Fab or flub: Ban Total Refresh cooling body cloths

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With warm weather in full swing, most of us are finding ourselves increasingly outside in the heat. If you’re like me, it might be because you’ve taken your normal exercise routine outdoors. Or maybe you’re just finding yourself more inclined to explore the area and all its fun outdoor offerings.

Whatever the reason, no matter how long you are outside, you will probably end up a sweaty mess.

Not surprisingly, beauty brands have jumped on the opportunity to turn a profit from this by developing different types of body wipes/cloths for freshening up.

The first time I used a product like this was in seventh grade, when I started athletics. My mom bought me some freshening clothes to use since I had little time to shower afterward. Although the wipes worked fine, I never liked that fact that they smelled so strongly of alcohol and that they were always soaking wet with whatever they had been treated with.

Since then, many more versions have popped up on the market, including a new option by deodorant brand Ban. Total Refresh cooling body cloths are lightly-fragranced cloths designed to help you wipe away sweat so you are left with long-lasting freshness.

The cloths come in three versions — Enliven, Invigorate and Restore — and are made with PowderSilk technology. They can be purchased in packs of 10 for $3 and are available at big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Target.

The words “PowderSilk Technology” intrigued me. The website says that the cloths have a powder finish, which means that they have been treated with powder, which is known to be great for absorbing sweat and masking odors.

If they truly worked, these body cloths would be a definite step up from the alcohol-drenched versions from my youth.

First impression

Like most cleansing cloths, Ban’s version comes in a pouch with a stickerlike seal. I’ve found that when packaged this way, the cloths usually dry out as the seal loses its adhesiveness. A much more convenient design would be a pouch with a plastic cover that snaps closed. Note to Ban: Please change this.

Taking a cloth from the pouch marked “Invigorate,” I noticed that the cloths appear no different than any others. They felt soft, which I assumed was due to the PowderSilk technology; the powder seemed to be inside the cloth. The smell was quite nice, somewhere between baby powder and a nice floral scent.

Fab or flub?

Fab! Ban’s Total Refresh cooling body cloths have been a welcome addition to my post-workout routine. How much so? On a recent Friday evening I had plans to go see a movie after work but wanted to sneak in a run beforehand. Knowing I wouldn’t have enough time to shower and fix my hair after my five-mile run, I hurried to get ready by using one of the cloths to remove the sweat from my body.

Not only did it help to cool me down faster than just toweling off, it left my skin feeling refreshed and smelling great.

Unlike the cleansing wipes I once used, Ban’s body cloths don’t smell heavily of alcohol and they aren’t soaking wet. They are fragrant, but I found the smell to be quite pleasant as opposed to overwhelming. As far as I can tell, all three versions of the body cloths have the same scent, though they claim to be different. In fact, I didn’t detect any difference in the three versions.

Overall, the thing I was most impressed with was the product’s PowderSilk technology. The powder left my skin feeling really soft, it cooled me down fast and it did a great job of absorbing my sweat. A pack of these would definitely be a great addition to your gym bag, your purse during a daytime outing or your suitcase while you’re on vacation.

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