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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Body Washes in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)

Have you ever wanted a body wash that doesn't have a strong scent? Or something that can moisturize your skin? Well, why not both? Japanese body washes are known for their gentle scents, formulas, and great feel. That's why we scoured popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Kakaku.com to find the best body washes available online. Then we purchased some of the most popular products and tested them for the following:


  1. Cleansing ability
  2. Moisturizing ability
  3. Ingredients
  4. Feel

Keep reading to find out our 10 best Japanese body washes available online.

Featured in this article

Kaori
mybest US Editors
  • Last updated: 08-23-2022
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What Makes Japanese Body Washes Unique?

What Makes Japanese Body Washes Unique?

You might be wondering how body wash could possibly be any different in Japan. Well, there are two major differences. One is that Japanese body washes tend to have milder fragrances or are completely unscented, since Japanese consumers tending to prefer subtle or natural scents, rather than strong, artificial smells. 


The other major difference is that, unlike some western body washes, they don't leave your skin feeling slippery and slimy. While there are many theories as to why this is, with some citing differences in water hardness, one thing that's certain is that Japanese consumers prefer to have their skin feeling fresh after showering.

If you want a body wash that won't clash with other fragrances you might like to use, or simply don't want something that smells too strong, and don't like that slimy feeling when rinsing off, consider using a Japanese body wash.

How to Choose a Body Wash

How to Choose a Body Wash

For details on how to choose a body wash, see our buying guides in the articles below!

10 Best Japanese Body Washes

We tested each of the body washes for the following: how well they cleaned and moisturized our skin, how much good stuff was in them, and how rich of a foam they produced. Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and chose 10 of the best Japanese body washes available online. 


※Japanese prices for some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

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Max Moisturizing Additive-Free Body Soap 1

