Product Type: Asda Bath / Shower
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The Smart Price Is Right!
Asda Smart Price Shower Gel
Member Name: cyberem78
Asda Smart Price Shower Gel
Advantages: Creates a lot of foam and soft bubbles. Smells nice. Effective.
Disadvantages: Has ugly packaging.
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.
Summary: It's surprisingly good.