Well, I have tried both the Equate Brand and Caress versions of Tahitian Renewal Body Wash. They both have exfoliating properties and an exotically attractive scent. They both come in similarly attractive packaging. Both bottles contained the same amount of product. I could not find a ligitimate difference between the two, aside from price. The Equate brand was significantly cheaper than the Caress.
The allergy factor: I have incredibly sensitive skin and I'm usually allergic to such fragrant products. I did not have any kind of allergic reaction to either one of these products.
Ultimately, I would say that the Equate brand wins! Not only does it work just as well as the Caress, but it saves you money!