Origins Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash: I loved this body wash, I find the scent so refreshing, and invigorating. It really smells like a real burst of ginger, because of the ginger root oil, you can also smell a hint of citrus from the lime oil, grapefruit, and lemon peel oils. It also contains cardamom seed, and clove oils which really adds warmth, and complexity to the scent, and I love that it isn’t artificially fragranced. This body wash does contain sulfates, so it can be drying, not excessively so in my experience. It lathers nicely, I tend to like a good, rich lather from my body washes (not so much with face cleansers), it washes off easily, and doesn’t leave a residue.
I really enjoyed showering with this, especially on cold winter mornings, when all I wanted to do was stay under the covers. The scent is just so warm, awakening, and really permeates my entire bathroom as soon as it lathers. I got this as a sample, and I really don’t tend to spend a lot on body washes, but I’m seriously contemplating getting the full size as a treat to myself.
Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange Pure-Castile Soap (16fl.oz/473ml): I originally started using this as a body wash, but I didn’t like it for that purpose. It definitely got me clean, and lathers well, but despite this product containing a lot of oils, and no sulfates, it always dried me out, and left a white cast on my skin. While it rinses off easily, it always left buildup in my bathtub, I clean my tub often, but using this soap everyday, I had to clean it every 2-3 days because of all the buildup it left in the tub, and on the faucet. It’s a good body wash for the summer, if you don’t want something hydrating, but not great for colder weather.
The great thing about Castile soap is that you can use it to clean a ton of other stuff, now I use it to clean my makeup brushes, and sponges, and I love it for this task. A bottle of this stuff lasts me a long time (still using my 32fl.oz/946ml bottle that I got in 2015), because just a small amount of this soap can clean about 3 face brushes, or 8 eye brushes, it takes more soap to get my makeup sponges totally clean. I always dilute it when cleaning brushes, I mix 1 part soap to 2 parts water, it gets the brushes clean, and I don’t have to spend 5 minutes washing the soap suds out of them. It does leave buildup/makeup stains in the sink, but you can easily get it out with soap and water. These come in other scents, as well as unscented.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer (x2): if you’re interesting in an in-shower body lotion, then I think the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is a better option than the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion. The Nivea version comes in 4 different formulas, but I only tried the nourishing one for very dry skin, with the Nivea, you’re supposed to apply the (very) thick lotion at the end of your shower while your skin is still wet, then rinse it off. Rinsing off gets some of the lotion off your body (enough to make the bottom of your tub dangerously slippery), but what’s left on the skin feels really greasy, heavy, and sticky (despite the claims stating otherwise). It was really unpleasant to use, couldn’t finish it, had to throw it out.
The Jergens moisturizer is much thinner in consistency, you apply it on wet skin right after showering, and you can pat your skin dry with a towel, or just air dry. It applies easily, and gives a nice, light hydration without being heavy, greasy or sticky. I don’t think it’s hydrating enough for the colder months, for me, this is a summer product because it’s so light, and won’t feel sticky in hot weather. In the summer, I shower at night, apply the wet skin moisturizer, let it sink in, go about my night as usual, and in the morning, if I need added hydration, I’ll apply a light moisturizer like the Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum. I went through these pretty quickly, you only get 10fl.oz/295ml, and one of these lasted me about 2 weeks with everyday use, but maybe I’m just heavy handed with product. I got the coconut oil one first, then repurchased it in the green tea scent, there isn’t much of a difference between them, coconut oil, and green tea are the last ingredients in the lists, and they’re heavily fragranced with their respective artificial scents. I prefer the coconut oil version because the scent doesn’t linger for as long, and the green tea version smells too pungent, and so obviously artificial. I do like the packaging, it’s designed to keep all the product at the bottom, so you don’t have to go shaking the bottle vigorously to get the last bits of product out.
Boots Botanics Rehydrating Body Butter in Rebalance: this is the best body butter I’ve ever used, it’s really moisturizing, but has a light, whipped consistency which makes it easy to rub into the skin. I love that it doesn’t contain mineral oil, and that the good ingredients like: coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter are high on the ingredients list. Plus, you get more product (10.1fl.oz/300ml) for less money than the regular sized Body Shop Body Butters (6.7fl.oz/201ml). I’ve also tried them, and they’re heavy, and take forever to massage into the skin.
The only thing I don’t love about this body butter is the scent, it’s heavily fragranced, and contains lavender, and vetiver essential oils, the scent lingers for so long. I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal if you enjoy the scent, don’t mind it interfering with your perfume, or don’t have any skin issues that are flared up by heavily scented products. The scent bothers me, but not enough to stop me from repurchasing, it’s just been out of stock everywhere, lately.
Nivea Soft Refreshingly Light Moisturizing Creme: I liked this, I randomly bought it to throw in my purse, and use it as a hand cream, it was fine, not greasy, or heavily fragranced, and it was hydrating enough (I don’t have severely dry hands). I didn’t repurchase it because I’m not loyal to hand creams, plus it contained alcohol. Right now I’m using the Trader Joe’s Shea Butter Hand Cream, which I’m really liking.