Product Type: Palmolive Bath / Shower
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Palmolive Naturals Black Orchid Shower Milk
Member Name: supersonic75
Palmolive Naturals Black Orchid Shower Milk
Date: 15/10/12, updated on 16/10/12 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Looks enticing and does moisturise..
Disadvantages: Lack of fragrance and generally not as good as the other Palmolive Naturals products
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
I live literally 5 minutes walk away from a small retail park which houses an Iceland, Poundstretcher and Superdrug to name a few which as I don't drive then this can be extremely convenient and handy for essential items, particularly in bad weather conditions when a larger Supermarket can't be accessed.
I adore beauty items and have a love of Yves Rocher products, as most readers who may be familiar with my reviews will n doubt be aware. Unfortunately though Yves Rocher is my guilty pleasure as their products aren't the cheapest around, and whilst I would love to say I'd like to shop from them exclusively this isn't going to happen unless I get a nice healthy win on the lotto this week.. For the rest of my daily essentials I pop along to Superdrug for everyday items such as toothpaste or paracetamols etc and whilst in there last week I spotted this shower gel on sale at just £0.71.
I love a bargain and despite already having a large selection of similar items at home I decided to buy it as a) it's Palmolive Naturals, b) it was 71p and c) I couldn't help myself.
My review will now discuss my use of this Palmolive Naturals Shower Milk in 'Black Orchid' fragrance.
*~*Price, packaging and availability*~*
As mentioned above, I picked this shower milk up whilst on a sale offer price of just 71p which I deemed an odd amount to charge it as but I wasn't complaining and popped the bottle into my basket. Although Palmolive Naturals have a selection of other fragrances in their range this was the only one thinking back that featured in the sale.
The shower milk I picked up was available in one size of 250 ml and this is the only size I have seen this product in. It comes neatly presented in a rounded plastic packaging which is wider from the front view with a bullet style appearance and slim line from the side view making it look much bigger than it actually is.
The colour tones are soft and relaxing, being in a predominantly white bottle which is finished off with a purple plastic lid. There is a sticker on the front depicting an image of what appears to be a lotus flower bathed in milk (not your everyday occurrence but nevertheless..). To access the shower milk the lid flips open quite easily and underneath there is a quite small looking hole from which the product can be poured from.
Although I picked my shower milk up from Superdrug, I have seen it also readily available in other stores which sell toiletries and was even being sold next door in my local Poundstretcher where it was 99p so I prided myself at the time on picking up a bargain for the price I paid.
*~*What Palmolive has to say*~*
"..palmolive irresistible softness shower milk is enriched with moisturising milk and extracts of 100% natural origin of orchid and aloe vera. It's rich, velvety formula wraps you in the sensual scent of exotic flowers. Dermatologically tested.."
*~*My experience of using this shower milk*~*
Im a big fan of Palmolive generally and have found to date that whichever product I have purchased - whether it be a hand soap or shower/ bath cream - they have offered above average results and left my skin in tip top condition. I'm particularly a fan of their Milk & Honey shower milk as it not only smells delicious but lathers up fantastically making a little go a long way not to mention leaving my skin cleansed and soft. I was really looking forward to trying this Black Orchid version out as it not only sounded enticing but the slight hint of fragrance I managed to catch on lifting the lid to smell in the shop certainly lured me into purchasing it and I had no reason to doubt it's cleansing abilities against those of it's peers.
On deciding to test out in the shower that very same day I found the lid easy enough to pop open, and also found it securely fastened when closed as well to avoid any spills (my hubby is a devil for storing shower gels etc upside down and if not fastened properly I've found the remainder has leaked on many occasion but not so with this one luckily).
The first thing I noticed when pouring the shower milk out of the bottle on to my waiting bath sponge was the fact there was very little in the way of fragrance. The slight hint I'd got whilst in the shop was actually far weaker when exposed to the air so I have to admit to being slightly disappointed as I do like a scented product to actually be scented, and in comparison with other Palmolive products it offered very little in the way of aroma.
Consistency wise this seemed neither thick nor thin whilst the texture was very creamy and velvet like that promised it would do more than it delivered. The colour is a pale mauve like with a silky iridescent appearance and it certainly looks the part if nothing else.
After applying said milk to my bath sponge I found that on contact with my damp skin it didn't do much in the way of lathering up and again I felt quite let down by this product, that at my own admission I'd put on a pedestal.
*~*Results and recommendations*~*
I found the shower milk did cleanse my skin sufficiently and it did leave it feeling quite soft afterwards so I can't mark it down for those purposes as it did what it says there. I always apply a body cream or lotion after a bath or shower anyways as my skin can become quite dry if I don't regardless of the shower product used, but I did feel it offered sufficient moisturising properties and if I was in a hurry would feel confident enough on the odd occasion to be able to skip a lotion afterwards if I'd used this. Some similar products can promise the world but more often than not can still leave my skin feeling taut and slightly drying afterwards and whilst Black Orchid may be lacking in the fragrance stakes it certainly holds up it's end of the bargain when it comes to moisturising.
I've since used this shower milk up, halfheartedly admittedly, but I'm not a wasteful person and made sure I would get my full money's worth (all 71p). I do like a shower product to have plenty of fragrance and because it seriously lacked in that department it's not something I can see myself buying in the future. The faint aroma of black orchid that I could detect was pretty enough but it didn't intensify in a steamy bathroom like some products do, nor did it linger on my skin which ws overall disappointing for me personally.
I would still recommend this if you are not too bothered by a faint scented shower product as it brought me clean after a particularly mucky gardening day of cutting ivy down so it did it's job there. My skin did feel soft afterwards and quite hydrated so I am going to award it 3/5 as for personal preference it just didn't wow me very much which makes me wonder now why it was the only fragrance in the collection to be on sale..
Summary: Disappointed me compared to others in the range but still cleansed and moisturised.