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      11.12.2011 03:43
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      Give your skin a warm feel!

      I am a huge fan of toiletries you can blame my best mate Melanie for that I lived with her for two years and got the bug lol!

      The shower gel~
      Golden brown in colour with a picture of a water scene with the sun setting in the back ground. Has the radox logo on the front of the bottle. contains 250 ml of gel. radox is made by Sara Lee. You may know them for making cakes.Contains red rooibos plant and red tyme traditionally used by people in Afriaca. the gel has a sweet scent to it like honey and would be suitable for both men and women to use.

      Myself using it~

      I am very fortunate to have just a shower in my flat I believe them to be more hygenic and clean your body more than a bath. Simply apply a small blob of gel on a sponge and work into a lather and rinse off.
      The gel leaves your skin feeling soft and radient looking.

      I bought this from my local Asda store on offer costing me £1.00 a bottle.

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        01.11.2011 09:45
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        A Warm Blend of Herbal Fragrance in a Relaxing Brown Shower Gel

        As my previous review stated, I am an avid user of Radox products and have been using them for years. Therefore when I saw a bottle of this limited edition African sanctuary shower gel I was keen to take it home and try out the sanctuary experience for myself. Having never been to Africa, I can honestly say that I wouldn't know whether the ingredients are in fact stereotypical of the country; however I always like to try new things.

        Packaging ~

        This Radox shower gel is packaged in a transparent plastic bottle which is 250ml in size and topped with a black un-clip hook to hang the shower gel off in your shower and a black base which serves as the a lid. This bottle is illustrated with what can only be described as an African sunset with the standard Radox logo and a small stamp which states that this shower gel is 'blending natural herbs'.

        As with all Radox products, the bottle is fully recyclable which makes it good for all of us who are concerned for the environment, with the exception of the lid which should be removed prior to recycling.

        Price ~

        This bottle claims to be a limited edition; however I have seen it being sold for several months now. It can usually be picked up for around the £1-£2 mark, with a lot of stores including many supermarkets currently selling this product for only £1.

        The Contents ~

        The transparent bottle serves to show the contents which are of a light brown-orange in colour. Radox have written on the bottle that this shower gel transports you to an African sanctuary with a soothing blend of mahogany red Rooibos plant and a perfect ph balance. A detailed list of the contents of this shower gel is as follows:

        Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Parfum, Polyquaternium-7, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, CI 16255, CI 19140, CI 42090

        Upon clicking back the lid the contents pour easily out of the bottle being very light and gel like in consistency. The smell of this product is unusual but refreshing, slightly herby and spicy with the thyme element being noticeable. In my opinion, the smell of this product means that it suits both a male and female market being masculine enough in appearance to suit both styles of bathroom. This smell does tend to permeate with the steam in your bathroom leaving a slightly herbal smell throughout the house.

        To Use ~

        As with all shower gels this product should be applied onto wet skin and rubbed into a foam, then rinsed. In my opinion, this shower gel is best used with a shower brush as this allow the product to really be worked into a thick foam, it also means that your skin will feel deeply clean after use. When rinsed my skin felt soft and clean with a hint of the herbal smell.

        My Summary ~

        This is a good product from Radox which looks modern and stylish in appearance. The shower gel works to create a lovely soft smell which deeply cleans skin after a hard days work. In a hot and steamy shower room this shower gel does indeed create an African sanctuary; it also creates a lovely smell for having a long hot bath at the end of a long week. My only criticism of this product is the colour, as the brown-orange does not fit with the standard blues and whites usually accredited with washing products. However this does make it stand out on a crowded shelf which can only be a good thing.

        Overall therefore I have given this product 4 stars out of 5 as it does exactly what it says on the bottle but is not my favourite smell hence the deduction of one star.

        Thank-you for reading my review.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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        03.08.2011 10:03
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        A nice shower gel from Radox, but not there best!

        One of my favourite toiletry brand is Radox and I'm shocked I haven't reviewed anything of there's before now. However one I'm about to review isn't a patch in their other products.

