Posted by David

Manumission, by Fightceuticals, claims to be the first comprehensive line of personal care products engineered for daily use by extreme athletes. With the goal of creating “bomb-proof skin,” Manumission recognizes the importance of protecting the skin, the body’s largest organ, as it is the first line of defense against outside invaders. Manumission declares that it isn’t enough for extreme athletes to eat properly; they must also provide the right nutrition to their skin to keep it strong and pliable.

The antioxidants that Manumission singles out as essential for boosting the integrity of skin include beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C, and vitamin E. By keeping the skin well-fed with its blend of these ingredients, Manumission believes the skin will be able to fight off opportunistic bacteria from entering the blood steam and free radicals from damaging the skin through the process of oxidation. With the goal of giving a one-two punch to bacteria and free radicals, I took on the entire line of Manumission and can declare it a champion against the everyday battles my skin endures.

I should preface my review by saying that I am far from the extreme athlete that Manumission portrays in its marketing. I am not a 225-pound, mixed martial arts fighter. I am more like a 170-pound ex-rower, now road-runner, with a bad back, neck, and ankles. If I had to pinpoint my position on a scale of extremeness, I would say I'm a few tiers above couch potato and close to a weekend warrior, but far from a world-class pugilist.

I tried a range of products from Manumission, including their face wash, body wash, body bar, facial moisturizer, and shave gel.  With the exception of the body bar, all of the products have a similar light and natural scent. I was expecting a musk-fest, heavy on the cologne and testosterone but I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle herbal fragrance of each product.  Note: the body bar scent is a bit pungent, hitting the olfactory system hard with something akin to lemon Pledge. But, avoiding the dreaded Truth-in-Aging knock-down, the body bar gets off the mat as it moisturizes and lathers aggressively, leaving my skin feeling well prepared for my daily battle with public transportation.  The body wash provides a great alternative to the body bar. If you are man enough to pick up a loofa or shower poof, I would suggest the wash as it provides similar moisturizing power without the pungent scent.

The face wash, although it lacks the grit that scrubs my face for a deep clean feeling, does an admirable job of clearing the skin of excess oil, dirt, and grime that tough guys like me accrue throughout the day. The shave gel and moisturizer work well as a pair, providing for an easy shave and a great post-shave skin reviver. All in all, my face feels cleaner, healthier, and livelier thanks to Manumission.

My last point about Manumission is a remark on its name. I was a bit confused when I looked up the definition of "manumission" and found that it means “to free from slavery or bondage; emancipate.” Is the manufacturer implying that its products liberate men from oxidizing free radicals and damaging bacteria? Or is it merely a pun on “man” and “mission?” No matter the etymology of Manumission's brand name, its ultimate goal of protecting the skin is achieved. Mission accomplished.

UPDATE from Dan Ostrower, a representative of Manumission Fightceuticals, Inc.:

The name Manumission was chosen to recognize freedom in a positive sense. It’s also a play on words but check out our company Mission on our website. We have already supported members of the military at martial arts tournaments and were main sponsors of a charity 9/11 kickboxing tournament for a memorial on Long Island. We plan to participate in and support more charitable works in this area as the opportunities arise.

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Ingredients in Face Wash:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Artemsia Umbelliformis Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Algae Extract, Aframomum Melegueta Seed Extract, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Juice, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance.

Ingredients in Facial Moisturizer:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Isostearic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Aframomum Melegueta Seed Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Juice, Salicylic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Carylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrace.