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Dipping into my tiny stock pile of products bought in 2013, I've recently been using afew that I felt I could justify trying with limited time. A lot of products that you would classify as quite high end brands ( Decleor, Gatineau etc ), you don't want to feel as if you have 5 minutes to use it but in reality it's more like 2! So I dragged this one out from my drawer hoping it would be a nice quick fix. It was purchased as part of a kit bought from QVC that contained other Elemis products, but can be bought on its own from the usual Elemis stockists ( QVC, timetospa, ASOS, feel unique etc )for £22.00 for 300ml ( which is what I have, full size ), or £12.60 for 100ml.
Why did I buy this?
I didn't buy this at the time specifically for this product as it came in a set, but it did intrigue me as at the time this was still a fairly new product so I hadn't tried it before. I've used in the past the bath treatment version, Skin Nourishing Milk Bath and thoroughly enjoyed using it, but felt this would probably sit better into my busy routine as showers tend to be my main way of washing.
How did this product come about?
One of Elemis's hero products was and still is the Nourishing Milk Bath. This is something that Elemis would classify as a treatment, and I recall years ago it was advised to use every other day. Now on the website is suggests using it for up to 2 weeks as part of a programme. The product itself was designed to soothe, moisturise and provide a state of relaxation and an almost calming, Cleopatra type treatment. But there was a call from customers who wanted the same type of benefits but could be used in the shower, hence why this came into creation!
What is this?
A shower cream that contains ingredients that provides moisture to the skin, and helping the skin to be soft, supple and clean after use. A product that is suitable for very dry skin.
How is it packaged?
This shower cream is 300ml in size, and is contained in a tall, thin, cylinder shaped plastic bottle, almost off white/cream in colour. To dispense product at the top you need to press down on one section of the edge of the lid, and part of it lifts up to expose a small hole to pour product out of.
On the front is the Elemis logo with the words ' sp@ home ' underneath, and the product name at the bottom.
On the back it mentions the benefits of the product, its ingredients, how to use, company contact details and also states once opened product has a 6 month shelf life.
Aqua (Water), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocamide MEA, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Magnesium Nitrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
It states on the bottle what the product doesn't contain, which is parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, mineral oils, artificial colours and silicones.
How to use
Like you would with any shower cream or gel. On the packaging it suggests use every morning and night and follow with the body lotion version of this product.
What is this like?
The packaging is simple but quite effective in look, and will sit quite nicely in any bathroom regardless of décor. It takes up very little space because of the height and width to it. The shape means it's easy to hold and grab onto. Dispensing the product is very easy, and I find the way you have to open the lid means it's not the easiest for my little terrors to open themselves and abuse!
The first thing I always do when I use any body product is once opened have a smell. This reminds me very much of the Nourishing Milk Bath. The fragrance is milky, sweet, clean and quite relaxing. Not uplifting or invigorating, but very much a calming fragrance. Completely unisex, and won't interfere with any other fragranced products used after showering.
The shower cream itself is off white/very pale cream in colour. Completely smooth and shiny in look, and comes out of its bottle looking more similar to a body lotion rather than a shower product due to its appearance and consistency.
The cream is very easy to use in the shower. I've used it both on a sponge and on my hands. It doesn't produce masses of bubbles. What it does provide is a lather that looks and feels quite rich, and the bubbles are very small and compact. A good sign for me that I'm not washing myself with something that's full of air, or contains a hundred and one chemicals to produce bubbles bigger than my head.
The fragrance continues to surround you as you use the product in the shower. It's not overpowering but does help to create a spa like experience in the bathroom.
The shower cream left my skin feeling clean and not dried out at all, and the fragrance was there on the skin but just about. Skin looked reasonably fresh.
What do I think?
I enjoyed using this product. I was very interested to see how it compared to its bath counterpart, and in regards to the fragrance it didn't disappoint. The smell I can see 95% of people liking, as it's quite neutral and comforting all at the same time. Think of Yankee Candle's Clean Cotton, L'Occitane's original shea butter hand cream. The scent of this for me can be grouped into that family. It's unisex, doesn't go towards any particular age range so age-less, and it's one of those fragrances that can work pretty much with any body lotion, butter, cream or oil and not fight anything else that would be placed on top of the skin after washing. What I would've liked though is for the fragrance to have stayed on my skin longer and stronger-but that's me!
