Some days, showers are the only relaxing time moms have, assuming their children aren’t banging on the door and asking about missing puzzle pieces. Not that I know any kids like that. I max out my time in mine with a revolving cast of body washes that smell good enough to eat. Wake-me-up lemony ones. Yummy- smelling sweet ones. They’re a little indulgence that leave me feeling a whole lot happy.
There are many, many shower treats to choose from these days. So I decided to sniff, slather, scrub and generally soak up a new bunch of them, using samples sent by companies. These are the best-smellers that also left my skin in great shape. They’re divided into citrus, coconut, fruit, vanilla and sweet categories, and range from bargain finds to worth-it splurges that turn your bathroom into a mini spa. Tip: Use a shower puff to get more mileage from every squirt. Tip: Keep out of reach of little ones, so they don’t snack on ‘em. Enjoy!
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If you like citrus stuff… 2 of 31
Neutrogena Rainbath Revitalizing Shower and Bath Gel in Grapefruit 3 of 31
What it smells like: An uber-fresh, invigorating pink grapefruit scent.
You've also gotta love... Even if you didn't grow up using Rainbath, you'll take right to this new twist. It feels light and leaves skin soft.
Shop it! 8.5 fl oz, $6.29, Target
Weleda Citrus Creamy Body Wash 4 of 31
What it smells like: Citrus-liscious — it's zesty. Like the most delicious lemonade you've ever had.
You've also gotta love... Weleda's washes may be creamy, made with pure essential oils and free of synthetic detergents and preservatives, but make no mistake: They do the job, reviving and conditioning. For an extra treat, rub the Citrus Refreshing Body Oil into damp skin.
Shop it! 6.8 fl oz, $12; Weleda
Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Bar 5 of 31
What it smells like: Crisp lemon, with an herbal edge.
You've also gotta love… The nubs (which pack loofah bits) gently exfoliate. And your neck will thank you for the massage. French-milled, it can last for a good month … as long as your significant other doesn't hog it.
Shop it! 5 oz, $15; Bliss
Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash 6 of 31
What it smells like: As if you're lying on a hammock in Tahiti, drinking a glass of fresh-squeeed grapefruit juice.
You've also gotta love…. The pumice clears away dead cells; Vitamin C and citric acid bring on glow. It's paraben-free, petroleum-free and sodium-lauryl-sulfate-free, too.
Shop it! 6 oz, $9.99; Target
Jaqua Orange BFF Buttercream Body Wash 7 of 31
What it smells like: An orange Creamsicle; it has clementine and vanilla notes. Like all of the Buttercream Frosting body cleansers, it's total shower comfort food.
You've also gotta love… Aloe vera and jasmine extract leave skin velvety. But OMG, that Creamsicle scent!
Shop it! 16 fl oz, $16; Jaqua Bath and Body
Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Wash 8 of 31
What it smells like: Lemony-exotic, and amazingly fresh. Inhaling recommended.
You've also gotta love… It's completely natural and organic, free of chemical and synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives and paragons — so it's a good choice for sensitive skin. It gives a thorough clean because of the citrus's astringents, but it also packs avocado oil so you feel all nice and smooth. For tub time, there's the equally wonderful Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Bath Essence.
Shop it! 6.7 fl oz, $22.95; soap.com
If you like coconut stuff… 9 of 31
Vitabath Cupcake Couture Heavenly Coconut Creme 10 of 31
What it smells like: Coconut cake.
You've also gotta love... This gel has no parabens, sulfates or petro-chemicals, but it packs antioxidants and conditioners including Vitamin A, B3, C, E and Pro-Vitamin B-5. The scent is barely there post-shower, so it won't mix with your perfume — though if you want to go coconuts, there's matching Heavenly Coconut Creme Lotion and a Fragrance Mist, too.
