Wednesday, June 15, 2011

{Review} H20+ Body Oasis Intensive Hydrating Gel

If you've been reading my blog for a while now you know that I love finding interesting H20+ products at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Usually they are products that I absolutely love. While I've nearly finished this moisturizer and I like it, I can't say that I love it, and for a few reasons.

So what this is is a hydrating body gel. I love gel moisturizers. As someone with oily skin, I always look for light feeling hydrating gels, especially in the summer. And I love how the gel is blue. It really reminded me of a few Bliss products that I've tried in the past. I think that's what drew me to this gel.

The idea behind H20+ products is that they're supposedly filled with really really good things for skin. According to H20+ this gel contains mineralized sea water, unspecified marine extracts, vitamins A, C, E, Provitamin B, antioxidants, and amino acids. And it supposedly can also be used as a hydrating body mask. I remember reviewing Cliniques Moisture Surge gel (review here) and on that gl it also says that you can use it as amaks, but honestly I fail to see how that could possibly be better than just letting the gel be absorbed.

One place where this moisturizer fails is the dispenser. It would be a nice pump, but only with a facial product. It dispenses entirely too little product for body use and I constantly have to pump and pump and pump more out. I do like how I can twist and lock it though. It makes traveling with it a lot easier.

It looks very very blue when firs squeezed out, but worry not, it goes on clear. It looks like tooth paste lol!

My skin looks really nice after I've applied it right? Very smooth and hydrated. Or so you would think. Honestly, this gel is no where near as hydrating as the words "oasis" and "quenching" on the package lead me to believe. It is very very lightly moisturizing. Lighter I would even say than my Clinique Moisture Surge for face. I apply this and within hours my skin feels dry again. In addition, contrary to what the package says, it does leave a STICKY residue on my skin and hands after application. I've never had a gel do this. My skin felt sticky, like there was a film on it and I had to actually wash my hands after I applied it. It didn't feel like it had gotten absorbed, more like it dried. As much as I wanted to like this product, I just can't recommend it. For the retail price of $32 I was expecting a lot more. The only saving grace here is that I got it on clearance at TJMaxx for $3.


Price: $32 (retail)

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Glycereth-7, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid, Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-4, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Green 5 (CI 61570), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140)


  1. I love finding bargains at TJmaxx! too bad this one wasn't worth it :(
    but at least you got it for $3! And because of this review, I'll be staying away from this product! thanks!~ <3

  2. Aww that's too bad that this product didn't really perform for you. I have this moisturizer for the face and I really love it (:

  3. @Jean - You're welcome!

    @Eileen - It's ok! This is one of only two products from H20+ that haven't worked for me, so I'm kinda ok with it lol!

    Thanks for commenting!