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Please note that the product photo is incorrect and I've asked for it to be changed - it currently shows the body butter product from the same range. I'm reviewing the shower gel.
It's a shower gel produced by the brand Korres under the label 'Kings & Queens'. The range includes: Aztec King (vanilla Pear), Caspar (myrrh), Chinese Princess (jasmine), Emperor Akbar (mango), George III (lime), Nefertiti (honey), Queen Isabella (cinnamon orange) and Sultan of Granada (Lemon Flower). I was intrigued by the names of these shower gels - historical monarchs and a scent that was supposed to be reminiscent of or connected with them in some way - and by the pretty labels. So, on a day when I needed a pick-me-up, I decided to ignore the slightly discouraging price-tag of £5 and treat myself to the Sultan of Granada Lemon Flower version.
The bottle itself is fairly tall, with what I think is a pretty, appealing and classy-looking label. The shower gel itself is bright yellow (slightly darker than lemons) with some tiny beads dispersed throughout. The consistency is average, not too runny and not so thick that it's hard to squeeze out of the bottle.
This range is well thought-out and designed in keeping with the 'kings and queens' theme, and according to the blurb on the bottle: "Kings and Queens Sultan of Granada Lemon Flower shower gel celebrates the scent of blooming Spanish lemon trees. Amongst other things the historical Spanish city of Granada was famous for its spectacular gardens during the lengthy sovereignty of the Nasrid Sultans. Each spring and summer the scent of Paradise would emanate from the blooming lemon trees into the city. Enriched with Pomegranate, Blue Lotus and Malachite extracts to achieve royal skincare results thanks to the rich content of highly active antioxidants, namely tannins and flavonoids."
Royal skincare results, eh? Really? Well... I'm not sure that there's anything particularly unique or luxurious about the results I achieved from this. I got clean, it smells nice... errr... that's about it really! The lemony scent is quite realistic, not a 'furniture polish' lemon, and is a nice exhilarating fragrance for a morning shower. Moreover, this range is free of mineral oil and parabens, which many people now try and avoid.
The shower gel is in a tall, cylindrical bottle, which is fine until it's almost empty, then it's hard to get the dregs out. I turned it upside down but because the lid is thinner than the bottle, I had to surround it with other bottles in the shower (don't worry, I have a few!) to stop it toppling over, and in this way was able to get to the last drops. An 'upside-down' bottle (i.e. with the lid at the bottom) or a tube is my preferred packaging for shower gels for this reason, but as in the end I didn't waste any it wasn't a big deal with this bottle.
Although in a slightly bigger bottle than many shower gels (300ml), £5 does strike me as rather expensive and I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis, but more as a treat. However, this range is made by the brand Korres, which does come with a price-tag, so you can feel confident about buying a well-known name. Even so, I prefer a more exciting scent for a shower gel, and this one is a pretty basic lemon as far as my nose can tell. I wouldn't have recognised it as a 'lemon flower' scent - but maybe that's just me.
So, overall? For me, the branding concept is innovative, I like the historical angle and the identity given to each product, and the shower gel itself was nice enough, there's nothing fundamentally bad about it at all, but nothing to write home about in my view. Probably next time I feel like buying a more-expensive-than-normal shower gel, I'll try a different line.
Thanks for reading!
The dynasty of the Nasrid Sultans the city of Granada was famous for its gardens full of lemon trees / The all purveying scent of the lemon flowers would fill the air and fragrance the grand palaces / Kings & Queens Granada Sultan Lemon Flower Shower Gel leaves skin clean and beautifully scented with lemon flowers / '