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      11.02.2010 11:56
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      Olay done good again

      I was bought this body wash as a Christmas present which always worries me. Do I really smell that bad?! This did come at quite a good time, as my body had got pretty dry from the lovely freezing cold, snowy weather and you can always rely on Olay to get your skin back to normal. This was a range from Olay I hadn't seen before, a body wash containing lotion ribbons, and I was very eager to try it. I have had a quick look and found this body wash range usually retails for around £2. Packaging The shower gel I was bought was the body wash with aloe extract. This comes in a 295ml semi-opaque bottle, through which you can see the mint green coloured wash. The lid is a darker green. There is a white sticker on the front of the bottle, with the usual Olay logo, as well as the name of the body wash. On the back of the bottle is some information about the wash. Olay claims the product softens skin and visibly enhances smoothness in just 7 days. Directions are also on the back of the product, as well as the barcode and contact information. Directions "Squeeze a small amount of product onto wet puff. Lather and rinse. Use also as a shaving lotion and enjoy a soft, smooth shave" All sounds very easy, and even doubles up for use when shaving, great for when travelling! My Experience I used this product in the bath, as our shower is shocking. I squeezed a small amount of the gel onto a sponge. As I said earlier, the wash itself is a pale green colour, and smells nice. It is quite a sweet smell, and reminds me of the Sunsilk Brunette shampoo. I started to rub the sponge against the skin, and the gel quickly lathered. You need very little of the gel to get it to lather which is a good thing, as it means the shower gel lasts longer. The shower gel rinsed off very easily, and my skin immediately felt smooth. As I was drying myself I could smell the sweet, fruity smell of the shower gel. It wasn't overpowering in the slightest, but you definitely smell it. My skin felt very soft and supple. However, I used my moisturiser as normal, as my skin was pretty dry and I did not feel that after one use of the body wash my skin had improved enough to do without a moisturiser. I have continued to use the body wash daily since very trying it out, and have seen a massive improvement in my skin. My legs in particular were very dry when I first started using the product, and there is a definite improvement. They are lovely and soft, and I have stopped using my moisturiser regularly. It really saves time, been able to wash and moisturise all in one go which is great when you are in a rush. Overall, I recommend this shower gel. It smells lovely, and leaves the skin moisturised. It is also pretty reasonably priced. Olay do only seem to make good products and this is definitely the case with this one. Oh, and I really like that the product is rich enough to use for shaving too, saves taking shaving gel when going on holiday, which means room for another pair of shoes.

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        21.01.2010 01:47
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        Brilliance again from Olay!

        I love Olay products and for Christmas my Mum actually bought me some products from within the range and one of them was a bottle of this stuff! I love having a shower and like I said I do love Olay products so I was pleased to receive a bottle of this! The Packaging: Well my one is the lilac coloured option and there are three colours from within this range body washes to choose from being like I said the one I received which is lilac then there is a mint green and a light pink as well! The bottle is see-through and it has a lilac coloured flip-top lid concealing a small hole to the bottom of it. On the front I'm told it is Olay, 'Body' Body Wash, Plus Body Butter Ribbons, 'New' With Jojoba Butter and the size of the bottle is stated which is 295ml and there is a multi coloured swishy pattern on there. On the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit about the product, directions for use and ingredients are listed and contact details for Procter & Gamble are given. It's a nice bottle and I do like to be able see the body wash in it so I can see how much I have or haven't used and I do like being able to see the ribbon effect which in my case is lilac and white swirls of product within it. A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle: If you like the feel of an intense body butter, use Olay body wash plus body butter ribbons - the only Olay body wash that adds an actual ribbon of body butter. The luxurious, fragrant lather softens your skin and visibly enhances its smoothness in just 7 days. Directions For Daily Use In The Shower Or Bath: Squeeze a small amount of product onto wet puff. Lather and rinse. Use also as shaving lotion and enjoy a soft, smooth shave. Me Using It: This is simply a delightful body wash and you can use it of course in the bath or in the shower...it's up to you of course! All you do is as we are told to do on the bottle and that is to simply (and easily) squeeze a little of the thick, two toned coloured lotion looking liquid on to a puff, flannel, sponge or whatever and then gently rub it over damp/wet skin. It lathers up richly into big white and thick bubbles with ease gently giving off a very rich and sort of in distinctive smell of fruits as it cleans and freshens the body. It feels ever so moisturising on the skin and really gentle and as said on the bottle it really is great for shaving with if you want to. It rinses off with ease and when you dab yourself dry your skin really does feel delightfully soft but in an ungreasy way. It isn't too rich and over moisturising either and it leaves skin feeling gently fragranced, soft, supple but above all clean. I have used this for well over a week now and I do think that by using this daily my skin does appear less congested and just more glowing really. I think this really is a beautiful bath and shower product and worth it's weight in gold and what's more due to this particular products fragrance...suitable for the whole family! Expect to pay about £2.49 a bottle for this in places such as Boots, Wilkinson's, Superdrug and all good chemists etc!

