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I’m not sure how to approach the review of a shower product. I want to spare you any unnecessary details, but still tell you what you need to know. It reminds me of years ago when a gentlemanly male client started a conversation with “I was thinking about you in the shower.” He instantly realized the horror of the many possible interpretations of his phrasing and back-peddled faster than Lance Armstrong, “I was thinking about the project in the shower, about what you said…”
Anyway, here’s my review. Try not to think about me in the shower.
I’m not a big skin washer. That is, I generally don’t use soap because I hate squeaky skin. I also avoid detergent-based cleansers except where and when strictly necessary, because they seem to do the skin no favors at all. I’m mostly a water-and-scrub girl. But I’m always on the lookout for a non-soapy, minimum-detergent cleansing product that I can use on the spots that require the most attention, and for when I come in from a morning’s gardening looking like I rolled in the compost before digging it into the veggie patch.
Michael Todd True Organics Peppermint Wake Up Wash ($14) might be that product. It’s comprised mainly of aloe vera juice and distillates of natural lavender and chamomile, scented with fresh peppermint and tea tree in the form of essential oils — very nice. It does contain some sodium lauryl and laureth type ingredients, so it can’t claim to be absolutely detergent-free, but it does not include the ubiquitous and annoyingly frothy, skin-stripping, sodium lauryl sulphate. So, that’s a very good start.
The ingredients also include panthenol, wheat protein and jojoba oil, which are nice-to-haves. Overall, the formula is a commendable compromise between a very natural organic base gel with vitamins and botanical oils, and the artificial bits needed to ensure it has genuine cleansing power.
And it does. Peppermint Wake Up cleanses and freshens very well without feeling like it’s stripping the skin or generating a silly amount of froth. It feels good. The bottle states it can be used for washing hair, too. I haven’t tried that, but I might do so in future and will let you know how it turns out.
A minor detraction is the packaging. The lid is hard to flip open, so I find myself leaving it flipped all the time. Not exactly a show stopper. In summary, Michael Todd True Organics Peppermint Wake Up Wash is a very nice product that delivers on its promises. I personally intend to continue using it and have no issue recommending it.