Normally when it comes to shower products, I pay no attention to the word ' shower ' and I will throw it into the bath when such a rare occasion occurs. I did it with this, and personally I think it needs to stay in the shower. It doesn't lather that much when on the body ( compared to the usual shower gels/creams we all buy ), so in the bath its less and the foam disappears within minutes.
This cream didn't strip any moisture from the skin. Nor did it cause irritation which is important. In fact, some of the ingredients in this naturally are quite soothing and moisturising anyway ( milk, oat ), so no issues with that. It cleaned my skin as I expected, and felt it left my body in a good condition to receive a body moisturiser. Although I felt this did the job of moisturising and cleansing very well, I did have to think was the effect outstanding compared to other shower products, and I would have to say no. I didn't feel as if my body had experienced huge change and the overall look and feel wasn't that much different to cheaper, more standard products I've used in the past or have been using recently.
What I really like about this product, is the fact while I'm in the shower, I do actually feel like I'm treating myself to alittle spa like experience without spending time I don't have in the bath/room. It can be done so quickly, and I don't feel cheated that the experience is over quite quickly. I do linger in the shower more when using this, but spending 15-20 minutes in the shower rather than double in the bath, makes much more sense to me in relation to my life at the moment.
To buy this on it's own is very expensive, and I would classify this product as an indulgent shower product to use. The problem that I have is if I enjoy using something ( and I did with this ), I can't just use abit, I have to use a lot as I go back for more. This product is quite concentrated so one decent sized squirt ( 50p and a half in size ) should do the whole body but I'm not stingy with my body! I've been using this for over a week now coming up to 2, and I'm half way down the bottle, which in money terms isn't very good.
Would I buy this again?
Not on its own as despite how much I like using it I couldn't justify the price. If it was 400/500ml I would be more open to purchase. But the only way I would buy this again is in a similar kit to the one I originally purchased. Cleansing wise this isn't that much different to other shower products I've used, whether it's come from a supermarket or a department store. But the thing that makes it special is the fragrance, which really is enjoyable to smell and makes this a product special in my eyes.
300 ml cream coloured liquid in a standard looking bottle, cream in colour with blue writing on it, you can see how much has been used which is useful. It has a flip top lid which when the bottle gets low can be stood upright to gets the last dregs from it. It really does not look impressive which is disappointing as the price is £22.00, yup just for a body wash.
Elemis is re-known for its professional treatments provided by many spas. They try to combine natural ingredients with scientific advances which they turn into multi-active formulas these are used by the spas ensuring reliability before being sold direct to consumers.
The liquid comes out easily and is a nice creamy consistency, fortunately a little goes a long way. I can manage a full body using a blob the size of a 10p piece so it does last for ages.
I am no good at describing smells, but it is very pleasant though it really does not last, once out of the shower the smell is gone and nobody will ask you what you are wearing.
The elemis website claims it contains 'Nourishing Camellia, Macadamia and Jojoba Oils deeply nourish and moisturise leaving skin satin soft, supple and healthy looking. Excellent for excessively dry skin'. This is difficult as my illness leaves me with extremely dry skin but according to the dermatologist no amount of moisturiser will solve it as the damage is deeper down. This does not stop me wanting to try and I do find relief from the itch even if only temporary.
So how does it do?
Well as I said the smell is pleasant, its creamy and goes a long way. It lathers nicely either with a buff or gloves. It has not aggravated my skin which is a bonus. It does add moisture to my skin and leaves it feeling better than other products I've tried, I did use this prior to my illness and I found it left my skin soft, smooth and supple and it lasted well.
Ingredients: Milk Proteins, Oat Extract, Camellia, Macadamia, Jojoba Oil and Wheat Germ / Enriching shower cream / Veiling the skin in a milk protein cocoon, this exquisite shower cream gently cleanses, whilst enriching the body and balancing the acid mantle / Nourishing camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils, combined with extracts of oat kernel and wheat germ promote satin soft, supple and healthy skin / Excellent for excessively dry skin / Directions for use: Use Elemis Sp@Home Skin Nourishing Shower Cream morning and evening / Finish with Skin Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion / Key