9 Heavenly Body Washes That Smell As Good As They Work

By Tara | Updated: 15/04/2024

Body washes play a crucial part in our daily hygiene, but we don’t want to ‘just wash our body’, do we? We want to come out of the shower smelling like a chocolate chip cookie or a garden of flowers.

A good body wash not only serves its purpose, but it can also transform our shower routine into a sensory journey. Think of smelling the fresh breeze of the ocean that lingers throughout the shower time and why not even during the day?

As we seek to elevate our body care routines, these deliciously smelling body washes effortlessly combine hygiene and indulgence, turning the act of washing into a fragrant and therapeutic experience that soothes the mind and why not, improves our mood.

Read on for our picks of the best-smelling body washes you can buy in Australia.

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9 of the Best Smelling Body Washes to Buy in Australia

Aesop A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser
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Aesop has crafted a masterpiece of body cleanser for anyone who loves spicy scents. It’s a gentle body cleanser infused with Damask Rose Flower Oil, and enhanced with Cardamom and Black Pepper.

Aesop is a brand that’s committed to quality and natural ingredients. It’s also well known for its minimalist and elegant designs. These qualities shine through this luxurious body cleanser. It’s formulated as a gentle cleanser, and because it’s enriched with oils, it leaves the skin soft and moisturised. It’s one of those products with an energising scent, spicy with a hint of rose.

Mls: 500ml | Scent: Warm, floral aroma

Frank Body Clearing Body Wash

Frank Body Clearing Body Wash
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Banish your body acne with the Clearing Body Wash from Frank Body. Formulated with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, a well-known ingredient that fights acne and exfoliates dead skin cells, Kakadu Plum extract, rich in Vitamin C and great for post-acne hyperpigmentation and Coffee extract to energise the skin.

Clearing Body wash can be emulsified into a lovely lather and targets skin concerns such as rough texture, body acne, keratosis pilaris (strawberry skin) and flaky skin.

Mls: 360ml | Scent: Mandarin and cedarwood

endota Gentle Bath & Body Wash

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The Gentle Bath & Body Wash by Endota is a luxury body wash that combines the highest gentleness and a comforting aroma. It’s formulated without harsh surfactants and it’s enriched with oats and chamomile that calm sensitive skin types, as well as lavender, well known for its use in aromatherapy, creating a serene bathing experience.

The gentle formula not only makes this the best body wash for dry skin but also renders it suitable for kids. It has a gentle lather and a fresh scent, but not overbearing.

Mls: 250ml | Scent: Lavender, oat, chamomile

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GO TO Shower Party Shower Gel

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GO TO Shower Gel is formulated with gentle surfactants and humectants like glycerin and betaine, that offer a moisturising wash every time. Shower Party Gel is enriched with nourishing oils (sacha inchi seeds and sunflower oil) and soothing ingredients like aloe vera and Vitamin E making it suitable for every skin type.

The sophisticated scent of pink pepper and patchouli can transform your shower sessions into an awakening experience.

Mls: 200ml | Scent: Pink pepper and patchouli

Jurlique Lavender Shower Gel

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Jurlique Shower Gel will wrap your skin with a rich lather while offering a gentle cleanse. Its gentle formula is enriched with many botanical extracts that can turn your shower time into a spa experience.

Lavender, Chamomile Calendula extract and many more soothe and protect the skin barrier. The Lemon balm and Lavender scent can create a relaxing environment while the shower gel leaves the skin feeling clean and moisturised.

Mls: 300ml | Scent: Lavender

MANSCAPED UltraPremium Body Wash

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Get your husband hooked on the cologne-infused body wash from Manscaped. Enriched with aloe vera and sea salt, it not only balances and controls natural oil production but also intensely hydrates the skin leaving it smooth and refreshed. It’s the perfect scent for anyone seeking a subtle, clean and masculine scent.

Mls: 475ml | Scent:  Light citrus, sambac jasmine, vetiver, and light woods

epzen Calm Cleanse

EPZEN Calm Cleanse Body Wash
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Epzen Calm Cleanse is crafted with care to calm your mind and body after a long tiring day. Its skin-softening formula is enriched with humectants, Vitamin E and rosehip oil, which help to gently cleanse the body. The texture is that of a thick shower gel that lathers really nicely.

It has a woody scent thanks to the natural essential oils present in the formula such as patchouli, geranium, neroli and lavender oil.

Mls: 750ml | Scent: Lavender and Patchouli

Body Blendz Firming Exfoliant Wash

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The Body Blendz Firming Exfoliant Wash combines the pleasure of cleansing with exfoliation benefits. It’s carefully crafted with gentle surfactants, fruit-derived exfoliating acids, pineapple extract, niacinamide and panthenol.

This body wash helps with several body concerns like texture and acne, evens skin tone and leaves the skin smooth and rejuvenated.

Mls: 150g | Scent: Coffee and pineapple

Bondi Wash Body Wash

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Bondi Wash Body Wash is a sensitive skin-friendly product and the formulation is so gentle that it can be used on the face as well.

Body wash offers three unique scents for you to choose from: Tasmanian Pepper and lavender for a relaxing sensation, Sydney Peppermint and rosemary, an invigorating scent and Lemon Tea Tree and mandarin for an uplifting shower session.

Mls: 500ml | Scent: Lemon Tea Tree and Mandarin

Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser

Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser
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Grown Alchemist has created a botanical-based body cleanser, suitable for all skin types. The cleansing agents are plant-based, Neroli, Rosemary and Tangerine fruit oils nourish the body and and offer calming aromatic properties.

This body wash is formulated with Jojoba, Macadamia and Rosehip oil, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that nourish soften the skin and protect the skin barrier.

Mls: 500ml | Scent: Chamomile, bergamot and rose

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have sensitive skin?

Using a scented body wash can be a little tricky for sensitive skin, but there are a few tips you can follow to minimise the risk of irritation.

  1. Choose hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested products.
  2. Always patch test before using a body wash all over.
  3. Choose mild-scented body washes, formulated with natural ingredients compared to synthetic fragrances.
  4. If you experience irritation, it’s better to switch to fragrance-free body washes.
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What ingredients should I look for in a body wash?

When choosing a body cleanser, you should keep in mind your skin type and the conditions you want to target.

  • The most important part of a body wash is the cleansing agent or surfactant. The most common one is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate-SLS. But, this ingredient has shown to be very drying for the skin, so it’s better if you avoid it, especially if you have sensitive and dry skin. Some gentler surfactants you can look for are sodium lauroyl isethionate, sodium isethionate, cocamidopropyl betaine etc.
  • If you have dry skin you will want a body wash full of hydrating and moisturising ingredients as well as nourishing oils. Look for agents such as glycerin, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, olive oil etc.
  • If you want to have a little exfoliation action, especially for those who suffer from body acne, you need a body wash with AHAs (such as lactic or glycolic acid), salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide.
  • And if your only condition is that your body wash leaves your skin smelling great, then choose one with oils and plant extracts that you prefer, like Australian eucalyptus, Mediterranean rosemary, orange blossom, California lavender etc.

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Tara Lusk is the founder and creator of Beauty Space
Tara Lusk is a Sydney-based beauty enthusiast and the founder of Beauty Space. She launched the blog in 2018 to showcase the best beauty and skincare brands emerging from Australia, while also providing insider tips and tricks for hair and skincare. With a focus on tried-and-true products, Tara puts the latest cult products to the test to separate hype from substance.

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