Sunday, January 22, 2017

Power Stick 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash for Men: Cool Blue Water (Dollar Tree)

This is stuff is pretty...well, excellent for the price.
Here's another 3-in-1 that I've had in my shower for months! It, too, is available from Dollar Tree. Normally, these bottles are 12 oz., making them three ounces less than the White Rain version I reviewed above, but I happened to get lucky and get this when it was a “Bonus Buy”, so I got 16 oz. for the same price! Double win!

That win gets compounded even more with actual performance, because it improves upon White Rain's version in almost every way, at least when compared to my preferences. For starters, it comes out nice and smooth, just like the bottles that cost five times (or more) as much, and it doesn't take much at all to get a nice lather going. It's the standard lather you would expect, with a nice, thick layer of foam arising with a minimum of required effort, and it goes on the skin smooth and easy. It's one of those things that would be a decent deal at even three times the price, so for just a buck, it's a no-brainer!

About the only area where there is no improvement over White Rain's product, is the smell...while I would slightly prefer this one, and the strong chemical scent is missing, it's still a pretty lame, fake “ocean” aroma that I don't find all that enticing. But if a dollar body wash is going to come up short on something—and at that price point, it's pretty much a requirement—I would rather it be in the scent than in performance or anywhere else, so there are no hard feelings on this end.

Even with the standard 12 oz. size (3 ounces less than the similarly-priced White Rain), I would prefer this one by far, as it's the perfect mixture of price and performance.  At 16 oz., it almost comes down to "if you don't pick this up, you're an idiot" territory. In fact, I'll probably pick up a different scent next time just to try it out. They say you can't have your cake and eat it, too, but this gets you pretty darn close to proving that saying completely wrong. A great buy here! And what do you have to lose?  Even if it's not your cup of tea, it's only a buck.

Overall: 9/10. The scent is the only thing that prevents this from getting a perfect score, because Power Stick's 3-in-1 is the perfect combination of texture and lather, all for just a buck! I happened to get a 16 oz. “Bonus Buy”, which makes it even more of a no-brainer, but even in its standard 12 oz. variation, I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again. On the skin it lathers up real nice and leads to a fresh-skin feeling, while it also feels right at home as a shampoo, easily foaming up in the hair and making everything feel fresh and clean. Great for travel, too, so you can just take one thing instead of three separate products! Excellent buy.

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