VO5 Essentials Body Wash Review

7 Aug


While VO5 is a name that I grew up knowing about, it’s a brand that I never tried until now. The people at VO5 sent me a few products including the Salon Series shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair which I didn’t use because I don’t color my hair. The body wash they sent however, is something that I definitely wanted to try because I love learning about new skin care products.

Company Description- ‘Helps to nourish, moisturize and hydrate your skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth and looking simply beautiful’.

VO5 Essentials Body Wash Review

I got to try the creamy mango and hibiscus scented VO5 body wash and found that it had a light, soothing fragrance. It wasn’t overpowering at all which I like for the days when I don’t want to wake up with a jolt (I use coffee or lemon scents on those days). I like that I didn’t have to use a lot of product to build up a rich lather and it rinsed away easily without leaving behind an residue.

So far so good, but I can’t say that I love the VO5 Essentials body wash because after two or three uses I found that it started to make my skin dry. Once I stopped using it my skin stopped looking dry and flakey again so I started reusing it and it happened again so I put it away for good.

Now, just because I always like to check out the ingredients on boxes, here’s what they used to make this product:

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Ammonium Chloride, Fragrance, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Niacin, Biotin, Orange 4, Yellow 5, Red 40

I wish I could say that a I’m adding this household name to my future purchase list but my skin is sensitive as it is and I don’t want to dry it out. It’s too bad really because it only costs $2.99- that’s a lot cheaper than the washes I normally use.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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25 Responses to “VO5 Essentials Body Wash Review”

  1. BeautyJudy August 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    What a bummer!
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  2. Carleenc August 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I am always looking for a good body wash!
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  3. Cosmetics Aficionado August 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Aawww too bad it is drying.

  4. Kim August 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    I haven’t used V05 products in years! great review.. and honesty.
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  5. Miranda August 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    They sell this at my dollar store!

  6. Leelo R August 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I had no idea VO5 made body washes. I really don´t like body washes that make my skin dry so I probably wouldn´t buy it. Thank you for the review!
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  7. Erika August 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m thinking this would not be compatible with my very dry skin.
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  8. Jess Scull August 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    I have dry skin – so I’m going to have to pass on this!
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  9. NORAH August 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    I stopped using soap formulas for my skin a long time ago and never looked back.
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  10. Amber August 8, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    The scent sounds nice, but that’s too bad it drying!
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  11. Brittany August 8, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Sometimes the cheaper body washes are the best ones!

  12. Brooke @ Blushing Noir August 8, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    I have to be so careful with body washes. Unless it’s from brands like LUSH or Aveeno my daughter can’t go near them. I’m not much better but I can use in moderation. This would be a no-go for us.
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  13. Sheila August 8, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    Sorry to hear it didn’t work out!

  14. Ange August 8, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    Too bad it dried you out!
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  15. Justina August 8, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    I love to use V05 conditioner as a shaving cream, but I’ve never tried their body wash!
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  16. Betzy Carmona August 8, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Such a bummer how it’s drying
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  17. Kath TheFabZilla August 8, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    No way it it makes skin dry. I’m skipping.
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  18. Nidia August 8, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I love scented body washes. I used to be a hardcore user of the V05 hot oil treatments back in the day.
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  19. Laura MyNewestAddiction August 8, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    i totally want this body wash
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  20. Lisa Heath August 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Ugh, too bad its drying!

  21. Destany August 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    Too bad about the drying!
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  22. Melody August 9, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    Their shampoo is great for Natural hair!

  23. Cindy (Prime Beauty) August 9, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    I have to be careful with body washes too.
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  24. Dima Al Mahsiri August 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Love to try new body washes, but the price looks too cheap for a wash with 5 vitamins!
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  25. Citizens of Beauty August 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Have them in my shower right now!
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