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        20.02.2009 12:56
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        Olay will have you in a real froth

        As a person with dry skin and someone who develops a reaction to almost every bath product on earth it's hard for me to find something that solves both problems. Enter Olay body wash plus cream ribbons with almond extract. My body wash was part of a gift set which came with a body puff. The packaging was a bit bulky to be honest with a lot of unnecessary cardboard. So not brilliant on the eco-front in terms of it's outward appearance. The bottle itself is well designed in colour and shape. You can handle it well because it's moulded cleverly to fit the shape of your hand - good when it's slippy too. Because it's an inverted bottle you get to use every bit of the 295ml inside. To look at the full bottle, you would think there was a good bowlful of raspberry ripple icecream squeezed inside, but when you open the flip top you get a distinct aroma of strawberry not so much of the almond extract that's supposed to be included. But, as long as there's some link to food it's a winner for me! Once you're in the shower, you only need a pea sized amount to produce a rich, creamy lather that lasts for a good five minutes. It is easy to rinse off and there are no lumpy or stringy bits that might be inferred from the word 'ribbons'. You notice your skin is much softer and silkier, especially when used as a shaving cream which saves you money too. The really unusual thing about this product is that it's relaxing in the shower before bed time, but energizing when used first thing on a morning. No need for two products to do two jobs. More money saving! The lingering fragrance after your shower is subtle and blends in easily with whatever body lotion or perfume I happen to be wearing and I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin since starting to use it. I have used the product every day for two months and am not even half way through it. That's quite a phenomenon for me. I usually go through shower gel like wild-fire, either because they don't suit my skin or they just don't last. This is a brilliant product all round.

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          26.08.2008 21:35
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          A lovely new shower experience

          Back to my usual reviews body washes!!! To be honest I have tried a few since my last review on this subject but I really haven't found one to write about. Most of them have just turned out to be bland and not really worth mentioning and I have tried so many over the years that I am running out of new ones! But then I found this one while wandering around Wilkinson's and decided it looked interesting and I love Olay products anyway. So did it purk up my interest? COMPANY HISTORY Olay was started in South Africa in 1949 by a man called Graham Wulff, he was an ex Unilever chemist. The product was originally called Oil of Olay (I remember my mum using this!) He chose this name as a spin on the word Lanolin. The fluid was certainly unique and came in a glass bottle and Wulff and his marketing partner Jack Lowe marketed it in a very clever way, you see not once did they mention it was a moisturiser or beauty fluid, they just used clever advertising to draw the women in. You also couldn't just walk in a chemist and buy it, the pharmacists had to order it on demand. The beauty fluid name wasn't added until 1970, Proctor and Gamble acquired the company in 1985 and also started to extend the range to include body washes, cleansers and creams. In 1999 the famous name was changed to just "Olay" across the world and also in 1999 the anti aging range "Total Effects" was launched and the rest as they say is history! PRODUCT STATEMENT If you like the feel of a light lotion, use Olay body was plus lotion ribbons- the only Olay body wash that adds an actual ribbon of lotion. The luxurious, fragrant lather softens your skin and visibly enhances its smoothness in just 7 days. PACKAGING This actually looks quite smart; it comes in a 295ml plastic bottle that stands up on the lid as most body washes do. The bottle itself is a frosty white colour and you can just see the colour of the product, which is white with thin lines of aqua blue running through it. The bottle has the Olay name prominent on the front and some aqua blue swirly bits, the lid is your basic flip top that gets messy after use (well for me anyway!) USING The directions actually state to use this product with a body puff thingy, which is a good thing as I always use one anyway. The first thing I noticed when I used this product was the smell, it really reminded me of another body wash I had used by Radox. It smells really fresh and reminds me of summer for some strange reason! It maybe that it smells to me of cucumber and for some weird reason that reminds me of summer, anyway it is a nice refreshing scent. When you squeeze the product onto the body puff thingy at first it looks foamier that a normal body wash. A little tip if you do use this product you don't need to use much to get a good lather, this product really does lather well. You get a really good coverage of lovely smelling fresh lather, it is also quite easy to rinse off but I have noticed quite a few stubborn bits that need extra rinsing. After washing and drying that lovely scent does last on my skin, it's not over powering but just nice enough to linger for a while (I still look stupid sniffing myself!). After drying I checked my skin to see if it felt any softer and at first I really didn't feel any difference but after using a few times I did notice that my skin did feel a bit softer especially around the parts of my body that tend to get very dry, mainly my elbows, knees and feet. To be honest it didn't get rid of the need to use my body moisturiser but I have to admit I didn't need to use as much as normal. Also because I didn't have to use a lot each time I used it the bottle lasted for quite a while longer than any other body wash I have used, maybe that's a good thing but it also meant I got a bit bored with it! (I am so unfaithful!) INGREDIENTS Water, Petrolatum, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mea, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Dmdm Hydantoin, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/ Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Isopentane, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-90M, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Green 6 PRICE AND RANGE Body wash with lotion ribbons with aloe extracts ... £2.49 Body wash with body butter ribbons with jojoba ... £2.49 Body wash with cream ribbons with almond oil ... £2.49 As I said I got this product in Wilkinson's WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN? I can happily say yes I would buy this again and I will try the others in the range, I must admit I do like Olay products and the body wash is more expensive than I would usually use but it does last a long time so it's not to bad. I like the fact that it does leave my skin feeling softer and leaves a nice lingering scent, mind you the other half is starting to complain that it's like sleeping in Boot's sleeping next to me what with the moisturisers hand creams, foot creams, and now this body wash! Property of madmum71 & lisa8871

