Product Type: Palmolive Antiperspirant / Deodorant
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Divine....but not after the gym!
Soft & Gentle Extra Fresh Lotus & Watermelon
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Soft & Gentle Extra Fresh Lotus & Watermelon
Advantages: Smells divine, works well enough
Disadvantages: Not up to heavy duty protection
~~~~~~ Soft & Gentle Extra Fresh Antiperspirant - lotus & watermelon ~~~~~~
I actually received this from my mum, who often nips to Bodycare in her lunch break and picks up bits and pieces she needs. When she goes she always buys a deodorant or facial wipes for me, bless her. She only paid £1 for this which I think is fantastic, since it's so utterly divine!
~~~~~~ First impressions ~~~~~~
This comes in a 250ml standard aerosol can, in relaxing shades of blue and white. The design of the can is very simple but I think really effective too. I get the impression of peaceful freshness from the "lotus and watermelon" fragrance combination and I think this is reflected by the choice of the colour blue. The can is feminine without being over the top, so I think it would appeal to almost any type of female.
The can is shaped to allow for comfortable handling and the nozzle is angled for easy spraying. Not that it's a worry since you don't need to be holding this for a long time!
All the usual information is displayed, and this spray claims to give you long lasting extra freshness and keep you dry. Having a squint at the ingredients, there's nothing too startling in there. It contains soy bean oil, which I am seeing more and more in antiperspirants for its claimed skin softening and smoothing action. It also contains olive tree leaf extract which has a huge list of potential benefits including, but not limited to, anti bacterial, anti fungal, and anti inflammatory. It would appear the fragrance is completely artificial though.
~~~~~~ Using & results ~~~~~~
The antiperspirant comes out in a powerful, thick dry spray which I always find gives me excellent and even coverage. This means I don't have to use loads at one time (though I am heavy handed!). What I like the most about this one though, is that when it hits my skin there is absolutely no sign whatsoever of any whiteness; no powder, not a trace, nada. It dries instantly and I can get dressed straight after applying this with no fear of white marks or yellow stains on my clothing.
I also never experienced any stinging or discomfort when applying it, even straight after shaving.
The fragrance is just to die for. I utterly adore it. When first sprayed I smell the fruity freshness of the watermelon the most, but this is tempered by a heavier sweet floral that stops the scent being too 'watery' and insipid. I don't know offhand what lotus smells like so I can't say if this is accurate, but the overall effect is beautiful! The watermelon scent is very good, it really does smell just like melon. I find this fragrance really helps me to feel fresh and it's a joy to apply this after a revitalising shower.
I don't currently undertake anything too strenuous on a day to day basis and I have found this spray to deal with everyday life perfectly well. I still smell it on my skin at night, though by this time it is mostly the heady floral I can detect, the fruity melon has all but gone.
There was one day the sun was belting down and I had to go out into town (to pay in a dooyoo cheque, actually!)- my usual bus route was closed due to roadworks and I couldn't see any temporary stops, so I ended up walking the whole way. I find walking to be more effort than it should be due to skeletal problems, and it's not helped when you have the sun blistering in your face. Anyway, by the time I got home that day there was little trace of this left, it hadn't held up very well. I felt I had to shower again and put my clothes straight in the wash!
~~~~~~ Recommend? ~~~~~~
I would, but I think my conclusion would be that this spray may be best avoided if you are going for a session at the gym or if you spend all day exerting yourself. The smell is incredibly delicious though so it's well worth trying for 'regular' days when I would say it'll be perfectly up to the job. Naming it "extra fresh" is a bit of a push really.
The can lasted me a bit over a week (sometimes using twice daily) which I was happy with so I would say it's good value if you can get it at a decent price. I wouldn't pay as much as £2.50 for it though, but I generally try not to pay that much for just one can anyway!
I am giving it 4 stars anyway, as it performs brilliantly for my day to day life and the scent is worth a million stars.
Summary: Not for the gym bag!
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