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Bronnley Oyster Shell Bath & Shower Wash

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Brand: Bronnley / & Shower Wash / Type: Wash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      26.10.2011 17:49
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      A good quality wash that needs an accompanying moisturiser

      The name Bronnley is one I remember well from my childhood, although I can only associate it with hand soaps, usually smelling of lemon. I was quite surprised to receive bottles of Bronnley Oyster Shell Bath and Shower Wash and and Moisturising Body Lotion as a gift, as I hadn't noticed their products in the shops for years.

      The Oyster Shell Bath and Shower Wash comes in a 300 ml transparent cylindrical bottle that shows off the blue colour of the wash. The cap has a metallic finish but the top of it is a white plastic disc. To one side it instructs you to press, and when you do so, the other side of the disc flips up to reveal a narrow opening. It is therefore easy to pour a small amount of the wash at a time. I found this a little fiddly, however, and unscrewed the whole cap; the wash didn't come gushing out too quickly when I poured it, so I was quite happy to use it like that. The fact that the whole cap unscrews so easily means that the bottle can be recycled when empty, which for me is a point in its favour.

      The Bath and Shower Wash contains natural samphire extract, which is claimed to have a toning, refreshing effect. The exact kind of samphire used is crithmum maritmum, or rock samphire. I can find plenty of information about the use of rock samphire as a vegetable, and just one reference on Wikipedia to the fact that it was used to make soap. I would agree that this is a wash that refreshes and tones, although the refreshing sensation comes more from the fragrance than anything. Bronnley describe the fragrance as "cool fresh oceanic." To me it has a sweetness with a sharp edge to it, and I would say that it might appeal to men as well as women. It doesn't honestly remind me of the sea, but it is the kind of fragrance that would seem suitable first thing in the morning, when you want something to wake you up rather than relax you.

      You don't need a huge amount of the wash, so the bottle should last well. It creates only just enough lather and isn't difficult to rinse off thoroughly. It does make my skin feel very clean and smooth, but perhaps the downside is that it doesn't have a moisturising effect. This is where Bronnley's Oyster Shell Moisturising Body Lotion comes in; it contains sweet almond oil and shea butter to counteract any dryness you might feel from the toning effect of the wash.

      I found that the Bath and Shower wash is currently available on Amazon at the price of £8.76. I wouldn't normally spend as much as that on a shower wash for myself, but it is a high quality product that would be suitable as a gift. Amazon don't, however, stock the matching moisturing lotion at the moment, and the cheapest price I could find for this is £18.86 at Click4Beauty.net. This does seem rather high, and this website doesn't stock the wash. It obviously isn't very convenient for anyone who wants to buy the two matching products.

      Although I enjoy using the Oyster Shell Bath and Shower Wash, I have to say it is not my favourite. I was previously using Tao Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, which has a gorgeous fragrance and produces lovely foam. It is a hard act to follow, and I might have appreciated the Bronnley wash more had I used it first. The fragrance of the Oyster Shell Wash is pleasant but wouldn't be quite suitable for a relaxing bath at the end of a stressful day. It is definitely a product to use first thing in the morning, I feel. If that is what you are looking for, then I would recommend it as a high quality wash. It is a shame that the matching lotion is expensive and hard to find.

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