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            25.07.2006 18:42
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            olay moisturising body wash

            I can’t resist buying toiletries and always have bags full of them on top of my wardrobe, just waiting to be used, so it’s no surprise that I have only just got round to using a bottle of Olay body wash that I was given as part of a Christmas present! Although Olay is a well-known, and I’m sure, trusted brand, it was not one that I had ever really used before, so I was unsure of what to expect from this product. The body wash claims to provide ‘deep moisture’ for up to 24 hours after use. Let’s just say, I was sceptical. ~*Packaging*~ The bottle is fairly plain, being tall and slim, and made of white plastic with a lilac flip-top lid. As well as the Olay logo, there is simply a purple circle with the words ‘dry skin’ written within it, and lots of spiel printed on the back of the bottle. To be honest, I wasn’t really too impressed with the look of it. I would say it was fairly average, and definitely didn’t stand out from the crowd. There’s nothing wrong with the bottle, but it’s just too boring for my liking - first impressions count, and I personally don’t think I would have bought this on looks alone. Like they say though, it’s what’s inside that counts……… ~*The Body Wash*~ This product has a lot of claims to live up to. If the bottle is to be believed, the Olay moisturisers not only will last for 24 hours, but my skin will be nourished by vitamins E and B3 and the soap-free formula will cleanse. Let’s see shall we. On first use, I see that the body wash is white in colour and is very thick – probably thicker than most of the shower gels I tend to use. It has a very gentle smell to it, quite subtle, but fruity and feminine. Massaging it into my skin, it actually feels quite oily, which I wasn’t expecting and at first it worried me slightly – I don’t want to end up looking greasy! The wash works up into a lovely creamy lather, but I have found it better to use a body puff (as is recommended on the bottle) as this produces an even better lather, and makes the body wash go further, so your 250ml bottle will last longer. When I rinse the body wash off, I am glad to find that the oily feeling rinses away too. ~*After Use*~ Now that I’ve used the product a few times, unfortunately I haven’t found that it lived up to its claims. Although after use my skin felt somewhat moisturised, this effect did not, as claimed, last for 24 hours. I can’t say I expected it to really, but you can always hope! My skin certainly was clean though, but unfortunately it’s pleasant fragrance didn’t linger on my skin. ~*Price*~ As I said at the beginning of the review, I received this product as a gift from my little sister last Christmas. To buy this will cost you £3.48 from either Boots or Asda – note at the time of writing the boots website has this on offer (buy one get one free). I was quite surprised when I saw this price, as I think it’s quite expensive, certainly more than I would pay for it. ~*My Verdict*~ Aside from the slightly disappointing packaging, overall this wasn’t too bad. OK, so it didn’t live up to its somewhat farfetched claims, but then I don’t think most of us would expect it to. Its thick creaminess combined with its subtle fragrance makes it a pleasure to use though, which is where it scores points with me. I wouldn’t mind using this again, but only if I didn’t have to pay for it! I think £3.48 for one bottle of body wash is too much, for that price I would expect something of a better quality, or something that stands out. Unfortunately I don’t think Olay delivered this time.

