I have Mike30 to thank for Giovanni's D:tox System Purifying Body Wash. I believe that Maris, a newish company, sought me out and sent me a pot of Bali Vanilla Scrub. In both cases, I am very glad of the introduction and the nice edge that they bring to morning ablutions.

Giovanni d:tox is by far the best body wash I have come across (admittedly that's not saying much). It's hard to believe that the very first ingredient is acai berry and if that doesn't make your jaw drop consider that the next three are also botanical antioxidants: goji (as an aside, I drink a few ounces of goji juice every morning as it has so much antioxidant power that it puts blueberries in the shade), fig and green tea.

Call me eccentric, but I get even more excited by the charcoal and volcanic ash. Charcoal is an amazing detoxifier. I use a charcoal cleanser from Japan with the Clarisonic brush to keep bacne at bay (obviously, the Giovanni will be taking over from now on). The volcanic ash acts as an exfolliant and its sulfur content will also help clear oily pores and prevent breakouts.

Although there are a couple of nasties such as phenoxyethanol, you can't quibble about the price - a little under $6 at Vitacost or $9.95 at Amazon.

Follow Giovanni D:tox with an exfoliating scrub from Maris that smells subtly of a tropical island and you'll feel clean enough for the most important date of your life. Fragrance is Maris' thang and that might account for why this scrub has leaves a lingering scent on the body. If I close my eyes to the preservatives that are rather too high up the ingredients list for my liking, this is one lovely buffer. Salt does the scrubbing job, but somehow the grains here are a perfect size to be gentle but effective. Shea butter and aloe vera almost make post-shower moisturizing unnecessary.

Ingredients in Maris

Sea salt, shea butter, rice bran oil, purified water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide DEA, cocomidopropyl betaine, aloe vera gel, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, methylisothiazoline, massoia oil, ylang-ylang oil, vanilla oil, clove oil, cinnamon oil, patchouli oil, orange oil, jasmine oil, cardamom oil, honey oil, sandalwood oil, mimosa oil, blood orange oil, rhassoul clay, chamomile extract, witch hazel.

Ingredients in Giovanni D:tox

Certified organic acai berry, goji berry, fig and green tea extracts, carbon (activated charcoal), volcanic ash, sodium C14-16, olefin sulfonate, cocomidopropyl betaine, triethanolomine, glycerin, tetrasodium EDTA, PEG 7, glyceryl cocoate, polysorbate 20, cocamide MEA, acrylates C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, iron oxides, fragrance.