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I have been experimenting with quite a number of different shower gels at the moment as I ventured away from my usual Dove/Soap and Glory obsession. I have had no method is trying other, other than what was on offer when I did my weekly grocery shop. I recently tried the Imperial Leather Citrus Burst Shower gel, as it had been reduced to £1 on an offer. I understand this is normally priced between £2 & £3 in supermarkets.
The Imperial Leather shower gels are generally sold in 300 ml transparent bottles. The colour of the bottles is matched to the name. So the Citrus Burst is in a lime green tone, with a green lid. The bottles are strong and easy to use. The shower gel comes out easily with no mess or spillage.
The Citrus Burst has lime oil and kiwi extract which is designed to wake you up and deep clean. Imperial Leather claim that there new shower gels are designed for all the family, with a skin friendly ph, and more skin conditioner than previous bottles.
When I started using the Citrus Burst, I instantly noted the strong citrus scent. It is very refreshing and uplifting, it smells clean and fresh. Disappointingly, the shower gel is not as thick as I expected and quite runny. Also I noticed that when applied to the hands to lather up it didn’t really lather, but if applied to a louffa or sponge you do get abit of lather. However, I was disappointed by the lack of lather and it therefore doesn’t seem to go very far. As for its skin conditioners, these seemed to be very hard to spot. My skin felt clean but very dry after using it and not conditioned at all.
For the drying effect and lack of lather I would not buy this again. I suffer with dry skin so need products that help and this does not. It is nicely fragranced and this scent makes you feel clean and fresh all day long, but a lot doesn’t go very far!
I have been using Cussons Imperial Leather Citrus Burst this week in the shower - and enjoying it. It is currently on offer in Tesco for just 94p. The normal selling price there is £1.89. Asda has it for £1.
It is advertised as a refreshing shower gel with lime oil and kiwi extract - and is noted as being richer, thicker and creamier than Cussons previous formulations. It has five times more skin conditioner than previously. It has a skin friendly pH and is suitable for the whole family.
The product is a clear, bright, lime green coloured gel and comes in the distinctive Imperial Leather wavy-style plastic bottle with a flip cap lid. The bottle is recyclable.
Aqua,Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract ,Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil ,Glycerin ,Polyquaternium-7 ,Parfum ,Lactic Acid ,Sodium Benzoate ,Sodium Chloride ,Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate ,PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate ,PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate ,PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides ,Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol ,Limonene ,CI 47005 ,CI 61570
Experience of the product:
I have used Imperial Leather shower gels many times before and have always found the products to be of a good standard, so I was more than happy to try out a different variant. I wasn't disappointed.
The first thing you notice about the shower gel is the scent. It has a gorgeous, lively smell of limes about it - and although I didn't notice it when smelling the bottle, the aroma of kiwi also comes through when you are actually using the gel.
The gel itself is thick, pale green in colour - but does not look 'creamy.' So, I was surprised at exactly how much lather you get from a tiny amount of this product. This product produces an excellent lather - thick, creamy and soft scented - with a small amount of gel going a long way and cleansing well. I expect the bottle to see me (and my other half) through many more showers yet, so it seems to be good value for money on that score.
I have used it for several days now and love the zesty scent and the lather. It is a really pampering shower experience. The product leaves my skin soft and not dried out in any way so the added skin conditioners must fulfil their promises. Despite there being citrus fruit extracts in this product, the gel does not adversely affect my slightly sensitive skin in any way - so for me, it's as perfectly skin friendly and mild as Cussons claim.
The scent of this product lingers on my skin - but only gently, and not for very long after showering in my experience.
I think this shower gel is best suited to being used as a morning wake-me-up due to its zingy and refreshing scent. I find it makes an invigorating start to the day. Would recommend.
When it comes to shower gels and cremes and the likes I have very little need to buy them really considering that in the flat I have now it doesn't have a shower and so I use soap and the likes usually however when I come to stay at my mums (as I am doing now) I do then get a couple of bottles as this place does have a shower and a bath and I love a shower considering its something I don't usually get to have of course!
