The first thing I said to my new roommate when he moved in last month was: "We'll have to have a talk about your beauty products." Great guy, bad choices in grooming. He brought in a whole bevvy of guy crap you find mostly in bargain bins (and we all know why they're there!). Skin Strategies for Men All Over Wash for Hair and Body ($15) was one product that I was ready to toss but then realized it wasn't that bad (if you're looking at the glass half full).

The Skin Strategies for Men All-Over Wash for Hair and Body comes in generic packaging that's underwhelming and uninspiring. It looks like a tube of gel at first glance so I was surprised to find it in the tub. Because it's for both hair and body (which I don't totally condone unless it's used practically, like for the gym), I wasn't too keen on it already. The top ingredients are mostly surfactants, binders, humectants and emollients, the main being ammonium lauryl sulfate. Now, ALS isn't all that bad when it comes at a low percentage but the fact it's the number one ingredient on the list (after water) means there's going to be a high percentage. If you think about the fact it's going to be on your skin for such a small amount of time (well, I hope you will be rinsing it off) then it's not such a fatal situation. It is known to be an irritant, whether in the eyes or on the scalp, so don't let it linger. Likewise, it's great as a cleanser as it does help water bind with dirt and oil so you do get a full cleanse.

I also want to point out that the Skin Strategies All-Over Wash does have some great extracts, including green tea, willowherb and rosemary, something that I never would have expected from this product. When applied, it lathered quite nicely (many thanks to ALS, if we're looking at glass half full) and did have a sparkly scent to it. There's also panthenol, which helps with both the hair and skin. I was disappointed with the added fragrance to the ingredients but I realized long ago, I'm not the one making it. Nonetheless, it didn't go in the bucket with the Old Spice deodorant.


Purified Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Cetyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Avena Sativa, Castrory Maleate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf, Epilobium Angustifolium, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Mentha Piperita, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Blue 1