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Asda Fruity Raspberry & Red Currant Shower Gel

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Brand: Asda / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      13.05.2010 14:00
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      A great find!

      I usually purchase shower gels from my local supermarket, I don't have any particular brand loyalty and I usually just end up buying whatever looks nice and is well priced. I tend to go for mint and tea tree type shower gels, however on a recent shopping trip spotted 'Asda's Fruity Raspberry and Red Currant Shower Gel' and I decided to pick it up to have a closer look.

      This product comes in a plastic shower gel container, the colour is a deep pink colour and it looks extremely vibrant - that's what originally caught my eye - this product looks good. The container is also rather sleek - not that the packaging matters much, but the shape of the bottle is certainly a plus point for me because not only does it look good, but it also fits perfectly into your hand.

      I then decided to press the top open to have a smell of the shower gel inside (this product has a black push top). The fruity smell hit me instantly - it smelt good enough to eat.

      On the back of the bottle it says that this product comes in a 275ml bottle and that it is suitable for vegetarians. The description on the back also appealed - Asda claims that the shower gel has added moisturisers and that it's 'refreshing and invigorating'. It was also priced at a very reasonable £1.00 - so I chucked it into the trolly and proceeded to the checkout...


      ************ The shower test **************

      If you have read any of my previous reviews on shower gels then you will know that I am rather picky and critical of cheap shower gels. I want something that feels nice on my skin (and doesn't make it tingle), a gel that will lather up on my body instead of sliding off me and down the plug hole, a product that leaves me feeling clean and something that has a nice and lasting smell... I don't ask for much.

      When I first squirted this shower gel into my hand I was quite surprised at the consistency - it was quite thick (thicker than other economy gels I have tried) and I was even more impressed by how much it lathered... instead of sliding straight off my body the gel turned soapy and I was able to wash with it properly.

      The smell was very fruity and although the scent didn't linger on my skin for long I could still smell it a few hours after showering.

      *********** Overall **************

      Over the years I have tried MANY economy shower gels and I genuinely think this is one of the best. It smells good, it does the job, it leaves you feeling clean and it is very reasonably priced. I will definitely be making a repeat purchase... maybe I will develop a sense of shower gel brand loyalty after all...

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        06.04.2010 22:24
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        Economy!

        When it comes to shower gels and creams it's something I purchase rather often! I not only like a variety of them to choose from but I am rather heavy handed using them and don't half go through them fast which is one of the reasons I'm often drawn to buying cheaper brands more often than not!

        This costing £1.00 a bottle seemed a good buy and I really do appreciate raspberry smelling products as I generally adore raspberry's so it really did appeal to me!

        The Packaging:

        Slightly frosted but still see-through plastic oblongish container with a slight curve to it's middle (for ease of handling) and a black flip-top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Asda 'Essential Care' Fruity Raspberry & Redcurrant Shower Gel 'With Added Moisturisers' and that it is 'Refreshing and invigorating contains natural fruit extracts'. Other information on the back of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and warnings are listed, the size is stated which is 275ml and I'm told that it suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Asda are given. It's a cheapish looking bottle I think but informative enough and easy enough to handle etc.

        Me Using It:

        Well all you do to use this of course is wet your body and apply a splodge of it by whichever method you wish to, to wash your body with!

        I found with this runny light pink looking gel that I needed rather alot of it to get a lather going but it does smell rather lovely to be fair to it! It reminds me of fruity bubblegum! Slightly fruity and rather sweet again to me, it smells really girly! I wouldn't call it refreshing or invigorating though but it a pleasant shower gel to use once you get the lather going and you can shave your bits and bobs with it if so desired!

        It rinses off easily after cleaning the body well and leaves skin feeling fresh, reasonably smooth (but not greasy or anything like that!) and with a delicate smell scenting the skin though the fragrance I find only lasts on me for a bout half an hour and then vanishes off my body.

        Verdict:

        To me this is an economy shower gel and I could tell that the first time I went to use it and saw how runny it was, however it does no harm to the skin, leaves it clean and soft and the smell in use is rather lovely. Not bad but not the best stuff I have ever used!

        Only to be found in Asda stores at a pound a bottle.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          12.01.2010 15:21
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          Good all rounder for all the family (even men!)

