11.26.2014
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Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
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18 fl. oz. for $8.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an outstanding body wash whose gentle formula is suitable for all skin types. Those with sensitive skin should consider this carefully because it does contain fragrance, but it also contains an impressive amount of anti-irritants. Despite the fact that it contains oils, it rinses cleanly and doesn’t leave skin feeling the least bit stripped.

Claims

This creamy body wash cleanses and moisturizes for visibly healthier skin every time you shower. This breakthrough formula combines natural colloidal oatmeal - long known to soothe skin - with a unique blend of natural oils and rich emollients to lock in moisture. The creamy, lightly fragranced formula lathers gently then rinses clean, resulting in softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin long after you shower. And it's soap-free, dye-free, and even gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Glycol Stearate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Soja (Soybean) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroampho PG Acetate Phosphate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Fragrance, May Contain: Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

Brand Overview

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar won’t remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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02.17.2015
Great moisturizing body wash

Love this body wash! Has a nice but mild scent. Body feels clean but doesn't leave you feeling stripped off or dry. Just the perfect body wash for the harsh east coast winter.

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Kashmira
01.31.2015
Best body wash ever!!

The silky feeling left behind is incredible! I have tried a LOT of body washes and this beats them all! I have tough, dryish skin with areas of keratosis pilaris and it has made a big difference in my skin texture. I was surprised that the product had a Best of the Best 2014 as it has a substantial amount of scent, however, I have been resistant about giving up all my fragrant goodies so I have been handed this cheat on a platter. Thanks, Paula!!

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Julie
01.08.2015
Great Wash

I love this body wash because it really helps my skin not become extremely dried out after a shower. Because the formula washes right off I really have no expectations of it being some kind of moisturizing magician, but it does a pretty decent job considering. I'm not totally sure I feel the need to pay as much as I do for it. It's not ridiculous, but there are plenty of PC best options that are cheaper. It barely has a smell so I don't really get the other posts. The smell does not even last.

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Katie B.
12.20.2014
beautiful wash

I just LOVE this body wash. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and with a mild perfume. Don't think i would be changing any time soon. I do want to add that the Wal-Mart version is exactly the same. love, it. Thank you Paula and Team for making my decisions much easy. Thank you for doing what you do;Calling products on there bluff or truth.

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Sylvia Z
08.11.2014
Not Great!!!

First let me say that I exfoliate the skin on my legs & arms on a regular basis as they are very dry. This product left my skin dry & itchy.

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S.H.
06.06.2014
Love it

I use PC's Shampoo to wash my hair, but since this shower gel is cheaper and I prefer its smell (I know fragrance is bad for you) and texture, I use it on most days. Anyway, this shower gel feels pampering, lathers well with a pouf sponge, and doesn't leave my skin dry. The downside is its cleaning power could be a bit weak (e.g. if you got ink / dirt on you).

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Zoe L
05.25.2014
I like it but..?

I like most of Aveenos products and I want to like this body wash but in the ingredients it lists sodium lauryl sulfates - I was under the impression that sulfates were bad. So Now I'm confused haha could someone please clarify? It's rated as "best" and claims to be natural but contains sulfates. Thanks!

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Melissa H
05.27.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! The good news is that not all sulfates are bad, though distinguishing among the good ones and bad ones can be a bit confusing! While it is indeed true that sodium lauryl sulfate is not good for skin, this product contains sodium laureth sulfate, which can be derived from coconut and is very gentle. You can read more about it here.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
04.19.2014
Nice but very perfumy

It's a nice moisturizing cleanser but the strong floral-like fragrance is distracting all day long.

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JENNIFER G.
04.06.2013
The BEST. Love love love.

What a fantastic product! My husband and I both switched from using bar soap to this product and it's been great. It rinses clean, makes your skin feel fantastic. If I had to note a negative, it's that it doesn't seem to rinse all the way out of my washcloth. A minor gripe. I love it!

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