I nipped into Weston town centre the day before I left and headed straight into the local Poundland store as I know they usually have a great selection of bath and shower products at great prices and from brands I know of and deem to be trustworthy and good quality. This 300ml bottle of Imperial Leather shower gel cost me just £1.00 and after having a very quick sniff of it in store I decided it smelt nice and fresh and bought it!
The packaging of this is simple. The gel comes in a see through plastic, curvy shaped bottle with a flip top style lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and then on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the back of the bottle other information stated includes being told a little bit about the product, the size is stated and the ingredients used are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice enough unisex looking bottle this one and informative enough however it doesn't have a hanging function which is ok for me I stand mine up in the shower cubicle on a shelf anyway!
The Shower Gel:
Light green, thinnish gel but with some body, its transparent and as soon as you dispense some you can really smell a really nice and natural aroma of limes (this contains lime oil) and a sweetness from kiwi fruit and its a reviving, rejuvenating sort of scent this one and as the bottle suggests it is very unisex in its fragrance. It lathers up rather well, is smooth on my skin and I can easily shave my bits and pieces with this as well and it rinses off easily too when I'm ready.
This cleanses me, wakes me up a bit and leaves my skin feeling naturally smooth and soft though not overly so and the scent lingers on my skin for a good few hours too.
I'm impressed with this as I love the fresh and natural scent it has, it leaves me feeling revived (so a good one to use in the mornings this is I reckon) and I feel really clean. It isn't the most luxurious and skin kind shower gel I have ever used but it doesn't dry out or agitate my skin either so thumbs from me for this one!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists at a couple of quid a bottle usually though do keep our eyes open for this one in Poundland and the likes and grab a little bargain as I did!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I bought this product as part of a 3 for £3 offer in Asda a while back. I have used a number of Imperial Leather products before this one and have been very pleased with them, so thought I would give this one a go.
Appearance and Smell
This is a thick shower gel which has a green colouring to it, obviously to match the packaging and ingredients used in the product. It has a lovely refreshing smell due to the lime oil and kiwi extracts. When using this product the smell is not too overpowering and leaves your bathroom smelling lovely. It also leaves a nice smell on your body once you have used it, but not too strong that it overpowers you throughout the day.
When using this product I found that I only had to use a small amount. I use a body scrub which often means you have to use less, but as this product is one of the thicker shower gels it was great to use with a body scrub. It lathers up nicely and does not slip and slide off your hand as you are trying to wash, something I find with lesser quality shower gels. When washing off the shower gel it does not leave a residue on your skin, but leaves you feeling clean and ready to face the day, the smell waking you up for the day.
I would buy this product again, especially when on such a good offer. It leaves your skin feeling great, fresh and clean. I feel it is a good quality product, at £1.89 at its most expensive, even better on a fantastic offer like the one I got. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a shower gel that leaves you feeling awake, refreshed and smelling lovely, ready to face the day ahead.
As always, I bought this because it was on offer in Sainsbury's. I only ever buy shower gel that's reduced - not only does it save me a few pennies, it also gives me an opportunity to review new products.
This Imperial Leather Citrus Burst Shower Gel caught my eye because it was on offer for less than £1, I had never seen it before, and I liked the look of it from the packaging.
This comes in a 300ml curved bottle (apparently this is 'bigger') and it's made from clear lime green plastic. The lid is made from the same plastic, and flips open so the product can be dispensed. On the front is the classic red Imperial Leather logo, and a bright green picture of a lime. The packaging also says that this is hydrating, and to demonstrate that, there's a small picture of three water droplets on the front. Hmm...
APPEARANCE AND SMELL
The shower gel itself is a very pale lime green - the colour reminded me of lime cordial. It's thick and gel-like, not watery whatsoever. The smell is a combination of lime and kiwi, and it was this that really attracted me to the product. It smells absolutely gorgeous and actually reminded me of grapefruit also. Fresh, citrussy, zesty and just plain lovely.
