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I decided I wanted to try some slightly more expensive and luxurious bath produc ts and after my mum had raved about the Chamneys hand wash, I decided to try their shower gel. Boots had started to sell these products so I decided to purchase from there when they had some offers on.
Champneys is a brand of spa hotels located around England, with 30 years history, offering ways to improve your well-being through fitness and relaxation. They also have a range of bath and beauty products that allow you to create a spa-style retreat at home. The collection was launched in 2004.
---About the product:
The Mediterranean Bliss range was created by Champneys in honour of their first Continental Spa. The shower cream comes in a blue tube with a gold screw lid with Champneys written the top of it, the name of the range (Spa Indulgence) and the name of the shower cream. It contains olive leaf, fig milk and green tomato and is supposed to leave the skin feeling silky soft and moisturised. When you open the lid, the product smells really nice and the cream itself is a shimmering gold colour that looks so pretty!
---Using the product:
The recommendation is to use this product 'standing under a soothing shower and lathering the shower cream over your skin'. As I used this in the shower, it was a good bet I was going to use it in this way! I can't guarantee the shower was soothing, but I did lather the cream over my skin. The cream has a shimmer to it and smoothes over the skin easily, not needing too much of it to wash yourself. The product smells gorgeous but not too strong and leaves a subtle smell lingering after your shower which I have had several positive comments about. The cream feels very silky as you smooth it over the skin and glides easily over your body. It leaves my skin feeling soft, but I can't say it is exceptionally different than other products that I have used. It does make me feel special being able to use this shower cream and I get a small thrill when I see the shimmering cream in my hands and smell how good it is.
At a cost of £8 for 250ml, it is far out of the normal price range I would spend for a shower cream. I think it is something that looks luxurious in your bathroom and you feel special being able to use something so pretty which smells divine. For something special I think it would be a nice treat, but for a daily shower, I would consider something cheaper. I would be happy to buy this again, but think I will be looking for some special offers to take advantage of.
Last year I treated myself to a little Champneys gift set in Boots. One of the products in it was the Mediterranean Bliss Shower Cream, which I have been using on and off for a while now. I have got sick of having dozens of half used bottles about the place, and that combined with my New Years resolution to get all of my toiletries/beauty products used up, means that I've been using the remainder of this shower gel over the last couple of days.
The shower cream comes in a bright blue tube with gold accents. As mine was part of a gift set, it is slightly smaller than usual, but really it's just a mini of the full sized version. I like the bright blue colour of the tube and the gold adds a slightly luxurious edge, but the screw top is a bit of a pain, especially with wet hands.
Champney's say this Mediterranean themed product was created to celebrate their first Spanish spa. The shower cream contains olive leaf, fig milk and green tomato and mango butter.
The shower cream itself is an unusual colour and looks absolutely beautiful when dispensed from the tube. It is a sort of pale golden colour with a pink shimmer running through it and certainly looks very luxurious. It is incredibly thick for a shower cream, but only a relatively small amount rubbed between wet hands (or even better applied to a shower puff) will create a lovely thick, foamy lather, which feels very soft against the skin.
I think the scent of the shower cream is absolutely gorgeous, yet it is quite highly perfumed which I think may put some people off. I think the fig is quite a dominant scent here, but it has a sharpness to it, which I presume is the green tomato - but don't worry it won't leave you smelling like a garden salad! As it's fairly strong smelling, when using it you are enveloped in a cloud of scent, which for me is great, but like I say not necessarily ideal for those who prefer neutral/natural smelling products.
After using this shower cream my skin feels not only clean but lovely and soft too. Sometimes after showering my skin can feel a little dried out by the products I have used, but I'd say it is mildly hydrated after using this. The scent lingers on my skin for a good few hours after use too which is a bonus.
The full sized 250ml tube of this shower cream retails at £8 from www.champneys.com but is currently in the sale for a more reasonable £4. It is also available from Boots, where again, it costs £8. As much as this is a lovely product I do think that the full price of £8 very expensive for a shower cream and I'm not sure I could justify paying this, other than as an occasional treat.
High price tag aside, I am very pleased with this shower cream. It smells lovely, creates a rich, thick lather and leaves my skin soft, smooth and with a hint of fragrance. It is expensive, but I would still recommend it - just look out for it on special offer.