I was at Marina Square to shop for some suitable bath pampering items for the family and I remember Ahava and their Dead Sea mineral products. I recall they have some body wash for sensitive skin, which may work well for my husband’s skin allergies and my boy’s delicate skin. I was introduced to the Ahava range of Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash, which are SLS/SLES and paraben free. I picked the Lotus Flower and Chestnut body wash out of the six choices available for it’s calming and lovely scent.
Gentle with a pH level of 5
This is a velvety cream wash that left my skin feeling very nourished and moisturized with its infusion of Dead Sea minerals, macadamia oil, anti-oxidant rich lotus flower and chestnut extract. It’s very gentle – pH tested to be around 5 – and worked great for my entire family, including my 7-year-old. My husband, who has suddenly developed allergic contact dermatitis, also did not react negatively to the body wash and found the wash very soothing. And me, I love the scent so much that I’m using this in place of Nature’s Gate Herbal Blend Body Wash now.
Texture and foam
Ahava Mineral Botanic range of Velvet Cream Wash do not foam very much but you can apply onto a wet washcloth or sponge if you want prefer more lather. As with most body wash that do not contain harsh detergents, Ahava’s does not leave your skin squeaky clean. Rather, you feel that there is a “film” even after repeated wash. It isn’t oily or greasy and in fact leaves your skin feeling quite supple and smooth. If you’re the lazy sort who hates to moisturize after a bath, then such body wash would work great for you.
You will notice that the ingredient isn’t completely natural. In fact, there are some synthetics in the formulation, in particular, the fragrance. But it’s been said to be allergy-tested and since it did not pose any problems for my husband, I would say this body wash should work for most sensitive skin types.
Choices for different skin types
Besides Lotus Flower & Chestnut for sensitive skin, Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash comes in these other scent:
- Water Lily & Guarana (Micro-Peel) for normal to dry skin
- Grape & Avocado for normal to dry skin
- Hibiscus & Fig for very dry skin
- Bamboo & Pansy for very dry skin
- Honeysuckle & Lavender for sensitive skin
All of them have lovely smell and my favorite was actually Water Lily & Guarana. I didn’t get it because it’s a body scrub, not a body wash.
Price and availability
Each 500ml bottle of Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash cost S$28. I wouldn’t call this value for money but for the quality and pampering it provides, I’ll say I’m happy to pay that price. Currently, the GSS promotion allows you to get three for the price of two. I only got one bottle but I would gladly purchase another bottle next time. Ahava range of products are available at a few locations. I got mine at Marina Square. You can look up their website to find the other locations.
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