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Imperial Leather Skin Kind Enriched Shower Gel

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Brand: Cussons / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Enriches,

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      17.03.2014 12:58
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      Another decent product from Imperial Leather.

      Two things attracted me to this product when I was shopping recently: first it was on offer - large 500ml bottles were 2 for £3 at Asda - and secondly, the product looked attractive and different. The product appeared to be a clear gel with tiny pale pink pearls/beads suspended in it. I was intrigued and wanted to try it.

      The product:

      This SkinKind Enrich body wash product from Imperial Leather is raspberry and lime blossom scented and has jojoba oil moisture beads. It is hypoallergenic, allergen free fragranced, and dermatologically tested. The product is triple moisturising and pH neutral. The product aims to be kind to skin, leaving your skin healthy, feeling moisturised and well cared for.


      Ingredients:

      [Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Helianthus Annuus Oil, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract, Parfum, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Gelatin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinoe, Mica, Cl 77891, Cl 75470, Cl 73360]


      My experience:

      I liked the smell of this product. You can smell the raspberry scent coming through in this gel as soon as you flip the cap on the bottle - it is a soft scent though. Lovely.

      The gel is very thick and I did need to rub quite a bit to get a lather - but when it does lather up, the lather is creamy and has a silky feel to it as you move it across your skin. The soft fruity scent and the creamy lather makes for a luxurious feeling combination which appeals to the senses.

      I wasn't as impressed with the jojoba beads in the end though. The beads are soft, I couldn't feel them particularly - but some seemed reluctant to dissolve away and I found brushing them off my skin vaguely annoying. Although they made the product look appealing in the bottle - I'm not sure that they added to the overall experience of the body wash.

      After washing, this product does leave your skin feeling soft and nourished with a soft lingering scent for a while. As far as results on my skin goes, this is one of the best products I've tried in quite a while. It does not irritate my sensitive skin at all and feels beneficial to use. Full marks for the end result then. Shame about the pearls.

      Conclusion: a good body wash. I'd give it 3 and a half dooyoo stars. (A relief, since I have two big bottles of the stuff.) Recommended.

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        09.08.2013 19:08
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        Does the job but without the fun stuff.

        I usually buy 'luxury' bathing products, but picked up some Imperial Leather Skin Kind earlier this year as I was a bit skint and wanted something cheap and cheerful. It was on offer at the time of buying for around £1.50 in Boots. This review is for the 'Raspberry and Lime Blossom' fragrance, which I thought I would try as I love fresh, crisp fruity smells, especially citrus.

        ~Price~
        At Boots this product usually retails at £2.79, but at 500ml it is a very big bottle and lasts a long time

        ~The Bottle~
        The bottle is see through, with a clear liquid inside with little pink beads (apparently they're 'jojoba moisture beads') The bottle has a curved shape which makes it easy to grip, although it is a large bottle and so a bit heavier than your average. There is a clip up top which is very easy to use and therefore I'd say it's suitable for use in bath, shower or shower cubicle.
        The front of the bottle describes the product as hypoallergenic with an allergin free fragrance. The back adds that the product is dermatologically tested, triple moisturising and pH neutral. So far so good!
        The texture of the product in the bottle is quite thin, which makes it feel a bit watery.

        ~Shower time~
        I used this product in the shower using a shower pouffe. A regular amount goes a long way, and it foams up nicely and is easy to use. However - it doesn't smell of anything! If you smell the bottle there is a faint whiff of raspberries, but it mostly smells like shower gel chemicals. When washing with this product, there is literally no nice smell as all - just shower product. This to me is really disappointing, as the fun of a new shower gel is having a lovely scent and coming our feeling all fresh, clean and sweet smelling.
        After showering I felt the same as usual really - like I'd had a wash and was fresh and clean as with any shower gel, there was just a disappointing lack of fruitiness!

