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There are many different body wash brands that allege to cater to all of your shower routine needs. For those curious to learn if there really is a difference in quality, fragrance, and cleaning power among the best body wash for men, our top five list could be a great resource.

Plenty of people have a favorite brand of soap. Interestingly, it turns out that mosquitoes do too! A new study finds that your choice of soap could be attracting more mosquitoes than others — no matter how clean your skin is. Prior studies show mosquitoes are drawn towards or repelled by specific scents, especially once they’ve detected the smell of human skin. Researchers from Virginia Tech say pesky insects like mosquitoes are attracted to individuals who use soaps such as Dove or Simple Truth. Conversely, they tend to be repelled by coconut-scented brands, including Native. Choosing the right soap could help people evade these pests, which can cause itchy bites and can transmit malaria and other deadly diseases. Clearly, making an informed choice when soap shopping could be quite beneficial.

In fact, knowing and understanding the ingredients in personal hygiene products is becoming a more prominent need for consumers. A common chemical in personal hygiene products like soap and shampoo can raise a woman’s risk of developing diabetes by over 60 percent, new research reveals. Researchers from the University of Michigan say those with higher levels of phthalates in their urine are 30 to 63 percent more likely to develop the metabolic disease.

Phthalates improve the durability of plastics. They are common in personal care products, children’s toys, and food and beverage packaging. Phthalates are even an ingredient in fragrances to help the scent last longer on the skin. There are several ingredients that are now getting called out as being potentially harmful.

Clean label body wash products need to be strong enough to help a person feel clean, while avoiding the worst harmful chemicals and microplastics. We turned to our sources to compile our list of the top five best men’s body wash brands. Let us know your favorite in the comments below!

Man taking a shower Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Nappy
Man taking a shower (Photo by Unsplash+ in collaboration with Nappy)

The List: Best Body Wash for Men, According to Experts


1. Blu Atlas Body Wash

Blu Atlas is an industry newcomer from American developer Deep Patel. First available in 2022, Blu Atlas is turning heads in the personal hygiene industry. “Blu Atlas is the best body wash for men today, checking all the boxes for everything a man needs. This body wash makes every shower experience feel like a spa. The packaging is minimalist and sleek, taking up little space and blending in perfectly with any aesthetic,” raves Us Weekly.

“No matter how dry your skin is or what you’re hoping to get out of a body wash, you can count on Blu Atlas to deliver with this 99% naturally-sourced formula. Treat your skin to the moisturizing power of shea butter glycerides, the calming effect of aloe, and the antioxidants of green tea each time you lather on this product,” praises Men’s Journal.

SI Showcase exclaims, “Formulated with green tea extract, sugarcane, and Aloe barbadensis leaf, this vegan body wash helps soothe puffiness and calm redness while locking in moisture. Coconut-derived emollients help cleanse away impurities and leave your skin feeling smooth. Made in the USA, the product is paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free, and sulfate free—perfect for men who demand nothing but the best!”

2. Art of Sport Activated Charcoal Body Wash

Charcoal has long been known as a useful filter and purging agent. Art of Sport capitalizes on this with a body wash that is highly rated with our sources. Men’s Health claims that, “Charcoal isn’t for everyone (especially if you have sensitive skin), but dermatologists we spoke to recommend charcoal-based cleansers if you’re looking for a deep clean. Our testers with oily skin loved this one from Art of Sport, which contains aloe vera to keep skin from drying out post-charcoal-assisted clean.”

Art of Sport Activated Charcoal Body Wash
Art of Sport Activated Charcoal Body Wash

“Featuring activated charcoal to help absorb excess oil and harmful bacteria from the skin, this dermatologist-tested blend of aloe, tea tree oil and glycerin leaves your skin feeling both clean and deeply hydrated, while remaining free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates,” explains Byrdie.

Insider writes, “Art of Sport uses activated charcoal in its body washes to provide a deep, refreshing cleanse. They’re made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. Plus, they’re vegan and cruelty-free. In line with the sporty theme, Art of Sports’ different scents come are named Compete (Engergizing Citrus), Victory (Cool Eyucalptus), and James Harden’s Defy (Deep Sandalwood).”

3. Jack Black All-Over Wash

This brand was established over 20 years ago with a desire to offer great skincare for men. Now the Jack Black brand offers a wide array of men’s care products. “Firstly, it’s sulfate-free, so it won’t strip your skin and hair of essential moisture. It contains jojoba protein, which helps maintain moisture in skin and hair. This protein provides the skin with essential properties, which helps to keep it healthy. Similarly, the shea butter used in Jack Black’s formulation helps hydrate and moisturize dry skin and hair by creating a barrier on the skin that locks in moisture. All of these ingredients work together to create a body wash that is gentle and effective, leaving your skin and hair feeling soft, smooth, and healthy,” posits Real Men Real Style.

Jack Black All-Over Wash
Jack Black All-Over Wash

Rank & Style offers, “The rich lather works to eliminate dirt and sweat without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. FUN FACT: This wash is pH balanced and gentle enough to be used on the face, hair, and body.”

Men’s Journal exclaims, “Are you a member of the Jack Black fan club yet? Well you will be as soon as you try this all-over wash. Use it on both your skin and hair for a thorough clean that leaves you feeling your best. Plus, this means you can skip buying a shampoo and face wash next time you run out. Score!”

4. CeraVe Soothing Body Wash

CeraVe is recognized as one of the best options for dry skin relief. Sufferers of chronic dry skin will attest that the wrong body wash can aggravate itching, scaling, and redness. St. Louis Tribune writes, “When it comes to dry skin, there’s dry and then there’s Sahara Desert dry. If your skin tends toward the latter, CeraVe’s gentle formula is made for you. Developed in consultation with dermatologists for very dry skin, CeraVe Soothing Body Wash harnesses the power of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and omega oils to cleanse and soothe skin while protecting skin’s natural moisture barrier. This product is fragrance free, so it’s one of the best options we’ve found for sensitive skin.”

CeraVe Soothing Body Wash
CeraVe Soothing Body Wash

“Waging a losing battle against the forces of dryness or eczema? The brand behind the best drugstore moisturizer in the biz also sells your new weapon of choice. CeraVe’s body wash is heavy on the ceramides to help strengthen your skin barrier and beat back any attacks on the itchiness,” according to GQ.

“Kicking chronic dry skin to the curb begins with the right body wash, and CeraVe Soothing Body Wash for Very Dry Skin is a great candidate. Men dealing with other skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis or contact dermatitis, may also benefit immensely from this body wash,” offers Us Weekly.

5. Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

This spa lifestyle brand of body wash is highly lauded for its exceptional fragrance and overall high quality. Men’s Journal offers tongue-in-cheek praise, “Ok, yes, this body wash may be a little bougie, but that’s just because it’s indulgent. A gently foaming gel cleans deep as it gives your skin the luxurious experience of being expertly cared for by natural ingredients. Then, it leaves a subtle scent in its wake that seems to warm you from the inside out.”

“Your skin will be left feeling stimulated and warmed with this low-foaming gel that’s perfect for a refreshing start to your day. Get ready to face the world with fresh confidence. All you need is the daily boost you get from Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser,” writes SI Showcase.

Men’s Health offers this bit of glib praise: “If there is such a thing as status body wash, this would be it. Aseop, the purveyor of ubder-luxe hand soaps dispensed at five-star hotels, also makes some premium cleansers for the rest of your body. Take this Coriander Seed wash, which our editors report has a rich, earthy scent, which one editor says, ‘smells like money.'”

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