My Favorite Body Washes – The Summer Edit

The July heat has just been brutal. With air conditioning working overtime—literally, twenty-four seven—I’ve also embraced cooler showers. And since I’m covered either in bug spray or sunscreen, I shower twice a day. Hence the rather selective approach to what’s in rotation at the moment. Cleansing performance is always important but I‘m going to highlight formulas that also leave my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Bonus for a light scent that lingers just long enough to relax or refresh.

Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil

This thick, viscous and unscented cleansing oil is a dream for sensitive skin or that is prone to redness. Think of it as you would a shower gel. Unlike traditional face cleansing oils, apply it to wet skin and lather up. It’s packed with Glycerin, Jojoba, and Evening Primrose Oils, a carefully selected blend of ingredients that allows this skin-loving formula to break down dirt, grime, excess oil, and every bit of sunscreen. It neither feels oily nor slippery on the skin. Truly one of my best French pharmacy finds, I keep a bottle on hand during both the summer and winter months. $34 (400ml at aveneusa.com

Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash

Since congested pores (which result in blackheads) are not exclusive to my T-zone, I often use an exfoliating shower gel to prevent breakouts on the neck, back, and shoulders. The combination of sweat and sunscreen is best tackled with the new Kosas body wash, which comes in two scent profiles: beach and juicy. I strongly prefer the fresh and subtle Beachy. This foaming wash is infused with tropical fruit enzymes and a blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Glycolic, Lactic, and Mandelic. There is no stinging nor peeling so no need to get nervous. Both gentle and effective, this pH balanced formula delivers its deep cleanse with a much-appreciated gentle resurfacing perk. $22 (275ml) at kosas.com and aillea.com

Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap

Scent can be a polarizing factor in body care but I absolutely can’t get enough of the fresh, clean scent of the Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap. It’s giving spa, it’s giving the 90s, it’s giving effortless summer casual. I’d describe this as a gel with mild exfoliating properties. The soap contains Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract as well as soothing Linden Flower and hydrating Ginseng Root Extract. The soft lather cleanses brilliantly and rinses off clean. I do wish the scent would linger longer; it’s that good. A great value, too. $14 (472ml) at ulta.com

Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Body Wash

This shower gel is among my favorite body care discoveries of the year. New to Blind Barber, I initially was intrigued by the Lemongrass Tea fragrance combination, which did not disappoint. While the amazing scent is more tea than lemongrass forward (about which I am very happy), this body wash is so extremely hydrating, I love how it feels on the skin. The almost slippery texture elevates the sensory experience and transforms a quick shower into an indulgent self-care moment. Nourishing plant oils and extracts ensure the skin is clean, refreshed, and protected. Trust me, you’re going to love this one. $17.99 (350ml) at ulta.com

Roger & Gallet Neroli Shower Gel

For years, I’d return from any European destination with a little Roger & Gallet something since this fun masstige brand is sadly not sold in the US. (I just learned, however, that they do ship here!). A fan of Neroli anything and everything, I picked up a tube of their shower gel and couldn’t be happier. From the practical upright tube packaging through the rich and juicy gel consistency to the relaxing orange blossom fragrance, this body wash is a straightforward basic done very well. The 100% plant-derived formula foams up beautifully and cleanses without stripping or drying out the skin thanks to its Aloe Vera base. If you’re looking for a more invigorating scent, the brand’s Jean Marie Farina fragrance is an effervescent herbaceous citrus wonder. $9.95 (200ml) at rogergalletus.com

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