“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
I have long been a fan of the Body Shop shower gels, and this one appealed because of its classy packaging and eco promises. The bottle doesn't clash with my bathroom like some of the bright and fruity ones do, and looks like a spa-style product.
On opening the bottle, I could smell a subtle, natural aroma that was both fresh and sweet. The fig was strongly apparent, while the rosemary comes across to me as more of a "grassy" note. Very pleasant, and quite natural seeming rather than some of the faker smelling shower gels that can be sickly or cloying. The liquid is transparent, and the main significant point is that it is much runnier than "normal" shower gels. It still foams up, but not as easily, and I do find that I use a little more of this than I do of the normal shower gels.
The shower gel cleanses the skin very well, and my skin feels refreshed but not dried out. After use, the rosemary smell seems slightly more apparent, and it has a pleasant, unisex freshness.
The fact that it is free from parabens and colourants is great, and I like to use it on the whole family. My husband used to have itchy skin after a shower, but this range doesn't have any such effect, which I suppose is because it doesn't leave nasties on the skin.
The Body Shop Earth Lovers Fig & Rosemary Shower Gel
I bought this shower gel a couple of months ago from the Body Shop website, mainly as it was on offer and because the scent sounds gorgeous. As far as I am aware this is one of the newer shower gels from the Body Shop - and I am a bit disappointed by this product.
- Product description (from the body shop UK website)
"This 100% biodegradable shower gel is sulphate, paraben and colourant-free. Contains real fig and rosemary extracts. 100% biodegradable. Soap-free. No sulphates, parabens or colourants."
- About the product
This shower gel is only available in 250ml bottles, unlike most Body Shop shower gels. The product comes in a green tinted bottle although you can see through the bottle. There are many fragrances of shower gel in this range from: unscented, cucumber & mint, Lemon & Thyme to Pear & Lemongrass, Apricot & Basil and Watermelon & Eucalyptus. This product does not contain any nasty things that could potentially irritate the skin; although plant extract and natural ingredients can irritate sensitive skin types.
The scent is supposed to smell like Fig & Rosemary and I don't think it really smells like any of these things! The scents that I can detect from this include: fresh orange juice, grass and kiwi fruit. I really like the scent it is so fresh and clean smelling, which is what I want in a shower gel (as well as fruity/floral shower gels). The scent is very summery, although we haven't really had that much of a summer but the scent makes me feel like it is sunny and hot outside (highly unlikely). Overall, I love the scent but to me it does not smell like fig and rosemary - more like grass, kiwi fruit and orange juice!
- Using the product and results
Apart from the gorgeous, fresh scent the next thing I noticed about this product is the consistency. Usually shower gels and body washes are quite thick (well all of the shower gels I have tried have had a thick consistency) but this shower gel is an incredibly thin consistency! The consistency of this product is just like water, it is so thin and not like any other shower gel I have used. I don't like the consistency of this product, it is too thin and it doesn't feel like it is washing my skin well at all. Although it does produce a good amount of lather, it is just not a bubbly as thicker shower gels. While using this product the fresh, clean scent is very noticeable and it makes this product nice to use. The results from this product are quite nice; this product makes my skin feel quite clean and fresh but it does not make my skin feel moisturised at all really. Also the nice scent does not transfer to my skin at all! Overall, the results from this product are quite average.
- Price and availability
I bought this product when it was on offer on the Body Shop UK website and I only paid £1.80, as it was on offer and the body shop website always has discount codes available. This shower gel is now priced at £5, for 250ml which I think is a little bit expensive, especially as the product overall was quite average, in my opinion.
*Gorgeous scent - but to me this product does not smell like fig and rosemary
*Nice packaging and a great price - only when on offer!
*Makes my skin feel fairly clean and fresh
*Good amount of lather
*Very thin consistency - like water which makes it produce less lather than the body shops thicker shower gels
*Scent does not transfer to my skin at all
*I do not feel like it clean my skin really well
*Full price is a bit pricy, in my opinion, especially as the product and results were fairly average
Thank you for reading my review
Back in the day - when peppermint foot lotion cost pocket money - I was a regular customer of the Body Shop. We fell out for many years, in part due to the acquisition of the Body Shop by cosmetics giant l'Oreal but in the last year or so I've made the occasional purchase, mostly due to some cracking offers from the Body Shop's website and in the form of excellent rates of cash-back (www.topcashback.co.uk)
One of the issues for me was the price hike making Body Shop items relatively expensive, while supermarkets and other companies were coming up with exciting and ethical products at more competitive prices. This Fig and Rosemary Shower Gel from the Body Shop's Earth Lovers range usually retails at £5.00 which I think is way too much, but is currently on offer at a more realistic £2.50 for a 250ml bottle.
The key features of the Earth Lovers range are that the products are 100% biodegradable and sulphate, paraben and colourant-free. In describing the shower gel as biodegradable, the Body Shop means that what goes down the plughole will leave no residue or anything that cannot be naturally absorbed into the environment. The bottle is graded as 1 so that can be recycled where facilities allow.
It did strike me that, given that the Body Shop is trying to promote this product as very natural and additive free, there are an awful lot of ingredients in this product. Still, I bought it because I liked the sound of it, not because I was particularly concerned with the ingredients, however, I'm always happy to use products that don't contain parabens.
The packaging is simple but attractive and the flip cap is easy to use. Unlike some of the other Body Shop bottles (I'm thinking of the coconut shower gel) there is a bit of give in the plastic which means it's easy to squeeze. Personally I prefer something that hangs up in the shower but I wouldn't cite the packaging of this product as a negative.
When opening the cap the smell of the rosemary hits you immediately. I love this smell, slightly antiseptic and very fresh and clean. I like to use this best in the shower in the morning as I find the rosemary element of this product really invigorating. After the rosemary dies down the fig scent becomes more apparent. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, and slightly musky rather than being a fresh fruity scent.
The gel is clear and lathers nicely but not excessively so if you like lots of bubbles this may not be the product for you. The product is soap free and cleanses well without drying the skin. I wouldn't say it has any special moisturising power but my skin felt soft enough after use. There is a lingering scent which lasts a couple of hours after showering.
I like this product but wouldn't pay full price for it. Fortunately there are regular promotions at the Body Shop and if you keep an eye out you may be able to bag a bargain. In spite of the quite strong fragrance this product is recommended for people with sensitive skin and since such products are often fragrance free, this product might appeal to those who generally avoided scented products.