I decided to try a new face wash to replace the St Ives facial scrub I’ve used for years. I wanted something not so gritty, yet does the same cleansing of the skin. I found a brand named Desert Essence, which is a combination of castille soap, tea tree oil, and various other ingredients. I picked up a 32 ounce container due to discount pricing, and found it to be unmanageable in that container. I went to the store and picked up a foaming soap dispenser, like the Dial brand foaming soap you buy at the store. I bought one Dial brand foaming soap and emptied it to use (it was on sale for $0.99) and later I picked one up at the Container Store that looked quite nice to use in the master bathroom, for like $7.00.
It works wonderfully at cleansing my face, surprisingly quick at breaking down oils/grease without really scrubbing. It’s also good at not demoisturizing my skin like alcohol would. It’s a must to keep your eyes closed, since if it gets in there it’ll hurt a bit.
Since it worked well on my face, I decided to try it as a shower body soap. I was amazed how well it works! I normally use the body soap which requires scrubbing and isn’t doesn’t work terribly well, but with this in foam form I was able to lather up and clean nicely. It also didn’t require using much since the foaming soap dispenser increases the volume by quite a bit as it comes out. The nice thing about it all is the pH isn’t off balance, so it doesn’t leave the skin dry and brittle. I still use Moisturel lotion on my face, and in some cases olive oil however.
As as side note, since I normally use special shampoo for psoriasis on the scalp but I keep my scalp shaved, I use this to quickly clean my face and head in a minute before I shave and it takes care of the psoriasis style scalp oils which can impede proper shaving. I’m glad I found this, it’s a great addition to the mix.