The Best Smelling Body Washes in 2023


It’s the start of a new year and what better way to spice up your life than to treat yourself to a new body wash! There are more high quality, eco-conscious, and nourishing body washes emerging on the market in 2023, and we want to let you know which ones smell the best. 

There is nothing better than coming home from a hard day’s work, jumping in the shower and letting the day melt away as you teleport into an aromatic steamy dream. 

Whether you prefer sweet, bubblegum scents, rich and creamy vanillas, earthy or herbal scents, or fruity fragrances, we have narrowed it down to 18 of the best smelling body washes in 2023. 

1. Blu Atlas Body Wash


Starting off with an amazing smelling body wash that ticks all the boxes, Blu Atlas Body Wash is a deeply moisturizing, eco-friendly, and professionally formulated body wash that we can’t recommend enough. Not only is this body wash full of natural ingredients and premium quality botanicals that keep your skin hydrated and soft, it is also safe for the whole family. 

Blu Atlas body wash prioritizes your health and wellbeing, purposefully formulated to be free from preservatives, synthetic dyes, parabens, and phthalates. We also love that all Blu Atlas products are vegan and cruelty free. 

The scent of this body wash is what makes it number one on our list, as just a small amount of this creamy product will turn your shower into a fresh, sweet, and relaxing rainforest. Blu Atlas’ products are all about quality, and here they have managed to deliver an incredibly aromatic body wash. We adore the blend of fresh green tea with subtle hints of sugarcane and aloe vera, giving your showering experience a sense of both nature and luxury. 

This body wash also has a great lather and uses coconut-derived emollients to help soothe and cleanse the skin. Perfect for an early morning start or an evening shower to wind down, this clean, calming, and hydrating body wash is a must-have for the new year. Give it a go and you’ll be as obsessed as we are! 

2. Lush Sleepy Shower Gel


Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with Lush Sleepy Shower Gel. This dreamy blend of lavender and tonka will transport you to a state of pure relaxation. Its creamy lather soothes skin and mind, leaving your body feeling soft and nourished, and the long-lasting lavender fragrance will envelop you in a calming aroma.

Not only is it one of the most heavenly-smelling body washes on the market, it’s also made with all-natural ingredients and, like all Lush products, is 100% cruelty-free. 

Lush Sleepy Shower gel is an incredible product for someone with a high stress life or who struggles to get to sleep, as this body wash will leave you feeling clean, calm, and grounded. It’s a great way to get the kids ready for bed too! Try adding Sleepy Shower Gel to your family nighttime routine and experience the magic powers of lavender-scented bubbles. 

3. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel


This is one of our all-time favorite body washes. Introducing the ultimate experience for your senses, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel. 

The mouth-watering scent of this shower cream will transport you to a sunny and ultra-relaxing Brazilian paradise, making you feel like royalty and leaving your skin buttery soft. This is a slightly pricier body wash, but a little goes a long way, and you don’t need much of this rich, aromatic shower cream to cover your body in delicious smelling suds. 

This shower cream focuses on conditioning and moisturizing the skin, as it’s packed full of nutrient-dense, nourishing ingredients. Cupuaçu butter locks in moisture and boosts the skin’s strength and resilience, and coconut oil leaves the body feeling soft and smooth. We also love Sol de Janeiro’s infusion of Açaí oil, which is known to possess powerful anti-aging properties and gives the skin an incredible youthful glow. 

The best part about this body wash is that the scent stays on your skin all day and night, especially when paired with the other moisturizing products from the Sol de Janeiro range. 

4. Plaine Body Wash Rosemary Mint Vanilla


Plaine Body Wash in the Rosemary Mint Vanilla scent offers a fun and eco-friendly way to boost your shower routine. This body wash is formulated with the best ingredients nature has to offer, and it’s perfect for those who care about both their skin and the environment. The highlight of this choice is the scent. Fresh rosemary and mint are perfectly blended with sweet vanilla to create an invigorating and refreshing fragrance. 

We also love the ethos behind Plaine and their brand, as they are strong advocates for reducing waste and creating sustainable and enjoyable alternatives to personal care products. This body wash comes in a refillable aluminum container, eliminating the need to buy single-use plastic bottles again and again, and reducing our contribution to land-fills and oceans. Not only can you enjoy a luxurious shower, but you can also feel good knowing that you’re doing your part to help the planet. 

