Pros: cleans sufficiently
Cons: Horrible smell, doesn't lather well, no noticeable benefits from the shea butter
Although my kids are 3 & 6, I still use baby wash on them because regular soap is too harsh on their skin and regular body washes always seem to have too strong a smell, or they leave a residue or greasy feel on the skin.
Huggies Baby Wash with Shea Butter comes in a 9 or 15 oz bottle although I personally have only seen in a 15 oz bottle. I wish I would have seen it in a 9 oz. I wouldn't have had to throw so much away then.
The bottle is light yellow in color with a slightly darker shade of yellow for the cap. There is a picture of a happy baby on the front, although I can't imagine this product being the one to make him happy. The bottle has a small indention on the sides to make it easier to hold, but the inconvenience of the cap is more annoying than if the bottle was more difficult to hold. The cap is a flip-top dispenser. It is difficult to open with soapy, wet hands, especially if you are trying to hold the baby with one hand. My kids are older and I don't have to hold them with one hand, but I still find the cap annoying. As I mentioned in my other review, I have thought about just leaving the cap open, but then if the bottle were to be accidentally knocked into the bathtub, water would get into the bottle, making the baby wash even more watery. A product this thin should be made with a pump-style dispenser. This specific product shouldn't be made at all, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The baby wash dispenses from the flip-top cap without any pressure because the baby wash is very watery. However, to save time, you squeeze the bottle to dispense it more quickly. It comes out in a clear, but yellow-tinged liquid.
This was the first thing I noticed after I fought with the cap. What's a nice way to say this? The smell is not pleasant. But you want the truth, not something sugar-coated, so...it's not a stomach-turning, horrid, putrid smell, but it's close. I can't even explain what this smells like. It smells kind of like they meant to make it smell 'clean', but failed miserably. I'd tell you to take a whiff next time you're in the grocery store but I don't want to subject you to that kind of abuse. The only positive thing I can say is that after giving the kids a fresh-water rinse and toweling them off, I could no longer detect the fragrance.
How It Works:
Pretty much like any other baby wash, except that it doesn't lather well. Even when I used a lot of the baby wash, it just didn't lather up well. I know that bubbles and suds are not what cleans the skin, but I'd like to feel something on the washcloth so I know I'm cleaning the kids' skin instead of just rubbing them with a yellowish water that smells like it might melt their skin off. Ok, maybe that's a little harsh, but still, it's close. However, although I'm reluctant to admit it, the baby wash cleaned their skin sufficiently.
After their bath, their skin was as soft as I would expect with any other baby wash. I don't think the shea butter offers any benefits or there isn't enough added to the product to make it beneficial.
According to the huggies website, www.huggies.com, Huggies Baby Wash with Shea Butter:
~Gently cleans the skin and helps keep it soft, too.
~Perfect before naptime or bedtime!
~Available in the easy-to-grasp 9- and 15-oz. bottles.
I agree that it cleans the skin and does not dry it out. I disagree with the second statement...it's not perfect anytime. The bottle is 'easy-to-grasp', but I'd much rather prefer it be easier to get open. If they put it in a pump-dispenser bottle, they wouldn't even have to make it 'easy-to-grasp'.
I apologize that I do not have the ingredients list. I threw the bottle out after the first use!
I am very disappointed in this product and actually a little shocked. I have used other Huggies products in the past and although I usually don't find them any better than a generic brand, I don't find myself throwing it out before I've used it all. In addition, I have the acceptable-but-not-great Huggies with Shea Butter Baby Lotion (review to come later) and it does not have the same odor even though they are both the shea butter formula.