Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash for a Lemony Fresh Clean

DISCLAIMER: At the time this blog post was written, Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash was still available. Unfortunately, the Ocean Citrus products have since been discontinued. I am not removing this review since Pacifica is still selling other body washes with similar formulas.

Lemon is one of my favorite scents. It reminds me of sunshine and makes me happy! For that reason, I always keep lemon hand soap in the kitchen and sometimes use other lemon scented products as well. For quite some time now, I’ve had Pacifica Ocean CitrusPacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash Body Wash in my shower. I mainly use it in the mornings because I find it to be very uplifting. The lemon scent puts me in a good mood for the day!

I haven’t used very many of Pacifica’s body care products, but I think the Ocean Citrus Body Wash is my favorite so far. If you’re like me and love lemon scented products, you may also enjoy the other three products in Pacifica’s Ocean Citrus collection. There’s a shimmer body lotion, body scrub, and even a body/pillow mist. All of those products sound amazing to me and I’m tempted to buy them all!

Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash product description from

An uplifting aromatherapy blend of fresh lemons and a hint of vanilla to make your shower and bath your happy place!

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Other product details

  • Price: $10.00
  • Net weight: 12 oz. | 355 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 100% recycled plastic bottle
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, and mineral oil
  • Where to buy: and 
    • ships to the USA and Canada only.
    • ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Packaging: 10/10
    • Cleansing: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Fragrance: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10


Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash, like most Pacifica products, is packaged beautifully. It comes in a plastic bottle with a convenient pump. I always prefer a pump for body wash so there’s no awkward fumbling with wet/soapy hands. The pump also makes it easy to get as much or as little body wash as I want! 

There are a couple of nice bonuses about this product’s packaging. The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic. Also, it’s narrow to take up less space in the shower. I don’t know about you, but between my husband and I, there’s a lot of stuff in my shower and I appreciate products that have a smaller footprint.


This body wash does an excellent job of getting me squeaky clean from neck to toe (because you know I’m not using body wash on my face!). A little goes a long way with this body wash. A small amount creates a rich lather that makes me feel extra clean. 

I know a lot of people see “foaming” as a bad thing with body washes because that property often indicates that the formula is overly harsh and might strip moisture from the skin. Fortunately, I don’t find that to be the case with this body wash. While it makes me feel very clean, it never makes my skin feel dry. 🙂


I’m not as concerned with the ingredients in my body care products as I am for skincare (going on my face), but it’s still worth taking a look. Those with sensitive skin especially should check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t any potentially irritating ingredients. 

Sometimes ingredients reveal unexpected things about a product. That was the case for me when researching this product’s ingredients. Here’s the full ingredient list:

aqua, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, parfum*, allantoin, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract, chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract, arnica montana flower extract, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, panthenol, glycerin, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, ethylhexylglycerin

*proprietary aromatherapy blend with natural & essential oils

This is quite an interesting list of ingredients. There are several good skin-loving ingredients, but there are also four bad ones as well as several “neutral” ingredients that make the product work without harming or helping the skin. I’ll go over the good ingredients first (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Allantoin
    • Soothes and conditions skin
  • Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Evens and brightens skin tone
    • Boosts collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth and firm
  • Laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract (I assume this ingredient is behind the name “Ocean Citrus”)
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Nourishes and hydrates the skin
  • Chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
    • May cause a reaction in those that are aggravated by other plants in the daisy family (otherwise safe)
  • Camellia sinensis (white tea) extract
    • Antioxidant
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer

Can you guess which ingredient I’m most excited about? Definitely ascorbic acid! I love vitamin C in skincare and I’m very happy to see it in this body wash, too! I’m pleasantly surprised to see that Pacifica chose to use ascorbic acid instead of a vitamin C derivative. Ascorbic acid is one of the most unstable skincare ingredients, but it’s also very effective when formulated and packaged well. You can find more information about ascorbic acid in my recent post on vitamin C in skincare

While vitamin C is the star of the show in my eyes, I’m still pleased to see these other ingredients that are so good for the skin. The moisturizing ingredients are especially good to see since skin gets extra dry this time of year. 

Now for the not so good ingredients…most products I review only have one or two ingredients that I consider to be “bad,” but this one unfortunately has four:

  • Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate
    • Cleansing agent with high cleaning power
    • Strong foaming property
    • Harsh on skin
  • Parfum
    • Fragrance blend consisting of natural and essential oils (specific oils are not disclosed)
    • Potentially irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin
  • Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract
    • Fragrance
    • Potentially irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin
  • Arnica montana flower extract
    • Some sources claim it has an anti-inflammatory property
    • May cause skin irritation

Of these four ingredients, I am most bothered by the fragrance ingredients. Normally fragrance is lower on the list, meaning that the concentration is low. In this case, both fragrance ingredients are in the top half of the list. I’m not sure why these ingredients aren’t farther down the list to minimize risk of irritation. I have been fortunate with this product and have never experienced any irritation.

Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate is the ingredient responsible for that pleasant foam I mentioned earlier in the review. Unfortunately, this is the kind of ingredient that can be quite drying. Luckily, the hydrating ingredients included in the formula help to offset that harshness. As for the arnica montana flower extract, I think it’s far enough down the list that it’s not too concerning.

Lastly, the “neutral” ingredients I mentioned are a solvent (water), gentle surfactants, and preservatives. These are all safe and support the formula.


I absolutely love the lemony scent of this body wash. It makes showers more fun! If you like lemon scented products, I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this product.

Pacifica describes Ocean Citrus Body Wash as smelling like lemons with a hint of vanilla. Honestly, I don’t pick up on the vanilla, but you might! I don’t have the most discerning sense of smell.

The only thing I wish was different about the scent of this product, is that it could linger on the skin after it’s washed off. Unfortunately, once it’s down the drain the lovely lemon scent is gone. That’s true of most body washes, though! To get more lemony goodness after showering, you could also use the Ocean Citrus Body Lotion and Ocean Citrus Body & Pillow Mist.


Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash is very reasonably priced at only $10.00. There are a lot of body washes at the drugstore that you can pick up for well under $10.00. However, most of them are not cruelty-free or vegan. Also, I can almost guarantee that most of them can’t compete with Pacifica on ingredients or fragrance. 

I also feel that this body wash is a good value because a little really does go a long way. A bottle of this body wash will last you quite a while.

I’ve had this bottle of Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash in my shower for months now and I still enjoy it very much! I think this may be my favorite body wash I’ve ever owned. Once I’ve used it up, I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase it, or try one of Pacifica’s other body washes. In addition to Ocean Citrus, Pacifica makes Cannabis Flower, Lavender Moon, Coconut Cream, and Strawberry Peach body washes. Strawberry Peach sounds great to me!

If you enjoy lemon scented products like I do, I highly recommend that you try this product. In my opinion, it checks all the boxes for a good body wash! Unfortunately, I do think it would be best for those with very sensitive skin to skip this product for reasons explained above in the ingredients section.

Which body wash is your favorite? Have you tried any from Pacifica? Let me know in the comments below!


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