardless of scent or new formulation, I assure that you’ll be picking up something worth your hard-earned cash!


Nourishing, pampering, and decadently rich – just about every one of Dove’s body washes is consistent in quality and generally full of win. Some of their newest varieties are especially awesome. The Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash is a recent favorite – mildly scented with warm vanilla and brown sugar, but not in an “I smell like a cookie” way at all. Dove’s trademarked NutriumMoisture technology is formulated to melt into your skin and it delivers. After using this body wash, you may not feel the need for a moisturizer at all. And now Dove’s just come out with specific skincare issue targeting body washes. The VisibleCare bodywashes come in two types – Softening and Renewing. I was lucky enough to try the Softening kind out, and ooooh bellas. If you’re prone to dry skin patches and winter skin issues, this could be just what the doctor ordered.


Softsoap is one of those bodywash brands that has a wide variety of scents and textures, but you know that just about any kind you try will make your morning shower experience that much better. I’m especially a fan of their body butter infused washes , the coconut scrub is gentle and smells divine, and the vanilla scented mega moisture Softsoap body wash was a winter essential for me! Decadent and delicious for your skin.

C.O Bigelow

You’re probably familiar with some of C.O Bigelow’s other products – Rose Salve remains a beauty editor essential. But I’m telling you, look below the surface to try the products you might not have tried before. Just about everything I’ve tried from this brand is a winner. Their body cleansers are basic and to the point. Effective and deliciously scented. You can get their body wash in invigorating morning fragrances like “lime & coriander” or “rosemary mint,” but to me their coconut body wash is everything. Available at Bath and Body Works for $12 a pop.

Neutrogena Rainbath

The original scented Neutrogena Rainbath to me, will forever rank in the top 5 best body washes of all time. I have to admit some sentimentality here – Rainbath was my mom’s bodywash of choice in a time when I really wanted to smell like a grown woman. So to me, Rainbath is forever the scent of mature, desirable womanhood. The original Neutrogena Rainbath is a classic because it has the fabulous, one of a kind fragrance and heady bubbliciousness of a department store wash, at drugstore prices. It’s hard to top that. Now Neutrogena’s got a few additional varieties – grapefruit and Shower and Shave – but the original remains my favorite.


Maybe you’re like me and grew up with that iconic navy blue jar on your mom’s dresser. Because of that blue jar, to me Nivea has always represented deep, penetrating, essential skin moisture. And they didn’t stop at just body lotions with that credo – their bodywashes ROCK too! Each Nivea body wash has a different property, for whatever your skincare desires are, so it’s up to you whether you’d like a Touch of Sparkle or a Touch of Cashmere for date night. Every one I’ve tried leaves my skin touchably, irresistably soft. Love everything about them!

Those are the top body wash brands I always am happy with. Did I miss your fave? Tell me in the comments!


