Like most men, I’ve been known to perspire and get a bit musky from time to time. While it may be okay to some to cultivate that manly musk, many of us can get paranoid about smelling funky in a public setting (no one wants to be accused of having evil BO).
Now there’s obviously a few ways to rectify this issue should it plague you, and all of these measures should be taken to some degree. Deodorant, cologne (not for everyone, though), showers, brushing your teeth, you know, regular grooming.
Today, however, I want to talk about what you do from the get go; how you clean your skin and smell right in the shower.
Today’s topic of the best body wash, to me, is a very individual one. Our olfactory senses work in mysterious ways which is why I may find a cologne you love to be extremely offensive, and vice versa. You can really drive yourself nuts trying to find scents that are complimentary, which is why I believe it best to keep things neutral from the beginning. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to assume that you are the type to wear cologne and deodorant.
Finding a body wash that smells good and doesn’t offend is a fine balance. I find that a lot of men’s body washes tend to go overboard on the “man” part of the equation.
While it may seem reasonable for men of a certain vintage to wear Aqua Velva, I can assure you there aren’t a lot of us under the age of 60 who strive to smell like a cheap flower arrangement mixed with pastrami. Now that I’ve implanted that image in your brain, let’s take a look at some of the best smelling bodywashes for men.
I’ve long been a fan of Dove products. While it isn’t the sexiest choice when seeking out a new body wash, Dove performs quite well (it says “EXTRA FRESH” right on the bottle!).
Unlike other beauty products specifically marketed to men, this one from Dove doesn’t go overboard in trying to be too manly. While it is a scent that your partner may not want for herself, it’s more than suitable for you.
On top of smelling nicely, Dove does a fine job of moisturizing the skin as well. Since not a lot of men are too interested in lathering up with moisturizer after a shower, having a body wash that will partially take care of this is a serious boon to the skin.
The other benefit here is that Dove has a whole range of products specifically market to men so should you need complimentary products you can find something within the same range.
What I like most about Dove is that relative to its immediate competitors (think Axe and Old Spice) they’re short on gimmicks. I don’t need my body wash to sting the nostrils when I arrive in a room; I want it to clean my bod and maybe reveal itself when someone is quite close.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, yet effective option, Dove is the way to go.
If you’re the type of cat who has sensitive skin, this is the one for you. I’ve used many of the offerings from the bigger brands and occasionally I can get a rash. There are ingredients in there whose provenance is unknown, and this can potentially lead to some unsavoury results.
This wash from Puracy uses only natural ingredients and promises to be soft on your skin. This wash is 100% non-toxic and will work well for both genders. Unlike most washes, this one is only lightly fragranced with citrus so you can rest assured you won’t leave your home smelling like a club on the Jersey Shore.
It’s a tad more expensive than the other two options but for the reasons I just explained, is worth a few extra bucks. Not only will it be good for your skin and your nose, Puracy is a small outfit from Texas. It’ll feel good to support the little guy again. Not only are you helping yourself, but you’ll be helping a small business. If you can find something wrong with that than I’m not sure you’re the type of person I want to be associating with.
Nivea for Men Body Wash, Active3
Nivea products fall somewhere in between the inexpensive mainstream brands like Dove and the higher-end boutique labels. They have carved out a nice little niche for themselves providing quality products to the discerning palette who is also cost conscious.
I’ve always had good luck with Nivea products as they have consistently been good to my skin, wallet, and nose. Nivea never goes overboard in terms of how fragrant their products are, preferring to keep things clean and straightforward.
An added bonus to this product is that it actually works for shaving your mug as well. I don’t recommend that everyone does this, as the neck and face are sensitive areas, but for those of you with tough skin this is a great way to save a few bucks on shave gel.
As men, we’re inherently lazy when it comes to hygiene and personal conduct, so having a catch-all product like this is something to rejoice over. If you’re looking for something that’s slightly better quality than the mainstream labels but don’t want to break the bank, Nivea is the right choice for you.
When it comes to body washes the last thing you want to do is try to overcompensate by using something overly fragrant and offensive. I can assure you that any lady, or man for that matter, worth their salt will smell your offensive scent and desperate attempt from the second you set foot into the room.
Picking the right body wash comes down to two things: getting yourself clean and moisturized. If you can find something that does this and doesn’t smell like a tuna-fish sandwich mixed with potpourri, then I think you’re on your way to success. You don’t need to break the bank to find the right body wash, but be sure to smell anything before you purchase it. You can never be too vigilant.