Having three children means the inevitable dealing with itchy skin, rashes, chicken pox and the like. Often at these times having a mild skin product for the bath can be very soothing and helpful.
So in searching around for something to use in the bath we found Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash. We owned other Aveeno products and really found them to work well. We liked the idea of oatmeal in a product and the idea that it might calm skin. Our son used Aveeno oatmeal baths when he came down with chicken poxes a year or so ago.
We took home an 8 ounce bottle of Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and began using it in baths. Our hope was that we would find something moisturizing and non-irritating for our children’s skin …
and it was a hit!
Our Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash was sold in with the Baby products, and it has the notation “Baby” on the product itself. It comes in an 8 ounce soft squeeze bottle with pop up lid. The bottle and product inside is a soft, light oatmeal color. The scent is faint and comforting – like a creamy, oatmeal, baby smell.
From the company:
“with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal
Gently Cleanses and Soothes Dry Skin
Even Dry Skin from Eczema Skin Feels Moisturized for 24 Hours
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash is specially formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients blended into a creamy wash that gently cleanses to soothe and relieve dry skin, even dry skin from eczema. This tear-free formula leaves skin feeling moisturized for 24 hours, so baby’s skin looks and feels healthier. Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash is hypoallergenic, so it’s even gentle enough for babies with sensitive skin.”
The product states to use it you simply pour onto a cloth or poof, or apply directly into the bath water. We have tried both ways, with mixed success. Using a poof does get the child washed, but doesn’t seem to really help their skin as much as soaking in the bath water with the product in it itself. The problem though with pouring the product into the bath water is that it doesn’t seem to be an easy thing to do. The product is rather thick and doesn’t like to just squeeze out of the top all that well. It doesn’t not come out, but it comes out more in a trickle than a decent stream.
I tried many things to get this body wash to work properly. I tried taking off the lid entirely but that almost seems worse – then the product comes out faster and in clumps. The problem with this is the product doesn’t really disperse in the bath in clumps all that well. Rather it just sort of floats around in oatmeally colored clumps in the water. I have found I often have to take my hands and attempt to swish around and break apart the clumps, and then hope that some sort of bubbles appear. Even then this wash doesn’t really “bubble” or lather up – though a little bubbles appear. They don’t linger and they aren’t really a hit in the tub.
You’d think by this point I’d almost be disgusted with Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, but really I do love it. I don’t think it’s the easiest of bath products to use and it didn’t seem to work like I thought it was going to. I thought it was going to be thinner and easier to come out, like a more gel type wash. I thought I’d see lots of creamy bubbles.
And though, yes, that would have been lovely, instead I have some squeezing and swishing to do.
However, this product works really, really well on everyone’s skin! We have tried it with all our children and it’s worked equally well. My children get the softest skin when Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash is used in their bath. It’s one of the nicest after-effects I have ever seen in a bath product.
This more than makes up for any small problems I have with its use. I think the product itself does a beautiful thing – clean my children’s skin and leave a nice, soft clean. My daughter’s skin specifically has totally cleared up and we’ve had no more rashes. I continue to use Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash once a week in her bath to continue to keep her skin soft and irritant free.
Overall I really love Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, though mostly for what happens after the bath. It’s been one of the very few things I can find locally in stores and is affordable to try.
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Styrene Acrylate Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Polyquaternium 7, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG 45M, Benzaldehyde, May Contain: Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid