After finishing my bottle of Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash, I began searching for something with an ingredient list that wasn’t tainted by fragrance. When I came across EO Essentials Orange Ginger Spice Shower Gel, I must’ve been so pleased by the price and the lack of synthetic fragrance that I forgot to analyze the rest of the ingredient list before purchasing it.
Ingredients (provided on product packaging)- “Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, EO Essential Oil Blend, EO Organic Herbal Blend [Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis),Organic Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) Extract, Organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Extract, and Organic White Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Leaf Extract], Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Organic Cranberry Flavor Concentrate, Organic Hibiscus Flavor Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate.”
I couldn’t find this specific product in the Cosmetic Safety Database, but a very similar EO Essentials Shower Gel receives a hazard score of 4. That isn’t a complete deal-breaker, but what’s more unnerving is the amount of suspicious-sounding ingredients with large data gaps.
Some great things about this product:
1. It contains organic ingredients.
3. It’s cruelty-free.
4. The bottle is made from 100% recycled content and is #1 plastic (which means that it can be recycled in Lake Charles).
5. According to the product packaging, EO is “a small family owned and operated business located in Marin County, California.”
Product Description (provided at eoproducts.com)- ” EO Orange & Ginger Spice Shower Gel gently cleanses with pure Essential Oil & organic herbal blends to soothe & nourish the skin. Pure Sweet Orange, Spicy Ginger Extracts and Organic Botanicals pamper the senses and reward the body. Bask in the decadent scent and ultra nurturing botanicals to treat your body to the ultimate skin experience. Our richly foaming Coconut Oil Cleansing Complex combines with rich and soothing Aloe Vera to gently cleanse skin without drying.”
Price– It sells for around $10 for a 32 oz. bottle.
Performance– I’d be lying if I said this product was lacking in the performance department. My skin still feels hydrated after using it, and it forms just enough lather that I feel clean… but not so much that I feel like I’m washing my body with dish detergent.
Scent– This shower gel has a really warm and pleasant scent that reminds me of fall. It smells like mulled cider mixed with gingerbread men.
Rating– I’m subtracting two points each for the ingredients that concern me most: Benzyl Alcohol & Phenoxyethanol. 6/10
Would I purchase this item again?– No. I love the scent and performance of this product, but I’m not comfortable enough with the ingredients to stick with it.
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