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I recently tried a shower gel called Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Shower Foamburst.
The shower gel is packaged in a 200ml aerosol can. I like the packaging and think it looks simple but attractive. It certainly stands out on the shelf in the supermarkets (mainly due to the unusual choice of can). It is a caramel colour with a Japanese symbol and pink jasmine flower on the front (slightly different to that above).
It has no lid, just a button on the top to press to dispense the shower gel - I find this super useful when using in the shower as it means I can easily dispense the gel. You can hold it upright and only need to use one hand (shower gel in one hand, shower puff in the other hand!). You only need to use a tiny amount of force because the shower gel comes out fast and one small squirt usually dispenses enough to cover my whole body!
I use a shower puff every time I have a shower and usually squirt a small amount of shower gel on to the shower puff (as I've already mentioned, I only need a small amount because a little goes a long way). I was really surprised the first time I pressed down on the can and squirted out a pile of gel! The shower gel looks just like shaving foam does - it comes out as a transparent gel and suddenly starts to turn in to a white foam when the air gets to it. The fact that it's a gel is really appealing to me as it's so unusual and different to the norm. When I rub the gel on my skin it instantly works up a white foamy lather. It works up such as lather that I usually don't need to apply a second lot to the shower puff. The front of the can states that it lasts '40 washes' and although I haven't counted the amount of showers I've used it in, I think it's been about 20 times and there still seems to be plenty left.
Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Shower Foamburst smells divine. It has a really nice scent but one which I can't really explain. It is quite florally scented and would probably be favoured by women, however I do think it's perfectly fine for men to use too. I actually find that the combined scent and foamy lather makes for quite a luxurious showering experience!
I always feel clean, fresh and invigorated after I've used this shower gel. My skin feels soft and moisturised. Sometimes certain shower gels don't agree with me and irritate, however this shower gel is fine for me.
I would say the only real downside is that the scent doesn't stay on my skin for long after I've showered. I can usually smell it faintly but it doesn't seem to last long at all. This is unfortunate as the shower gel smells so nice, plus it smells quite strong whilst using it in the bathroom.
Imperial Leather is owned by a brand called Cussons. Nothing is mentioned on the can but the website states that Cussons don't test any of their products on animals or commission others to do so on their behalf.
You can buy Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Shower Foamburst from most supermarkets and it generally costs £2.50-3.00 which may not be very expensive, but is more expensive than some shower gels (however it does last a long time so is pretty good value for money). I recommend.
Just recently I bought a load of new shower products for a pound each in Poundland and this of course was one of my purchases that cost of course a mere pound. Usual price of this is around £2.99 in places like Boots and Tescos and the likes but being a limited edition it is hard to get hold as its been around rather a while now so if you can't find it in stores your best bet is to Google this one online!
This product comes in a cream coloured can with a push button dispenser to the top of it and with a light lilac flower depicted on the front and we are told that it is Cussons Imperial Leather, Japanese Spa Foamburst 'With green tea, rice milk & jasmine' and that it is lightly moisturising and contains 40 washes. On the back of the can we are told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingreidients and the size is stated (which in this case is 200ml) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice looking can this one, easy to use and informative enough too.
Well to use this you simply push the button to the top of it and dispense your required amount and the gel goes from a transparent gel to a thick white, rich foam almost instantly in front of your eyes. It has a very gentle fragrance this one and in my opinion is very unisex in fragrance simply smelling fresh and clean and with a very small hint of floral to it. It really isn't highly scented at all this one.
As for giving out 40 washes that of course depends on how much you use per shower. I have found these cans to give me more like 20 washes which for a quid still seems a good deal to me and I do like a lot of gel when washing to be fair.
This does leave me feeling fresh and clean though not as fresh fragranced as I would like. I can shave with it in the shower if I want to and and it rinses off easily leaving my skin soft enouh though not one bit greasy.
I would buy this again on offer but not at full price as not only is it not fragranced as much as I appreciate but it certainly don't give me any 'Spa' feeling from it whatsoever....whatever thats meant to feel like lol.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a fan of most things from the Imperial Leather brand that I have tried in the past, as their products always seem quite luxurious to me and it has become clear to me that it is a brand that I can trust. I have tried out several of the Imperial Leather 'Foamburst' foaming shower gels in the past and have really loved each and every one of them thus far.
I was quite intrigued by what seemed to be a new addition to the range of foaming shower gels, namely the "Japanese Spa" Imperial Leather Foamburst, which is a limited edition product in the range. I had not seen this particular offering before and decided there and then to try it out. I bought it recently in a local discounted drugstore and paid around £2 for the tin can of the product, which is a fairly generous 200ml in size.
Its size is even more generous when you consider that I am informed on the back of the can that there are "Over 40 Showers In Every Pack". Whilst I would not normally pay around the £2 mark for a basic, everyday shower gel product, the luxurious feel of the Foamburst, together with the amount of use I can obtain from one can, do make it a fairly economical product, all things considered.
