While I trial a lot of products for this site, one product category that I haven't really bothered with is Body Wash. I love my Olay Complete Body Wash (I nearly had a breakdown in Costco a few weeks ago when they had Olay Ribbons and not Complete, I am that devoted!)
But, I have to admit when I was approached by the folks over at Pattern to try out their body washes I only said yes because I wanted to try out a natural product. More and more natural, vegan, organic, paraben free products are coming out on the market and I was curious. And I was impressed!
Currently there are 4 scents available, all of which I loved. Two are "moisturizing" and two just don't specify this. The moisturizing washes are an opaque white while the non-specified ones are clear. I honestly didn't notice a big difference in the two for my "normal" skin. However, my legs (where my eczema likes to live) do better with more moisture, and the moisturizing wash was better there. If you are dry, pick the moisturizing. If not, it doesn't seem to matter. A glance at the ingredients shows that there actually are differences in these formulations (the Cleanser Post for reference):
Moisturizing Wash Ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Decyl Gluocoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Glycerin, PEG-150 Distearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Naturally derived Fragrance/Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone Copolyol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, PEG-30 Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorophenesin
Regular Wash Ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Naturally Derived Fragrance/Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone Copolyol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, PEG-30 Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
• The regular body wash has a higher proportions of surfactants (the main ones are Sodium Coco Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate).
• The moisturizing wash has has no Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, instead it has only Sodium Coco Sulfate, which is a gentler surfactant.
• There are additional moisturizing agents such as Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride included in the moisturizing wash.
So, how is the body wash? I really enjoyed it. It has a nice, but not overwhelming lather. It cleans well, I have no after wash tightness and there was no irritation to my skin (an issue I have with Caress body washes). A little bit goes a long way, and an 8 ounce bottle of this stuff would probably last me at least 4-6 weeks. The best part? The scents! There are four, and I have to say that having a body wash that doesn't smell of heavy perfume or fake fruit like most do.
• Black Pepper Wash: This one definitely smells like pepper, but has ylang-ylang added for depth.
• Eucalyptus Wash: Frankly, I don't usually like Eucalyptus scents, but I think there's a bit of mint in this scent which makes it very energizing. Even I like it!
• Cucumber Moisturizing Wash: A little bit of cucumber and a lot of fresh herbs (smells like basil to me) make this a very soothing scent.
• Citrus Moisturizing Wash: A blend of lemon and grapefruit make this scent fresher than the typical orange and lemon.
You can order the body washes right now on-line, and if you sign up for the automatic shipments you'll save 25%!
Pattern Body Wash