        Radox African Shower Therapy - Limited Edition:
        "Transport yourself to an African Sanctuary, with our exotic Limited Edition blend. The mahogany red Rooibos plant has been used in Africa for centuries for its soothing and caring benefits. We've blended it with Red Thyme to help you unwind in a steamy shower"

        My Findings:

        I spotted this sometime back in Wilkinson's as I love Radox, I was looking forward to giving this one a try. Normally I have a little smell of the product while in store but for some reason I didn't and just popped it into my trolley.

        When I first smelt this product I was thinking it was a little like coke and mulled wine for some reason, as it seemed to have a hint of clove spice. However when pouring some of this out on to my sponge and mixed with water the aroma was less rich and in your face.

        I still had that like spice smell but with hints of thyme which I found rather pleasant and relaxing. The fragrance lingers around the bathroom and I think it certainly does do what it claims on the relaxing/calming front. The fragrance for me I would class as unisex.

        This product lathers up well if using a sponge, but like most shower gel the lather isn't great when just using it on hand to skin. As it lathers well on the sponge when washing my body it does have a lovely soft creamy texture, rather pleasant.

        On my skin after showering the scent didn't last well at all and my skin did feel a little dry after use, and I get the same results each time I use it. So moisturising is a must which I find odd as normally Radox product always leaves my skin feeling great! (Guess I'm not suited to this one)

        Packaging is typical Radox with the handy hooked top to attach to your shower or shelf, it also has a none drip cap so you can leave it upside down and just squeeze when needed. On the hold this product does not stand out among the shelves and there is way better, fun and noticeable packaging on the market nowadays. The labeling contains all that you would want to know, ingredients, address, product description etc. On the hold very average packaging.

        I know this product is a shower gel however I have also used this as a bubble bath and it works great! Great bubbles soft feeling on skin and the scent does last longer on your skin when using it in the bath. But still once dry my skin feels a little dry afterwards.



        Price and Availability:

        This is still on offer for only £1.00 in Wilkinson's and I also spotted it in Asda yesterday for only £1.00 too. To say it's a "Limited Edition" product it has been hanging around for awhile now.

        Overall:

        Personally I'm on the fence so to speak on this one as I do like the aroma, it does lathers well and you feel clean after use. But I don't find that clean feeling last, nor does the scent on your skin and each time I use this it seems to leave my skin a little dry also.

        However you do feel more relaxed after use, I would buy it again but only if on offer. I think it would be perfect if they brought out a matching moisturiser to match this product.

        For a trusted brand I love I feel I've been slightly let down with this one.

        Two out of five stars from me.

        Thanks for reading :o)

        Additional Information:

        Bottle can be recycled after use; however the cap isn't recyclable and needs to be removed first.

        Ingredients:
        Aqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Chloride , Thymus Vulgaris Oil , Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract , Parfum , Lactic Acid , Polyquaternium-7 , Limonene , Linalool , Glycerin , Maltodextrin , Sodium Benzoate , CI 16255 , CI 19140 , CI 42090 .

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          26.07.2011 22:37
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          A cheap way to clean your skin

          I bought this from Asda for a £1 a few weeks back. As I frequently go swimming I buy whatever is on offer as most of it normally ends up getting washed away.

          A bottle contains 250ml of shower gel. The bottle is shaped to fit into the contour of your hand to make it easy to use in the shower. It has a hook on the top which you can use to hang it in the shower but your can also fold it back down for ease of storage.

          The shower gel contains a unique blend of herbs including African rooibos leaves and red thyme.

          To use the shower gel you simply apply a small amount to your body using your hand or as I prefer to do using a body puff. The shower gel lathers really well from a small amount. The thing I love about this shower gel is the smell. It reminds me of the smell of black tea which I love, incidently the colour is very similar to tea. I have also used this shower gel to wash my hair after swimming and it has done an ok job of removing the chlorine and left my hair reasonably soft.

