Odds are you’ve been using the same body wash for years. No shame in that, but have you ever stopped to think about what the best body wash for women actually is? Or wonder if there could possibly be a better one out there for you? Body wash may be the most underrated skin-care item in your routine, but it shouldn’t be. It’s the first product that touches your skin and one of the few things you use every day, plus it practically functions as your signature scent.

Choose your essential oils carefully: Too sweet or too floral and you can end up smelling like bad teen memories, while anything in the woodsy family can err on the side of overly perfumed. Sometimes it’s all about the extra-bubbly lather or cooling gel; other times our only incentive to even take a shower is to soothe dry, itchy skin. Either way, your body wash needs to be worthy of the Arctic journey from bed to shower.

At Glamour, our editors are just as particular about the products they use on their bodies as they are about the ones they put on their faces, so we decided to put the best body wash for women to the test. Here are the ones with our seal of approval.

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  • Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash with Glycolic Acid

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    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash With Glycolic Acid

    I’ve struggled with keratosis pilaris since I was a kid, and about once or twice a week I exfoliate to keep the little bumps at bay. I have a tendency to overscrub my arms and legs if I use a loofah, so I prefer to use gentle chemical exfoliants in a body wash—glycolic acid being the main ingredient in this product—since they remove dead skin cells without being as harsh and drying on my skin. —Talia Abbas, senior commerce editor

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    Malin + Goetz Rum Hand and Body Wash

    I first tried this body wash at a ~cool~ hotel in Mexico City and immediately ordered it so it would be waiting for me when I got home. We don’t have a ton of room in our shower, so a lot of my products are unisex and shared with my husband (that said, I would 100% buy my own personal bottle even if he didn’t want to use it). The paraben- and cruelty-free formula has an earthy, subtle fragrance and lathers beautifully—the kind of body wash you want to reapply after washing it off just to do it all over again. —Shanna Shipin, commerce director

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