Using the Ouai Melrose Place Body Cleanser

Over the years I have used quite a few Ouai products. All of them have been hair products. When this Ouai Body Cleanser in the scent Melrose Place came up as an option in Birch Box, I thought it would be a fun option to try. Mostly because I didn’t realize that Ouai made more than hair care products. The description of this product on the site is fairly simple.

This hydrating cleanser gently washes your bod with a blend of skin-softening oils in our Melrose Place scent.

The version of the product I have is a 1 oz sample size. The full size of this product is 10 fl Oz and costs $28. Now here is the thing. There are quite a few products I don’t mind spending money on. And there are several products that I will put on my personal list of what to splurge on for a treat for myself, usually around my birthday. But to make it to that list, a product has to work better than or feel more luxurious than the product I turn to for everyday use.

especially if it is an everyday use sort of item. And let’s face it, body wash is an everyday item. Everyday I bathe and every day I use body wash. While I try out a lot of body wash products I always end up coming back to my tried and true. My tried and true is the Olay body wash.(the link will take you to their general body wash page) The scent will vary based on what I see on the shelf that I want to try when I am shopping, but while I try other body washes, I always come back to Olay. It is currently listed at $13.32 for 22 ounces if you want to do a price comparison. Which mean that is what i am comparing this Ouai Body wash to when i use it.

Even though I did list price it is just for reference sake. If the Ouai performs well enough or feels luxurious enough it can still go on my splurge list. And I have to say the Ouai thick Hair shampoo and conditioner are on my splurge list. So if I like this then it could go on the list to pick up while I am there.

The Ouai Body cleanse is a gel cleanser as you can see in the bottle. It is clear. The scent Melrose place is a light Rose scent. It is a nice rise scent actually. It is not overly floral or overly sweet. It is like a very well behaved rose scent. I actually like it quite a bit. And it did make my shower smell rather fancy when I used it. As though I was visiting a spa. It lathered like any other body wash. There was no extravagant foam or luxurious feel. It was a good body cleanser that foamed and rinsed off cleanly. Did my skin feel hydrated? Yes. Did my skin feel cleansed? Again Yes.

Did it exceed expectations enough to make it onto the splurge list? No. This rose scent is nice, but it is not really a unique scent. I have had other products that have this sort of well behaved rose scent. It is quite pleasant but it is not unique and it is not something I am going to crave. Would I use it again if it came in a subscription box? Yes I would. In fact if it was a choice in a subscription box, I might even choose it. Depending on what it was up against.

Is it something I need? No. Is it something that I will add to the cart when my other Ouai Splurge items make it to my purchase list? Probably not. Because it doesn’t out perform my standard Olay. In fact Olay is moisturizing enough that I can occasionally skip the post shower body moisturizer. Not every day, but if I am in a rush I can skip it post shower and then just use the body lotion at night.

With the Ouai Body cleanser, it was moisturizing and did not strip moisture from my skin, but while using it I did not skip the post shower body lotion. it simply doesn’t provide enough moisture to do that. For me to add this Ouai body Cleanser onto my splurge purchasing list it would have to give me something I couldn’t get in my regular body wash and it simply didn’t. This is a nice product and I wouldn’t mind using it again as I found it quite pleasant, but it isn’t something I will go out of my way to purchase.

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Cleaning up with the Ritual of Sakura

Rituals is one of those brands where I judge each product upon scent. In fact I think about the products based on scent before I actually consider what they do. I think that is because it is such a scent forward brand. The scents of their hand creams in particular tend to linger both on the skin and in the air.

Their bath products likewise tend to be relatively intense in scent while in use in the shower, however once you turn off the water and towel dry, the scent of all of their bath products fade down to a skin skimming whiff of fragrance. So barring anyone sticking their nose on your arm, the scent goes unnoticed by others. One of the exciting things about knowing this is that as they have a series of items in the same scent range, you can try out a milder version of the scent with in shower products before leaning into the full on scent-explosion of say a hand cream.

The Ritual of Sakura is the scent of rice milk and cherry blossom. It is the scent of spring. It is a lightly floral scent that quite honestly I really enjoy. The product that I used was the Foaming shower gel. A little dollop will foam up into a large mass. I pair the foam with an exfoliating body scrubber and the combination is fantastic. This is a product where you need a cloth or sponge or something.. Applying it directly to the skin just causes you to use too much product as it doesn’t like being spread about by hand. Spray a little on your cloth (or body washing item of choice) and then use on your skin. You get the great clean with less product.

