Foaming Oil Body Wash

13.50 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Nivea's Foaming Oil Body Wash gets so much right that we wish we could give it a better rating. Just one ingredient holds it back from making it to the top tier of body washes we've reviewed.

As advertised, this is an oil-based body wash (soybean oil is at the front of the ingredient list), but it doesn't create a greasy mess in the shower as you might imagine. Instead this mix of soybean oil and castor oil also includes gentle cleansing agents, for a non-slick product that cleanses skin while leaving it softer and conditioned after use.

The problem is this product's very strong scent, courtesy of unwelcome fragrance. It's described as an "herbal spa scent," but it's perfume-like and lingers. Even though this body wash is rinsed, using products with fragrance daily can lead to irritated and dry skin, counter to this product's stated goals.

Though this wash has aspects we liked a lot, we strongly encourage you to select one of the far less fragrant options on our list of Best Body Washes.

  • Oils in the formula condition skin without a greasy feel.
  • Gentle cleansing agents effectively remove dirt and oil from skin.
  • Skin is left feeling softer and smoother after use.
  • Has a strong fragrance, which can irritate skin.
  • The fragrance lingers once you rinse this, prolonging the irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
NIVEA Foaming Oil Body Wash is a nourishing, oil-rich body wash that gently cleanses without leaving skin feeling greasy. When mixed with water, the caring oil body wash becomes a gentle cleansing foam that leaves skin healthy-looking and transforms dry skin into amazingly soft skin.
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Ricnius Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Water, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid, BHT.

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses:Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

Inmid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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