Swisse Lemongrass Body Wash
— Body Wash
The Swisse Lemongrass Body Wash has an invigorating blend of ingredients, with citrus notes of Lemongrass, Orange and Tangerine for freshness. It aims to nourish and hydrate the skin while leaving it soft and smooth. The product is marketed to have 98.81% of natural ingredients in this product, leaving out harmful chemicals, preservatives and animal products.
The product is pH balanced, therefore suitable for all skin types, although we recommend to patch test particularly if you are on the dryer side or have skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Who are Swisse?
Swisse is an Australian leading wellness brand that offers a huge range of product categories, covering supplements, skincare, superfoods, and sports nutrition. The investment in products made of quality ingredients based on evidential research has brought Swisse to the forefront of the wellness market, landing them in the most accessible retailers across Australia, NZ, China, Singapore, the UK, and the Netherlands.
Swisse pride themselves on developing science backed products that assist in maintaining optimal health and wellbeing, partnering with science agencies such as CSIRO and universities to perform clinical trials on their products prior to launching.
The Swisse Lemongrass Body Wash has a subtle, yet invigorating scent of citrus, with its high notes of mandarin, orange and lemongrass essential oils taking precedence.
The texture is a gel consistency. Being of naturally-derived ingredients, the lather is low, meaning it won’t strip the skin of its natural oils.
Suitable for most skin types, we wouldn’t recommend this product if you suffer from severe dryness due to the essential oil component that may cause further irritability. Although most ingredients seem simultaneously cleansing and nourishing, the price point does suggest the purity of ingredients may be compromised. We recommend patch testing prior to full body use.
Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, a theraputic ingredient for inflammatory skin conditions.
Benzyl Alcohol is a commonly used chemical found naturally in some essential oils or synthetically derived.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine / Lauramidopropyl Betaine is commonly used in the cosmetics industry but is considered a moderate hazard by the EWG.
Parfum (Essential Oil Fragrance) is a questionable ingredient as many different ingredients can be labelled under this title.
Although Swisse is a leading wellness brand in the market, and have extensive brand information on their website, there isn’t much regarding their environmental impact or packaging considerations. Swisse are currently undergoing a packaging “re-brand” and not because they’re improving their footprint, but for consumer convenience when shopping for the correct products at the supermarket.
What we do know: the packaging is proudly Australian made, manufactured in Victoria, is BPA free, and the vitamin vial and cap are fully recyclable. There is no information regarding other product categories and their recyclability, or whether they offer refills or product stewardship.
Formulation full analysis
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract is beneficial for many different skin types, as it’s soothing and serves as an amazing anti-inflammatory. It’s incredibly hydrating due its high-water content and includes many rich antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, as well as active enzymes that nourish the skin surface. Many manufacturers find this ingredient particularly useful in large quantities due to its effectiveness as a skin moisturizer, as well as its ability to cool the skin. Not only is this music to a beach-goer’s ears, but those who naturally hold more heat in their skin will benefit from buying skincare products that use Aloe Vera as a core component.
Citrus Aurantim Dulcis (Orange) Oil is usually used for its content in alpha hydroxy acids. AHA’s are used in modern cosmetics for their exfoliating properties and therapeutic benefits of minimising photo damaged skin and promote ‘youthful’ looking skin. Apart from their ability to rid skin of unnecessary dead cells, AHAs have a moisturising effect, and contribute to reducing dryness and combating flakiness. This ingredient can be a little too active to those with sensitivities, so best to avoid this if you suffer from irritated skin.
Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects in our cells, which makes it a gentle therapeutic ingredient for treating inflammatory skin conditions. Its antimicrobial properties helps cleanse and inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the skin.
Benzyl Alcohol is a common preservative found in almost every cosmetic product, and we know that small amounts of this ingredient aren’t necessarily harmful, although has been found to instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, hives and blistering at particular concentrations. Similar to Phenoxyethanol, if all the products on the bathroom shelf include benzyl alcohol, we’re then looking at high, and potentially toxic exposure of the chemical.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine is the third ingredient found in this product, which means it’s in high quantities. This ingredient is used as a surfactant in cosmetic and personal care products, which means it helps clean skin by helping the water to mix with the oil and dirt to be rinsed away. It’s often marked as “natural” as it originally comes from plant oils, however it is a harsh skin and eye irritant, has an overall health concern hazard of “moderate” on EWG, and was voted allergen of the year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
Fragrance (Parfum) is an ambiguous ingredient in any listing, even if it’s been labelled “from natural sources”, or “natural fragrance”. According to the EWG, the average “fragrant” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions as they fall usually under phthalates, oxtoxynols and nonoxynols. If a fragrance is natural, we would assume it would be labelled on the ingredients list in its botanical name.
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