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      13.06.2014 20:42
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      Zingy ginger for a great start to the day

      Not very long ago, about three or four months back I bought a lovely shower gel from Home Bargains by Imperial Leather. This was called Wake Up Shower Gel and I used it nearly every morning for about three weeks till it was all gone.

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      22.02.2012 10:16
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      Imperial Leather Wake up shower gel

      I love nice girly smelling shower gels in my shower and this is one of the nicest ones I've tried recently. I regularly buy Imperial Leather shower gels as I think they are really well made and have some interesting fragrances and this one is no exception.

      The story of Imperial Leather is an interesting one. According to an article, I read, "The brand goes all the way back to 1768 when a Russian nobleman called Count Orlof commissioned a brand of perfume from Bayleys of Bond Street in London. The perfume was called 'Eau de Cologne Imperiale Russe'. In 1921 Bayleys was acquired by Cussons Sons & Co, chaired by Alexander Tom Cussons. It was not until some years later in 1938 that Alex Cussons used the original perfume and created Cussons Imperial Leather soap and other toiletries. The soap was initially called 'Imperiale Russian Leather', but was soon renamed to Imperial Leather. In 1975 the Cussons Group was itself acquired by Paterson Zochonis, recently renamed to PZ Cussons.

      I find just regular soap quite drying on my skin so thats why I love shower gel in my shower. This particular one is from their wake up range of shower products, designed for whenever you need a bit of zing and a stimulating burst of scent. The gel is quite thick and when you squeeze it out on your hand it stays there so it enables you to get a really nice lather up and will not get washed away, especially under all that running water. The gel then does lather up very well, especially if you are using a bath puff.

      The scent of this one is really nice and definitely quite zingy. The ginger makes it quite a hot fragrance and does help to wake met up in the morning if I am feeling quite tired. I can smell the fragrance as it is quite strong. IF my husband has had a shower before me the whole bathroom will fill up with the smell of this shower gel which is nice. I find the scent says on my body for quite a while and will last throughout quite a bit of the day and keep me feeling nice and clean.

      The only negative I have about this shower gel is that it has a flip top lid which stays closed perfectly well but if like me you have no shelf in your shower you will have to keep this bottle on the floor as it does not come with a hook to hang over the shower head which is a little bit inconvenient but not a dealbraker. At the moment Asda I think are selling 3 for 2 on all Imperial Leather shower gels so I recommend stocking up today!

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      25.01.2012 19:01
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      A good cheap shower gel

      At this time of the year I always have a bathroom cupboard heaving with lovely 'smellies' which I have received for my birthday in November and then for Christmas. On the down side I usually run out by early November and have to buy my own!

      Last year one of the ones that I bought was the Imperial Leather Wake Up Invigorating Shower Gel with Bitter Lemon and Ginger which, at the time, was just £1 from Boots. I have taken a look online and they tend to be anything from £1.50 to £2.50 nowadays.

      The package is slightly unusual when compared to other shower gels. It doesn't have a hook to hang it up in the shower but the unusual thing is the shape of the container. It is kind of wiggly! It curves slightly first to the left and then to the right. It does make it into a shape that it easy to grip when my hands are wet whilst using the shower - whether this was considered when the design was agreed or whether it is just an unexpected bonus I have no idea.

      The Wake Up variety is in a clear plastic container with a bright yellow top and the name of the shower gel on the front together with a sketch of some lemons. Of course, since the container is plastic, it should be recycled. Through the plastic container you can see the bright yellow shower gel within so you can see how much you have left.

      The information on the back of the container suggests that this shower gel will 'put a spring in your step and a smile on your face even on the darkest of days'. Now, to be fair, I think that's going a bit far but I thought it was worth a try!

      Having said that the individual components of the shower gel do have their own properties - bitter lemon is a fresh and zingy detoxifier enriched with vitamin C and ginger is warming, fragrant and vigorous. The shower gel itself is PH balanced, soap free, dermatologically tested and mild enough for the whole family to use.

