Olay Complete Body Wash
Available at: Amazon.com
"I use a bunch of stuff," says Po, a 28-year-old Ceres, California, attorney. "On hot days, I wash with Dial soap-- the yellow anti-bacterial kind-- because my doctor recommended that as a super-cleanser for all germs. On regular days, I use Victoria Secret Pure Seduction Cleansing Cream just because it smells ultra-feminine. On days when I just want to mix it up a bit, I use the Pink Glycerin soap from Bath and Body Works because I like the smell and feel against my skin."
Method Bloq Body Bar
Available at: MethodHome.com
"When I am soaking in a bubble bath, I use the soft sponge-- probably from Victoria's Secret or Bath and Body Works-- in combination with the Bath and Body Works Cherry Blossom Shower Gel," Po continues. "Why? Because it smells good and matches with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Bubble Bath I use. I know, I'm pretty typical when it comes to girly-girl bath products!"
"I am pretty simple when it comes to my body wash, believe it or not," admits Pearl, a 29-year-old LA-based glamour girl who works in the music industry. "I've tried all the high priced ones, and they usually smell too much or dry my skin out. Noooooo, thank you! I like to smell clean more so than smell like flowers or foods. I actually tried this line of body washes out when I was visiting my parents and was too lazy to bring all my products. My mom had some Olay Complete Body Wash With Shea Butter (top left) and it was moisturizing, but really lightly scented. I'm now a convert and the one I'm feeling right now is the Olay Fresh Reviving Body Wash with Ginseng. It's not overpowering, gets you clean, and you can put on your fave perfume and not worry about conflicting scents."
Dove Exfoliating Body Wash
Available at: Amazon.com
"When it comes to body wash, it's all about scent: I hate the strong florals/ fruits/ musks... well anything strong really," says Hannah, a 31-year-old executive assistant and freelance writer. "I prefer subtle. And really, no one should be able to smell you in the elevator an hour after you've left it. I generally leave the exfoliation to my fave salt scrub, and since I have no qualms pitching a little extra cash for lotion and like, bubble bath, I have no problem scrimping on body wash. Soap is soap, after all. I usually have a couple different kinds hanging about to fit whatever mood I'm in, but my current favorite is Method Bloq 'Go Getter.' (top right) It's a little more expensive than my norm, but has the light and lovely scent of mint which is a perfect way to start the day. Also, they are a bio-ethically conscious company... clear conscience: priceless. Incidentally, their beach sage scented 'Escape Artist,' which I have as a lotion, is also top notch."
While Pearl and Hannah are looking to scrub up without lasting scent, 34-year-old San Diego-based attorney Tina sees shower time as an opportunity to take a layered approach to her daily scent strategy.
Bath & Body Works Shower Gel
Available at: BathAndBodyWorks.com
Although scent, or lack thereof, is definitely a theme with the Girl Talk ladies, it's not the only concern. 23-year-old Kim, a recent college graduate from La Jolla, California, plans her shower strategy around keeping her skin properly exfoliated and in tip-top, flake-free shape.
"I've got to say that my favorite exfoliating soap is Dove Gentle Exfoliating Moisturizing Body Wash (above left)," Kim begins. "I love this soap because you can use it every day in the shower, unlike most exfoliants. It is gentle, but keeps skin smelling fresh and gets rid of all excess dead skin. It is perfect for the summer because it isn't harsh on the skin. It is hard to exfoliate in the summer, especially if you are like me and spend a lot of time in the sun-- from exercising in the heat to driving in it.
Avon Foot Works Foot Scrub$2.99 (was $3.99-- save 25%!)
Available at: avon.com
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