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Cussons Imperial Leather Sumptuous Satin Shower Cream

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Brand: Cussons / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      08.12.2010 13:25
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      A disappointing showergel

      I mentioned in my Imperial Leather review that I had picked up quite a few Imperial Leather items due to them being greatly reduced in my local Wilkinsons. One item I bought was another shower gel called Sumptuous Satin which is a Limited Edition. Nothing in particular attracted my attention to this shower gel - the price was the main factor as I think they were being sold at 78p (probably due to having too much stock). I certainly wasn't going to be overly picky with what I chose!

      Sumptuous Satin is like I said a limited edition and was brought out together with Sumptuous Silk. They were brought out in Autumn 2010 and still seem to be available even though they are limited edition!

      ** Imperial Leather **

      One of those brands which we have all heard of. It is now owned by the company PZ Cussons. However, the company originally started in 1768 in London and was originally a perfumery where it created a perfume for a Russian Count which was eventually used in soaps and toiletries by Cussons Sons & Co who bought the original company (called Bayleys) in 1921. The company sells its products worldwide and is a household favourite.

      ** What Imperial Leather say **

      "This latest Limited Edition from Imperial Leather is infused with honeysuckle and almond oil to leave your skin sumptuously smooth."

      ** Packaging **

      Sumptuous Satin comes in a lovely plastic curved bottle which is clear in colour and has a white pearlescent flip top cap. On the front label there is the famous red Imperial Leather logo together with the product name. This is all surrounded by what looks like an image of silk ruffled together in white. On the back of the bottle there is all the usual information you would expect such as ingredients.

      ** The Showergel **

      * Consistency *

      The shower gel itself is a white pearlescent colour which is actually quite nice compared to other brightly coloured shower gels. It has a thick consistency which is great as you don't get too much on your sponge (unless your heavy handed) which generally leads to most of it disappearing down the drain.

      * Scent *

      I don't know what I was expecting from the aroma when I first bought the shower gel as both honeysuckle and almond can be quite dominating aromas, so would it be sweet or floral?! Well, it is neither. There is hardly a fragrance to this showergel whatsoever. It certainly isn't heady or strong which in a way was slightly disappointing but I am quite happy to have a shower or bath without a strong smelling shower gel but I still want some sort of aroma. What I could eventually get was a very subtle floral fragrance which was a bit on the artificial side for me.

      * Lather/Bubbles *

      I found that you actually need quite a lot of the shower gel on your sponge to get a decent amount of lather and even that soon disappears. It provides a soft and fluffy lather which glides onto your skin with ease but as soon as it touches your skin and god forbid any water in your shower then they disappear at the drop of a hat and you are left bubbleless! Now I know this is what generally happens when you take a bath but it is nice to have a rich lather which has some staying power.

      * Post Shower *

      My skin certainly was no different despite using this pretty much everyday until I finished the bottle. I was expecting my skin to feel slightly more moisturised because of the almond oil but there was no difference whatsoever. The incredibly subtle fragrance certainly doesn't linger and you might as well of had a shower with a fragrance free shower gel.

      ** Cost & Availability **

      As far as I am aware this limited edition shower cream as it is known is available in supermarkets and discount stores for around £0.99p for a 250ml bottle. It can also be purchased online.

      ** Overall **

      A pretty disappointing shower gel with hardly any fragrance and no staying power. I'm glad I only paid around 70p for it! Definitely not something I would recommend to anyone.

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      26.11.2010 16:48
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      A nice shower cream for using every day

      I try lots of different bath and shower products and tried this one recently. The name of it really appeals to me.

      I paid £1 for it which is good value for money as it has lasted me a long time. You don't need to use a lot each time you shower.

      One of the things that I really like about it is the smell. It is a very fresh creamy smell and instantly makes me relax when I smell it. It is a nice strong smell and makes my whole bathroom smell dreamy when I use it. The bottle is also easy to use as it has a flip top lid which makes it very easy to open with wet hands and is a nice curvy shaped bottle so it is easy to grip.

      It is called sumptuous satin and it really does feel like satin. It is a very smooth creamy and when I rub it onto a sponge it makes lots of lovely foam which gpes a long way. It leaves my skin feeling clean and makes my skin smell lovely and the smell really lasts. My skin feels nice and soft after using it and it doesn't dry my skin out.

      I would definately recommend this is a great smelling shower cream to really make you relax.

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      13.09.2010 00:26
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      WRAP YOUR BODY IN WHITE SATIN

      Imperial Leather is a beauty brand under the Cussons company.

      The range includes shower gels, bubble baths, foam gels and also soaps and handwashes. There are various scents to choose from and many of their products have special ingredients which are designed to treat your skin in a certain way.

      ~~~Product and Range~~~

      There are several collections within the Imperial Leather range. Shower gel ranges include Hawiian Spa, Japanese Spa and Softly Softly to name a few.

      The Sumptuous Satin Shower Cream contains Honeysuckle and Almond Oil. This is a Limited Edition release. The shower cream is designed to cleanse the skin in the shower like a shower gel whilst indulging you with a satin feeling which aims to leave skin soft and smooth.

      Honeysuckle is included for its light floral note. The almond oil is there to delicately moisturise the skin.

      *Dermatologically tested
      *skin friendly pH
      *suitable for the whole family
      *Soap free

      ~~~Packaging~~~

      The shower cream comes packaged in a tall, clear plastic bottle with a white, flip top lid. The bottle curves around the edges for easy handling in the shower.

      The label on the front shows the brand and product name. On the back, the product blurb can be found along with the ingredients and contact details for Cussons.

      The bottle can be recycled and should be used up within 12months of first opening.

      ~~~Ingredients~~~

      Aqua ,Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Lauramidopropyl Betaine ,Sodium Chloride ,Parfum ,Glycerin ,Polyquaternium-39 ,Glycol Distearate ,Lonicera Caprifolium ,Almond Oil PEG-8 Esters ,Laureth-4 ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Sodium Benzoate ,Citric Acid ,Tetrasodium EDTA ,Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol ,Coumarin ,Limonene ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Buthylphenyl Methylpropional ,Linalool ,Benzyl Sallicylate ,Citronellol ,Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ,CI 60730

      ~~~Availability and Price~~~

      250ml size can be purchased from supermarkets and chemist type stores. The retail price is around the £1.50 mark but can often be found at £1.00 or another offer.

      ~~~My Thoughts~~~

      Imperial Leather brings back fond memories of my childhood. I used to have a Soap Making kit and would gather together money with my friend to buy Imperial Leather soap. We perfected an ideal blend of the soap mixed with my Mums Radox and created some interesting homemade soaps! But anyway, enough of the rekindling and with the review in hand!

      Shower products and daily essentials in my household. Hubby has his Lynx, Boo has his Johnson's..Mummy has her collection which doesn't just mean one bottle! In amongst my box of shower goodies, you may find Radox..you may even find Philosophy but you are guaranteed to find a few bottles of Imperial Leather! Even before we moved and had a shower, I would use shower gels in the bath.

      The reason behind my love for Imperial Leather focuses on the quality, the cute packaging, the choice available and most importantly the price. My local Wilkos almost always has Imperial Leather on offer at 72p. This includes the majority of the range in 250ml and 500ml sizes. Both a complete bargain and well worth stocking up on!

      My latest choice came about around a month ago. Deciding to treat myself to a few bottles, I shyed away from the usual gel based ones and focussed my senses on a shower cream. My choice was of course the Sumptuous Satin Shower Cream - the idea of showering my tired body is satin was too much to take in so I popped it into my basket and off I went handing over 72p!

      The bottle itself is beautiful. The colours, design, everything! It is not overly feminine and is therefore ok to sit in a boys bathroom! I personally only use this myself but I am sure hubby would happily use it if need be. The shower cream inside is a pearlescent white colour and looks totally devine! Popping open the lid reveals quite a large dispensing hole. Getting up close, a fresh sweetness can be detected and it was love at first sniff.

      I use my shower gels on a net puff to get the most from them. Squeezing the shower cream out requires more effort than most. It is so thick that I find that I need to squeeze quite hard and nudge it off otherwise it shoots back up into the bottle. Once I start to rub the puff over my wet body, it takes a few seconds to really get the lather going. As I rub, the white foamy bubbles start to form a layer on my skin and they keep foaming up with each movement. I would estimate around 5ml of shower cream will be sufficient to cover your body it a generous layer of foam.

      The foam feels super fluffy and luxurious to the touch. It is certainly smoother than many shower creams I have previously used and lives up to its Satin title. Think lying on cool, dark satin sheets with nothing on and this comes close to the showering experience. The foam aswell as seducing my skin, feels like it is cleansing every part, inflicting its sumptuous nature upon me and giving my body a superb wakeup call!

      The scent intensifies throughout the showering experience but never becomes so overpowering that it gives you a headache. Combined with hot water, the scent is slightly nose tingling and appealing. The main aroma I can detect is a light floral notes which would be the honeysuckle. It blends with the sweetness of the almond oil to produce a delicate scent which wouldn't be out of place in a male or female.

      Rinsing the shower cream off reveals beautifully cleansed skin which although not oily or sticky, feels like an invisibly light layer is left on the surface of the skin. This sinks in quickly and my skin feels deeply hydrated and silky soft to the touch. This feeling lasts at its best for a few hours but my skin still feels freshened for the rest of the day. There is a light and only closely detectable sweet scent left on my skin which is neutral and doesn't interfere with my perfume or bodysprays. The scent doesn't last very long which I suspected.

      A 250ml bottle of Sumptuous Satin will last a long time. Going by my estimate of 5ml per shower (that is me being generous), one bottle would last 50 showers. So 50 showers for 72p is around 1.5p per shower..definently giving Lush a run for its money! Totally economical and an absolute bargain!

      Highly recommended :)

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        09.06.2010 18:07
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        pretty enjoyable

        I am quite a big fan of the Cussons range, which always manage to make bathtimes that bit more indulgent! The Cussons range is now pretty extensive, with dozens of shower gels to choose from. My parents have recently bought a load of these in bulk, so I am gradually working my way through different ones, trying them and then sneaking them back into the cupboard!

        The Sumptuous Satin Shower Cream sure sounds like a succulent way of spending an evening. The packaging has been crafted well and the bottle bottle balances nicely on the edge of the bath. The first thing I noticed was the inviting smell. A flowery and summery aroma which smelt of pansies and summer fruits to me. There was also a hint of coconut pushing through or something of a sweet nature. After much sniffing, time to pour it out. It pours like a treat with no spillage and the consistency is good too, rich enough with a very creamy feel to it.

        I loved working this through my skin, it did not quite explode into bubbles as I thought it might, but the lather did manage to leave my skin moisturised and silky. It rinses off with relative ease, though the smell doesn't stay with you for very long with is a trifle disappointing. Would I spend a pound or so on it again, well I would be tempted yes. It does not have the zest that you get with the Original Source mint shower gels, this is definitely one for teatime, when you need to unwound and don't want to be woken up in the bath! Recommended and a fair price too for the bottle.

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        01.05.2010 21:02
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        Shower gel

        Shower or bath? Most people favour one or the other. I prefer showers they are quick, refreshing and also save water and electricity, but to enjoy the experience you need a good shower gel.

        Tesco often have offers and I usually stock up when they have bogof offers, my last purchases were from the Cussons Imperial Leather range and one was called Sumptuous Satin. Sounds luxurious doesn't it? It is another in the Limited edition range.

        The bottle containing 250mls is made of clear plastic and has a pearly white plastic flip top lid. The bottle is curvy in shape and fits the hand easily, although it is more favoured to a person who would hold the bottle in their right hand, if you hold it in your left to fit comfortably the lid is on the wrong side so it makes dispensing a bit awkward and messy!

        The Sumptuous satin shower cream is pearly white in colour and smells heavenly. It is described as "the rich and indulgent caress of Sumptuous Satin" and it certainly smells beautiful with a mixture of Honeysuckle giving it a clean and refreshing floral fragrance and also Almond oil which delicately moisturises the skin and gives just a hint of the smell of almond oil.

        The shower was running and I stepped carefully in with the bottle in my hand. It flipped open easily and I tipped the bottle up to squeeze some cream onto my hand. It ran out easily, more thin gel like than a cream though and slipped off my hand onto my feet! Woops! Second attempt I was ready for it and curved my hand to keep it safe. The cream/gel formed very few bubbles and poor lather but did smell nice. It works better on a sponge or scrunchy scrub. My skin felt soft enough and it did give a satin smooth feeling. It perhaps isn't as economical as other Imperial Leather products I have used but it does smell lovely.

        And after my shower? Well there was hardly any fragrance left on my skin, which some people would like but I would have quite liked the fragrance to linger and my skin felt quite tight so I needed to apply body lotion to stop that feeling.

        On the bottle I see it is mild enough for all the family and is 100% soap free. Personally I think it is suited to females rather than males and probably not for children as it is quite perfumed.

        The bottle is recyclable and cost me £1 for two bottles but should be £1.46 a bottle. At 50p a bottle it is a good buy but I would definitely not spend £1.46 on a bottle. A bit disappointing Imperial Leather not up to your standard I'm afraid.

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          02.03.2010 21:55
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          An average shower cream

          This sumptuous satin shower cream looked very sumptuous indeed with its silver-coloured liquid cream so I thought I'd give it a try seeing as it probably wouldn't be around for long as it's in Imperial Leather's limited edition range.

          It's made with honeysuckle, which is supposed to give a clean and refreshing floral note, and almond oil which is the sumptuous part and is meant to be delicately moisturising.

          The smell is a lovely one and I can smell a scent of flowers and I can also smell the almonds. It's smells a little like coconut and almond oils that you can buy even though there isn't any coconut in this. It lathers up really easily in your hands but it is a very slippery cream that somehow seems to keep slipping off my hands as soon as I've squeezed some out! Actually I think this is more of a shower gel than a shower cream as the liquid isn't that thick and it lathers up very easily. It leaves a very faint but pleasant scent on the skin after washing but not for very long, although it does make me feel quite nice when I'm using it.

          I don't think it's quite as rich or indulgent as it looks or sounds though as the smell is only quite subtle and I just generally prefer a lot of the other Imperial Leather shower gels as they have nicer and stronger scents. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this particular one again but I wouldn't necessarily pass it by on the shelf either.

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          29.01.2010 14:08
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          Disappointing shower gel

          I am a bit of a one for buying different shower gels, particularly if I like one of the fragrances. When I saw the Limited Edition Sumptuous Satin shower cream by Cussons Imperial Leather, I thought "ooh, that sounds nice". I looked at the label, and saw that the product was on a "better than half price offer" of 69p and put it in my basket. Usually this shower gel retails for £1 or thereabouts, but there are frequent offers on to get it on a buy-one-get-one-free, etc.

          This was quite a while ago. I have got just over half-way through the bottle, and I don't really want to use it up. It's bad when that happens as I feel it is a waste of money, even when I paid a small amount for it. So what exactly is wrong with it?

          The Bottle - A curved and sweeping clear plastic bottle with a pearlised white flip-top cap for easy dispensing sports an equally elegant label. The bottle IS nice, and the pure looking lines of what could either be flowing cream or satin draped over something looks quite innocent. The label also features the red Imperial Leather logo and it looks rather classy. No problems so far then.

          The Product - The product is rather more a gel than a cream as it is pearlised and semi-translucent. You get 250ml in a bottle and it is fragranced with honeysuckle and almond oil, but rather than an intense floral smell, it smells somewhat powdery and very sweet. Not my cup of tea at all. When it is used, you need a larger than normal amount on a body puff or your hand, and it lathers soft bubbles that last well. The fragrance, however, didn't last much longer than when you towelled off.

          Another thing - it left my skin really rather dry. I was disappointed as I would have thought the almond oil would have been good at moisturising. The message on the back of the bottle does say it is "delicately moisturising" and is mild enough for the whole family.

          All things considered, it's definitely not my favourite of the Cussons Limited Editions - I far prefer the delicate Japanese-styled one. Definitely not for me.

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          18.10.2009 18:06
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          Not impressed Imperial Leather!

          A couple of days back I decided to invest in a few new bath, shower and body products. I usually have loads of this type of thing on the go but of late I've been trying to use up a few bottles and tubs of stuff I already own and then suddenly I noticed I didn't own much at all and it was time for a restock! (Feels good using up loads of old stuff though I can tell you lol).

          So when I was in my local Sainsbury's store I browsed the shelves for stuff I hadn't tried before and to be honest Imperial Leather has never really appealed to me but when I saw a huge variety of shower gels and creams on offer priced at £1.46 for two of them I thought that was a bit of a bargain and decided to get this one and another variety from the range! From what I gather these cost about £1.46 each usually but I have seen them in pound stores and the likes on my travels.

          The Packaging:

          250ml, tall, plastic see-through sort of curvy bottle that makes it easy to handle and to the top of it, it has a flip top lid concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle there is a clear label and on that a section of white colour and I'm told it is Cussons Imperial Leather 'The rich, indulgent caress of....Sumptuous Satin With honeysuckle & almond oil' Shower Cream and that this is limited edition. On the back of the bottle other information tells me a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, contact details for PZ cuzzons are given, and the size is stated as I've listed already. It really is a nice looking bottle, not all that posh but it is sturdy and of good shape to handle in the shower though it has no hanging function.

          A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle:

          Experience an unforgettable caress with a touch of pure satin. Let the sumptuously rich lather envelop your skin leaving it beautifully soft, pampered and smooth. This latest limited edition from Imperial Leather is infused with a delicate honeysuckle fragrance and a hint of rich almond milk.

          Honeysuckle - A clean, and refreshing floral note.
          Almond oil - Sumptuous and delicately moisturising.

