Hands up if you choose your body washes for their scents.
I don’t want fragrance in my moisturiser but can you imagine showering with an unscented body wash? Me neither.
My latest crash is Hempz Milk and Honey Herbal Body Wash. The name says it all. This stuff smells like vanilla cookies wrapped in honey and served with a glass of milk. Sweet. Delicious. Mouthwatering.
And subtle. It lingers around for a while but in a soft, understated way that doesn’t overpower you or those around you. But if you dig it so much, you want to make it more intense, get the matching body lotion.
Hempz Milk and Honey Herbal Body Wash is very gentle on my skin. It uses a blend of mild surfactants – Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, if you’re curious – that help water mix with oils and dirt so they can be rinsed away.
It does a good job at removing sweat, dirt and other impurities but without stripping your skin naked of the natural oils that keep it moisturized. My skin’s dry so I’m always worried about that when I try a new body wash.
The downside? It doesn’t really lather much. I’m glad. Lather isn’t a sign the body wash is working. Too often, it’s a sign the body wash is too harsh. That’s why the gentlest the body wash, the less foam it makes.
I guess the oils and butters in this body wash do help make it even gentler. Hempz Milk and Honey Herbal Body Wash has Shea butter, jojoba oil and cannabis oil – to name a few.
It’s true they’re well down the ingredient list so they won’t provide much moisture. But, there are so many of them, that little is enough to leave my skin clean AND soft after a shower. To keep it that way for the rest of the day, I just slather on a body butter afterwards.
Just a warning: you’ll crave honey cookies after every shower. Just saying…
Available at: £15.00/$19.00 at Hempz and Ulta
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Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Distearate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Fragrance (Parfum), Acrylates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Crosspolymer, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Cocoate, Polyquaternium-44, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Chlorphenesin, Isopentyldiol, Polyquaternium-11, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Coumarin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tetrasodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Lecithin, Phytic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone