Choosing the Right Gels

If you’re ready to try a bath or shower gel, you have plenty of choices. A stroll down the bath and beauty aisle of any major supermarket — or a trip to grocery shopping websites — shows many companies are jumping on the body wash bandwagon. The following are just a few popular choices:
Oil of Olay Moisturizing Body Wash — The makers say this product can be used daily, rubbed to a rich lather in a cleansing puff, and its moisturizing properties may mean you can skip an apres-bath lotion session. It comes in an unscented sensitive skin variety and sells for $4.19 for 12 ounces on

Ivory Skin Cleansing Liqui-Gel — This brand claims it will wash away dirt and bacteria, but is gentle enough to be used on the face. A 16-ounce bottle sells for $1.89 on

Tone Moisturizing Body Wash — Like its bar counterpart, Tone’s body wash boasts moisturizing cocoa butter and sells for about $4.99 for 18 ounces at Stop & Shop.

Kiss My Face Aromatherapeutic is a natural shower gel and foaming bath product. You pour it into a warm bath or massage the gel into muscles and joints in the shower for a mild athletic muscle relaxant. A 16-ounce bottle sells for $6.89 on

Softsoap Relaxing Body Wash includes “moisture beads” and comes in several varieties that claim to moisturize and provide a calming, pleasant fragrance. A 12-ounce bottle sells for about $3.99 in Stop & Shop.

Suave Moisturizing 2-in-1 Body Wash boasts aloe vera and water lily with Vitamin E, which is said to offer extra moisturizing power. The makers also market it as a shaving lotion. It sells for $1.89 for 12 ounces on

Herbal Essences Moisturizing Body Wash offers chamomile, water lily and Vitamin E.

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