There once was a time when the thought of using anything other than a block of soap in the shower wouldn’t have washed with most men. But if you really want to smell great all day long, you can’t rely on aftershave alone.
Fortunately, modern body washes do well to replicate the scents of their eau de toilette siblings. And so, here are 10 of the best men’s shower gels for making a clean getaway every morning.
American Crew 24-Hour Deodorant Body Wash
Many men will be familiar with American Crew’s range of hair products as the stuff used in barbershops across the country. However, the brand also makes 24-Hour Deodorant Body Wash that works to eliminate odour completely rather than masking it with a heavy fragrance.
Available at John Lewis, priced £11.50.
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Shower Gel
For grooming products at an affordable price point, there are few better brands than L’Oréal Paris Men Expert. The Hydra Energetic Shower Gel is packed with vitamins to deliver a concentrated wake-up when its needed most. And at less than the price of a pint, if this was a block of soap, we’d say it was a bar-gain.
Available at Boots, priced £2.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Shower Gel
Most of us have far too much month at the end of our money. So it makes sense to look for ways to make things go that little bit further. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino redefined the classic eau de cologne, but comes with a price tag to match. Give it a base layer to last all day with the matching shower gel.
Available at Selfridges, priced £44.
Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash
Even after shaving your legs with a shower cap on, you won’t have to turn in your man card if using Molton Brown’s Black Peppercorn Body Wash. The strong, masculine scent has been a best seller for the British brand since 2002.
Available at Molton Brown, priced £20.
Cowshed Bullocks Bracing Body Wash
Take the bull by the Bullocks and try Cowshed’s dedicated men’s range for a long-lasting, spa-like scent which features a range of skin-saving essentials oils, petitgrain, grapefruit and ylang ylang. You could you go as far to say it’s the bull’s…
Available at Cowshed, priced £18.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Oud Hair & Shower Gel
Even if you’re not one for dousing yourself in EDT after, Acqua Di Parma’s rich, oud-infused hair and shower gel will have passersby begging you to come clean about your scent. In short: it’s one to hide away if you live with flatmates.
Available at House Of Fraser, priced £39.
Baxter Of California Invigorating Body Wash
It sounds weird to take into account the actual bottle design when buying a shower gel. But as any man who has attempted to hold on to a lathered bottle like one of those 1990s water snake toys will tell you, plumping for a pump – like the one on Baxter Of California’s Invigorating Body Wash – has its payoffs.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £17.
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Gel
Finding a good shower gel is no lathering matter. Fortunately, Aesop makes the search easy with its usual squat brown bottle and apothecary label, which this time houses a botanically enhanced cleanser that gently removes grime, banishes odour and leaves skin smelling of fresh ingredients including bergamot and mandarin.
Available at Mankind, priced £31.
Jack Black All-Over Wash
Pull the plug on carrying an over-stuffed grooming bag to and from the gym with Jack Black’s All-Over Wash. The multi-purpose face, hair and body cleanser works to get rid of dirt and sweat without stripping away essential natural oils.
Available at Escentual, priced £38.
Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel
Plenty of shower gels claim to moisturise the skin but end up doing the opposite. Korres’ Santorini Vine contains wheat proteins that form a protective film on the skin, maintaining regular hydration levels. Even better than its distinct, naturally sweet aroma is the fact its also available as a miniature, so you never need let your scent game slip.
Available at Feel Unique, priced £8.