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** The product **
Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash is another product from the extensive Liz Earle range. Like most of the Liz Earle body care products, it contains natural ingredients such as pure plant extracts and essential oils and does not contain animal extracts. This body wash boasts extracts of organic oats and yarrow as well as rose-scented geranium and natural vitamin E. It promises to soften and smooth the skin as well as cleansing it, and is described as "heavenly" on the back of the bottle.
The body wash costs £10.75 for 200ml or £7.75 for 100ml (or a little less if bought in bulk) and can be bought online at www.lizearle.com The website also lists the other places it can be bought, including the London Liz Earle shop (Duke of York Square) and selected branches of John Lewis.
** Packaging **
The body wash comes in a pale blue, very fresh and pure but rather dull-looking recyclable plastic tube with the sliver Liz Earle logo and a silver band.
** My experience **
The gel is transparent, slightly yellowish in colour and rather runny and sticky. I really had to use a lot to get it to lather up properly, even when I used a massage mitt in the shower. It rinsed off fairly easily and left my skin feeling clean if not particularly softened or moisturised.
What really annoyed me about this product was the fragrance. It smells very strongly of... well I'm not sure! It has that penetrating 'botanical' perfume that a lot of Liz Earle products seem to have. I think it must be the 7 essential oils it contains! It's far too penetrating for me: musty, musky and old-ladyish rather than sweet or fresh, and it gives me a headache. There is no hint of anything citrussy (so don't fooled by the name Orange Flower - it definitely doesn't smell anything like oranges). The only good thing about the fragrance is that it doesn't last and disappears along with the foam when you rinse it away.
** Conclusion **
Not a great product. You need to use a lot of it to get any foam and the smell is really off-putting. It may have natural ingredients but in my opinion it's unpleasant and very overpriced. Back to the drawing board with this one, I think!
Although I am a devotee of the Liz Earle range, I had never tried the Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash until I was given a tube for Christmas this year.
As with all the Liz Earle products I have tried - the first thing that strikes you as you undo the lid is the wonderful aroma. I had a slight concern that given the name of the product, this would smell overwhelmingly of oranges and I really don't like products that make me smell as though I should be kept in the fruit bowl.
I needn't have worried - those clever people at Liz Earle have mixed together geranium oil, lavandim, may chang essential oil, oat extract, orange flower water, patchouli essential oil, rosewood, rosemary essential oil, sweet orange essential oil, tonka bean absolute, tree moss absolute, vitamin e and yarrow extract to make the most divine smelling product.
I can't pretend to know what half of these things are, let alone what they smell like, but the mixture somehow just works. To me the fragrance is a mixture of lavender and geranium, although I am sure others may be able to identify other notes within the fragrance.
The wash itself feels very luxurious in your hand when it comes out of the tube and lathers really nicely when you mix with water. The fragrance really comes into its own when mixed with warm water and leaves not only your skin fragranced, but lingers in the bathroom also.
There must be some skin softening properties in the body wash also, because as well as leaving your skin squeaky clean, your skin feels lovely and soft.
At £10.75 for a 200ml bottle I think this is quite pricey for a body wash, even one that smells so divine, so I think I would have to be having a particularly bad day and in need of a treat before I purchased this for myself, but it would make a lovely gift for a friend.
The body wash can be purchased from Liz Earle's website or from QVC.
A while ago I bought a big set of Liz Earle products from QVC, one of which was the Orange Flower botanical body wash.
This product contains organic oats and yarrow, rose-scented geranium and natural vitamin E. It contains 7 different essential oils including geranium, patchouli, rosemary, sweet orange and lavandin amongst others, as well as other things. It also contains no lauryl or laureth sulfates or animal extracts.
The body wash comes in a pale blue bottle with grey writing, which tapers towards the top. It's pleasant enough to look at, but perhaps is not quite as luxurious looking as you may expect for the price tag. The opening of the bottle is at the bottom, and the flip cap is easy to open. The benefit of having the opening at the base of the bottle, is that you don't have to shake furiously to get the last of the body wash out!
The body wash itself is transparent, but has a slightly yellowy tinge. It has a pleasant smell, and having used this product for around two weeks now, I still find myself struggling to identify what exactly it smells like. Although marketed as an orange flower body wash, I cannot detect any scent of orange flower at all. For me, the scent that normally seems predominant is the lavender, although from time to time, I find myself thinking it smells like rose. It's quite a floral scent, but at the same time manages not to be overly feminine, or sickly.
