Positively Nourishing Body Wash–Energizing (Discontinued)

by Aveeno  Positively Nourishing
Price:
$6.99 - 16 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:
12/11/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This fragranced body wash is similar to Aveeno’s Positively Nourishing Body Wash–Calming, except it contains different problematic plant extracts. Rosemary extract and a type of lemongrass extract are cause for concern because their fragrant components pose a risk of irritation; however, this risk is reduced in a rinse-off product like this (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Still, please see More Info for cautions about daily use of products that contain fragrance.

Beyond the rosemary, this body wash cleanses gently and rinses without leaving a residue. It is suitable for all skin types except sensitive. As for the calming sensation, that’s something your nose may notice, but it isn’t good for your skin because fragrance is a problem for skin. Note: The claims for this product mention lemongrass and grapefruit, two irritating fragrant plant extracts, but, based on the ingredient list, grapefruit is not present.

Pros:
  • Contains gentle cleansing agents that won’t leave skin feeling dry.
  • Cleanses well and rinses without a residue.
  • Inexpensive and generously sized.
Cons:
  • Amount of fragrant rosemary extract poses a slight risk of irritation.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Body wash features a blend of invigorating lemongrass, grapefruit and rosemary to enliven your senses and detoxify your skin. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Energizing Body Wash with Lemongrass, Grapefruit + Rosemary refreshes and moisturizes your skin with natural ingredients as it cleanses.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cymbopogan Schoenanthus Extract, Rosmarinum Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctoria (Safflower) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyquaternium 7, Tetrasodium EDTA

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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