          Dermatologically tested
          Skin friendly PH
          Mild enough for the whole family
          100% soap free

          Using It:

          Well the thing that attracted me to this was the smell of it. I always sniff products I'm about to buy in the shop to see if I like them and I loved the smell of this. In the bottle it is really highly fragranced with honeysuckle and has a rich undertone of almond oil to it that isn't too sweet but it reminded me of an Oriental smell and a bit like incense and to me it just smelt really feminine and I couldn't wait to get home cos I'd been to the gym and to the spa where I'd been in a chlorine filled hot tub idea and felt well grubby and my skin felt really dried out to the touch and to the feel of it and I so fancied a hot shower.

          So I jumped in the shower, got myself wet, grabbed my scrunchy and squirted some of this opaque white luxurious looking cream onto said scrunchy. It smell marvelous and away I went......

          ......or away I didn't go! I used a generous amount as I always do as I'm really heavy handed when in to products such as these to be honest but I was disappointed with the amount of lather it gave me. I did get some don't get me wrong and what I did get was soft and big white rich bubbles but I was a little disappointed with the amount given off to say the least. Not one to be easily put off though away I went rubbing myself down with it.

          It went on smooth, felt nice and skin kind but I found it never dispensed alot of lather which meant I kept having to add more product to my scrunchy and before I knew it I'd used a quarter of a bottle of the stuff on one shower! Bare in mind I do know how to shower myself and my skin was wet enough and stuff! I did manage to shave my bits and bobs with it though and it rinsed away with ease.

          Along with rinsing off the residue though I lost all the lovely smell too. Once I'd patted myself dry although my skin felt soft and clean enough it really didn't fragrance my body at all which was shocking to me seeing as it was so highly fragrant in the bottle and in use. Really I could detect no aroma on my skin at all so although I knew I was clean I didn't feel it so much! The other problem with it is that it really does make the shower tray or bath you stand in very slippy indeed and I nearly went a cropper a couple of times, so watch out for that!

          Verdict:

          To me this is about as useful as an avocado wearing knickers and a real let down to be honest! Yes it's economical to buy and ok for every day use but in the long run it's false economy due to the amount of the stuff you need to use to get cleansed! To me it looks good, smells good and I can't see how comes it fails so badly. It's of good consistency but to me I wouldn't buy it again and I'm not even sure I would want to try Imperial Leather products again after this. It's all fur coat and no drawers as my Mum would say. Looks good but has no substance...much like Paris Hilton. Don't bother with it and pay a bit more I say lol.

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            15.10.2009 07:37
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            As mentioned before in my house we do seem to get through an extortionate amount of shower gels, one due to the cleanliness of myself and my husband (bit anal that way!), and the second due to the fact my kids have started taking showers by themselves, instead of baths, this of course entails them pouring their own gel!

            The shower cream that I will now review is - "Imperial leather - Sumptuous satin"

            As with the rest of "flavours" in the range this bottle has a very badly designed lid, it has a wave design across the top, this means that when getting down to the dregs, I can't stand it on it's head to get every drop out.

            As the name suggests, this cream is being marketed as a soft and skin smoothing shower product, this supposedly means that once used your skin will fell "the rich indulgent caress of - Sumptuous satin", to emphasis this point the bottle has a picture of white satin draped over the front side of the bottle, this is also stated to be a limited edition item.

            The bottle itself is clear, with the shower cream being visible within, the cream is a creamy white colour with a pearlescent effect running through it and If I do say so myself, really does look lovely.

            When the rubbish lid is lifted (it is hinged lid design), and you have a quick whiff you will find that it is very subtle in scent, a fact I was a little disappointed with.
            There is a very little floral scent to the product, this is I assume from the honeysuckle part with there being even less scent of the almond oil, I would have liked that at least five times stronger. The cream does have a lovely fresh scent to it though, and may be considered the perfect cream for men, although not spicy and earthy like so many men's gels are, but not lingering on the skin afterwards so they don't smell girly ( as my husband would say!).

            Lather wise this product does live up to it's claims, a small amount produces plenty of thick bubbles, even more if used with a body puff!

            After showering you feel fresh and clean, albeit rather scentless. My skin was cleansed and even softer, with there being no unwanted skin irritations, which is fantastic as my husband and my kids both suffer with eczema.

            Price wise, at full price these are available for around the £1.40 mark, though at Asda, on an ongoing offer these can be brought for " 4 for £3.00".

            For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk or www.imperialleather.co.uk

            Thanks for reading x

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