“ Brand: Asda / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
One of the products that I'm not too fussed about is shower gel. As long as it does the job and keeps me clean then this is its main function and I've never been one for all these fancy smelling, tempting you to want to eat them, shower products. Cue the entry of the ASDA Smart Price Shower Gel in a 500ml bottle. The bottle is made of semi see through plastic with a white flip open lid that is easy to operate and robust enough to handle multiple use. One thing I will say is that this bottle is completely different from the one in the review category picture!
The label is the usual green and white Smart Price packaging that advertises the product name, the refund and replace promise, recycling information as well as the fact that the product is safe to use for up to 24 months after opening. It also has instructions on how to use the product however these are pretty self-explanatory and I won't go into detail here. It also advises to avoid contact with eyes as well as that ASDA is against animal testing and funds research into alternatives. Lastly it lists the ingredients which are mainly made up of water and a variety of various chemicals which are beyond the understanding of most normal people such as me.
The shower gel itself is a sort of light luminous green in colour and reminds me of nuclear green for some reason. When applying it does lather to an acceptable level but I do find that I have to use more of this then for other shower gels and think that this is down to the product being slightly more diluted than more expensive brands. It does also appear to be slightly more runny than other shower gels.
The shower gel also doesn't have much of a fragrance to it but to be fair the label does say that this product is lightly fragranced and it may very well be but I certainly can't distinguish anything other than a vague sort of generic soap smell.
With a price tag of £0.50 and being available to purchase both in-store and on-line, this is a cheap, does the job product that is certainly budget friendly. Based upon the price, fact that it does the job but has a lack of fragrance, I give this product 3/5.
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I often try to save money when I'm shopping and have quite often bought shop's own brand products in the past. On my latest trip to Asda I noticed that they had this Smart Price Shower Gel. It was only 50p and at this price was considerably cheaper than any of the other shower gels on offer. Although I didn't really like the look of the product I thought I'd get it anyway and survive on it until I could afford to buy something more luxurious. However, when I got it home and started to use it I was surprised and pleased by the performance of the product.
As mentioned above the product looks pretty horrible. It is slightly different from the Dooyoo picture now and comes in a clear 500ml sized bottle. Through this bottle you can see a green liquid. The colour of the liquid makes it look putrid and almost toxic. The bottle is fitted with a white top which can be either completely unscrewed or it has a flip lid too. The flip lid is easy to prise up and is also very secure when closed. The bottle has a very ugly label which features the gaudy greens of the Asda Smart Price brand design although there is no picture or fancy fonts. To be frank - even though this is the cheapest shop's own product you can get I can't help but think they must have made this packaging so ugly deliberately. It really does look horrible and doesn't look like something you'd ever want to buy unless you had no choice in financial terms!
The label is helpful as it is printed in quite clear writing and it features a list of full ingredients as well as cautions, directions for use, information about contacting Asda (including refund options) and other important information. Since this is a basic product there are no special or what I'd describe as 'natural' ingredients in the formula. The ingredients list looks like a page from a chemistry textbook. Despite this the warnings are the same as any other shower gel you might buy: do not get product in eyes and if you do rinse well. That's all. Asda also point out that they are "against animal testing" and state that they fund research into alternatives. I'm not certain whether that means this product has not been tested on animals or whether it's simply stating they are trying to change current methods. Asda also have a "try me, love me" refund offer which means if you are unhappy with the product you can potentially claim a refund or get a replacement.
I have used Tesco's own shower gel in the past and really liked it. I thought no other shop's own shower gel could match up. I thought this Asda one would smell cheap and feel cheap. I was wrong! The fragrance of the gel is actually very nice. Asda refer to the gel being "lightly fragranced". It's actually slightly fruity (like melon and kiwi) and soapy. It's a youthful fragrance that reminds me a little bit of baby shampoo. The scent is lively and uplifting. You can smell it as you use it and also on your skin after you have dried. I would describe the fragrance as being slightly more feminine than masculine.
