Product Type: Nivea Bath / Shower
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Nivea Powerfruits Shower Gel
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Nivea Powerfruits Shower Gel
Advantages: Kind to skin - Reasonable value - Nice scent..
Disadvantages: Scent is far too weak and plain!
I am a big fan of the Nivea brand and regularly purchase a variety of skincare items from the Nivea range that I find are extremely kind to my troublesome skin and are usually of a very high quality. In addition to this, I am a huge fan of using bath and body products that have robust, fruit-based scents and fragrances, finding them to be wonderfully uplifting, particularly during the cold, dark winter months.
Based on these preferences, it was really only a matter of time until I got around to trying out the "Nivea Powerfruit" shower gels, as they are of course fruit fragranced items from my beloved Nivea brand. The "Powerfruit" range carries only two assorted shower gels, as far as I know, which are available in either a "Refresh" or "Relax" choice. The Refresh option is presented in shades of pink (identical to the picture shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here) whilst the Relax option is presented in shades of purple. I do enjoy using bath-time products aimed at de-stressing, so of course, I purchased the Relax option, and this review outlines my experiences of using the product.
I paid around £1 for the shower gel from a local branch of Tesco. I though this price offered reasonable value for money, especially when you consider the generous bottle, that is 250ml in size. The product is available from good supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Co-Op. It is also available from good drugstores such as Boots. I have found that prices can fluctuate incredibly, so I would suggest shopping around a little before parting with your cash, as you can usually pick the shower gel up for around the £1 mark.
The packaging is rather pretty, I must confess. Comprising of sturdy plastic bottle with the familiar Nivea branding appearing at the top in the usual shades of blue and white, the bottle is a gorgeous purple colour, although the plastic is see-through, so I can see the liquid within. There is an attractive image of some juicy-looking berries on the front of the bottle too. The lid to the bottle is the usual 'flip up' design and I have found this can be slightly difficult for me to open on occasion, if I am suffering with stiffness and weakness in my hands. I do think that your average consumer would experience very little difficulty with the packaging however, so I won't be deducting any points from the product rating score for this.
There is a small description on the front of the bottle "Delicate Acai Berry Fragrance, Antioxidants and Blueberry." I thought this sounded rather enticing and was looking forward to experiencing a fruity 'burst' of fragrance in the bath. Whilst I am on the subject, I think it is worth mentioning that the product is designed as a shower gel, but personally I tend to take a lot more baths than I do showers, so at these times, my normal shower gel product will be dispensed under the running tap in the bath. I have found that most products are versatile enough to cope well with this practice.
The product is easy enough to dispense, in either bath OR shower, thanks to the liquid having a slightly runny consistency. That is not to say that it is so runny as to spill and drip all over the place, but it is runny enough to be squeezed from the bottle without too much effort on my part. The liquid is actually a very pale lilac colour which surprised me as I think I had been expecting it to be a deep purple to match the bottle.
The appearance of the product is attractive enough nevertheless, and I was certainly impressed with the amount of foamy lather that is produced almost instantly, after the product comes into contact with the hot water in the bath tub. Fluffy white bubbles adorn the bathwater's surface easily, allowing for a rich, luxurious lather, making the bath look thoroughly inviting. This is impressive and completely enticing, I must admit, but I couldn't help but notice the distinct lack of any robust fruity fragrance lingering as the bathtub filled. I didn't worry about it too much at first, thinking that perhaps I had not used enough of the Powerfruit gel in the tub to achieve its full 'fragrance potential' as it were.
Alas, this wasn't the case at all, as the next few times I tried out the Powerfruit Relax gel I made sure I squeezed a generous helping of the product into the bathwater. This still produced very little in the way of fruity fragranced scent, however, and I could barely detect a light whiff of 'berry-like' scent that was certainly pleasant, but packed nothing in the way of 'punch' which is not my preference at all. I really enjoy experiencing fruit-fragranced scents when bathing and showering and sadly, it seemed that this fruity offering from Nivea was not going to provide any such experience whilst I soaked in the tub. I decided to abandon its use in the bath altogether, as it obviously wasn't suited to this practice.
Instead, I decided to keep the remainder of the bottle for use in the shower only, and I have found this has proven to be more successful, with the pleasant 'berry-like' fragrance taking on a little more 'body' in the shower than when used in the bathtub. This has allowed me to enjoy using the product slightly more by using this method, as the fruity scented gel apparently does not cope well with being diluted. I do have to confess that although the fruity fragrance is pleasant enough, it is still not nearly strong enough for my own preferences, and actually I was quite surprised at it's lack of 'oomph' when used in the shower. The smell is certainly noticeable, but really only as the product's later is present on my skin. As soon as it is rinsed off, the smell all but disappears and there is hardly any noticeable trace of it present on my skin after showering. This has led me to feeling rather disappointed in the product, and I can't honestly say that I would ever go out of my way to purchase it again.... A first, I think, for my relationship with the Nivea brand overall!
On the plus side, the product thoroughly cleanses the skin, and a pleasant lather is produced in the shower as well as in the bathtub, as I mentioned previously. I have experienced nothing in the way of irritation from using the product, and my overly sensitive skin has not suffered from dryness or any sort of 'tight' sensation which is usually an indicator that a product has been overly harsh for my own skin type. Thus, I do feel the product is of a high quality and is suitable for use by those consumers with sensitive skin like myself.
In summary, I felt a bit disappointed at the lack of 'strength' in this product's fragrance and would probably not buy it again for this reason. This is a real shame because the product ticks so many other boxes for me personally, but given my huge love of robust, strongly-fragranced fruity scents, I cannot really overlook the weak and rather pitiful 'whisper' of scent that this gel produces. For the reasons outlined in this review, I can only really award the Powerfruit gel three stars in the product rating.
Summary: I'm not sure if I'd buy it again...