Gold Bond
Deep Moisture Body Wash Exfoliating Micro Beads (Discontinued)
12.5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:09.04.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This is a very good moisturizing body wash that’s best for normal to dry skin. It is creamy and slick enough that those with breakouts from the neck down may be nervous about using this. Although the emollient ingredients are likely too large (in size) to penetrate and clog pores (instead they moisturize skin’s surface, then for the most part get rinsed away), you may want to think twice about using this if body breakouts or red bumps are an issue. Otherwise, it’s recommended and the price is great! This does contain fragrance and a tiny amount of fragrant ginger root, but the amounts are too low to quibble about, especially for a rinse-off product. The Micro Beads are likely from the cellulose ingredient, but they’re not present in a high enough amount to truly qualify this as a body scrub, so it’s not really a 2-in-1 product, just a good moisturizing body wash.


Gold Gold Bond Ultimate Exfoliating Body Wash is the moisture intensive body wash that gives you superior cleansing without drying out your skin. The advanced non-drying formula is enriched with 7 moisturizers, 3 vitamins plus micro beads to clean without stripping away your skin’s natural moisture barrier. It then rinses easily away.


Water, Amino Methyl Propanol, Petrolatum, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium 67, PEG 14M, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Jojoba Ester, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mannitol, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Cellulose, Octyldodecanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phytonadione, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (Corn), Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract (Ginger), PEG 8 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Ultramarines

Brand Overview

Gold Bond At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; some good body lotions including a few with urea, an excellent ingredient to smooth and soften dry, rough skin.

Weaknesses: Several products contain menthol, including a foot cream with an extremely high amount of this known irritant. Menthol is not anti-itch; it simply replaces one form of irritation (itching) with another.

There isn't a lot to write about Gold Bond despite the fact that the brand has been around for over 100 years. For the most part, Gold Bond is a staple at drugstores due to their small selection of body lotions, anti-itch products, and various foot-care products, including powders and anti-odor sprays. You can ignore any of their products with menthol. This is used in several Gold Bond products as a counter-iritant. What does that mean? Counter-irritants such as menthol are used to induce local inflammation for the purpose of relieving inflammation in deeper or adjacent tissues. In other words, they substitute one kind of inflammation for another, which is never good for skin. Irritation or inflammation, no matter what causes it or how it happens, impairs the skin's immune and healing response (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November–December 2000, pages 358–371). And although your skin may not show it or doesn't react in an irritated fashion, if you apply irritants to your skin the damage is still taking place and is ongoing, so it adds up over time (Source: Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227–237). Gold Bond has some good body lotions to consider and they are fairly priced, too. But that's where the excitement for this longstanding brand starts and stops.

For more information about Gold Bond, call parent company Sanofi Aventis at (800) 981-2491 or visit www.goldbond.com.

Note: We did not review the foot odor sprays and powders from this brand due to Paula and the Cosmetics Cop team typically not reviewing these categories of body-care products.

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