          My skin is quite dry after showering so i usually use a good brand of gel so keep it moist so this was a quick fix one day when I forgot to pick up shower gel while shopping so i just ran to the bath isle and picked up the nearest one.
          Well it was the one that quickly got my attention because it is bright pink!

          The plastic packaging is clear with bold black writing detailing the product, simple but effective as you can not miss it. I like the packaging because gets straight to the point and doesnt blab on about what i can do. The whole range is packaged in the same way but different coloured gel and all smell really yummy but the raspberry one smells absolutely to die for! It is also nice because the smell clings to your skin slightly so you smell nice for a while after, i think this is because it is the one that smell strongest out of the whole range.

          I think its about £1 for 275 ml but they are usually on offer at Asda's, usually 4 for £3 which in my opinion is a good bargin because I have only just finished my first bottle out of 4 and i brought it about a month ago. You dont need a lot to make it lather like most cheaper shower gels so you get plently of use before you need a new one (which I love because my BF and I shower every or every other night). The creme also has a nice consistancy without being too thick and gooey.

          I think anyone that smells it will love it!

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            26.11.2009 12:56
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            Shower Gel With No GImmicks!

            I usually tend to shop at Asda or Tesco for groceries and other such things. I needed some shower gel, so naturally headed for the aisle with the shower gel! I stumbled across Asda's own shower gel, which come in a range of flavours and smells. The many ranges of flavours/ smells comes in: Raspberry and Red Currant, Orange and Mango, Lime and Kiwi and Mint and Tea Tree. I opened a bottle of each (I know your prob not supposed to) in order to smell them. I opted for the Raspberry and Red Currant. Plus it was a nice girlie colour.

            The Smell
            I will talk about the smell of the product first as this is what attracted me to it. The smell of raspberries and redcurrrants smells good enough to eat. I had never know if I had liked the smell of either raspberries or redcurrants but after buying this I know I do. The smell is very sweet smelling and definitely makes you feel fresh when using it in the shower. Absolutely beautiful.

            The Price
            This product is available for £1.00. Not bad eh..not bad at all. Considering these days there are still shower gels out there (that do the same thing) for £2.00-£2.50, I pretty happy with this price. Some do not even smell as good either and can make your skin a little dry! If only all shower gels were £1.00! But I suppose some people do have their loyalty to certain brands. I just buy what I think I like at the time, dependant on a number of things. Price being one of them.

            The Product
            The actual product itself smells absolutely gorgeous! The texture of the shower gel is quite thick (for the price), as I would expect it to be a little watery and wash away at the first sign of any water. I would say the quality of the product is quite high. Its slightly creamy and slighty thick texture is something I look for when looking for a shower gel. It copes well under shower water and a small blob goes a long way! I love the little lather this shower gel gives out too. I feel totally refreshed when using this product and I am totally happy with it.

            Packaging & Accessibility
            The packaging is pretty simple and Im sure you can not mistake it for anything else. The words are clear and concise and basically say what it needs to without going over the top. In order to get the shower gel out of the tube, you simply flick open the lid and turn upside down. You may need to squeeze it a little, as it becomes more and more empty. During the end of the bottle, you can still see some gel, but are unable to reach it which is a little bit of a pain. Its also wasting, which I dont like. Maybe this is something Asda can look at with regards to its packaging.

            Overall Opinion
            I am truly happy with this product and as long as I am able to get this product, I will do so! Smells great, has a great price and does what it needs to do. What more do you want from a shower gel!

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            28.10.2009 10:45
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            A good 'own brand' substitute

            To say Asdas Essential Care Fruity Raspberry & Redcurrant shower gel is an 'Original Source' rip off would be harsh, its kinder to say its a "wannabe"...

            As an own brand alternative it is very nice although in my opinion it is shoddily put together - the square cap sits in the middle of its top and is easy enough to open but doesnt really sit flush in its housing. I wouldnt trust this product not to leak if left stood on its cap, although to be fair, the bottle is a curved rectangular shape and is probably designed to sit on its base. Im more used to shower gels standing on their caps for ease of use to be honest so its more than likely me being picky than that of a design fault.

            Anyway, poor packaging aside, the gel itself is very, very nice. Opening the bottle you are immediately greeted by the aroma of raspberries, its a very sweet, mouthwatering fragrance and has a very dark pink colouring.

