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I'm never able to resist treating myself to something new from the No7 range whenever I receive one of the £5.00 off promotional vouchers. I purchased a bottle of this Luxurious Foaming Shower Oil as it looked like a real treat and I love oil based skincare products. The RRP is £9.95 and so I got it at half price by using my voucher. No7 products are available exclusively from Boots high street stores or online at www.boots.com. Product description: "Give yourself an indulgent start to the day with this luxurious cleansing shower oil. With a combination of nourishing Argon and hydrating Grapeseed oils, packed with Omega 6 and 9, this gentle - foaming oil transforms your everyday shower into a spa experience in the comfort of your own home, conditioning the skin as it softly cleans and moisturises. The silky lather gently cleanses the skin leaving it feeling soft, supple and hydrated all day long." The shower oil comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows the product to show through. This is good because it allows you to see exactly how much you have left. The bottle has a large plastic cap lid which you remove to access the dispenser section which is attached to the top of the bottle. To use this you have to press one half of the section in, so that the other side pops up. The raised segment has a small hole in it which allows you to pour the oil out neatly without making a mess everywhere. This is easy to use as it only requires a tiny amount of pressure, and even with slippy wet and oily hands I am able to open and close the bottle easily. Recommended directions for use: Lather onto wet skin in the shower using body puff or cloth. Massage all over the body for a refreshing and moisturising start to the day. Rinse well after use. The shower oil itself has a light amber colour to it which is what would be expected from a product made with natural oils. I made sure to keep this stored away from direct sunlight in my bathroom, which could cause the oils to deteriorate. It is very runny and has a thin consistency, so flows easily from the bottle. The product does not have any real scent that I can place my finger on, and there does not seem to be any added perfume to give a fragrance. I thought this was a bit of a shame as it would have been a nice touch to have some essential oils added for an aromatherapy effect when using the shower oil. I did run into some difficulties when using the shower oil. Oil is something that does not foam, so they have added foaming agents to produce a foaming effect in this shower oil. The problem is that it's just not very effective. I use this with a scrunchy shower puff and the material helps to agitate the oil and get it to lather up a little when I'm rubbing it over my body. However, it only foams up very slightly and does not spread very easily over the skin. I usually have to use one application to cover my stomach and arms, and then another application to cover my legs and back. This means that I'm using a lot of the product and you need a large amount to be able to spread it all over and get properly clean. I have also tried using this oil by pouring it into my hands and then rubbing onto my skin directly as I thought this could possibly help to avoid wasting any excess, but it was an ineffective method and I still had to use a lot to cover my entire body as the foaming effect was even less without using the shower puff. This shower oils is called "luxurious" by the No7 brand, and it is in terms of the natural argan and grapeseed oils that it contains. These are highly effective oils when it comes to skincare, with argan oil being the beauty buzz ingredient of the moment, and grapeseed being an old favourite and especially popular for massage and direct application to the skin. These ingredients are nourishing and hydrating, and really make my skin feel well cared for and moisturised. The shower oil has a silky smooth feeling as it's applied to the skin and this seems to penetrate enough to provide an instant moisture boost. It does seem gentle on my skin although I'm not really prone to suffering from irritations. I wouldn't bother to repurchase this Luxurious Foaming Shower Oil, as sadly it did not live up to my expectations. I do like the after effect that it has on my skin when I use it regularly, as it does help to soften and moisturise. However, I need to use a very large amount to get a full application over my whole body which means that even a reasonably sized 250ml bottle was used up very quickly. Also, the foaming effect did not really work properly and I found it was hard going to work up any lather at all which made it difficult to apply and spread over my skin when washing. A bit of a disappointment, unfortunately.
Well, Boots snaffled me again. You guessed it, I had a £5 off No7 voucher and since I really don't need any more make-up and their range of nail varnish colours leave me cold my attention turned to their body care range. I had not tried any other products from this range, but was well aware that it was a bit hit and miss. The packaging is gorgeous on this, a well produced pale pink/peach carton with pretty silver edging, and the word Luxurious present was always gonna catch my beady eye. The bottle itself is clear plastic with an unusual style stopper/lid, you push down one side and up pops the dispenser. Smooth. It's a 250ml bottle of thick yellow liquid. I have used body oils in the past so I wasn't really phased by this, but I can imagine it would be off putting to some, it's not very attractive really. With my £5 off it cost me £3.75. What is the matter with me? I usually use soap at less than a pound a pop. £3.75 is quite alot to wash your body in, but I convinced myself it would be a lovely treat in the morning (not my favourite time of day) and my skin would be smooth and as gorgeous as the packaging (I am mad). Foaming is an interesting word for them to use. Since it doesn't really. When I've used other oils they don't foam and I don't expect them to, but they are using this as a USP! Naughty. The instructions tell you to use a body puff, which I did and really the sensation of dragging a seemingly dry, un lubricated puff across your belly is quite unpleasant. I tried it without the puff. Still hardly any foaming and I felt I was using quite a lot of the product in an attempt to feel like I'd had a wash. Recently I have stolen Mr Niff's natural sponge and this gives a much better result foaming wise, but again I do think I'm using far too much of the oil. The smell of the product is also strange. It is not unpleasant, but it certainly isn't very nice. I'd liken it to a cheap baby shampoo. There are no discernable fruits or flowers as far as I can tell. The strange scent does linger on your skin for a few hours, but not really in the bathroom (thank goodness). I do feel somewhat clean when I've finished and my skin isn't at all dry so it does do a fair job. I just find it a bit of a let down all-round really. I don't think it is luxurious or foaming and it wasn't much fun with the body puff. I reckon this bottle will last me about 6 weeks altogether, so perhaps the value isn't that bad if you put it into perpective. However, there are many shower gels and soaps that smell great, for a better price, with lots more bubbles!
I, like all the other Boots Sheep, got a £5 voucher for No.7 and found myself mooching around the aisles looking for some bargain to grab for around the £5 mark (not thinking about the extra money they were getting out of me). I decided to buy some bath/body product as my make up could probably stock Boots for a little while. Instantly drawn to anything girly coloured (pink, peach, silver, sparkly), I noticed the Boots No.7 Body range, which included body lotion, leg gels, foot and hand creams, etc and Luxurious Foaming Shower Oil. Now, I don't know about anyone else, but in the twilight era of my 20s, I've begun to appreciate a little luxury can come from a massage off my partner, a face mask and sliced cucumbers or indeed a shower gel, rather than an extravagant spa break or 3 hour long hair consultation. Products which say luxurious get my attention right away, whereas a couple of years ago I'd have thought ha, luxurious they are trying to market this product to the cast of Desperate Housewives. It cost £8.75 for a 250ml bottle, which in turn cost me £3.75 with the subtraction of my voucher. I would never normally pay that much for shower gel (£3.75), so I had once again been barked at by the Boots Sheep Dog, herded in to a pen and convinced to spend money I didn't really have. Joking aside, the product is steep in cost. I got home and tried it out straight away. The bottle was a simple plastic one, with a strange 2 part lid that you press down to pop the other side up and then you pour the oil. Oh and it is oil, a rich orange coloured runny oil in the bottle. I thought it was going to be a case of spraying it out and on spraying it, it would foam - this isn't the case. You have to pour on to a shower puff and then rub to foam. You don't get that much foam either to be completely honest. After washing you rinse and you are supposed to be left with ultra hydrated, nourished skin. I didn't think so and immediately my elbows required additional moisturiser. It smells 'off', I know that sounds strange, but it smells like it is out of date - I can't really explain much more than that, but the smell is at first very pleasant, full of essential oils and of course the base oils of grapeseed and argan, known for their nourishing properties (but then so is Olive Oil and that doesn't smell too good), then you get this sour after smell wafting through. The product claims to be hypoallergenic, but after I used it and I have mildly sensitive skin, not extremely sensitive, I broke out in a red itching rash which subsided as quick as it came, but still didn't spell out luxury to me. To sum it up, not luxury, expensive, not nicely fragranced, bit foisty, doesn't lather much and I'm sad to say it, but Boots have not done good this time.
I don't generally go for expensive shower gels and things, as long as it gets me clean I'm not too bothered to be honest and I usually just buy domething thats on offer. However on this occasion I decided to purchase Boots No7 luxurious foaming shower oil. The reason was simple, I had a £5 voucher for No7 products as I'd bought something a few days previous. So I scoured the small No7 display in our local branch for something around £5 or thereabouts. As I have a drawer full of make up already that I rarely wear I opted for this thinking it would be a nice treat for me and something which I may actually use. This cost £8.75 so I had to pay £3.75 - thats still more than I would usually pay for some shower gel. You get 250ml of the stuff for your money and it comes in a peachy colour box decorated with silver detailing. It looks really luxurious and I was looking forward to trying it out. I took the bottle from the box, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. It looks nothing special - its really thin and watery and is kind of the colour of apple juice (or wee as my daughter said). There is a plastic lid covering the dispenser so if it leaked out it wouldn't be all over the place. The dispenser is easy to use, push down on one side and the side with the hole flips up ready to dispense. Not something I am used to with my usual type of cheap stuff. To get the product out you need to give the bottle a gentle squeeze and tip it up. The oil has a very unfamiliar aroma to me although quite pleasant just not something I had smelt before. On looking on the box I am informed that it must be the scent of the Argan and Grapeseed oils. These are apparently both nourishing and hydrating and packed with omega 6 and 9. Guess I'll have to take their word for it. The oil is quite greasy upon first contact but what did I expect - it's oil. You need to apply this with a cloth of body puff for the maximum effect. I didn't read that to begin with and I washed in it straight form the bottle. I thought it was a bit naff to be honest but after I followed the advice and poured a bit onto my wet body puff it began to lather up a little. It was quite a nice wash which smelt nice but it didn't lather up enough for my liking. I like to have a decent amount of bubbles and soap to wash in but this just didn't happen. I had to use quite a bit of the stuff to have any effect. It did have a luxurious feeling to it though and it was very silky like. I have used it daily for a couple of weeks and haven't noticed any difference in my skin. The fragrance did stay on my skin for a couple of hours but was very subtle. The box claims that it will leave yor skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated all day long. To be honest I didn't notice a difference to my skin at all and I think its really expensive for what it is and I won't bother with it again. A nother word of warning if you spill this while showering or on anything wipe it up immediately! It is extremely slippery if you spill in and as I am pretty clumsy anyway I don't need any help for a trip to A & E. Just incase you are interested it's hypoallergenic so should be suitable for all and it contains lots of ingerdients I haven't heard of -caprylic triglyceride, laureth 3, mipa laureth sulfate, laureth 7 citrate, vitis vinefera seed oil, parfum, dipropylene glycol, argania spinosa kernel oil, tocopherol and hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate.