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I was bought a set for Christmas which included Nina Ricci Nina perfume and shower gel. I was over the moon because I loved the perfume already but found it sometimes a bit overpowering for work. I thought the shower gel would be a good compromise as it would still smell lovely but in a more discreet way, then I could save my beloved perfume for best. The shower gel, which comes in a white bottle with the familiar red apple brand image on the front, looked a bit tacky I must say and not the high quality packaging I presumed I would get after knowing the beautiful perfume bottle. I first tried it at the gym after swimming and although it lathers up nicely I found the smell after rinsing was practically gone. I put this down to maybe still having chlorine on my skin but at home after trying it another couple of times discovered it still didn't smell very much at all. Disappointing really, but I think the oil in the perfume means it last on the skin in a way that the shower gel just doesn't. A nice gift and I suppose does what its meant to by cleaning you, but the smell is for the shower cubicle only.
I love the perfume, so when my fiance bought me the gift set containing the shower gel, I was delighted, and couldn't wait to try it out.
Although the smell is beautiful, just like the perfume, it does have it's flaws. The scent doesn't seem to last very well once you've rinsed it off; indeed, one of my cheaper ASDA shower gels smells stronger after you've got out! Also, it doesn't lather up very well, so you don't get very much value for money, as you have to use quite a lot at any one time.
One more fault with this shower gel is that the lid on it is actually screw top, as opposed to a flip top one, which is a bit of a faff about when you're trying to wash yourself, and has lead to me dropping it into the shower tray many a time!
If you're a big fan of the perfume then it's a nice treat tp receive as part of a gift set, but I wouldn't advise you buy it seperately.
For Christmas my sister got me a set of Nina by Nina Ricci products, including the perfume, shower gel and body lotion. I absolutely adore the scent of the perfume and have been wearing it regularly, but due to my mountain of bath products, it's only been in the last few weeks that I have had the chance to try out the matching shower gel.
Nina, if you're not familiar, is a perfume by Nina Ricci, which comes in a red, apple-shaped bottle. It's an incredibly sweet and feminine scent, and I was really looking forward to trying out the matching shower gel.
The shower gel comes in a white tube, which has a picture of a red apple, with shiny silver leaves, just like the perfume bottle itself. There's not a lot of information on the tube, but I wonder if that's because mine was received as part of a gift set, rather than bought separately. One other gripe I have with the tube, is that instead of a flip top lid, it had a screw top lid. To be honest, I find this very inconvenient to use, and trying to screw the lid back on whilst you have one hand full of shower gel is not an easy task! I would have thought for a product costing so much, the design of the tube would have been better thought out.
The gel itself is mostly clear but has a slight yellowish tint. I was extremely pleased to find that it smells exactly like the perfume. I have used a few products lately (The Kate Moss body lotion springs to mind) which claimed to match a perfume, but in fact smelled completely different. I'm pleased to say this one breaks the mould, and it is identical in fragrance to the Nina perfume.
If you're not familiar with the fragrance of the perfume, I should explain that it has a very light, fresh red apple sort of scent, which has very sweet undertones, and in fact, is described as toffee-apple scented, which I'd say is pretty accurate. I've actually written a review on the perfume, which explains the scent more in depth.
Although the shower gel was quite thick, I had problems creating a lather from it at first. I'm used to using a mesh shower scrunchie, which usually creates a lot of lather from just a small amount of product. Strangely enough, when applying this to the scrunchie, I could not get any lather at all. I tried three times, but each time with the same result, which I found very odd. The best way to get a lather, I have found, is to apply this to wet skin, and then rub. This will create a small amount of lather, but unfortunately for such an expensive product a lot of gel is needed per use.
After using this, my skin feels clean, is soft and hydrated, and the beautiful Nina scent stays on my skin for ages, which is great as it means I can apply my Nina perfume on top to layer the scent.
I knew this product would be expensive bought individually, as generally bath products which match to perfumes usually are. Still, I wasn't quite prepared for the shock I got when I googled the price. The result told me that a 200ml tube of this gel would set me back £22! Yes, you read that right - twenty two whole quid. That's from Strawberrynet.com, however I have managed to find the same sized tube on fragranceonline.co.uk for just £12.24. Even so, I find both of these prices very high, especially if you consider that you need to use a hell of a lot of this per use, and despite how much I love the scent, I don't think it's worth paying that much for.
So overall, I have mixed feelings on this. The scent matches the perfume exactly and smells heavenly. The main downsides for me, are that you need to use loads, it doesn't lather very well, and the price is absolutely crazy. Unfortunately I feel the negatives outweigh the positives, and although I'm very disappointed to say this, I would not recommend it.