Olay’s latest body wash, Total Effects ($8.49), calls for a tall order. The anti-aging body wash claims to fight what they call the seven signs of aging all over your body (improves elasticity, relieves dryness, deeply moisturizes, brightens dull skin, evens skin tone, smoothes rough skin, minimizes the appearance of dry lines).

When I tried it out I thought the cream was a little heavier than most washes I’ve used. It also has little exfoliating beads that I could feel while I soaped up. The best thing is, after I’m done with the shower and dry up, I can still feel it on my skin, like a thin film of cream still going to work which was pleasantly surprising. Its moisturizing properties lie in deeply absorbing ingredients like panthenol and softening jojoba. It also contains UV protecting niacinamide for added anti-aging benefits and sensitive-skin loving vitamin B. They strangely also list “soluble collagen” which the Cosmetic Safety Database deems safe and describes as a “nonhydrolyzed, native protein derived from the connective tissue of young animals…consists essentially of a mixture of the precursors of mature collagen.” After one shower, your skin does feel smoother and soft as they claim.

They also say you will notice improved elasticity in one week, and radiant “young-looking” skin in one month, which I have to keep using to confirm. I would normally dismiss it right away from a body wash, since most benefits of washes are left behind in the drain, but as I mentioned, this one seems to actually leave some softening residue behind.

Olay's downfall lies in its inclusion of some irritants and allergans, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (which can lead to contact dermatitis), isopentane, mineral oil, and potent allergan methylchloroisothiazolinone. Sodium trideceth sulfate, as we mentioned in our St. Ive's face wash review, is not an irritant, but does contain formaldeyhyde, a potential carcinogen.


Water, petrolatum, mineral oil, sodium trideceth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium chloride, fragrance, trideceth-3, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba butter), niacinamide*, tocopheryl acetate**, panthenol***, soluble collagen, acrylonitrile/methacrylonitrile/methyl methacrylate copolymer, citric acid, disodium edta, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, isopentane, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, peg-90m, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, xanthan gum. *vitamin b, **vitamin e, ***vitamin b5