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BACKGROUND TO USING THE PRODUCT:-
I do like Lynx products - some people like Yankee Candles... I like Lynx (OK, I admit that I do like Yankee Candles too). I don't know what it is about Yankee Candles, but I go into a store that sells them and I have to pick them up and smell them. I can't say that I have the urge to do the same thing when I go into a store selling Lynx products, but I do like the different fragrances. With that in mind, when Wilkinsons were selling Lynx shampoo at 99p a bottle last year, I succumbed to temptation and bought a load of them (well shower gel always gets used).
DESIGN AND PACKAGING:-
The one that I am currently using is Dark Temptation. All the shower gels come in a 250ml size (although you can get some in a larger 400ml bottle). The containers are all tall and rectangular shaped with a grey plastic button on the top that you depress to enable you to squeeze the gel out. The Dark Temptation bottle is black with brown swirls on the front with the Lynx brand name in gold and white lettering and has ridges on the side to enable a firm grip of the bottle when you're in the shower. On the reverse of the bottle is the usual list of ingredients together with contact details for Unilever who make the brand. You are also told that this shower gel will 'provoke irresistible attraction' and that it has 'a seductive and magnetic scent'. It urges you to 'indulge your fantasies' and by way of illustration shows an image of a man showering with the gel and an arrow pointing to a further image of him with three women, underneath which it says 'unlimited female attention'. I cannot claim that this shower gel is effective in that respect and, to be honest, I find such marketing to be dubious to say the least.
MY EXPERIENCE USING THE PRODUCT:-
So, given the fact that I'm unlikely to attract hoards of women by just showering with this gel, what do I think of it? Well, firstly it does produce a nice lather. It's easy to squeeze out of the bottle - the gel is reasonably thick but don't squeeze too hard because it does come out quite quickly, especially when the bottle's new. It foams nicely, you don't need a lot for good body coverage and it rinses off easily. It does leave me feeling clean all over and my skin quite soft, although I wouldn't say that it's any softer than with other brands of shower gel. In keeping with the brown coloured swirls on the front of the bottle, the gel is a light brown in colour. The best thing for me though is the fragrance. The list of ingredients shows that it contains, amongst other things, caramel. I can definitely say that after showering, my body does smell of a kind of caramel/chocolate fragrance. It's not a sickly sweet smell though - mixed in is a spicy undertone, almost peppery. And the smell lasts a long time - I showered an hour and a half ago and the fragrance is still quite strong.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
Lynx shower gels can be bought in most supermarkets, pharmacies and some budget stores such as Wilkinsons. The price is usually around £2.40 for the 250ml size (in the region of £3 for the larger 400ml bottle) but often you can find it on offer. Sainsburys are currently selling the 250ml bottle for £1.20 and the larger one for £2.00, so at that price it's definitely worth stocking up.
I love this shower gel - mainly because of the fragrance and the fact that it leaves me feeling fresh and clean (which, after all, is the purpose of shower gel). The caramel/chocolate perfume may not be to everyone's taste, but it certainly is different and long lasting. Whether this would help you to fulfill your fantasies is debatable, but nevertheless it gets a 5 star rating from me.
Little know fact. My favourite deodorant "flavour" is lynx dark temptation. Since its early days being paraded as lynx chocolate I have been a fan. I partially blame this on my close friends obsession rubbing off on me and the fact that I was part of the minority that could actually smell the chocolate hidden amongst the manly. Originally I was going to review the spray. But for fear of that review being too much like my lynx Africa review I've instead chosen to review the bathing sensation that is lynx dark temptation: shower gel edition.
- The land of chocolate-
Sadly this would not belong there. The bottle is made from sturdy plastic that flexes to allow the squeezing of soap from bottle to person. It features a clip down cap and fancy indentations that are meant to aid grip. The soap itself it nothing special. Shower gel Imbued with the the dark temptation fragrance. Gets you clean and leaves you smelly (in the good way)
Dark temptation boats an interesting smell. Unlike the spray variant it isn't overpowering and the subtle chocolate manliness left over from washing is quite pleasant until you inevitably spray another deodorant on it. The soapy side of things works well also. A small amount can easily work the whole body if your the spongy sort or 'borrow' your other half's scrunchy thing.
Sadly if you don't have a soap foamifier then the gel has a tendency to spend more time on the shower floor than in your hand or on your body and the bottle runs out surprisingly fast considering how much appears to be in it.
Dark temptation is a great deodorant/soap and while the soap is a little lacking i find the lovely scent is worth it. Dark temptation shower gel retails at at an average of 2-4 pounds a bottle so depending on where you buy it you could get real value for your money.
Every woman loves Chocolate, and no woman; according to Lynx's falsely advertised claim, can resist a man who uses Lynx. So in theory the chocolaty goodness that is Lynx Dark Temptation should be a match made in heaven.