Max

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SHIRO Savon Body Wash 1

SHIRO

3
Rohto Deoco Medicated Body Wash 1

Rohto

4
ORBIS RELEASE BY Touch Body Shampoo 1

ORBIS

5
Rohto CareCera Moisturizing Foam Body Wash 1

Rohto

6
Kao Bioré u Body Wash 1

Kao

7
Kracie Lamellance Premium Body Wash 1

Kracie

8
Matsuyama Yushi M-mark Kettle-Crafted Body Wash 1

Matsuyama Yushi

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Kracie Naive Body Soap 1

Kracie

10
Stella Seed Amino Mason Whip Cream Body Soap Moist 1

Stella Seed

Name

Moisturizing Additive-Free Body Soap

Savon Body Wash

Deoco Medicated Body Wash

RELEASE BY Touch Body Shampoo

CareCera Moisturizing Foam Body Wash

Bioré u Body Wash

Lamellance Premium Body Wash

M-mark Kettle-Crafted Body Wash

Naive Body Soap

Amino Mason Whip Cream Body Soap Moist

Features

A Highly Moisturizing, Gentle, and Foamy Soap

A Moisturizing Body Wash With a Refreshing Scent

The Best Deodorizing and Moisturizing Body Wash

Creates a Fine Foam and Cleanses Well

Best Foam-Type With Mild Cleansing, but Ingredients That Retain Skin Moisture

Gentle Scents and Bouncy Foam

Fluffy Foam With a Gorgeous Scent

A Body Wash Made With Traditional Methods

Mild and Easy to Use, but Lacking in Moisturizing Ability

An Incredibly Foamy Body Wash

Price$6.15$52.51$19.88$8.33$7.64$14.41$55.68$6.66$12.82$28.00
Japaneseマックス うるおう無添加ボディソープSHIRO サボン ボディソープロート製薬 デオコ 薬用ボディクレンズオルビス リリースバイタッチ ボディシャンプーロート製薬 ケアセラ 泡の高保湿 ボディウォッシュ花王 ビオレu ボディウォッシュクラシエ ラメランスプレミアムボディウォッシュ松山油脂 M-mark 釜焚きせっけん ボディソープクラシエ ナイーブ ボディソープステラシード アミノメイソン ホイップクリーム ボディソープ モイスト
TypeLiquidLiquidLiquidLiquidFoamLiquidLiquidLiquidLiquidLiquid
Fragrance testedN/ASoapSweet FloralUnscentedPure FloralFresh FloralAquatic White FloralUnscentedPeach (formulated with peach leaf extract)Classic Rose Bouquet
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerinGlycerinPGDPGSorbitolPGGlycerinGlycerinGlycerinBetaine
Effective ingredientsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoapSoapSoapSoapAmino acidsCarboxylic acidsAmino acidsSoapSoapSulfates
Fragrance-freeYesN/AN/AYesN/AN/AN/AYesYesN/A
Pigment-freeYesN/AN/AYesN/AN/AN/AYesYesYes
Alcohol-freeYesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AYesYesYes
Paraben-freeYesYesYesN/AYesN/AYesYesYesYes
Volume500ml280ml350ml500ml450ml480ml480ml600ml530ml450ml
Overall score3.723.653.653.653.503.493.483.463.423.41
Cleansing3.33.33.54.03.33.53.33.54.03.5
Moisturizing ability5.05.05.03.53.53.43.43.33.23.3
Ingredients4.03.53.33.55.03.54.04.03.53.3
Feel3.63.83.53.53.43.53.83.33.53.6
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MaxMoisturizing Additive-Free Body Soap

$6.15

Japaneseマックス うるおう無添加ボディソープ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedN/A
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerin
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeYes
Pigment-freeYes
Alcohol-freeYes
Paraben-freeYes
Volume500ml
Overall score3.72
Cleansing3.3
Moisturizing ability5.0
Ingredients4.0
Feel3.6
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JapaneseSHIRO サボン ボディソープ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedSoap
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerin
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeN/A
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeYes
Volume280ml
Overall score3.65
Cleansing3.3
Moisturizing ability5.0
Ingredients3.5
Feel3.8
3
Japaneseロート製薬 デオコ 薬用ボディクレンズ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedSweet Floral
Major moisturizing ingredientsPG
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeN/A
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeYes
Volume350ml
Overall score3.65
Cleansing3.5
Moisturizing ability5.0
Ingredients3.3
Feel3.5
4

ORBISRELEASE BY Touch Body Shampoo

$8.33

Japaneseオルビス リリースバイタッチ ボディシャンプー
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedUnscented
Major moisturizing ingredientsDPG
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeYes
Pigment-freeYes
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeN/A
Volume500ml
Overall score3.65
Cleansing4.0
Moisturizing ability3.5
Ingredients3.5
Feel3.5
5

RohtoCareCera Moisturizing Foam Body Wash

$7.64

Japaneseロート製薬 ケアセラ 泡の高保湿 ボディウォッシュ
TypeFoam
Fragrance testedPure Floral
Major moisturizing ingredientsSorbitol
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsAmino acids
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeN/A
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeYes
Volume450ml
Overall score3.50
Cleansing3.3
Moisturizing ability3.5
Ingredients5.0
Feel3.4
6
Japanese花王 ビオレu ボディウォッシュ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedFresh Floral
Major moisturizing ingredientsPG
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsCarboxylic acids
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeN/A
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeN/A
Volume480ml
Overall score3.49
Cleansing3.5
Moisturizing ability3.4
Ingredients3.5
Feel3.5
7
Japaneseクラシエ ラメランスプレミアムボディウォッシュ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedAquatic White Floral
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerin
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsAmino acids
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeN/A
Alcohol-freeN/A
Paraben-freeYes
Volume480ml
Overall score3.48
Cleansing3.3
Moisturizing ability3.4
Ingredients4.0
Feel3.8
8

Matsuyama YushiM-mark Kettle-Crafted Body Wash

$6.66

Japanese松山油脂 M-mark 釜焚きせっけん ボディソープ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedUnscented
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerin
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeYes
Pigment-freeYes
Alcohol-freeYes
Paraben-freeYes
Volume600ml
Overall score3.46
Cleansing3.5
Moisturizing ability3.3
Ingredients4.0
Feel3.3
9
Japaneseクラシエ ナイーブ ボディソープ
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedPeach (formulated with peach leaf extract)
Major moisturizing ingredientsGlycerin
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSoap
Fragrance-freeYes
Pigment-freeYes
Alcohol-freeYes
Paraben-freeYes
Volume530ml
Overall score3.42
Cleansing4.0
Moisturizing ability3.2
Ingredients3.5
Feel3.5
10

