Before sniffing H2O+’s new Sweet Berry shower gel and body balm, I would have thought it absurd that a candy company would ever collaborate on a bath/beauty product. Now, I’m not so sure.
Since I know that LifeSavers didn’t partner with H2O+ this year, there must be another explanation for why H2O+’s new Sweet Berry Moisturizing Body Balm ($11.50) and Shower & Bath Gel ($9) smell so much like LifeSavers Gummies, incidentally one of my favorite candies in the world.
Maybe there was an accident one day in the H2O+ labs… What if a technician who was working on the new products had an open bag of gummies in his shirt pocket? If he had leaned forward a little too far and let one plop down into his beaker, that could explain the remarkably similar scents.
Yeah, probably not. But still — it would be kinda cool if that’s how it happened.
When it comes to bath and body products, I usually prefer citrus and floral scents, so I was surprised to like H2O+’s new Sweet Berry Moisturizing Body Balm and Shower & Bath Gel so much.
While sweet, they don’t overwhelm my sensitive nose. I find them light and fresh, and not anywhere near as cloying as the berry-themed body products I’ve tried from Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.
Of course, scent is a matter of personal preference, but that’s the beauty of beauty products like these. We can sniff sample them before choosing to bring them home.
Shower & Bath Gel ingredients
The Shower & Bath Gel feels a little thicker and stickier than I normally like and does take a while to rinse, but it certainly cleans well, probably due in part to the inclusion of TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, a potent, but sometimes irritating, cleanser. It hasn’t bothered me, but it’s just something to note.
As a side, I’ve been using it as a shave cream for my legs, and for that I think it rocks.
The Moisturizing Body Wash also gets the job done. I like that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy, and it’s pretty quickly absorbed.
This is pretty random, but one of the ingredients, citronellol, sounds a lot like citronella, which appears in many mosquito repellants. Apparently, it’s closely related. It appears here because of its rose-like fragrance, but who knows? It might even help to keep pesky mosquitoes away…although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to test that theory.
Body Balm ingredients
Oh, and one of my favorite things about both of these tubes is how cute they look in the shower.
PRICE: $9-11.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at H2O+ stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,