The Best Body Washes

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Of more than 80 body wash cleansers tested, these worked staffers into the biggest lather.

Best Multitasker

Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream

The lotion-like formula renders a post-shower moisturizer unnecessary. And it does triple duty as a shaving cream.

To buy: $35,

Most Energizing

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Body Wash

Packed with fruit extracts, it comes in three zesty scents that are bright and uplifting. “Wake up–wise, it rivaled my morning coffee,” raved a tester.

To buy: $6,

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Best Exfoliant

Olay Purely Pristine Cleansing Body Wash With Microbeads

This seaweed-infused cleanser contains mineral crystals that buff skin but don’t scour the way a heavy-duty scrub can.

To buy: $4 at drug stores.

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Best for Bubble Lovers

Royal Apothic Hydrating Body Wash

One pump plus a little water produces a surplus of foamy suds that gently cleanse without stripping. Available in five scents.

To buy: $16,

Best for Sensitive Skin

Nivea Touch of Cashmere Body Wash

As comforting as the name sounds: Sunflower-seed oil and soothing proteins leave irritation-prone (or even sunburned) skin luxuriously soft but squeaky clean.

To buy: $6,

Best Scent

Guerlain Idylle Shower Gel

Notes of rose, lilac, jasmine, and freesia give this indulgent wash a fragrance that’s feminine and floral without being overly perfumy—it’s made for steamy summer days.

To buy: $56,

Best for Rough Skin

St. Ives Triple Butters Creamy Vanilla Body Wash

It’s loaded with skin-softening jojoba butter and hydrating shea and cocoa butters to smooth peeling bits.

To buy: $3 at drug stores.

Most Spa-Like

Weleda Creamy Body Wash

With sophisticated rose, lemon, and buckthorn scents, rich natural oils, and a silky feel, it turns a simple shower into a high-end treatment.

To buy: $18,

Most Moisturizing

Dove Gofresh Rebalance Beauty Body Wash

Glycerin and soy-bean oil penetrate to hydrate so effectively that testers’ skin still felt soft 12 hours later.

To buy: $4.50 at drug stores.


The Body Shop Shower Gels for Earth Lovers

The bottle is 100 percent recycled, and the aloe vera formula is totally biodegradable. Great to stash in an outdoor shower. In six scents.

To buy: $10,

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