The gel can be applied straight to the skin or onto a sponge or shower flower. I find that applying it to a buffer works best. This way the gel turns into a foam more quickly. The gel is gloopy and thick but it is easy to dispense the right amount. A little gel goes a long way. The foam feels soft and fluffy but is dense enough to feel like it is capable of cleaning your skin. What I love most about the gel is that after you have applied it to your skin there is an abundance of bubbles that don't melt immediately and which float on the water top. It is like getting a bubble bath and shower gel in one product!
The gel performs well in that it can clean all parts of my body easily and leave me feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to face the world. The gel contains glycerine so it does leave the skin feeling slightly softened although not dramatically so.
I'm very surprised about this gel. I didn't think it would be very good and I based my opinions on the low price of the product as well as the ultra basic (and plain ugly) packaging design. It's actually a very reasonable product that I find totally acceptable for daily use. It doesn't fit the quota for fulfilling any needs I have to experience luxury but it is fine for quick, no nonsense baths and showers. I will definitely buy this again and would recommend it to anyone who wants a no fuss, cheap shower gel.
This is available in Asda stores and from Asda online.
---Why I brought this product---
I went on a charity challenge on how to survive on £1 a day for two weeks including food, toiletries, the lot, so everything I brought went on a tight budget. So that is why I brought this Asda Smart Price Shower Gel, because it was cheap and has 300ml per bottle, and because I trust Asda's Chosen by You range, so I thought that the Smart Price range would be ideal for my purse and keeping me clean during the challenge.
This clear plastic bottle is rectangler and holds an apple green colour liquid inside. It has a simple white sticker stuck on the front with the Asda Smart Price logo. It also has a white plastic flip cap that allows the bottle to stand on it's head to get the last bit out.
The smell, well, I never smelled anything like it. This green liquid smells like Shrek's shower gel that's been given to him as a gift. Seriously, it smells like a cleaning product for dirty kitchens, and I rather only use this product when I've been playing in the muddiest places.
---How it works/ What it does---
You run your shower, you wet your body and lather shower gel into your skin to cleanse the dirt and sweat from what your skin's built up. However, after the first use, it was harsh on my skin, making me feel really itchy and after continued use, for about a week, it got worse and my skin's not even sensitive. I refused to continue with this shower gel and changed it after I found another cheap alternative for my budget challenge.
I personally would not buy this again and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone especially if they have sensitive or fragile skin. I rather go a week with one meal a day and use an alternative product during the challenge than use this and make me itch as if I have nits in my skin.
This product is an Asda own range so can only be brought at Asda and costs 30p for 300ml.
This product is made in Croatia.
Hello and welcome to my review, today i want to share with you asdas smart price shower gel, Now previously this used to be a steal at 8p! was in a handy bottle that could be hooked over your shower rail, contained 250ml of bright green liquid and not sure about anyone else but i used to buy loads of this stuff not to use as a shower gel but i used to put it in hand dispencers in my kitchen and bathroom! i was quite shocked when on my usual trip to asda to find my favourite shower gel had not only changed in price but looks and also product! so what has changed?
Right bottle is no longer handy to hook over your shower rail it is now a stand up bottle with a flip top lid, no longer in a white clean bottle it is now a foggy clear bottle so you can see the product which i do find handy as you know when your coming close to the end, now contains 300 ml instead of the previous 250ml and no longer is the liquid a bright green it is more of a dull green so there has been a slight change in ingredients.
Price is now 30p huge jump from 8p i can no longer buy this to top up my hand dispencers as it doesnt work out cheaper than asdas own brand of hand wash.
Product still smells good, nice flowery aroma still produces a good lather my skin did feel clean and fresh after use so still a good shower gel.
Asda is against animal testing
bottle is plastic and widely recycled
product is safe to use for up to 24 months after opening
Overall still a good shower gel still a bargain at 30p as all other brands are close to a £1 and when its empty it becomes a fun bath toy for my boys so can't complain!
I forgive you Asda for putting your price up 9/10
I bought this shower gel from Asda because it is one that I had not bought before but I have read lots of positive reviews about it and thought for the price I would give it a go to try and save some money. I thought if I did not like it, then I would let my hubby keep using it and I could use a branded one lol. He tends to use any that I buy him and so I knew he would just use this one until it was finished so not to waste any money etc.
