“ Brand: Palmolive / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Cream / What it does: Smoothes, Firms, „
The shower product I am using at the moment is Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming with Seaweed Extract Shower Crème. It's been in the shower cubicle for a while - my wife seems to have tired of it. Maybe she has given up on the firming bit, although I haven't noticed that she is any wobblier since discontinuing its use.
I am not a great fan of this product - not just because I am an Adonis with no parts requiring firming (well, in my mind, anyway), but because it is too gloopy and it is turquoise. Neither are very credible reasons, I agree.
I don't like the smell either but would have to concede that it lathers well.
The product is manufactured by Colgate Palmolive and is packaged in a 250ml squeezy bottle - one of a range of such Palmolive products.
We are told on the bottle that our daily shower massage can be a first step to firm skin. What kind of an empty claim is that? After reading this, my cynical side took over. Quite simply, I fail to understand how showering with this stuff is going to help at all with firming our skin. This to me is just pandering to a woman's desire to have firmer skin.
Girls, forgive a bloke preaching at you, but too many of you get far too hung up about things like this and you shouldn't get all insecure and put your faith in products such as these in the hope that you will step out of the shower a different firmer person.
Your partner won't love you any less if bits of you aren't as firm as you would like them to be. And shouldn't we be basing our opinions on matters rather less superficial?
On a point of principle, therefore I won't be using any more of this product. After all, there surely can't be any parts of me that need to be a bit firmer?
Thinks:.........OMG! Is she trying to tell me something?
Anyway, as a shower product it does lather well and get you clean which are to me the basic requirements when using a product such as this and on that basis, I'll award it 3 stars. I don't buy all the other hogwash.
I love a good hot shower and its even more relaxing when you have some spa products.
Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming Shower Creme is a great shower gel, that has a really relaxing and fresh smell to it, however I didnt really notice my skin to be much firmer after use, even after finishing the bottle.
This shower gel doesnt cost much more expensive than other popular brands, I bought it in Tescos for around £1.40 for a 300ml, I think that this is a good price even though it doesnt really live up to the claims made on the bottle.
Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming Shower Creme however does smell great, it has a really relaxing spa like smell which is lovely and fresh, its one of my favourite shower gels because of this, perfect for after a long hard day.
The bottle is 300ml in volume and has a unique kind of oval shape, inside the shower gell is blue.
This shower gel isnt really overly lathery when applied, this is a good thing for me as I hate when there are too many bubbles to clean up in the bath or shower. It isnt a messy shower gel and will wash off easily with little effort after being applied.
I think that this is a great shower gel, though dont buy it if you are only wanting to make your skin look firmer, this shower gel is better used for relaxing you and giving you that spa treatment feeling.
I have to hold my hands up and be honest here and say I never bought this product. My experience of it is based solely on the that when one of my housemates moved out at the end of uni, she left about a quarter of a bottle of this behind. I was trying to use up all the odds and ends around the house at the time, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Firstly, it does look really good in the bottle. It's more liquidy than you'd expect when you pour it into your hand, and it's a lovely shade of blue with sparkly bits in it. It does have some kind of small bits in it...not sure what they are but they aren't unpleasant and just add to the texture.
It goes on your skin really well and is very smooth, if a bit drippy if you don't watch it. I think this is the only disadvantage I found really. I imagine a whole bottle lasts a good long time, though I don't feel I can comment on the 'firming' aspects as I didn't use it over a very long period of time.
If I had to guess though I would say it probably wouldn't be very firming as it's too drippy, but it's a nice shower gel in itself.
Ever since I changed from using bar soaps to bath gels, I've been on the lookout for liquid soap products that will be refreshing and help me wake up in the mornings. One of the ones I've tried is Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming Shower Crème. Here's what I think of it.
The web page for this product states that this product is a: "Firming Shower Crème with Seaweed Extract &Thermal Minerals. Your daily shower massage can be a first step to firm skin. Palmolive Firming Shower Crème with thermal minerals and seaweed extract is enriched with a skin identical lipid, which helps to enhance the skin's smoothness. Feel the sensation of smooth soft skin every time you shower."
So we can get smoother, firmer skin just by taking a shower, can we? That sounds good, doesn't it? The question is did my skin feel smoother or firmer after using it? Unfortunately, I can't say that it felt firmer, but it did feel a bit smoother. I can also say that my skin felt very clean after I used it, which is a very good thing since you do want a soap that makes you feel clean. In fact, my skin felt as if it had been exfoliated, and this was very pleasant feeling, indeed. This could be the thermal minerals in the product, or perhaps the seaweed I'm not sure which. However, firmer just wasn't on the cards for me with this product, so that's one disadvantage. Still, I don't buy shower gels to firm my skin I buy them to clean my skin and wake me up, so I can't be too harsh on this product because of that.
As I said before, when I buy a bath gel, I want something that will wake me up in the mornings. Something that has a good, fresh scent to it that perhaps reminds me of the briskness of the ocean or with a bit of a zing to it, like a citrus scent. The Palmolive Thermal Spa does have a fresh, ocean-y scent to it, which is a touch on the salty side, probably because of the seaweed. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to have any citrus undertones, and instead there's a dry, sandy, almost clay-like scent to this gel which smelled a bit dusty to me, and detracted from the ocean-y freshness. That was a disappointment for me, because a good scent is the second most important thing for me in a shower gel (right after how clean the gel leaves my skin feeling).
