After my disappointment with the last Asian beauty body wash I tried, I made the decision not to settle for whatever random thing I could find. I’ve been really taking the time to search around for products that interest me, especially when it comes to body care because most of the time I find body care to be horribly boring. Illi is a brand that focuses a lot on body care products, and I’ve heard great things about their Total Aging Care line. The Cream Wash and the Body Lotion from this line were my next picks to try and get excited about taking care of my body skin.
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What is it?
Illi Total Aging Care Cream Wash is a moisturizing, non-foaming body wash featuring hanbang ingredients that are the focus of illi’s body product lineup. It should be applied to damp skin in the shower and then rinsed off.
- Size: 400 mL
- Price: 26.79 CAD at Jolse.com
- pH: ~5.5
- Texture: A very thick and creamy liquid
- Scent: Earthy and herbal, definitely leans ‘old-lady perfume’
- Packaging: A large, dusty red plastic squeeze bottle with a flip-top cap
Ingredients and pH
Purified Water, Sunflower Seed Oil, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Ginseng Extract, Camellia Oil, Magnolia Bark Extract, Natto Gum, Green Tea Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, BHT, PEG-14M, PEG-90M, Lauric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
CosDNA breakdown. Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol both flag 2s for comedogenicity and irritation. Lauric acid scores a 4 for comedogenicity and a 1 for irritation, and butylene glycol scores a 1 for comedogenicity. One of the preservatives, methylisothiazolinone, also flags red for safety.
My 4-panel strips ballpark this cleanser’s pH to be ~5.5, which is exactly what I look for in a cleansing product.
The cream wash comes in a large plastic squeeze bottle with a flip-top cap. I don’t like these in the shower as much because I find them way less convenient than pumps, and it’s harder to get out every last bit of product. Thankfully, the cap on this bottle is very wide, so it lends itself to being stored upside-down to drain all the product to the opening.
Some hanbang products carry a reputation for smelling like a Chinese grandmother’s purse, and unfortunately this wash fits that description very well. It has the typical hanbang earthy/herbal persuasion, but it’s strong and extremely perfume-y. It’s not strong enough to be nauseating or headache inducing, but it’s strong enough to make me entirely disenchanted with using this wash. The scent just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Using it in the shower has been not too bad, but just sniffing the bottle in front of me here gives me visions of dried flowers and potpourri attempting to cover up a distinct old person body odour. That’s exactly what you want to slather all over your sensitive bits, eh?
The wash is a thick, white, creamy liquid. Pretty much what you’d expect a cream wash to look like. It doesn’t spread all that easily, and it also doesn’t foam or lather up. That means I have to dispense a lot more product for each use in order to get enough coverage and wash properly. Aside from that, it does feel soft and nicely moisturizing as a body wash.
Despite my disappointment with the experience of this body wash, I did find it moisturizing both during and after use. It feels soft and nourishing going on the skin, and it rinses away cleanly without a squeaky finish. My skin feels hydrated, but without any sort of leftover film or residue. It makes me think I should invest in shower creams more often, maybe?
I have a large patch of dry skin on my lower back that has a tendency to get itchy and irritated, even in the summer months. This body wash relieved much of that dry, itchy patch whenever it’s been in use. I’m currently trying to use up some of my other bottles that are cluttering my shower, and that itchy patch has a habit of gracing me with its presence when I use my other washes. Since this one is a cleansing product, it’s obviously not a replacement for using a body moisturizer, but it is nice to have a body wash that doesn’t leave me feeling like my skin will shrivel up and blow away.
Would I Repurchase?
Nope, I’ll be finishing up this bottle and moving on. The smell detracts far too much from my enjoyment of using this wash. And, as moisturizing as it was, it certainly wasn’t fantastic enough to justify a $25 price point, even if I actually liked the smell.
My journey to get excited about body skincare continues…