Over the past couple of years, I’ve become a confirmed body wash convert. I find them generally less harsh on my sensitive skin than regular soap, which is also prone to dryness, and they’re a really convenient addition to my travelling toiletry bag.
So, what makes a great body wash? For me, it’s a product that can be used daily (sometimes twice daily) without drying or irritating my skin especially in the midst of a dry Highveld winter. Next I look for latherability and a fresh yet not too overpowering scent. Of course, the products I want to promote and use must be cruelty free and largely comprised of natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients.
HERE’S MY TOP 5 BODY WASH LIST
Grab a loofah and give one a try!
DAVINES SU hair & body wash
I truly fell in love with Davines SU hair & body wash from the first moment I used it. It lathers beautifully and smells like a bright summers day, leaving my skin feeling radiant. (It’s actually formulated as an after-sun product for hair and body; promising to promote the longevity of your tan.) While I haven’t used it on my hair, the reviews have all been glowing. I purchase 2 bottles at a time to make sure I don’t run out.
Available at Carlton Hair Salons or online at https://www.fragrancefanatic.co.za/. R280 for 250ml.
AFRICA ORGANICS Baobab Clay Wash
About a month ago I spotted Africa Organics skincare products at Dischem, and was attracted by the fact that they are locally produced. I was especially keen to try the Baobab Clay Wash when I read that it uses clay which works as a mild exfoliant and has the ability to draw toxins from the skin. It’s quite surprising how the clay foams in the shower and the smell is SO citrus-fruity without being sweet. Your skin is left feeling refreshed and lovingly nourished. A great budget friendly buy.
Africa Organics products are widely available in South Africa from health stores and Dischem. Visit their website for stockists http://africaorganics.co.za/. Alternatively, the best price I found online was R59.95 for 210ml at www.organicchoice.co.za.
AĒSOP Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser
No body wash list like this would be complete without the presence of this cult Australian brand. The Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser is one of Aēsop’s bestselling body products for a reason. It leaves the skin lightly scented and feeling awake. I love the fresh geranium leaf smell. Definitely worthy of a bit of a splurge so spoil yourself!
Available from The Loading Bay in Cape Town. R330 for 200ml. https://loadingbay.co.za/
LUSH Happy Hippy Shower Gel
I have a bit of a brand crush on Lush and its “Fresh Handmade Cosmetics”. In particular, I was attracted by the promise that its pink grapefruit Happy Hippy Shower Gel “is a magic potion” promising to brighten up your mornings. I adore the fresh grapefruit scent. It really is a “happy” little product that has the ability to revitalize the biggest morning scowl. Use it with a loofah to coax a better lather from the gel.
Available from Lush either online or at one of their stores. R155 for 250g. https://www.lush.co.za/
DR. HAUSCHKA Almond Soothing Body Wash
I often came cross the long-established Dr. Hauschka organic skincare brand while researching ethical, natural skincare products. I finally tried out the Almond Soothing Body Wash when I left my usual body wash at home while travelling. This is a creamy body wash that has a calming effect while it nourishes the skin. I‘ve read that some people find that the almond scent can be off-putting or over-powering but I rather like it.
Available at health stores or Woolworths. R296 for 200ml.
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