Updated: January 18, 2020
By Derek Martin
Hey man, it’s time to ditch that feminine or gender neutral smelling body wash and start taking showers like a real man.
While that “summer ocean breeze” scented body wash might work well for the ladies, it’s well past time you upgraded your daily grooming routine and started using a body wash that not only smells great, but is specifically designed for men like us.
Since choosing the best smelling body wash for men isn’t a matter of just one man’s opinion, I enlisted the help of thousands of user reviews from guys like you and me (that many noses can’t be wrong) to bring you this list of 8 best smelling body washes for men. Enjoy.
- Molton Brown – Re-charge Black Pepper
- Cremo – Blue Cedar and Cyprus
- Anthony – Alpine Wood
- Brickell – Invigorating Mint
- Olivina Men – Bourbon Cedar
- 18.21 Man Made – Sweet Tobacco
- Bath & Body Works – Bourbon
- Pré de Provence – No. 63
8 Best Smelling Body Washes for Men Reviewed
Molton Brown – Re-charge Black Pepper
Since this list is all about the best smelling body washes for men, it only makes sense to kick it off with this Re-charge Black Pepper scented body wash from Molton Brown. Unlike pretty much any body wash you’ll find in stores, Molton Brown is on another level when it comes to luxury grooming products with a rugged, masculine edge. Re-charge Black Pepper is one of their signature scents and dare I say, smells like manliness personified in body wash form. With notes of black pepper, lemon, ginger, coriander, basil, violet leaf, vetiver, oak moss, and ambergris, this body wash from Molton Brown is strictly for discerning gentleman who desire nothing but the best.
What else is great about Molton Brown body wash?
• The scent lasts
Lot’s of body washes smell pretty good, but that great scent rarely makes it beyond the confines of the shower before the smell fades into oblivion. What’s great about Molton Brown body wash is that it not only smells awesome in the shower, but the scent lingers on the skin for most of the day. After all, when something smells this good, you’re not gonna want to keep it a secret.
• It lathers really well
One of the things I really like about this Molton Brown body wash is that it works into a thick, rich lather that makes getting clean satisfying and easy. While a big lather might not seem like a big deal, it’s actually beneficial for a couple reasons. A thick lather does a better job of breaking down dirt, oil, bacteria and grime, and it stretches the life expectancy of the body wash since less is needed per use.
• Other great scents
While I certainly haven’t tried all of Molton Brown body wash fragrances, Re-charge black pepper isn’t the only scent they offer. With over 15 fragrances available, Molton Brown has developed quite the reputation for producing some of the best smelling body washes for men. If Re-charge Black Pepper doesn’t strike your fancy, I recommend checking out their Tobacco Absolute or Russian Leather body wash scents.
What I don’t like:
I’d like to see Molton Brown offer this in a larger size bottle.
Cremo – Blue Cedar & Cyprus
One of the things that really sucks about the smell of common grocery store bought body washes is that they are, well, common. Big name brand companies seem to think that every guy wants to smell like a jockstrap wearing athlete or a crisp sea breeze. While those scents are okay for high schoolers, it’s about time gentlemen such as ourselves upgraded to something more refined and mature. Enter Cremo body wash for men. Cremo seeks to bridge the gap between ordinary scented body wash, and extraordinary scented body wash. Their team of self proclaimed “scent experts” custom formulate each of their complex fragrances for gentleman who desire something more from their daily grooming routine. One of Cremo’s original fragrances that tickles my fancy is their Blue Cedar and Cyprus. It pairs the classic woody scent of cypress and cedar with a splash of citrus and lemon peel. The result is a refreshingly masculine fragrance that is uncommonly good.
What else is great about Cremo Blue Cedar & Cyprus body wash?
• Rock solid lineup
Scent is subjective, I get it. That’s one of the things that’s so great about Cremo; they have a diverse line of 9 unique scented body washes for men. Blue Cedar & Cyprus not your cup of tea? No problem. Here is a few of their other highest rated, best
- Bourbon & Oak
- Sage & Citrus
- Citron & Vetiver
- Silver Water & Birch
- Cooling Citrus & Mint Leaf
- Sea Grass & Driftwood
What I don’t like:
Nothing. Great scent. Reasonable price. Good all-around deal in my opinion.
Anthony – Alpine Wood
From my experience I find that there’s little that Anthony can do wrong, and this Invigorating Rush body wash/shampoo duo is no exception. It has a masculine “alpine wood” scent that smells like you literally just stepped into a forest, and certainly makes for an awesome smelling addition to any man’s daily grooming routine. Formulated with eucalyptus extract, birch leaf extract, Canadian balsam extract, alba extract, and sage leaf extract, this body wash offers a manly scent for men who actually enjoy smelling like men.
What else is great about Anthony Invigorating Rush body wash?
• Body and hair
Like most men, I appreciate a grooming routine that is simple and convenient, and that’s one of the things that I really appreciate about Anthony Invigorating Rush cleanser. Not only is it an awesome smelling body wash, but it doubles as a shampoo as well. While I typically don’t use multi-purpose washes on a regular basis, I find that they make life easier, and are super convenient for my post-workout shower at the gym. After all, the fewer products I have to cram into my gym bag the better.