It comes in a transparent, thick plastic bottle with a flip lid, very basic looking with just a label with the name on the front. It is different to the picture shown because the product bottle has changed from the hanger kind. Which is a shame because I would have preferred the hanger as I would find it useful. The shower gel inside is a nice bright green colour, it is very easy to pour from the bottle without dripping down the sides of it. The liquid is a nice glossy colour and it has a nice rich consistency for the price. I did not expect it to be so thick to be honest and I was pleasantly surprised with how rich it actually is.
Only a small amount is needed on a sponge to create a nice lather, it creates lots of bubbles and I also did not expect this amount with this gel but I am very happy with the amount it creates. This gel also cleans the body really well and leaves it nice and refreshed. It is not a dream gel where it is extremely smooth on the skin and moisturises at the same time but it is a good enough gel to clean well. It has not dried my skin or left it with any irritations. I have used it for showering my little grandson and it has been perfectly adequate for his more sensitive, more delicate skin and he has not had any irritations on his skin.
It is easy to rinse from the skin in no time at all and it leaves the bathroom with a nice fragrance after showering too. Only a small amount is needed with this one and a little does go a long way for the cheap price. The gel does glide over the skin very well but not as well as a branded one but it is still a very good feeling on the skin in my opinion. It gives a refreshing shower and although I do not think it is a relaxing gel it is most certainly a refreshing one. It is one that I have used mostly in the mornings because I prefer a more relaxing one in the evenings to help me relax and to help me sleep much better and I find it is a good morning shower gel and suits me better for this time of day.
I think it is excellent value for the price and very good quality, it is a good lower brand of gel and one that I think is suitable for both men and women to use and just as well for children and teenagers. It is a good family shower gel and one that I think would most certainly suit all the family members and one that is excellent if you have a lot of children and are looking for a family gel and to save money buying different ones for different members of your family.
The amount in the bottle is 300ml and it cost only 30p, I think it is very good quality for 30p in my opinion. It is a give away price in my opinion and is so affordable for anyone on a very low budget or for anyone wanting to drop a brand with the price hike of late.
I just think Asda have got it right with this one, it is one that I would definitely buy again in the future and I did use the gel along side my branded ones, although I did not think I would at first when I bought it because I thought it would be too runny and kind of a rubbish buy and a waste of money but I was so wrong.
I recommend it and since Christmas is fast approaching it is worth buying to save a few extra pennies for those Christmas gifts we all need to buy. It gives me all the results that I expect from a cheaper brand of shower gel.
I give it 5 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I have always loved to bag a bargain, with me actively looking for the best deals on everyday products, meaning less money and possible being able to buy more of said products!
One of those products is my shower gels, as long as it's on offer I will buy it!
I have started to notice however that my daughter seems to have developed the same penchant for these products as me, and whilst I am happy for her to while away a few hours in the bath, cleaning herself and emerging feeing pampered and smelling sweetly, I do really begrudge the fact that she has started using nearly a bottle of said shower gels everyday....obviously this is going to become quite costly!
The problem is the fact that she will only use the shower gels that she likes the look of, so if I dare to buy cheaper versions, that usually do have less than attractive packaging, she will bypass these completely in favour of the prettier one's!
To overcome this fact I decided to give Asda's own branded shower gel a chance, with this being of the "smart price" range, and then just tipping it into the empty, better branded containers without my daughters knowledge!
The bottle of this gel is of course very basic looking, a slightly off rectangular shaped opaque plastic bottle (which is almost completely recyclable, check local details for the lid), compete with the obligatory white and green label.
To use you flip open the lid (which again can be easily secured once opened, with the lid being flat on the top, meaning you can stand the bottle on either end to get every last drop out!), and squeeze the required amount onto your hand or flannel as needed.
The gel itself is a green colour, with the scent being a nice unisex smell, almost like what I would describe as "sea" scented (or at least that what other brands would name it!), which is very pleasant!
The gel itself is much thinner in consistency than the better branded one's, but (as long as you squeeze out carefully) lathers just as well as the others with around the same amount being needed.
Although this is not described as being suitable for all skin types it has been in my house, with us ranging from normal to very sensitive skin, and this having not diverse reactions to any of them.