It has a very thick consistency and I've found that only a small amount is needed per use to provide a good lather. Usually I use my body washes and shower gels with a puff to create more lather, but with this one it lathers really well on it's own. If you're like me and use your body wash to shave your legs with instead of buying a shaving foam, then this product is perfectly adequate for that.
After using this, I find my skin feels soft, and crucially for me, is not at all dried out. Having dry skin to start with, I need to use products that will not dry my skin further. Also I am prone to eczema and I haven't experienced any irritation since using this product.
The product is available in two sizes, the 100ml which I have and the full size, 200ml. The 100ml costs £7.50 and the 200ml is £10.50. For an everyday product I do find this quite expensive, although I will say, despite having the 100ml bottle (100ml sounds a lot, but trust me, the bottle is tiny), I have found it lasted a long time, as only a small amount is needed per use.
This product is available from www.lizearle.com or both QVC and John Lewis stock Liz Earle products.
I can't deny that this was a lovely body wash. It ticked all the boxes for me - nice scent, good lather, non-drying. The only downside for me, would have to be the price. For this sort of price I would expect something spectacular, and although I thought this product was good, I didn't think there was anything hugely special about it that would justify the price, which is why it loses one star.
Liz Earle products are always a pleasure to use, even if they don't always have a positive effect on my skin and this product is no different. It smells divine and is one of my favourite body washes to use. They now make a few different body washes so please be aware that this review is for the "Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash".
*Who is this for ? *
This is for everyone and for all skin types and I would recommend along with the likes of Elemis milk bath, as something that is gentle enough for use on smaller children too !! For a child's bath I would even run under warm flowing water for a gentle bubble bath ( although it's not exclusive to children's baths only !! )
However, if you're wanting a product that will concentrate on a particular aspect of body care such as exfoliation or ultra-hydration then I would recommend something else. However, this product has a great list of high quality ingredients that is effective and gentle enough for everyday use by all the family.
*How to use *
I wouldn't ordinarily be so bold as to presume that people don't know how to use a body wash product but since this particular product has natural foaming agents I would recommend that you either lather in your hands first or apply to the body using a body scrunchy-thingy/glove/body sponge for full foaming effect. That said, please don't presume that it has an inferior foaming action as it does lather into a wonderful rich lather.
"Why does it work ? *
It begin it contains lactic acid, which is a natural and gentle, milk-based exfoliation product which can be used on even sensitive skins. It also contains the likes of Geranium ( which gentle moisturing effect on the skin which is thought to help with dry and fragile skin types, ) Vegetable dervived Glycerin ( which is thought to be an effective skin softener as it attracts water into the skin to help hydrate, ) Lavandin, Tree Moss, Tonka Bean and Orange Flower Water (which are used for their fragrance properties, ) May Chang ( which is thought to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and calming properties, traditionally used in skincare for oily/spot prone skintypes, ) Oats ( which are thought to have soothing and cleansing properties for sensitive and itchy skin conditions, )Patchouli ( used for its calming and soothing properties,)Rosemary ( used for its anti-oxidant properties and thought have invigorating and stimulating properties that also help ease aching muscles. )
It also contains Soap Bark ( which acts as its natural foaming agent which is found in the wood of the Chilean soap bark tree and also acts as an anti-inflammatory and astringent agent which can even help relieve scalp problems, ) Rosewood ( also for its astringent properties, ) Sweet Orange ( which is thought to help stimulate circulation and improve skin tone, ) Yarrow ( for its astringent and cleansing properties ) and Vitamin E ( naturally sourced which is thought to have a healing effect on the skin whilst defending the skin against free radicals acting as an anti-oxidant.)
Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside, Citrus aurantium amara (orange) flower water, Glycerin, Cellulose gum, Quillaja saponaria (soap bark) extract, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, Achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract, Lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, Litsea cubeba (may chang) oil, Aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) oil, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, Dipteryx odorata (tonka bean) absolute, Tree moss absolute, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Lactic acid, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyldibromo glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol.
Even with the heating on tonight I felt chilled through to the bone so the only cure was to wallow in a nice hot bath, the first one in about six months. Before anyone turns their nose up I have obviously showered in between but I tend to prefer a shower when it's hot and a lovely long soak in the bath when it's cold.
I had planned to use my unopened Boots botanical bergamont and orange bath creme and then write a quick review of it but I was so disappointed with the lack of scent and how quickly the bubbles disappeared that when the heady scent of my Liz Earle orange flower botanical body wash reached my disappointed nose I decided to review it instead.
I am a great fan of Liz's products and this is no exception. I love the fact that it doesn't dry or irritate my skin as I have a form of eczema which only manifests itself when I use certain soaps, shampoos, washing up liquids etc. Liz actually claims due to the natural ingredients that it is suitable to wash a new born baby and as I have used her other products on babies I have no reason to doubt this. Unfortunately at around £10.00 a tube I like to keep this for myself so I haven't tried this theory out.
As you pour a little onto a scrunchie, your hand or a cloth the smell is very citrusy and uplifting making it more of a morning product than a pre-bedtime relaxing product. The texture when the liquid quickly turns to bubbles is very soft against your skin.
Although the smell is quite strong while you are washing when you have dried off there is only the faintest whiff of it. I don't mind that the smell doesn't linger on the skin as I don't want it fighting with my perfume.
Although I really feel like I am treating myself as the lather feels so soft and the smell is so divine I wouldn't say that my skin felt any more moisturised or looked any better when I am dried off than after I had used a Dove bodywash but I do feel more spoiled.
- - Ingredients and what they do - -
The body wash contains organic oats to soothe and soften skin
Geranium to moisturize and encourage elimination of toxins and help fluid retention
Glycerin (derived from vegetables) for skin softening and hydration
Lavandin for fragrance - this is a hybrid of lavender but I cannot distinguish the smell of lavender through the scent of the orange.
May Chang - Adds a citrus note to the smell and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Orange Flower Water - I presume where the majority of the orange\citrus scent comes from.
Patchouli - Reviving and stimulating
Rosemary - Anti-oxidant, stimulates the circulation, eases aching muscles
Rosewood - Astringent and toning properties
Soap Bark - This is the natural foaming agent and it is also an anti-inflammatory and astringent.
Sweet Orange - stimulates circulation and improves skin tone
Tonka Bean - This helps to maintain the fragrance.
Tree Moss - This threw me a little why would you put tree moss in a shower gel but I looked it up and it is another aid to the scent and a natural fixative in perfumery.
Vitamin E - Helps to protect skin against free radical damage.
Yarrow - Used for its astringent and cleansing properties.
And the most important ingredient not to make it onto the list is lauryl/laureth sulphates which you find in some cheaper body washes. This common ingredient is the root of quite a lot of scaremongering on the internet such as claims that it started its career as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner and that when it is applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted.
I don't know how true this is but my sister-in-law who works in the Body Shop is always checking labels for this and saying it's a big no no so I'm very glad to report that there isn't any contained in this product.
If you are interested in this or any other Liz Earle naturally active product it's worth waiting for a Todays Special Value on QVC where you can normally get a number of her products in a package for a greatly reduced price.
i love this product (as i do with all of liz earles products).
it smells absolutely divine. It doesnt contain any synthetic ingredients and is therfore fab on delicate and sensitive skins. it doesnt dry your skin out and infact if the skin on your body is pretty good you might not even need to moisturise afterwards. it works reaaly well on a body puff and a little bit goes a very long way. the only disadvantage maybe is that it is not readily available in the high street and has to be bought form qvc or liz's shop in the isle of wight.
I love most of the Liz Earle skin care range so when this new product came out I had to try it. It comes in a good 200ml size and costs £9. Which isnt bad as long as you use one of those puff balls to apply it as then a little really does go along way. Don't even bother trying to use this as a bath foam you have to use loads to get any type of foam good enough to cover up your modesty!!! One of the best things about this product is the absolutely wonderful smell. It is gorgeous, delicious the nicest bath product I have ever smelled. It doesn't make your skin feel as soft and moisturised as they claim however it does feel much nicer wasing with this than your supermarket bought body wash. It also contains no, yes I said no!!! lauryl/ laureth sulphates which is great if you have sensitive skin or any allergys to bathing products. It also contains many other brilliant ingredients such as natural source vitamin E, orange flower water (which gives the wonderful fragrance) and 7 pure essential oils. This product is also used by my 8 year old daughter, who has eczema, and this along with the daily skin smoother (which I would also highly recommend) has helped to relieve and control her eczema. I cannot guarantee that this would work for your child however it's worth a try and I would have tryed anything to get my daughter off of those harsh mineral oil based products prescribed by the doctor. So to summarise, this is not only a great smelling product it is also a hard working product and would not, in my opinion, irritate sensitive skin. Although being quite expensive compaired to supermarket brands, it is well worth the money. It is also long, I bought a 200ml pot 3 weeks ago and after being used daily by myself and my daughter it still is 2/3 full.