      To use the shower gel you start by flipping open the lid whereupon the fragrance will greet your nostrils! The smell of the bitter lemon is zingy and smells really refreshing and the warmth of the ginger is definitely there too! You then turn the container upside down and squeeze until the shower gel comes out into your hand in a nice yellow blob.

      The shower gel is fairly thick and translucent and it lathers up well in the shower surrounding me with bubbles and that lemony, gingery smell! To be fair it is zingy enough to give me a bit of a boost in my early morning shower although I have to say that I do prefer the creamy, flowery ones over this one if I am honest.

      Considering the fact that I had only paid £1 for 250ml of shower cream I am very impressed with it as far as it goes but I wouldn't buy this particular fragrance again as there are others that I like much more. There are also quite a few other fragrances in the range so I may be revisiting these when my current stash runs out.

      As with anything of this type there is a cautionary note telling you to avoid getting it in your eyes and to wash them well with warm water if any does get there, but that's pretty much common sense isn't it?

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        13.03.2011 13:03
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        This was another kind of Shower Gel I tried when I stocked up on an Imperial Leather Shower Gel deal not that long ago. I do like the range fro the brand, but for some reason don't tend to buy it all that much. Probably because there is so many different ranges that I also like, so it takes me a while to work my way around them all.

        This comes in a 250ml bottle and my local branch of Asda sells the bottles for £1 each. They have been that price for a good while. Not that long ago there was an offer of 4 for £3 and this offer seemed to run for quite a while as well. Not sure if it is still running. Anyway I got 4 different ones and set about trying them all.

        This 1 is meant to wake you up, which would be a good thing in the morning anyway. I sniffed this before I bought it and it smells pretty Citrussy and zingy. I read on the back that the scents in here were Bitter lemon and Ginger. Hardly the most appealing scents to me, but they sounded like they would wake my Nose up anyway.

        The bottle looks the same as the Dooyoo picture. A yellow plastic bottle which has a flip top lid that is easy enough to open even with wet hands. There is a slight shape to this bottle and it is easy enough to hold when in the Shower as well.

        The Gel is quite thick so a decent sized blob on a Shower Puff goes a long way.

        When I first used this and put some on the Puff I could smell a slight sharp scent from this. It wasn't overly bitter smelling, but you could tell it was Lemon anyway. The ginger part is quite a warming scent and a bit musky and the 2 scents go together well enough.

        So this lather up ok, and washed off fine. The scent lingered on my skin a bit but pretty faintly.

        So did this work and wake me up? I wouldn't say any more than what a Shower in the Morning would normally do.

        I wouldn't buy this again as the scent wasn't really all that interesting and there is a lot nicer smelling ones than this in the range.

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        18.03.2010 09:12
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        Middle of the road shower gel

        When it comes to shower gels, I do thend to go for zingy citrus varieties as I need as much help as possible to get myself up and motivated in the morning. I have always been a fan of the Original Source shower gels but I do only tend to stock up on them when they are on special offer. We seem to get through an awful lot of shower gel, so I need to try and not spend too many pennies on the stuff.

        Every now and then however I do try other brands and am always hoping for the same refreshing and invigorating results. A couple of weeks ago, I needed some more shower gel and was disappointed to see that there was no special offer running on the Original Source range. Instead I was forced to choose between a whole range of new and unfamiliar products.

        I could see that the Imperial Leather range were on a special offer in Tescos with a 250ml bottle being reduced from £1.50 to a £1. This seemed quite reasonable and Imperial Leather was a brand that I trusted to give good results. I was drawn to the bottle containing a cheerful lemon coloured gel straight away and could see that the bottle was labelled 'Wake Up - Invigorating' and the variety was bitter lemon and ginger. This sounded as though it was exactly what I was looking for, so into my trolley it went.

        I had a quick look at the back of the bottle and was further encouraged by the claims that this shower gel was a skin friendly PH and mild enough for the whole family to use.