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              21.04.2005 21:08
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              Oil of Olay Moisturising Body Wash My mum was recently given this as a present. As I'd run out of my own body wash, I knew my mum wouldn't mind if I used a bit of hers until I could go to the shops. Price: As we received it as a gift with a body puff and moisturising cream. I don't know the price of the gift set itself but I had a quick check at Boots for the price of Oil of Olay Moisturising Body Wash and it costs £3.49, which I find expensive for a shower gel/body wash. Packaging: It's a bit bland. The bottle is white with label with a bit of pink on the front and the instruction on the back in small lettering. Front: Oil of Ulay now Oil of Olay. Same soft smooth feeling skin. Then the emblem of Oil of Olay. Moisturising Body Wash. For use in shower or bath. 40+ Uses with Olay puff. Enriched with Olay Moisturisers. Back: Moisturising Body Wash System We can prove your skin can feel soft and smooth Use just one dab of Olay Moisturising Body Wash on the puff to clean your whole body, and experience skin that feels soft and smooth, every single day. Directions for daily use in the bath or shower: Wet the Olay Puff and squeeze a little dab of the Moisturising Body Wash onto it. Work into a rich latter all over you body and then rinse off. When the bottle is less than half-full, store upside down for ease of dispensing.  pH balanced  Skin Compatibility Dermatologically tested Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Glycine Soja, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Caprice Glycerides, Palm Kernel Acid, Magnesium Sulphate, Glycerine, Cocamide MEA, Maleated Soybean Oil, Citric Acid, Parfum, Polyquaterium-10, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Citrate, BHT. Procter & Gamble UK, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0XP, UK Any questions or comments FREEPHONE 0800 708 708 The bottle contains 200ml which for the price and every day use (although only use a little bit) is quite expensive in my eyes. The puff that they mention in the instructions is easily bought for about 99p at the most. I don't think you even need the puff just use your hands. The cap on the bottle is ease to flip open and close. The bottle is a bit bulky and falls off my bathroom shelves quite often (I think I need less beauty products on it to be honest) The product itself: The product is a creamy white and the texture of it is smooth and ease to latter. Rub it all over your body and then just rinse off. It cleanses and leaves your skin feels moisturised and soft without leaving a heavy residue of product behind. You smell fresh and clean. The fragrance is very bland and maybe why it's marketed 40+ like stated on the packet. Although the product works lovely, it's just not for me. It's too expensive for every day use and the fragrance is too bland for me liking but if you are looking for a shower gel/body wash that isn't overpowering in fragrance and does it job well. This is the product for you.

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                20.03.2003 16:54
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                I am not very old, but sometimes after a LONGGGGGGGG day I feel ancient. I think we all have had days, or even weeks like that :( Usually I try unwinding with a nice mug of hot choccie, some biccies with more choccie, and a nice soak in a tub full of bath smellies. Unfortunately, about ten minutes after leaving the bath, that refreshed feeling starts to slip away. Not so with this body wash. It has a deep moisturising formula, that like other Oil of Olay products, works to mimic the body's own natural moisturisers. What you are supposed to do is wet this net like sponge called a body puff, available with the bottle if you wish to buy as a set, and put about a 10 pence sized drop of the rich creamy white fluid on it. Then rub all over your body and be amazed at the full rich lather that slithers over your skin, cleansing and refreshing your poor tired flesh. Then you rinse. You can do this in either bath or shower, as noted on the bottle. I found no difference in performance in either method. You can as I say buy the puff with a bottle of Oil of Olay Moisturising Body Wash in a starter kit, but keep an eye out as you can also get some quite good puffs seperately at chemists and other shops for as little as 59 pence and perhaps save a bit of cash. Just be sure to feel the quality of the netting however. I once purchased a puff for £1.99, thinking at that price it would be good, and the plastic was NOT soft at all and felt like a pot scouring scrubber! Out it went! The Olay provided puff has none of that harshness, and has a loop for hanging it to dry. I have washed mine on the gentle cycle in my washer to keep it sanitary, and it has lasted me a very long time (1 year). I washed it inside one of those net bags to help protect it. I will buy another stater kit when this puff finally goes just to be on the safe side as I cannot abide anything remotely scratchy next to my skin. Used with a body puff, this ph balanced and dermatologically t ested body wash claims to give you over 60 washes from a 300ml bottle. I found this to be very conserative, lasting me in reality about 3 1/2 months! At £3.99, this is excellent value. It comes in a oblong shped white plastic bottle with a latching type flip top lid. The lid secures well enough that as you approach the very end of the bottle's contents, you can store it upside down to catch every last drop. The lid also does a fabulous job of keeping shower water and bath steam from diluting its contents, a problem I have seen with some inferior products whose lids are less than tight fitting. I have tried store's own versions of this product, and even Dove's version of this, which is good, but none beat the original. It is extremely gentle even to very sensitive skins, and was even recommended to us as a product to try on our year old daughter who suffers from eczema. She adores using it, and we have many less flare ups along her knees, elbows, and back than we used to, and have been able to dramatically reduce the amount of moisturising creams we used to have to rub on her daily. It is in this area in particular, that it has even beat out main competitor Dove in our personal trials as mentioned earlier. So, all together, good value, and you come out from your relaxing bath feeling as great as you did while soaking in the tub, with skin as soft as a baby's.