My initial impressions of Dark Temptation were quite good. Like most Lynx products it comes in a bold black bottle with the Lynx logo placed quite prominently in the center. Surrounding the logo is a series of chocolate and caramel colored swirls that set the mood for the product quite nicely. The Dark Temptation label sits snugly at the base in these same colors.
Once the product has arrived in your bathroom you can access the gel easily through a simple click of the cap. You then squeeze out a small drop of the rich Caramel colored liquid that lathers up nicely on the body scrub. As always if you want to use the product with your own hands in a shower, then you will need to use considerately more gel in order to clean everywhere.
Obviously this product has a lot riding on the scent and on this is not an area that I can find fault with. The rich Chocolaty aroma is very authentic, and surprisingly strong. Vicky found herself swooning somewhat unexpectedly after she picked up the scent from the living room, which indicates how strong it is.
Unfortunately it does not retain this quality after rinsing. This particular shower gel does not leave your skin feeling revitalized, and sometimes even left my skin dryer than expected. I also found that my skin had no chocolaty after-smell, which kind of defeats the purpose of using a scented soap I'd imagine.
So overall this is a decent soap. It has an appealing look, and smells really nice in the bath. Sadly it doesn't really feel as effective as some of the other Lynx shower gels and as a result the appeal only lasts as long as the bath itself.
It's worth owning a bottle for those days when you want to relax in a nice hot bath, but the RRP of £2.99 (250ml bottle) is a little steep. The larger bottles are only 5p more expensive, which can take the sting out of the price. It's just a question of whether you want to buy a large bottle for occasional relaxation days or not. Personally I'd recommend grabbing a bottle whenever it's on sale (90p in Wilkinsons at the moment) and go for one of Lynx's other shower gels for your everyday use.
I bought mine in a store called Discount UK, which is basically a 'pound shop'. It was £1.99 for a 400ml 'XL' bottle but the standard size is 250ml - most retailers seem to sell it in the latter. I recommend shopping around because there is a lot of variation in price. For example Tesco sell 250ml for £2.37, Asda at same price but it is currently on offer at two for £3. Boots sell it at £2.99 but have a 3 for 2 offer. Superdrug has a half price offer, meaning 250ml costs just £0.99, which at this time is the very cheapest I have found. This shows there are differences right the way across the board, so do look around before you buy. Bearing in mind this is considered a premium brand I think the prices at the lower end of the scale prove to value for money.
The bottle design is quite striking I think it is attractive but most importantly it is functional. The lid easily clicks open when pushed and the hole is only small so there is no chance of pouring too much out. It is made from rigid plastic but it is still squeezable. It doesn't sit on its lid like most other shower gel bottles so you will have to shake it to get the last drops out.
Apparently a veteran designer in the industry created the fragrance. It smells as though it is high quality; there are very evident notes of chocolate and a hint of spices. They come together to create a very pleasant smell. Although the gel has a fairly strong scent it does not seem to stay on your skin after you have used it, this is a little disappointing as other, cheaper brands do this a lot better. I was surprised at the colour; it is like a light caramel, which gave me the impression it could be better than clear (cheaper) varieties.
A little bit of the gel went a long way; I used it for my entire body including my hair. The lather the gel created was okay, although it was somewhat watery, it did have a smooth consistency. It cleaned well, and left my skin feeling cleansed but no more than any other shower gel has, so it did not perform as highly as I thought it would. It didn't cause any skin irritation or itchiness and most importantly didn't turn me into a chocolate man. I have never understood how shower gels can be marketed as 'revitalising'; it didn't do any wonders for me.
If you like this fragrance it is also available as a deodorant, anti-perspirant, after-shave and also comes as a gift set.
Sadly at the moment I am not living with my gorgeous partner and we have over a hundred and eighty miles between us (we are working on that to change it though believe me lol).
He loves Lynx products for day to day usage and because he stays with me as much as possible, when I go out and do my shopping I usually buy him things as he loves his smellies.
This I spotted the other day costing a pound (on offer) for a bottle instead of closer to nearer two quid a bottle and knowing that he loves it I decided to grab him a couple as a small treat. Missing him like I do, when I have a late night shower before returning to bed alone I sneakily use his products to remind me of him. Sad eh? lol.
I couldn't wait to get my mitts on this dark temptation one cos he always smells slightly of chocolate after using this and says his skin is great and after-all if it is good enough for him its good enough for me i reckon lol.
This comes in a black plastic tall and oblongish in shape bottle that has a grey flip top style lid to the top of it and on the front of it there are some brown chocolate coloured swirls on there and we are told that it is Lynx Dark Temptation revitalising Shower Gel. On the back of the bottle we are told a bit about the product, ingredients and the size is listed (which in this case is 250ml) and contact contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product are given).