Since this is a Palmolive product (which is a very large brand name), I can usually find this in my local supermarket or chemists, and have noticed that it is (almost consistently) just a bit more expensive than my LUX Shimmering Sea shower gel. This isn't to say that it's overly dear, but in general it isn't the cheapest shower gel on the market unless, of course, you find it on sale. This means that if I see the two products together at their regular prices, I'll be buying the LUX instead of the Palmolive.
I should mention that this doesn't seem to lather up quite as much as my LUX does. This is especially true when I apply it only with my hand, but is even true when I use it on my puff. I'm not saying that the foam isn't there, however I'm just saying that the suds are less luxurious than the LUX. I'm almost certain that this is because of the minerals included, which have a tendency to cut the lather down in most shower gels I've used.
Everything else about this product is really secondary, but for good order's sake, I should mention the look of this product. First, I'm happy to say that I didn't find this to be too watery or thin and it also isn't overly thick either. While this is a tad bit thicker than my LUX, it still comes out of the bottle easily and if you aren't using a flannel or puff to apply it, you'll find it doesn't slip through your fingers too quickly. I also like the blue colour of this product, which is pretty and matches my bathroom, and while it doesn't have sparkles like my LUX, it does look refreshing.
Unfortunately, I found the packaging to be annoying. This is because the top is totally rounded and the middle is wide. This causes two problems. Firstly, when your hands are wet, the round middle makes this unwieldy and hard to grab. Secondly, when you get to the end of the bottle, you can't stand it on its head to drain the last of the product into the top, so you'll have some waste at the end (unless you're very patient or can figure out a way to prop this bottle up on its head). While these things aren't essential, they do make a difference to me when I choose a product.
Finally, I'm not totally sure where the "Thermal Spa" bit comes in. When I hear the word 'thermal' connected with 'spa', I think of hot springs and saunas. That makes me wonder if this product will have a warming effect. Of course, this isn't the case, since the product doesn't warm my skin any more than any other shower gel. Go figure, right?
Overall, this is a good product, which does most of what it says it's supposed to do, is pretty, and isn't overly expensive. However, it also isn't as refreshing as it could be, makes less than a sumptuous foam, doesn't firm anything, the name is a bit puzzling and the packaging is far less than ideal. While I can still recommend it although not enthusiastically so I will give it only three stars, and stick to my LUX.
Thanks for reading.
Davida Chazan © December 2006
You can find the official web page for this product at http://www.palmolivethermalspa.co.uk/products_firming.html
Weston's (www.weston.som) sells the 250ml bottle of this for £2.28 including VAT, Auravita (www.aurovita.com) sells the 200ml bottle of this for £2.49 including VAT, but Ocado (the on-line shop with the Waitrose partnership at www.ocado.com) sells the 300ml bottle of this for only £1.79! I'm sure you can find this in other off-line shops as well.
This product is produced by Colgate-Palmolive, Guildford, GU2 8JZ, 00-800-321-321-32, www.palmolive.eu.com.
My review of the LUX shower gel can be found on this site at http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/body-care/lux-shower-shimmering-sea/1012844/
It is a shower crème made by Palmolive from the Thermal Spa range and is Firming with Seaweed Extract. It's a lovely translucent pearly turquoise colour. The crème is slightly thick without being too thick, in my opinion it is optimum consistency for a shower gel. It smells pleasant, difficult to describe the actual smell as it doesn't smell of any one scent but is fresh and would be suitable for male or female.
The bottle is clear plastic with a white flip lid. The down side is there is no hook so you can't hang it up in the shower. The lid is also slightly awkward to open. Nothing particularly exciting on the labelling really just tells you what it is. On the back is suggests that your daily shower massage can be the first step to firmer skin. It has thermal minerals and contains a "skin identical lipid" which is said to enhance skin smoothness.
A 250ml bottle cost me £1.35 in Sainsburys but I got mine yet again on a buy one get one free offer so worked out a bit of a bargain.
The product says it contains thermal minerals but doesn't really go into what these are or what they are supposed to do. In Roman times thermal waters were first thought to be beneficial and spas built up around these areas that had hot springs. Using this product I was not aware of any thermal properties of the product but then my bath was probably too hot to feel anything else!
Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals but can also be rather smelly, thankfully the extract in this shower cream does not smell! The bottle doesn't say what the seaweed is supposed to do for the skin.
The product says it helps firm skin, now I was slightly sceptical about this. How can washing with a shower gel really make your skin firmer? Well I washed with this for several weeks, did my skin feel firmer? Well it was pleasant enough to use, smelt nice, foamed up well and did make my skin feel soft. After drying there was a faint pleasant fresh smell on my skin. But my skin did not feel firmer. I wouldn't say that at present I had a problem with the firmness of my skin. I feel that the fact they state on the back of the bottle "For optimal results use with your favourite firming lotion" means that the product by itself is not enough to firm your skin. So really I think the firming properties claim is somewhat dubious.
I liked this shower crème, it has a nice smell, left my skin feeling soft and fresh. I would certainly buy it again but only to use it as an ordinary shower crème and not for its firming properties. Its good value for money and its quality lives up to the other Palmolive products, just don't buy it if you think its going to firm up your skin so much you'll turn into a supermodel overnight. You might end up a little disappointed!
Firming Shower Creme with Seaweed Extract &Thermal Minerals / Your daily shower massage can be a first step to firm skin / Palmolive Firming Shower Creme with thermal minerals and seaweed extract is enriched with a skin identical lipid, which helps to enhance the skin's smoothness /