The formula of this body wash is also super clean and safe, as it is vegan, sulfate-free, palm oil-free, and silicone-free. Packed with organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vegetable glycerin, saponified oils of coconut, and safflower seed, this body wash uses the power of nature to provide a gentle, moisturizing, and effective cleansing experience for all skin types. The combination of aloe with naturally hydrating oils is a favorite of ours, as it gives the skin an all-round moisture bath. 

Overall, we are huge fans and believe that investing in sustainably made products is a positive way to take care of yourself, and help the planet.

5. Necessaire The Body Wash Eucalyptus


Necessaire has succeeded in creating a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own shower. This body wash is perfect for night-time or early morning use, as eucalyptus is a versatile scent that is both rejuvenating and calming. 

The Body Wash Eucalyptus is formulated with natural and effective ingredients that are super gentle on the skin, including plant-derived glycerin, omega-6 and -9, vitamins C and E, and niacinamide. These ingredients are specifically targeted at nourishing and softening the skin, and they work together to form a moisture barrier that keeps hydration in and dryness out. 

We find this to be a super balancing body wash and a great option for those who want to keep their routine simple, but luxurious.

6. Malin+Goetz Rum Hand+Body Wash


If you’re looking for a more androgynous, spicy scent in your body wash, this might be a great option for you. Malin+Goetz have created this body wash based on a modern interpretation of Caribbean rum, with warm spices and hints of leather, giving this wash a sexy, masculine twist. 

This hand and body wash is infused with amino acids to boost skin health and elasticity, as well as glycerin to help prevent dryness. 

We like the combination of a hand and body wash in an all-in-one formula, as the foamy lather completely cleanses the skin from pollutants and impurities without stripping the skin. This body wash is also vegan, cruelty free, and all of the packaging is made with PCR recycled plastic, so you can trust that Malin+Goetz are doing their part to make the world a better place. 

7. Shea Moisture Oatmeal and Vitamin E Soothing Body Wash


If you’re looking for a high-quality body wash that won’t break the bank, Shea Moisture Oatmeal and Vitamin E Soothing Body Wash is definitely worth checking out. Shea Moisture is a black-owned and black-led brand that puts care into creating products that are not only effective, but also ethical and sustainable.

Shea Moisture is the legacy of Sofi Tucker, a mother of four and entrepreneur who sold homemade beauty products in Sierra Leone in the early 1900s. Over a century later, Shea Moisture still incorporates Raw Shea Butter in their formulas, and the company continues to reinvest in the African communities in which this Shea Butter is handcrafted to organic and Fairtrade standards. The Oatmeal and Vitamin E infused formula also has oat kernel flour and soybean oil to bring an ultimate level of moisture to the skin. 

This product provides a gentle and non-toxic cleansing experience for the whole family, being suitable for people of all ages and skin types, and a great option for those who are looking for an affordable, sustainable, and high-quality body wash.

This body wash is free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil, and it’s not tested on animals, so it’s a yes from us!

8. Korres Bergamot Pear Renewing Body Cleanser


Korres Bergamot Pear Renewing Body Cleanser is a hydrating and softening body wash that is a great choice for anyone looking for a quality body wash with anti-aging properties. 

Our favorite thing about this product is, you guessed it, the scent! Fruity pear with hints of warm bergamot make this an amazing spring and summer body cleanser. The formula is also super lightweight and refreshing, providing a deep cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

This body wash is made in Greece with a commitment to sustainability and clean, wholesome ingredients. Korres uses wheat proteins to draw in moisture, marshmallow root extract to soothe irritated or dry skin, and activated aloe to stimulate collagen and elastin, reducing signs of aging. 

We love to see that a high-end body wash can be luxurious and responsibly made, setting an example for others in the industry. 

9. Bathing Culture Mind & Body Wash 


Bathing Culture is one of our favorite small businesses, and they have managed to create one of the best smelling body washes in 2023.Mind & Body wash is packed full of good-for-you ingredients, feels silky smooth on the skin, and leaves you smelling delicious.

Organic coconut oil, olive oil, and sunflower oils combine beautifully to shield the skin from external damage and condition the body from head to toe. Natural plant glycerin derived from soybean boosts the skin and gives you a plump, youthful glow that is great for the winter months. Aloe vera soothes any irritated or sensitive areas, and combines the ingredients together to create a beautiful lather. Plus, the scent is amazing – it smells like a walk through the redwoods of California with a kick of black pepper, it’s so invigorating and refreshing.