          After using this my skin felt really clean. The shower gel removed any hint of chlorine on my skin. It also left my skin feeling soft and not dry at all.

          I would definately buy this again as it does the job and is so cheap.

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          05.04.2011 21:10
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          Escape to Africa..

          <3 ... Radox African Sanctuary ... <3


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          THE PRICE
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          The usual price of this product is around £1.50 to £2.00 in most stores, but as with most of my everyday shower gels this was picked up in Wilkinson's for 98p for 250ml of shower gel.

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          THE APPEARANCE
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          The shower gel comes in a see through curved bottle in which you can see the shower gel.
          There is a black plastic flip up hook which is extremely handy as you can hook it on to your shower raid and because the black flid lid which it comes out of is at the bottom the shower gel will always be running down to the bottom so you will always be able to get every bit out of it!
          If you don't want to hang it up it will stand easily on its lid.

          On the front is the Radox logo and the name of the product, it also says that it is limited edition, this I find strange because I have seen it in shops for a very long time!

          I would say the picture is of a an African plain.

          On the rest of the front is some information about the ingredients and on the back is the full list of ingredients and some more useful information.

          I actually love the bottle of this product, I find it extremely handy and I find it really stands out from the others, its my kind of bottle!

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          RADOX SHOWER GEL
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          As we all know Radox is a brand that offers a huge range of shower and bath products, there will always be something to suit your skin type or your kind of mood.

          I bought this product because of the packaging, it was very eye catching and with its promise to transport you to an African savannah, could I really say no!

          The shower gel contains the mahogany red rooibos plant which is used in Africa and has been for centuries, the main reason being it has a lot of soothing and caring benefits.

          Also with the gel they have blended in red thyme to help us all rewind and relax in a nice steamy shower!

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          MY EXPERIENCE
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          As always, I use with a shower puff, to get the gel out you simply squeeze, I find it easy to get the product out, with some bottles I find it so hard to squeeze them, but this one is fine!

          The gel is a kind of golden brown colour and has a slightly thick texture.

          I think the gel lathers up very nicely, feels very soothing whilst on your skin and the smell is absolutely gorgeous, very pleasant smelling, not overpowering at all, I also have never smelt another product like this, probably my favourite every day cheap shower gel!

          The gel also cleaned me perfectly and the smell lingers on my skin for a good 2 hours after drying, I also found it made my skin quite soft even though it isn't meant to be moisturising!

          I really can't complain for the price, its different and the smell is addictive for me, there was times I would randomly go and sniff this because it felt so good!

          Highly recommend this, my favourite cheap ESCAPE shower gel!

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          10.03.2011 15:07
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          A great shower gel with warming properties

          Generally when I have a shower I want it to wake up, revitalise my senses and put a spring in my step especially when you wake up to cold, dreary mornings. However, if I don't have time to have a nice warm bath in the evening I tend to have a shower but of course I tend to feel more awake than relaxed before going to bed! However, since using my partner's shower gel by mistake a few weeks ago I think I may have found the product to send me on the night train to dreamville!

          The shower gel was part of his toiletry goody bag from his mother (I got one too) and it is from the Radox Shower Therapy range which I have previously reviewed - just a different variety. The shower gel in question is called African Savannah. Now I personally would not have chosen this for myself mainly because if I had seen it on the shelf I would have thought it was for men simply down to the colour of it! But how wrong I am!

          *~* What is it *~*

          African Savannah is an exotic shower gel which is a limited edition product in the Shower Therapy Range. It has two main ingredients' rooibos and red thyme. The mahogany red rooibos plant is known for its caring and soothing benefits - it also makes a great tea! Red thyme is a relaxing ingredient which helps to unwind a tired or stressed mind.

          *~* Packaging *~*

          It comes in the typical Radox shaped bottle which is slightly oval shaped bottle which comes complete with a plastic hook for you to hang in the shower. The bottle is clear so you can see the shower gel easily. The colour theme for this bottle is black with golden tones which match the amber coloured liquid perfectly. On the front of the bottle there is an image of a African sunset which is nice and matches the name of the product perfectly. On the back is all the usual information you would expect.

