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I was lucky enough to get 3 different Imperial Leather shower creams on a special offer- 3 for 2- so I bought three different ones at £1.49 for 250ml- great deal.
I liked the sound of the Nourishing version as it claimed to give an extra moisturising shower with added jojoba and vitamin E.
I have to say it does what it says and you do get a very rich and luxurious lather and you do not need much cream to achieve that- so it achieved an economical and a very indulgent showering experience.
I was clean, but the important question is-was I nourished?- well I think I was- and as I suffer from dry skin, I believe myself to be a good judge. In the interest of Dooyoo I did not moisturise immediately after my shower as normal- thus testing out Imperial Leathers' claims. Well they get my vote and the greatest recommendation of all is to say I will be buying it again, regardless of whether it is on offer.
The packaging is white and pink and thus fits well on any shower room shelf. The cap lifts off and clips back easily - which is especially important as you are always using wet hands.
It isn't a naturally made product which I always prefer, but when the budget, or the time doesn't allow the purchase of a naturally made product- this will do nicely.
I have tried Imperial Leather Shower Cream in the past and was not blown away by it. However, when I saw it on special offer in the shops last week and noticed it had been redesigned I decided to give it another go. Imperial Leather is made by Cussons, (the same people who do Carex) and along with their range of shower creams also offer a range of soaps and toiletries.
When I picked the bottle up I noticed that they have changed the way it looks. Therefore, the bottle you see in the picture above is no longer what it looks like. For a start they have changed the name slightly to Softly Softly Nourishing. The bottle still retains its slight s shape design and is still white with the famous red Imperial Leather logo on the front. There is a flip top lid which when you close it makes a snap sound so you know you've done it properly and don't get shower gel leaking all over the rest of your stuff when you toss it back in the basket or bag. We are also told it contains jojoba milk and vitamin e. They have now changed the bottle theme from white and pink to white and purple and there are little decorations that look vaguely like leaves all over the front. I prefer this bottle design to the old one.
When you open it and sniff it, it smells like sweet milk. I use this with a shower puff but you can use your hands, a sponge brush or anything like that. I find it's quite runny when you pour it out with a thinner consistency compared to other products I use. As such I find I need more to get a good lather from it and so I tend to get through a bottle a bit quicker than usually. The creme itself is white in colour and looks nice but I think it's not very rich and though it claims to be moisture-rich in the blurb on the back of the bottle, I just didn't feel this was the case. With some shower cremes I can really tell they've poured a whole load of moisturiser in but with this one although my skin felt clean it didn't feel silky smooth afterwards. And the scent did not linger on my skin very long. I know for some this is an advantage but not for me.
This came in a 250ml bottle and is available from places like Boots, Superdrug and Tescos. When I bought this it was on offer at £1.42 buy one get one free in Superdrug so though it's not my favourite creme I've tried I think it's good value for money.
This was recently on offer at our local supermarket so I thought I'd give it a go. Normally the shower cream costs about £1.50. From Cussons Imperial Leather this shower product advertises itself as a cream as opposed to a shower gel, probably on account of the fact that is seems to have a consistency more similar to bubble bath than gloopy gel.
The Nourishing shower cream has jojoba milk and vitamin e to moisturise and keep skin healthy. The bottle is transparent so you can easily see how much is left and has a 'flip lid' on the top which is attached to the main lid by one of those plastic hinges that means you don't have to worry about dropping the lid and if you pour some shower cream into one hand it's easy to close the lid single-handedly.
According to the bottle the shower cream is mild enough to be used by the whole family, has been dermatologically tested, is 100% soap free and has a skin friendly pH. In addition, the packaging is made from recycled materials and the bottle is made of type 1 plastic so it can be easily recycled in most areas of the country.
I thought that the product lathered well and made skin feel nice and soft. However, the moisturising quality of the product wasn't as long lasting or as effective as I was hoping. I think this might be because the shower cream washes off quite easily once you've put it on- but this might be an advantage in some people's opinion. I was also slightly disappointed by the fact that the scent wasn't as prominent as I'd expected it would be. But for people with sensitive skin I imagine that a subtler fragrance is probably better as it's less of an irritant.
I am a real sucker for buying shower gels, and somehow I never seem to learn that because I have sensitive/dry skin, I should use gentle soap-free or fragrance-free products. For me, I like my showers to be a little bit luxurious, and I like my shower products to smell lovely too.
Imperial Leather Shower Creams are something I discovered about 4 or 5 years ago, after having seen them on a TV advert and immediately falling in love with the idea that showertime could actually be a nice experience rather than just for the purpose of getting clean and feeling not at all motivated or invigorated.
The Nourishing Shower Cream is the first of the shower creams I decided to try. I think I initially bought this from Wilkinsons, where they sold very large bottles for the price you would normally pay in Boots for the standard 250ml bottle. Imperial Leather brands are fairly easy to find on shop shelves as you cant miss the bold red and white logo. This shower cream, comes in a white bottle (with a pink background) which sort of twists up the sides with a flip top lid. On the front of the bottle it has the name of said product and the words 'Extra moisturisers for softer skin with jojoba and vitamin E'. On the back it basically reiterates this with words that make it sound like you might go to heaven with this shower cream... although I think this is somewhat unlikely! However it does say that 'Vitamin E is known to nourish dry skin and it claims to produce a thick and creamy lather for a luxurious shower experience.' Which seemed like an ideal choice for my skin type!
There is also a list of ingredients and contact information for Cussons who are the company behind Imperial Leather!
I decided to take a sample sniff before deciding whether or not to buy and on first impressions the fragrance is a sweet floral scent, Quite a delicate fragrance and not overly heavy. So upon finding it pleasing to my nasal passages, I made my way to the till.
As far as I know Imperial Leather is available in Boots, Superdrug and large supermarkets and even pound shops. More often than not you'll find them on offer. From Boots a 250ml bottle is £1.49, but recently they've had an offer on where they are half price which is very good!
Using it in the shower is pretty straightforward and you'd use it like any other shower gel. I just squeezed out a blob the size of a 50p coin onto a bath scrunchie and after squishing it around for a bit it lathered very well and the fragrance was really soft and floral. Quite comforting in a way and it makes you feel comforted especially in the cold winter months whereas in summer it's just very light and sweet. The lather is very creamy too and feels so silky when using it on a shower puff.
It really feels like it's doing a lovely job of cleaning and moisturising. After coming out of the shower the fragrance isn't as noticeable but it's still there just very subtle and after drying off my skin is very silky and smooth. It doesn't feel moisturised per se, just softer and smoother. I still find I need to use body lotion afterwards, but even on my sensitive skin it doesnt irritate it at all. Some shower gels break me out in hives and I end up scratching as though I've got fleas! But no, this was very gentle, it cleansed very well and left a delicate, sweet floral scent on my skin.
I'd say with being able to find this in most shops and supermarkets, a lot of them have offers so I think it's well worth the money, even if you paid full price for it. I recommend this for anybody and it seems suitable enough for sensitive skin too!
Enjoy this rich and creamy lather, as it gently cleans and cares for all the family /