• Invigorating rush – literally
I initially assumed that the name Invigorating Rush was just there to sound good, and didn’t have any real significance based on reality. I was wrong. The “alpine wood” scent provides a blast of wake the fuck up refreshment to my senses during those early morning showers. It leaves me feeling energized, refreshed, and dare I say, invigorated.
What I don’t like:
Pricey. As with most Anthony products, you can expect to pay a premium for their products.
Brickell – Invigorating Mint
It’s really no surprise that I included a Brickell product on this list. And it’s not because I’m biased, or a fan boy – because I’m not. The real reason is because their products are simply kick-ass, and they smell awesome. Like all of Brickell’s products, their Invigorating Mint body wash for men is formulated using only safe, natural, and organic ingredients that are designed to outperform the synthetic crap commonly found in other brands. Aside from offering a refreshing blast of minty fresh goodness to every shower, this Invigorating Mint body wash is designed to cleanse, hydrate, and moisturize, while leaving skin smelling clean and masculine.
What else is great about Brickell Invigorating Mint body wash?
• It’s invigorating – No, really
Hell, they don’t call it Invigorating Mint for nothing. One of my favorite things about this body wash is the way the fresh mint fragrance wakes my lazy ass up in the morning. It’s sort of like someone giving you a kick to the balls while you’re half asleep – minus the pain and agony.
• It’s moisturizing
As it turns out, an awesome fragrance isn’t the only superpower this body wash has. Brickell formulated it with skin nourishing and hydrating ingredients including:
- Aloe vera
- Jojoba oil
- Vitamin E
- Tea tree oil
Skin is left feeling squeaky clean, without being stripped of essential moisture. Just smooth, soft, hydrated skin that smells damn good.
• A little goes a long way
Brickell’s products are known to be super premium, and highly effective, but they don’t carry a cheap price tag. That being said, it’s important to point out that a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. Just a small dollop of it works into a thick, rich lather that cleanses from head to toe. Brickell estimates that the 16 ounce bottle lasts for 45 days with twice daily use. For best results, I recommend using a loofah or washcloth in order to achieve the best lather.
What I don’t like:
Pricey. As with most Brickell products, their stuff isn’t cheap. But I will admit, A bottle of this Invigorating Mint body wash does last, so I can’t complain too much.
Olivina Men – Bourbon Cedar
Bourbon and cedar scented body wash? Does it get anymore masculine than that? Olivina Men is based out of Nashville, Tennessee and as you probably deduced, specialize in men specific grooming products for guys who care about function, fragrance, and quality. “Bourbon cedar” is one of their signature scents and can be found in many of their male skincare products, including: deodorant, shave cream, bar soap, lotion, and of course this all-in-one body wash. Their all-natural bourbon cedar scent can be described as smoky, woody, and manly, with subtle notes of vanilla. It’s certainly a departure from those feminine smelling products in the grocery store aisle.
What else is great about Olivina Men body wash?
• A little goes a long way
While this certainly isn’t the cheapest men’s body wash you’re going to come across, it is on the other hand very long lasting. I find that 2 small pumps from the pump bottle is all you need to work this all-in-one body wash into a thick, rich lather that is capable of cleansing from head to toe.
Not only is this a great smelling body wash, but it’s a great smelling shampoo and face wash as well. Olivina Men formulated this all-in-one wash for safe, effective use from head to toe. It’s perfect for gym goers, guys looking to simplify their daily shower, or if you just want to reduce shower clutter.
What I don’t like:
Nothing. I think Olivina did a great job on this one. The price is probably going to be higher than you’re used to paying for body wash, but the 33.8 ounce size bottle is pretty big and lasts a while. I did read a few reviewers mention that their pump broke after a few uses, but I personally didn’t experience this problem.
18.21 Man Made – Sweet Tobacco
Quite possibly the manliest smelling body wash on the list is this 18.21 Man Made Wash. Taking inspiration from prohibition era speakeasy lounges, this body wash features a robust sweet tobacco aroma with hints of spicy saffron, dried fruit, Manuka honey, dark vanilla, tonka bean, exotic woods, and powdery musk. It smells like liquid masculinity in a bottle – and a it’s a pretty badass looking bottle too. Inspired by the look and feel of a whiskey bottle, 18.21 Man Made Wash manages to look as awesome as it smells.
What else is great about 18.21 Man Made Wash?
Not only is this an awesome smelling body wash, it’s an awesome smelling shampoo and conditioner as well. 18.21 formulated this 3-in-1 wash to offer men an easy and convenient solution for getting clean. Not only does it leave skin feeling squeaky clean and moisturized, it removes excess oil, dirt, and grime from hair, while providing nourishing hydration. What’s inside:
- Macadamia glycerides – Offers moisturizing benefits, while acting as an emollient to help soften and soothe the skin.
- Hydrolyzed quinoa – Contains vegetable protein to cleanse and nourish hair. It also helps strengthen, protect, and repair damaged hair, and can even help promote new growth.