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                  28.10.2002 20:37
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                  I usually wouldn't make a big fuss on something like bodywash however seeing as I've been addicted to this product for years I though it was about time I shared my feelings about this product with you! I often find that I can be in a shower with one of the strongest smelling brands and still find after maybe 30min out of shower that fresh, clean smell just goes. Well thats not the case with the Oil Of Olay body wash, not only does my skin feel really soft (it actually does) but it also makes me smell all lovely and clean for aaaagees after! The smell is very easy on the nose, not too flowery just simple soapy clean smell (best way to describe it). As well as being a body wash this also includes moisturising, which is fab believe me! I use this product after shaving and I find it makes my legs smoother than they would be with just an ordinary body wash/soap! I'm a student too and not having a lot of money to hand I used to find that i had to buy those horrible cheap soaps that come in huge industrial bottles! Well now I dont have to do that, with this body wash just a small 5p size blob onto a sponge will cover your whole body ! as well as all this, this body wash is suitable for all skin types and can come in very useful for people with dry skin. I can give you a price too howeever its from Ireland so youll prbably find its a lot cheaper in uk 4.70e

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                    13.10.2002 22:34
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                    I currently have eleven shower gels, which some may say is a little excessive. I have one by Lush, three by Original Source, two by Radox, three by Avon, one Get Fruity by Asda and this one – Oil of Olay’s moisturising body wash. Therefore, when I bought the Oil of Olay one, hubby wasn’t quite sure why I needed it. I tried to explain it was highly recommended by Ciao, but he just raised his eyes skywards and sighed deeply. So I thought I’d plead my case here and try to explain why I bought it, to those who will understand. I have only become a convert to showers in the last couple of months, having previously loved long hot baths. It is a relatively new experience to try out varieties of shower gels. When I checked out Ciao’s ratings for shower gels and body scrubs, right at the top was Oil of Olay’s moisturising body wash with 96% of opinions recommending it (87% on Dooyoo). How could I let this pass me by? I needed to try out the best shower gel, just to see for myself. I found some in my local chemists and bought a 300ml bottle for £2.65. This is quite expensive compared to Asda’s wonderful Get Fruity shower gel (for less than £1) but comparable to Original Source which sells 250ml of shower gel for £2.49 or body washes at £2.99 for 300ml. Oil of Olay has been around a long time. I remember them being products my Mum would use in the 1970s, although it was Oil of Ulay at the time. The products still look as though they’re aimed at the 30-50 year old age group. They certainly don’t look young, modern and vibrant like Original Source does. The moisturising body wash comes in a plain white squeezy plastic bottle with a flip-up lid. There’s no clever mechanism to let the contents out in a measured way and there’s no hook to hang it up with either. Original Source and Asda’s Get Fruity both beat the Oil of Olay design in attractiveness and p ractical uses. One of the reasons I bought the Oil of Olay product was due to its claim to be moisturising, as my skin is inclined to be dry. I liked the idea that this was enriched with moisturisers and that it was a brand name I knew and trusted. The bottle also claims this will last for over sixty baths or showers, if used in the way directed. It smells lightly fragranced, slightly girlie and creamy, but definitely soapy. I prefer the strong fruity smells of Original Source really. If I wanted to smell of soap, I’d use soap in the shower instead of shower gel. But it’s not unpleasant and is a matter of individual tastes. If you just want to smell clean, this one could well be for you. It suggests you wash with an Olay puff, but any body puff will do or a flannel or whatever. You only need a small amount, but it is hard to judge this accurately as it all comes out rather fast. It is white and quite thick in consistency. It lathers really well and you will soon be covered in white, creamy bubbles. It does leave you feeling very clean and yes, my skin feels soft and silky. The body wash lasts well, but it is hard to see when it is running out, as the bottle isn’t see-through. Overall, it is a fairly good product. It cleans and moisturises and with an inoffensive scent. But in these days when the shower gel market is full of excellent brands with different products, I am surprised Oil of Olay is rated so highly. In my opinion, both Original Source and Asda’s Get Fruity are far superior. Let me explain… SMELL ~ Oil of Olay has a bland, soapy kind of smell, while Original Source and Asda’s Get Fruity have beautiful aromas in various fragrances – orange, lemon, mint, raspberry, peach and so on. DESIGN ~ Original Source and Asda’s Get Fruity have modern, bright and interesting looking designs. They shout “Hey! Try me!” while Oil of Olay hides at the back hoping someone's Granny might remember when the brand was called Ulay and pick them up. PRACTICAL PACKAGING ~ Original Source and Asda’s Get Fruity both have bottles with a hook, so you can hang them on the shower for convenience. They have a special mechanism in the cap so that you get a measured amount of shower gel and they don’t leak. You can see how much is left, because the bottles are see-through. Oil of Olay has no hook, no anti-leak device and you can’t see in it to find out when you need to buy more. Overall, Oil of Olay is good, but in my opinion, just not good enough.

