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Body Wash Round Up

This one is for Shweta, who requested a quick review of all the body washes I keep mentioning in my various posts & lists.

1. Biotique Apricot Gel Body Wash: It claims to be a soothing, refreshing bath gel containing Apricot Kernel Oil, wild Turmeric, Turmeric, Kurchi and Soap Nut. It is an excellent alternative for soap and is 100% soap free.

My Quick review:
This is a pretty decent body wash, it is a little bit low on lather (I suppose it is coz normal lathering ingredients have been replaced by soap nut), but this red body wash cleans without drying, is very gentle & won't even leave behind a soapy film on the skin post rinsing (which a lot of people hate. I actually like that - I like a veil of moisture on my skin, decreases my work)

2. Johnson's & Johnson's pH 5.5 Body Wash with Honey

My Quick Review:
I got this because of the pH factor. The pH of normal healthy skin is 5.5 as well. Most soaps are either alkaline or at best neutral. This one left my skin very soft, it also leaves behind a thin veil of moisture, lathers well and is very cheap (I got a 750 ml bottle for 300 Rs. It lasted me more than a year). It lathers very well and has a nice pleasant, very light honey smell. The pump dispenser is also a bonus. I love this body wash a lot!

3. St. Ives Body Wash in Vanilla

My Quick Review:
Ok, all those who love vanilla, you will love this. A very thick, creamy body wash, this smells divine and does a pretty good job at moisturising and lathering as well. Layer the scent with the body lotion, and you are set for the day. No need for extra body splash or perfumes. It is mild and does not dry out the skin one bit and really relaxes you while you shower. A real aromatic treat. (I got a big bottle of this for 200 Rs, coz of some promotion at H&G here)

4. Khadi Bubble Bath & shower gel

Read my full review here

My Quick Review:
The most moisturising & lather-ful of the lot, I actually got bored with it. It never seems to get over. I have been using this for a year and still have half a bottle left. I am actually feeling bored even just writing about it. I guess the heavy fragrance is to blame. Or my ADD.

Of course, I have to mention here my TBS Bath Gloves (Have I mentioned them before?). Without them, none of these body washes would have performed so wonderfully. It turns every normal body wash into an exfoliating shower and my skin just feels so much smoother each time I use this.

What's your favourite body wash?


  1. Wow ..This was quick...Thank You :)

    really wanting to try Johnson's & Johnson's pH 5.5 Body Wash and TBS Bath Gloves

    Thanks again


  2. @Shweta: Yr most welcome babes :D..

    You can pick up J&J at both Alfa as well as Beauty Centre. They also have different variants such as honey, almond and a 3rd one that I am forgetting now. I hope u like it :D

  3. i was an ardent user of body washes. i stick to handsome soaps now. :)

  4. oh i meant handMADE soaps. lol! :P

  5. @Rima: LOL! :D 'handsome" soaps. Freudian slip??.. ;)

  6. I am using the St. Ives bodywash now. Should try the Biotique one..I don't like that veil most bodywashes leave behind, so this should be just what I am looking for.

  7. @Rads: I know lots of people who like their skin to be squeaky clean post wash, and hate that veil/layer on skin feeling. I hope u enjoy the biotique one :)

  8. St. Ives sounds like it's just my type :D

  9. Hey, I love delicious smelling body washes...especially vanilla ones......I love Bath & Body works Warm Vanilla........the fragrance stays all day.
    BTW does St Ives fragrance last all day? Will buy it if it does as I'm almost through with my Vanilla Body wash and it isn't available in India :(

  10. Wanna try St.Ives Vanilla one!


  11. I love a veil of moisture on my skin and thats why I use dove soap when no using body washes...

    I think I would love J&J and St. Ives.....will pick up once I am done with some of my current bodywash stock....

    I have a very silly Q Tanveer...are bodywashes soap-free?? I mean wht is the advantage of using bodywash and not soap....


  12. J&J 5.5 Ph looks tempting

  13. I cant thank you enough for the TBS gloves..This johnson product is quite tempting will check ut out next time.

  14. I am so going to look for Johnson's body wash. the list is growing longer and longer. loll . :P

  15. This was needed by me too!!Need to pick up a body wash, the list just grows and grows...

    Nice work!!!

  16. @Ki: I hope u like it :)

    @Yuvna: I don't think the St Ives fragrance lasts all day. Actually other than Burberry, nothing lasts in Mumbai all day... LOL.. It is such a hot, muggy, humid city that you tend to sweat a lot, which washes away most fragrances.

    @Cynthia: I hope u like it :)

    @HD: Thks, do let me know how you find them.. Frankly from my personal experience I have seen that body washes tend to be less drying on the skin than soap. I don't think body washes are soap free, coz they still produce all that lather. I think it is just a matter of personal preference if u want to use soap or wash, and it is not that either is better or superior to the other.

  17. @Palak: I hope u like it.

    @Anamika: yr most welcome :)

    @Rati: I know! sometimes I feel like I am opening a beauty centre at my place now, there is so much stuff.

    @Simran: You'll be needing a lot of stuff now :).. Glad to help :)

  18. Using a bodywash is considered to be a better alternative to soap for the following reasons:

    1.Soap's have a high pH (in the area of 9 to 10), and skin's natural pH is 5.5. This means that soap can change the balance present in the skin to favor the overgrowth of some types of bacteria, exacerbating acne.
    2.Soaps have thickeners that allow them to assume a bar shape can clog pores, leading (once again) to acne.
    3.Using soaps can remove natural oils from the skin that form a barrier against water loss. This causes the sebaceous glands to subsequently overproduce oil which will lead to clogged pores. Conversely, in order to prevent drying out the skin, some soaps like Dove incorporate moisturisers.

    These are exactly the reasons why we are advised not to use saops on our face and use facewashes instead.


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