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I occasionally use my husband's shower gels (as he does mine) and one of the perhaps more 'feminine' ones he uses is the Radox two in one shower gel which he uses to wash his body and his hair. He didn't buy this himself, it was actually me who chose this for him and I have now shared it with him a few times (not at the same time) and I am pleased to report that it is really rather nice. It's meant for men, but I see no reason why it wouldn't also be suitable for a woman. The shower gel itself is a nice sea blue hue and comes in a tall and rather oddly shaped plastic container. The bottle is quite tall and the only thing I don't like about it is that it has a tendency to topple over in the shower. There is also no hook at the top to hang it up so you have to try to balance it yourself, which can be a bit of a nuisance. The shower gel creates a nice rich creamy and foamy lather and it leaves my skin feeling really quite soft and smooth. The fragrance is light and fresh and reminds me of sea minerals. It's not an invigorating scent, more of a calming one. It is designed to be used as a shampoo as well as a shower gel and I have tried it on my hair once or twice. So long as I use a good conditioner afterwards, then this shower gel really does a super job at cleaning my hair as well as my body, so as a two in one product, it also saves time if I am in a hurry. The bottle itself cost only one pound twenty nine and it lasts for ages so works out great value for money. It is a shower gel I do recommend though it is certainly not just for me.
As a mum of two boys who do a lot of sport and constantly need showers following a hard workout playing rugby or football, I bought this Radox Shower Therapy 2 in 1 shower gel & shampoo for men because it does two jobs. It doubles as a shower gel and a shampoo and it means that my sons don't need to carry two bottles to the shower. I did wonder when I bought it whether it would be as good as a conventional shampoo but I needn't have worried. It seems to do the job well. The boys like it because it is supposedly specially for men, but to be honest I sometimes use it myself. It has a pleasant smell and makes showering quicker of a morning when I am rushing to work. The bottle is cleverly designed with a hook so you can hang the shower gel up in the shower, which can be folded away. The colour of the shower gel is a nice deep blue and adds a splash of colour in the bathroom. The scent is not overpowering. It is described as Fennel sea minerals and is pleasant. The ingredients are Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Allantoin, Maris Sal, Foeniculum Vulgare Extract, Parfum, Citric Acid, Sodium Lactate, Polyquaternium-7, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Trideceth-9, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, CI 42053, CI 17200. I guess this is the only disadvantage in my eyes as I would prefer to be using a more natural product and from the look of the ingredients this product is not that. To sum up I would say this product does the job and looks good in the shower room.
I always liked when a man smells good, Radox shower gel, gently scented and very properly cares for the skin. It keeps it moisturized and nourished. Packaging is very imaginative and appealing. Just smell is not very intrusive and I and my friend. Definitely recommend it. Shower gel has a good consistency, good foam and the price is right for the size of the package. However, I must write that I personally very much like two products in one, though for men it is definitely more comfortable and better. Shower gel and shampoo in one may not be suitable for all hair types and can thus dandruff
Radox for men two in one shower gel is great and is always available at a budget price; also as it is a two in one it means you get two things for the price of one. This shower gel has a great smell which lasts more than just a few hours. Personally I thought this would not be too good on my hair however I was surprised that it actually left my hair in good condition which smelt adorable. The 'hooked' handle also comes in handy as it allows me to hang it on my showers which allows easy access ( no reaching onto the shelf to grab the container).. The show gel leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed with a beautiful scent. I found that the shower gel foamed up well which meant I only had to use palmed size amount on a flannel and that basically cleaned me all round.
When I was younger I always used really pungent smelling shower gels and it was almost like a competition between my friends and I who could smell the 'nicest' whilst we tried to impress girls. Since marrying Mrs B and growing up some what I have realised that it isn't all that impressive to walk around stinking like I've been rolling around in herbs and spices! I have changed my tastes now and prefer a more subtle smell and this is where Radox for men comes in as it is still packed full of smell but it is far more subtle than the brands I used before and now I would never go back.
So what is it?
Well Radox make all kinds of bath products and I first really noticed this brand when Mrs B began to tell me off if i bought her anything other than Radox to bathe in. It tends to have a lot of herbs and minerals in it's products and they apparently do more than just wash you, with each different type having it's own purpose such as to refresh or to unwind. They make hand soaps, shower gels, bubble baths, scrubs all of which Mrs B uses and really rates highly so when she bought me Radox for Men Shower Gel I thought I may as well give it a go.
The purpose of this shower gel is not just to clean you and make you smell fresh but it is to 'kick start your body and mind' so perhaps Mrs B was buying this for me to try to get me more motivated and begin whizzing around the house cleaning or something!
The scent of this is Fennel and Sea Minerals. I would have no idea how to describe the smell prior to taking the lid off as what exactly do sea minerals smell like?! Well it's actually quite spicy but not in an over powering way like the other brands I used before. This is quite a warm smell but not the kind you would inhale and let out a long satisfied sigh (I would assume a satisfying smell wouldn't kick start your body!)