After use I found that my skin was clean and fresh, with the fragrance still being slightly detectable, without any drying of the skin or irritations at all.
Price wise these are currently available at 14p a bottle, which for a 300ml bottle I am quite happy to allow my daughter to use slightly too much in each shower/bath, though I do still buy my better branded one's too, a this may well be fit for purpose, but is never going to be a luxury product.
For more information visit - www.asda.com
Did I get away with the bottle switch? Only for a week or so, by then my daughter knew what I had done, but also that the shower gel was nice enough to use, though now she has decided she likes my bubble baths too..........
Thanks for reading x
Shopping for shower gel in Asda I was drawn to the usual displays of half-price, BOGOF and "Roll Back" priced main brands starting at £1 a go for the customary 250ml container. (Thinks "Why is it that these products are nearly always on promotion? Could it be that they are seriously over-priced in the first place?") Sadly, on looking in my purse I found only pennies and not pounds and I have had to retire my credit cards after flogging them half to death. So it looked like I would have to borrow the wife's floral scented gel and hope she wouldn't notice. But then I saw lurking on the bottom shelf and almost out of sight the Asda Smart Price shower gel. And - looking twice to make sure - I confirmed the price at just eight pence.
Mind made up in a trice, I took two, went straight to the self-service checkout and left with my purchases and change from 20p. What did I have to lose!
The design of the bottle is minimalist, a single moulding in white plastic incorporating a hook to hang it in the shower. The label is in the Asda signature green and doesn't over-promise telling you simply that this is Asda Smart Price Shower Gel. And I would have to agree with the description.
In the shower (no peeking). Notice that the bottle stays in place on its hook in the shower and doesn't fall off and break like some others I have tried. That's a definite plus. Having the hook moulded into the bottle is a good idea. With some brands (Radox I think is one) the hook is separate and clips onto the bottle. With my family these hooks often get unclipped and broken leaving the bottle lying in the shower spilling their contents. With the water on now I open the cap at the bottom and squeeze a little into my hand. It's a yellowish green, runnier than Radox certainly but applied with my usual technique it produces a reasonable lather. The smell is sweetish and reminds me of the sachets of shower gel you get in many cheaper hotels. Three squeezes and I'm done.
The afterbath. Drying myself, I feel clean and fresh with just a slight perfume lingering. Quite acceptable for all the family in this respect. The next morning I repeat the experience with similar results. I can now say I am completely converted to Asda Smart Price Shower Gel and don't intend to buy anything else. The savings can go towards rescuing my poor, sick credit cards.
I have been trying some shops own brands of shower gels, to see if they are suitable for me and my family, and since some of the other shops lower brands have been good for the cheap price, I thought this one deserved a shot to see if I liked it too, and for the price I thought if I did not like it, no money had been wasted.
It comes in a plastic bottle ,it has a flip top, with a handle to hang onto a shower rack etc, it is very basic in the usual colours from Asda Smart Price range, for 250ml it was only 8p, I just think the price is brilliant for a gel and it is not a bad texture, it is smooth and soft, and it smells quite nice too, it has a nice fragrance which suits all my family, I have used this one many times, along side my other higher ranged products, and I find it is a good one.
It lathers quite well, it has bubbles, which my wife loves more than I do, some of my grandchildren have tried this one too, and it has been fine for their skins, without any irritation at all, and it has left their skin in a good condition, as it has mine and my wife.
The colour is green and quite thin, it is a little runny, it is easy to squeeze from the bottle, it certainly cleans my skin well, and when I first started using it and saw how runny it was I thought I would not like it at all, also I thought it probably would not clean my skin to how I like it, but I was wrong, it certainly cleans well and it is very refreshing.
It is easy to rinse from the body, with no problems at all, my grandchildren always waste a lot of shower gel and for the price of this one, it does not really matter how much is wasted as it is affordable and cost nothing at all in the price.
It has not dried my skin at all, it has been super and the smell on my body after using this product has not lasted as long as some other brands or a branded one, but I have no complaints with this one, it is suitable for all the family and any budget, and I highly recommend it as I think for the cheap price it is a bargain, I will buy it again, as I am satisfied with the product it gives for myself and my family but I will be buying it more for my grandchildren so that they can mess around with the gel to their hearts content and not waste much money as it cost pennies.
i rate it 5 stars.