          *~* In Use *~*

          ~ Consistency ~

          The shower gel certainly has a gel type consistency which is ideal for pouring onto a sponge as it doesn't run too easily but it isn't too solid so it is easily blended into a sponge or wash cloth. It is easy to get out the bottle and no doubt if you are a tad heavy handed then you will end up with more than you actually need.

          ~ Aroma ~

          Well it certainly does smell of redbush tea! But it certainly has warming properties which really do soothe your mind in the shower. You can certainly pick out the main two ingredients. The red rooibos certainly matches well with red thyme which gives it almost a herbal but warming fragrance. The aroma isn't too intense but powerful enough to linger around both on you and in your bathroom for quite a while!

          ~ Application ~

          Simply pour directly onto a sponge or wash cloth, rub in a little until it foams up and simply wash!

          ~ Results ~

          I was a little unsure of this shower gel at first only because I thought it would smell very masculine which is obviously something I want to avoid! But as soon as I poured it out onto my sponge and the rich, white coloured lather started to appear there was an instant warming aroma which was lovely and certainly not masculine so it is an ideal shower gel for both men and women.

          My mind was certainly relaxed and I did feel a lot calmer before going to bed but I also felt quite stimulated as well but in a more relaxed way. My body felt a lot warmer as well which is nice in this cold weather. The combination of red thyme and rooibos works wonders and it also provides that lovely, warming aroma.

          As for my skin, it was no different. But then this shower gel doesn't claim to be moisturising it just offers to help you unwind in a hot steamy shower. My skin was left soft but I did need a moisturiser afterwards as it did feel a little dry but other than that no irritation was caused and the scent stayed on my skin for quite a while.

          *~* Ingredients *~*

          Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Limonene, Linalool, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, CI 16255, CI 19140, CI 42090.

          *~* Price & Availability *~*

          It can be bought in most supermarkets, pharmacies and discount stores across the UK. It is a limited edition so who knows how long it is going to be around for. Expect to pay under £2 for a bottle but it is often on offer.

          *~* Overall *~*

          A winter warmer for those damp, cold nights. A great shower gel for both men and women which promises to calm and relax the mind. Definitely a winner in my book!

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            31.12.2010 15:26
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            Another winner from Radox

            It will come as no surprise to those of you who regularly read my reviews that I had a few shower gels as stocking fillers for Christmas.

            One of them was a Radox Limited Edition called African Savannah Shower Therapy. To be fair, when I first saw it, I was not impressed. The liquid is a dark golden colour and I thought that it looked spicy which wouldn't really be my sort of thing, but now that I gave tried it I thought it was time to write the review.

            The Packaging

            The packaging is the standard Radox style - it is a clear plastic container with a black twist off portion which incorporates a flip top lid. At the other end there is a black hook which is flush with the container. When you come to use the gel you just twist the hook through 180 degrees so that it stands up on the top of the container and can be hooked onto something in your shower - for me that's a horizontal grab rail.

            The label on the front of the shower gel has the usual Radox logo in green with the words 'limited edition' written beneath it. The main description reads as follows: 'African Savannah shower therapy soothe and care for your body with African Rooibos and Red Thyme shower gel.'

            Now this surprised me as my sister drinks Rooibos tea! Although I suppose if you can get green tea shower gels why not Rooibos?

            There is a also a red sticker telling us that Radox has been voted product of the year 2010 in the bodycare category.
            The information on the back of the container tells us some more about this particular shower gel together with the usual safety warnings about washing your eyes if you happen to get any of the liquid in them and keeping it away from children.

            What was it like to use?

            I squeezed a generous blob of shower gel out into my hand and was surprised by the fragrance. As I said earlier, because of the dark golden colour, I had expected it to be quite spicy but it was more flowery than spicy. The smell isn't sickly sweet but it is very light and pleasant. I'm sorry I can't do any better than that but I find it SO difficult to describe fragrances. You'll have to pop into Boots and have a sniff if you are interested! LOL!

