The ledges of our showers are lined with delectably-scented body washes and scrubs. We love a yummy aroma to help us wind down after a long day, but sometimes our aromatic body products compete with our favorite perfumes. When we want our eau de parfum to be the star scent, we suds up with better-than-basic Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body Wash. The unscented cleanser has a creamy, luxurious texture that works into a bubbly lather. Gentle ingredients like shea butter, glycerin and vitamin E ensure that even sensitive skin is left clean and hydrated, not parched—the perfect canvas for a few spritzes of perfume.
—By Cody Marick, beauty intern
We’d always been indifferent to shaving creams— until we found one that could double as body wash: Eco-Armour Shaving Foam & Body Wash in Soothing Citrus. The fluffy, light as air formula comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle, rather than a bulky can, and is based on a cocktail of natural ingredients like coconut oil, glycerin and aloe that leave skin smooth. And we can’t get enough of the refreshing bergamot and grapefruit essential oil-derived scent.
Tell us: Do you use a shaving foam, cream or gel? If so, what’s your go-to?
After a long, hard week, there’s nothing better than a relaxing hot shower. To make your experience more like the a spa treatment, try lathering up with Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. This cleanser contains nine percent glycolic acid to exfoliate rather than beads or granules, so it leaves your skin feeling as smooth and your tub clean— and also helps to even out discolored patches.
Tell us: What’s your favorite “treatment” body wash?
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
We’re suckers for a big bottle of drugstore body wash, but every once in a while we treat ourselves to a post-workout rinse with Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel. The honey-like formula and warm, rich floral scent make a humdrum shower feel like a luxurious spa experience. Plus, the softening suds contain a laundry list of skin-coddling natural extracts, like chamomile, grapefruit and rosemary. What’s your favorite beauty indulgence?
Congrats to Kim Cattrall, who is now the face of Olay’s new Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash and Lotion that will be launching this spring. Recently, I had the chance to interview her over the phone. Here are some fun tidbits I learned about her:
- She has very dry skin on her body. “I take a ton of showers and baths, which I really enjoy as a way to decompress. My skin always felt tight and dry, and I would even scratch it so hard that I would break blood vessels. This Olay body lotion leaves it incredibly moisturized, and I apply it two times a day. I love that it’s lightweight, and I don’t have to wait to get dressed after I slather it on.”
- She squeezes in quick workouts every day. “Even when I’m working, I try to do something active for about 20 minutes a day, such as biking at the gym or taking a vigorous walk through Central park with my iPod.”
- She exfoliates her skin daily. “I buff my skin by putting a little bit of lotion on a mitt and rubbing it over my body gently when I’m in the shower. I always do this when my skin is damp, and it makes my skin feel supple and luxurious.”
It’s been a crazy week here at the office—which leaves us longing for some TLC. This weekend, we’ll be winding down with Johnson’s Melt Away Stress Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash: The creamy lilac liquid smells of soothing lavender, warm milk and chamomile, and the hydrating glycerin-based formula leaves our skin soft. Best of all, it comes in a hefty 20 oz. bottle that lasts forever (and costs less than $6)! What’s your can’t-live-without-it body cleanser?
Somewhere between pressing snooze and drudging through the bathroom door, I reach for my favorite body wash to start my day. Once my nose fills with that fresh, lemon scent, I’m up and at ‘em, ready to hop on the subway. But replace it with a warm vanilla or soothing lavender aroma and I’m crawling right back into bed. What gives?
According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, there’s a reason why my morning ritual changes depending on which body wash I use.
“Smell is the quickest way to alter someone’s mood or behavior,” Hirsch says.
Mint, jasmine and citrus are the best morning stimulants. For a calming shower, try something infused with vanilla, green apple, cucumber or baby powder aromas.
“It makes people feel like they’re in a safe and secure place,” says Hirsch. “When you feel less anxious, you’re more likely to fall asleep.”
Here are my top picks for waking up or winding down in the shower.
Favorite: Dove Body Wash Go Fresh Revive, $5.47 at Walmart
This lemon verbena scent will have you screaming carpe diem! The luxurious lather smooths over your body while the scent energizes you for the day ahead.
Runner-Up: Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit, $6.99 at Target
You’ll love the clean scent and your clear skin! This wash smells great and with a touch of acne medication, handles those frustrating body breakouts.
Favorite: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $4.99 at Walgreens
Talk about sweet dreams! This body wash smells so delicious, you’ll practically float into bed. It gently exfoliates and moisturizes for an even tone, leaving you relaxed and pampered for a good night’s sleep.
Runner-up: Johnson & Johnson Melt Away Stress Relaxing Body Wash, $5.99 at Walgreens
Want to sleep like a baby? Trust the experts! This comforting formula is enriched with chamomile and their own AROMASOOTHE™ fragrance. Work the product into a rich lather to wash away the stressful workday.
—Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern