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As far as I can tell, Avalon Organics is a relatively undiscovered brand, compared to some of the other companies in the arena of natural products. Having used - and been very satisfied with - the hand soap in this range, I bought the Lemon Bath & Shower Gel. At around £5.50 - £6.50 for a 325ml bottle, this is one of the cheaper organic products of its kind that I have come across. However, this doesn't mean it's not one of the good ones.
The Bath & Shower Gel, much like the other products in the range, comes in a tall green bottle with a natural looking matt label, and is a far cry from products such as Radox, which to me simply looks tacky! (Sorry, Radox fans.) More importantly, though, the ingredients come from natural sources and include such things as lemon peel oil and chamomile. These products contain no parabens or SLS and are 100% vegetarian. The label also states, "No animal testing", which is extremely important in my opinion.
The first time I used this product, I found that I poured out more than I actually needed. In reality, you need a very small amount of this dark yellow liquid and it lathers brilliantly, unlike many natural shower gels. If you use a body scrunchie or sponge, you need even less product as it bubbles up and goes a long way, thus making it even better value for money. The great thing is, though, that you don't then need to spend half an hour trying to get the remaining product out of said scrunchie/sponge as it rinses out immediately instead of bubbling away relentlessly, SLS-style.
On my never-ending search for gentle products for sensitive skin, I have found myself very impressed with this Canadian product and will certainly be sticking with the brand. This particular gel is the lemon version, but whilst it does smell lemony, there's not an incredible hit of citrus when you use it. I would have perhaps liked a little more lemon, but since the product is everything else you would want from a shower gel, the fact that it doesn't have an extremely strong smell is not the end of the world, and for some, even a bonus.
Obviously - from the name - this is not just a shower gel, but a bubble bath as well. In the past, I have found that shower gels that double up as bubble baths don't tend to do very well as the latter. This is a little better on that front, but not drastically. The directions tell you to pour ½ an ounce under warm running water, but I used less than this and it bubbled immediately. It's worth noting that I find that a blast from the cold tap usually helps to generate bubbles as well. The bubbles died down after a while, though, so don't expect a fluffy white mountain, but what you are left with is something pleasant that will gently soften the skin. I generally avoid bath products as they tend to stay on the skin and irritate it, but this doesn't. It leaves it feeling clean and doesn't aggravate any tendency towards dryness, and there's no product left around the bath afterwards!
This product is perhaps better used as a shower gel than a bath product if you like a lot of bubbles, but since bubbles are what you get when using it in the shower, I think the key here is that you don't need loads of water. To be fair, I used less product in the bath than stated, so perhaps this explains the low bubble count. All in all, an impressive product from an impressive brand - and without any harsh chemicals.