When squeezed out, this came out in a satisfying blob. I used a medium sized blob and the lather created by that was easily enough to wash my entire body. The lather is very soft and white, and feels nice against the skin. I really felt refreshed and clean when using it, and the zingy smell would make this a perfect shower gel for a refreshing shower in the mornings, after the gym (yeah right, as if I'd be in one of them showering) and during the spring/summer.
I felt fresh as a daisy after using this, and I could still smell the shower gel off my skin. The fragrance actually filled up my entire bathroom and throughout upstairs in my house. In fact if Imperial Leather would like to make a scented candle that smells exactly like this shower gel, then please send some directly to my house!
While I did feel very clean and refreshed by this, I do have to say that I don't think this hydrated my skin at all. It didn't feel moisturised and I would go so far as to say my skin felt a tad on the dry side. I will forgive Imperial Leather however because I love the smell so much.
The regular price of this is £1.89, but I got it on offer for half price, ie. 94p. Can't say fairer than that for a 300ml bottle of amazing-smelling shower gel.
WOULD I BUY AGAIN?
I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again if it was on offer, but I wouldn't spend the full price of £1.89. That's not because I don't like it - I like it very much. But almost £2 on a shower gel that I know I will go through quickly is too expensive. As I have said before, anything under £1 suits me!
As I have told you previously I currently have a bathroom cupboard which looks as though I have been shoplifting in Boots! I haven't - honestly! I just get a lot of toiletries given to me as stocking fillers at Christmas.
My husband and my sister tend to do two things - firstly they try and find ones that I haven't tried before and, secondly, they look for special offers - we do love a bargain in our family.
One of the ones I received last year was the Imperial Leather Citrus Burst Refreshing Shower Gel with Lime Oil and Kiwi Extract. Lime Oil is known for its refreshing properties and zesty fragrance and kiwi extract is known for its rich anti oxidant properties.
Even though I didn't actually buy this one I have seen Imperial Leather shower gels sold in Boots at £1 each. Having looked online I can't see this particular one on the Boots site but Tesco are selling the 300ml size at £1.89.
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic container with a bright green lid. It does not have a hanging hook so it is one for the shower shelf and the container itself curves first one way and then the other. This not only looks attractive it makes the shower gel easier to hang onto in the shower when my hands are wet.
On the front of the container there is a sketch of a lime sliced in half and the whole thing looks zingy and potentially refreshing.
On the back of the container the writing states that the shower gels have been created with that extra special touch. We are told that the rich fragrant and creamy lather will gently cleanse and refresh our skin, leaving it feeling healthy, supple and soft. The shower gel has been dermatologically tested and is mild enough for the whole family to use.
Ok they are reasonable claims for a shower gel but are they true?
The instructions are that I should 'simply lather up the shower gel for a burst of citrus fragrance' but this wasn't quite how it worked.
I flipped open the top, upended the container and squeezed some of the pretty green gel onto my open hand. The smell was lovely - very zesty without being over the top like some of the lime shower gels I have tried.
I rubbed the shower gel onto my skin - hang on a minute - where is it? I looked down to find it on the floor of the shower! What had happened?
Actually this is going to be a bit difficult to explain. Normally when using shower gel it is like liquid soap in texture and is very easy to rub over my skin. This shower gel is thicker and gloopy (if that is a word) and it stays in a kind of 'lump' so it slid off my hand and onto the floor of the shower thus wasting that application.
I tried again. This time, once it was on my hand, I rubbed my hands together slightly to destroy the surface tension of the gloop and begin the lather making process. Then I rubbed it onto my skin.
To be fair the lather was pleasant enough although not luxurious, as a shower cream would be. It was more cleansing and refreshing than nourishing and moisturising but very nice for all that.
The lovely fragrance lasted during my shower and lingered in the air for some time afterwards which I liked. After I had finished my skin felt very clean and fresh and I certainly felt more awake than when I started!
In conclusion I would say that, provided you are careful not to let the blob of gel slip away when you first dispense it, this is a nice zesty shower gel to give you a bright start to your day.
The Imperial Leather shower gels come in recycleable plastic packaging so that 'you can be kind to our planet as well as your skin'. That's what I like to hear.