I don’t use body wash very often, instead opting to frequently use bar soap, just as I always have…guess you could call me old-fashioned! But I do keep at least a bottle of “three-in-one” (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) on hand at any given time, either for when I run out of soap and forget to buy more (happens way more often than it should), or for when we go traveling, so I don’t have to take three separate products. Other than that, it just tends to sit in the shower for long periods of time to frequent inactivity, and it was having two bottles sitting in there now that made me think to finally do a review of them!
The first one we’ll take a look at is White Rain for Men, in the Cool Ocean Wave scent. The smell itself doesn’t do much for me…there is a “cool” watery side to it, and it’s not terrible, but I think it mostly smells like cheap chemicals. Oh well, it sure smells better than BO, so not having the best scent in the world doesn’t bother me all that much. What I don’t like is its performance: it’s very thin and putters out of the bottle in sad little gel clumps…not exactly my ideal texture in a body wash. Then it gets even worse.
There’s very little lather to speak of. I like my body wash to really get nice and lathery with a minimum of product, and I like to think I’m in the majority in this opinion, but this stuff never really gives me that ideal fresh, clean feeling. It foams up a little bit, and for some that will no doubt be enough, but it doesn’t even come close to cutting my mustard. I’ve even tried doubling up the amount of it I use, and it still didn’t produce the results I was looking for…then you just get a large amount of partial foam falling all over your bathtub and creating a slipping hazard.
By the same token, I can’t really be too hard on it, because a large 15 oz. bottle is merely $1, which is great in a disgusting world where similar products can be (and frequently are) $5 or more. And it gets the job done and beats walking around sweaty, no matter how disappointed I am with the texture. That’s why I don’t throw it away, because some day I’m sure it’ll help me out in a pinch; until then, it’s pretty much relegated to backup duty in my shower.
Overall: 5.5/10. It’s got a chemically scent, and its texture is very thin, which I don’t like. To boot, it doesn’t lather up very well, even when I use twice as much product as I normally would, so it never gives me that “ultra clean and fresh” feeling when I step out of the shower. But on the plus side, it does the bare minimum that it’s supposed to do, and at only $1 for a 15 oz. bottle, provides some pretty solid value. It’s not my favorite stuff in the world, but I keep it on hand as a backup for those frequent times I run out of soap. Okay, but nothing noteworthy.