The Japanese Spa Foamburst shower gel comes in a container that is unusual for a shower gel product; there is no plastic bottle, no flip up plastic cap and no see-through plastic to see the liquid shower gel product itself. Instead, the Foamburst is packaged in a metal tin, that looks to me like an anti-perspirant deodorant or a body spray or something similar. There is a plastic lid at the top of the metal tin within which there is an indent which dispenses the product when pressed. The overall impression that the cream-coloured canister gives me is that the product is going to be a very feminine one, and the lilac, pale green and dark purple colours, together with the rather feminine-looking flower and leaf image used on the front of the packaging certainly back up this impression.
All of the Foamburst shower gels that I have tried to date have the same gel-like consistency which varies in colour - depending on the fragrance of Foamburst shower gel that you are using - and is thick in its consistency. When the gel is squirted onto my flannel from the nozzle on the metal canister, it is dispensed quite neatly and it looks rather like a paste or a thick gel to me, much thicker than a normal shower gel 'liquid' product that I would usually use. The only main difference in the product's appearance when it is compared to the other foaming shower gels I have tried from the range, is that the translucent gel product is completely clear, and it has absolutely no colour in it at all. This is not exactly off-putting, but it was a bit of a surprise to me I have to admit.
There is another difference between the Japanese Spa Foamburst and the other products in the range that I use regularly, and it is evident to me as soon as the product has been dispensed; the fragrance of the Japanese Spa product is much more subdued and not as noticeable as the alternatives in the range. The fragrance is so faint that the first time I used the product I actually wondered if I had somehow managed to pick up an 'unfragranced' alternative by mistake, such was the omission of that familiar, instantaneous, aromatic 'whiff' which I have become accustomed to when using a product from the Imperial Leather Foamburst range. Upon sniffing the product on my flannel or sponge, these fears were immediately put to rest as there was a reassuring aroma detectable.
This aroma 'blossoms' slightly more once the gel has begun to 'work' onto my skin, by application either from a flannel or from my hand. I have to confess, however, that I find the overall aroma of the product to be a bit disappointing, and when compared to other products in the range it is most definitely lacking the usual 'kick' that is usually evident in the Foamburst products. The fragrance is undeniably floral and fragrant, and as I had suspected, it is very feminine and really quite perfumed. There is no way that my other half would use this product himself, whereas other products in the Foamburst range are quite fruity or just sort of soap-like in their respective fragrances and so have a more 'unisex' appeal to them. In the case of the Japanese Spa Foamburst, the initial floral fragrance that sets the tone for the product DOES give way to something much more soap-like, but the initial floral tone remains throughout this secondary scent, so the overall fragrance that the product gives is really quite feminine. I do, however, find that the fragrance is quite light, which is surprising given the floral tones that overhang the fragrance throughout the time I am using it, but I have to confess that at no point is the fragrance over-powering or too much at all. It is flowery and it is light, but to be honest it is not particularly unique or innovative, and I am by no means 'blown away' by it.
As for the 'Foamburst' element of this product, well, it comes into full force pretty much as soon as the product hits water. What transforms from the thick, gel-like paste is an absolute abundance of rich, creamy, luxurious foamy lather. This makes the product seem very rich and luxurious when I am using it and it seems to be extremely soft and gentle, fluffy even, on my tired skin. I am informed that the Japanese Spa Foamburst is 'Lightly Moisturising' and I would agree with this statement, as my skin has always felt quite soft after using the product. Not overly so, but I certainly don't think that the product dries out the skin.
As with all the products in the Imperial Leather Foamburst range that I have tried in the past, I have used the Japanese Spa version to shave my legs. Thanks to the thick, gel-like consistency of the product, and the thick, creamy, foamy lather that it produces, I find that Foamburst produces a sufficient lather to allow my razor to glide over my wet skin. This has proven to be useful when I am going on a short trip away as it means I only need to take one product instead of packing a separate shower gel and shaving foam. I have had no experience of any irritation to my sensitive skin when I have used the product in this way. Whilst I am on the subject of my sensitive skin, it is worth noting that the Japanese Spa Imperial Leather has caused nothing in the way of negative reactions to my eczema or sensitive skin, so I would say that the product is quite gentle and fairly kind to sensitive skin.
I frequently use this product in the bathtub as well as when taking a shower. I find that a little of the product applied to a damp flannel soaps up quite nicely on the flannel and produces a significant soapy lather for me to wash myself. Only a small amount requires to be used so I would agree whole-heartedly with the claims made by the manufacturer about the product lasting for 40+ washes; in actual fact, it lasts me for around six weeks or so, which I think is very economical.
All in all, I would recommend trying out the Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Foamburst, but to be honest it is a kind of 'half-hearted' recommendation, mainly because there are MUCH nicer alternatives available in the same range. If I had not tried out the other products in the range, then there's no doubt that I'd be raving about this one, but as it is, I can't help but feel a little disappointed at this latest offering. My advice is to try one of the other fragrances instead! As a result of my disappointment, I can only award the product three stars.
There is a whole range of products available from the Imperial Leather Foamburst range, which can be found in all good drugstores such as Superdrug and Boots, as well as larger supermarkets such as Tesco or Asda. Prices vary greatly, but are usually between £2 - £3.