Best-Rated Body Wash

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Most Satisfied Customers | Balnea

Aussies have rated Balnea as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest body wash ratings, with five-star reviews in all categories. These include effectiveness, value for money, scent, texture & consistency, packaging, and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate body wash

Our review compares body wash on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which body wash they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 1,647 Australians for their feedback on the body wash brand(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last six months. Note: this includes body wash, shower gel, or bar soap suitable for face, body, and general use.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their body wash brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a body wash brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Effectiveness: the body wash was effective at washing off sweat, everyday dust, grime, etc.
  • Value for money: the price was reasonable given the quality and quantity of body wash.
  • Scent: the body wash had a pleasant scent that was not overwhelming.
  • Texture & consistency: the body wash had a texture and consistency that was pleasant and suitable to its type (i.e. a gel was smooth, a bar soap lathered well, etc.).
  • Packaging: the packaging was functional and allowed for easy dispensing and storage.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

• Balnea
• DermaVeen
• QV
• Original Source
• Lynx
• Aveeno
• Radox
• Palmolive
• Lux
• Johnson’s
• Dettol
• ALDI Juliet
• Dove
• Sukin
• Nivea
• Coles

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Top Body Wash Brand – Balnea

Balnea Body Wash

The Balnea Body Company, owned by Woolworths, have a skin care range that aims to soothe, revive, comfort, and refresh. Balnea’s products include sanitisers, soaps, lotions, creams, body washes, and other skin care accessories. Its body wash range focusses on leaving the skin feeling cleansed and cared for, with a pH balanced formula that’s made in Australia. Balnea’s body washes are offered in multiple fragrances including Milk & Honey, Wild Cherry & Raspberry, Coconut, Oxygen Burst, and a specialised Men’s formula. Its body wash options are offered in either 500mL or 1L bottles.

  • Balnea was rated five stars for effectiveness, value for money, scent, texture & consistency, packaging, and overall satisfaction.

Other body wash brands

Not all body wash brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more to check out before making a purchase decision.

  • ALDI Lacura
  • Cetaphil
  • Glow Lab

  • Goat Wash
  • L’Oreal
  • Organic Care


What’s the difference between body wash and shower gel?

Body washes and shower gels can achieve very similar outcomes, and as a result are commonly filed into the same category. There are some key differences between the two washing products including texture, consistency, and how they interact with the skin. Shower gels generally feature stronger fragrances and can be harsher on the skin. Alternatively, body washes are typically better at hydrating and moisturising the skin. This is why body wash is an ideal option for those looking to cleanse, rejuvenate, and combat dryness all in one go.

About our consumer experts

Kate Lockyer: Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate Lockyer. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland and has written for a variety of different organisations and publications for multiple years.


Meet the Editorial Team


Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


Meet the Research Team

Past ratings

Here are the past winners of Canstar Blue’s body wash ratings:

  • 2022: Johnson’s
  • 2021: QV
  • 2020: Thankyou
  • 2019: Cetaphil
  • 2018: Organic Care

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