Body care is like the overlooked middle child of the beauty world. Hyper-trendy skin-care products and glitzy makeup usually take center stage on our vanities while old reliables like soap, toothpaste, and deodorant often fade into the background of our bathrooms…but those are arguably the parts of our routines we need the most. Y’all get it, though — you proved that when voting for the Body Care category of Allure‘s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Much like Allure editors, Allure readers know the value of a no-nonsense body wash (Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash), hair removal that comes without irritation (Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Sensitive Razor), sunscreen that sinks in instead of sticking to you (La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen SPF 60), and fragrances that make strangers stop to ask what you’re wearing (Ariana Grande Cloud Eau de Parfum).
These are only a small handful of the Readers’ Choice Award winners in the body category. Keep reading to see the rest of them, but don’t stop there — pay a visit to our winners in the makeup, clean, and skin categories, too.
All the Winning Products:
Readers’ Choice Awards: Body
SCRUB: Tree Hut Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Scrub
Almost comically affordable for its size and quality, Tree Hut Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Scrub has become a favorite among readers. Shea butter and a plethora of moisture-locking oils — argan, rosehip, evening primrose, avocado, macadamia, sweet almond, safflower, and orange — contribute just as much to skin’s smoothness as the sugar base. And while you buff away dry, dull skin, you leave behind a fabulous Moroccan rose scent.
FRAGRANCE: Ariana Grande Cloud Eau de Parfum
Few fragrances become classics after just a few years and that’s true of even fewer celebrity fragrances. But Ariana Grande’s Cloud has won over many more noses than just those belonging to her music fans. Notes of lavender, pear, bergamot, coconut, praline, and vanilla orchid hover over a base of cashmere for a soft, sweet scent that floats along with you through the day.
BODY WASH: Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash won the Readers’ Choice and Best of Beauty Breakthrough Awards over a decade ago and we’re all clearly still obsessing over it. It feels luxurious and smells amazing, leaving skin as soft to the touch as it looks, and making us wonder how Dove manages to make such a phenomenal formula so affordable.
BATH PRODUCT: Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath Menstrual Relief with Herbal Plant Complex and Essential Oils
In the Venn diagram of bubble baths and life-altering experiences, the overlap occurs with Dr Teal’s Foaming Bath Menstrual Relief. Already a Best of Beauty winner, this therapeutic formula relies on ginger, chasteberry, and evening primrose to create a relaxing atmosphere and soothing sensation when cramps and PMS are all too present. But by all means, don’t save it for just one week of the month — you deserve to use it with abandon.
LOTION: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
It’s hard to choose what we love more about Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: the noticeable, lasting moisture it deposits or its absolutely irresistible vacation-y scent. Luckily, you’ll never have to decide what you prefer — you can just indulge in both qualities simultaneously. And please, don’t limit this blend of cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, and coconut oil to your bum bum. We slather it shoulders to toes.
SUNSCREEN: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen SPF 60
Meet the sunscreen that turns reluctant sunscreen users into sunscreen enthusiasts. Between its undetectable chemical filters, luxurious feel, and ample UVA/UVB defense, it has become a favorite among folks who’ve been known to forget to protect below the neck. Remarkably lightweight, it has an immediately apparent moisturizing effect that makes it easy to forget that it’s sunscreen — and easy to remember to apply.
ANTIPERSPIRANT: Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant Stick
Another year, another Readers’ Choice Award for Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant Stick. More than just an antiperspirant with a light, fresh scent, this alcohol-free formula moisturizes underarm skin while ensuring up to 48 hours of sweat protection. It feels fantastic going on and even more fantastic after it’s applied.
SELF-TANNER: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Full-blown self-tanner can be a bit intimidating, so it’s no surprise that so many people prefer the original gradual-tanning option of Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. Around for years (and picking up awards all along the way), this formula has earned the trust of countless shoppers. Although it’s thick, it has the elegant slip of a lightweight lotion, making it surprisingly easy to blend — and that means never dealing with splotches and streaks.
HAND SANITIZER: Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizer
Is it extremely important for a hand sanitizer to contain the CDC-determined minimum amount of alcohol for efficacious germ killing? Yes. Is it arguably just as important for a hand sanitizer to look adorable and smell surprisingly fantastic? Also, yes. Bath & Body Works PocketBac Hand Sanitizer checks off both of these boxes… for the win!
HAND LOTION: CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
If you see “CeraVe” on the label, you already know dermatologists love it and now you know Allure readers love CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream, too. Even the most chafed skin is smoothed thanks to the formula’s combination of barrier-improving ceramides, hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid, and soothing niacinamide. It may be no-frills, but it’s also no-fail.
HAIR REMOVAL: Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Sensitive Razor
Allure senior commerce writer Angela Trakoshis refers to the five-blade Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Sensitive Razor as her best friend in the shower and she’s clearly not alone. “The aloe-infused moisturizing strip on the head of the razor gets pretty slippery, so it glides beautifully around knees and ankles,” she says. Sensitive skin or not, anyone can appreciate that.
TOOTH CARE: Colgate Total SF Whitening Toothpaste
Most of us want a few key benefits from our toothpaste: clean, white teeth, healthy gums, and cavity protection. Colgate Total SF Whitening Toothpaste reliably delivers all of the above with its antibacterial stannous fluoride formula (that’s what the SF stands for). This anti-cavity, anti-gingivitis staple is also ideal for those with sensitive teeth.