Ingredient wise here is the long list of ingredients:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Allantoin, Maris Sal, Foeniculum Vulgare Extract, Parfum, Citric Acid, Sodium Lactate, Polyquaternium-7, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Trideceth-9, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, CI 42053, CI 17200.
I'm not sure about you but when I look at them ingredients I think that all the numbers seem a bit alarming and I cannot pronounce half the words let alone even be aware of what they are!
The packaging for this is fine by me I have nothing to complain about it at all. It is see through and so you can see the shower gel inside which is a dark blue- very manly! It has a picture on the front of what I can only assume is a sea mineral and that's pretty much it. It isn't stunning or eye catching but then what kind of man's shower gel really needs to be?! The bottle has a little plastic hook at the top which is very useful so you can hang it from your shower cubicle which keeps it clean- if you leave it on the side of the bath/shower it builds up grime. The lid is at the bottom which flips open and is easy to open and close.
I don't really spend a lot of time thinking about appearances and what I come across like nor do I worry a great deal about my own personal hygiene so long as I am clean and don't smell then that is all that concerns me. Perhaps I should be more of a modern man and be into moisturising and exfoliating but I just have no time for that so all I really want from a shower gel is something which leaves me feeling as though the day's work has been washed away from me and leaves me smelling reasonable and I can say that this Radox for men definitely does that.
When using this Radox it's easy to use although I will warn you the liquid is very thin so it does rush out and you can end up with more than you need so be prepared for it! It lathers up well actually and I find that it goes a long way due to it's ability to lather well!
The smell of it takes over the bathroom at first as it is quite a strong smell but it isn't pungent or a 'tacky' smell. By tacky I mean these shower gels that smell like fake oranges or lemons and leave you smelling like an Opal Fruit! The smell doesn't linger though, I don't come away from a shower stinking like Fennel and Minerals but I do come away smelling clean which is what I really want from a shower as I tend to wear aftershave so don't want a shower gel smell to linger and clash with my aftershave!
I think it cleans well. I feel as though any dirt that has built up through my hard day grafting is washed away and any unpleasant smells are certainly got rid of. I also think it has a nice effect on my skin- I have read a review previously where someone thought it left their skin dry but I haven't noticed that with me. This definitely has a very nice effect, I don't spend a great deal of time stroking my skin or obsessing over what I feel like but I definitely think it helps to keep it soft and so I can avoid being a modern man any longer and refuse to moisturise!
I like the handy little hook/handle that it comes with. If you don't need to use this you can twist it away so it is out of your way but I find it really useful as I Hang it over the side of the shower so it doesn't sit on the base of the shower where it would gather stale water and make mouldy, grimy patches that Mrs B would moan about cleaning!
I think the important question is; does it kick start my body? Well unfortunately after showering I don't suddenly pick up the hoover and race round the house tidying or feel the need to go on a jog but at the same time it doesn't make me feel all relaxed and ready for bed so I think there probably is a slight element of truth in their status!
In my opinion it is a great shower gel. I don't go out of my way to try other brands because I am not overly hung up on finding out what else it out there. I am more than happy with this so see no need to try anything else. It smells good in a way which doesn't linger afterwards so it won't clash with your aftershave and it cleans well so that is all that is important as far as I am concerned.
It costs around £1.60 however you can buy it from the pound shop so it's well worth checking if your local one stocks it. I think at this price it's great value for money.. It lasts me about 2 months and that is with at least one shower every day.
Ever since I started university I have been using Radox For Men; since it is a student house I live in we share the shower, and being students means that others will use your stuff to save them money, to solve this everyone keeps everything in their rooms which is why I went for Radox as it meant one less thing to carry to the shower each day (as it combines shampoo with shower gel).
--- Packaging / Ease of use ---
One thing I love is its packaging, even if it was a rubbish shower gel / shampoo I would still consider it based on the design and usability. It is the upside-down type, as in the gel comes out at the bottom, which is great as it means no more shaking it or trying to balance it upside-down to try and get the last few drops out. Another pro about its dispensing ability is the seal under the lid; even if you take the lid off it won't come out until you squeeze the bottle.
One major design benefit of the Radox bottle is the embedded hook on the top; on the top of the bottle is a hook which you can unfold so that you can hang the bottle up while you're in the shower - this is perfect as it stops you from having to bend over every few minutes to pick it up from the floor (if you don't have a shelf to put it on) plus combined with the fact that you can leave the lid off and it won't come out as I stated above. The hook is a good size, it can fit over the shower curtain rail, or over the shower cord, or pretty much anywhere.
The lid is on hinges, making it impossible to lose it when it's off. Another pro about the lid is that it is easy to remove, it has a ridge you push to clip off, then you can just push it back down when you're finished to seal it again, meaning no more struggling with slippery hands trying to unscrew your shampoo bottle!
--- Performance ---
How well it works is hard to tell, it foams up nicely and you don't need too much to wash yourself with, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's making you clean... it doesn't offer any 'extras' such as sea salts, it is just the basics. As a shampoo it seems to work really well, my hair is always lovely and soft after using it. As far as spell goes, it doesn't have a distinct spell, just a sort of cleanness but that wears away.