            The gel is very thick and not at all runny, dispensing it onto your hand (or shower mitt if youre that way inclined) you notice how dark it actually is, I did worry slightly about it staining my skin/shower/bath but have not experienced any problems with that. The Gel lathers up nicely and does exactly what you would expect a shower gel to do i.e it cleans your body and leaves you feeling refreshed.

            Asda claims that the product is "Refreshingly fruity and invigorating, Leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and smooth and Contains natural raspberry and redcurrant extract" and I have to say I do agree with this.

            Although not quite as invigorating as Original Source I was overall impressed with the product and its results and at half the price of Original Source I found it to be a great alternative. At around £1.00 per bottle it certainly is good value for money.

            Oh, it would appear that Asda are confident in you liking this product as on the back of the bottle you are invited to "Try Me, Love Me - We'll refund and replace if you are not 100% happy" and are given a telephone number or website address and a reference to quote. So you have nothing to lose by giving this a try

            Still dont like the packaging but wouldnt want a refund or replacement just on that niggly point, however it does reflect in my rating of this product which is 4/5

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            26.10.2009 09:36
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            does the job, if only it wouldn't spill everywhere

            With Asda's good offer on shower gels and other toiletries, we seem to be trying lots of different shower gels at the moment.
            The latest offering is Asda's own variety of shower gel; much like the orange variety we tried a couple of months ago. This time it's the turn of fruity raspberry and redcurrant which comes in a vibrant shade of red which you can see through the clear packaging.

            I really do think that Asda could package their shower gels slightly different. They come in a sleek almost too thin bottle, which doesn't take anything away from the volume of the product, but it does make the contents slightly more difficult to squeeze out from the bottle when you have already deflated the bottle.
            I have always found the flip lid design to be adequate when it comes to preventing leakages, but by using lots of different shower gels at the moment, I can see other flaws in the lid, such as that the plastic could be thicker, as I could see it could break easily, and once snapped the contents would be dribbling out everywhere.

            I'm not sure what I was expecting the smell to be like from raspberry and redcurrant, but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the bottle for the first time and was met with a strong scent of fruitiness. It reminded me of the sweets Tutti Frutti's from when I was a child, which brought back lovely memories.
            I can happily confirm that this lovely smell will stay on your skin making you smell all sweet for quite a while after use. I would normally say that this is a feminine product because of the smell, but my partner uses this sometimes when it's the first thing to hand and it's not too out of place on him.

            Using the shower gel, once you have gotten over the problems of squeezing out of the bottle, is a nice experience for the amount the product lathers. You don't need a lot of product to get a good lather all over your body, which is just as well after you have wrestled with the bottle to get it out.
            What did strike me straight away as slightly alarming is that the colour of the shower gel is very bright, and you can look as though you have been let loose with a die all over your skin. Due to the slightly loose consistency, your bath or shower can also look as though you have squirted the product everywhere as well.
            This does wash off easily, but I wouldn't like it to be left to sink into enamel for too long, so take this into account when leaving this product with children.

            Overall I love the smell of this and this makes me want to use it all the time, but I do get very put off with the spillages that occur each time. For 99p you can't really go wrong, but there are better shower gels included in the same offer.

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              30.07.2009 23:01
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              A fruity way to start the day

              My husband offered to do the shopping this week, and as this is a rare occurrence, I happily sent him off with a comprehensive and detailed list in hand. I was in need of shower gel, and as I'm an absolute tart (i.e. no brand loyalty) when it comes to this essential everyday product I simply put on the list "Get something nice". And he did.



              He presented me with Asda's own Raspberry and Redcurrant Shower gel saying "will this do?". The packaging instantly struck me as being very much like Original Source shower gel with the opaque bottle, black flip lid and simple writing. The back of the bottle tells you the ingredients, contact information, how to use the product (as if it wasn't obvious) and that it isn't tested on animals. Generally speaking I prefer bottles with a hook so that I can hang it on the shower curtain, but once I opened this bottle and smelt the product, even I couldn't hold this against it!



              The smell is amazing; really sweet, fruity and sumptuous - in fact, I don't know whether to wash with this or eat it, it smells delicious! I squeezed a small dollop of the gel onto a flannel, and started to rub it onto my arms. This product took a reasonable amount of rubbing before it started to lather, at first it was like trying to rub margarine around, but after a while it began to lather considerably, so much that I confidently wet shaved my legs using this alone, and not a cut in sight.



