Best Bath & Shower Products

Your shower or bath is the place you start your skincare routine. With the right body wash, you can moisturise, treat acne or calm skin ailments. Read on to find the best shower products for your specific skincare needs. Keep reading…

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Palmolive Naturals Shower Milk

Palmolive Naturals Shower Milk 🏆 2024

4.3  (85)
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Emilia Malone
Emilia MaloneWA10 posts
 
Smells so great!My body are silky smooth and smell so good. I love it. Thanks to Palmolive and highly recommended this product to use. Show reply
Ego QV Body Wash

Ego QV Body Wash 🏆 2024

4.1  (108)
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Lily
Lily2150122 posts
 
MooGoo Milk Wash

MooGoo Milk Wash 🏆 2024

4.6  (37)
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Karina P.
Karina P.2 posts
 
The best of all shower gels!!!This product is so pure and good, cannot stress enough. We don’t even need moisturiser as it leaves the skin very soft and hydrated. Have been using it for years now and will continue to use it. The customer service is exceptional too with little unexpected gifts in the order and great packaging to deliver the goods intact. Show details
Ego QV Bath Oil

Ego QV Bath Oil 🏆 2024

4.7  (29)
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meaganjade
meaganjadeVIC8 posts
 
Veldere Lavender Body Soap

Veldere Lavender Body Soap

4.7  (27)
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Elle T.
Elle T.VIC10 posts
 
Good quality soapI’ve been looking for soap that smells good and doesn’t cause me any skin dryness, luckily this one ticks those boxes and I’m glad It was recommended to me. It’s pricey compared to other soaps. Show details
Lux Body Wash

Lux Body Wash

4.1  (54)
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funkynana
funkynanaVIC31 posts
 
O.M.GI bought the new Lux magical spell body wash . what the hell. how devine is the smell . I fell in love with it . Lux body wash suds up and washes your body well. I love Lux. but this new one MAGICAL SPELL. GET ON IT folks . the smell is stunningly devinely beautiful.  Show details
Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash

Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash

4.0  (54)
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most_03_possum
most_03_possum
 
Leaves skin feeling tacky and dryI remember when this was as good as they come. Now it just leaves my skin feeling tacky, sticky and drier than before.
MooGoo Milk Soaps

MooGoo Milk Soaps

4.8  (18)
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Liam Wilkins
Liam WilkinsNSW9 posts
 
Loving this soapAwesome soap, makes our skin smooth and the fragrance are mild and not to strong that is not irritate our skin. Show details
St. Ives Body Wash

St. Ives Body Wash

4.4  (23)
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Ysabel B.
Ysabel B.5 posts
 
Smells heavenly but didn't worked as I'd like it to beI bought the body as a replacement for an oatmeal soap that has run out stock. The smell was so good but it didn't helped with the blemished skin on my back and shoulders. The shea butter is good though!
Avon Skin-So-Soft

Avon Skin-So-Soft

4.6  (20)
therese
therese2 posts
 
this is perfect cant live without itneed to be available in Australia please so important now
The Body Shop Hemp

The Body Shop Hemp

4.0  (32)
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SueKi
SueKiNSW
 
Health Basics Body Wash

Health Basics Body Wash

3.8  (33)
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Ignatios K.
Ignatios K.
 
Best body wash in my entire lifeI bought Health Basics body wash out of curiosity ("contains no soap", the label read). In my 60 years, I've never felt my skin so healthy! You do need to rub your body a bit more diligently, but the effect is super satisfying, and until your next shower your skin is a lot better off. Congratulations to whoever developed this formula! Show details
Mizu Smart Towel

Mizu Smart Towel

3.3  (68)
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mehmet
mehmetVIC13 posts
 
Cheap quality not Japanese towelsStay away you get rubbish quality towels which they are and misleading advertising making people believe they are Japanese towels also no refund policy just replacement so your money is gone on low budget towels buy elsewhere Show details
Radox Coconut Rush

Radox Coconut Rush

3.9  (27)
Lena M
Lena MMelbourne
 
Can't open itThe scent was decent but it was really annoying that the pump on the bottle simply didn't work. Makes it difficult to use in the shower when you have to tip up a bulky bottle.

Dove Unscented Beauty Bar

Dove Unscented Beauty Bar

4.0  (22)
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Ria S.
Ria S.NT3 posts
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I keep coming back to this productI love dove products so much, this unscented one is one of my absolute favorites of all! This soap has helped my sensitive skin to breathe after trying so many products, it is available everywhere which is another plus point. Show details
Ego QV Gentle Wash

Ego QV Gentle Wash

3.7  (31)
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Unimpressed
UnimpressedSA12 posts
 
Terrible. What has happened to QV?Used QV a long time ago and found it to be a good product. Bought it recently and it's thinner and poorer quality. In fact it dries the skin out and my hands have reacted badly to it. This is how my hands react to soap! Get your act together QV. Won't be buying again. Show details
The Body Shop Bath & Shower Gels