While this scent is definitely a spring time scent, it is a lovely one that I would not mind using year round. While the florals are a bit, well strongly floral, they are tamed by the rice milk. It adds a fresh, yet somewhat more grounded scent to to cherry blossoms. It is a lovely scent and a great clean. The product cleans well without stripping the skin and leaves you feeling soft and nourished. Not only would I use this product again but I would definitely consider purchasing more from this Rituals line, including the much more strongly scented hand cream.

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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.

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Scrub a dub dub with Mio in the tub

Recently I have been using the Mio Sun Drenched Body wash.  It came in one of my subscription boxes (In case you have noticed a theme, I am trying to test out a bunch of my sample sized products, not only to clear out some space, but so that I can get an idea of what I want to order as gifts or for myself when the big sales kick off. So the phrase ‘sample sized from a subscription box’ may be an oft repeated one for the next little while)

According to the Mio product site…

Rejuvenate your skin with the Mio Sun-Drenched Body Wash. This luxurious shower gel effectively cleanses the body, swiftly capturing dirt and grime that may be lingering at the surface. Enhanced with illuminating pearlescent Minerals, the indulgent formula helps to boost the skin with a healthy-looking radiance.

Now available in a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free formula, the scented body wash is upgraded with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients. The brand’s new Feel-Good Complex features an Indian Fig Extract and Monk’s Pepper Berry blend, helping the skin to maintain hydration levels for a supple, silky finish. Andiroba Oil cloaks the body in its moisture-rich properties, working to thoroughly nurture and replenish.

Infused with a natural fragrance of Citrus and Orange Blossom, the vegan body wash fills the air with an energising, zesty aroma that invigorates the senses with every use. The micellar cleanser gently lifts impurities from the skin while restoring its vitality, leaving the body clean, fresh and luminous. Housed in 100% recyclable packaging, this product is crafted with sustainability in mind. Vegan and cruelty-free. Made in the UK.

The full size of this product retails for $20.  I love that the packaging leans towards sustainability and that it is nourishing to the skin.  I will say that it lathered up well and rinsed away clean.  My skin did feel hydrated and smooth. Even though the product appears to have a little shimmer in it, this doesn’t translate to the body. There is no shimmer once it foams and is used.

Product on the Daily Concepts body scrubber

I also felt as though I was washing myself with a liquid version of orange Starburst candy.  Because that is exactly how it smelled.  Like orange starbursts.  There is nothing wrong with that.  It was kind of amusing actually.  It was very nourishing on the skin and it was mentally fun to try and reconcile something that was good for my body with the candy scent (which as candy, one could assume it isn’t on any doctor’s recommended list.  At least thus far in my life no doctor has ever told me that my health would be improved by the routine ingestion of candy. Not that you should in any way ingest this body wash. It is for external scrubbing only).

While I did enjoy using this and my skin does feel lovely, I ended up craving candy far more than usual while using this.  While I’m not a big candy fiend, I do like Starbursts. They are tangy enough to not be just sweet. So while the product was nice, it won’t be returning to my bathroom. It wasn’t nice enough to overcome the candy infused desires.

However, I will be buying this body wash over the holiday season. The reason is my brother.  He does not like most of the ‘manly’ scented body washes out there.   He thinks they smell like he is bathing in cologne. In all honesty, I can’t tell you which ones he has tried.  I do know that occasionally he ends up buying little kids body wash as he likes the scent better. (otherwise he goes for the dove unscented body wash – but then he complains it is unscented and returns to the dino-wash).

foamy on the body scrubber

I should point out that while I ended up with a taste for the savory, my brother is a candy fanatic. I have never been in any place he has lived where there hasn’t been at least three stashes of candy around the house.  He puts the candy in mason jars so bugs won’t find them and break into his stash. I’m pretty sure this is why he likes the little kid’s body washes. Many of them seem to smell sweet.

Although recently he has been complaining that they don’t do the best job (mostly because they aren’t designed for adult skin so no surprise) and he doesn’t really like the dinosaur or cartoon like heads on the lids. I suspect someone has been teasing him about it since he has been trying out more adult body washes and complaining of most of them.

To be honest, I think that this body wash is actually the perfect solution for him.  It is an adult body wash that works for adult skin. It does not smell of cologne and it isn’t filled with perfume. It has no giant cartoon heads on the lid and it still smells like candy. I think that this might be a good addition to his Christmas stocking this year.  So despite not returning to my bathroom, I think I know someone who will really enjoy using this Mio Sun Drenched Body Wash.

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