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Old Spice Body Wash Dry Skin Defense – Look at the Label

Posted Sep 22 2012 2:01am

Here’s one for the guys: the #2 best selling beauty product on this week is an Old Spice Body Wash. Why is this interesting? Because of it’s ability to hydrate dry skin. Let’s look at the label and see how it works.

As always the main ingredient in a body wash or shampoo.

What? Petrolatum is a greasy skin moisturizing ingredient. Why is it in a body wash? Ah, that’s the secret of this product. P&G scientists have found a way to incorporate high levels of petrolatum in a body wash and still make it foam!

Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
These two ingredients clean skin and make the oily mixture lather up.

Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a close cousin to petrolatum.

Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
Another surfactant that is a mild cleaning/foaming agent.

Sodium Chloride
A thickener.

Another part of the surfactant package.

A man just wants to smell like a man. (Give yourself bonus points if you’re old enough to remember the TV commercial that originally featured this slogan.)

Citric Acid
pH adjustor (adjust down.)

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Skin conditioning agent. Also used in conditioning shampoos because it mixes well with detergents.

Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer

Can be a post-foaming agent. May also be added in small quantities to suppress viscosity.

Xanthan Gum
Yet another thickener/stabilizer.

Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA
Helps preservation.


Sodium Hydroxide
pH adjustor (adjust up.)

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Chromium Oxide Greens
Gives the product it’s manly green color.

If you’re in the market for a manly, moisturizing body wash you can buy Old Spice Dry Skin Defense using our link and you’ll be helping to support the Beauty Brains.

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