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                      22.02.2002 21:33
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                      I saw an offer for this product and being a fan of ulay ooops I mean Olay products I thought I would give this a go. The first time I used it I used too much and it did not lather well. The second time I followed the instructions clearly and used a bath puff (a bit like a sponge, but looks like a heavy duty hair net tied in the middle) and used much less. Wow what a difference it lathered really well, I was able to wash from tip to toe without using hardly any at all. After I had dried I noticed just how soft and smooth my skin felt, my other half noticed as well. The scent is also very pleasant and not heady. The downfall with this is recently it seems to have gone down quickly, I did not think about it but I am sure he is using it, either that or he has found the fountain of youth. All in all Girls I really like this product and if you want your man to notice you try this and snuggle up to him afterwards. At £5 for a good sized bottle (that lasts for ages) it is one product I really like and will buy again and agin, unless he buys me some.

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                        19.11.2001 03:50
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                        Until a couple of years ago, Oil of Ulay (or Olay as it seems to be called now) was not a brand name that I would have given a second thought to. As far as I was concerned the brand was associated with the rich, famous, old and sorry mum, my mother. Oil of Olay advertising claimed that their facial creams helped 'reduce the signs of ageing'. Being a fairly young looking 31 year old, this kind of slogan did not appeal to me. I have always wanted to look older than I am not younger (although not so much now that I am racing towards middle age). If the advertising had said "makes you more attractive to men" or "increases your job prospects" then I might have been tempted! Then I fell for one of those advertising gimmicks. You know the one; post a sample of the product through the door of an unsuspecting homeowner and then reel them in. This sample was a bit different from those I was used to receiving. Not only did it contain a couple of 'very hard to open without scissors' sachets of 'Oil of Olay Moisturising Body Wash', but is also contained a Olay Puff. For anybody who doesn't know what a Puff is (no rude comments please!) it is a flannel type contraption made of a net like material scrunched up and tied in the middle. If one of these pops through your door, you can't help but notice it. Small sachets can easily be disguised amongst the piles of the junk mail and discarded without achieving their intended purpose, but not if they are packaged with a Puff! That night, I stood in the shower with my Olay Puff in one hand, the sachet and a pair of scissors in the other. The instructions on the sachet went something like this "Wet the Ulay Puff and squeeze a dab of Moisturising Body Wash onto it. Work into a rich lather all over your body, then rinse off". Not quite sure what a 'dab' actually consisted off and being the economy conscious person that I am, I cut open t he sachet and squeezed the smallest amount of body wash possible out of the sachet onto the Puff, anxiously anticipating the 'rich lather' part. I must admit, I was expecting to find that this first small amount was not sufficient, but to my surprise, the instructions were right, a rich lather was what I got. I started with my legs, then my arms and body and there was still enough lather left to wash my neck and face. It rinsed off as easily as it had been applied and like the sachet promised, left my skin feeling soft and smooth. That was it, I was hooked. I decided there and then that I must buy a whole bottle of the stuff as the sachets would, at best, last me a couple of weeks. The next time I visited my local supermarket, I ventured down the beauty isle in search of 'Oil of Ulay Moisturising Body Wash'. I found it quickly - these advertisers are very clever you know - I am sure they do deals with supermarkets after sachet drops like this one, as there was a whole shelf of this body wash in a prominent position. But shock, horror, look at the price of it! Almost £5 a bottle. Far too steep for a body wash, I thought. So I went home without it and promptly put it on my Christmas list hoping that I could make the sachets last two months, not two weeks. I did receive a bottle for Christmas from my best friend. She had also received a sample of it through her door and decided that not only did she like it but that I would like it too. Coincidentally, I had had the same thought and bought her a bottle for Christmas too! The bottle stated that it contained 60+ washes. Not too bad for the price then, but I calculated that if I used it everyday, I would need to buy a bottle every other month (I always was good at maths!). Too often for birthdays and Christmases then, so maybe I should start a 'Moisturising Body Wash Budget Fund. Fortunately, the advertising on the bottle turned out to be a touch pessimistic (makes a pleasant change) and my first bottle lasted well over a year. This was probably helped by the fact that after my initial elation wore off, I didn't use it every day as expected but interspersed it with a cheaper shops own version. That way, I thought, I would appreciate it more when I did use it. I am pleased to say that I still have smooth silky Olayfied skin. My job prospects haven't improved though and I don't get whistled at when I walk down the street, but hey, I still look young!

