Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, Fragrance Free
12 fl. oz. for $6.99
Last Updated:10.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a good, fairly gentle body wash for use on baby’s skin but it is not fragrance-free. It contains benzaldehyde, which is used chiefly for fragrance (it smells of almonds). Although fragrance-free is best for baby's skin, this remains an option for use on babies, especially I dry skin or eczema is a problem. The cleansing agents are gentle and the formula contains a couple of good moisturizing ingredients to prevent it from leaving skin feeling dry or tight. Although designed for babies, it is suitable for adults, too, unless oily or breakout-prone skin from the neck down is present.


Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash is specially formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients blended into a creamy wash that gently cleanses to soothe and relieve dry skin, even dry skin from eczema.


Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polyquaternium 7, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG 45M, Benzaldehyde

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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lovely makeup removing wash

I have used this product as a makeup removing face wash for many years. I am very pleased. I have mild rosacea, normal-to-dry skin. I wear a heavy spf daily, so I need something that can thoroughly remove sunscreen and makeup. I rub a quarter sized drop all over my dry face including eye makeup (eyes closed, of course) then add a splash of warm water and lather. My face never feels tight after using this. It has a very light scent.

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Good baby wash for dry skin

My son has sensitive skin with some eczema. I try to use fragrance free products to help his skin. This product seems to work well. The ingredient list on the back of the bottle is different than the ingredients listed here. It would be nice to have an updated review of this product.

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McKell S.

This should get a BEST rating now that it no longer contains benzaldehyde. I bought this and the Aveeno Cleansing Therapy Wash to try on my 2 1/2 year old daughter's extremely sensitive skin. Both are fragrance free, but the Cleansing Therapy has an odd smell and the Soothing Wash has no smell. The C/T is a bit more moisturizing, but the S/W is tear-free so I can use it on her face. She cried when I used the C/T (the smell?) and when I used the S/W she said, "I like it! It feels comfortable!"

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Tasha P.
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