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Shower Gel vs Body Wash: Understanding the Differences

By Kira Kemlo


You may not think there’s a difference between shower gel and body wash. But for us, there is. They may be subtle, but they are there. And understanding the difference may help you on your journey to healthier skin. So let’s get into the idea of shower gel vs body wash, and help you figure out what’s best for you. 

Understanding the difference 

Shower gel and body wash are staples in our daily routines. Each offers a unique blend of ingredients and fragrances to refresh and revitalise our skin. 

Shower gel

Imagine standing beneath a cascade of rejuvenating water surrounded by the crisp, captivating scent of fresh botanicals. That's the essence of our shower gels. A lightweight texture that produces a cleansing lather. Our luxury shower gels are gently infused with beautifully scented essential oils, providing an invigorating cleanse that leaves both your skin and mind feeling awake and refreshed.

Body wash

In a subtle contrast, body wash has a thicker, more indulgent texture. Body wash gently cleanses while delivering intense hydration. Enriched with moisturising oils and delicate fragrance, body wash soothes your skin, leaving it velvety smooth.

Benefits of shower gel

Shower gels may be light and refreshing, but they can still provide wonderful moisturising benefits too. Gel formulations work well for dry or sensitive skin, due to ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter. These ingredients replenish your skin’s moisture levels, preventing dryness and irritation. Vitamin pro B5 meanwhile helps your skin to stay soft and supple. 

Our shower gels are formulated with beautiful blends of essential oils such as lemon, honeysuckle and patchouli. These oils nourish and moisturise your skin, and help turn your daily shower into a sensory escape. 

Fragrances in shower gels

One of the most delightful aspects of our shower gels is the array of fragrances available. Each scent takes you somewhere new, offering a different experience when you shower. From zesty bursts of citrus to creamy florals and earthy, herbal scents, you can pick a fragrance to match the mood you’re in – or you’d like to be in. 

Whether you're seeking an energising boost to start your day or a calming retreat to unwind in the evening, there's a shower gel fragrance for every occasion.

Advantages of body wash

Body washes come in a variety of textures, ranging from creamy and smooth to gel-like or even exfoliating. The texture of a body wash plays a crucial role in providing a luxurious experience when you use it.

Their creamy texture is also due to moisturising ingredients such as shea butter or glycerin. These ingredients help to hydrate and soften your skin, leaving it silky smooth. The thicker texture also creates a rich, indulgent lather that envelops and soothes the skin. 

Choosing the right option

When it comes to choosing between shower gel and body wash, you should consider what your skin needs.

Skin type

Consider your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, a body wash with moisturising ingredients will be kinder to you. On the other hand, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, a shower gel with fewer emollients will help to keep pores clear and prevent breakouts.

Texture preference

If you enjoy a plush, creamy lather, a body wash may be the right choice for you. They tend to have a thicker consistency and produce a more luxurious foam. However, if you prefer a lightweight, refreshing cleanse, a shower gel with a thinner texture may be better.

Bath or shower

Only have time to take a quick shower? Then a lighter shower gel could be best. But if you’ve got the time for a relaxing soak in the bath, a more indulgent body wash may fit the bill. 

So, shower gel vs body wash. The best way to figure out which is right for you is to experiment. Try both products and see which one works best with your skin and your routine. And why not explore our range of bath and body products inspired by our spectacular island home, until you find the perfect fit. 


Can I use shower gel as a body wash? 

Yes, you can use shower gel as body wash. The two terms are often used interchangeably, as they both refer to liquid cleansers designed for use on the body during bathing or showering – as opposed to a solid soap. 

Are shower gels suitable for sensitive skin? 

Shower gels can be suitable if you have sensitive skin, but it will depend on the individual formulation of the product. Consider your skin’s needs, and how it responds to certain ingredients. Look for hypoallergenic and moisturising ingredients, and do a patch test before using a new shower gel on sensitive skin.

Do body washes provide more hydration than shower gels?

Whether a body wash offers more hydration than a shower gel depends on the individual product and its ingredients. It's essential to choose a cleanser that suits your skin. If hydration is a priority, look for products labelled as moisturising, hydrating and nourishing. 

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