        Next morning I used the shower gel for the first time. I was feeling in need of something to wake me up and make me ready to face the day and I squeezed out a healthy dollup onto my had. I used a shower puff to try and build up a lovely lather and I have to admit I was quite disappointed. It just didn't produce the results I was expecting and I ended up using quite a lot of the product through the shower to get myself feeling really clean and fresh.

        The smell was lemony but it just wasn't lemony enough for me, if I buy a citrus shower gel, I want it to be really zingy and totally take over my senses and while this was perfectly pleasant, it just didn't have the effect I was after.

        I probably wouln't buy this product again, it just wasn't for me but as a shower gel, it is gentle and leaves you feeling fresh and clean.

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          20.02.2010 17:55
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          Imperial Leather is my favourite brand to use for shower gel and I've tried many of their different shower products. One of them is the Wake Up which is a bright yellow gel and looks exactly like what it is called.

          This shower gel contains a burst of bitter lemon and ginger which are supposed to give you a zing, refresh you and wake you up. The bitter lemon is a detoxifier and the ginger is warming and vigorous according to the bottle.

          As soon as you open the bottle lid you can smell a very strong scent of - you can smell both the lemon and ginger but the general smell is a very strong citrus scent. The smell isn't unpleasant and a lot of people will probably like it but I'm just not keen on a citrus/lemon smell and I don't like ginger. For some reason the smell makes me think that this is more suitable for men to use as it doesn't have a particularly female smell.

          The great thing about this though is that it's a pure gel not a cream so it lathers up really well in your hands. Because the scent of the shower gel is so strong it does leave the smell on your body which is nice and refreshing to still be able to smell it after you've been out of the shower for a while and it certainly leaves you feeling clean and fresh.

          However, when I've used this, I've found that it's stung my skin a little. I don't think I'm allergic to anything in it as I can eat and drink citrus fruits but this just seems to make my skin sting a bit. Maybe I have sensitive skin, I'm not sure, but because of that I won't be buying this Wake Up shower gel again.

          If you like the smell of very strong citrus fruits and you don't have sensitive skin then this is a good shower gel as it does its job of keeping you refreshed and awake.

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          03.02.2010 12:09
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          nasty

          I'm not really a high maintenance kind of gal when it comes to all things cleansing, and I'm pretty open to trying any products that are "on offer" and find some items in the very lowest price bracket to be really good. Having taken what I have sworn will my last ever shower with this product, which I have been trying to "use up", I have to say that this item is, sadly, one to avoid even at the bargainous price of £1 for 250ml.

          The promised smell of "bitter lemon and ginger" sounds nice enough, at first glance, I was expecting something like the Orginal Source lemon gel, so only gave it a cursory sniff in the supermarket aisle, after flicking up the cap, it seemed ok. I have to say, sadly, that when you actually use this the odour can only best be described as "stale lager and lime" - it is really unpleasant in a totally bizarre way, I can't say I go around sniffing pub carpets but this is what it made me think of. The two aromas just don't work together at all, it is a hodge podge and just doesn't work for me.

          Texture wise things aren't much better, it is unpleasantly gloopy and the colour of vegetable oil, and just feels cheap - which admittedly it is. To be fair it does lather up ok, but the overall experience if far from the kind of "wake up" that I like to have, bearing in mind that I regularly get woken up by a three year old jumping on my head at 5am, using this is an even more depressing wake up than average. As the gel is bit gelatinous, on use I find it glides over my body in a pretty unpleasant manner, whilst not smelling very nice. I suppose it does cleanse my skin, which is kind of what you want from a shower gel, but unfortunately it does leave a residue of "that smell", and in no way is using it a nice experience.