Review of Asda Smartprice Shower Gel
I make no apologies for reviewing such a cheap product. I know that some people have complained that reviewers are writing about items which cost mere pennies, often less than their review earns, but I have found these reviews very useful, and have tried products that I would have usually ignored on the strength of these members experiences.
Asda, in line with many other major supermarkets have their own range of budget concious, basic goods, known as Smartprice. As I am on a very tight budget these days, I have been buying more and more of this basic, no frills type of product.
Asda Smartprice Shower Gel is presented in a plain white plastic container, this has a flip open lid and incorporates a hook to hang it up in the shower. The container is recyclable where local facilities exist.
Packaging is plain, as you would expect from a no frills item, just a simple green and white label on the front of the container, declaring the product's name and an image of three green bubbles. On the reverse label are the ingredients, directions for use, warnings to keep away from the eyes and to rinse thoroughly with fresh water should this occur.
The label also advises that the product should be used within 24 months of opening.
The bottle contains 250ml of green coloured shower gel. The consistency of the product is definitely on the thin side, it sort of trickles out of the opening, you certainly do not need to squeeze the bottle!
The shower gel performs as well as any other brand I have used. We live in a very hard water area, it is so hard that obtaining a lather from shampoos, shower gels, soaps and so on, can be a real problem.
Not so with this product, it lathers well, rinses easily and cleans your skin. What more could you want from an everyday shower gel?
I have had no issues with this product drying out my (mature) skin, it cleans, it freshens and it is everything I want from my daily shower. It is scented, mildly, a fresh, soap-like fragrance which is suitable for both men and women. It is not a long lasting scent, so does not interfere with other fragrances or products you may wish to use.
The shower gel is suitable for general family use.
I make no pretence of understanding what half of these ingredients are, to me it reads like a pharmacist's stock list!
I am sure that some readers will throw their hands up in horror and declare ingredient 'XYZ' an abomination, but for the sake of those who like to know these things-here goes!
Aqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Chloride , Glycerin , Laureth-3 , DMDM Hydantoin , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Citric Acid , PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate , Magnesium Nitrate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Magnesium Chloride , Methylisothiazolinone , Parfum.
~~Company Information and Product Origin~~
Smartprice Shower Gel is produced in Croatia for Asda.
More details about Asda can be found on their website:-
or from their UK head office:-
Asda Stores Limited
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
Asda Smartprice Shower Gel is a massive bargain, in fact I would call it the bargain of the decade! Why? Well, what else can you buy these days for a minuscule 8p? That's right 8p!
Of course, at this kind of price, you are not getting a top of the range product, but even allowing for the budget price, I would still recommend this shower gel. It ticks all the right boxes for me, it has all I require from a shower gel, it cleans without fuss, has a hanging hook, is easily dispensed , has a pleasant, yet unobtrusive scent....and best of all is a knock down price.
To conclude, if you are on a budget and looking to save money on daily toiletries, give this shower gel a try, after all, if you hate it, you have only wasted 8p!
My thanks for reading.
©brittle1906 September 2010
N.B. My review may be found on other review sites under the same user name.
Value products are usually something I'd steer clear of when it comes to cosmetics, particularly ones which are going to come into contact with your skin a lot. Recently I was going away and needed to take some shower gel with me, I didn't want to spend a fortune so I picked up a bottle of Asda's Smartprice Shower gel. It cost 8p for a 250ml bottle, which I thought was exceptional value.
The shower gel comes in a plain white bottle, which has a hanger shaped top, making it slightly easier to store in the shower. The bottle has a clear plastic lid, with a pull up cap. The only problem I encountered with this was that it was very prone to leaking. Before I'd even got it home from the shop there was a small spillage of shower gel over some of my other groceries, which wasn't a great start.
I persevered with the shower gel (and a plastic bag to contain any spillages) and used it. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the results. The shower gel is green in colour, and a typical shower gel consistency, if not a little thinner. It has a fresh scent, which isn't one which I'd purposely chose as a shower gel, but it's not at all unpleasant. It's also a very unisex scent, which means it can be used by pretty much anyone.
