I have always used soap or detergent in solid bar format. Never did buy into the liquid body wash stuff. I found the overall cost for bodywash was much higher than bar soaps.
Although now my shaving hobby has extended here too, I find I'm seeking out the more expensive bars, negating any financial benefits compared to bodywashes.
My favourite brand so far is Imperial Leather. It lasts a good long time, and has a great spicy scent (though some might consider it heavy). There's a British goods store around the corner from me whom carries it, but be prepared to pay - It's often cheaper mail ordered direct from UK.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein