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I was given a bottle of this shower gel last Christmas, in a gift set which contained two bottles of the Vanilla Bliss shower gel, one bottle of Cranberry Joy shower gel and one bottle of Ginger Sparkle. I was very excited to try this shower gel because I love vanilla scented products and I really like Body Shop products as they use Fair Trade ingredients. I was also excited that this product was soap-free as I have sensitive skin that is easily irritated and I hoped the more natural ingredients in this product would be kinder to my skin. This is a limited edition product that is only available at Christmas. It costs £4 for a 250 ml bottle but it often available in the sales for half of this price. This shower gel comes in a plastic bottle with a gold plastic lid. The bottle feels sturdy and is strong enough to withstand a few drops in the shower (trust me mine has been through many!). The lid however is not built to the same standard. The part of it that flips open is a little stiff to get open and once it has been opened a few times I few found that the 'hinge' bits of plastic start to break and come unattached. This has been the same on both of the bottles of this product that I have used. The lid coming unattached is a nuisance because it means the product can leak out if the bottle isn't upright, but the big problem that I have had is that the bits that have come unattached are very pointy and when I open the lid I often prick my finger on it. In the grand scheme of things this isn't a massive deal, however for £4 a bottle I would expect it to be the packaging to be of a high enough quality that the lid wouldn't break so easily. The bottle has a very simple design, the bottle is see-through with a picture of vanilla pods and flowers on the front, a short description of the product and the scent, and the ingredients list in the many different languages on the back in gold writing. Whilst the design is nothing special, it is effective and I think the product does look attractive. The shower gel itself is an off-white creamy colour and is very thick. It has a very creamy consistency, but foams up very well when it is on a sponge. This makes the product very quick and easy to spread over your body. I have found this product to be very moisturising and my skin feels soft and refreshed after I have used it. The natural products in this shower gel have been very kind to my skin and it has not felt irritated at all after using it. I would highly recommend this shower gel if you have sensitive skin but still want to be able to use scented products. This product is described on the bottle as 'containing vanilla extract and honey'. I would say that this is spot on for the scent. The product definitely has a strong vanilla scent and there are notes of honey, which give it a lovely subtle scent. I personally love the scent because it is not too strong, but it is strong enough that I can smell it on my skin afterwards. For me personally a subtle scent is my preference as it is not overpowering and also tends not to irritate my skin too much, however if you are a fan of strong scents that linger on your skin long after your shower, this scent might not be for you. Overall, I really love this shower gel. It smells amazing and the consistency is very thick and creamy but lathers really well. It is very moisturising and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. It is particularly good for sensitive skin as the natural ingredients do not irritate. The Body Shop as a brand are well known for using Fair Trade products and not using animal testing. Whilst their products might be a little more expensive (certainly you could get 250 ml of a similar smelling product in other shops for less than £4), I think that the use of Fair Trade and the lack of animal testing is a fair reason for the more expensive price tag. It feels good to know that the product you have brought has benefited people other than the 'fat cats', even if this is just in a small way. The only negative I have found is the lid, which has broken easily both times and has ended up stabbing me on many occasions, however this isn't a massive issue for me. I would highly recommend this product for anyone who likes a moisturising shower gel and enjoys a vanilla and honey scent. A great product, just watch our for the scratchy lid!
My other half bought me a bottle of this for Christmas; it came in a clear bag with a little snowman puff sponge (which, unfortunately is useless - but this review is about the shower gel, not the sponge!). I don't know how much he paid for it but I believe it was on offer, as he left the sale price tag on. Men, eh?! On first impressions this is a nice smelling shower gel that is presented very smartly as well. The bottle is taller and thinner than most Body Shop shower gels and the overall look is one of quite a high end product. The gold cap compliments the creamy contents perfectly which really adds to the look. It looks smart in my shower so I can't complain there! The most important thing about any shower product is how it smells and how it works. This product smells nice - don't get me wrong, it's not an offensive smell - but for me it's a bit too plain. It's very sweet and almost on the verge of a caramel scent rather than a vanilla. It's a fairly thick liquid which makes it easy to ensure that you're not pouring out too much. I have only used about a 6th of this already and I've been using it daily since Christmas day. Unfortunately this is probably where my praises end for this product. The cap is incredibly hard to get off in the shower and I've nearly broken a nail once or twice doing it! Some mornings I just give up and go to my regular Nivea shower gel because I don't have the time to stand there struggling with the tiny little lip on the top to get the cap of. It applies to your skin nicely but I never feel that it's done much. Whilst the scent does linger for a little while when you get out of the shower I don't feel that my skin is as clean as it could be. To conclude, whilst this was a nice gift to receive it won't be one that I will rush out to buy again when it runs out. The thought and look is there but the practical aspect lacks somewhat. It is just a bit 'meh' really!
The Product = = = = = = This product is part of the Vanilla Bliss Seasonal Limited Edition range from The Body Shop. I recently purchased the body butter from this range and loved it so I decided to check back on the website when they had their sale to purchase more items from this range. The product I am reviewing is a soap-free shower gel that gently cleanses skin and has a gorgeous rich vanilla scent. I love this particular range and am gutted that it's only Limited Edition so I wanted to stock up and try as many products from this range as possible. The shower gel comes in a tall clear bottle with a gold lid which has a flip top to reveal a small whole in which the shower gel is dispensed. On the front of the bottle it states what the product is and that it contains vanilla extract and community fair trade honey. On the back of the bottle it gives you a list of ingredients in a number of different languages. You can see the colour of the shower gel inside the bottle which is an off white colour. Price/Availability = = = = = = = = This product is part of the Vanilla Bliss range which is Limited Edition for Christmas. The product is priced £4.00 at full price, how-ever all the items from this range are now half price which meant this cost me just £2.00 which I thought was very reasonable. The shower gel comes in one size which is 250ml. Using the Product = = = = = = = = I stepped into the shower and ensured that my skin was wet before using the product. I always use a body puff when in the shower. Although my hands were wet the flip top lid was easy to open and the bottle was also easy to hold as well. The product smelt quite sweet and smelt more of honey that it did of vanilla. I squeezed the bottle slightly to dispense some of the shower gel onto the body puff. The shower gel was quite runny so it came out of the bottle really easily. I rubbed the puff over my body and as I did this the shower gel started to lather up. The product felt soft and gentle against my skin as the more I rubbed the body puff across my skin the more lather it created. The lather was white in colour and was very soft and I could now smell a very sweet scent of vanilla and honey, how-ever it had more of honey smell. After having a good wash I stood back under the shower and the rich lather rinsed off my skin very easily leaving a slight foam at my feet. The smell of the product wasn't as strong now I had washed the lather off of my skin. I got out of the shower and patted my skin dry to help lock in moisture. My skin felt really soft and moisturised and I felt as though the product had given me a really good clean. I was very disappointed that there was no scent of the product left on my skin, not even a slight hint of vanilla or even honey which is what the product smelt of more. The product didn't irritate my skin which was good as I suffer from sensitive and sometimes dry skin. Overall Opinion = = = = = = = = I was looking forwards to using this product and I was a little disappointed by it and it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. The shower gel had a nice consistency and wasn't too runny and it felt extremely soft against my skin without leaving it feeling dry. I was impressed at how soft it left my skin even after I had patted my skin dry, how-ever I was disappointed with the lack of scent from the product and the fact that it didn't leave a vanilla/honey scent on my skin. In terms of value as the product is now half price I think this is very reasonable. I won't be buying anymore of this product, but I will be finishing off the bottle I have started. (review also on ciao)