When we were kids and the smallest things could get us down, our mothers would tell us that everything would be better after a bath. Did we believe that? Maybe not—but we hopped into the shower anyway, because we always did what our mothers told us. Now that we’re older, we see the wisdom in this old wives’ tale. A hot shower is a luxury for the wrung-out working girl, and a spa-like body wash is the cherry on top. Here are the bottles our regulars have been raving about—not only for their cleansing power, but also for their positive vibrations.

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Shower Gel, on sale at P840
Rose, 41, Normal Skin: “I love fragrant flowery shower gels but I decided to give Citron, Honey & Coriander Skin Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel a try just to give a refreshing change to my usual daily showers. I was very happy with the change and I think the wonderful citrus scent also does wonders to my senses. It wakes me up in the morning and refreshes my mind. After leaving the bathroom it also leaves the place smelling clean and fresh! Try it yourself!”

Lux Magical Spell Body Wash, P55
Dianne, 29, Combination Skin: “To be honest, I only bought this because I keep seeing the product on Instagram and got very curious to try. Little did I know that this will be a game changer for me. I don’t usually wear perfume because I am very sensitive when it comes to scents but this is just wow. Scent is subtle but lingers the whole day. I’m in love with this body wash!”

Leivy Papaya Double Moisturizing & Brightening Shower Cream, P330
Mary, 47, Combination Skin: “I can’t get enough of how yummy this shower cream smells! It’s an invigorating way to start the day yet it is also perfect for winding down during my evening shower. I’ve finished 2 bottles of the Goat’s Milk variety and I love how moisturizing it is. It’s perfect for someone who hates sticky lotions; most days I can skip using [lotion] all together. I also noticed how so much lighter my skin is after only a few uses. I can’t believe how affordable this is considering how huge the bottle is.”

Dove Body Deeply Nourishing Body Wash, P180
Louise, 41, Combination Skin: “Got this during the Mid-Year sale and the hoarder in me won because I also got the citrus variant. I suffer from dry skin and choose products that moisturize well AND smell wonderful at the same time. Bathing is a woman’s favorite me-time so this is such a treat. Will surely buy again.”

The Souq Naturals Castile Moisturizing Shower Gel, on sale at P891
Jamie, 25, Oily Skin: “The lavender and peppermint in this makes it smell so delightful and heavenly. It lathers very well when I use it with my bath sponge and cleans great without over-drying my skin. The scent lingers for hours and my skin feels very moisturized even without applying lotion. I don’t know about exfoliation because it is quite mild, but overall it’s a great shower gel!”

Happy Bath Rose Essence Brightening Wash, on sale at P629
Nicole, 35, Sensitive Skin: “As someone who loves the scent of roses, this product did not disappoint. I can’t say enough on how much I love how this body wash smells. It’s a wonderful body wash to use for a pampering session in the evening or during early mornings. I also love the texture and the feel of my skin after—moisturized and not dry or taut. Best of all, this is more affordable than the Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel [my usual body wash].”

Avalon Organics Peppermint Bath & Shower Gel, on sale at P310
Mie, 29, Sensitive Skin: “Paired with their Peppermint Lotion, Avalon Organics’ Peppermint Bath & Shower Gel keeps you feeling cool and fresh the whole day. It has a relaxing smell and gently wakes you up in the mornings and [is] a good way to finish your day. It’s a great reprieve from the summer heat we’re experiencing at this time.”

Olay Whitening Moisture with Pearl Extracts Body Wash, P115
Joana, 29, Combination Skin: “This body wash smells heavenly! Its so hydrating I can even skip my body lotion after using this. My kids love it too. I can’t attest to the whitening claim but it definitely leaves that glowing effect to the skin after every use. Its velvety and feels luxurious to the skin. Affordable and definitely works! Will repurchase!”

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