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I do not like body wash always with strong favor. I like hand wash soap to wash my body. Are they difference at all?

Thanks for the comments, so that I add the following information I am really sorry that I posted the question using my phone at my office parking lot right before I went to work this morning, so not much detail was added

To my limited knowledge, Body wash and hard wash soaps are detergent, they both are OK to use on skin. If that is the case, why body wash soap is body wash soap? What I mean is that from the chemistry point of view, what makes body wash soap difference from hand wash soap?

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    $\begingroup$ Ingredients should be on the side of the bottle. $\endgroup$ – Richard Terrett Feb 20 '13 at 2:11
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Marco, could you perform a bit of research and edit the question to reflect what you have found the differences to be, and then perhaps ask for which ingredients might be more beneficial for removing dirt or grease? $\endgroup$ – jonsca Feb 20 '13 at 3:24
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(My sister-in-law works at Unilever, and she makes these soaps)

These are all detergents. The primary differences are harshness (hand soaps can be harsher, as hands are often more soiled), lathering, concentration, perfuming/scents, and marketing.

(Emphasis on the marketing.)

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Basically, they are the same thing. But, by adding some ingredients and changing the pH, soaps can act like mild or more harsh detergents. There are a lot of different types of soaps in the market; like ones especially made to treat baby skin, for face skin, body, hands, etc.

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In common composition they are the same but there may be a little difference due to the antibacterial materials added and the smell.

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