--- Overall ---
A very nice product which I will continue to use for years to come!
Container/bottle - 10/10
Body wash - 5/10
Shampoo - 9/10
Price - Usually around £1 from large stores.
(Please note, I have also published this review on Ciao under the same username).
Radox for Men, Hair Shampoo 2 in 1
The Radox Shampoo and Body wash comes in a slightly irregular cylindrical shape that curves out at the sides and in at the bottom and top of the bottle like an inverse hour glass shape that is supposedly the most desired body shape by women. At the top it features a neat swivel device that forms a sort of hook to hang over doors its shape is best described as an uncompleted 3 dimensional 6 shape where the bottom of the 6 never finishes by coming back round and the top of the 6 curves down into the downward plane (when the bottle is laid along its length and the downward plane is assumed to be the zx or zy planes (assume x measures width and y length and z height).
The Central Portion of the front of the bottle features a picture of a green flower and a blue purple s vortex-like shape. Above this, a white bubble with the words "feel good fragrance" are printed in a purplish blue colour, the box is bordered by a metallic silver outline. The product tells us on the front that it contains fennel and sea minerals. The bottle features a removable cap which makes it green friendly as the bottle can be recycled. The bottle is translucent which allows us to see the shower gel and we can see it's a rich deep blue colour. The back of the bottle features a clear ingredients list and advice to rinse your eyes if you get shower gel in them.
~~~ Dispensing Design ~~~
This product has a latch design lid, which is born on plastic hinges. It is a simple design to use. Depending on which way you are holding the bottle you either push up and away or out and away in order to open the lid, which then has a small hole about 3-4mm in diameter for shower gel to come through. If you do it correctly the path your thumb will make as it opens it is a 2 dimensional arch shape. Whilst being easy to use this design can often lead to a broken lid as it is hinged on plastic bearings that can break under repeated stress. One clever point of the design is that the hole has a cover which functions as sort of a membrane, when tipped upside down with the lid off no gel will come out unless pressure is applied to the body of the bottle.
~~~ Appearance, Smell, Use, Duration ~~~
As mentioned earlier it has a rich azure blue colour, when looking through the backside of the bottle you can see lots of little air bubbles and it looks somewhat like a glistening lava lamp. It really does look very pretty. Smell wise it has a faint smell that smells a little flowery and also quite soapy; it's a pleasant smell without being strong or distinctive. It quickly lathers when used due to the excellent foaming agent Sodium Laureth Sulphate and it feels really smooth and kind to the skin. I have quite sensitive skin and it caused no redness or sensitivity. I found that when massaged into my skin it proved a soothing effect to my muscles when they were tense and sore, over and above that of which I get just from being in hot water. The Shampoo part of the shower and body wash also impressed me as it felt not too gloopy whilst on and after rinsing I was left with smooth, shiny hair. One negative about this product is that its scent, whilst pleasant, was a little weak. It did not last particularly long either; it was undetectable by even me after a few minutes. Whilst I don't want to smell like a lady boy of Bangkok I also would like to be able to smell something, a flower scent can be masculine, and this fragrance was, but whilst it was a nice masculine smell I found it too faint.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
It contains sodium lauryl sulphate which snopes.com confirms is totally safe and that the myth of it being bad for you developed because of confusion with ethanolamine lauryl sulphate which is harmful. It is a great cleaning agent which is far more powerful than natural equivalents and really helps to get the dirt and grime of you when you are in the shower; it also contains the ligand peg 40 which can aid in nerve repair (Wikipedia). It does not, sadly, contain EDTA which is a ligand used to treat people who have overdosed on drugs or are the victim of heavy metal poisoning, it is an agent which makes the cosmetic more air stable but is not in this product. There is nothing particularly alarming in the ingredients list just a shame it lacks EDTA which can remove toxins.
~~~ Cost ~~~
I paid £2.35 for it in my local Tesco's for a 250 ml bottle which I find totally reasonable for the superior quality and prestige associated with the Radox brand relative to own brands and even the likes of Adidas (whose "Ice" shower and shampoo can be purchased online at super drugs for £2.30 for 250 ml and is on special offer right now for £1.29). Thus whilst being comparable in price to many other brands, Radox has that relaxing effect on the skin that many brands struggle to match. Online it beats the Adidas Ice product as its only £1.90 from Tesco's and £1.00 from Asda; superb value.
~~~ Would I recommend? ~~~
Yes I would, it smells nice, if a little faint and short acting, it leaves my hair very shiny, it comes in a bottle that has a clever diaphragm design that stops stuff coming out if you accidently leave the lid off and it makes my muscles feel somewhat more refreshed than hot water alone and even relative to other brands of shampoo and shower gel. Finally, it does not cost the earth it's pretty similar in price to its competitors but looks nicer and works better but maybe they have a more strong and lasting smell. Thus due to its lack of EDTA and its weak smell which doesn't last very long at all I give it 4 Dooyoo stars.