Lately I've been trying to coin a clever label for the recent wave of body care products that combine nature-based formulas with smartly designed, visually appealing packaging. I'm thinking specifically of brands like 4mula, MBeze, The Bubble Roome, and now Pattern, a small, Colorado-based company that focuses on multi-tasking Body Washes (or "skin cleansers") fragranced with essential oils.
All four Pattern Body Wash blends could easily be shared by male and female users. The Citrus Moisturizing Body Wash smells like a straightforward mix of lemon, bergamot, and perhaps some litsea cubeba. The Eucalyptus Body Wash is a zingy herbal scent whose central eucalyptus note is mingled with so-fresh-you-can-taste-it spearmint and a hint of astringent rosemary. My favorite Pattern selection, after testing all four, is the Black Pepper Body Wash. It's the warmest and the most subtly blended of the group: the black pepper is noticeable, but not sneeze-provoking, because it's rounded off with some sultry ylang ylang and a leafy geranium note. The Cucumber Moisturizing Body Wash is probably going to be my second favorite, once the weather turns hot. It smells like a real cucumber, not a drugstore body spray, so it's clean and watery, with a light rose-y note in the background.
These shower gels seem fairly concentrated, and they foam easily when I use a small amount on a mesh shower "pouf." Both Moisturizing Body Washes also work well as shave cream and can even serve as shampoo in a pinch. (The company also suggests trying them as facial wash, but I haven't tested that suggestion yet.) All four Body Washes are vegan, and they're free of petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth, parabens, and phthalates. Plus, the bottles are color-coded with playful abstract designs that could suggest water droplets, molecules, or the Milky Way, so they look as lively and versatile as they feel and smell.
Each Pattern Body Wash sells for $20 for 240 ml at the Pattern website.
Note: top image is Telefunken FuBK Test Pattern via Wikimedia Commons.