It was that time of year where I get home from a weeks-long jaunt to discover my roommate has bought another cheap product to use in the bathroom. This time it was the scary Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash. Let me stress: scary. If you are familiar with my posts, you'll know I don't advocate the majority of brands found in supermarkets or drug stores. They're mass produced, using some notoriously unhelpful (and cheapest, of course) ingredients available. Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash is no exception and perhaps the worst available.

Marta got her hands on Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash back when it was originally launched and needless to say, it didn't impress her either. You'll cringe at the ingredients, all of which are irritants, chemicals and practically unsafe with regular use. With the combination of all ingredients applied daily, I wouldn't be surprised if your skin became red or peeled and flaked. The face of the product should be the Toxic Avenger.

It starts with the Sodium laurel sulfate, known to be an irritating sulfate. Then there's petrolatum: just the sound of it is pretty gross. Not to mention the refining process can result in carcinogenic byproducts. As a result, European Union’s restrictions require is that the “full refining history is known and it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.”. Shall I continue with how harmful the ingredients are or do you get the idea? Do we even want to know what Red 30 Lake and Yellow 5 Lake are?

When I applied the body wash (the things I do for research), I couldn't believe how gross it was. It had that detergent-y scent that was clearly just added fragrance, and the petrolatum completely stuck out in a bad way. I felt like I was glossing my body with something from the movie Ghostbusters. It was slime. It felt horrible and waxy. I was surprised this kind of product was even made. Naturally, I was so unimpressed that it didn't even make it to my face. There was a "talk" with my roommate and the product was thrown out, the first time this has happened in my household.

Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash isn't the best product for men. In fact, I would completely avoid altogether.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Cocamide MEA, PPG-9, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Sodium Chloride, Proplyene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iron Oxides, Red 30 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5 Lake.