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Have been a fan of Pears soap for many years but not of the shower gel which I discovered only a few months ago. I do love the Pears soap shaped bottle, but by the time it gets to about a quarter full the gel has become so watered down for some reason that it can no longer be called gel. Have tried two bottles and had the same result. Won't be trying it again.
I have recently been stocking up on some new toiletries as I have been very unwell with a bowel problem and on top of that two found lumps in both breasts and are having a mammogram to check if the lumps are cancerous. So I bought this along with other toiletries planning ahead if I have to go into hospital. The packaging~ Comes in a clear plastic bottle with a handle to hang in the shower. The Pears logo is clearly shown in black letters. This is a soap free shower gel and is mild an gentle for the most sensitive skins. The bottle contains 250 ml of gel.This gel is ph balanced and contains mild cleansers to keep skin healthy. The gel is a golden colour, an is suitable for the whole family to use. Verdict~ I have only seen the shower gel version over the past couple of years. I love pears, my Mum used to use the pears soap on me when I was baby and throughout my childhood years. It has a very light smell of fruit to it and is very kind to my very dry skin that I have on my feet. I simply put a small blob on a flannel and wash all over my body with it. I even use it to shave my legs and under arms with and find it very mild and gentle indeed. I have noticed that a little goes a very long way. Once i have used it to shower I smell feel refreshed an my skin feels clean and cleansed. Available in all good chemists and super markets for around 1.50. Also posted on ciao under this user name.
As I am sure you are aware, I love beautiful toiletries and a product that takes me back to my childhood is Pears, which is manufactured by Unilever. I can vividly remember my Mum regularly placing a beautiful oval shaped soap on the side of the bath and I always considered the product to be extremely luxurious, so bath time was somewhat of a treat. It was around 10 months ago whilst browsing the shelves of Tesco for Christmas toiletries for family and friends that I stumbled across Pears Shower Gel and this review discusses my experience with using it. APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT As Dooyoo's image above shows, its' unique appearance is extremely eye-catching and looks identical to that of an enlarged bar of soap with a hook on the upper section for you to hang your bottle whilst in the shower. We are provided with 250 ml of shower gel, which is presented to us in a sturdy transparent plastic container so we are able to witness the deep burnt orange coloured contents. A huge bonus is that the bottle firmly sits on its' fairly large black lid, which is quite a feature of the packaging. In the centre of the bottle is the familiar Pears logo and it appears again on the underside of the lid. The only downside with the clear packaging is that it proves extremely difficult to read the information contained on the reverse, which as well as being printed in the smallest of text, blurs against the writing on the front of the bottle. Consequently, the only way to partly overcome this problem is to hold it up to the light. The beauty of this shower gel is that as well as being pH balanced it is 100% soap free; something I was not aware of until a few weeks after my initial purchase. We are advised that the gel is hypo-allergenic and some text I'd never read before is that we are informed it is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog the pores. MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE SHOWER GEL The first point I noticed is that the flip top lid is extremely sturdy and has been manufactured from a fairly thick plastic, so you have the assurance that it will not detach itself after only a few uses. It easily flips open to reveal an average sized opening to allow me to squeeze out the fairly thick consistency gel. Its' appearance is very luxurious when it makes contact with my net body polisher and I find only a small amount is sufficient for my entire body. The gel offers us a plentiful lather and feels soft and creamy on the skin. I find the scent of Pears somewhat difficult to explain, as whilst its' aroma is delicate, I can only describe it as fresh and clean; a fragrance that is suited to both sexes. The gel thoroughly cleanses my body and effectively removes any dirt and impurities. Unfortunately, I cannot speak of its' non-comedongenic properties, as this is something I am totally unfamiliar with and I cannot state that I have experienced pore blocking with any of my other shower products. Although I do not suffer with sensitive skin on my body I can confirm the gel is extremely mild and gentle, particularly as I had suffered a shaving nick on my knee and there was no stinging when the gel made contact. My skin is always left feeling soft and smooth and the bonus with this product is that a very delicate aroma remains on my skin for a short period of time after use. Whilst I cannot state that this product is moisturising, it did not leave my skin feeling dry or itchy. As this is such a beautifully fragranced and effective product it receives 5 stars from me. OTHER INFORMATION The shower gel should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. INGREDIENTS It is only since I have been scrutinising products for the purpose of reviewing that I have realised how lengthy the list of ingredients are for all of my toiletries and for obvious reasons I do not wish to copy them into this review. However, I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reactions when using this shower gel. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Pears Shower Gel normally retails at around £1.99 and can be purchased from most supermarkets and stores such as Boots and Superdrug. However, at the time of writing (27 March 2011) you can purchase this product from Superdrug for just 99p. I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Pears to my mind is a very traditional cleansing range, with shower gels, bar soaps and hand gel soaps. When I buy shower gels, Pears shower gel lurks on the shelf but is usually ignored by me as I go for the fruity scented, multiple claims shower gels. However, all it took for my preference to be swayed was a special offer on the Pears shower gel (this gel usually retails for £2 for 250ml so not too expensive in the scheme of things). I had used a Pears bar soap before so was aware of the brand's quality. The shower gel is a rich amber in colour and is in a classic looking bottle. The bottle wears it's claims subtly - it is soap-free, hypoallergenic, skin pH balanced and non-comedogenic. Hopefully the first three are fairly obvious to all, the fourth claim I've found means that this shower gel is non-pore blocking. All in all this shower gel is supposed to be a non-detrimental experience for your skin. As with many shower gels Pears' has a hook at the top and the lid and gel exit hole (which has a non drip rubber seal just in case you don't clip the lid back properly) at the bottom, allowing for the use of every last drop of the shower gel. To get a good lather from this shower gel, either using a bath puff (amazing amount of lather) or just bare hands, only a relatively small splodge is required - about a 50p sized splodge (which means you can get several showers worth from the 250ml bottle). The gel sits in your hand well; it's not on the thin side. There is a fairly inoffensive, clean scent to it but I haven't worked out what it is, sort of woody-herby, but the scent isn't too important as it doesn't linger on your skin for long. I don't suffer from any significant skin issues but I have noticed after using this gel for a few weeks that I haven't had the dry, slightly scaly skin I someimes get after showering. And where I have greasy patches no break out of spots even after a particularly vigorous gym session. I have found using this shower gel a enjoyable experience, and, once I've used up my present stash of shower gels, I will definitely be using it again.