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About Face: Review of Aveeno Positively Nourishing body washes


Aveeno Positively Nourishing body washes

AveenoBodyWash ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceFrom left to right: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Infused Body Wash with White Peach and Ginger, Smoothing Body Wash with Pomegranate and Rice, and Hydrating Body Wash with Fig and Shea Butter

Aveeno’s Positively Nourishing body wash comes in four varieties, three of which we’ll be reviewing here (and which I received from Aveeno for my honest thoughts): Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Infused Body Wash with White Peach and Ginger, Smoothing Body Wash with Pomegranate and Rice, and Hydrating Body Wash with Fig and Shea Butter. According to Aveeno, White Peach and Ginger “helps awaken your senses” with an “uplifting scent” and “antioxidant-infused formula” that “helps nourish skin”; Pomegranate and Rice is “lightly-fragranced … with pomegranate and nourishing oils” and rice beads and walnut shells that lightly exfoliate so your skin “feels soft and smooth”; and Fig and Shea Butter “moisturizes for softer, healthier-looking skin” that will feel “soft and smells great long after you shower.”

Aveeno’s product description for all three body washes plays up their “lightly-fragranced” nature, and that was my first impression of them—they really do smell lovely. They all smell distinctly like their specific descriptors, but not aggressively so; White Peach and Ginger, for example, smells very much like the fruit but also a bit spicy, like ginger. However, I didn’t experience a very long-lasting odor with them; after about an hour or two out of the shower, they faded away. So they’re certainly invigorating during your actual bathing process, but they’re not going to linger forever.

And the washes themselves? Texture-wise, White Peach and Ginger and Fig and Shea Butter are fairly similar; they’re both creamy, thin body washes that you won’t need to struggle with for lather. Pomegranate and Rice, because of the crushed walnut shells and rice particles inside, is thicker, grittier, and almost like a gel, so you might have a hard time squeezing it out of the tube; I was more successful just taking the top of the bottle off. But again, like the others, it lathers easily and I didn’t find the exfoliating particles too rough or big. These washes all worked best for me with a loofah as opposed to a washcloth, but either way, you’re going to get suds.

Finally, how they cleaned—and yup, that’s good, too. I personally love any kind of exfoliating scrub, and the Pomegranate and Rice body wash seemed particularly unique to me. I don’t think I’ve seen another body wash on the market—or, at least, in the drugstore aisles—that uses rice in this way, and yet I really liked how it worked effectively but not roughly. It definitely lives up to its Smoothing name. Of the other two washes, I would grab the White Peach and Ginger first; the smell is really invigorating, and the product is creamy enough that I felt comfortable using it while shaving my legs. And last but not least is the Fig and Shea Butter, which isn’t bad, per se, but I don’t think it was as Hydrating as its name would suggest. My skin didn’t feel dry afterward, but it didn’t feel silky smooth, either; it felt like any other body wash rather than one specifically meant to moisturize.

Of the three, I would definitely rank them in order as Pomegranate and Rice, White Peach and Ginger, and Fig and Shea Butter, because I think the former two really live up to their promises while the final one, although smelling quite nice, wasn’t as moisturizing as it claims to be. But these are really quite nice inclusions in Aveeno’s line, and I’ll definitely be interested in checking out more Positively Nourishing products if they’re all as promising as these three.

VERDICT: A for Pomegranate and Rice and White Peach and Ginger; B for Fig and Shea Butter.

AVAILABILITY: $6.99 each for a 16 fl oz. bottle at places like Target, Giant, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, and other similar drugstores.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The products featured in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog posts are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company, or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Roxana Hadadi.

Roxana Hadadi headshotIn middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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