Body wash is a basic necessity, but there’s no reason why those five minutes of escapism can’t also be pure bliss. Choosing the right product can transform your basic showering routine into an at-home spa experience in seconds.
Whether you’re looking to put a spring in your step in the morning or you’re in need of a scent to help you drift off into a deep sleep, these luxurious body washes will leave your skin smelling great and feeling even greater.
The OK! beauty team put seven new body washes to the test to find the very best additions to your bathroom for a five star shower experience every time. Here's what they found…
If you shower at night
You’ll be best suited to the sleep-inducing scent of lavender and soothing essential oils.
Tisserand Sleep Better Bath & Shower Wash, buy it here for £11.95
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This helps you to unwind, and promotes a better night’s sleep using a blissful blend of jasmine, sandalwood and lavender.
Our tester says: "It smells incredible – of lavender mainly. I thought it was going to be a very premium price but it’s quite affordable, and the bottle is big. My partner uses it sometimes before he goes to bed and he swears it makes him sleep better as well."
Beauty Pie Soul Providers Relaxing Bath & Shower Oil, buy it here for £9.20 (members’ price)
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A dual-purpose product that combines skin-nourishing argan, grapeseed and evening primrose oil with stress-relieving essential oils.
Our tester says: "This has a lovely relaxing scent that, refreshingly, isn’t too lavender-heavy – the notes of lemon and mint come through too. It’s not really designed to cleanse – if using in the shower, the directions advise massaging it in after washing, then rinsing off. Given its small bottle and luxurious feel, I’d prefer to use this as a bath oil."
If you shower in the morning
You need something zingy and uplifting to get you awake and ready for the day.
Sanctuary Spa Vitamin C Shower Smoothie, buy it here for £6.50
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Made with skin-brightening vitamin C, as well as turmeric and caffeine to boost circulation, it has a mood-boosting and uplifting citrus scent.
Our tester says: "I love the squeezy packaging as it makes it very easy to use up every last drop – which I did. I look forward to getting in the shower every morning just to use this! It lathers up nicely and doesn’t make my skin feel dry once I’m out."
ESPA Positivity Bath & Shower Gel, buy it here for £23
This includes a powerful blend of essential oils to help to boost your mood and ‘encourage a sense of optimism’.
Our tester says: "ESPA blend essential oils brilliant, and I feel like they really do something, rather than just smelling nice. With a spa-like scent that’s floral and a bit citrusy, this definitely put a spring in my step in the morning, and the fragrance really lingered. I love the luxe packaging, too."
If you’re just all about the fragrance
These gorgeous, premium-smelling washes will stay on your skin all day.
Molton Brown Flora Luminare Bath & Shower Gel, buy it here for £22
The fragrance proved to be so popular as a perfume that Molton Brown has now released it in a range of body products. There’s a body lotion, body oil, hand cream and this shower gel.
Our tester says: "A Molton Brown shower gel will always be a treat, and this is a real crowd-pleaser. It smells like summer in a bottle, but in not a sickly or suncream-like way. Instead it’s an elegant floral scent with a hint of citrus, like walking past tropical flowers on a hot, sunny day."
Roger & Gallet Gingembre Exquis Shower Gel, buy it here for £9.50
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With a high concentration of perfume oils plus an aloe vera-enriched cleansing formula, the gel has been created with sensitive skin in mind.
Our tester says: "A really interesting fragrance – floral but also sweet, with the ginger in the name more citrus than spicy. It lathers up well and doesn’t leave my occasionally-sensitive skin feeling at all dry or irritated, which can be unusual for a highly fragranced product. I always think Roger & Gallet shower gels make lovely gifts, too."
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Shower Cream, buy it here for £10
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A moisturising body wash that contains coconut oil, acai and cupuacu butter to nourish the skin, plus Sol de Janeiro’s trademark tropical fragrance.
Our tester says: "The formula of this is thick and creamy, like a big dollop of yoghurt, but what you’re really here for is the scent. It’s sweet, coconutty and vanilla-y, like the most delicious piña colada you’ve ever had. I’m obsessed."
Get to know your ingredients
*Lavender: As well as being a well-known sleep aid, it’s also an anti-fungal which could help ease symptoms of skin conditions like athlete’s foot.
*Sandalwood: It has a deep woody aroma that is often favoured by spas for its calming effects.
*Ginger: It’s high in antioxidants, which makes it a great anti-ager. It also has a punchy, awakening scent.
*Coconut: This cleanses and hydrates, which makes it the perfect shower ingredient. The smell may also take you back to happy holiday times.
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