        ~Overall~
        Overall this product does nothing for me, due to a lack of scent. I loved the sound of raspberry and lime blossom, but sadly this item doesn't smell like raspberry and lime blossom. The product and bottle design looks great and is easy to use, and I certainly felt clean. However, personally I don't see the point of a fragrance-lacking shower gel. I used half the bottle and now it lives in the bathroom cupboard until I'm poor enough to run out of shower gel and not buy some nicer shower gel. Therefore I can't give this product more than a 3

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        21.05.2013 17:28
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        A good hypoallergenic shower gel but doesn't deliver all of its promises e.g. moisurising & smell

        My husband has a tendency to get "itchy" after using many normal shower gels, so I am always on the lookout for gentler alternatives that are affordable enough for our whole family of 5 to use (take 5 bottles into the shower?... not me!). This one happened to be half price in the supermarket, and looked appealing - it is clear with little flecks in it, and looks very refreshing and natural. The packaging is sturdy and subtle (no neon labels to clash with my towels!), and the fragrance is described as Raspberry and Mint, both f which I love.

        The "skin kind" element seems to be that it is hypoallergenic and has "allergen-free fragrance", so I suppose it is marketing itself as a shower gel that is as skin kind as fragrance free ones, but with a fragrance. It also advertises that it contains jojoba oil moisture beads - aha, that must be what the little flecks are that you can see through the bottle....

        So, I took the plunge and bought one. When I first used it, I was struck by the lack of fragrance! Where are the raspberries and limes? There was a very slight fragrance while foaming up the gel, but no lingering scent in the bathroom or on the skin, even after a minute there was no trace of the smell. The gel was slightly runnier than standard shower gel, which meant that more came out of the bottle than I wanted, but no more so than other gentle shower gels. It foams nicely, and cleans the skin well, but I wouldn't say it moisturises at all, despite its promises.

        The ingredients of the shower gel some natural fruit and flower extracts. One of the ingredients is also "Helianthus Annuus Oil", which sounds very highfallutin but is actually sunflower oil. It does contain a silicone compound, but seemingly no parabens.

        Overall, this shower gel is good at cleansing and has fewer irritants than many. However, I didn't feel it lived up to its moisturising promises and the fragrance might as well not have been there at all! I wouldn't pay full price for it (around £2.69) but at half price it was good value.

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        19.04.2013 11:35
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        Won't bother again

        I couldn't resist trying this shower gel when I saw it reduced to half price in Morrisons, for no other reason than I love a bargain and it smelt quite fruity when I lifted the lid. I ended up with a 500ml bottle for around £1.20 which I thought was good value, although at full price this would make it £2.40.

        The shower gel is described as being allergen free, hypoallergenic, triple moisturising, pH neutral, and is dermatologically approved for sensitive skin. It is, therefore, very suitable for anyone with mild skin conditions or dry skin. I don't really have any skin conditions as such, but I do suffer with dry skin, so I try to choose gentle bathing products which might hopefully restore some moisture, or at least not strip my skin of moisture.

        I have a few gripes with the packaging for this shower gel, the main one being that the lid is quite flimsy. In fact, I nearly lost half the product in the car before I got home because I didn't notice the lid wasn't closed properly, but luckily it was stored upright. It's fine once it's in the shower, but I wouldn't risk taking this away with me as I'd be worried about it leaking in my bag.

        The shower gel itself is pleasant enough to use. It's a very faint pink colour, with some kind of pink beads which don't seem to serve any purpose except to get stuck in your grout, which I found a bit annoying. I did wonder if they might be exfoliating beads, but the gel feels smooth so I guess they're only there for decorative purposes, and to convince gullible people like me to buy it.

        The fragrance is fruity enough, although I wouldn't really be able to pin it down to lime or raspberry. It doesn't smell like the Original Source ones where you walk into the bathroom and immediately know what the fragrance is. It's actually quite artificial smelling, considering the idea behind this one is that it's allergen free and good for your skin.

        I wasn't overly impressed with this shower gel to be honest. It performs ok in terms of cleaning, but then don't most of them? It doesn't create any kind of luxurious lather or anything, and to be honest by the end of the bottle I was relieved to see the back of it to try something new. I probably woudn't bother with this one again.

        (Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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