          I do feel also that the "family kind" label on the front is a little disingenuous, personally feeling that sodium laureth sulfate isn't necessarily "mild enough for the whole family", as billed, I'm pretty sure it is just soap, by another name. Further investigation on the packaging informed me that it is family friendly as having "recyclable packaging" - go figure. There is, as you might expect, a long list of chemicals in this product and nothing that looks or sounds anything like lemon, or indeed ginger for that matter.

          In the interests of being fair I have to say that my husband seems to think this gel is fine, and actually suggested I buy it again, which I won't be doing. I do like some of the other imperial leather items but actually think that any shower gel would be preferable to use than this one. If you do see this on a shopping trip my advice would be steer clear, even at £1 it is just not worth it, there are better gels available for a similar price. Avoid, and maybe buy a cheap bar of soap instead, sorry Imperial Leather but this one is just vile.

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            29.01.2010 12:58
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            I will definately give this one another go!

            For all those that read my reviews it really isn't the same feeling using Shower Gel anymore. Until the Day before my Operation I am allowed to use them and then again 6 weeks after my Op I am allowed to use them with the same 6 week window when I have the Op on my other arm. Not being able to do or use something makes it that bit more exciting and recently I have missed that 'drinking before it's legal' feeling. However much I try to convince my brain that I am not allowed to use them it just laughs at me.

            After my nightmare day on Tuesday (read my last Lush review for the disastrous information) and the lack of sleep we had due to a poorly Scarlet that night, waking up the next morning was hard. Even at 10am when I was still half asleep so I hopped in the shower as I knew I needed to take action before Mr Kimbles went to work. I couldn't be dozing when it was me and Scarlet otherwise she would have painted the walls or fed the cat to the dog. Generally something along those lines.

            So I picked up the Imperial Leather Wake Up Shower Gel. Going by the title on the bottle it should do the job I was looking for. The Wake Up Shower Gel comes in a 250ml clear bottle to enable you to see the vibrant yellow liquid on the inside. The lid is also in yellow and has a flip top which is easy enough to use in the shower for you to get the Gel out. The label on the front is clear as well which is something you don't see to often. The Imperial Leather logo is then at the top of the label in a red scroll, then underneath is pictures of a few lemons. It also advises it contains Bitter Lemon and Ginger.

            The back label then is white in colour which struck me as just plain strange as the front was see through. Oh well off with reading it anyway I went. The back suits me down to the last letter. It generally says 'Not a morning person, the bitter lemon and ginger is aimed to put a spring in your step no matter what time of day'. No I am not a morning person so these bubbles really need to wake me up on that morning.

            Imperial Leather is a very well known brand of Shower Gel and Bubble bath, being owned by a company called Cussons. I have used the brand for many years and do really like some of their products. They are renowned for being mil enough for the whole family, dermatologic ally, 100% soap free and skin friendly.

            So I flipped open the lid and the smell of ginger was really strong. It was more over powering than the lemons which I was glad about as I can find lemons really sickly especially if I had to smell them all day. Rubbing the Gel into my skin it produced the most amazing lather and made my skin feel so soft as I was still in the shower. Once out I could still smell the Gel as I was drying myself and it left a slight hint on my skin. After the full day of running around after Scarlet the smell of the Ginger on my skin was amazing.

            But with waking me up, it wasn't a skin tingling feeling as you get with Original Source wake up Shower Gels. It seemed to just make me feel more refreshed and ready to face the day without wanting to curl up in a ball and go to sleep. I think the lack of Lemons in the smell didn't help as it wasn't there to wake me up (or feel sick rather). But I was really happy with the smell, the touch of my skin after use and the refreshed feeling it left me with.

            I paid £1.00 on offer for this bottle in Morrison's and I think I will again.

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              27.09.2009 14:24
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              Great cirtus smelling shower gel

              I needed some more shower gel and thought that Tescos offer of 4 for £3 was outstanding value for money. The only problem was selecting 4 out of so many, they all sounded great.

              For me there is always an easy choice for a shower gel and that is anything that is citrus. In the Imperial Leather range I was drawn immediately to the Wake Up Invigorating Bitter lemon and ginger shower gel.

