Body wash - soap by Venus - review by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama

Body wash

Soap by Venus

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Not So Peachy - Part One

I love the scent in the jar and I enjoy the amount of lather I get with a small amount.

But does it perform well enough to justify the price that is charged?

With all the body washes that are on the market, some at lower prices, I think not.

Sorry - 3 stars for good performance but not outstanding enough to warrant the price.
Fresh scent when opening jar
Lathers well
Not Paraben-free
Need to use two hands to open bottle
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


First of all, I'd like to take a moment to explain the difference between body wash and shower gel. Both are forms of soap that are used for cleaning the body, however, shower gel has a firmer gel-like texture while body wash has a more liquid consistency and may feel like dish soap. In addition, shower gel has a stronger concentration of fragrance than body wash.

According to Wise Geek website, less expensive drugstore brands are as effective at cleaning as higher priced brands. However, a less expensive brand will not lather up as much as its pricier counterpart.

In addition, according to Daily Finance website,"body wash now accounts for the largest segment -- nearly 40% -- of the total soap, bath and shower market". According to Proctor & Gamble, body washes differ from traditional soap because they are designed to not only clean your body, but moisturize your body also. In order to improve the quality of your skin, Vitamin E, glycerin and soybean are often added to the product.

This product is designed to be used EXTERNALLY for all of your body. While it may smell nice and feel refreshing, please do not try to use it as a douche.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Mood enhancer
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

This body wash was thick - but not too thick. It was the consistency of dish soap and was easy to pour onto my shower puff. It lathered up fairly nicely and although I only used about 1 teaspoon of the wash (or perhaps less as I did not use a measuring spoon), I not only had enough lather for myself but would have had enough for at least my husband's arms and back - and possibly all of him.
    • Creamy
    • Smooth

Taste / Aroma

When I opened the container and smelled the peach scent, I was in love with it. While it does not smell like the fresh peaches you'd smell when you walk into the fruit section at the grocery store, it did not smell like chemicals either. My husband says that it smells a lot like the peach concentrate that they use in candies.

Unfortunately, when I used it in the shower, I could not really smell the peach at all. It could be that when I use my cheaper shower gels without measuring them that I allow myself to get used to the overwhelming scent - but honestly, I expected the scent to at least fill the small square shower that we have.

When I came back to the bedroom after my shower, my husband said he could smell a bit of the peach on me but it smelled like soap but in a nice way. It was a clean scent but not an overpowering scent that screamed "I am peach".
    • Light smell
    • Smells good


The product lathered up well and the soft scent lasted for hours. It would have lasted longer if I had used the layering approach by adding not only body butter (which I did add) but also the mist and possibly the body scrub along with the body wash.

My only problem with this product is that while you can smell it on the skin, the scent did not feel the shower like I am used to. Therefore, it didn't feel quite like a "luxurious shower" where you're almost overpowered (in a positive way) by the scent.

This will actually perform better fragrance wise if it is used with the other products in their line for "layering".
    • Absorbs into skin nicely
    • Feels natural

Special Features

The ingredients are:

Aqua, Dead Sea minerals (see above), Cocoamide dea, Cocoamidopropyl betaine, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Imidiazolidinyl urea


No Phthalates / No Triclosan

Personal comments

Because I probably should be called "The Cheapskate Reviewer" or "The Pennypincher Reviewer" or whatever, I feel compelled to add some more information here.

According to Rolanda Johnson, PH.D, a senior scientist with Proctor & Gamble Beauty, a 10 ounce bottle of body wash should give you approximately 29 washes. She bases this upon her comments that "a single recommended usage of body wash equals about two teaspoons". She continues, "But many people use twice as much. And the fact of the matter is, most people really only need to use a little less than one teaspoon of soap to get the cleansing job done right."

Using these figures and considering that this is an 8 ounce bottle, this means that you should get approximately 24 washes from this bottle if you use about two teaspoons. This figures out to about 62.5 cents per wash. If you cut down to one teaspoon, you should get 48 washes at a cost of 31.25 cents per wash.

An important consideration to make when deciding whether to use body wash or soap, is that body wash does include the moisturizer already, so you will save on the need to buy an additional product.


I want to explain my personal rating system to you here because you may be surprised to see that I love the smell and the product works well - but it only gets three stars.

First of all, if a product smells good (no chemical smell or bad aftersmell) and does what it should - I will automatically give it three stars.

If the product is priced reasonably well to the point that I'd give it as a gift at that price or be willing to ask for it from my husband as a gift - then I will give it four stars. If I wouldn't normally ask for it unless it was on sale or would buy it on sale but not at normal price - I'll give it four stars.

But for a product to be five stars - it better smell good, perform well AND be priced at something my budget can allow without me wanting to grimace every time I use it because of the cost.

I love bath and shower products and they are one of my major weaknesses. However, I have learned over the years of experimenting that expensive doesn't always equal better quality. Mind you - I'm not someone who is overly worried about parabens so I don't judge quality by whether something is paraben free - I judge it by how it makes me feel.

With the vast array of bath and body products that are on the market, there is a wide selection for me to choose from and still be happy without spending an arm and a leg.

So I try to do my reviews from the perspective of someone who is budget-mindful and may have kids and a house payment and is saving points for those one or two things she dreams about but can't quite afford.

I hope this helps you understand how I do my bath and body product reviews.
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  • geliebt
    Great review, thank you!!
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    I wonder how much I use per wash. I don't measure. I doubt most people do. However, this bottle makes it hard for me to limit it, and I feel like I use far more than with other products. Interesting bit of info you found there!
  • StephanieTaylor
    Thank you
  • levellc09
    great job!
  • sweetpea12
    Thanks for the great review!
  • deltalima
    Thanks for sharing
  • elli
    Thank you for the review!
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