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Bottle:
Provoke irresistible attraction. LYNX Dark Temptation - a seductive & magnetic scent. indulge your fantasies!
Well the gel squeezes out of the bottle with complete ease and is smooth and a transparent light browny colour and is runny but not too runny but not a stiff, thick gel either.
I find that I really don't need to use very much at all to get a nice thick foamy body wash and it smells simply divine!
I can't say it smells particularly chocolaty on me after using it but it is sweet and sort of dark and its a very nice and fresh scent indeed and to me has an undertone of a musk fragrance giving it a nice base. Once used this fragrance lingers on mine (and my boyfriends skin!) for hours and in a very subtle way.
This not only smells good it really is cleansing and leaves mine (and my boyfriends) skin feeling really soft. So much so that if I used this everyday I bet I wouldn't need to use any kind of body lotion as it really is just very skin kind indeed and we've had no adverse skin reactions to this at all.
A little of this goes a very long way indeed, it rinses off easily and although I love the scent of this on my better half, on me it is a little to manly which is a shame as I love the way my skin feels beautifully soft after using it so come on Lynx think its time you brought out a girly range so we can enjoy the benefits too don't you!
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Alot of us have seen the adverts for Lynx's 'Chocolate' based scent, featuring a solid chocolate gentleman with scores of women lustily taking huge bites out of him. Now, I know what chocolate does to women, however I'm not convinced that lynx would rate highly amongst a ladies preferred scent on a man.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if you ask a woman to describe a lynx wearer, desperate, teenage and boy would feature highly amongst their list of responses (not an opinion I hold myself but one I reckon a few women out there might have).For this reason I don't usually wear lynx with the exception of two of their line. Firstly Africa, which I adore and secondly this dark temptation, which I wouldn't say I love but is still amongst the better fragrances by lynx.
Aroma-wise I wouldn't instantly think chocolate although there is a definate caramel quality. The shower gel itself is caramel in colour and has a very sweet smell, in fact it smells so sweet it borders on the sickly.
Commenting on the effectiveness of the gel rather than it's aromatic properties, it works, I mean I have never bought a shower gel that has failed to clean me. It produces a good lather and leaves you sparkling all over ; )
The container is interestingly shaped it almost looks like an idol of somekind of mayan deity. The brown and gold swirls on the label however make it look like 70's wallpaper, all in all a pleasing packaging.
While dark temptation smells a bit strong and sickly when you scrub with it by the time you've rinsed it off you're left with a more subtle and less overpowering scent which I find quite pleasant.
In summary there are plenty better shower gels out there (even within the lynx range Africa beats this hands down) but it certainly is unique and worth picking up if you fancy something a bit different in your shower gel.
Lynx Dark Temptation shower gel
Lynx is, I think, the first the deodorant I have used when I was younger and I have love them since then! So of course I was very happy to learn that they have also a shower gel! I like to try different kind of shower gels and have to say that Lynx haven't really disappointed me yet!
Well who doesn't take a shower these days and doesn't use shower gel? Well I hope everybody does and I love the shower gels of Lynx and with most shower gels I just know you can't really go wrong with lynx. I like the look of the bottles and normally they have a really nice smell and are nice and fresh. When I was younger we always had Lynx, so it must be why I am positive about them.
All the bottles of Lynx shower gel have the same shape, it's only the colour that separates them from each other. The Lynx Dark Temptation shower gel has a black colour, with a few stripes and the brand name and product name. It doesn't really make it stand out from the rest of the shower gels. Lynx Dark Temptation shower gel has a really dark colour and doesn't really stand out that much compared to the Africa version of Lynx shower gel. The only thing that separates them is the design on the bottle and of course the product name!
The bottle is not transparent, which most of the Lynx shower gels are. The shower gel is actually light brown. The bottle itself is really nice and flat on the bottom, but the sides are designed that your fingers fits right into it. This way you have a firm grip when you are in the shower. Quiet handy actually.
The shower gel is quite thick, but easy to get out of the bottle and to wash it off in the end. The scent is really nice. It's more a sweet scent, while normally the Lynx products are fresher. This shower gel actually reminds me more of chocolate. Nice and sweet but a little to the dark side. Don't really know if I really want to smell like chocolate, but it's just a nice sweet scent.
I do like this shower gel while I normally like the more fresh scent, this sweet one isn't that bad at all. I just more a shower gel that I would use in the evening, because I just love a fresh menthol scent in the morning to wake up with. The shower gel smells nice but also important it really gives me a clean feeling. It doesn't make my skin dry and the shower gel is easy to wash off. I do like the Lynx shower gels although I do think other shower gels of this brand stand out more then this Dark Temptation shower gel. I love the Shock version, which has just a little bit fresher scent to it.
