Le Labo's Santal 33 Shower Gel Is $60—This Is the $12 Dupe I Swear By


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Generally speaking, there are two types of people in this world: those who prefer scented bodywash, and those who prefer unscented bodywash. I used to belong to the latter camp. Actually, most of the time, I still do. I'm picky when it comes to fragrances, and most of the time, I'd rather leave strong aromas to my perfume—not my body cleanser. 

There are a few exceptions, though. Most notable is Le Labo's signature Santal 33 Shower Gel ($33). As is obvious from the name, it contains the same iconic fragrance we all know and love—that warm, woody, and floral scent containing notes of violet accord, cardamom, iris, papyrus, ambrox, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood. It's not overpowering. It's not irritating. It just wafts through the misty air of my shower and subtly scents my bathroom with a luxurious, spa-like scent. What's not to love? 

Recently, however, I was introduced to another, more affordable brand, and I learned that one of its best-selling products just so happens to be a santal-scented bodywash. So I gave it a try, and let me tell you I think I found an extremely close $12 dupe for the $60 Le Labo one. Keep scrolling to see what product it is and learn how it measures up. 

First, here's the Le Labo Santal 33 Body Wash. If you love Santal 33 as much as, well, the rest of the world, it's totally worth investing $60. You'll get the exact same fragrance as the iconic perfume, and you'll also get skin-loving benefits; the formula contains vitamin E, olive oil, aloe vera, and flaxseed extracts. It explains how it keeps the skin so soft, smooth, and moisturized. 

Now, here is the $12 product that I'm convinced is a good, all-around dupe. It's from a brand called Saltair, which specializes in bodycare and haircare products. (If you haven't seen it already, you're sure to see it everywhere soon; the brand just launched at Target, but I digress.)

Not only does it contain good-for-skin ingredients like monoi oil, cupuaçu butter, and kukui oil to moisturize the skin, but it also contains ascorbyl glucoside and niacinamide to help brighten the skin. Then, there's the scent, which the brand calls Santal Bloom. Sure, it's not a perfect match for Santal 33 (the scent is ever-so-slightly brighter and more floral, like a beachy take on Santal 33), but it has a similarly intoxicating scent. When I use it, it feels just as luxurious and spa-like as the Le Labo pick, only I know it's a fraction of the cost. 

More Santal Products From Le Labo and Saltair

This is a limited-edition shampoo (so act fast if you're a Santal 33 superfan). With vitamin B5 and aloe vera, it promises to cleanse hair without stripping it of moisture or smoothness.

The same goes for this conditioner, except it contains a blend of vitamin B5, olive oil, and chamomile extract. In my experience, this conditioner is really what keeps that warm, spicy, and comforting scent lingering in your hair. 

Saltair's Santal Bloom Shampoo features a blend of plant oils to moisturize the hair while it imparts the scent of rose, jasmine, and creamy sandalwood on each strand.

The same goes for the brand's matching conditioner.

Saltair also makes a natural deodorant with the Santal Bloom scent. It's formulated with salicylic acid and zinc ricinoleate to improve underarm tone and texture, and there's no detox period like there is with other natural deodorants. 

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.