The Best Wake Up Body Washes for Gloomy Grey Days

Make mornings easier with an invigorating body wash. Here, W editors share the soaps that get them going.

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The Inspiration: “Summer Camp” photographed by Bruce Weber, styled by Alex White; W Magazine July 2008.


“The rosemary and lemongrass in this super light gel are like smelling the freshest breakfast being made right there.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

PLANT Wake Up Bodywash, $14,


“With a fragrance this nice, I wouldn’t have to wear perfume.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Director

Byredo Flowerhead Body Wash, $50,


“For those who find traditional ‘wake up’ scents too sweet, this chamomile, bergamot, and rosewood cleanser is the perfect uplifting alternative.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editor

Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser, $44,


“This goop-approved shower gel from Rahua is energizing enough to keep Gwyneth Paltrow—and me—going.” – Emilia Petrarca, Associate Digital Editor

Rahua Shower Gel, $30,


“A splash of water (and a cup of coffee) wakes me up in the morning, but this 3-in-1 certainly makes a rushed shower a bit easier — no need to reach for the shaving cream.” – Mia Adorante, Assistant Beauty Editor Purity 3-in-1 Shower, Bath & Shave Gel, $28,


“The sweet smell of lychee does wonders in starting my day.” – Tina Huynh, Associate Jewelry Editor

Fresh Sugar Lychee Shower Gel, $20,


“This scent is so fresh and invigorating—the cleansing equivalent of eating a perfectly ripe grapefruit.” – Vanessa Lawrence, Features Writer

Kiehl’s Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser in Grapefruit, $20,


“The citrus scent brings me back to life each morning, plus Le Labo’s shower gels are enriched with Vitamin E so they’re filled with antioxidants.” – Samantha Andriano, Social Media Manager

Le Labo Fleur d’Oranger Shower Gel, $50,


“I use this every morning for a pick me up—the hints of neroli and Moroccan cedarwood ignite the senses and get me ready for the day.” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant Writer / Associate to the Editor in Chief

Byredo Bal D’Afrique Body Wash, $50,