April 17, 2010
I love Trader Joe’s. I do a lot of my food shopping at Trader Joe’s. I like it because I feel like I don’t have to obsess over ingredient lists as much there, because I know they don’t even sell anything that has high fructose corn syrup in it, or some of the other ingredients I look out for, like GMOs, or artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. I know they have a (very small) body products section there, but I’ve never used any of it before. But since they are a more health conscious store, and I’m on this journey to live more consciously, I figured I may as well check out some of their personal care products. Plus their pricing is typically very affordable. The two products I tried are Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave, and Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash.
The Moisturizing Cream Shave is honey mango, with aloe vera and vitamin E. Yum! It does not contain SLS, propylene glycol, parabens, or any other naughty ingredients. Instead, it contains: organic aloe vera leaf juice, organic matricaria extract, organic lavender extract, organic green tea extract, organic Echinacea extract, and botanical fragrance. It is 100% vegetarian, and cruelty-free. It’s $3.49 for an 8 oz bottle, and it lasts a long time – much longer than the shaving-creams-in-a-can I used to use.
Notice it’s called cream shave, not shaving cream. The consistency is not like typical shaving cream, that leaves a foamy cloud on your legs. It’s more like a shaving lotion, and it goes on almost clear. Now this is fine for me, because I’ve been shaving for a long time so don’t need to see where I’m going. The problem, however, is I recently let my 12 yr old daughter start shaving. She has a hard time with this product, because she needs to see the lines of where she’s already shaved. I would use it again, but am going to have to find something else for her.
Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash is made from essential oils, pure plant & botanical extracts, and natural fragrances. It does not contain alcohol, artificial detergents, artificial color, synthetic perfumes, or synthetic ingredients. It is 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. The ingredients include: coconut oil, olive fruit oil, organic tea tree oil, chamomile flower extract, goldenseal root extract, awapuhi root extract, bladderwrack extract, palmarosa oil, petigrain leaf oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil. It is $5.49 for an 8 oz bottle, and a little goes a long way.
Now for the down side. It is very runny. The consistency is almost watery. There is no kind of creaminess to it at all. I didn’t realize this when I first started using it, so would go to squirt some in the palm of my hand, only to have it run all over the place. But the bigger issue is… it STINKS! This face wash does not smell good to me at all! I hate to deter people from trying it, because it is full of good, natural ingredients, and is very affordable as well. I would say “Maybe it’s just me”, only my daughter thinks it stinks too. In fact, she refuses to use it. We had to buy her a separate face wash. Sadly, I will not be a loyal customer of this product. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.