Is Bath And Body Works Shower Gel Good For Your Skin? The Pros/Cons

There are a lot of shower gels on the market these days. It can be hard to decide which one is best for your skin type. Some may dry your skin out whilst others may make you feel greasy. Another issue is that many manufacturers tend to use harsh synthetic chemicals in their products that are essentially just not a great thing to be scrubbing your body with.

Bath and Body Works is a popular brand, but their shower gel may not be as good for you as you think. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of using Bath and Body Works shower gel and tell you why it might not be the best choice for you.

A photo of several different bath and body works shower gel bottles
Bath and Body Works shower gels smell absolutely fantastic but are they good for your skin?

Is Bath And Body Works shower gel good for your skin?

I think to be able to decide if Bath and Body Works shower gel is good for your skin we first need to take a look at what is inside it, so let’s take a look at some of the ingredients.

Bath and Body Works shower gel contains water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, fragrance, glycerin, and disodium EDTA. Sodium laureth sulfate is a detergent that can dry out your skin. Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant that can also dry out your skin. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it helps to keep your skin hydrated. However, it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disodium EDTA is a chelating agent that helps to prevent soap scum build-up.

So as you can see there are some pretty awful-sounding chemicals in there that may not be good for some people’s skin types.

Does this mean that we should not use Bath and Body Works shower gel in our daily cleaning rituals? Well, the answer to that is that it depends.

You see many of the shower gels that we buy over the counter contain exactly the same chemicals in them as this brand. It is why they are so good at getting us clean. Also, everyone has slightly different skin so there is no one size fits all shower gel.

Does Bath and Body Works shower gel dry skin out?

People who are prone to dry and sensitive skin like me may find that Bath and Body Works shower gel can be a little harsh for their skin. It can cause the skin to dry out if it is used regularly. By the way, if you do suffer from dry skin check out my guide to making a natural skin balm, it really is amazing.

If you are not particularly prone to getting dry skin then you may find that this type of shower gel is just fine for you and will do no harm to your skin.

I highly recommend that if you do suffer from dry, itchy, or flakey skin you should avoid Bath and Body Works shower gel and opt for a more natural recipe. Look out for a soothing and moisturizing shower gel that contains more natural ingredients and less harsh chemicals.

In actual fact, Bath and Body Works do make a different type called moisturizing body wash. This is a body wash that contains less harsh chemicals and also has the added bonus of a moisturizer to help your skin from drying out.

I am yet to try it yet but if you do decide to try it please reach out to me and let me know what you thought of it.

Does Bath and Body Works shower gel expire?

There is one certain time shower gel will not be good for your skin and that is if it has expired. In general Bath and Body Works recommend that unless their products have a specific expiry date printed on the product you can expect a shelf life of between 2 to 3 years.

I would recommend that if you notice your shower gel has taken on a funky new smell or seems to be discoloring, such as a yellow tinge, it may be expiring and you should dispose of it accordingly. That is of course unless your Bath And Body Works shower gel was originally meant to be a yellow color.

Is Bath and Body Works shower gel worth it?

Their shower gel is obviously not the cheapest on the market but does the product deserve the price tag?

Well if you do not have really dry or sensitive skin this shower gel should be just fine, the fragrances used in them admittingly smell wonderful and it makes for a great showering experience.

there are some harsh and nasty chemicals present in the shower gel but if you were to check the ingredients on lots of the most popular shower gels you would notice that they all contain the same.

So I would personally say that the shower gel is worth it if you enjoy beautiful smelling fragrances, a good clean, and also have the right skin for it.

Final thoughts.

So there you have it, a quick run-through of the pros and cons of using Bath and Body Works shower gel on your skin.

I hope this has helped you to decide whether or not you think the product is good for you.

As I said before, everyone’s skin is different so what works for me may not work for you.

The best thing to do is to experiment a little and see how your skin reacts to the product. And of course, if in doubt always consult with a dermatologist.

Do you use Bath and Body Works shower gel? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Andrew Scents and Aroma