This $9 Body Wash Is My New Partner in Crime in Fighting Bumps and Ingrown Hairs

POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
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Odele is known for its line of hair-care products that offer salon-quality formulas without the hefty price tag. The collection is exclusively sold at Target, and every product is under $15. I'm a huge fan of the brand's leave-in conditioner, so I was excited to try its new line of body washes. The one that made the biggest impression? The Odele Clarifying Body Wash.

As someone prone to ingrown hairs and has dealt with both bumps and body acne, I was beyond ecstatic to test an exfoliating body wash that is on the affordable end of the spectrum. With a combination of tea tree oil and AHAs, the Clarifying Body Wash has become an instant staple in my shaving and ingrown hair routine. After consistently using the cleanser for a week, I noticed that my skin's overall texture had improved. It felt softer and smoother, with fewer bumps and roughness.

That's not all: the invigorating minty scent and refreshing sensorial experience will make you want to take multiple showers a day, unlike some celebrities out there. Keep reading for my in-depth review.

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When I hop in the shower, I pour a dollop of the gel-like cleanser on my loofah or my exfoliating gloves and lather it up from my neck down to my toes. At first, there's a slight tingling sensation that feels invigorating yet relaxing, especially after an intense workout or a really hot day. Although it's a clarifying cleanser, the Odele Clarifying Body Wash is gentle on my skin and not at all stripping. My skin felt hydrated rather than that tight, squeaky clean feel. I have normal-to-dry skin on my body that is prone to ingrown hairs, so I like to use this every day and give extra attention to rougher areas.

It has a refreshing minty, citrus, and eucalyptus scent that transformed my bathroom into a relaxing spa-like experience without being overpowering.

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For days when I shave, I use the body wash first for a gentle form of exfoliation, then shave. For the following days, where the bumps and ingrown hairs start to show up, I work the cleanser into my skin and let it sit on my body for a longer time, kind of like a mask, so that I can get as much of the exfoliation benefits as possible.

I recommend the product to everyone, especially those with oily skin, acne-prone skin, or if you need an inexpensive exfoliator. If you have sensitive or reactive skin, I suggest starting slow and using it every other day, or only use it to treat body acne, ingrown hairs, and roughness.

The Odele Clarifying Body Wash ($9) is clean at Target, vegan, and cruelty-free. The bottle is even 100 percent recyclable.