Coming clean and going to Mars…Terre de Mars

I always find body washes to be an interesting category to think about. Like facial cleansers it is an essential part of the body care routine. It isn’t one of the optional items. Bath bombs are nice (sometimes very nice) but they aren’t essential. Post showering body lotions are usually a good idea, but they can be skipped.

Body wash or even just plain soap is, for me, an essential part of my bathing process. without some form of soap or other cleanser, then I simply don’t feel like I got my body clean. Personally I am more of a boxy wash sort of person. I like bar soap to use, but I really hate that soft bottom it gets from even just the trapped moisture when you put it back down. Even it it doesn’t have water in the soap dish, there is a line of soggy soap where the damp soap presses’ on the surface of whatever it is on. Growing up my mom and grandmother used to put bar soap in these open weave knitted bags and you would just use it in the bag. The bag provided the exfoliation for the skin and could be hung up so that the soap didn’t get the soggy line.

Those bags I like but I haven’t been able to find them in forever. So I use body wash. My baby doll likes soap though and doesn’t have that textural issue. While he will occasionally use something like Huron Body Wash, he always falls back to the Dr. Squatch soap. They actually have a holiday deal that I need to look into so I can stock up for him. He will travel with the Huron Body wash since he doesn’t like traveling with soap, but we will need more soap at the house.

But stocking my cabinet isn’t the point at the moment. The Terre de Mars is, so lets see what it has to say for itself…

An organic low-foaming, aromatic and soft cleansing gel suitable for all skin types. Infused with bioactive ingredients such as coffee and rosemary extract and verbena oil tone, purify and protect the skin while Aloe vera nourish and smoothes. Leaves a clean, refreshed and toned skin without drying it.

Terre de Mars Website

Okay, this full sized body wash is 150ml and in US currency is $22. I mention that here because I had a hard time getting to US currency. the Terre de Mars site didn’t like it and I had to find it on Amazon. I think you can still order from the site if you are in the US but it seemed easier to go to Amazon. Normally all of my links tend to go back to the brand’s home page or if there is a site like Lovely Skin (currently has 22% off most items from major brands)or All Beauty (they tend to have different brands from Lovely Skin so I tend to bounce between the two sites) where I tend to buy the product because it is usually a better value, I’ll link it there. Because I don’t know about availability, This is the Terre de Mars Site link and this is the Amazon link. That way you can see both and if you plan to take an official peep you can choose the one you think would work best, or you could compare the two.

Now I am not opposed to spending $22 on a body wash. One of my favorite luxury body washes is from Molton Brown and generally comes in around $30. Actually they just released their holiday scents (as well as gift sets and advent calendar) The holiday scent I want is the Muddled Plum Bath gel ($35). I picked up a sample of it last year because plum seemed like it could end up being to stick sweet smelling but it was fantastic. That I will probably purchase in the full size this year.

However the brands that can get me to spend that much on body wash are few and far between. Actually Molton Brown is the only one that can, and truthfully, I tend to get the deluxe sample sized sets and work my way through the smaller bottles so i can try out the different scents. They actually have an entire selection of travel sized toiletries collections which I like picking up, especially before holiday travel. I use Molton Brown as my test of high end products.

On the other end, the drug store end if you will, is Olay Body wash. That is my standard body wash. and actually I set aside my current favorite Olay, Orchid and Black Currant to try out the Terre De Mars. Olay generally costs $7.99. Currently on the site it is on sale for $5.97 if you are looking to stock up on Olay products. Actually the entire site is 25% off right now. (their Regenerist skincare line is quite fabulous as well. Actually this year they have really been killing it. But that is another post)

The Terre de Mars Body wash tends to fall into the middle of these two price ranges. But is there where it’s performance ended up?

The body wash comes out in a clear gel. The scent is a lemon verbena scent. There are other ingredients listed, but it is the lemon verbena that makes its presence felt. I happen to like lemon verbena. It is the scent of my favorite Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser. And that is one of my top all time cleansers, partially because I love the scent. And partially because it is a fantastic cleanser. Like the Annmarie Skincare, there is aloe in this body wash as well.

Unfortunately I don’t like it as much. Perhaps it is because it doesn’t foam up as much (it is a low foaming body wash) but it felt as though the aloe remained on the skin in a thin film rather than nourishing and sinking in or simply washing off.

The Olay has many moisturizing agents in it, but it doesn’t leave that film behind. While I like the scent of this body wash, I didn’t like that film and found myself reaching for my body scrub and/or exfoliating bath scrubber pad more often because of it. And then because I was exfoliating more I ended up using more body lotion when i got out of the shower. Which is fine, I had several I needed to use up and clear out. But the scrubbing made the post shower body lotion a necessity rather than an extra.

For me it was a great scent but I don’t think i would purchase this body wash again. It comes down to the level of clean you feel, and I simply wasn’t feeling it. For me it was the light film left on my skin. It was a light film, so if that doesn’t bother you, perhaps you would like it. The scent is gorgeous. I just can’t take the film. And so it may fall in between the two ranges of products in price, but it isn’t one I will purchase again.

Molton Brown (US)

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