              The bitter lemon is a fresh zingy detoxifier enriched with vitamin C. I doubt it counts as part of my daily allowance though! The ginger is warming, fragrant and vigorous!

              It comes in an attractively shaped 250ml clear plastic bottle with a flip lid on top. The lid opens easily but snaps firmly shut when you are finished leaving no mess.

              The shower gel is:
              · Mild enough for the whole family
              · Dermatologically tested
              · 100% soap free & Skin friendly pH

              The shower cream is a yellow in colour and is clear. It is almost like a gel in consistency, runny enough to come out of the bottle though. On the back of the bottle Imperial Leather describe this shower gel as follows "Not a morning person? Whatever the time of day, bitter lemon and ginger burst forth working wonders with our rich, creamy lather to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face even on the darkest of days".

              So does it live up to its claim?

              I would agree that the lemon and ginger burst forth. Upon contact with your skin and water it does release a wonderful aroma which does help me wake up. It's a refreshing smell but their claim that it is invigorating I wouldn't quite agree with. I'm surprised at their claim about the creamy lather as I wouldn't descibe it as creamy, more just frothy.

              Apart from those minor differences I do like this shower gel and would buy it again.

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                16.06.2009 20:08
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                A shower gel with bitter lemon and ginger which is ok

                Recently when shopping for shower gels I saw that Tesco was doing an offer on Imperial Leather shower gels where you could get 4 for £3, they normally sell at £1 each so it's a good offer. Never one to resist a bargain I choose four different varieties and have been slowly working my way through them. The current one in my bathroom is the Imperial Leather Wake Up Shower Gel. This is meant to be an invigorating scent to get you going in the morning and is Bitter Lemon and Ginger.

                The shower gel comes in a wavy clear bottle which allows you to see the lovely yellow shower gel and see when it is getting low. The bottle has a yellow flip open lid to easily dispense the shower gel and it holds 250ml.

                The gel has bitter lemon which they say is a fresh and zingy detoxifier enriched with Vitamin C. Not sure that any of that vitamin C would make it from the small amount in the shower gel into your skin! It also has Ginger which they say is warming, fragrant and vigorous! The gel is 100% soap free and has a skin friendly pH.

                Opening up the bottle you can smell the lemon scent although I found it hard to detect the ginger smell. It's a nice smell but not as nice as Original Source Lemon shower gels which smell just like lemon curd. Perhaps because this is bitter lemon it doesn't smell quite as nice.

                The gel is a yellow colour and is fairly thin but not so much that it runs right off your hands. The shower gel foams up well so you only need a little to wash with and it gives you a good lather. After using my skin felt clean and fresh, I couldn't say that it felt any more moisturised than before but it certainly wasn't left feeling dry.

                This is an ok shower gel but its not my favourite from the range, so far that is the Imperial Leather Hawaiian spa with coconut milk and tiare flower which smelt lovely. As for the Wake Up claim it doesnt wake me up anymore than any other shower gel, in fact I mainly use it in the bath at night and I sleep well so it certainly doesnt live up to that claim! This shower gel is fine but does not seem any different to any other shower gel so I probably wont buy it again. I am off to try the next one in the range!

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                  As a rule I always use Avon Senses Shower Gel and I have always been very hapy with it, however it was one of those very few occasions where I actually run out and its another couple of weeks before my next Avon order gets delivered.

                  I saw the Imperial Leather Wake Up Shower Gel on offer in Tesco on a Buy One Get One Free, which worked out around £1.50 for two bottles. After sniffing all the different fragrances, to be honest I wasn't much for a lot of them, the Wake up fragrance appealed to me the most so that was my first choice. Majority of the others I found smelled more masculine and would be better suited for a man.