            The liquid is fairly thick and it lathers up into a lovely load of bubbles and of course the fragrance surrounds me in the shower.

            I rinsed the shower gel away and the smell lingered in the air and on my skin too. I also found that my skin felt moisturised and soft after I had finished my ablutions.

            The Price

            As this was a Christmas present I had no idea how much it had cost so I have just taken a look on the Boots website and found that this and the matching hand wash are both just £1 at the moment.

            In Conclusion

            Well I have to say that, after my initial reservations, I am really impressed with this shower gel and it is up to the usual high standard that we expect of Radox.

            It's just as well really as my sister bought me one as part of her Christmas present too!

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              22.12.2010 11:28
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              Nice quality gel.

              I have at least 2 showers a day and so use a lot of shower gels and I like to buy well known brands and also the cheaper ones too as I use that much and I have a lot of grandchildren that often sleep over and so it is essential I never run low on gels and this shower gel is one I had not tried before and so I thought I would see if it suited me or not.

              The gel is housed in a transparent thick plastic bottle and it has a hook that can be pulled easy from the bottle to hang in the shower, which is handy and the gel is a rich brown colour, it is a very nice texture and excellent quality. It is very good value for money too and I bought it from Boots for around £1.70 for 250ml.

              It is easy to just squeeze from the bottle and it lathers well when the water is added, it is very easy to rinse off the body and it does not dry the skin. It looks more like a masculine gel inside the bottle but it has a smell that is for both sexes. My wife uses it and she does not think it is masculine as she finds it a really nice smell too. The thick gel does not drip from the bottles as I have found some other brands to do at times and this one is not at all runny.

              The smell is a refreshing one, it has a nice scent to it and is very pleasant, I can smell the fragrance for a long time after my showers and that is what I like from a shower gel. Radox is a very well know brand and manufacture nice products to my liking and this one is a good one. It cleans my body well and it has not left my skin feeling any irritation and it is not a harsh gel, it has a nice smooth texture and is very soft.

              Only a small amount is needed on a sponge and so the bottle does last quite some time for the price and a little does go a long way for my liking, my grandchildren have used this and their skin has not had any irritations and is very suitable for their skin.

              This gel I have been using for about a week daily and I think it is worth the price and I recommend it for other people to buy as it is a nice one and has the added bonus of the hook. I also think it is suitable for all the family too. It is mild enough for young children to use as well as adults and it is a nice one for myself and my family and it has all the qualities I need for a shower gel and it is excellent.

              I rate it 5 stars.

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                17.11.2010 07:42
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                I thought until recently that I had just about tried every "flavour" in the Radox shower range, with even my kids having particular favourites they choose.

                After perusing the shelf (as much as you can with a shower gel range!), I noticed there was a newbie nestle in there, so decided that I had to give it a go!

                The shower gel in question is - "Radox - African Savannah shower therapy".

                This range of shower products come in pretty generic looking bottles (for there range anyway), with this being a stand on it's head design, meaning all the product is constantly dripping into the applicator end, meaning more product used and less waste.

                The bottle is clear so the strangely coloured shower gel is visible within, with it being a rich brown colour, not the normal colour I would associate with washing, and the bottle is then topped off (literally!) with a hanging hook, ideal for those of use that don't have that much room!

                There is all the usual "bumf" on the bottle, brand name, product name, description, ingredients and a statement saying that this was voted as product of the year, by the TNS survey fillers....most of you guys then!

                I get into my shower and decide that I will use my shower puff for application, this can of course be used with a flannel or sponge, even with your hand, but I find less is more with the puff, and usually producing a mound of bubbles too.

                The gels scent is very unusual, but really lovely too!
                The scent description states that this contains African rooibos and red thyme, now I have never really smelled either of these, but do know that my friend drinks rooibo's tea at work, so was expecting a sort of tea scent to it (which would have been fine too, being English that's a nice familiar scent isn't it!).

