Dona body wash - soap by System JO - review by K101

I had twins in my shower and didn't even know it!

I think my biggest problem with the DONA line is the feeling of being decieved by the empty "natural" and "aphrodisiac" claims. It's also that I feel it has nothing extra to offer me for the price. I appreciate that it's free of parabens and cruelty, but that's not enough to encourage me to lather up. Like I said, this is a nice shower gel with a wonderful scent, but it does little more than the cheaper alternatives.
Leaves me clean.
Over priced.
Not totally natural.
Almost identical to the Bath Foam!
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Like the Dona Bath Foam, this body wash can be used for cleansing as well as soaking in a bath. While the bath foam will create more bubbles, the body wash will give you about the same quality soak, only less bubbles. Keep in mind that this is not totally natural. A product can claim to be natural, but it is up to you to look at the ingredient list! I highly recommend against using this on children or on sensitive skin. There are a couple of ingredients that are chemicals and are known to cause dermatitis and severe irritation in those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema. It hasn't irritated me, but it's a pretty common possibility with these ingredients. I have put the ingredient information in my last DONA (bath foam) review so I will mention that here (but briefly this time) since the chemicals are available in this product as well.

CAUTION: If reading a load of ingredient information is something that upsets you, you may want to consider skipping my review. I tend to go crazy in that department.

Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium C 14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Chloride, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) berry, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Pericarp Extracts, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

One concern may be the ingredient "fragrance." That is because fragrance can mean anything. Most of us are a bit wary of that, but when a product claims natural, you tend to put all your faith in them and expect them to be telling the truth. Taking a closer look, you'll see that there are two very iffy ingredients: Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazone. These are chemicals and preservatives. Yes, chemicals in a "natural" product. Sure they may be paraben-free, but it seems they've alternated the harmful parabens for ingredients that are just as harfmul if not more so. According to my in-depth research, these two ingredients have been said to be linked to cancer, immune system neurotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, asthma, endocrine disruption and more.

-Propanediol is natural and causes the product to take on a gel form.

-Xanthan gum and Guar gum are both natural thickeners. Xanthum gum is usually derived from corn and Guar gum extracted from the guar bean.

-Sodium Cocoamphoacetate is also made from coconut oil, the fatty acids of coconut oil to be exact. It too is a surfectant.

-Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine is similar to Cocamidopropyl Betaine. It's a synthetic detergent.

-Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a chemical, according to my research. It is from coconut oil and said to be fairly safe--unless you've got a skin condition in which case this ingredient can cause irritation such as burning--but also still a chemical. The manufacturer claims this soap is "all natural."

-Noni Fruit could be effective in fighting signs of aging and same goes for acai.

-Punica Granatum (pomegranate) is another antioxidant rich fruit, which may help fight signs of aging as well as repair damaged skin.

-Green Tea leaf is also high in antioxidants. Studies have shown that using green tea topically can reduce damage caused by the sun. While green tea may not correct wrinkles, it's possible that it can slow signs of aging.

-Mangosteen extract is said to fight free radicals caused by toxins. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

-Benzyl Alcohol is naturally produced by various plants. It's unknown what plant this was taken from for the bath foam. Either way, it is a scented ingredient. The scents vary depending on what plant the Benzyl Alcohol was derived from. Usually used as an alternative to parabens

Taking an even closer look into the ingredients in both this body wash and the DONA bath foam, you'll notice that they both contain the exact same ingredients except for Saccharide Isomerate. The body wash does contain Saccharide Isomerate whereas the bath foam does not, or it isn't listed on the bottle if it does. This makes it clear that they are nearly the same product being sold as two different. This also shows that whatever "fragrance" is, it must vary greatly since this smells so different from the bath foam. That's not a huge deal as "fragrance" alone is always a mystery. Saccharide Isomerate is a moisturizing agent so what baffles me is the significant difference in viscosity when the two products are only one ingredient away from being identical! Maybe it's the pump dispenser versus the pouring straight from the bottle. It also seems that the foam bubbles more. Or maybe it's that one Saccharide Isomerate ingredient that makes this difference in the two! I'm going to have to investigate more.

