While Trader Joe’s (Aldi’s distant cousin) is known primarily for the food it sells, the grocer also offers some non-food items such as flowers, toilet paper, and personal care products. We’ve written before about some of the facial care products that Trader Joe’s sells. Here’s a look at a few other personal care items at TJ’s. We’ll update as we try additional products.
Trader Joe’s Refresh Citrus Body Wash
This cost $2.99 for a 16-oz. bottle at the time of publication, or about 19 cents per ounce. The bottle describes this as a “unique aroma-therapeutic blend of orange blossoms and grapefruit.” It contains Vitamin C, and it is 100% biodegradable, with no animal testing and no animal products. Ingredients include but are not limited to: extracts of chamomile, ginseng, lemon grass and sage, essential oil of sweet orange, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, essential oil of grapefruit, and essential oil of tangerine.
This has a nice sweet, citrusy scent and makes a good lather, and the price seems pretty reasonable. It’s a nice body wash to wake up to during a morning shower.
Trader Joe’s Nourish All-In-One Facial Cleanser
This cost $5.99 for an 8.45-oz. pump bottle at the time of publication, or about 71 cents per ounce. This is a dermatologist-tested cleanser and exfoliant that is marketed as being tearless and antioxidant rich. It says it cleans without any drying effects. It is a product of the U.S., contains green tea leaf extract, and has not been tested on animals.
To use it, massage a moderate amount of gel over dry or wet skin for several seconds. Rinse well with warm water. Can be used twice daily.
This is unscented, smelling simply like non-perfumed soap. It is a thick, clear gel that turns into a bubbly lather as you rub it into your skin. In that way, it is different from the facial wash I usually use, which is Aldi’s Lacura Hydrating Facial Cleanser, which is a white cream that does not lather. I like both cleansers just fine, and I keep them in the shower as an alternative to regular soap for faces.
Trader Joe’s Formula No. 3
Joshua contributed to this section.
This large 32-ounce bottle costs $7.99, coming out to about 25 cents an ounce. I would imagine most people would be skeptical about a product that claimed to be a body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, since it’s hard to believe that a single product could do all of those things well.
Even after several days of using it, I’m still not quite sure what I think, but I can say that it seems to be serviceable enough. It lathers very well on both the head and the body: I only needed a single pump for my (admittedly short) hair and another pump for my body. It also seems to clean well, as my body and hair at least felt normal enough after I was done. That’s something.
I also like the smell. The fragrance has a sort of classic soap vibe, reminiscent of times I’ve walked into a gift shop at a state park. Ironically enough, that’s where I think a product like this might be useful: I could see myself packing No. 3 in a single bottle for a camping trip so I wouldn’t have to fuss with multiple bottles. Even at home, though, it’s not bad.
While you wouldn’t think of Trader Joe’s as your go-to place for soaps and shampoos, we generally like what the store sells. Worth a look if you’re wanting to try something different.