                The actually scent is a rich, herbal and sweet concoction, not what I was expecting but really nice and quite different from my usual shower products.

                After washing, rinsing then thoroughly drying, I was really pleased that the scent of the gel was still very obviously still lingering on my skin, and did so for a good hour after!

                My skin was also very clean and fresh feeling, with there being no irritation to speak of, this is great as my family is a one product type of family, very rarely do I buy separate products for the younger members of the family, though after reading the blurb on the back of the bottle, this is in part due to this product being a PH balanced product, which of course means less irritation.

                This is a lovely product that was a welcome addition to my morning shower, what with the cheap price tag (currently being sold for around the £1.00 mark at www.asda.com), the delicious and effective gel and the recyclable bottle, this is the perfect product, recommended!

                For more information visit - www.radox.co.uk

                Thanks for reading x

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                  09.11.2010 16:33
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                  Innovative and intriguing product that may aid restful sleep.

                  I was recently attracted to this shower gel because of its intriguing colour and beguiling ingredients. I had heard of Rooibos in tea but not in shower gel, and certainly not with Red thyme. Another thing that caught my eye was the proudly emblazoned red sticker trumpeting it as 'product of the year', for the Consumer Survey of Product Innovation 2010. Apparently it emerged as winner in the bodycare category from a TNS survey of 10,041 people. This posed me a bit of a head-scratcher. If it had met with such positive public approval, then why is it only a limited edition? Hopefully Radox will have a re-think and re-launch when stocks are exhausted; I say this because the gel has greatly impressed me.

                  Appearance and performance.
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                  The gel is midway between deep amber and light brown in colour. This makes a refreshing change to the traditional marine blues and greens that typically proliferate amid the aisles of shower gels. I do concede that Radox have taken a risk with the colour as some may view it as being akin to woodstainer rather than a tried and trusted ocean inspired, bluey-hued cleanser. The African Savannah theme is also brave. Apart from conjuring up images of rotting wildebeest carcasses and elephant dung, you would think that this would appeal to the young, predatory Lynx market or to some musky fragrance, but a Radox shower gel? If any such inhibitions do exist however, I would urge you to sweep them aside because it really is a great product. Despite the Lynx reference, African Savannah is very much a unisex product; certainly nothing on the bottle suggests anything to the contrary.

                  Calm down
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                  The bottle's description implies that this gel is geared towards unwinding and relaxation rather than invigoration. It is claimed, for instance, that the mahogany red Rooibos plant has been used in Africa for centuries for its soothing and caring benefits. It would appear that the Red Thyme harnesses similar calming powers. With this in mind I have tried it in the evening and, despite initial scepticism, I must say that it has helped me to feel noticeably de-stressed and,
                  seemingly, promoted a better night's sleep. I am aware that some of this may be psychosomatic but, what the hell, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

                  Fragrance and feel
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                  The fragrance is pleasant, if a little hard to place with my untrained nose. It reminds me of Lipton lemon tea for some reason with, and I may be hallucinating here, the faintest whiff of creosote. Maybe it's the woodstainer fixation again but, trust me, the overall aroma is very pleasant. (By the way, if anyone else is getting notes of creosote with this please let me know so that I can be spared the asylum)! Seriously though, the fragrance is not at all invasive and is quite understated.
                  The gel lathers obligingly and the stuff really does seem to have a beneficial effect on aching limbs and tired mind alike., especially when applied in the inner sanctum of a steaming shower. Radox's claim of a perfect PH balance seems to be borne out as my skin was soft and supple afterwards, with no resulting trace of any irritation or adverse reaction.

                  Packaging
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                  The 250ml gel comes in a grip-friendly, clear, flat, contoured plastic bottle. The gel is dispensed from a snap-open lid at the container's stable, free-standing base. At the other end is a swing-open hook that handily clips over your shower, or bath, rail. The bottle is recyclable, apart from the cap. The labelling contains all necessary information, including the manufacturer's contact details (see below).

