Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best body washes at Ulta — we’ve also picked out our favorite shampoos and bath robes — according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
And while we’ve written about lots of beauty products available from Ulta — including the best tweezers and the best drugstore primers — here we’ve rounded up the best body washes, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers.
Best-rated body wash
“I love this body wash I will never use another body wash again,” writes one satisfied shopper. Another reviewer, who describes herself as “the type of person who is constantly buying and trying new products” and who has “six partially used body washes at the moment,” says, “This is the only body wash I have actually repurchased not once or twice, but *three* times now and I haven’t touched anything else. It smells great, and leaves my skin soft and clean. Breakouts on my arms and back have also decreased noticeably! I also use it in place of shaving cream.” Tons of reviewers praise the scent, calling it “divine,” “light,” and “refreshing.” One shopper even says that the scent “reminds me of the Philosophy fragrance but at a fraction on the price.”
Best-rated (less expensive) body wash
Reviewers with dry and itchy skin gave this body wash high praise — one calls it “my best friend” — and many have been using it for years. One writes, “Aveeno products were first recommended for my eczema-prone skin by a dermatologist when I was very young. I have been using for 30+ years. I find this shower wash to be very moisturizing.” Another says, “I use this EVERY DAY! Heaven forbid I ever run out, it just ruins my day. Smells very clean and fresh. Leaves skin super soft.” It has even converted fans of other soap brands. “I used to be a Dove girl and I tried this on a whim,” one reviewer writes. “My skin has never been softer. I noticed the difference after the first use. After a few days my skin was glowing.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of body wash you might be looking for.
Best body wash for dry skin
“I used this years ago, especially in the winter at 10,000 feet where it was dry and cold. I couldn’t believe the difference in my skin,” one reviewer writes. Another shopper says, “I have an autoimmune disease that causes dry skin. Using Vitabath is essential for my quality of life.” Plenty of long-term fans chimed in in the comments: “I have used Vitabath products for 30 years I am a believer!” says one. Another writes, “I’ve used Vitabath for over 40 years I’m sure! Don’t like taking my bath without it.” Reviewers praised the fragrance, too. “I LOVE my Vita Bath Plus Dry Skin Moisturizing Bath and Shower Gelee! Wish they would make a perfume that smelled just like it. So soothing. Will keep buying this,” says one. Another writes, “I use this every day in shower. The main reason I splurge for it is the fragrance, can’t get enough. Love how it leaves the bathroom smelling too.”
Best natural body wash
This body wash was a favorite of reviewers looking for chemical-free soaps. “I have very sensitive skin and this does not bother me!” writes one. “I am so glad because I get really bored with standard fragrance free products. It doesn’t have a strong smell … it isn’t irritating to my skin.” Another says, “This is one of the very few products on the market that’s chemical-free and actually works! It keeps my skin so moisturized and it smells like heaven. I will be a forever customer.” Reviewers also hailed this soap as a fix for dry skin. One writes, “Before using this, random dry spots would just pop up out of nowhere. It’s been two months using this product and I am in love! No more dry spots! It smells amazing, and a little goes a looooooong way!” And they like the scent, too: “You walk out the shower smelling like you left the spa!” says one.
Best body wash for acne
“Gone through five bottles of this, it’s a must have!” says one enthusiastic reviewer. “This product has helped control my back acne and I honestly cannot find another product better than this! 100% recommend if you suffer from back acne!” Shoppers found that this affordable body wash worked for even stubborn cases of body breakouts. One says, “Over the past few years, I have had a horrible time trying to find a reasonably priced body wash that treated my acne without drying my skin out.” Another writes, “When I found this wash, I was somewhat skeptical since I had had little success so far, but this wash made a difference from the first use! I have now been using it for about 1 month, and I am so excited to see my chest and shoulders clearing up!” Others just like the scent. “It helps me wake up in the morning,” one reviewer says. Another writes, “Love that grapefruit smell.” And it’s a great pick for combating body acne according to experts, too. American Academy of Dermatology spokesperson Debra Jaliman, M.D., told us that this body wash “has a really nice scent, but it also has 2 percent salicylic acid and glycerin. So it’s not drying because it has the glycerin, but it has the salicylic acid, too, to unclog the pores.”