              This product has a lovely rich red colour which makes it look gorgeous in the bathroom; however, I spilt a small neat amount of it on my white linen trousers when transferring it to an old hooked bottle (I couldn't help myself!) and I have found it really difficult to get the stain out.



              It is stated on the bottle that it has added moisturisers and this is noticeable; it left my skin soft and smooth, and I didn't feel as though I needed to rush to moisturise immediately as I have done with some shower gels that have left my skin dry and tight. The fruity scent lasted for a while, but not as long as was expecting it to last given its potency whilst in use, having said that, it was certainly a pleasure to wash with and I found it extremely refreshing and most importantly, I felt clean!



              You only need a small amount of this product to wash your whole body, and my bottle has lasted for three weeks, with me showering at least once or often twice a day. At £1 per bottle, yes thanks hubs, this will do nicely!

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                05.04.2009 09:15
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                See review.

                After visiting Asda on a couple of occasions and there being no special offers on shower gel wise, I decided to try out the Asda own branded type, with there being a choice of four I decided on two particular "flavours" the review being on the first one.

                The shower gel I will now review is - "Asda essential care, fruity raspberry & redcurrant shower gel"

                You will be under no false impressions when first seeing this gel, there are no frills and fancy decorations on this bottle, though the vivid colour of the gel itself visible through the opaque bottle being more than inviting in itself.
                There is the usual information to be had, this being brand name, product name, "flavour", and a short statement that this product contains not only moisturisers but natural fruit extracts, making this this invigorating and refreshing.
                The bottle is nice straight up and down design, with no ergonomic curves to fit one's hands, but this only means, in my opinion anyway, that there is more bottle space for extra gel! The bottle, designed as it is, means that to get every last drop from within you simply turn it on it's head, thus meaning that all the contents will be at the spout end.

                The lid is a simple flip up and click shut design, and I had no problem with opening it, even with wet hands. The bottle was a different matter entirely!
                I flipped the bottle up to squeeze some gel onto my puff, well as you can imagine being in the shower and all, my hands were wet and the bottle, well the bottle has absolutely no give whatsoever!
                I tried squeezing the bottle and it seems to be made of almost rigid plastic, not really a good idea for a shower gel, there are also no non-slip surfaces on the bottle so I have dropped this on my foot on more than one occasion.
                I ended up balancing the puff on the corner of the bath and squeezing the bottle with both hands to get some of the gel out, and was it worth the hassle...... I'm extremely pleased to say yes!

                The scent firstly is incredible, the raspberry is so distinct in scent with the redcurrant adding sweetness to the gel.
                The gel is extremely bubbly, which considering the palaver I had getting it from the bottle in the first place is good because you only get a dribble out at a time!
                When you start cleaning with it you will notice the vivid red gel turning into a glorious blush pink foam, of all the gels I have used in this range this is the only one whose colour stays almost the same instead of transforming into the white froth you would expect.

                After drying myself once finished, obviously, the smell still lingers on the skin, this is fantastic as it is a base scent for me to layer my other fruity lotions and potions onto, I feel like Carmen Miranda some mornings!
                My skin feels smooth and soft without any irritation that can sometimes happen with strongly scented shower gels, I do obviously have to moisturise after my shower, but that is due to the years of shaving my poor skin has had to endure!

                The bottle has lasted me, and my family a good week with there being four of us using it, I feel this is a bargain in itself, but the fact that this only costs 98p a bottle is the clincher.

                For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk

                Thanks for reading x

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                  21.03.2009 11:44
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                  fruity smelling gel that leaves you feeling fresh!

                  I thought this product looked very nice in the shop, so decided to buy it. It cost me £1 - very cheap!

                  You get 275ml of gel, and it comes in a plain pink bottle with an opening at the top. It says Fruity raspberry & redcurrant shower gel with added moisturisers, refreshing and invigorating with natural fruit extracts on the front, so clearly explains what it does!

                  It smells like sweets, very very sweet but very fruiting. You can smell the berries quite strongly, and it lasts on your skin after using too.

                  It really does moisterise your skin too. The gel foams up when used into a nice thick lather, and leaves your skin feeling soft and beautiful. I find the moisture doesnt last on your skin, so you definitely need to use a moisturiser too afterwards, especially if you have dry skin, but it does its work for a start anyway!

                  I felt very clean, fresh and invigorated after using this product! It smells gorgeous, and is very cheap! I would definitely buy it again, especially at that price!

                  I would recommend this product.

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