The shower gel created a really good amount of lather, which was much more than I expected. For this reason I would say it could probably be used as a bubble bath too!
I didn't have any problems from the shower gel, and it didn't irritate my skin at all. The only complaint I have it that the lid and cap were a little weak and leaked. I do also worry about how the shower gel was made if it can be sold for a mere 8 pence. If you're shopping on a budget, or need a cheap shower gel then this is a really good product.
I used to think shower gel at Tesco for ten pence was brilliant and could not be beaten until I found some at Asda for eight pence although admittedly with the Asda variety you receive 50ml less. The gel is contained in a white bottle with a very basic green and white label on the front stating that this is a product from the company's smart price range. The top of the bottle has been moulded in to the shape of a hook so it can be hung on a shower curtain rail for example or it will stand up on its end. The base has a flip lid to squeeze out the gel which flows very easily and I have unfortunately noticed a little leaking even when it is closed but this isn't too much of an issue.
The gel is a pale lime green colour and of a thin consistency explaining to some extent why it doesn't take a lot of effort to extract it from the bottle. When applied to your body it does lather up reasonably well but not as much as some other more expensive brands. I am not sure what the fragrance is but it is light, pleasant and refreshing. The scent does not last long on your body or for very long in the bathroom but most importantly and of interest to me I smell clean and my skin is refreshed after using this product. I have used this gel a couple of times and my skin has not experienced any adverse reactions like irritation or even becoming dry.
I still quite like some more expensive branded shower gels but this is perfectly acceptable and as I get through so much of this type of product the Asda smart price range gel is a tremendous option for me and probably a good one to put in your sports bag for at the gym or after swimming. I really can't think of a lot of things you can buy for eight pence these days so even if you just pick up the one bottle to try and you absolutely despise it which I doubt then at least you are not throwing away a fortune.
I'm far from a brand snob and I don't stay loyal to any one brand either so when I seen Asda's smart price Shower Gel for just 8p the other week I decided to try it out.
The bottle it comes in is pretty undesirable and although not a brand snob I don't leave this hanging on my shower proudly - Mostly because I'm not really a fan of the colour green. It comes in a 250ml white plastic 'bottle' with a hook at the top for you to hang it onto your shower for convenience. The lid is at the bottom meaning you just flip it down and it comes out in the 'right' direction. There is a sticker on the front of the bottle in the usual green and white smartprice colours, not the most attractive ones are they, and it simply says Asda Smartprice Shower Gel, with 3 green bubbles underneath.
The shower gel itself is green in colour, and it looks like a gel only it is A LOT thinner. It is very runny - so the fact that this bottle comes 'upside down' doesn't help because as soon as you flip the lid it leaks straightaway even though it's meant to be a 'squeezy' bottle. I could see past the runnyness of it though as it did smell clean and soapy which was promising, at least it had a decent scent to it. It lathered up really well to, which I was also impressed with. It doesn't have a 'special' scent to it, it simply smells of clean, soap, a refreshing smell to. I certainly felt clean after using it, and I could even smell that soapy scent afterwards for a little while to. One thing I did like is the fact it didn't seem to dry out my skin using it, which some shower gels do.
This for me is nothing compared to your top branded showergels but for 8p, it certainly cleans, it smells decent and freshens you up so if you were really struggling money wise etc then for 8p there is no excuse to stink .. lol! Seriously though, some people have problems, I'm sure we've all smelt them and complained to lol, you could find 8p laying about on streets these days and voila buy a bottle of this and be able to clean yourself and leave yourself smelling of soap afterwards. I'd definitely buy it again that's for sure.
I bought this a while ago- for something like 7p for a 250ml bottle (it was a roll back) and I only used it once before binning it.
Now just for the record, for 7p, I wasn't expecting very much at all. I mean, i'm not against smart price or 'value' goods, I've found lots of cheap substitues that have been of a similar, or even better quality than their brand name brethren. And at less than 10p, it's a fantastic bargain.
But the quality of the shower gel was very low indeed. Branded bright green (like the rest of ASDA), the gel itself felt more like washing up liquid than shower gel. Cheap washing up liquid at that. It was extremely watery and I just slipped through my fingers.
