Sometimes I find myself purchasing products that cost a little bit more simply because of the brand, thinking that they might be better for my skin, have better ingredients, etc. A few months ago I had purchased this body wash for $25 from Ulta and didn’t love it. I was really surprised because I’ve always heard great things about Philosophy products and it wasn’t from the drug store; so duh, it must be better, right?! Once I started getting to the bottom of the bottle, it dawned on me that there is probably something better for a fraction of the cost. So, instead of repurchasing what I had been using I decided to purchase five drugstore body washes and put them to the test. Because I tend to have ashy + dry skin, I was looking for something extremely moisturizing. Even better, something I won’t need to follow up with a ton of lotion after coming out of the shower. I am happy to report that I did find a lucky winner!
I listed the drugstore body washes in order from worst to best and also wanted to show an image holding each bottle, so you can get a real idea of the size.
5. Burt’s Bees ($7.79) // This is the first one I tried and coincidentally my least favorite out of the bunch. I found it to be very fragrant but not quite so sudsy, while also being extremely oily. I liked the fact that this product is 99.9% natural but, really prefer a gel consistency and something a lot more moisturizing. If you’re looking for something all natural and don’t need the extra moisture, this one is for you!
4. Olay Ultra Moisture ($6.49) // While the formula of this body wash was much closer to a gel consistency than the Burt’s Bees one, I felt like it was too thick for me. It was more like a cream in my opinion, which I didn’t love. And on top of all that the vanilla indulgence smell was way too strong for me. On the plus side there are other scents available and it did leave my skin feeling more moisturized than the Burt’s Bees, in comparison. Still not a winner all around but definitely getting closer.
3. Dove Deep Moisture ($5.49) // I was surprised this one didn’t make the top two, if I’m being honest. It is rated the “#1 dermatologist recommended,” and I’ve always heard nothing but good things about it. This was actually the last one I tried out of the five. On the pros side, I found the smell to be right up my alley and it wasn’t too thick. However, it was a touch on the creamy side. Over to the cons though, I felt like I needed to use a lot of product to get to the level of lather I prefer. On the moisture level, I didn’t feel like it was moisturizing enough and I still needed to lather on a ton of lotion after my shower. Like I said, I was pretty surprised I didn’t love this formula and I probably won’t re-purchase it.
2. Nivea Sparkle ($6.99) // The only con I had about this body wash was the largeness of the bottle. I think it looks appealing to have a bottle with a pump, but I found it difficult to hold my luffa, hold the bottle in my other hand, and pump the product out. It also claims to illuminate, which I didn’t find to be true to my experience. The best parts for me were that the smell isn’t over powering, while also smelling clean and it is the perfect gel formula that does a pretty fair job moisturizing too. Win, win, win. Otherwise, I think I would absolutely repurchase this body wash in a smaller size. It hit most of my needs on the head!
1. Aveeno Active Naturals ($8.79) // The big winner! This body wash claims to “help replenish skin’s natural moisture for healthier looking skin,” and I found that it did just that. I almost don’t have to put any lotion on after I get out of the shower and my skin stayed moisturized through the next day (I’m a night shower-er if yore curious). Another plus for me is that it is a genuine gel formula, with an extremely clean, fresh + light scent that lathers perfectly. While this isn’t the “#1 dermatologist recommended,” the bottle does claim to be dermatologist recommended, unlike the majority of the body washes I tried.
So there is a little truth to the statement that you get what you pay for since I ended up loving the most expensive drugstore body wash I tired; however, $8.79 compared to $25.00 is a steal. I hope this list helps you find the perfect body wash for you. I’d love to know your go-to body washes are, especially if I haven’t listed any of them here!
Have a great weekend! xx