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Of all the natural, chemical-free skin care products, a good body wash is a little difficult for me to find because I need it to do so many things: lather, smell good but not overpowering, leave my skin soft and hydrated without drying it out, and double as a shave gel. I’m 41 and my skin tends toward the dry side. Without a hydrating body wash, my legs will look scaly from dryness after I shower.
I was excited to try the Red Flower Purifying Body Wash ($22) in the Wanderlust scent. I’m vegan and the certified organic ingredients are all 100% natural, vegan, biodegradable, and biocompatible. The body wash is free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic preservatives. The ingredient list actually sounded good enough to eat! The ingredients include aloe leaf juice, ginger root, chamomile, apple, green tea, cucumber, and whole essential oils.
The oils give the body wash its unique smell. When I opened the bottle, I kept sniffing because I wasn’t quite sure what the scent was. It seemed like a mix of woodsy and citrusy. I saw that one of the essential oils is cedar wood oil, which would explain the slightly woodsy scent. The scent was very pleasant and not overpowering. It smelled wonderful in the shower, but the scent did not stay on my skin afterwards, which I liked. Red Flower has nine different scents in their Purifying Body Wash, and they all sound divine; examples of others are Icelandic Moonflower and Italian Blood Orange.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well this body wash lathered. I didn’t need to use a ton to make it lather on my sponge, but I did need to use more than a drop.
I found that the lather itself wasn’t great for shaving, so I used the actual body wash without working it into a lather for shaving my legs. I only needed a tiny bit to use it for shaving. This body wash left my skin very soft and hydrated—no flaky, scaly skin after I showered!
Overall, this body was a pleasure to use and lived up to everything I want in a body wash. I think I have found a new favorite body wash and am excited to try out the other scents.