Cheryl Brown says:
March 31, 2011, 8:25 am
When I find a brand that works I tend to stay with it but I use Oil of Olay body wash. Love it. Really moisturizes my dry skin.
Soulafrodisiac says:
March 31, 2011, 8:28 am
I will definitely have to agree with you on the Dove Shea Butter Cream Oil, it is currently my favorite body wash. I put Oil of Olay aside to try it out and never looked back! I tried the Nivea one too and it is heavenly, but I'm sticking with Dove for now. :)
Naptural Empress says:
March 31, 2011, 8:47 am
Nivea is the truth! I use the orange blossom & ginger. Dial NutriSkin grapeseed and lemongrass is another go to.
@MsSiaNyorkor says:
March 31, 2011, 9:03 am
OMG, I love the Softsoap Heavenly smells like birthday cake:)
paradisebird says:
March 31, 2011, 9:24 am
I like the Yes to carrots shower gel and the Weleda Body washes, especially citrus creamy body wash and sea buckthorn creamy body wash. I avoid parabens as much as possible. This left not so much choice, so my quest for the perfect body wash is an ongoing one....
Mihai Rosu says:
March 31, 2011, 12:53 pm
Hi there. I use Dove for five years and i'm satisfied of their products.I really love the Dove products.
Nina says:
March 31, 2011, 5:55 pm
I love body washes and have found some really good ones, but I am always keeping my eyes open for the perfect one. Since both price and ingredients are a factor, I've started buying my body washes at Ross (yes, Ross Dress for Less, and they carry a line called Bath Therapy Fragance Works ( While already reasonably priced, at Ross, I get a 34oz bottle for 3.99 and I always stock up when I find them. I like the Lavender Vanilla and the Aloe scents. No parabens, phthlates nor color. Not creamy, but very rich gels that go a long, long way and soften skin well. I just they provided more moisture, but for the price, I really can't complain and I had to share.
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Melissa C says:
April 1, 2011, 1:35 pm
My shower holds Dr. Bronners and Neutrogena Rainbath. However, the Dr. Bronners Castille Soap Mild with Vitamin E is my favvvvvv! Like paradisebird, I try to avoid the parabens.
Cara says:
April 1, 2011, 11:33 pm
Neutrogena Rainbath and Dove are amazing! I also really love the Yes to Carrots shower gels! :D
Cara says:
April 1, 2011, 11:35 pm
right on! I'm a big believer in natural skin care as well. Which Yes to Carrots shower gel did you try?
parasisebird says:
April 2, 2011, 6:38 am
Hi Cara :-), I use the YTC carrots shower gel and I really like it, especially the smell and the clean, but not dried-out feeling afterwards. BTW the YTC cucumbers conditioner has some serious holy grail potential for me. Great ingredients, great slip and a really nice scent :-)... Do you have any suggestions?
paradisebird says:
April 2, 2011, 6:40 am
...sorry, I just saw that you already posted your favourites...
Cara says:
April 2, 2011, 11:48 am
No problemo! I love the Yes to Cucumbers conditioner and shampoo as well. So good for color treated hair :)
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Naomi says:
April 4, 2011, 3:20 pm
My rule is it has to look creamy. I am not sure if that really makes a difference, but I feel like it does. Right now, I am using softsoap. I am using the Body Butter Coconut Scrub and I like it a lot. EVERYTHING dried my skin out in the winter, but this leaves me the least dry. I use it, and then rub Burt's Bees Lemon oil on my skin in the shower to combat winter air.
MJ says:
April 5, 2011, 9:08 pm
The SoftSoap Body Butter is the bomb!! I LOVE that bodywash!
NaNa (what's my name) says:
April 5, 2011, 9:54 pm
I really love the caress body washes, they always have great fragrances. And although i know this is a post specifically for body washes, I have to admit that there are some bath soaps/beauty bars that i am really fond of. I love the Dove Pink Beauty Bars; the soft fragrance and dainty little bar always makes me feel extra feminine and leaves my skin moisturized. the Olay shea butter bars, and Dial glycerin bars are great as well.
Shana says:
April 5, 2011, 10:11 pm
My fav is Olay 7 in 1 Total Effects Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash! It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. It's a little on the expensive side but I have yet to find something comparable. It's super moisturizing and smells GREAT!
Jan says:
April 6, 2011, 2:59 pm
I love St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea body wash. Olay body washes are also nice.
Shay says:
April 11, 2011, 12:47 pm
The Tone Coco Butter body wash is a favorite... I love the scent... its perfect ofr a morning pick me up.
Songine' Clarke says:
April 17, 2011, 8:29 pm
Hey! The Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash Pomegranate & Rice is AMAZING! It leaves my skin so so soft and it smells amazing. I love it!
Betsy says:
May 10, 2011, 4:18 am
On a whim I started using Dove products from one of my friend’s reco as i love trying out new lotions and potions. I am trying this for the last 2 weeks and the results are awesome.
Annie says:
October 8, 2011, 7:39 pm
I really wish i could find this body wash again it was affordable and i love the vinalla sent. Only found at CVS
Dionne says:
November 17, 2011, 2:27 am
OOOH MAN! I just got the Body butter heavenly Vanilla and it smells like the Mariah Carey purple perfume!!!!! SOOOOO AMAZING!
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August 3, 2013, 8:06 pm
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