However, DONA claims to:
Contain no petro chemicals.
Be natural.
Be cruelty free and vegan.

So, what can this mysterious Body Wash be used as? You guessed it! A body wash. As creative as my little mind is, I can't think of other ways to use this soap. Maybe rub your partner's body down? That would prove to have more aphrodisiac effects than the soap itself.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Compared to the bath foam, this is slightly thinner and runnier, but still thick to be a shower gel. I compared the bath foam to have the viscosity of Mistal Soap or Dawn dish detergent. This is thinner than those, but thicker than your average shower gel.

Rather than being a glob in my hand like the bath foam, this tends to run quicker. Globby and lifeless or scared and runny, I don't mind because it still has a thickness to it, which makes lathering up with one pump quick. I can rub my body down with a few pumps and let the water bubble it up and rinse it away. It doesn't have any special grit or fruit pieces in it so it won't exfoliate, but you can add a palmfull of sugar or my favorite for an intense exfoliation--cornmeal! It won't smell as pretty when mixed with cornmeal, but you'll be shinier and pinker than a brand new wet piggy! I favor this product more than the bath foam, but am still incredibly disappointed with the ingredients not actually being natural.

When rubbing onto my hands, the soap has a silky feel to it. It rinses away leaving my hands soft. I'm actually enjoying this as a hand-soap. I don't notice such a softness on my body after using it like I do on my hands. Maybe I feel my hands more? I also find that I can smell longer when I've washed my hands with it. That's probably because they go near my face a lot--no, not picking my nose.

Taste / Aroma

Lathering up with the Body Wash feels similar to the way dial hand soap lathers. You get some bubbles and a decent lather. Comparing this shower gel to the bath foam, you can obviously expect less bubbles than you get with the bath foam. That's no big deal to me, but if you use enough of this gel, you can make some bubbles!

Out of all 3 scents I've had, this one smells the best! I really like this one enough to use it. Instead of smelling like dish detergent like its sister, the bath foam, this gel smells like lovely fresh cucumbers and a hint of floral perfume. There's not anything specific in the scent besides cucumbers and a floral note, but it smells wonderful. It doesn't actually smell like a particular flower, it's a synthetic scent, but it is very nice. This subtle, but lovely scent quickly disappears, leaving me wondering where the heck it went! This isn't a big deal to me, but I wouldn't mind having this scent last on my skin.

The aroma isn't going to linger in the bathroom for very long and it leaves me virtually scentless after drying off.

Like the Mangosteen Bath Foam, this shower gel also has a yellow tint to the clear liquid.


Hold onto your intensive moisturizer!
Since we've established that this body wash contains only one ingredient different from the DONA Bath foam--and that ingredient is a moisturizer--it may be safe to say that your skin may actually benefit more from this body wash. I did find that my skin hands were soft! Either product you choose, neither have very major benefits for your flaky knees.

Performance wise, I like it. Other than that and the scent, I'm becoming more and more skeptical as I find more seedy things about the DONA line.

I can say that a few pump, pump, pumps will cover you nicely. You don't need to use a whole lot to be squeaky clean, and I do feel squeaky clean with these soaps. I mentioned the differences in shower gels and soap bars in my Body Wash review. I'll do so here too. In my opinion, soap bars do not feel as cleansing as a good gel does. They leave my water milky and I have come to the conclusion that that must mean my skin is milky as well. Not to mention, all except the natural bars have this strange smell to them. Ick! I prefer shower gels, but often use natural soap bars--100% natural, not DONA fake natural. I notice less milky stink with the natural bars.

While this product may not be as natural as it claims, it does have some interesting ingredients that could possibily benefit your skin. However, if you want to firm, anti-age and cleanse, look for a truly natural soap with a large dose of caffeine in it--caffeine, in large amounts firm and tone the skin.

