Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam

When I first got the email asking if I'd like to review Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam, I was skeptical. I was more than a little concerned that it would simply be one of those perfumey products that masked odor instead of actually cleaning. In fact, I almost said no; my asthma tends to be aggravated by perfumes, chemicals, and even some natural scents (a lot of flowers make me wheezy). But it was a free product, and I figured that if I hated it, I could pass it on to someone with lungs a bit more normal than my own.

There is no way I'm passing this stuff on. I have tested the Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam twice on Maisy, and once on my friend's dog. I've been impressed with the product each time. 

Test 1: Removing Gunk
I have the habit of giving Maisy empty containers to lick out. From peanut butter jars to yogurt tubs, if the food is safe, she gets to help with clean up. Unfortunately, this practice tends to leave sticky nastiness in both her beard and eyebrow fur. It's even worse if I give her a container and then get distracted. When that happens, I forget to wipe her down when she's down, and the gunk dries on.

Fresh Dog to the rescue! Our first test was to remove some crusted on yogurt from Maisy's face. As the name implies, this product is a foam. This makes it very easy to apply precisely, and I didn't have to worry about getting it in her eyes. If the product had been a spray, I wouldn't have been able to use it for this test at all. All of the gunk came right off her face with no problem at all.

Test 2: Removing Dirt
Maisy has this weird kind-of-but-not-really wirey fur which tends to resist looking dirty. Mud dries and just falls off- quite handy! Still, she does occasionally get dirty spots, and this time, it was from some pollen she'd rubbed up against while playing in the flower bushes. I'd tried wiping off the spot with a cloth, but it stubbornly persisted, marring her pretty white ear with a garish orange mark.

Fresh Dog took this away, too! I just rubbed some of the waterless bath foam on the spot, and voila! It came right off. It was quick, it was easy, and best of all, Maisy didn't have to suffer through an entire bath for one little spot.
Test 3: Removing Odors
The final test came when my friend's dog rolled in a dead bird. This naturally resulted in a bit of stinkiness, so I offered up the wonders of the Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam. We rubbed it on, and soon her pup smelled vaguely like grapefruit instead of roadkill.

However, I think the best part happened the next day. Unlike traditional shampoos, whose scent tends to linger for several days, Fresh Dog dissipates, leaving the dog smelling like herself instead of a fruit or flowers. My friend, a former groomer, wasn't terribly impressed by this (she said her dog smelled okay but not great the next day, although she conceded that the dead bird smell was gone), but I honestly think it's one of the strongest selling points of this product!

So, would I recommend Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam? Absolutely. Not only will I be keeping the sample I received, but it's highly likely I will try some of their other products. Right now, I have my eye on their traditional shampoo and conditioner. I've had a very hard time finding natural scent-free options, and this looks promising.

If you'd like to purchase Fresh Dog products, they're available online at Lock and Mane and other fine retailers.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free product in order to facilitate this review, however, I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions in this post are mine, and were not influenced by either Fresh Dog or Lock and Mane.

1 comment:

Jen said...

That sounds like a really great product! Convenient for both you and the dog, because I don't know about your house, but at mine, bathtime is something of a production and a bath for me as well, practically.