                  It could do with a touch more cocamidopropyl betaine
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                  I don't know what the hell I'm talking about but, for those who do, here are the ingredients:

                  Aqua, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, thymus vulgaris oil, aspalathus linearis leaf extract, parfum, lactic acid, polyquatemium-7, limonene, linalool, glycerin, maltodextrin, sodium benzoate, CI 16255, CI 19140, CI 420910.

                  Contact
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                  H&BC UK Ltd, Slough, SL1 4AU

                  Tel: 01753 508123

                  Product information: www.radox.co.uk

                  Cost
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                  £1.70 FOR 250ml. Asda currently have it on offer for 90p, and Tesco top this with 2 for £1.70 (including others in range).

                  *The African Savannah seems to be exactly the same product as the African Sanctuary pictured above.

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                  African Sanctuary Shower Gel

                  Radox shower therapy was recently voted product of the year by a consumer survey of product innovation in 2010. It was the winner of the bodycare category and I can see why. Radox has always been a favourite of mine. I love their bath powders for long soaks in the bath but now that I have a baby long hot relaxing soaks have been replaced by quick 2 minute showers. Still, I do like to smell nice and feel relaxed after my shower and that's why I use Radox in the shower.

                  My favourite smell at the moment is the new limited edition African sanctuary shower therapy. On the front of the bottle it says to soothe and care for your body with African Rooibos & Red Thyme shower gel. According to an article I read, is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa's fynbos. I had heard about it's use in tea before but not in beauty products but I guess as it's a plant it can be used in lots of different ways. I have had it in tea and find it really nice. It's quite a healthy option too as it has high levels of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves.

                  In this shower gel the mahogany red Rooibos plant has been used in Africa for centuries for its soothing and caring benefits. The shower gel itself is quite a golden orangey red colour and fairly thick. It has a wonderful smell, it's hard to describe but I would say its a very strong bold flavour with a bit of a fruity smell and a bit flowery as well. I think it's suitable for both a man and a woman as both my husband and I use it and love it. It lathers up really well and does make my skin nice and fresh and well washed. The Rooibos in this shower gel has also been blended with Red Thyme and Radox say this will help you unwind in a steamy shower!

                  Radox saw this shower gel will transport you to an African Sanctuary so if you want an exotic start to the morning use this in your shower!

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                  05.08.2010 12:29
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                  definitely recommended

                  Last week when my mum did the shopping she bought this shower gel. She got it for 89p from Sainsburys.

                  It says on the bottle that this is a limited edition shower gel. I really like the bottle design. It looks very African, as the name of the shower gel would suggest, and the text on it is in a really cool African style that reminds me of Wild At Heart. At the bottom of the bottle there is a picture of a lake in Africa, you can see a tree and the big sun rising behind it. It looks really African and wild.

                  The bottle is clear and the shower gel itself is a dark, rusty orange colour. It contains African Rooibos and Red Thyme. The smell is neither feminine nor masculine. I have never smelled red thyme or african rooibos before but I imagine that this is what the shower gel smells like. It is a refreshing scent that takes me to Africa. It doesn't last on your skin after you have rinsed it all off though. Because the smell isn't that apparent on my skin and it just leaves it feeling and looking clean and feeling lovely and refreshed.

                  The shower gel can be lathered up into a thick soapy lather which is good because it means you can get really clean and fresh quite quickly. You can use this in the shower or the bath and it still lathers up really well. This feels quite soothing on my skin and it is a great shower gel.

                  For only 89p I think that this was a bargain. There is 250ml in the bottle which in my house of five will last us about a week and a half. It is a really great product and I would definitely recommend it. It has left my skin feeling clean and refreshed and it smells rather pleasant, too.

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                  29.06.2010 23:48
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                  A really pampering treat for the shower.

                  You may have read my review on Radox's other recent Limited Edition shower gel 'African Escape' which I loved so I was pleased when my husband came home from the shops with this 'African Sanctuary' showe gel. Yes, England may well have been trashed by Germany (although of course, had our second goal been allowed, it would have been a different story...but I digress). We can still take pleasure in Africa whilst inside our showers!

