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Imperial Leather Energising Shower Gel

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Brand: Cussons / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Energises

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      17.07.2012 23:38
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      Really nice - hope I can track down some more!

      This is a shower gel that I've repeatedly fallen back on over the years and I currently have quite a few bottles in my cupboard that I bought while they were on offer and am still working my way through. I have a couple of different varieties, one of which is this one.

      Despite the name, I don't feel that this is any better at waking me up in the mornings than the other Original Leather shower gel still in my collection. It has a pleasant fragrance, which I can't quite put on my finger on in terms of what it actually smells like. It's not overly strong though and as mentioned, I don't feel that it's any better than most other shower gels in that sense. If you're looking for something to specifically give you a good wake-up call, this isn't the best option out there.

      Having said that, it's a perfectly decent shower gel. It always makes me feel lovely and clean and doesn't dry out my skin too much. Without going into too much detail, I am acne prone on my chest, shoulders and upper arms (to a lesser extent, on my upper back) and while I want something that will obviously keep these areas under control, I also don't want anything too cleansing that will strip oil and give me an even bigger problem. I can honestly say that since I started using this shower gel again, it seems to help calm spots down and stops so many new ones appearing so it seems to do the trick there. It doesn't lather up too easily and I often feel like I need two handfuls just to do the aforementioned areas to feel like I've got a decent enough lather going but that's not a big problem as the bottle is pretty big!

      I've just tried to find a current price and I'm really struggling so I'm not sure whether this is currently being sold anymore or not. I hope it is as I really like it and am hoping to be able to get some more once my current stash runs out.

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        16.03.2011 11:55
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        I bought so many Imperial Leather products when the products were on offer, that I am only just getting through them slowly but surely. Shower Gels are 1 of the many products that I chop and change. I've found plenty of nice ones, but none so far that I feel that I would just solely use a certain one and not use any others.

        This comes in a 250ml bottle and the right price in my local Asda is £1 per bottle. I think it is nomally a bit more expensive than this, but not that much really. Asda was running a 4 for £3 on a lot of products a while back and all the Imperial Leather products were in the offer.

        The bottle looks the same as the Dooyoo picture. It's an ok looking bottle but it's what's inside that counts though. The bottle has a slight shape to it which is easy enough to hold with wet hands. The flip top lid is quite large and also easy enough to open as well. I hate when a lid is too stiff when you first use it. The colouring of this is a medium blue and from the look of it I thought it was a Man's Shower Gel. I believe this could be used as a unisex one, as it's not full of Floral scents or that.

        This is a medium thickness Gel and a little of this on a Shower Puff goes a long way.

        So how does this smell? It's quite a nice scent but I suppose it depends on what kind of smell you go for. This has Ginseng in it, and there is a slight gritty and Ginger kind of scent to it - perhaps this is for the Energising part. Also I think this smells slightly Aquatic and there is a nice crisp airy scent to this. It smells quite a cool and cold scent, which is a kind of scent that I would go for.

        So would I use this again? Yes I would. It is nice enough but not overly Energising. There is other Gels I would reach for before this one so that is the reason for the middle of the road scoring.

        A nice enough Gel and worth a try if you like crisp, cool scented Gels.

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          14.05.2009 22:28
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          not for me

          I love imperial leather products and regularly buy their shower gels and handwashes and so I decided to give this one a go when it was on offer for a £1 for a 250ml bottle in ASDA, as I just love a bargain. The normal price is £1.45

          The scent is called energising and it is supposed to stimulate the senses as it contains ginseng which is known to improve vitality and energy. It does have a fresh smell which is hard to explain but I would not say I feel any more energised than on any other morning when I have not used it!!, but I find it more of a manly smell, a bit like after shave and I prefer my shower gels to be more feminine and a little floral, like the japanese spa scent that imperial leather make but I will use it until the bottle has gone and then replace it with a different scented one.

          You can use this for washing your hair too if desired, but I find it dries your hair, so I tend to stick with this for the body and use my normal shampoo for my hair. I do also find that when you pour some onto your hands before applying it does tend to be a bit gloopy and easily dropped into the shower. I have used it to lather my legs before shaving and it has not been too bad, it leaves my skin nice and not too dry.

          I would recommend imperial leather normally but would not for this particular scent.

          Thankyou for reading.

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            19.04.2009 15:47
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            Can you imagine smelling like fly spray?

            Imperial Leather soap and hand wash are two products which I have tried in the past and since walking around a local supermarket Imperial Leather's own shower gel caught my eye at just £1 for a 250ml tube. The trouble with Imperial Leather is that as a brand they keep bringing out old versions and putting them into new bottles hoping the consumer won't notice. Out of the ten on offer at my local supermarket for example its often difficult to find which one is the best. There is quite an extensive range of shower gel products from this company that as a result there are new and old bottles of the same formula on the shelf.


            One of the aspects which attracted me to this type of shower gel from Imperial Leather is the fact that it claims to be a shampoo and shower gel in one. Tie in the fact that it displays in white lettering on the blue plastic bottle, "Energising," on a line of waves and you'd think I'd have chosen the product purely for the claim. Well top marks if you thought so, because I thought I could find something just as good as the alternative shower gel I stumbled across which really awakens me, and at the time of purchase thought that this product could be the same type.


