Monday, 1 June 2015

Natio For Men Spice of Life Body Wash (review)

Natio Spice of Life Body Wash

I don't make a habit of buying men's products, it must be said, but this came as part of a set I bought as a gift. Unfortunately, said gift was badly packaged and arrived on my door step smashed! There were three damaged products inside, this body wash, a face wash and an oil-free face moisturiser.

First impressions: the packaging itself. It's fairly typical of men's products in that it's free of any superfluous adornments and is fairly neutrally coloured. A flip-cap lid is the order of the day. It's all very simple and functional and that's absolutely fine.

Second impressions: the product inside. I was surprised by how watery it is; a light squeeze and the contents streamed from the tube! It's a lovely golden amber colour but the fragrance is what makes the biggest impression – it's very strong – it's not unpleasant but is definitely more masculine than I'm used to, with strong accents of sage, clove and pepper. Most men should love it.

Third impressions: using the body wash. It lathers up really well with a mountain of foamy bubbles from only a little product. Natio claim it “cleanses, softens and removes dead skin cells”. Cleanses? Yes. Exfoliates? A little. Softens? Not really. It's not drying, but most rival products I've tried have left my skin softer. Few leave it smelling as scented as this, though; it was so strong I was worried it would interfere with my perfume!

Final thoughts… It's versatile, being suitable for both the shower and running a bath. At £6.40 it's not unreasonably priced, either, bearing in mind its more natural make-up (no parabens, SLS/SLES or propylene glycol). While this has been designed for all skin types I'm concerned that the extra-strong scent might irritate sensitive skin; but for most other people it should be gentle enough. While I'm not taken by the fragrance on myself, I would gladly smell it on a man.

Very few artificial ingredients
Fragrance is very potent
Lots of natural extracts
Product is a bit too runny
Good cleansing ability


Brand: Natio

Size: 210 ml
Price: £6.40 (£3.05/100 ml)

Manufactured: Australia

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipterocarpus Turbinatus (Gurjum Balsam) Oil, Lavandula Intermedia Oil Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel

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