Rarely do I want to exit my shower smelling like I just fell into a vat of Chinese dried herbs. In fact, those familiar will understand when I say, smelling like I just showered in bak kut teh – a Malaysian herbal pork rib soup.
But that was the conclusion I reached when I used this body wash from Tony Moly – a Korean cosmetics brand. I picked this one up in Seoul simply because I’d never seen a shower gel infused with herbs before this. I kid you not. They actually have dried herbs in the bottle! Check out the pictures below if you don’t believe me 🙂
See what I mean?
I believe one of the stick things might be ginseng root which is quite commonly used as an inexpensive ginseng substitute. I’m not sure what the rest are called, but it totally set me aback when I saw the herbs floating in there. It looks so surreal. I only ever see these herbs floating around in my herbal soups!
Here are some I recognise – dong kwai strips and some goji berries or wolfberries (kei chi). The smell of dong kwai is very strong in this shower gel. I believe its supposed to help you relax and reduce skin infection. I say its not one for the faint-nosed.
After using this, my whole bathroom smelt like I’d been boiling herbal soup, and I smelt like I just fell in a vat of it. Its not unpleasant, if you don’t mind the smell of herbs like dong kwai. But if you do, better don’t go near this one 🙂
There were other shower gels in the Tony Moly Mother Nature Body Wash series. They have dried bits of fruit and vegetation in them too but I got the Oriental Herbs one because it was the most interesting. Not something I’d necessarily repurchase though but it was interesting enough to make me purchase it once.
In a nutshell
Its a body wash. What else can I say? In Oriental Herbs, the smell of herbs lingers on the skin. Not unpleasant if you don’t mind smelling of herbs but can be, if you do. Best used in the evening.
Pros: Shower gel cleans well
Cons: Strong dried herb smell
Have you tried anything like this? Its fascinating right? It sure washes off any smells of the day, although the smell does linger, so its perhaps best used before bed. I did wonder why I was having food dreams …
Tony Moly Mother Nature Body Wash retails at 13,500 Won (RM37) for 300ml and comes in a variety of scents. Tony Moly is unavailable in Malaysia at time of writing.