Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Duchy Originals Stimulating Organic Mandarin Zest & Rose Geranium Body Wash (review)

Duchy Organic Mandarin & Geranium Body Wash
You might have heard of Duchy Originals – it's an organic company partnered with Waitrose (from 2009; before it was independent) created to offer customers certified organic products of the highest quality. The range was expanded to include body washes, hand cleansers and lotions as well as haircare. Like the Duchy food line, established in 1990 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the products are somewhat expensive but they are undoubtedly premium and made with only the best ingredients.

This passion for quality shows itself even in a humble body wash, with the packaging alone screaming, no suggesting, high class with its black, gold and cream colour theme. Being certified organic by the Soil Association – the strictest of all certifiers – only adds to the 'no compromise' ideal that seems to have been the cornerstone of the Duchy range since the beginning. It has been co-developed by Daniel Galvin Jr., a company (and namesake) also dedicated to organic beauty products.

The cleansing gel is an amber colour and pours out of an easy to use push-top lid. It foams very well, which is more unusual for an organic cleanser, yet its foam is gentle and not at all harsh. It's probably suitable for all skin types except those with dry skin conditions. It's a great product to use in the morning because it smells so fresh and zesty; the mandarin zest will undoubtedly have something to do with that! It also contains rose geranium. It does not, however, contain any parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate or mineral oil.

If you want your conscience as clean as your body this is an ideal product to use because like all Duchy products a percentage of the profits is donated to The Prince's Charities Foundation, which averages about £1m a year in donations. The fact this high quality body wash is also organic, gentle and looks good makes it a highly recommended buy.

Great revitalising fragrance
Quite expensive for body wash
Excellent, gentle lather

Certified 76% organic


Brand: Duchy Originals


Size: 250 ml
Price: £5.10 (£2.04/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulphate, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Oil), Sucrose Laurate, Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil (Rose Geranium Oil), Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol


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