== Introduction ==
Having received a bottle of said shower gel from the wonderful Mrs Ben, and being that I fall outside both target markets for Lynx products, I have taken it upon myself to review said shower gel from the appropriate perspectives, namely that of 13 year old boy and his mother. For the sake of clarity, I have named the boy "Reece" and the mother "Mum"; I have also translated Reece's txtspk ramblings into English for those unskilled in gibberish.
First up, the quibble-free essentials:
Container: Black plastic with flip top lid featuring a silver accent for extra coolness. The bottle is also ergonomically designed to feature indents for thumb and fingers of a gorilla, thus meaning it misses the point for both 13 year old mitts or the more delicate feminine hand.
Gel: Light-brown in colour, smells not unlike the original Lynx Oriental scent (sadly no longer available) mixed with a slight hint of chocolate. A small amount produces a good level of lather meaning that the 250ml contents should last longer than Tesco Value shower gel.
Price: Apparently my bottle cost £1 from Tesco, but I notice Superdrug are currently running a promotion offering 2 Lynx products for £4 which comparatively is not such a bargain.
== What Reece thinks ==
Well Mum bought me some Lynx because it was on sale and she thought (a) it was a bargain and (b) she was "down wiv da kids" so I am now the proud owner of a bottle of Dark Temptation shower gel innit. The bottle is pretty cool being all black and silver, but most importantly (apart from da wikkid ads on TV wiv da fit birds) is the label on the back which promises "Provoke irresistible attraction" and "a seductive & magnetic scent. Indulge your fantasies!" which sounds all proper sexy.
Anyway, I tried the gel and it smelled ok. I washed my hair and the rest of my bits with the gel and I came up really clean which will please Mum. The bubbly-stuff is really smooth and it felt good. I like the smell a lot and it started to attract me to myself quite a bit.
Later on I went to try it out on a bird I quite fancy. So I go up to her and waft my body under her nose.
"Well?" I said.
"Well what?" she goes.
"What do you fink?" I said.
"Ov what?" she goes.
"What do you fink ov da smell?" I push. I start worrying cos her clothes haven't fallen off yet.
"Eh? Oh yeah. It's ok," she says. I'm not convinced.
"So does it make you horny or what?" I'm going for it now.
"Err. No. Maybe it's cos you aint got Lynx bodyspray on too innit?" she says and walks off to try and score a WKD Blue from the older blokes down the end of the park. I went home and had another shower.
So I'm a bit bummed. Lynx reckons their products makes birds chase after you and want to do naughty stuff with you like hold hands and snog, and it's all rubbish. The only person it seems to seduce and attract is me. Stupid shower gel.
== What Mum thinks ==
Seeing Lynx on sale for £1 at Tesco meant I could give Reece an affordable treat, and have him smelling clean and fresh all in one go. I hear that Lynx is pretty popular with young people and so the opportunity to provide a bit of affordable "street-cred" for my son was quite appealing. Much cheaper than the Burberry cap or sovereign ring he keeps requesting for Christmas anyway!
The other major selling factor for me was the label's bold promises "Doesn't dry out your skin" and "Dermatologically tested". At least I know that as well as getting clean hair, this shower gel will not upset poor little Reece's spots. I was also very heartened to see that Unilever who make Lynx also offered a free phone hotline should Reece run into any difficulties with the product.
I am also hoping that being a "revitalising" shower gel, we may see a little more movement from my young man before 11am in the mornings!
Anyway, after a few days of using the product I noticed that Reece was smelling considerably better than he has done in weeks gone by. His hair is clean, as is his face (although his spots are no better, poor little mite) and he seems happier. He has also stopped complaining about us being "proper scummy" because we use Tesco Value products, which is nice!
I would say that for £1, this product is pretty good value and seems to keep my son happy. I am not sure what to do when the offer ends though, because it is back to Tesco Value when the price jumps again....
== Overall ==
As a shower gel, Lynx Dark Temptation does the job admirably, providing good lather and effective cleaning of hair and body and is reasonable value for £1. As a method of seduction, Dark Temptation is completely useless, just like it was nearly 20 years ago when I first encountered it. But then again, what do you expect for a quid?
Despite the advertising and bold claims of the label, mothers need not worry that use of Lynx products will turn their darling sons into promiscuous sex-monsters (although you may want to suggest Reece takes cold showers). They can however take heart that their offspring will be clean, pleasant smelling, and free of nasty, dry skin or other dermal irritations.
So in essence, the claims made for the 13 year old "Provoke irresistible attraction" and "seductive & magnetic scent" are patently untrue. The label claims written for mummys, "Doesn't dry out your skin" and "Dermatologically tested" are true.
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