The Body Shop Bath & Shower Gels

3.9  (25)
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HergelV
HergelVNewcastle21 posts
 
works just finethis shower gel works as fine. What I do is I put it on a loofah and let it bubble. For the smell to last long, I let it stay for about 10 minutes and rinse. It makes my skin smooth and all the variants have good smell. Show details
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DermaVeen Daily Nourish Soap-Free Wash

DermaVeen Daily Nourish Soap-Free Wash

3.6  (31)
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kai
kai2 posts
 
Can’t go without it!!My face has been breaking out ever since I went of accutane and this is the only thing that has been able to clear it! Amazing
Lux Soap

Lux Soap

3.3  (55)
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Abasiama D.
Abasiama D.3 posts
 
Great soap and smell so goodLux soap is the best so far it lightens my skin and perfectly for a fair skin like me.
Lina
Lina
 
Body WashI love the Rose & Patchouli body wash, very moisturising, most importantly it's Paraben & SLES Free & plant based. Supposed to give 4*, but minus 1 star for the bottle containers, it's either unable to pop up (picture attached) , broken head pump or used half bottle unable to dispense, so this area need to strengthen. Show details
Lynx Skin Benefits Shower Gel

Lynx Skin Benefits Shower Gel

4.3  (15)
frugalmumma
frugalmumma23 posts
 
Redwin Sorbolene Body Wash

Redwin Sorbolene Body Wash

4.5  (13)
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Carol Divall
Carol Divall2 posts
 
Great body washThis product certainly does all it claims. I even use it for my very fine hair & it’s better than expensive shampoos! Show details
Sundae Very Vanilla Whipped Shower Foam

Sundae Very Vanilla Whipped Shower Foam

4.7  (11)
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Nevada rose
Nevada roseVIC2 posts
 
Sundae Juicy Pear

Sundae Juicy Pear

4.7  (11)
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armalie jayson
armalie jaysonQLD3 posts
 
yummy scrummyWasn’t sure at first bought from Woolworths, definitely not cheap but now I’m in love skin is so soft and my skin smells so beautiful so happy I bought it and 100% will be buying again told all my friends about it because it is worth it ❤️ Show details
Sundae Cherry On Top

Sundae Cherry On Top

3.2  (38)
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Ava P.
Ava P.SA9 posts
 
My faveThis one is my favourite. Was unsure at first but found it to be a really refreshing light Berry scent that actually lasted on me. Would buy again ONLY on special. Sundae products are very overpriced for what they are. I use these as a finisher to my actual 'cleaning' body routine. I.e. these alone aren't going to clean you well. Show details
Palmolive Pure Cashmere

Palmolive Pure Cashmere

4.0  (16)
MissyA
MissyAAU59 posts
 
Garnier Pure Active Range

Garnier Pure Active Range

3.6  (19)
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Customer
CustomerNSW34 posts
 
Natures Organics Funtime Bubble Bath

Natures Organics Funtime Bubble Bath

3.8  (16)
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Rosy
RosyNSW2 posts
 
Contains MethylisothiazolinoneMy usual bubble bath was sold out so I grabbed a bottle of this stuff without reading the label. I have a sensitivity to Methylisothiazolinone and I'm now covered in an itchy rash and dry patches. I thought a baby product would be safe. Never use this product on yourself or your children. A sensitivity can develop over time with continued use. Show details
Dermaveen Extra Hydration Shower & Bath Oil

Dermaveen Extra Hydration Shower & Bath Oil

3.3  (21)
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Maya S.
Maya S.
 
Allergic ReactionI had heard great things about Dermaveen, unfortunately this product gives my 6yo an itchy rash and hives. Not sure which of the ingredients is the culprit. Be wary of using this product on infants and children. Show details
Sheridan Ultimate Indulgence Towel Collection

Sheridan Ultimate Indulgence Towel Collection

4.0  (12)
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Matilda Moon
Matilda Moon2 posts
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Plush perfectionLove getting out of the shower with these new plush towels

Assortment of bath and shower products

The best ingredients for your skin type

Firstly, before choosing any skin care product, take into consideration your skin type as certain ingredients may either trigger your skin or help soothe it.

Sensitive skin

You can soothe sensitive skin by using products that have a moisturising effect. Remember to stay clear of products containing fragrances and dyes, however, which may do more harm than good.

In particular, lauryl glucoside is a gentle detergent to look out for. Glycerin helps hold moisture in your skin and sunflower seed oil contains the skin-softening vitamin E. If your skin is particularly irritated, body washes with oatmeal are highly calming.

Dry skin

Those with dry skin will want to avoid any harsh surfactants, and instead, look for moisturising oils and botanicals. Ingredients such as sodium lauroyl isethionate can help cleanse your skin and hydrolyzed milk protein or petrolatum will soften and smoothen the skin. Shea butter is another excellent moisturiser that can be found in many body washes.

Creamy formulas are the way to go and aren’t likely to leave your skin feeling stripped or tight. Using less product is also better for your skin so it may be worth it to invest in a sponge or loofah which can help lather and spread the body wash around more easily.

