The Good: Incredible aroma, Impressive lather, Cleans well, Invigorating!
The Bad: The price is prohibitive
The Basics: Bath & Body Works' C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body Mint Vitamin body wash makes us pine for the shampoo that is no longer available, which leads us to pay a steep price for it!
When I first started this blog, one of the first things I did was start removing my reviews from the site I worked at before (which, HA!, is no longer in business!) and began posting them - reformatted - on my site. My intellectual property is my own. One of the first reviews I was sure to bring over was for the C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body shampoo (reviewed here!). I brought it over because it was an excellent, if expensive, product and it was on its way out of the marketplace. Since then, I have been unable to get it again - C.O. Bigelow stopped making it - but I was pretty thrilled when I went to Bath & Body Works and discovered they now had C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body Vitamin Body Wash in the peppermint scent.
And the Mentha Body body wash is exactly what one might hope of the product, with the same detractions as the long-gone shampoo. It is minty and truly awakens the consumer, but it does so at a very steep sticker price, especially relative to other body washes.
The C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body body wash comes in a clear bottle with the 10 fl. oz. usually costing consumers an incredibly ridiculous $12.00! The bottle is boxy, like a flask, and has a black flip-top lid. Through the sides, one may easily see the bright green fluid inside. The Mentha Body body wash bottle does not drop easily from one's hands and thus remains light and easy to use, due to ribbing on the sides of the bottle.
I am a huge fan of all things mint, which my reviews bear out. And, of all the mint hygiene products I have reviewed, Mentha Body is one of the best, despite its expense. This body wash lives up to its promise to help cleanskin by cutting through dirt and oil on the skin. Application and use is very easy. After getting water on one's skin, open the bottle, deposit a dollop of the Mentha Mint body wash on your loufah and agritate on the skin. The fluid will rapidly become bubbly with a fresh, cold-feeling lather. The Mentha Body body wash comes out of the bottle as a translucent green fluid and it quickly lathers into a light white foam. I was incredibly surprised to find that the Mentha Body takes only a dime sized dollop to clean an entire adult. The lather quality to this body wash is exceptional and, to be fair, it makes the 10 ounce bottle last a lot longer.
Mentha Body body wash has 1.9% peppermint oil and smells perfectly of peppermint. This is not a subtle scent, it is a forceful, open your nostrils aroma. The thing is, like most mentholated products, this body wash opens the pores. In the process, the Mentha Body body wash actually cools off the skin, which might not be great in winter, but it has the net effect or truly awakening the consumer from the skin to the brain!
The Bigelow Mentha Body body wash comes from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries which was established in 1836, so one assumes if there ever had been animal testing in perfecting their formula, it was so far back as to justify the "Not Tested On Animals" label the bottle bears. The body wash contains actual peppermint oil, though it is far below ingredients like water, sodium laureth sulfate and PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil. This body wash leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean for quite some time after one dries off and any body hair will retain the scent of peppermint for hours!
While this is an absolutely amazing body wash, I could not justify giving it a perfect score due to the outrageous cost for so small a bottle. Price does matter and while I have never had a body wash that has the tingle effect like the Mentha Body, I've had body washes that clean equally well and scent my skin well enough to recommend over this. Despite the nostalgia of the smell, this was tough to get nostalgic about paying $12 a bottle for.
For other body wash reviews, please check out my reviews of:
Dove Mandarin & Tiare Flower Body Wash
St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash
Old Spice Timber With Mint Body Wash
For other health and beauty product reviews, please check out my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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