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Beauty Test Drive: The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Body Wash

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body shop spiced pumpkin body wash

I am prefacing this review with a note about a hilarious argument (well, I thought it was) Jessica and I just had. Jessica seems to believe that A) body wash is not the same as “soap” and that B) you cannot get clean with products that are considered non-soaps (as this one is). For the record, I am a body wash user. I don’t use bar soap. I consider body wash just as good as your average bar of soap and, I suspect, some of the body wash brands I use have “soap” in them, while others don’t, though I’ve clearly never paid attention.

So what exactly is “soap” and what does “soap-free” mean? Chemically speaking, soap is made when fatty acid salts (from plants or animals) are combined with an alkaline solution like lye. Soap-free products are detergents that do the same thing as soap but are made from plants with natural high saponin levels. Or something like that. So, basically, if you’re someone who purposefully does not use soap products, you’re likely doing so because you’re not down with harsh chemicals, which can be drying to the skin and aren’t as eco-friendly.

Anyway, read onward for Jessica’s review of The Body Shop’s Spiced Pumpkin Wash, which she would use in addition to bar soap, but those of us who don’t differentiate between soap and soap-free, would use on its own. Keep reading »

Bergamot For Your Body

We’re suckers for a well-designed beauty product bottle — but the product also has to work. And Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash definitely does that. With it’s fresh bergamot scent and moisturizing lather, this wash is the perfect way to end a stressful day.

[$18.00 Malin + Goetz]

Beauty Test Drive: Nivea Touch Of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash

I’ve been using the Nivea Touch of Sparkle Cream Oil Body Wash for two weeks now, and I’m very happy with the results. For one, the wash contains diamond powder and conditioners, but it leaves the skin luminous as it lathers, not shimmery. Also, the cream oil moisturized my extremely ashy skin, so I didn’t have to do my usual routine of oil on wet skin, then lotion on dry skin. I only did one or the other. Oh, and the calla blossom scent was heavenly, but not strong enough to compete with my signature scent. A word of caution, though: I noticed I had to scrub my tub more often while using this body wash because the moisturizers really attract soap scum. I’m willing to make that trade, though, because the benefits outweigh the negatives. And when I think about it, scrubbing my tub is a great way to tone my guns. [about $6.99, at your local drugstore] Keep reading »

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