We’re downgrading this body wash because although it’s moisturizing, the formula contains some ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid. This isn’t sensitive skin TLC in a bottle, though that’s what you may think from reading the claims. Ginger root, lavender, and the preservative blend Gold Bond uses are not ideal for sensitive skin, though one could argue their threat is minor due to this being a rinse-off product. Still, a body wash for sensitive skin should contain the gentlest possible preservatives as well as omit fragrant plants (non-fragrant plants are in here, too, and they exert a nice anti-irritant benefit). Ultimately, this body wash is best for all skin types except sensitive. It is suitable for breakout-prone skin, too.
Gold Bond Ultimate Sensitive Skin Body Wash is the moisture intensive body wash that gently cleans without irritating sensitive skin. It’s formulated with 7 moisturizers, softening conditioners, soothing Oat Extract and vitamins A, C & E to deliver intensive moisture without irritation. Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.
Water, Amino Methyl Propanol, Petrolatum, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil (Oat), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (Oat), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (Corn), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract (Ginger), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (Lavender), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Jojoba Ester, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), PEG -4M, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium 67, PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phytonadione, Silica, PEG-8 Dimethicone
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.