                  The product itself comes in a wonky shaped clear bottle and does not really following the branding of what Imperial Leather normally follows. Its a lot more attractive and the only feature on it that would suggest to me is the actual Imperial Leather logo, which it gives it away a little bit really. With a lid the same colour of the contents and pictures of the actual fragrances on the front, Lemon and Ginger, it also displays the name of the fragrance Wake Up, which is what I really need when having a shower first thing in the morning.

                  When using the product, the lemon scent hits you straight away and smells like a tarty meringe and is very pleasant. I could not smell ginger in it all as the lemon over powered any additional scents in it.

                  I was really impressed by how this product actually lathered up. For some reason when things are one a buy one get one free, I am always a little bit apprenhensive as to how good the product actually is, but with this particular one you don't have to use a great deal, just a small amount as the lather that it creates is rather quite a lot. The bottle itself goes quite far because you really don't have to use a great deal when showering.

                  I found it to be extremely smooth on my skin aswell, which is what you want in a product. Both during and after my shower I found my skin to be really soft to the touch and was quite happy with the product.

                  The only downfall was the name of the product. As with every product it has got to have a name, however calling a product Wake Up makes you think that you can get up in the morning, take a shower and by using this product it will revitalise you and give you a good start to the day. This is just a myth, its no different than any other shower gel, its the cooler water that wakes you up not the actual fragrance.

                  Overall I was pleased with the product, I would n't continue to buy it as I still like my Avon Senses, however on the next occasion where I actually run out, this will be my first choice for an alternative.

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                    17.08.2008 11:52
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                    Wouldn't buy again

                    Sunday morning, I needed a kick start after the cat had woke me several times in the night! I thought I know what'll do the trick....

                    I bought Imperial Leather shower gel as it was on offer as a BOGOF in Tescos, I chose this one and my daughter picked another. I bought it as I normally like anything citrussy and zingy for shower gels.

                    The bottle has pictures of lemons and it's a nice lemony colour and the bottle states 'Wake up' invigorating bitter lemon and ginger.

                    On the back it states that it's..

                    *Mild enough for the whole family
                    *dermatologically tested
                    *100% soap free
                    *Skin friendly PH

                    Also made from recyclable packaging to be kind to the planet and comes with a flip top lid. I would have preferred a bottle I could hang in the shower.

                    I have to say I was struggling to find any zinginess or the slightest hint of ginger in the gel. It was I suppose OK but not the best I have tried. It lathered up OK but I can't say the smell lingered which is just as well really seen as it wasn't so nice in the first place. Disappointing.


                    250ml £1.25 at Tescos

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                      15.08.2008 11:01
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                      Smell before you buy...

                      Always on the hunt for a bargain, I picked this shower gel up in Morrisons when it was a on offer a while ago, was such a bargain that I got 2 bottles of it, knowing that Imperial Leather is a well known brand so it was likely to be of good quality.

                      I was intrigued by the scent, described as bitter lemon and ginger, and the promise that it would wake me up and put a spring in my step sounded great as I shower first thing in the morning and often find myself half asleep in the shower. The idea of something which would wake me up and invigorate me leaving me alert was great.

                      When I first tried the shower gel I was imrpessed with how it lathered up, even in the hard water of the south east. I use one of the shower puff things which helps with lather but even so, with some products getting a decent lather is quite hard, no such problems with this.

                      I find that some shower gels leave my skin feeling dry and sort of clammy, this left me feeling nice and clean and fresh so I was pleased with that.

                      Now onto the scent, which I know the other reviews described as horrible. Personally I rather liked it. I had imagined it would be a bit citrusy with a hint of ginger, which sounded nice, as i happens it smelt more like strong tea. I admit is was quite unusual and very different from the types of scent that most shower gels have, floral or sweet etc but I liked it.

                      I guess the big question really is, does it really wake you up and leave you feeling invigorated? I have to say, it actually does I found it worked very well indeed, it was a lovely way to start the day and when I stepped out of the showert I felt refreshed and ready to start the day, I was really rather impressed.

