I live a constant battle between pampering myself and finding the best deal. Finding a balance between the two is my number one goal as a consumer. When I find cheap items that work as well or better than high-end items, I feel a sense of accomplishment. Spending more than necessary is pointless, but I also don’t like to settle. If the cheaper item is not as good as the high-priced item, I will continue to buy the high-priced item when I am in the mood to splurge. How many times have you purchased something expensive only to get disappointed with its performance? On the contrary, how many times have you grabbed something cheaper than what you usually buy only to discover you barely notice a difference between it and your beloved, expensive product? Price is not always king when it comes to getting the best deal. It is the number one reason I never stop experimenting with new products, even when I find something I love. There are so many products that are wonderful in every price range. Duds also exist in every price range, and dollar store items have disappointed me.
A few years ago, I discovered Rituals Foaming Body wash. I had not used a foaming body wash since I was a kid. It is funny how we can view things so differently depending on where we are in life. As a kid, I viewed foaming body washes as fun. They went hand in hand with bubble baths and floating toys. Luxury never even crossed my mind as a kid. Fast forward to adulthood, and foaming body wash gives me a sensory experience that I cannot even put into words. It is an instant feeling of satisfaction, indulgence, escape, luxury, and relaxation. I realize this seems dramatic, but it is so true. From the moment I used my first foaming body was as an adult, it hooked me. The problem was it cost more than I was regularly willing to spend. That only perpetuated the idea that it was a treat.
When I only bought it on rare occasions if it was on sale or I was in the mood to treat myself, I only used it sparingly. Every time I used it, the sensory feelings amplified giving it this strange power. We all should have products like this for special occasions, when we’ve had a bad day, or we just need to take our mind off something. As someone who suffers with depression, even small things can boost a mood temporarily. This Rituals foaming body wash that I occasionally splurge on (and similar items in my collection that I find indulgent, yet expensive) can do this. The price of the wash also prevents me from labeling it a FabuFind, even though I really love it.
I was beginning to think my love with foaming body wash was an anomaly. After all, it did not seem like there were a lot of foaming body washes on the market. Foaming hand wash was everywhere. While I typically prefer foaming hand wash as well, my preference for foaming body wash easily trumps my preference for foaming hand wash. Then, I saw the July 2018 Target Beauty Box had a foaming body wash in it. Not only is there another foaming body wash, but it is a drugstore brand. The idea that I was going to try it and fall in love consumed me. How awesome would it be to get that luxurious feeling everyday for the bargain price of $3.79 a bottle!
That bargain came in the form of the 6.8oz NIVEA Foaming Silk Mousse Body Wash. Before I even tried it, I noticed it was on clearance. The clearance price was $1.89. At that price, I could stockpile several if I loved it. Falling in love with something on clearance is always dangerous. Yes, you can grab a lot at a great price (if you’re fast enough), but it usually means the item was discontinued or the store you shop at will not carry it anymore. I tried the wash as quickly as I could, so I could see if I loved it enough to wipe out the clearance inventory.
While it definitely gives the luxurious feeling I get from my Rituals one, the scent is nowhere near as pleasurable. Scent is always one of the main factors in love for a product. All the Rituals products I’ve tried always have a beautiful scent that helps me with that feeling of escape, even temporarily. My favorite scent, so far, comes from the 6.76oz Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel. At $15 a bottle, with a product that runs out fast, you can see why it is a treat on the rare occasions I purchase it. *Rituals has lowered the price to $9.50 a bottle since I published this. That new price increases how often I will purchase and use it.
The bad news is the NIVEA foaming shower gel disappeared from clearance before I could purchase any extra bottles. I checked some other stores and it seems it is a discontinued product. It is a shame, because it is lovely. Though it smells like shaving cream, so I do not get that full escape from the scent, it does give a great feeling of luxury to justify even the old $3.79 price tag. At $1.89, I would have picked up a few. If it smelled even remotely as good as the Rituals one, I would have cleaned out the clearance section. Not all hope is lost. Since seeing the foaming body wash in the Target Beauty Box, it reminded me Google is my friend.
I plan to purchase some new foaming body washes in a range of prices once my current stash is gone. Though I doubt I will ever come back to let you know how my journey ends up, feel free to ask below. If you have not tried the Rituals Foaming Body washes yet, I highly recommend getting one during a 20% off prestige coupon event or when they get a discount for purchasing multiples. Unless you are in the mood to splurge, I just cannot recommend them at full-price. As much as I love them, I still need a deal to pull the trigger.
Do you have any foaming body washes you love? Have you tried either the NIVEA or Rituals body wash I’ve talked about? What products do you splurge on for your indulgences? I would love to read your thoughts.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.