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Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Daily Body Cleanser


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Scented or Unscented?
In case your rose-scented body wash isn't doing it for you
In case your rose-scented body wash isn't doing it for you
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Since the manufacturers of body cleansers know their customers will be applying those products all over their bodies (perhaps several times a day), they go to great trouble to make those products smell somewhere between delightful and heavenly.

Most cleansers you'll encounter will have some type of perfume added. As new scents are constantly being engineered (and older ones enhanced), there's no shortage of choices when it comes to picking out a scent.

The downside is that you may find a product that works for your particular skin, only to discover you don't necessarily want to walk around smelling like a gigantic mango. If you regularly wear perfume or cologne, things can go awry when you mix too many different scents together. Alternately, you may really like the scent of a body cleanser, only to find it doesn't actually cleanse you all that well.

Some people -- especially those with sensitive skin -- don't react well to the chemicals and perfumes used to achieve these scents. Fortunately, there are many product lines that are unscented, still giving your skin a fighting chance but giving your nose a break.

Next, we'll see how you can save your skin and the planet all before you have your morning coffee.