When it comes to toiletry buying I usually pop into Boots and the likes and buy branded ones and its rare I buy a shops own brand as I find that many branded goods we are aware of are so often on offer and I barely save anything at the checkout. However the other day I spotted this shower gel whilst doing a shop in Asda and this was reduced from £1.00 a bottle to 40p and I actually bought a couple of bottles, one for me and one to give me Mum for her to try.
This comes in only one size and is a 500ml size. The bottle is plastic, slightly frosted white but see through with a flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle we are simply told that it is Asda Essentials Zingy Lemon Shower Gel and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed and we're told that this is suitable for Vegetarians to use, to use it up within 24 months of opening it, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough and robust plain bottle this is which is informative enough and very unisex in its appearance.
The Shower Gel Itself:
The liquid is rather runny, bright yellow in colour and transparent and has a rather fake almost washing up fragrance of fake lemons to it. It really does remind me of washing up liquid and the consistency is really, really runny.
You need to use quite a lot of this to get any lather going on at all and the fragrance, even though its pretty awful is very apparent but so fake! It rinses off easily enough but because of lack of lather I find it hard to shave my bits and bobs with this and that I don't feel very clean really after using it either. The only benefits with this is that it doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all and thankfully the fragrance doesn't linger on me once I'm dried but all in all this is a very cheap feeling and smelling shower gel that I now understand as to why it only cost me 40p!
I'd rather wash myself in Fairy liquid Asda and think it would smell better and probably moisturise my skin a bit more than this!
Only available in Asda stores.
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*~*~*~*~ Online bargain *~*~*~*~
I'm always happy to try out cheap and cheerful products - after all, there isn't so much to lose if you've only spent a few pence - and this shower gel was one I decided to pop into my basket while doing an online Asda shop.
There are several different scents available in this range - Almond Milk, Essential Thyme and Fresh Blue (which is bergamot and geranium) and the one I am reviewing here - Zingy Lemon. All priced at 62p, they are something of a bargain price. I didn't actually check the bottle size when I ordered but it is in fact 500ml, so actually bigger than many standard shower gels that come in at 250ml. So it's even better value for money.
*~*~*~*~ Definitely no frills! *~*~*~*~
At this price you would be crazy to expect any special packaging. And this is indeed in the most basic packaging imaginable! A simple plastic bottle with white writing on it - boring, uninspiring and dull. But for this price, who cares?! There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the packaging - it does the job and for xxp that is all one can really hope for.
Inside the gel is quite a light, but bright yellow colour and, pouring this onto my shower puff, it is quite a gunky texture, by which I mean it isn't smooth or creamy - it's more like a bit of a sloppy gel! But it is pretty thick, which I think is a good thing at this price as it could have been a bit watery or runny.
*~*~*~*~ Lemony fresh? ~*~*~*~*
The smell is undoubtedly lemony which I find can be a bit hit or miss with shower products. This one is somewhere in the middle in terms of fragrance - it isn't too bad - it doesn't smell of cleaning products which I find some lemon-scented products can do, which has got to be good thing - but it isn't a very natural fragrance - its quite chemically and I'm not mad on it. Having said that, it isn't too strong so overall it's pretty inoffensive. But I would say that if you want a nice zingy lemony fresh wake-up call in the shower, this may not be for you!
What I was quite pleased about was how well this lathered up on contact with the skin. It produces a lather which is quite rich and creamy and it definitely feels like it's given your body a good, through wash. You don't need that much of it to get clean from head to toe, and it does leave you feeling squeaky clean after use.
After drying off, skin still feels clean but the smell is gone and it doesn't leave skin feeling super soft or very moisturised. Not a complaint at this price, but maybe worth mentioning.
*~*~*~*~ Not bad for the price! ~*~*~*~*
Overall, for the price this isn't a bad shower gel really. Although I am not crazy abut the smell, it isn't horrid and it's subtle enough that it doesn't really bother me. In terms of value for money it is fantastic as it does what you would want a cheap, basic shower gel to do - it cleanses the skin - and I think a bottle will last a while as you need surprisingly little of the product.
However, I am not sure I would buy this gel again. For me, I would rather spend a little bit extra and buy a shower gel for around the £1 mark which I know will deliver better results for me on the fragrance and moisturisation front! A few brands spring to mind that fit the bill. However, I do plan to give the almond version a go!