REVIEW: Olay Body Hydrate Botanical Fusion Body Wash

It is hard to believe that in two months it will be the 40th anniversary of that mud-covered, bong water-flavored, musical love-fest known as Woodstock. Even though I wasn’t actually there since I was born eighteen years after the harmonious event, I’m pretty sure I know what it was like to be in the crowd and which aromas would tickle my nostrils due the LSD induced hyper-sensory experience.

In the midst of animal and human fecal matter, ganja brownies and food cooked over flaming piles of hemp t-shirts, the fragrance of patchouli oil is able to stick out as one of the very few aromas that delights, but doesn’t give you the munchies so bad that you are willing to try the vegetarian goulash of a slightly hairy woman who was just born again as Starlight Moonshadow.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling patchouli oil, I guess I can describe it as the scent from your sexually ambiguous art teacher who wore long flowing skirts and jewelry made by Incas sold at that random store in the mall that always opens up and mysteriously closes after two months. I guess there isn’t a desperate need for replica Urhobo masks.

The Olay Body Hydrate Botanical Fusion Body Wash has a slight scent of patchouli, which is perfect for me, because I don’t like body washes that are overpowering since I use lotion and perfume. However, it wouldn’t be strong enough to get a hippie clean. The body wash lathers up pretty well using a medium-sized bath pouf, but I did notice that I had to put a larger amount than other body washes that I frequently use from Bath and Body Works or even Irish Spring (who says it’s only for men?).

Maybe this is a plot made by Olay for women to purchase more of their products (doesn’t every beauty company do this?), but I don’t think it’s working since I did buy this on sale at CVS. Although, I believe it was on sale because of a bottle design change, which is a little upsetting to me because the bottle design is what caught my attention in the first place. Also, it’s probably not “new” anymore.

Olay did hold up their hydrate promise, because my skin did feel like buttah before I even moisturized; the soy oil probably helped this. The Olay Body Hydrate Botanical Fusion Body Wash is a good product, but it is pretty boring compared to the thousands of other body washes currently on the market.

Item: Olay Body Hydrate Botanical Fusion Body Wash
Price: $3.79 (on sale)
Size: 15.2 fl oz
Purchased at: CVS
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Moisturizes the skin. Light scent of patchouli won’t make you smell like a hippie. Ganja brownies. Woodstock ’69. Purchased on sale. Skin like buttah.
Cons: Need to use more on bath pouf than other body washes. Scent might be too light for some. Hallucinating from ganja brownies. Woodstock ’99. Silky body wash could make you slip in the shower.

14 thoughts on “REVIEW: Olay Body Hydrate Botanical Fusion Body Wash

  1. 3rd para from the end, you spelled scent as “sent.”

    I’d love to write for this blog, is there any way I could get a guest spot once in awhile? You need some DC area perspective :)

  2. that patchouli smell makes me want to jam pencils up my nose and dig the smell out of my brain. I don’t think I will be trying this.

  3. I wonder who thought up that Patchouli oil in the first place. “Here, just dab some of this oil on yourself, Moonchild!” I don’t hate the smell but it’s not something I’d want to put on my body either.

  4. Hmmm thish body wash looks like it would make me feel Toight like a Toiger…. offers Kayla a smoke and a pancake*

    Seriously though, I do have fond memories of my college days of Going to class smelling like Patchouli….still I would like some cosmic brownies now…

  5. great review Kayla! I’m glad TIB now has a female voice. You listed Woodstock ’99 as a con. Were you there? (although you must’ve been 12 or 13)

  6. @yawnie – She probably wasn’t but I bet she’s referring to the fact that no groups that performed at the original Woodstock festival played at Woodstock 1999 and here are some of the people that did:

    Britney Spears, Buckcherry, Creed, DMX, Godsmack, Insane Clown Posse, Jamiroquai, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg among others.

  7. @yawnie I remember watching Kurt Loder on MTV needing to get the fuck out of there when the general concert area went up in flames…I was watching it with a friend at the time and we were laughing, because the guy was old then.

    @ Bear Silber One of the bands that performed that I would have loved to see were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they always put on great live show. The biggest reasons for ’99 being a ‘con’ would be the overpriced food and water, Fred Durst acting like a douche and of course the violence and rapes that were reported after.

  8. I guess this plays well into the whole buying reusable cloth bags and shopping locally or organic pseudo earthy crunchy thing?

    And look!!! It’s got a…handle??

    Thank you for your spot on description of patchouli…i was like “what’s that again” til I got to the “sexually ambiguous art teacher who wore long flowing skirts and jewelry made by Incas” bit.

    Seems like the woodstock ’99 was tuned into the radio frequency of every crappy national hits station at the time…shame (though some of the acts were admittedly cool). Really though, in ’99 I was in 6th grade and listening to “not that innocent” Britney. In ’99 Brit belonged on Now! That’s What I Call Music CDs and Justin Timberlakes pants…not woodstock. Though I suppose my comment is a bit irrelevant…it’s 4 am, whaddya want?

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