If you're looking for a quick cleanse that smells wonderful, fresh and clean, this is great!

As with it's nearly identical twin the Bath Foam, this Body Wash will not leave your or your tub greasy, sticky or with a detectable residue.


As with all of the DONA products I've bought, this too comes wrapped in plastic. The 9.5 oz bottle leaves you with enough to use daily. The bottle is clear with a purple, lacey label. On the label you'll find words such as "DONA," "ritual infused," "aphrodisiac" and "pomegranate." It also says "cleanse your body, release your passion." That's taking it a bit far, in my opinion since it cleanses you, but does nothing else. As with the other DONA products, I didn't see the actual scent listed on the bottle, which I will repeat, is annoying.

Unlike the bath foam, this doesn't come with a seal over the container's opening, but they all comes with a tiny sticker over the bottle and pump.

One of the few things I really appreciated about this is the pump-style dispenser. That makes it super easy to use. I just sat the bottle in my shower and reach up for a pump when I need it. While this is an easily accessible container, I don't trust that it would not leak if tipped over. Most bottles do so I would not travel with this. If you wanted to though, I always recommend transferring soaps into smaller containers and placing them in zip-loc bags. If you happen to be carrying an empty lunch box or a cooler on your trip, you can wrap it in a bag and stick it in one of those. Keeping it in a cool environment such as a cooler with ice will make the liquid harder and less likely to leak.

As for discretion, unless the word "aphrodisiac" bugs you, this is just as discreet as any shower gel.

Besides the bottle of soap and the plastic wrapping it came in, no extra pamphlets or instructions were included and aren't neccessary. It's soap. Lather, rinse repeat!

Just like with the other DONA products I purchased, I also got another one of these for gifting to my mother. They make lovely gifts if you can look past the unneccessary pricing, the harmful ingredients and the empty "aphrodisiac" claims. I've said it in my other DONA reviews, and unfortunately, the shower gel is no exception, there is no actual aphrodisiac effect and the product is not totally natural. If you're happy with your current shower gel, stick with it.


As with the Bath Foam, I'm a bit neutral on this Body Wash. I feel that the manufacturer stuck intriguing words like "aphrodisiac infused" on the label to attract sales rather than focusing on making the product itself worth the price. It's not. It smells nice, it will most definitely clean you and it lathers wonderfully. Ask yourself one question. Does your current body wash do that? If so, then you shouldn't switch to this. If not, consider purchasing from a manufacturer that won't "dupe" customers into buying. Also know that fully natural soaps are available at the same price as these and they're truly natural. I use mostly natural products and pay near the same or less for them. I have an all-natural shower gel that contains caffeine to firm, lavedar essential oil to soothe and relax and coconut oil to moisturize my skin to high heaven! All that for the price of this. That is why I'm so down on these products.

Let's go back to pricing for a minute. I'm very unlikely to continue buying this when I need soap because 1. it offers nothing extra for my skin. 2. It's not fully natural and 3. add the price of it with shipping and it's priced way higher than it's worth. I buy my natural soaps for this price so it's not a matter of pricing alone. You can get the same quality at a department store for far cheaper.

So once again, I'm neutral. I can't say that I will purchase any more of the DONA line. This is my third product from them and I'm highly unimpressed. I like the scent, but that's not enough to make me choose this over my all-natural lavendar lemon scent.

Price it for what it is worth, take away the unrealistic claims and I would buy it without being disappointed. If I don't expect to be horny and have an all natural shower, then I have no reason to be angry that you don't give me that, right? Those particular things are making it hard for me to feel confidant about using or purchasing from this line.
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  • Risque
    Thanks for sharing so much info on this product! Great Review! I am just trying to decide which scent to try since only a couple are in stock.
  • Wicked Wahine
    Thanks for all the ingredient info & the teriffic review!
  • Wicked Wahine
    sorry about the spelling typo on terrific!
  • animepanda89
    Thank you.
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