Another thing we should mention about this body wash is that it’s not only gentle on the skin, but also on the planet. If you choose the refillable glass container, your purchase will not only be carbon neutral, veg

an, and cruelty-free, but encased in the most aesthetic pump bottle we’ve ever seen! 

Handmade in San Francisco, Bathing Culture Mind & Body Wash is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, sustainable, and refreshing body wash that supports a small business. Next time you’re in need of a new body wash, give it a try and experience the refreshing aroma for yourself.

10. Burt’s Bees Calming Body Wash


Often it can be hard to find body washes that smell great but don’t contain any irritants or harsh perfumes that leave your skin feeling tired and dry. This body wash is specially formulated for sensitive skin and has a beautiful lavender and honey scent that helps you to unwind after a long day. 

Packed with naturally cleansing and nourishing ingredients including coconut oil, citric acid, and glycerin, Burt’s Bees Calming Body Wash leaves you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and clean.

Not only is this wash gentle on the skin, but it’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. The lather is rich and luxurious and the dreamy lavender and honey scent envelops you in a cloud of serenity and calm. We love this product for families, as kids seem to find the honey-enriched formula super soothing and subtle on their sensitive noses. 

11. Yaye Ochre Body Wash – Sweet Emu Bush


Delivered to your shower all the way from down under, we can honestly say that this is one of the best smelling body washes in 2023. Not only does it make you smell incredible, but it is full of powerful and nourishing natural ingredients.

Aboriginal Bush Traders is an Australian based not-for-profit Indigenous-led art center that invests in and supports the local Northern Territory community. We not only love the ethics behind their work, but the products that they provide are really special.  

Yaye Ochre Body Wash deeply nourishes and treats the skin, covering the body in a delicious vanilla caramel scent. It’s also non-irritating and amazing for sensitive skin, as it contains Emu Bush extracts, known by Indigenous Australians as Utnerrenge, which have been used by Indigenous Australians for over 40,000 years to treat dry and irritated skin. Vanilla works in conjunction with Emu Bush extracts to promote skin health and elasticity, and to prevent signs of aging. 

It is a privilege to be able to put such healing ingredients on your body, and you will feel the difference as your skin becomes more smooth and supple after every use.

In our opinion, this is not just a body wash but a complete skincare solution. Elevate your shower routine with Yaye Ochre Body Wash and experience the difference it makes.

12. Rahua Shower Gel Rainforest Grown 


Rahua Shower Gel Rainforest Grown is another amazing shower gel that prioritizes nourishing the skin, and smells divine while doing it. With just one pump of this shower gel, your shower will become a fragrant blend of soothing lavender, warm vanilla, refreshing eucalyptus, and woodsy palo santo.

Rahua Shower Gel Rainforest Grown is made with wholesome ingredients that are good for your skin. Rainforest grown symbiotic sacha inchi and Rahua oils are full of antioxidants and omega-rich fatty acids, soaking your skin in hydrating goodness. These nourishing ingredients have a number of benefits for all skin types, including reducing signs of damage and dryness, and restoring the skin’s natural balance. 

Additionally, this formula incorporates anti-aging polyphenols and quinoa to revitalize and promote healing. This is a jam-packed body wash that we can’t recommend enough!

13. REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cleanser


Are you tired of feeling sluggish and drained in the morning? REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash not only smells fantastic, but also helps you feel refreshed and energized. It’s perfect for starting your day after a morning run, swim, or surf, as the essential oils are carefully chosen to provide an uplifting experience to all the senses, aided by Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium PCA to nourish and tone the skin. 

Not only will this body wash wake you up with its invigorating scent, but it’s also sustainably produced and recyclable. REN are dedicated to making a difference to our oceans, which is why they package their body washes in 100% recycled plastic bottles, made from 80% recycled plastic and 20% ocean plastic collected by TerraCycle. They even have a recyclable pump on their bottle!

We love the effort that this brand puts in to do their part, and the way they advocate for our precious oceans. Say goodbye to sluggish mornings and hello to your new morning routine with REN in 2023.

14. The Right to Shower Joy Tangerine & Honeysuckle Body Wash


Indulgent, luxurious, aromatic, and made with love, Joy Tangerine & Honeysuckle Body Wash by The Right to Shower will elevate your shower experience in 2023.

This body wash is formulated with a fresh and fruity blend of tangerine and honeysuckle that is cleansing, softening, and just makes you feel happy! It also contains a blend of natural and soothing ingredients, including sustainably sourced and organic aloe vera that soothes and moisturizes the skin. 

