The Good: Amazing aroma, Decent lather, Easy to open bottle.
The Bad: Not antibacterial, No scrubbing grit, Slightly more expensive than other widely available body washes.
The Basics: St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is a well above average body wash.
With summer hitting like a sledgehammer in Michigan, I have been exercising quite a bit more with my dog Myah and that means taking more showers! More showers means more chances to review body cleaners and for my first summer scent, I went with St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash. It has been quite a while since I have reviewed anything by St. Ives (their ultra gentle apricot scrub is reviewed here!), but with their Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is suitably impressive, especially for a lower priced body wash.
St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy body wash is actually pretty awesome, especially for a scent that – in its natural form – is incredibly weak. The 13.5 fl. oz. bottle usually sells for $3.99 and it seems new to the market this spring. The Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is an effective, easy-to-use product that leaves skin feeling soft and the consumer energized, even if it is not the most absolutely effective cleanser!
Body washes have been a product I am less eager to review because they usually seem disproportionately expensive to me, but St. Ives is known for providing high-quality personal cleaners with strong scents. St. Ives's Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash initial price is comparatively expensive, but given its high lather quality, it ends up being an exceptional value. In addition to being a decent consistency that lathers up exceptionally well, the Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash actually invigorated me with its powerfully fruity aroma.
The Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is a very liquid opaque yellow fluid about the consistency of most shampoos. This is a smooth body wash, so there is no grit in it to help exfoliate the skin. Using the Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is simple. The bottle features a flip top that opens with the flick of the thumb. The bottle is easy enough to open and close one handed as to make it convenient in the tub or shower, especially if one is using a loufa or washcloth in the other hand. The bottle of Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is fairly flat on the front and back and rounded on the sides. It is not overly slippery when wet, unlike some body washes I have used!
Dispensing the Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is very easy. Simply squeeze the bottle and apply the fluidic body wash to your hand, loufa or cloth. In my experience, the body wash is more liquid than creamy and, as a result, comes out much like a hand soap or dishwashing liquid. As a result, about a quarter-sized dollop is all that is necessary to clean my whole body when it mixes with the water from my shower or bath. I've found it most effective to dole out the body wash in dime-sized dollops in order to get the most out of each application, but generally it takes very little of this body wash to go a long way.
Part of the reason the product washes off so well is that it lathers exceptionally well. Used sparingly, like in dime-sized portions, the Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash may be spread over an entire limb the way it lathers up. Simply agitating it on the skin yields a foamy, clean lather that both moisturizes the skin. Without a loufa or other rough applicator, it does not remove dirt or grime beyond what one expects from water running. As the water flows over it, it washes off easily leaving behind no film or residue, only clean, soft skin and a faint, incredible smell.
The Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash smells amazing. This body wash smells like super-concentrated pear. The pear scent is so much stronger than the regular scent of pear and the scent of real pears from nature. Instead, this body wash smells like a truck of pears left out in hot weather, it is so delightful and fruity. This smell spreads beautifully on the steam in the shower and it remains in the air for a good half hour after the shower. After it is washed off the skin, the scent remains lightly present for about four or five hours.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for me about St. Ives's Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash is that the primary ingredient is water. For a body wash that is so aromatic and cleans as well as this one does, it is astonishing to think it is primarily water in the ingredients.
St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash actually does revitalize and energize and it is worth the price, even if it is more than the discount body washes!
For other body washes, please be sure to check out my reviews of:
Old Spice Denali Body Wash
Kiss My Face Woodland Pine & Ginseng Anti-Stress Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel
Softsoap Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Buff Wash
Suave Limited Edition Candy Apple Body Wash
For other health and beauty product reviews, please visit my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing of my reviews of this type!
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