- Hydrolyzed jojoba esters – A natural hair and skin conditioning agent that also acts as an occlusive to protect and lock in moisture.
Bath & Body Works – Bourbon
If you’ve ever walked through the mall, I’m sure you’ve noticed the Bath & Body Works store and the feminine smelling fragrances wafting through the front door. What you probably failed to notice however is their line of men specific grooming products that were being drowned out by all the loud, flowery smelling products for woman. I don’t blame you. Part of Bath & Body Works’ Men’s Collection is this bourbon scented 2-in-1 hair and body wash. It Features a bold scent of white pepper, dark amber, and Kentucky oak that leaves skin smelling tough, rugged, bold, and unmistakably masculine.
What else is great about Bath & Body Works body wash?
• Long lasting scent
I get it, you want a body wash that smells great in the shower, but also stays with you and keeps you smelling awesome throughout the day. I’m with you on that one. That’s what I really like about this Bath & Body Works Bourbon scented body wash. Not only does it create a masculine blast of nose pleasing fragrance to my morning shower, but it lingers on the skin for most of the day. After use, if you plan on getting up close and personal with anyone, expect compliments.
• Body & hair
You don’t have to limit this awesome smelling body wash to just your body, you can let your hair in on the action too. Bath & Body Work’s designed their Men’s Collection of body washes to double as effective, hair cleansing shampoos as well.
What I don’t like:
I’d like to see Bath and Body Works offer this in a larger size bottle.
Pré de Provence – No. 63
Handcrafted by French artisans, Pré de Provence No. 63 is a line of men’s products that’s inspired by the natural scents and fragrances found in the tranquil setting of Provence in southern France. No. 63 features a masculine scent that’s described as: warm, spicy, and peppery with a citrus top note, rounded by cedar wood, plum, violet leaves, and finished with an amber base of leather and tobacco. If that description doesn’t fit the model of best smelling body wash for men, I don’t know what does.
What else is great about Pré de Provence No. 63 body wash?
Yes it’s important for body wash to leave our skin smelling great, but I bet you also want it to leave your skin feeling soft, supple, hydrated and smooth as well, right? One of the great things about this Pre dé Provence No. 64 body wash aside from it’s scent, is it’s ability to moisturize the skin. It’s formulated with skin nourishing ingredients such as:
- Glycerin – Glycerin is an emollient and humectant that attracts moisture to the skin and keeps it there.
- Shea oil – Due to the high concentrations of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea oil, it’s very nourishing and moisturizing for the skin.
- Aloe vera – A highly moisturizing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that hydrates and improves skin’s elasticity.
• Long lasting scent
When you have a men’s body wash that smells as good as Pré de Provence No.63, it makes sense that you would want the fragrance to last as long as possible. That’s where this body wash excels. The scent lingers on the skin for hours, and leaves you smelling fresh, masculine and rugged. Expect compliments.
What I don’t like:
For the price, I’d like to see Pré de Provence offer this in a larger size bottle.
How to Use Body Wash – 4 Tips
Using body wash isn’t exactly rocket science. You slather the stuff all over your body and rinse it off. How hard could that be?
While I’m not exactly here to tell you how to use body wash, I do however want to provide you with some tips and tricks that help you get the most out of that awesome smelling body wash, and maybe help you save a little money in the process.
Tip #1 – Less is more
One of the most common mistakes guys make in the shower is using way more body wash than is actually needed. After all, your skin can only get so clean right?
My advice is to use a small dime sized amount and see how far that get’s you. I think you’ll soon discover that you’ve been using way more than needed all along. And if you do happen to need more, you can use more. At least you’ll know you aren’t wasting product and basically rinsing your hard earned money down the drain.
Tip #2 – Use a washcloth or loofa
While this tends to be one of those personal preference type of things, I do however recommend you guys use a washcloth or loofa when cleansing with body wash. I figure most guys typically use their hands to distribute body wash, but in reality this is the least effective method of getting clean, and it’s the most wasteful.
Not only will a washcloth or loofa build a bigger and better lather, the textured surface of these applicators does a significantly better job of sloughing away dead skin, dirt, oil, and grime. Let’s face it, the smooth palm of your hand has zero exfoliating capabilities, and it requires more product to build less lather, which = money wasted. It’s kind of a lose-lose-lose situation.
Tip #3 – Don’t wash your face with it
Unless your body wash is designed for facial use, I recommend keeping it below the chin. While it can be tempting and convenient to lather your face up since it’s already on your hands, body wash’s cleansing agents are specifically designed for, you guessed it, your body.
The skin on our faces tends to be more sensitive, and is more prone to drying out than the skin on our bodies. So unless the bottle specifies otherwise, keep body wash on your body and use face wash on your face.
Tip #4 – Rinse thoroughly
When all is said and done, make sure you rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pay close attention to those sensitive nook and cranny areas like your balls, taint, and ass. Body wash that’s left on the skin can cause unpleasant irritation and dryness.
Thanks for checking out my list of best smelling body washes for men. If you found this article helpful, I recommend checking out my list of best smelling shampoos for men. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.