I’m always on the hunt for a great deal, and when I see it, I pounce, often to the dismay of my wife and family, who must put up with the storage that my deal-pouncing requires. Sometimes, however, I can get a deal that doesn’t take a lot of room, and can save our family quite a bit of money. The SoftSoap Moisturizing Body Wash that I buy at Costco falls in this category.
The regular price for this 3-pack of body wash is $8.89, and I purchased it last week with a $2 instant rebate, bringing down the price to $6.89, plus applicable taxes. Of course. Each bottle contains 532 mL of body wash, for a total volume of 1.59 liters. This means that each 100 mL of body wash costs just a hair over 43 cents. That’s a hard price to beat for a brand-name product.
The 3-pack of Softsoap Moisturizing body wash includes 3 bottle, yellow, blue and red. The ‘flavors’ are as follows:
- Juicy Pomegranate and Mango Infusions
- Citrus Splash and Berry Fusion
- Sweet Honeysuckle and Orange Peel
The ingredients are different for each, but they do have quite a bit in common, since only the fragrance changes from bottle to bottle. Here are, in order of importance, the major ingredients they have in common:
- Water (Aqua)
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Acrylates copolymer
- Cocamidopropyl betaine
- Sodium chloride
- DMDM hydantoin
- Sodium Hydroxide
Despite these chemically-sounding ingredients, this body wash actually smells quite nice and works superbly, creating a rich lather from just a few drops on a wet body pouf (that’s what the packaging calls them). The packaging also claims that this product is soft and gentle enough to be used as a shaving lotion. I haven’t really tried that, however.
I know some people have problems with sodium laureth sulfate, like the ‘good’ people of the David Suzuki Foundation, but it’s really one of the compounds that may be included in this product, rather than the product itself. Still, the data and the controversy deserve consideration.
Until the science is settled, which may yet take a while, I’ll be using my Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, as it – for now – provides the best bang for the buck, and is appreciated by both my wife and I, unlike the Old Spice Body Wash I used to buy.