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~Truth or Dare by Madonna~
The Truth or Dare range is one that I came across by accident really as I was walking through the beauty section of a larger department store last christmas. The store was stacked to the beams with lots of lovely gift ideas, with fragrance gift sets being one of the more popular items on display. I noticed there were several mini product stands that held fragrance gift sets featuring 3 to 4 fragrance brands each, which is where I came across the Truth or Dare fragrance. I must admit that I really only had a very quick look at the fragrance and the matching gift set items as I was in a hurry at the time, although I did have time enough to spray on a little of the actual fragrance. I recall that I didn't pause to take in the fragrance when I used it that first time and it was only later that I noticed how very nice it was to wear. If I passed the same store after that I had a quick spray of Truth or Dare every now and then and decided that when the January sales commenced the fragrance and its body care products would be on my to buy list!
~I Dare you to find out the Truth about this shower gel!~
The shower gel from the Truth or Dare range is really light and easy to use in my opinion. The gel has all the lovely influences that the actual fragrance has, although it does have a slightly softer feel in my opinion that makes it nice to use as a day time shower gel product. I like the texture of the gel as it is light yet not too runny in texture, which means that I don't need to use too much of it to be able to get the best from it. I find that I can use just a very small amount of the gel along with a shower puff to make a large amount of lightly fragranced frothy bubbles that help clean and fragrance my skin with ease.
In my experience the shower gel not only lightly fragrances who ever is using it, it fills a bathroom or shower room with plenty of lovely fragrance which hangs around for ages after use, giving a fresh feeling air freshener effect that has a super luxurious feel to it. The gel works well to help ensure that you end up with fresh clean feeling skin and does so with no irritation to the skin in my opinion. As your skin dries down after having been washed with the gel the level of fragrance does dip a little, although you can still detect subtle hints of the fragrance on the skin for some time after having used the product.
The fragranced effect the shower gel has can be enhanced and prolonged with the use of the matching body products from the range and then further layered with the fragrance itself if wanted. I have found that the gel and body lotion on there own can be applied to the skin for day wear without having to use the fragrance alongside it, if you want just a soft hint of fragrance. For evening wear I would recommend using the shower gel with the lotion and the fragrance as this really does make the most of the lovely scent that Truth or Dare has. I find that the 3 products together leave skin feeling clean, fresh, soft, hydrated and wonderfully fragranced, which is what I most look for in matched fragranced skin care products.
In use I have found that the simple white product tube works well enough with it being compact and light enough to be held in the hand when ready to use it. I find that the materials that make up the product tube are smooth, although not so smooth that the tube is always slipping away out of reach when in use. The product lid is easy to work with and opens and close with ease, providing a neat seal that keeps the contents of the product tube fresh and ready for future use. The tube can be stored in the shower or bathroom if wanted, with the product lid making a neat little stand for it.
The idea behind this fragranced shower gel is that the singer wanted to create a fragrance that was similar to those used by here mother. With that in mind a contemporary version of her mothers fragrance style was created with help from perfume maker Stephen Nilsen. When I experience this fragranced shower gel I am reminded of aspects of older fragrance that I wore some time ago, such as Georgio, although to be fair this fragrance is actually much nicer to wear in my opinion. I feel that the Truth or Dare shower gel has a mature feel to its fragrance, yet doesn't feel like an old ladies fragrance in any way, it has more of a classic vintage appeal.
~Even shower gels need fragrance notes!~
The top notes: Gardenia, tuberose and neroli
The middle notes: Jasmine, benzoin tears and white lily petals
The strength giving base notes: Vanilla absolute, caramelized amber, sensual musk aura
The top notes of this fragranced shower gel feel full of beautiful white flowers in my opinion with the tuberose scent feeling like the more prominent note to my un-trained nose. There are strong influences of jasmine that hit the senses quite soon when you use this product, as well as a hint of gardenia which works well in the shower gel in my opinion. There is a touch of almost caramel like vanilla to the fragranced shower gel that feels warm and inviting, with amber gently lurking in the background, holding up the the florals. I feel that over time the fragranced shower gel feels less sharp and fresh and gives way to a more mature powdery vintage feel that gives off a classic aspect to the mix of ingredients used. which is very appealing
A 200ml sized tube of Truth or Dare shower gel can be bought for anything from £9 to £14, which shows how much variation there can be in sales prices for this product. I bought my shower gel as part of a very nice fragrance gift set (or two), which I managed to pick up in the sales after christmas. The gift sets can be found for between £30 to £35 in many high street stores at certain times of the year such as christmas, valentines, mothers day etc and are often reduced in price shortly after these events by as much as half (which is when the best deals are to be found in my opinion). Buying a gift set gives you access to all 3 products in the range which means you can use them together to get the best results from them.
Whilst the shower gel works perfectly well on its own, in my opinion the best way to get the most from the gel is to use it alongside the other products from the same range. The shower gel works well to clean and fragrance the skin, yet is more of a success when used alongside the body lotion as the fragranced effect lasts considerably longer. The gel leaves skin feeling nice and clean, without having to use too much of the product which makes a small tube of gel last longer than you might think. I really like the fragranced used in the shower gel and I find that I only need a small amount of gel to make a good amount of airy and light foamy bubbles which help clean and fragrance the skin. I must admit that I would never have considered this product prior to having sampled the fragrance in store, although now I have done so I feel that it is worth of a 5 star product rating.
Cleanse your skin with the luxurious bubbles of the Madonna Truth or Dare Shower Gel, a heady cleanser that pampers and hydrates. Formulated with a medley of gentle cleansers and skin-loving ingredients, this finely textured gel ensures that the skin is rid of dirt and toxins. The body is left scented with the intoxicating Truth or Dare scent of narcotic white flora, addictive woods and creamy vanilla. Work the lightweight gel into a bubbly lather all over the body in the shower. Follow up with the Truth or Dare Body Lotion and indulge in a more intense scent experience.