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“Bye, ashy!” are the two words no one wants to hear. Yes, a moisturizing body lotion or butter can help thwart seasonal dryness and lizard-like skin, but don’t sleep on the transformative power of body washes. Most of the ELLE.com team is not here for bar soaps. Instead, we love drenching our skin in nutrient-rich, nourishing formulas that not only hydrate parched skin, but leave you smelling like a “snack” all day long. From affordable drugstore gems to luxurious shower oils and scrubs, here are the best body washes according to ELLE.com editors.

Necessaire The Body Wash

barneys.com

$25.00

“I’m a huge fan of Necessaire’s entire brand philosophy: treat your body like your face. Skincare gets all the attention, but lately I’ve been wanting to be more conscious about what I use everywhere aside from my face. This brand is free of all the nasty chemicals we often find in washes that strip skin and instead leaves me feeling moisturized even before I apply lotion. It smells like a dream and feels sophisticated as I’m lathering, too. I never cared about body wash before it, now I can’t imagine using anything else.”—Kristina Rudolfo, Senior Beauty Editor

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

walmart.com

$5.29

“I’ve tried every brand wash under the sun from blissful and bougie Byredo to down right utilitarian Dr. Bronner’s. Still, I always come back to Dove. The Deep Moisture Body Wash is just that, deeply moisturizing. No ashy skin for me!!—Nikki Ogunnaike, Style Director 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel

dermstore.com

$25.00

“Let talk lather, ya’ll. I’m all about hydration and moisture and this is one of the few body washes on the market that I’ve found leaves my skin feeling nourished and healthy. I use the Brazilian booty cream (lol) to firm and tone and this body wash has the same tightening effect. Summer is coming, and I’m ready thanks to my body wash.—Chloe Hall, Special Projects Editor and Producer

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

nordstrom.com

$45.00

“I have been slutty with my body wash for a long time, and tried many that I love. But, the one I always yearn for is the Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser. Maybe it’s because I’m from Down Under. Maybe it’s because the design of the bottle still makes me feel like a fancy bitch. Whatever it is, it’s my lobster.”—Estelle Tang, Senior Editor

Body Hero Daily Oil Wash

Glossier
glossier.com

$18.00

“Since body wash spends the least amount of time on my body, I never gave it much thought. I used to the be type that reached for Just OK drugstore brands, or got sudsy with tiny hotel soaps I stole en masse. When I met Body Hero, my life changed. It makes a five-minute shower luxurious and it smells like a wee bebe. I’ll never go back to creamy washes either, because I realized oil formulas are necessary for my reptilian skin. My only gripe is that it isn’t sulfate-free, so consider this my public plea to Emily Weiss.—Justine Carreon, Market Editor

Rudy’s No. 3 Body Wash

birchbox.com

$20.00

“When my last vacation was coming to an end, I panicked, and bought the hotel soap. No regrets.” —Katerine Stoeffel, Features Director 

Rituals The Ritual of Chadō Foaming Shower Gel

rituals.com

$9.50

“I’m a huge fan of Rituals’ Ayurveda line, but when I took a sniff of the brand’s Ritual of Chado shower gel, I couldn’t help give the Chado the headlining spot in my daily shower lineup. Its heavenly aroma smells a sunny, spring morning. It’s formulated with matcha powder to give skin a fresh, youthful feel and transforms from gel to a soft, luxurious foam the minute water touches it.”—Nerisha Penrose, Assistant Editor 

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

nordstrom.com

$25.00

“I love oil. Hair oils. Face oils. Brow oils. Lip oils. Nail oils. And the same is true for my favorite body wash. While I’m forever loyal to the classic, white Dove bar, I often couple it with L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil. The formula renders a lush, silky lather, and leaves my skin feeling smoother than smooth. I love the idea of moisturizing and hydrating the skin while it is still wet, and this shower oil does the trick without me having to slather on layers and layers of lotion after. Plus, it smells delicious—helps with the whole “I’m a snack” thing. —Angel Lenise, Lead Video Producer

Aesop Redemption Body Scrub

nordstrom.com

$35.00

I’m normally of the “use whatever body wash is cheap and doesn’t smell like Bath & Body Works” school of bathing, but ever since my friend got me Aesop Redemption Body Scrub for Christmas, I’ve been obsessed. It exfoliates without being irritating and smells like a crisp winter morning in Maine. Sadly, I will never be able to afford a replacement bottle.—Jessica Roy, Deputy Editor

St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal And Shea Butter Body Wash

target.com

$4.79

“I have sensitive skin and it reacts poorly to products that are too harsh (in scent or formula). St. Ives is affordable and this particular formula keeps my skin hydrated and battles potential eczema flare ups.”—Alysha Webb, Social Video Producer

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel

sephora.com

$20.00

“If we’re talking body wash, Fresh shower gels stay undefeated. As a former social media intern at Fresh Beauty, I coveted these bottles whenever I could get my hands on one. The grapefruit scent will wake you up in the morning and the power combo of Vitamins C and E leaves skin soft and supple”.—Ariana Yaptangco, Social Media Editor

Rituals The Ritual of Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel

amazon.com


$15.00

$9.50 (37% off)

“In the past, I’ve been turned off from using body washes and shower gels because of how long they tend take to lather on my wash cloth because a) I’m too lazy and b) I’m too cheap to buy and use an actual loofah, but Rituals Foaming Shower Gel has recently changed my mind. Instead of coming in a standard squeezable container, the wash comes out of a metal spray canister. Like magic, the nozzle sprays out the perfect amount of gel and foams right before your eyes—no lather necessary! It smells great, saves me time in the shower, leaves my skin feeling soft, and keeps my wallet happy too.”—Starr Bowenbank, Editorial Fellow

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Value Pack

amazon.com

$29.99

“I love a soap that can be used for multiple purposes (less products = less plastic!), and the lavender scent on this one always leaves me feeling relaxed”. —Madison Feller, Staff Writer

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