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                          16.07.2001 03:09
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                          ~ ~ OK. This op is a first for the “mad cabby”, so I’m trusting you lot to be gentle with me when it comes to the ratings!!!! Picture the scene. There’s Ken, having his customary morning shower to start off his day. He’s just washed all the body parts, and applied the conditioner to his flowing locks (well, maybe not so flowing these days, but you’re allowed SOME illusions) to keep them in tip-top condition. Now he has to wait a few minutes to give all the ingredients in the conditioner (possible op to follow, depending on the response to this one!!) time to work their magic, so he’s gentling humming a wee tune to himself, and luxuriating under the stream of lovely hot water. (I love showers; MUCH better than baths, where I always think you’re lying in your own dirty water) His eye catches a container sitting in one of the corner units above the bath, and being a totally uncontrollable reader, he grabs it to read what it is and what it is supposed to do. “Hmmmm. Oil of Olay Moisturising Body Wash. That’s a new one. The wee one and her mum must have been scouring the shelves in the local chemist again. And what’s this little sponge thingy for, I wonder?” ~ ~ So it was over to the back of the container to illicit some more info. “We can prove your skin can feel soft and smooth”, it proclaims. “Use just one dash of Olay Moisturising Body Wash on the puff to clean your whole body, and experience skin that feels soft and smooth, every single day,” it goes on to add. OK. So it’s not a sponge, it’s a puff, (original) and you’re supposed to put a dab on and wash yourself down with it, for a truly wonderful, silky smooth, skin. ~ ~ Now any of you who have read my golfing ops, and who also know that I am a taxi-driver, will realise that I spend an awful lot of my waking hours exposed to the elements, whether i t be sunshine, or as is more common here in Ireland, the liquid variety of the same. The sun in particular plays havoc with my skin, especially on my face and arms. Although I am fortunate in hardly ever getting sun burnt, it does tend to leave my skin feeling very dry and flaky, even when I apply a low factor sun lotion every morning. So I’m tempted to give it a try. I am SORELY tempted to give it a try. But moisturiser for men!!!!! ~ ~ Let’s get one thing straight from the start. I may be from the “old school” of thinking, but I’m not so hidebound that I won’t use deodorant or toothpaste. Basic hygiene is VERY important to this mad cabby. But moisturiser for men!! “Holy God, if herself ever finds out she’ll think I’ve turned funny”, is my immediate thought. So it’s a quick flip of the top to see what it smells like, in case I end up going about all day reminding my customers in the taxi of a rose garden. Can you imagine? “ Hey, Mary. What’s that pong coming off your man. Has he got perfume on, or what?” Or the ribbing I would take of my taxi-driver mates when they sat in the cab for a natter when it is quiet on the ranks. “Hey Ken. Had ‘Fitzwilliam Jane’ in the car again, have we?” (Fitzwilliam Jane is a notorious “lady of the night”, who often has the habit of offering alternative methods of payment when she uses a taxi, and uses VERY strong perfume!!! God help you if you’re the next customer in the taxi after she’s got her run home!!) ~ ~ But no. This stuff actually smells fine, and not at all overtly feminine in nature. It simply smells “clean” and fresh. So the decision is taken to give it a try. (I’m nothing if not adventurous) “AAAArrrrrGGGGhhhhhh. What’s this!!!!” On squeezing the container gen tly to produce the requisite small dab of the body wash, the damn thing has shot out enough stuff to clean down the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards after a field exercise. (Proctor and Gamble please note!!!) ~ ~ This mess sorted, I now proceed to lash the stuff on all over. “Cor. That feels LOVELY. Kind of soapy and slinky at the same time” (Whoa boy, don’t get carried away here!!) So it’s back under the shower, and off it comes, before I start to enjoy it TOO much. ~ ~ So did it work? Damn right it did. My skin felt GREAT the whole day, even after a nine-hour shift in the old cab, in sweaty and humid weather conditions. I didn’t need to apply my usual sun lotion to my arms to stop them getting dry and flaky, especially my right arm that spends most of the time propped up on the window when I’m driving. I kept that “just stepped out of the shower” feeling for the whole day, and didn’t get a single, solitary wisecrack from anyone about smelling like a ladies boudoir. Even when I somewhat hesitantly mentioned it to “her indoors” that evening, I was surprised at the reaction. A simple, “Yep. It’s smashing, isn’t it?” with no aspersions cast upon my manhood. So guess what. I’ve been using it ever since, and it gets a very high recommendation from the “mad cabby”. (I’m not THAT mad; I know when I’ve found a good ‘un!) ~ ~ As I mentioned in passing earlier, it’s made (in France) by Proctor and Gamble. A cross examination of herself revealed that it comes in two sizes. 200ml or 400ml, and that we had the larger size that cost £4.99 at the local chemist. I would imagine that if you’re into saving the old pennies, then it would be possible to find it cheaper in some of the discount supermarkets, or in the likes of Superdrug on the old Internet. The bottl e gives a little more information as well. It is “pff balanced”, and “Dermatologically tested”, whatever that means. There is also a large section telling you all the ingredients that went into the manufacture, but since this is double dutch to me, and probably to most of you, I’m not going to bore the pants off you by listing them all here All I know or care about is that it does what it promises. No complaints here, except for that mini flood of lotion when I squeezed the container.