Stella SeedAmino Mason Whip Cream Body Soap Moist

$28.00

Japaneseステラシード アミノメイソン ホイップクリーム ボディソープ モイスト
TypeLiquid
Fragrance testedClassic Rose Bouquet
Major moisturizing ingredientsBetaine
Effective ingredientsN/A
Major cleansing ingredientsSulfates
Fragrance-freeN/A
Pigment-freeYes
Alcohol-freeYes
Paraben-freeYes
Volume450ml
Overall score3.41
Cleansing3.5
Moisturizing ability3.3
Ingredients3.3
Feel3.6

How We Tested the Body Washes

We put each of the 10 popular body washes we purchased through a series of four tests to gauge their effectiveness. 


We tested each product for the following:

  1. Cleansing ability
  2. Moisturizing ability
  3. Ingredients
  4. Feel

Each product was given a score on a scale ranging from 1 to 5 for each test, and we calculated the overall score based on how each product performed.

Test ① Cleansing Ability

Test ① Cleansing Ability

We first tested out a body wash's most important factor: cleansing ability. 


We first applied artificial sebum onto a microscope slide. We then applied our body wash to the slide and rinsed it off with warm water.


We then checked to see how much artificial sebum was left on the slide.


Assuming that the best body washes shouldn't remove excessive amounts of sebum, for this test, we set the ideal maximum removal amount at 70% sebum removal.

Test ② Moisturizing Ability

Test ② Moisturizing Ability

Next, we tested each body wash for its moisturizing ability.


To do this, we first used a Corneometer, a special device that can measure moisture levels in the skin, to check the amount of moisture in our tester's arms


We then rubbed each body wash for roughly 20 seconds, then rinsed it off. After waiting for 15 minutes, we then measured moisture levels again.


Using these two figures, before and after, we then calculated how much moisture was left in the skin and made our evaluations based on this number.

Test ③ Ingredients

In order to evaluate the ingredients in each body wash, we turned to our expert Kaori, who is a scientific beautician and a beauty expert. 


We asked her to evaluate each product for the following:

  • Its main cleansing ingredient
  • If it has moisturizing ingredients
  • If it has ingredients that help prevent rough skin
  • If it has possible irritants

Some products that we tested are classified as quasi-drugs, which is a unique Japanese classification of products that sits in between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Manufacturers are not obligated by law to label all their ingredients for quasi-drugs, so Kaori only evaluated those products based on what was written on the label.

Test ④ Feel

Test ④ Feel

Finally, we tested how each product feels. 


For this test, we had Japanese testers from our editorial team actually use each body wash. We then had them evaluate each product for the following points:


  • How good of a smell it is
  • How well it foams up
  • How easy it is to rinse off
  • If it makes the skin feel too tight

How to Wash Yourself Properly

How to Wash Yourself Properly

Washing your body in the shower seems so... obvious, right? You've likely been doing it for years with no issues. Well, technically, the best way to wash your body is to wash using only the foam produced from your soap or body wash. Using your hands, a sponge, or a loofah can actually create too much friction. The foam is good enough to remove most dirt and grime.


At the beginning of your shower, make sure to start by washing areas that tend to produce more odor, like under your arms, your chest, and your crotch. Don't forget to wash between your toes, since your feet also produce a lot of moisture!


Finally, finish off by washing your legs. Since your legs don't produce as much sebum in comparison to your upper body, make sure to do it last so your skin doesn't dry out. Additionally, if your skin feels dryer than usual, be sure to not lather up your upper body excessively.

Keep Your Skin in Check With These Products!

Washing? Done. Now it's time to make sure you're using only the best for your follow-up skin care.

Author: Yurie Katafuchi/Translation: Shannon McNaught, Mitsuki Nagasawa/Photos: Yuuki Inagaki, Ayumu Sasaki

In Collaboration With Beauty Expert Kaori

Kaori
Scientific Beautician
Kaori

This expert participated in testing the products featured in this article. They did not participate in the product selection process, nor are they affiliated with any of our choices unless explicitly stated so

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