The Good: Decent lather, Easy to open bottle, Inexpensive, Moisturizes some
The Bad: Not antibacterial, No scrubbing grit, Virtually odorless
The Basics: St. Ives Clean & Simple Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is a disappointment with a scent too mild to be worth even trying!
I am a fan of affordable cleansers. As a result, St. Ives is actually a brand whose products I generally enjoy quite a bit. But some of their more mild products leave me utterly unimpressed. Unfortunately, St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is one of their least impressive products.
The St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon body wash is a completely lackluster body wash, because it lacks a distinct scent and was not abrasive enough to cleanse or exfoliate. It is ideal for those who want to clean their bodies and leave their skin completely unscented. The best that can be said of St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is that it actually does soften skin.
St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon body wash is virtually scentless and the scent of cucumber only seems to be evident when one sticks their nose in the open bottle and really inhales. In the steamy environment of a shower or bath, the scent does not effervesce at all. The 13.5 fl. oz. bottle usually sells for $2.49 and seems to be commonly available, at least in Michigan. The Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is a somewhat effective, easy-to-use product that leaves skin feeling clean . . . as long as it is used for general daily maintenance as opposed to deep cleaning. When one is especially dirty, the best this does is get one clean; it does not deodorize without one truly scrubbing one’s skin excessively and the truth is, the St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon body wash is far less effective than a good, abrasive loofah. The result is a body wash that is impossible to recommend for those working tough, smelly, jobs as opposed to those who want a basic cleaning product for day to day body cleansing. As one who worked at a job that got me sweaty and dirt-covered at night, the fact that the Moisturizing Cucumber Melon body wash does not deodorize or exfoliate is inexcusable.
Body washes generally seem disproportionately expensive to me, though the St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash was one of the less expensive body washes by price. St. Ives's Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash initial price is reasonably priced, though it does offer less than other body washes that actually exfoliate or have distinctive scents in the same price range. The Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash does manage to lather up incredibly well, so for daily maintenance, it may satisfy a thrifty shopper.
The Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is an opaque whitish/exceptionally light green cream about the consistency of most hair conditioners. This is a smooth body wash, so it does nothing to exfoliate the skin. Using the Moisturizing Cucumber Melon 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 loofah or washcloth in the other hand. The bottle of Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is fairly flat on the front and back and rounded on the sides. It is slippery when wet, so it is important to get a good grip on this body wash bottle!
Dispensing the Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is very easy. Simply squeeze the bottle and apply the creamy body wash to your hand, loofah or cloth. In my experience, the body wash is more creamy than fluidic and, as a result, comes out of the bottle when one squeezes it. As a result, about a half dollar-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 Moisturizing Cucumber Melon 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 and cleans skin. Without a loofah 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 generally clean skin.
The Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash lost me with its lack of scent. This body wash has virtually no aroma. This lacks a truly definitive scent. St. Ives's Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is made primarily of water and given how weak the scent to the product is, that is hardly a surprise.
St. Ives Moisturizing Cucumber Melon Body Wash is an unimpressive cleaner and does not live up to its promise of being a decent body wash with a truly distinctive aroma and real cleansing power.
For other St. Ives products, please be sure to check out my reviews of:
St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Body Wash
St. Ives Energizing Citrus Body Wash
St. Ives Ultra Gentle Apricot Scrub
For other health and beauty product reviews, please visit my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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