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                            01.07.2001 22:37
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                            Ulay body wash sachets keep comming through my door,and as i am not the sort of person to turn down a free gift they must be used. It is an excellent product lathers beauifully, lovely soft skin & no problems with it being over scented,some soaps make me feel & probobly look like a dried prune.. The big BUT to this is how slimy & slippery it feels under foot, I use it in a shower & have to hold on to a handrail for dear life,Yes i know im old & infirm but the product is for all ages,or at least i havent seen a hazzard warning on it. Its only a matter of time before someone slips & causes themselves some real damage. I dread to think of useing it in a bath.. This is a definate candidate for a No Win No Fee Insurance Claim.. So thank you very much for the free gift the net sponges are really good but the body wash oh so soft but oh so slippy.

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                              22.06.2001 01:11
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                              I received a strange looking thing through the post some months ago. It had a small blue rope atached and looked like a plasticky scrunched up pair of white fishnet tights!! With it was a small sachet of Moisturising Body Wash. Hmm - most odd! I usually throw these free samples away - the shampoos are never for my hair type and frankly, I never seem to remember to take a pair of scissors to the bathroom with me to get into the difficult little packets. But, on this occasion I decided to give it a go. The substance inside didn't smell too offensive and the blurb on the sachet claimed to leave your skin feeling 'soft and smooth, every single day' so off I went. Using 'just one dab' as instructed, I squirted a small amount onto the Olay puff and proceeded to wash myself. They were right - onee small dab is enough. A little goes a very long way! It lathers really well and leaves your skin feeling like velvet! I have never found a shower gel or any other bath product that has done exactly what it claims to do. The very texture of the puff means that your skin is exfoliated and washed at the same time - miracles of miracles, no need to buy any separate exfoliating product. This is a true two-in-one! Although I balk at spending nearly £4 on a bottle of shower gel or the like, I am now utterly converted to this Olay/Ulay Body Wash and won't buy any other! Give it a go - it does what it says on the bottle!

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                                09.12.2000 00:58
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                                What a pleasure to use and my skin is like a peach! I got a free sample of Olay Bodywash through my letter box. It came in a little plastic bottle with a nylon puff. I used it with the puff and it felt really good. A small amount of the liquid goes a long way. It actually exfoliates the skin as well as leaving it soft and glowing. Use this with a nylon puff as I found that it isn't anywhere near as effective without one. Follow the directions on the bottle and you'll get excellent results. I will certainly be buying this product once my sample runs out. The small bottle seems to being lasting for ages though.

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                              Its rich lather leaves your skin wrapped in 2X the moisturizers vs the leading beauty bar / Go ahead, wrap yourself in Olay Ribbons Body Wash /