Conditioning Body Wash has a promising start, as the cleansing agents used are a mild blend that won't dry your skin. Unfortunately, the promises of "conditioning" aren't followed through with the formula, as there isn't much to be found in the way of moisturizing ingredients. Rather, what you're left with is a cleanser that contains a whopping 12+ different irritating and fragrant volatile essential oils. See More Info for the reasons why using excessively fragranced skin-care products like this are such a beauty burn.
Typically, we're more relaxed in our assessment of fragrance in cleansers, as these are generally in such short contact with skin before you rinse them away. However, when a cleanser is as loaded with fragrant oils to this degree, there is a greater risk of irritation (especially when used over the more delicate areas that are exposed to body washes).
Rather than pay your hard-earned cash for the itchy, irritating results highly possible from Conditioning Body Wash, try any of the many better formulated alternatives from other brands in our list of Best Body Soaps/Washes
- Contains mild cleansing agents.
- Loaded with a wide variety of fragrant essential oils, yet fragrance isn't skin care and these fragrant oils are far from essential for anyone's skin.
- Body washes this fragrant can pose a risk of irritating delicate areas below the neck.
- Formula lacks an impressive amount of skin-conditioning ingredients.
Irritation from Fragrance and Fragrant Oils: 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).
A rich, skin conditioning botanical cleanser for the entire body. This soap-free gel with a nourishing lather delivers all-over cleansing and helps moisturize to leave skin feeling soft and silky.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Steareth-4,Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Quaternium-75, Sodium PCA, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool.
Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.
Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.
According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?
For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.