“ Brand: Como Shambhala / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries in recent months has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, and this will usually contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out, so I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received a travel size bottle of Como Shambhala's Invigorate Shower Gel in a previous delivery from "Glossy Box". You can find further information at www.glossybox.co.uk. The full size product contains 300mls and the RRP is £20.00.
Product description: "With an Aromatherapeutic mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and geranium, the COMO Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel wakes you up, clears your airways and cleans your skin without drying it. It is popular the world over with the lucky people who have had the chance to visit COMO Shambhala spa resort in Bali; and for those who haven't, a little whiff of this will transport you there for the duration of your shower. There is no better way to wake up in the morning."
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows the product to show through. This is good because it allows you to see exactly how much you have left. The bottle has a plastic screw top lid and you have to tilt the bottle up and pour the gel out to dispense it. This isn't quite as convenient as the shower gel bottles that you can squeeze to dispense, as you have to juggle removing the lid and pouring out the gel, then screwing the lid back on quickly to avoid any water getting into the bottle and ruining the product. It's not too bad if you have a shelf or somewhere out of reach to place the lid and bottle while doing this. I also had to balance the bottle upside down to get the last few remaining bits out when I was running close to the end which was a bit tricky.
Recommended directions for use: Use all over your body in the shower with plenty of water and rinse thoroughly.
This shower gel itself has a pale golden colour to it and a thick gel consistency which pours out quite slowly, avoiding any potential overspill. I like to use this with a shower puff as it foams up really well and I get a large amount of nice frothy bubbles to wash with. It spreads easily over my skin leaving it refreshed and cleansed. After washing with this shower gel my skin is smooth to the touch but it does not seem to have any moisturising effects and I have to follow up with applying body lotion. The gel is packed full of natural ingredients that have aromatherapuetic properties, and combined together they pack a powerful punch that really helps to get me going and make me feel more awake as soon as I start to inhale the scent. The "Invigorate" name is perfectly appropriate as it does help to make me feel invigorated, and is also good for revitalising my senses after I've indulged in some heavy exercise. The eucalyptus and peppermint come across most strongly as they are very noticeable scents, and there is a light floral touch which is just about noticeable and gives the overall fragrance an ever so slightly softer edge. Although I find the combination of scents to be effective, I don't find it particularly appealing and it's not the sort of scent that I would want to linger on my skin as it's a bit too sharp and not as feminine as my usual tastes.
The big down side to this product is the price. At £20.00 for 300mls I find this hugely expensive and is far more extravagant than the couple of quid that I would usually hand over for an ordinary shower gel. I really don't think that the high price tag is justified and I do not like the product enough to be tempted to splash out and make a purchase. Overall, I think it's a nice enough shower gel that has effective aromatherapy properties and gives a nice cleansing refreshing feel when used. However, there is nothing particularly special about it and I wouldn't bother buying it for myself as it's just too expensive for what it does.
This is a review of Invigorate shower gel from Como Shambhala, who make very expensive goods! I was lucky to receive a nice 50ml bottle of this shower gel from a beauty box. I love this as I get to try new, often expensive brands and compare them to the ones I pick up from Boots, Superdrug and cheaper shops like Home Bargains and Poundland.
What's in it?
With an Aromatherapeutic mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and geranium, the COMO Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel wakes you up, clears your airways and cleans your skin without drying it. It is popular the world over with the lucky people who have had the chance to visit COMO Shambhala spa resort in Bali; and for those who haven't, a little whiff of this will transport you there for the duration of your shower. There is no better way to wake up in the morning.
Where's it from?
COMO Shambhala's Invigorate shower gel was formulated to use in the world famous COMO Hotel and Resort Spas. It became so popular with the elite jet-set who frequent the Spas, that they were forced to produce more and sell it. It is natural and refreshingly unisex in scent and packaging. Feels clean and light and comes in eco-friendly packaging.
Price and availability
You can mainly buy this product online. On cultbeauty.co.uk a bottle sized 300ml will set you back a weighty £20 so we are talking high end beauty here. I'm starting to think I should have used it more sparingly!
I like to use this shower gel with a shower puff to get the most from a small amount. A 50p coin size produces enough foam to wash my body. I go swimming a lot so often used it in the showers at the gym and it is handy to mask the chlorine smell from the pool. The key ingredients like eucalyptus and lavender and peppermint are obvious in the formula and smell subtle but nice. You get a light zingy sensation on the skin but again, it is subtle and not as obvious as the one on the Lynx awaken shower gels or the Original Source mint shower gel which is a favourite of mine for holidays. I would agree with the claim that this is a unisex shower gel and can see why it was popular with the rich and famous.
To part with £20 for a 300ml shower gel I would have to have a moment of madness, no matter how nice it is. I think you get the same or similar results from other 'wake up' shower gels that are a lot cheaper. I felt super clean and smelt nice after using this shower gel so can say it gets top marks for performance but value for money? Well I am just not convinced. It is clear plastic bottle in packaging, a bit similar to the Body Shop packaging and they manage not to charge such ridiculous prices and their bottles are also recyclable.
Recommended from a 'ooh this is a nice shower gel' point of view and certainly one to watch out for. I loved getting a bottle to try out but am not convinced that the price is a good one for this shower gel. If one landed in my lap I would be happy to use it again but that's probably not going to happen so it's back to Poundland for me to stock up on Original Source products!