Bagno Di Vita Gentle Foaming Gel for Bath and Shower

by Borghese  
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$33.50 - 16 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:
2/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This detergent-based bath and shower gel is not recommended. There’s nothing wrong with the cleansing agents it contains, but it’s the inclusion of irritating plant extracts and potent fragrant plant oils that keep this from earning a positive review. Almost any shower gel at the drugstore, from Ivory to Olay and Paula’s Choice, is preferred over this, plus you’ll prefer the savings!

A fresh, revitalizing, foaming bath and shower gel. Gently frees deep-down impurities while moisturizing skin.

Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Myristamide Dea, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Glycol Stearate, Mineral Salts, Sea Salt, Glycosaminoglycans, Adenosine Triphosphate, Collagen Amino Acids, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-150 Distearate, Polyquaternium-10, Comfrey Extract, Matricaria Extract, Cornflower Extract, Thyme Extract, Hazel Nut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Lavender Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Patchouli Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Green 3, Red 33, Yellow 5, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, d-Limonene, Linalool

Over the past few years the distribution and, as such, availability, of Borghese products has diminished. They're sold randomly in major department stores around the world and it's been years since anyone has asked us about a new Borghese product. Given the decrease in interest, we didn't even include Borghese in the most recent edition of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. After publishing the book, however, we were literally deluged with emails from readers asking (sometimes demanding to know) why we didn’t review Borghese. Those numerous requests for reviews about the line are why it's back on our roster.

As we were evaluating the products and writing the reviews for Borghese, the entire team wondered why there was such intense interest in the line. Very few Borghese products are worth any attention whatsoever. Few have any real merit and several of them are truly terrible formulas or, more often than not, an otherwise good formula was ruined by potent irritants that don't serve to make anyone's skin look better. It is especially curious that Borghese has such a following when they rarely advertise in fashion magazines. We can't recall the last time a Borghese product appeared on a "Best of Beauty" list either, so again, we wondered what all the clamoring was about.

Borghese is a cosmetics line that is supposed to have an Italian heritage of beauty. Their angle is combining the tradition of Italian beauty with modern technology. It may seem intriguing that the company maintains their products are based on "a heritage that dates back to the 14th century," but, we ask you, what skin-care or beauty information from the 14th century, or even 20 years ago, is relevant today? Think of it this way: Would you, or even could you, use a computer from the mid-90s given the technological advances since then? The same is true for skin care. Everything from free-radical damage, sun damage, how skin functions, or what causes acne and how you can treat it is recent knowledge. If your goal is to use the best products that stand a chance of giving you the results you want, then relying on anything other than recent history is definitely not the way to go.

Looking at Borghese from an objective point of view based on published studies about what ingredients can help or hurt skin reveals that their products are nothing more than a frustrating mix of good and bad. Several of their moisturizers contain a bevy of state-of-the-art ingredients, yet the choice of jar packaging means they won't last long once the product is opened. It's also disappointing that many Borghese products are filled with plant extracts, usually fragrant oils, that only serve to irritate the skin. That irritation causes collagen to break down and depletes the skin's protective outer barrier. Perhaps that was acceptable in the 14th century, but it certainly doesn't pass for smart skin care today!

As far as Borghese is concerned, Italian beauty seems to rely heavily on scent, but eau de cologne or perfume, natural or otherwise, is not good skin care. As for sun protection, Borghese also gets mixed reviews: some of the SPF-rated products provide sufficient UVA protection but others don't. Thus, Borghese is not a line to shop without knowing exactly what you're buying, and many of their claims border on the impossible, although that is certainly not unique to this brand.

You're most likely to find Borghese products in select Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, or select regional drugstores. They're sold in plenty of online stores, too, and at wholesale warehouse companies such as Costco, which distributes some Borghese products under the Kirkland Signature brand. For the most part, the Costco-sold Borghese products are simply repackaged, renamed versions of what Borghese sells in their main line—the difference is price. For example, a moisturizer you'd pay $61 for at the Borghese counter in Bloomingdale’s costs $26.99 at Costco. A considerable savings, but skin care is never a bargain if the product itself isn't going to benefit your skin beyond the basics.

For more information about Borghese, call (866) 267-4437 or visit www.borghese.com.

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  1. Laurie B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 03, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    This is my favorite product!
    • I have been using this product for years! Yes, before state-of-the-art improvements in skincare (I'm old, okay?). I find the product moisturizing and cleansing. The fragrance, while distinctive, is not overwhelming. I'm surprised you find the fragrance so abhorrent! If anything, I would consider the fragrance "light." Even my husband uses this product - much to my chagrin! Compared to the heavy, overpowering scent of most skin care products, this fragrance is like a vacation!

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