9 Shower Gels & Body Washes Our Beauty Editors *Always* Recommend – cosmopolitan.com


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I don’t know about you, but over the last few months of lockdown, I’ve been trying to soak up every second of self-care time I can get. Yup, in between re-watching every single episode of The Hills (team LC forever), I’ll peel myself off the sofa, run a bath, fill it with dreamy-smelling bath salts, shove on a face mask, and lather up my bod (- all whilst pretending I’m laying in some fancy spa’s infinity pool, rather than a tiny one-bedroom flat in Battersea).

It’s true, self-care is having a moment, and what better way to embrace it than reaching for a luxe body wash? I’m not saying you have to spend £££ on a snazzy foaming formula, nope, Westlab’s Soothing Shower Wash + Dead Sea Salt Minerals costs less than £2 and I love it. The formula is pH balanced to support naturally healthy skin, whilst leaving you feeling soothed and refreshed.

If you do fancy something a little more extravagant, let me point you in the direction of Glossier’s Body Hero Daily Oil Wash, £18. The rich balmy formula melts into the skin (in the same way an oil face cleanser works), removing any dirt or impurities and then transforming into a milky lather as it comes into contact with water. It will leave skin feel clean, soft and supple, thanks to the moisture-rich formula (perfect if you’re a dry skin sufferer, like me).

If you need even more self-care inspo, be sure to check out the 12 beauty products bringing our editors joy right now, and all our tips for making the most of staying in

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Best shower gel for moisturising skin

Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash

Glossier
glossier.com

US$18.00

It’s official, Glossier can do no wrong. Their Body Hero is an oil cleanser ‘inspired by the ones for your face, but made for your body’ say the brand. It contains a blend of seven oils that attract grime and sweat, lifting it from your skin and washing away. The formula transforms to a milky froth when it comes into contact with water, then washes away without drying out skin. Win, win, win. 

2

Best shower gel for the eco-conscious

REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash

REN Clean Skincare
lookfantastic.com

£22.00

If you aren’t familiar with REN Clean Skincare, then you should know that the brand have been doing ‘clean beauty’ since long before it became a thing. Their latest body wash contains Magnesium, which helps to energise the body by encouraging cell renewal and reducing stress damage. The body wash not only cleanses the skin, but refreshes the senses thanks to a potent blend of essential oils. 

The planet-friendly brand have housed their dreamy shower gel in an 100% recycled bottle, 20% of which is reclaimed ocean plastic.

3

Best shower gel for an amazing scent

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel

sol-de-janeiro
feelunique.com

£10.00

If you want a shower gel that transports your mind to a far-flung tropical island, this is it. The creamy lather leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and moisturised, removing any dirt without being too harsh or stripping skin of its natural oils. The pistachio and salted caramel fragrance is, hands down, better than any perfume I’ve ever smelt. 

4

Best shower gel for quick foam

Rituals The Ritual of Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals
lookfantastic.com

£8.50

If you like a shower gel that gets suuuper foamy, you’ll love this body wash. The luxe creamy formula froths up as you rub it into the skin, and captures any dirt or impurities to leave your bod feeling clean and refreshed. Plus, the rich citrus scent of Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood is basically happiness in a bottle. 

5

Best shower gel for organic ingredients

Green People Daily Aloe Shower Gel

Green People
greenpeople.co.uk

£12.50

Green People are known for championing the very best natural and organic ingredients within their product formulations, and this shower gel is no exception. Made without parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), harsh foaming agents, SLS/SLES, gluten, petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones… and the list goes on! 

It moisturises skin leaving it soft and clean, whilst the calming aroma of lavender and aloe vera help soothe.

6

Best shower gel for Insta-worthy packaging

& Other Stories Riviera Postcard Body Wash

& Other Stories
stories.com.uk

£8.00

& Other Stories are known for their s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g fashion drops, but their beauty line deserves some serious props as well. Not only are all the products packaged beautifully (in Insta-worthy bottles) but they’re also made with A* formulas. From the eyeshadow palettes to the body creams, we’re a huge fan of the brand, and this refreshing citrus scented body wash is firm fave. Forget what you thought you knew about fruity shower gels (like artificial orange and sickly sweet strawberry scents), this one has rich notes of lemon zest and pineapple, grounded with a creamy whipped vanilla base. Yum. 

7

Best shower gel for sensitive skin

Westlab Soothing Shower Wash + Dead Sea Salt Minerals

I still can’t believe this shower gel costs less than £2… The clever formula is pH balanced to support naturally healthy skin, contains zero harsh ingredients (like SLS/SLES) and is rich in skin-nourishing minerals. Lather up with this and it’ll leave you feeling soothed and clean.  

8

best shower gel for zero plastic

Haeckels Small Exfoliating Vegan Seaweed Block

Haeckels
haeckels.co.uk

£4.00

British skincare brand, Haeckels, have somehow managed to concoct the soap of our dreams… 

The vegan-friendly seaweed formula is 100% free from synthetic fragrances, instead, it’s packed with natural aloe vera and tea tree, to hydrate and repair the skin as you wash. The bar also contains tiny crushed coriander seeds and peppercorns, to gently exfoliate leaving the skin feeling smooth. 

9

Best shower gel for relaxation

This Works deep sleep shower gel

this works
asos.com

£18.00

Sulphate-free and packed with aromatherapy oils, including lavender, vetiver and camomile, this shower gel is more like a spa treatment than a body wash. Skin-softening coconut oil leaves limbs feeling nourished and smooth, whilst the calming scents help destress your mind.

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