Reviewed by Kate

A story within a story about the Canus Goat's Milk Body Wash.

Throughout 2009,  I have been on the hunt for a great body wash....one which would be gentle on my skin, ideally even hydrating, free of deodorants and certainly without triclosan which is one of most common antibacterial agents found in hand washes and body cleansers. I was particularly adamant about avoiding the triclosan after reading any number of reports which find that when overused, antibacterial's can actually do as much harm as good.... and of course I was adamant about avoiding sulfates and parabens.  I envisioned finding a wholesome and natural body wash.... largely without chemical additives, and ideally containing ingredients which would be as good for the planet as they were for my epidermis. So when I stumbled onto the Canus brand of Goat's Milk Body Wash with Olive Oil and Wheat Protein, I was interested.

When I toured the delightful Canus web site (presented both in French and English), I was REALLY interested. Canus uses goat's milk in their products...FRESH goat's milk (not powdered) ....contributed by happy, frolicking goats who work their little goat beards off to contribute to the great variety of Canus products. Goat's milk contains capric and caprilic acids which balance skins alkalinity and help prevent skin from being "stripped" of natural moisture. Add in other good-for-you ingredients like orchid and marigold, and the Canus body wash should be just what the dermatologist ordered.

The nice people at Canus sent me both the "original" Goat's milk body wash, and the Goat's milk body wash version with the Olive Oil and Wheat Protein to test. I like them both but within a week developed a preference for the Olive Oil version (which was even gentler and more hydrating on my skin vs. the original formula) so I tasked my unsuspecting husband with testing the "original" formula. Both versions cleaned all body parts nicely and had a nice clean scent.  Both versions have a nice creamy texture, and both produced just the right amount of "suds" when added to my loofah. Even my manly-man husband (who does not use a loofah) liked the Canus body wash, which is no small accomplishment, as he would just as soon use soap made from lye and ash purchased from the nuclear hazard bin at the dollar store. Perhaps a soap with a picture of a goat on it appealed to his masculine side, but for whatever reason, he (my husband, not the goat) was happy to be a testing guinea pig, and I was happy to have FINALLY found a body wash that we BOTH liked.

Now the story within the story. When it came time to write the Canus body wash review, I "Googled" the Canus web site, to "copy" the list of ingredients, and was startled to see the dreaded parabens and sulfate pop up..... quite different from what I had remembered and certainly different than the actual body wash label ingredients. Interestingly, I have since learned that Canus has geographically different target markets, and each has it's own formula AND WEB SITE. I had pulled up the web site for the Canadian-market products (which still contain sulfates) instead of the web site for the US-market (which are reformulated to be sulfate free). So just as Coke makes 53 different versions of  plain old "Coke" in the red can...all with a slightly different formula and a slightly different taste....  manufacturers of all types of products will vary the ingredients to meet the desires (and restrictions) of different geographic markets worldwide. SO, NOTE TO SELF AND TIA READERS:  when traveling outside the US (or ordering products on-line) be sure to read the label ingredients for even those familiar products, before you buy.

All in all, the Canus body wash is a nice product, made with an enviable list of ingredients, all of which should be good for those even with sensitive skin.  Down the road a bit I shall also try the children's line of Li'l Goat's Milk"  (or Petit Chevre, en Francais) which deserves to boast of it's short list of ingredients....none which are likely to cause irritation.

Canus Goat's Milk Body Wash with Olive Oil and Wheat Protein Ingredients:

Aqua, lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Steareth 4, Sodium cocoyl Glycinate, Peg-120, Methl Glucose, Trioleate, Fresh Goats milk, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimonium, Chloride, Olea Europea, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum, Citric Acid.