Shop it! 12 fl oz, $7.95; Vitabath
LaLicious Sugar Coconut Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub 11 of 31
What it smells like: Total decadence. It's made with cold-pressed coconut oil, sweet almond oil and pure cane sugar, as are all the line's luxe sugar scrubs. It takes real willpower not to nibble; there's a reason the label specifies, "Please, no tasting."
You've also gotta love… It's natural — the lack of long ingredient lines is refreshing. The scrub is fluffy, not at all oily and concentrated, so a little goes a long way; one jar will last for months. Leaves skin silky, and the scent lingers all day long. You may be heard frequently saying, "Want to smell my arm?"
Shop it! 16 oz, $32; Dermstore (the above is the updated packaging)
Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Shower Gel in Exotic Coconut 12 of 31
What it smells like: A blend of coconut and sweet cream, with a hint of vanilla — kind of like the tanning lotion you used as a kid.
You've also gotta love… It has shea butter, Vitamin E and aloe to moisturize skin as it cleans.
Shop it! 10 fl oz, $11; Bath & Body Works
C.O. Bigelow Village Perfumer Coconut Body Cleanser, No. 1523 13 of 31
What it smells like: Toasted coconut goodness.
You've also gotta love… Made by America's oldest apothecary, this rich cleaning gel produces a creamy lather. It has a humectant (which draws moisture to skin), and aloe vera, so skin feels wonderfully soft. And the bottle adds vintage charm to your bathroom. Post-shower, try the C.O. Bigelow Coconut Body Lotion or the Lemon Body Lotion, and you will smell sweet as pie.
Shop it! 10 fl oz, $12; Bigelow Chemists
If you like fruity stuff… 14 of 31
Archipelago Pomegranate Wash 15 of 31
What it smells like: Tart, with a hint of sweet — it has pomegranate, cranberry, lemon and orange extracts, aromatherapy that'll wake you right up in the morning.
You've also gotta love… It's packed with antioxidants, which help keep skin healthy, and natural enzymatic cleansers that do a thorough job without drying. Nice foaming action, too, in a handy pump dispenser. Devotees find the Pomegranate Body Lotion similarly addictive.
Shop it! 15 fl oz, $17.50; drugstore.com
Demeter Pineapple Pick-Me-Up Shower Gel 16 of 31
What it smells like: Sweet, juicy and just plain delicious, as if you're rubbing yourself down with pineapple slices. Or, rather, some cabana boy is.
You've also gotta love… Paraben-free, this gel is from the cult fragrance company that offers dozens of scents ranging from "Black Pepper" to "White Russian." As you'd expect, the scent is super-concentrated and turns your bathroom into a tropical paradise. I'd like my massage now, cabana boy.
Shop it! 8.4 fl oz, $20; Demeter Fragrance Library
Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath 17 of 31
What it smells like: Happy hour in your shower! The melon smells amazingly real.
You've also gotta love… It's a three-in-one combo that goes on light and creamy. Just in case the scent leaves you yearning for a melon daiquiri (which it will), the bottle helpfully provides the drink recipe.
Shop it! 16 fl oz, $17; Philosophy
FarmHouse Fresh Front Porch Punch Shea Butter Soap 18 of 31
What it smells like: Very juicy, like the fruit punch you had as a kid — a blend of strawberry, grapefruit, mango, melon and peach.
You've also gotta love… It's 97% natural, vegan and gluten-free, and good for sensitive skin. Wrapped in a cute gingham paper, it makes a nice houseguest gift.
Shop it! 5.25 oz, $9; FarmHouse Fresh
Vitabath Fruit Fanatic Wild Red Cherry Body Wash 19 of 31
What it smells like: Ripe cherries you sniff at the farmers' market.
You've also gotta love… It's free of sulfates and parabens, and full of antioxidants plus vitamins for softer skin. The formula's concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Great for shaving legs, too.
