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At 5am in the morning the last thing I want to do is get out of a nice warm bed and into a shower. However, I can't start the day without one so apart from ensuring the heating is on once I step out of bed I try and make sure that the shower gel I am using is one to give me a bit of a boost and to zap some life into me in order I can start the day with matchsticks propping up my eyelids.
My current shower gel of choice happens to be one made for men! It is Radox Mens Invigorating Lemon & Tea Tree Oil Shower Gel and Shampoo. Now, I don't make a habit of using men's toiletries however, in my partner's toiletry bag he receives from his mother every Christmas (I also get this toiletry bag!) was a bottle of this shower gel and thought it would be an ideal shower gel to use in the morning.
I am quite a fan of Radox products, I tend to use them regularly and I am happy with how they work and the fact that the majority do not irritate my skin. I am a big fan of both lemon and tea tree oils in products as I do find that they cleanse my skin and the aroma tends to wake me up and refreshes me which is always a good start to the day.
According to Radox:
"Radox Mens invigorating lemon and tea tree shower gel and shampoo will wake your head and energise your body. With the shampoo and shower gel rolled into one it will save you time in the shower."
The shower gel comes in a transparent plastic bottle which features a black plastic flip top lid which you stand upright making it ideal for the shower as you can easily squeeze the shower gel out onto your sponge or other chosen scrubber! The liquid inside is bright yellow, it is un-missable on any shelf in the supermarket especially when teamed up with the black features of the bottle. The label on the front features the green Radox logo and product name and on the back there is the usual information about it together with ingredients etc.
Now just to point out that I haven't used it on my hair as though classed as a shampoo I would only stick to my own shampoo but my partner has used it on his hair and has no complaints but then as he doesn't do much with his hair other than put some wax in it I think a bar of soap would be plenty for him! So I won't therefore be reviewing how it is on my own hair!
The fragrance of this shower gel is as one would expect, quite strong and aromatic. There is no denying that the ingredients in this shower gel are very noticeable. The smell of tangy lemon and fragrant tea tree oil really do stand out once you have poured it on to your sponge. For me, this fragrance in the morning is just what I need, a great big slap in the face to wake you up! This aroma although strong doesn't linger around much after your shower nor does it really cling to the skin.
To use I put it on a double sided sponge as I find that the "natural particles" which are included within the shower gel as these are supposed to deeply clean the skin and help restore it. I use it on the exfoliating side of the sponge and I find that these "natural particles" are hardly noticeable even when used on the normal side of the sponge. However, for me this isn't a big issue as the exfoliating side of the sponge does enough to deeply clean the skin.
The plus side to this shower gel is you only need to use a small amount for it to lather up into white bubbles therefore meaning the bottle will last for quite some time. However, this is of course dependant upon your size but for me I find that a size around a 50p is more than enough for my morning shower. Together with the aroma and white froth this shower gel really wakes you up in the morning and certainly kick starts your senses which when you get up at silly o'clock when it is dark outside it is really just what you need,
I really do like this shower gel and although branded for men, it certainly shouldn't be dismissed as the fragrance is definitely not a typical man's fragrance (in toiletry terms) and is definitely suitable for both men and women. For me this is definitely a shower gel I would happily buy myself and use again. I really don't have any issues with this shower gel so can easily give it 5 stars.
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Usually my hubby and I just use the same shower gel but last time we went shopping together he decided he wanted his own - Radox for Men Lemon & Tea Tree Shower/Shampoo Gel. It cost £1.99 for a 250ml-sized bottle and I thought I'd be able to try it out for myself too at some point.
The packaging is simple. It's in a plastic bottle with a black flip back lid and a hook at the top for hanging in the shower. It clearly states it's for MEN on the front - though at the time I couldn't really see how a shower gel could be JUST for men and not for women! The packaging states that it is designed to Wake you Head, Energise your Body! I suppose the packaging does look slightly masculine but apart from that, nothing else to suggest a woman couldn't use it too.
