Reviewing a body wash is not the easiest thing. To start off, most people would instantly dismiss it because IT’S A BODY WASH – how special can it be? So if you’ve gotten this far, congratulations and you’ll be better off in a couple of paragraphs.
I tossed the Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil into my shopping basket out of curiosity because I very seldomly meet an oil I don’t like. I got around to testing it this past month and whaddya know, I’m smitten.
The first thing that hooked me was the smell. It has a deliciously simple lime fragrance that has a perfect balance between sweet and zesty – it’s brilliantly refreshing. The texture didn’t initially wow me – there’s a very light lather, and I was expecting something more like L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.
Within days I noticed that my skin responds very well to the formula though. My notoriously bumpy upper arms calmed down within less than a week (!!), and my skin was less dry and less itchy almost instantly. While the smell is great while you’re in the shower and a little while afterwards, it doesn’t really stick so even if you’re not a fan of lime it shouldn’t be an issue.
As for the packaging – I’m in two minds. I like the whole minimalist Scandi vibe, but I think it can be seriously confusing especially for older people and those who don’t have great eyesight. I can actually imagine my mom using the wrong bottle for the wrong thing or squinting to see what’s what – there are no printed labels, just a very delicately printed name on the front. It’s not an ish for me, but I’m not convinced that everyone is going to be able to identify products by shape and colour alone.
Get Lipidol products from Clicks for R80 each – there are 7 oil based products in the range (Cleansing Face Oil, Cleansing Body Oil, After Shower Oil, SPF20 Sunscreen Oil, After Shave Oil, Overnight Face Oil). View details on their website here.
PS – After a month of daily use I’m about halfway through the bottle, so the value is pretty good.