“ Brand: Champneys / Creams / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Detoxes, „
Having previously tried Champneys Aqua Therapy Recharging Bath Tonic and absolutely loved it, I was happy to discover the shower gel from the same range on special offer in Sainsburys a couple of weeks ago. As much as I love the Champneys range, I just can't justify spending the full £6.50 on a bottle of shower gel for myself, but the discounted price of £4.87, though still expensive, was much more palatable, so I snapped it up.
The shower gel comes in a 200ml squeezy plastic bottle (or tube, perhaps?) with the usual Champneys gold lid, in this case a flip up one, at the base of the bottle/tube. The plastic is frosted, but still clear enough for you to see the sea blue gel inside it. It's a rich, vibrant colour that promises deep sea freshness and cleansing. The description on the front is likewise tantalising: 'A supercharged blend of marine minerals, sea water and citrus essential oils. Invigorates, detoxifies and moisturises the skin'. Quite a lot of promises to deliver on, then.
The first, and probably most important thing to note about the product is its scent. It smells amazing, and unlike any other bath/shower product I've come across (except the aforementioned Bath Tonic, of course!). There's that fresh, invigorating smell that always reminds me of the sea, even though it smells nothing like seawater. You know the one I mean? It's also packed with the most pleasant levels of citrussy zestiness, thanks to the grapefruit, lemon, juniper and coriander essential oils it contains. This really is a combination to wake you up in the morning and leave you raring to go, and while I'm not usually the biggest fan of citrus scents, these aren't sharp or acidic smelling, just vibrant and invigorating. The coriander is an interesting choice- you can't make it out on its own, but it certainly adds a subtle herbal aroma which just tantalises your nostrils even more.
This gorgeous scent has real staying power too- after using it first thing in the morning, I can still make it out on my skin at the end of the day. I love catching whiffs of it throughout the day, as it really is refreshing and revitalising.
The gel itself is quite thick, and a little goes a long way. I find a small splodge of it covers much more skin than most shower gels, so you can expect a bottle to last you longer than usual (perhaps a small justification for splashing out on it?!). The thickness of the gel also helps to leave your skin moisturised, which can be a problem with some gels.
I love this shower gel- it makes getting up in the morning that little bit easier, and adds a real kick to a shower. I'd certainly buy it again, but will probably wait until it's on special offer again, and then use it between cheaper brands. Recommended, but only as an occasional treat, as it could easily blow the budget!