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Palmolive Bergamot & Verbena Shower Gel

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Brand: Palmolive / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body

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      25.07.2013 18:50
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      A gorgeous shower gel from Palmolive

      As someone who adores beauty products I am in my element when I discover something new. It was at the end of last year that I discovered Palmolive's Bergamot and Verbena, which at that point in time was only available in a hand wash. However, a couple of months ago whilst shopping in Superdrug I was delighted to discover the matching shower gel, which is described as refreshing and aromatic with this review discussing my thoughts.

      The 250 ml transparent plastic bottle of shower gel was very easy to spot on the store shelf due to its eye-catching curvaceous design, which can be described as similar to that of an hour glass. The calming sage green contents create the illusion of peace and harmony with the black flip top lid, which is located on the upper section, providing a bold contrast.

      Whilst some brand feels the need to clutter their packaging with endless marketing material, Palmolive have opted for a few simple words; the appearance of which is unique, as they resemble the text created with an old fashioned typewriter. As a result, the appearance of the bottle reminds me of something that you would discover in an old fashioned boutique.

      Prior to using the matching hand wash I was totally unfamiliar with the aroma produced by bergamot, which is a fragrant fruit similar in size to an orange with verbena being a flower that offers a delicate lemon aroma. The design of the bottle enables an easy grip whilst standing in the shower with wet hands and I am effortlessly able to flip open the lid with my fingers whilst receiving a small amount of the good consistency gel into the other, which is holding my net body polisher.

      The scent can be described as being both unique and distinctive, with the refreshing and uplifting fruitiness of natural bergamot oil being immediately evident. I prefer to use net body polishers as opposed to sponges or flannels, as they do not become clogged with soap and enable my bathing products to last longer whilst gently exfoliating my skin. As I glide the polisher over my skin a good lather is created with the subtle aroma of bergamot extract making an appearance together with a delicate earthy undertone. The combination of earthiness and fruits work well together to create an extremely favourable scent, which slightly intensifies during my shower. Whilst I would describe the aroma of bergamot as being quite sharp, it is wonderfully refreshing and nearly always makes my mouth water.

      The shower gel is effective at removing grease and grime from the skin and a little goes a long way especially when using with a net body polisher. Due to its gorgeous fragrance and velvety soft, rich and creamy lather I would describe the shower gel as being luxurious, which is not a word I would normally associate with the Palmolive brand. The lather is rinsed away quickly from the skin without leaving any residue and I love the fact that the scent lingers on the surface of my skin for a couple of hours. I would describe the skin on my body as normal with the exception of my knees and elbows where I experience a little dryness. However, I cannot report of suffering with any additional dryness when using although I cannot describe the gel as being moisturising, which unfortunately, is also the case with the hand wash.

      I have since repurchased this shower gel at half price with it normally retailing at around £1.99 and at the time of writing, you can find it at Superdrug for 97p, which represents excellent value for money. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award nothing less than five stars together with a high recommendation, as I would consider this to be one of the best shower gels that I've ever used.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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        21.02.2013 21:28
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        A vintage looking bottle that gives soft skin

        I tend to buy shower gels when I see them on offer, not only to save myself some money, but also so I can review them on dooyoo. Not to mention it's always nice to try out new products that appear on the shelves.

        I bought this Palmolive Bergamot & Verbena shower gel as I had been wanting to try it for a while but the price tag had put me off somewhat. However, seeing it appear on offer, I was finally able to include it in my grocery shop last week.

        PACKAGING
        This contains bergamot oil and verbena extract which promises to 'awaken senses' and 'leave skin pleasantly fragranced'. The bottle is curvy with a black plastic lid. The design on the front is what seduced me into buying this - the wording on the front is done in a font that seems very vintage-looking, and the leafy design behind this gave me the impression of old glass bottles sitting in a Victorian pharmacist or something! I think the bottle looks really great sitting in a bathroom; this is one to be kept on display on a bathroom shelf, not tucked away into a cabinet or under the sink.

        APPEARANCE AND SMELL
        The scent of this shower gel is unlike anything I have ever bought, particularly as I have no idea what bergamot or verbena smell like normally! I personally found the scent to be slightly citrussy, although more musky rather than fruity - with even a little bit of a mintish aroma to it. Basically I am saying that the smell of this is indefinable - you will just have to have a bit of a sniff of it yourself!

        The shower gel is a pale olive green, not too runny but not gloopy. It didn't dispense too much at the same time, so hopefully I won't be using this up too quickly.

        USAGE
        This lathered up amazingly well when applied to the skin, and I didn't need to use a large amount to work up a good amount of soft, scented bubbles. The scent was very strong while I was using this, and it'd be a lovely product for use during the summer and for morning showers.

        Upon rinsing I could immediately tell that my skin felt very smooth and soft, and an hour after use, I can still smell the shower gel on my skin. My skin still feels silky and not dry whatsoever.

        Overall this is a very refreshing shower gel, and I definitely very cleansed and energised after using it.

        PRICE
        The usual price for this is £2 which I wouldn't pay because of my tight budget. However it is on offer in Sainsbury's for £1 at the moment, which I am more than happy to pay for a shower gel that leaves my skin so silky smooth.

        WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
        I would buy this again provided it was on offer. The packaging alone is enough to convince, and I have to say that if it came in a more boring bottle, I probably wouldn't give it as many stars - well done to the Palmolive design department for that one, I guess! Without the stylish bottle I'd give this 3 stars, but as it looks so nice sitting in my bathroom, 4 stars it is.

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          03.01.2013 15:27
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          A lovely uplifting shower gel

          Just before our pre-Christmas city break to Brussels, I realised we didn't really have a unisex shower gel which was suitcase-friendly. Cue a trip to Wilkinsons, and several other unnecessary items later, we were in possession of this lovely looking product from Palmolive. Amazingly, despite looking like a good quality shower gel, it cost merely £1. It is currently on offer in Tesco, reduced from £2 to £1.

          I wouldn't say I knew what bergamot or verbena were when I chose this shower gel, I am simply easily swayed by attractive packaging. The product has a traditional but retro look about it, with old fashioned font and a classic lace design in black. It's very simple, but very classy, and looks a little more like a premium product than most shower gels from this brand.

          The people who designed this bottle have very thoughtfully tapered it in the middle, so it is very comfortable to hold in use. The flip top lid has never caused any issues, and is navy in colour which contrasts with the lovely deep green inside the bottle. I hoped this shower gel would be fairly gender-neutral so that my husband and I could use the same one on holiday, and it didn't disappoint. Despite not knowing what either ingredient smells like individually, together they create a wonderfully uplifting, herbal explosion which awakens your senses and makes your skin feel thoroughly cleansed. Although it smells herbal, it's also reasonably sweet, and reminds me a little of Refreshers (the sweets) but with a more masculine undertone. In fact, a quick look on the internet puts this so much more succinctly than me, by saying "the oil gives off a citrus aroma with a hint of both sweetness and spice to it" (taken from www.livestrong.com).

          The shower gel cleans as well as any other, and I do feel this shower gel is good at waking me up in the mornings due to the lively fragrance. It also makes the bathroom smell nice for a little while after using it, although it doesn't linger on my skin too long. This suits me, however, as I like to wear perfume or body spray and I hate it when the fragrance of shower gel overpowers your perfume. It lathers well and is a good consistency which minimises waste or overuse.

          All in all, this is a lovely product which feels like a premium product for a budget price. I'll be looking out for this one on offer in future, along with the other fragrances in this range.

          (Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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