Acne-prone skin

When it comes to acne-prone skin, gently exfoliating in the shower can go a long way in sloughing off dead skin celling and keeping your pores clear. You can use a physical exfoliant such as a loofah or scrub or opt for a chemical exfoliant such as salicylic or glycolic acid.

To help eliminate any acne-causing bacteria, look for shower products that use tea tree oil (a natural astringent), reducing inflammation caused by acne.

Anti-aging

To ensure that anti-aging creams and moisturisers absorb well, you should gently exfoliate in the shower with products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid to eliminate dead and flakey skin. Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B can be used to condition the skin.

Post-workout

If you tend to work out a lot or take more than one shower a day, you may suffer from dry skin. You should look for products with sodium lauroyl sarcosinate and decyl glucoside since they remove salts and oils without drying out your skin. If you’re overheated, try a gel formula with peppermint or eucalyptus for an instant cooling sensation.

If you go swimming often, remember to rinse your body and hair with fresh water afterwards to minimise the damage chlorine can have.

Common ingredients to avoid

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) are common in shampoos and body washes but tend to irritate the eyes. They are classified as harsh and destructive detergents, causing hair follicle damage and scalp irritation. With continuous contact, it will be absorbed by the skin and can trigger asthma attacks.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES, Sodium Myreth Sulfate) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES) can irritate the eyes and scalp and they are ethoxylated compounds that contain substantial amounts of alcohol.
  • Castor oil is used as a means to condition the skin but can cause allergies and scalp irritation.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA, Triolamine, Trolamine, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate) can cause scalp and eye irritation. In higher doses, the mucous membranes are also affected.
  • Propylene Glycol is an allergen that can cause scalp irritation.

Body scrubbing accessories

Many people just use their hands to apply body wash and while that’s perfectly fine, there are ways to exfoliate your skin whilst making your body gel last longer. Loofahs, sponges and back brushes allow you you scrub the trickier areas of your body whilst massaging and exfoliating your skin.

Body brush

Body wash can be applied to the skin with a brush to help with exfoliation. It also helps you clean hard-to-reach areas such as the back and legs without bending down. You can use the brush to exfoliate and detoxify skin which gives it a glowing appearance.

Sponges

Sponges fit comfortably in your hand and are very simple to use. They adjust to your body's curves while absorbing water and body wash, leaving skin clean. Sea sponges absorb water while cleansing and can be used as an alternative to loofahs. They are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free of chemicals, artificial byproducts or toxins.

Exfoliating gloves

Exfoliating gloves are exfoliants that leave your skin silky smooth, soft, and nourished. They're ideal for prepping your skin for moisturising lotions and beauty products by removing dead skin cells that get in the way of effective treatments.

Washcloths

If you don't want to use loofahs, pouffes, or sponges, washcloths are a good alternative. They have a mild exfoliating effect and easily spread soap.

After each use, a washcloth can be washed in the washing machine and rinsed with detergent and hot water on a regular basis. Unlike many other bath accessories that must be replaced or washed on a regular basis, washcloths can be used safely for years.

Things to look out for when buying bath and shower products

You’ll want do do some research before buying cosmetic products since they can be harmful to you. It’s always good to read the label carefully and avoid harsh chemicals which can strip away your body’s natural moisture.

  • Natural ingredients: Choosing bath and products made from only the best natural ingredients will mean that it is safe to use every day, is nourishing and environmentally friendly. Less chemicals also means there is a reduced chance of skin irritation, itchiness, inflammation or redness due to sulfates, phthalates, parabens, phenoxyethanol and glycols.
  • pH balanced: If a product is marketed as pH balanced, then that means it is able to be maintain the skin's natural pH of 5.5 which is slightly acidic. Skin hydration may suffer and bacteria may thrive when the pH of the skin is more alkaline.
  • Moisturising: Products that contain moisturisng ingredients such as aloe vera and shea butter can help to improve the appearance and feel of rough, dry skin.
  • Silicone-free: Silicone can prevent the hair and skin from breathing as it leaves a residue that can not be easily rinsed.
  • Bar soap: Bar soaps can come in many variations including for the hands, body and hair. The simplest way to eliminate plastic waste is to switch to solid bars and leave liquid cleanser behind.
  • Sustainability: By using an eco-friendly soap that is biodegradable or comes in a bar form, you will avoid the production and disposal of one bottle of plastic. Over the course of several generations in a family, this small act can lead to a significant reduction in plastic waste and pollution.
  • Vegan: Animal fats, as well as other animal products like honey or milk, are sometimes found in body and hand washes. If you’re vegan, you should look for vegan and cruelty-free products that stay clear of these ingredients.
  • Bath bombs and oils: Bath bombs are used to add aromas, colours, and sometimes bubbles to a hot bath for a more relaxing experience. A bath bomb is a hard-packed mixture shaped into a small ball that slowly dissolves in water, releasing a mixture of essential oils, scents, and dyes into a bathtub. While not necessary, it can make bathttime a luxurious experience.

You can read reviews on the best & shower products on our website to help you make up your mind.

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