12.19.2014
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Gentle Body Wash (Discontinued)
Rating
8 fl. oz. for $14
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This gentle body wash deserves our top rating not only because it has a mild yet effective formula, but also because it's fragrance-free. Given the scarcity of truly fragrance-free body washes, this joins a small group (including All Over Hair & Body Shampoo from Paula's Choice) of products that are excellent options for those with sensitive skin. Although feverfew extract can be cause for concern, the company confirmed they are using the irritant-free form of this plant extract.

Pros:
  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula is great for sensitive skin.
  • Cleanses thoroughly without drying or irritating skin.
  • Leaves skin smooth without a hint of residue.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

A mild, creamy cleanser that leaves the skin clean and silky. Fragrance-free formula does not compete with your favorite scent or irritate sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycol Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Stearic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glyceryl Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.

Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.

With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.

Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!

On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.

For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.

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