It has a rather weak smell, of just plain soap. This isn't a bad thing per se, but its nice to smell nice after washing. I didn't feel ever so clean after using it. It might just be a placebo effect because of it's consistancy, smell and price - but it didn't feel like I had just taken a shower. This is a major disadvantage when purchasing shower gel, ie the thing that makes you feel clean.
Overall I wouldn't recommend it. It isn't really that bad, but for someone who really enjoys an invigorating shower, I really need something that makes me feel clean and ready to take on the day.
ASDA Smartprice Shower gel
Going back to University felt like a dream with all the free time, all the new friends and all the nights out. Unfortunately my wallet did not enjoy it as much as I did and soon started to complain about all those drinks, Chinese take-aways and trips to the nearest coffee bar when lectures were just not interesting enough.
ASDA Smartprice started to be my new 'brand' of choice when it comes to basics like pasta and frozen veg. The cosmetics and body care department never seemed really appealing but when I saw the price for the Smartprice shower gel I just had to give it a try. 8 pence will buy you 250 ml of shower gel with the well known white and green logo. Nothing posh and fancy here - just a simple bottle with a hook which makes it easy to store in the shower.
The shower gel itself is light green and does not have a strong smell. If anything then it smells of standard soap. It is an ok-ish smell but nothing compared to all those nice fragrances you get when you spend some more money to pamper yourself. I feared it had one of those horrid cheap smells that just take your breath away and stick to you for ages; alas the rather neutral small was more than ok by me. The consistency however did just not feel right. It is very runny and most of the shower gel ended up on the shower floor. You couldn't really massage it in and it certainly did not form much foam.
Ah well, for that price that is something I could easily live with but my main problem was that it just did not give me that clean feeling other shower gels give me. My skin certainly did not feel very clean and even using more shower gel did not help much. I know that my housemate uses it and he thinks that it is ok to use but honestly, I prefer investing a bit more for a more pleasant feeling on my skin. However, I have to say that it did not burn at all when a bit of the gel came in contact with my eye and it did not cause any skin irritations on my rather sensitive skin - a big plus point for me!
So the big question is: can I recommend it and would I buy it again?
I definitely will buy the ASDA Smartprice shower gel again but not for everyday use at home. It works well enough and is so cheap that it is a great edition to my gym and travel bag. No need to buy a big and expensive bottle of shower gel for a weekend trip; the 250 ml is small enough to not take up much space and with 8 pence a bottle it is cheap enough to just throw it away after the weekend is over without worrying that it could spill in my backpack. Same goes for the gym, cheap and handy for a quick shower after exercise.
Give it a try when you are living on a budget or when you look for nice and convenient goodies to fill your sports bag.
Thanks for reading and rating!
I usually use Lynx shower gel, and my girlfriend usually has something like Dove. When we were shopping the other day and saw Asda shower gel for 8p, yes only 8p, we thought we would give it a try, for 8p, it's not worth not trying!
For 8p, you get 250ml of shower gel, in a white bottle. The bottle has a hook on the top so you can hang it from shower curtains or taps etc. It is very plain, all it says on the front is shower gel, no fancy descriptions anywhere. The shower gel itself is also coloured 'smart price green' which i think was a good idea! It's not something you would really want hanging in your bathroom when you have guests though.
When it comes to using the stuff, again it's not too bad, not a touch on lynx obviously, but remembering this is 20x cheaper, it was good. It smelt clean, nothing nice about the smell really but again, nothing that would put you off using it. It doesn't rather create much of a lather, although if you use plenty of it you do get a few bubbles, you do tend to use more than other brands like Lynx.
After showering, I felt as clean as i would have with more expensive gels, I probably didn't smell as nice though. My girlfriend said she didn't feel clean at all, but I think this is her being a snob, I felt fine. This shower gel definitely isn't one I would use before a night out, and I probably won't be buying it again. If I did become very hard up, I wouldn't think twice about buying it again, 8p it is a bargain.
I am going to rate this 5 stars, not because it smells nice, not because it looks pretty, but because it is only 8pence, and for 8p you are able to at least freshen yourself up at very worst.
Excellent product ( for the 8p price tag )