            For a start there are a lot of claims of this product that Imperial Leather go to the bother of putting on the back of the bottle. It promises to get your senses going with a blend of ginseng "...known to improve energy and vitality and Guarana, a natural stimulant, combined with a rich, creamy lather for an energising shower experience..."


            Is it hypoallergenic? Is it suitable for all skin types? Well apparently it is according to the bottle being soap free and pH skin friendly. The problem is its actual scent. I've never actually smelt Ginseng before having drunk it in a Chinese wine preparation and decided I would never touch it again because it was quite bitter and Asian type Ginseng doesn't actually have a smell anyway. Guarana on the other hand has a dark ash type smell so if this product does contain these ingredients what should you expect?


            First of all -and here's where I take issue - if a so called shower gel is supposed to have Ginseng in it, how is it supposed to stimulate skin when you have to take the stuff internally? Its not a wonder drug that is usually associated with body creams and potions - although Ginseng products (Molton Brown do offer one which has a mix of other herbs) do not usually appear by their own content - without additional mixtures of other herbs and oils mixed in to heighten effect.


            The scent has really put me off. When I tried it in the shop I discovered that it had a nice understated sporty scent to it, not unlike other Imperial Leather products but when I got it home and used it in the shower, particularly the next morning I got a shock on the waves of the scent within the under body of its tones. Brace yourself people!! Floret fly spray is probably the closest which brings me to describe the association of the scent and its not one I want to douse my body in, no thank you! At best the scent is fresh - to begin with - but it doesn't last very long and the overall tone of the scent left in the shower/bathroom smelt of mixed flowers and fly spray.


            So for its shampoo effect, I found it doesn't tangle my hair but having dry hair generally and what's left of it, the shampoo side of this shower gel gave me below average results. At the end of same-day washing, my hair felt a little scratchy and most parts of my hair had returned to its natural dry state. So for me it didn't work!


            And it doesn't get any better here. Sadly there are no moisturising properties to be had from this shower gel, even if the waters in the west coast of Scotland are generally softer. Imperial Leather claim that this shower gel lathers up - but not without the use of one of those fangled net sponges - which to be honest with most shower gels, the net fabric usually allows any kind of shower gel to lather up. On its own, putting the shower gel into your hand and merely sliding it all over you body will not produce much of a "creamy" lather. Creamy lather to me should evoke some degree of richness, not weak foam!


            So does this product energise? Not really. It woke me up for a brief millisecond before I realised it may well have been the fly killer scent that woke me up rather than the supposed contents - and if it is not supposed to revive, then what does the word, Energise really mean? Imperial Leather has good products generally but in my mind this isn't one of them and for £1 there are better products out there. Thanks for reading. Original review ©Nar07. Review updated ©Nar2 2009

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              27.02.2009 23:59
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              A very poor excuse for a shower gel (& shampoo!)

              I bought this shower gel along with 2 other Imperial Leather ones, as there was a half price offer across most of the range in Boots. The usual price is £1.46 for a 250ml bottle, making them 73p on the half price offer.

              Imperial Leather describe this as an intense blend of ginseng and guarana to stimulate your senses, combined with a rich, creamy lather for an energising experience. It's dermatologically tested, 100% soap free, and has a skin friendly ph, so it should be suitable for all skin types.

              It comes in a semi-opaque blue plastic bottle, with a darker blue flip-top lid. The lid fastens securely to ensure no spills, but is easy to open when you need to use it. The hole in the top is on the large side, but it's still easy to control the amount of gel you get out.

              The gel itself is a semi-transparent blue similar to that of the bottle. It has a smooth, fairly thick gel like consistency. The scent is, to my nose at least, just a generic 'masculine' scent, similar to a lot of others. I can't detect the ginseng or guarana in the scent at all. It's not a strong or overpowering scent though, and is in fact quite fresh and uplifting.

              It lathers up really easily, either using just your hands or a shower puff or sponge, but I wouldn't describe the lather as rich and creamy as the blurb does. The lather is actually quite thin and it doesn't feel creamy, though it does have a soft, smooth texture to it. It does feel nice on the skin, but it certainly wouldn't be described as luxurious.

              While I'm using the shower gel it feels quite refreshing on my skin, and feels like it's smoothing as well as cleansing the skin. The scent doesn't get any stronger while I'm using it, but it is very noticeable, so if you don't like the scent it could pose a problem. The scent also lingers softly on my skin for a while after drying off.

              Whilst this feels quite nice to use, and feels as though it's smoothing the skin, once I've dried off my skin feels as though it's too squeaky clean, like it's been stripped of all its moisture, and it soon starts to feel quite dry and tight. I find I need to use a lot of body lotion to counteract the effects this has on my skin.

              This shower gel is also supposed to be suitable for use as a shampoo, and though I had my doubts as to how effective it would be I did try it out on my hair. It felt ok to use, lathered up well and rinsed out easily, but it left my hair feeling stripped and lank, and looking dull and tired. My fiancé also tried it on his short, easy to manage, 'I can use anything on my hair and it looks great' hair, and was as unimpressed with its results as I was.

              Overall I was not very happy with this shower gel, even at the 'bargain' price of 73p. It doesn't really live up to its claims, it left my skin dehydrated, and I really think they should take the words '& shampoo' off the bottle. Not one to buy again.

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              An energising skin conditioner with ginseng and a stimulating fragrance /