Shop it! 12 fl oz, $9.95; soap.com
If you like vanilla stuff… 20 of 31
Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter With Warm Vanilla Body Wash 21 of 31
What it smells like: A mild vanilla with a hint of musk, perfect for those who don't like strongly scented washes.
You've also gotta love… It's thick, creamy and lathers up well; the shea butter gets skin super-soft (the company touts its Nutrium Moisture technology, which goes deep). Also: a good deal!
Shop it! 24 fl oz, $7.49; amazon.com
Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Soapy Suds Body Wash + Bubbling Bath 22 of 31
What it smells like: Vanilla sweet, with a bit of spice.
You've also gotta love... Paraben-free and skin-softening thanks to glycerin, aloe, and Vitamin E. Smells delish in the shower and leaves you feeling all clean and pure.
Shop it! 16 fl oz, $20; Bliss
Gud Natural Body Wash in Vanilla Flame 23 of 31
What it smells like: Pure vanilla — the exotic kind, not like a bakery shop.
You've also gotta love… Made with rice milk, so it's lightly moisturizing, with no parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.
Shop it! 10 fl oz, $6.99; drugstore.com
If you like sweet stuff… 24 of 31
Fresh The Original Brown Sugar Body Polish 25 of 31
What it smells like: Creme brÃ»lÃ©e, laced with citrus.
You've also gotta love…. This award-winning exfoliator is a luxe treat for winter-dry skin. It has real brown sugar crystals that buff and polish and four moisturizing oils (evening primrose, sweet almonds, apricot kernel and joboba). Plus citrus oils to help tone skin. You'll feel baby-smooth till the next time you shower.
Shop it! 7 oz, $38; Sephora
Philosphy Cinnamon Buns Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath 26 of 31
What it smells like: Cinnamon, butter, icing, vanilla — as if you're downing a fresh-baked bun (and sparing yourself approximately two bazillion calories). Sweet!
You've also gotta love… It mellows out to a light scent and leaves skin silky. Recipe included, if you get hungry.
Shop it! 16 fl oz, $17; Philosophy
Demeter Pick-Me-Up Shower Gel in Strawberry Ice Cream 27 of 31
What it smells like: Strawberry ice-cream. Seriously, they nailed it.
You've also gotta love… I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream shower gel! It brings summer to even the gloomiest winter day. And, no parabens.
Shop it! 8.4 fl oz, $20; Demeter Fragrance Library
The Body Shop Honeymania Soap 28 of 31
What it smells like: A combo of honey and wildflowers.
You've also gotta love…. It's made from Community Fair Trade honey and lathers up nicely. Pretty on your bathroom countertop, too.
Shop it! 3.5 oz, $2; The Body Shop
FarmHouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Body Wash & Bubble Bath 29 of 31
What it smells like: Those sweet, gooey, irresistible whoopee pies. It's based on the company's best-selling (and equally delish) Whoopie Cream body lotion.
You've also gotta love…. It's 95 percent natural, free of parabens and sulfates, and infused with aloe, vitamin E and extracts (including green tea and chamomile) that soothe sensitive skin.
Shop it! 8.4 fl oz, $19, FarmHouse Fresh
J.R. Watkins Sugar and Shea Body Scrub in Milk & Honey 30 of 31
What it smells like: It has a light honey scent that's reminiscent of macarons.
You've also gotta love… It's 100 percent natural and free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and dyes. Guilt-free, too, as the label notes. The grains are small but the formula is thick, so it's best applied with fingers instead of a pouf or washcloth. Leaves elbows, feet, hands and feet silky. To layer the scent, try the J.R. Watkins Coconut Milk & Honey Body Oil Mist.
Shop it! 8 oz, $12.99; Target
Jaqua Pink Buttercream Frosting Shower Creme 31 of 31
What it smells like: Birthday cake itself.
You've also gotta love… How sweet this is for your skin — oils and Vitamins B5, A and E turn you into a total softie.
Shop it! 8 oz, $18; Jaqua Bath and Body