                      If I had to recommend this product I would say, yes, it's a great product but it might be worth having a sniff of it in the shop before you buy in case you don't like the smell but if you do it will wake you up nicely.

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                        04.08.2008 23:55
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                        I would not recommend this...

                        Morrisons have been doing a buy one get one free deal on Cussons Imperial Leather shower gels recently. As I am definitely not one to miss out on a bargain I got two bottles. I picked one for my hubby and one for myself.

                        The one I chose for myself was the 'bitter lemon and ginger gel. It looked very appealing and sounded like something that would suit me.

                        This shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a yellow flip top lid. On the front of the bottle there are pictures of lemons and in black writing it says 'Family Kind'. At the bottom of the bottle it says 'Wake Up, Invigorating Bitter Lemon and Ginger Shower Gel'.

                        The gel is bright yellow in colour and lathers up really well. You can smell a vague hint of lemon and ginger fragrance, but you really have to concentrate to get this. This gel has a strong fragrance of something but I don't know quite what it is.

                        I had a good few sniffs while I was showering.

                        I think it smells a bit like something you would use to clean the bathroom. Then again I do not think I would like this smell to linger in my bathroom.

                        I did feel clean after using this gel but I have to be honest and say that I showered again and used one of my favourite shower gels.

                        It says on the back of the bottle that the aim of this gel is to put a spring in your step, and a smile on your face, even on the darkest of days.

                        The only spring it gave me was back into the shower with a different gel.

                        The gel is suitable for the whole family and is 100% soap free.

                        It has a shelf life of 12 months but I do not think I will have it that long.

                        This gel costs £1.59 and I think you will be able to buy it in any supermarket.

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                          25.07.2008 17:56
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                          Imperial Leather Wake Up showe gel

                          I have been using Honey I washed the kids soap by Lush for the past couple of weeks, however I have found that it doesn't give a good lather, which can be a problem for me when shaving my legs. I used to buy separate shaving gels, but deemed them a waste of money, when I could get just as good results using a shower gel or body wash. Digging through my never-ending supply of beauty products, I came across a bottle of Imperial Leather Wake Up shower gel, and decided that it should meet my requirements, and headed off to the bathroom.

                          The shower gel comes in a clear bottle with a yellow lid which matches the colour of the liquid inside. The bottle has an unusual wavy shape to it, and it's pretty plain, having just the Imperial Leather logo and the 'Wake Up' name on the front.

                          The shower gel contains citrus oil to cleanse the skin, and ginger to help wake up the senses. The packaging seems to suggest that it will be great to use in the morning as the combination of ingredients will wake up the senses and have you raring to go.

                          So squeezing the shower gel out, I see that it's a gorgeous bright yellow colour, and the consistency is good - neither runny nor thick. So good so far, but then I smell it.

                          Now bear in mind I usually love citrus smells, I was fairly taken aback by the scent of this. I am trying to think of a good word to describe it, but I'm finding it difficult to choose between horrible, awful, disgusting, vile, repulsive...should I continue or have you got the picture? Describing the scent as citrus could cover a lot of things - orange, lime, lemon... but I couldn't smell any of those in there. The ginger, yes, I could smell that but the overwhelming scent seemed to be of fruit that had gone off and then been left in the sun for 3 days - I did not like it one bit. Now as for awakening - yes, I would say it did wake me up - this strong, overpowering scent couldn't fail to do that.

                          On a more positive note, the gel did lather up quite well, and provided a sufficient lather to shave my legs without the need of a shower puff.

                          After rinsing away, my skin felt pretty much the same as before - not noticeably different in any way, but not dried out which I was pleased about. Luckily the scent didn't linger on my skin too long either.

                          I bought this in Boots - it's normal price is £1.50 for a 250ml bottle, but when I bought it, it was reduced to 75p - I wonder why?!

                          Needless to say I will not be buying this again. I really hate to waste things, but I feel that this may have to go in the bin. I would try and give it away, but there's no-one I dislike that much!

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