Gold Bond
Deep Moisture Body Wash Softening Shea Butter
12.5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Soaps/Washes
Last Updated:09.04.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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 (in a higher amount than the other Gold Bond Deep Moisture body washes) and a tiny amount of fragrant ginger root, but the amount of ginger is too low to quibble about, especially for a rinse-off product. By the way, despite the name, this body wash contains more fragrance than emollient shea butter! What a shame fragrance isn’t skin care.


Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Body Wash is the moisture intensive body wash that gently cleans while softening rough, dry skin deep down. It’s formulated with 7 essential moisturizers, softening conditioners, Shea Butter and vitamins A, C & E for softer, smoother skin. It then rinses easily away leaving you feeling fresh, clean and hydrated all day long.


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

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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