This body wash is also one-of-a-kind in terms of its mission. The Right to Shower believes that hygiene is a fundamental human right, and a portion of their proceeds goes towards organizations like Lava Mae which provide mobile showers for people experiencing homelessness. This body wash is not just a treat for yourself, but also a way to make a real and meaningful difference in the world, as over 500,000 Americans have reduced access to basic hygiene every day. 

This body wash is not only good for the community, but also for the environment – it is vegan, cruelty free, and packaged in 100% recycled materials. As the brand’s slogan states, be part of the clean revolution and support those who need it most. 

15. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap


This product not only smells super sweet and minty fresh, but it can perform almost all of your family’s hygiene and household cleaning tasks, 18 of them to be exact! This body wash is super versatile and will probably last you the entire year it is so concentrated. This soap will not only nourish your skin, but by purchasing this product you can support organic farming, ethical working conditions, and fair pay. 

Dr Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap is made with 90% organic ingredients, including organic and fair trade palm kernel oil from Ecuador, which creates a smooth and creamy lather without using any harsh foaming agents. They also incorporate locally sourced organic hemp oil that helps to make the skin super soft and silky, and organic peppermint oil to leave you feeling tingly fresh.

Not only is this body wash good for your skin and the environment, it’s also budget-friendly. It’s 3x more concentrated than most liquid soaps, meaning a little goes a long way, and the 100% post-consumer recycled packaging means you’re also making a positive impact on the environment.

16. Skandinavisk Hav Distant Shores Body Wash


Made in Denmark and practically oozing that icy Scandinavian breeze, this is one of the best smelling body washes in 2023, and it’s totally unisex.

‘Hav’ is the Scandinavian word for sea, perfectly summarizing the aroma of this selection. Salt spray and sea kelp make up the body of the scent, with notes of hawthorn berry and beach rose bringing that coastal element. Skandinavisk Hav Body Wash also contains potent moisturizing ingredients, including organic aloe vera leaf extract and organic glycerin, which promote the skin’s natural moisture barrier and prevent dryness. Danish spring water gently cleanses the entire body, and citric acid helps to clear the skin of impurities. 

SKANDINAVISK HAV Distant Shores Body Wash is the perfect way to transport yourself to the stunning shores of Scandinavia with every shower. Plus, the recyclable bioplastic tube is the perfect size for a gym bag or suitcase.

17. Plant Apothecary Start Happy Body Wash 


Wake up to a happier morning with Plant Apothecary Start Happy Body Wash. This black-owned, Brooklyn-based brand uses homegrown, clean ingredients to create a body wash that not only smells amazing but also promotes positive mental health. 

The crisp citrus scent of sweet orange, bergamot, and lemon uplifts and energizes, and warm base notes of patchouli and frankincense help set the tone for a balanced start to the day. This body wash is also free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances.

With 100% natural fragrances and high-quality ingredients, it is gentle on your skin and the environment. Fruit-based AHA’s, jojoba oil, and fatty acids restore and revitalize dry skin, while coconut extract moisturizes and increases elasticity. Vitamin E, vitamin C, and vitamin B5 all work together to protect the skin from stress and environmental damage, making this a long-term investment into your skin’s health and appearance. 

With its cute and cheerful packaging, Plant Apothecary Start Happy Body Wash is a must-have for anyone looking to begin their day with a positive and refreshed mindset. 

18. Buttah Body Egyptian CocoShea Body Wash 


Pamper your skin with Buttah Body Egyptian CocoShea Body Wash, a hydrating formula that harnesses the power of natural moisturizers. 

This body wash is specially formulated for melanin-rich skin, with a blend of African cocoa butter, shea butter, and nourishing multivitamin extracts. We also adore the scent of this body wash, as white lily, rose, heliotrope, white musk, and vanilla blend perfectly to create a steamy, aromatic shower experience. 

The smooth formula glides over your skin, leaving it with a silky finish, while Buttah’s own SP Duraquench™ formula provides deep, long-lasting hydration. Cocoa and shea butter help leave the skin hydrated and glowing, and marshmallow root soothes and promotes healing.

We love that this body wash is specifically designed to benefit melanin-rich skin, as it’s important to give your skin the specific treatment that it needs. Cruelty-free and made with the best ingredients, this body wash is perfect for those who want to benefit from deeply moisturizing and high quality ingredients. 

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