                  This dark amber shower gel comes in the usual top down radox bottle with a flip top lid and non drip dispenser with a handy hook to hand the bottle up with. The front of the bottle boasts that it was voted product of the year by a consumer survey of product innovation 2010 and was winner in the bodycare category following a survey of 10,041 people by TNS.

                  Alongside the 100 years of Radox know-how this shower gel contains a few Rooibos leaves that come from the mahogany red Rooibos plant which has been used for centuries in Africa for its soothing and caring benefits to the skin as it contains high levels of antioxidants such as Super Oxide Dismutase. Radox have blended this with Red Thyme which they say is to help you unwind in the shower but which I find a rather more uplifting scent than a relaxing one. The gel is PH balanced and as such is endorsed by skin experts.

                  My Opinion

                  Another winner from Radox. In terms of scent which, although semi sweet is also quite earthy and you can defiinitely pick out the thyme. I personally find the scent very uplifting whilst using the product although for some reason I find the scent a little more masculine than the African Escape shower gel but it has not put me off using it. The gel lathers well and the skin feels pampered, soft and soothed after use and lightly fragranced. The gel itself is fairly runny and can squirt out of the bottle very easily so be careful how hard you squeeze it! I would highly recommend this product as the more unusual ingredients certainly add a little novelty value and the fact that they have been used for hundreds of years makes you think there must be something in what they can do!

                  This costs around £1.50 from Boots and around £1.70 from Tescos for a 250ml bottle.

                  Thanks for reading. x

                  also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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                    25.01.2010 18:34
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                    A good every day shower gel for anyone to use as it's pH balanced!

                    After trying out another really nice Radox shower gel recently and getting a wee bit addicted to it I decided when I saw another shower gel from within this 'African' range to give it a go for a change and at a pound a bottle in Morrisons at the moment it seemed a mighty good idea to change and try it now lol.

                    The Packaging:

                    250ml see-through plastic bottle with a black flip top lid to the bottom of the bottle concealing a small hole and then to the top of the bottle there is a black plastic integrated folding arm which flips up or stays neatly down...that's up to you! On the front of the bottle I'm told it is Radox 'Limited Edition' African Sanctuary Shower Therapy 'Soothe & care for your body, with African Rooibus Shower Gel' then I'm told Radox have been blending natural herbs since 1908 and there is a sunset sort of scene on there. On the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit about the product, the size is stated as are the ingredients used and contact details for Sara Lee (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough bottle and what's more once the bottle is in use the shower gel stays fresh for 2 years!

                    A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle:

                    Transport yourself to an African Sanctuary with our erotic Limited Edition blend. The mahogany red Rooibos plant has been use din Africa for centuries for its soothing and caring benefits. We've blended it with Red Thyme to help you unwind in a steamy shower.

                    100 years of Radox know-how
                    A few rooibos leaves
                    A sprinkle of red thyme
                    A perfect pH balance
                    A thumbs-up from the skin experts.

                    Me Using It:

                    Well in my opinion this is really a very nice shower gel for the whole family to use on an every-day type of basis.

                    You don't need very much of this light brownish/red transparent slightly runny gel at all. It foams up quickly and richly into large thick and white moisturising lather and you simply massage it over wet/damp skin.

                    It not only feels fresh but smells really nice and the only way I can really describe the fragrance is to say it's sort or sea fresh with a hint of citrus to it really! It's really nice and really unisex and even when you rinse it off your skin (which it does with complete ease by the way!) your left delicately fragranced for a good few hours after using it!

                    This freshens and cleans the skin, it's easy to shave your bits and bobs with to if you so desire and leaves skin lightly fragranced and very clean looking too. I like this shower gel a ot due to it being not only effective in it's job but cost effective also! Not as nice as the Radox African 'Escape' shower gel though in fragrance in my humble opinion but as good in it's effect!

                    Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc and expect to pay about £1.55 a bottle if it's not on offer!

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