I used some the same night he did - he tried it first and made no comment about it. As he'd left the bottle still hanging in the shower I gave it a go. I squeezed some out onto my puff ball and could immediately see that it was on the thicker side. I had to squeeze fairly hard to get it out and it was a kind of mustard yellow in colour. Not a particularly attractive looking colour. However, the fragrance of this shower gel really put me off. It's supposed to be lemon and Tea Tree and so I had thought the lemon would be the overriding smell. It's not! The smell of Tea Tree is very strong in this shower gel. It reminded me of the Tea Tree I have used in my daughter's hair to get rid of head lice and as that wasn't a particularly pleasant experience, I really didn't like the smell much at all. It made me feel I was showering in nit remover. The smell of lemons was virtually undetectable compared to the smell of the Tea Tree.
Using it as a shampoo on my hair also wasn't the greatest experience, as my hair felt quite dry and brittle afterwards, and this was despite my having using a rather intensive conditioning treatment. I also hate the smell of tea tree in my hair now I've used this.
On the positive side, it lathered up really well, very well, in fact, and it did make me feel deep cleaned. Unfortunately for me, the smell lingered a long time afterwards and I could smell it quite strong in bed that night, what with the two of having used it. It's a very strong smell which I didn't realise was so masculine until I'd actually tried it out for myself.
I won't be using it again but my hubby has said he likes it so I suppose we will be buying more. It's definitely for MEN though!
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As a bit of a no frills kind of fellow, I'm not so sure about the vogue to add tea tree to everything. Scented marshmallow and teatree Lush bath intercontinental ballistic missile bombs, teatree and sexy strawberry lube, Bisto gravy with teatree etc. However, as 'eau de bloke' isn't available in showergel form, I have to get whatever I can in order to keep clean and not smell like a glassblower's armpit. Which means putting up with ingredient combinations that sound like a practical joke fruit salad. Frequently on offer in most supermarkets is the Radox "Men" showergel range, this review is about the Lemon and Teatree showergel and shampoo from that range.
The gel / opinion
The gel is the same sort of colour as a lemon meringue, but doesn't smell overtly of lemons due to the tea tree in there. I think the teatree makes it smell like a posh toilet cleaner, it's got that sterile hint about it. There is also a whiff of mint in there too, but don't worry as it doesn't burn your special places like that Original Source Headbutt and Mint does. It lathers up well enough and isn't one of those showergels that annoyingly runs off your skin as soon as it gets a splash of water on it.
It is also a shampoo, although I never use it solely as a shampoo as I get the dreaded dandruff if I don't use special anti dandruff shampoo. Hence I won't be able to give any details of "product build-up". I've always thought that product build-up sounds like a description of a shopaholic's wardbrode with a hoarding habit, the sort of thing Channel Five make documentaries about. What I do know is that the gel works well as a soap and leaves a very faint smell on my skin for a good few hours which makes me feel like I've had a really good clean whenever I get a whiff during the day.
It's currently gone back up to £2 in Sainsbury's, but keep an eye out for it being half price (or on a BOGOF offer which works out as the same as half price!). I don't mind paying half price for it, but when it's £2 I can't justify it really as there are many other cheaper showergels out there that do the same job. So, it gets a recommendation from me but with the caveat that it's only really worth it when on offer. Also for that reason, I can't justify a five star rating so instead give it four stars.
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Generally me and my husband tend to use different shower gels, we are currently working our way through the various toiletries we got for Christmas. Recently I ran out of my current shower gel but had got in my nice hot bath before I realised, not wanting to get back out and get cold I had a quick look at what my husband was currently using, he had a bottle of Radox Lemon and Tea Tree Shower Gel and Shampoo on the side, ok the bottle said that this product was for men but after having a quick sniff and deciding it didn't smell too manly I decided to use it, after all it was already there and it meant I didn't have to get out of the bath and into the cold to get my own bottle of shower gel.
The Radox Lemon and Tea Tree Shower Gel and Shampoo comes in a clear curved plastic bottle which allows you to see the brightly coloured shower gel inside, it has a black flip lid which also doubles up as the base, this simply flips open and clicks shut again, the bottle also has a black plastic fold down hook on the top which allows you to hang the bottle up whilst you are in the shower. The bottle has a black label on the front of it, the Radox logo appears at the top which consists of a green oval with the word Radox written inside it, just beneath this is the word "Men" in large grey letters. The rest of the label is taken up with the name of the product " Invigorating Shower Gel and Shampoo Lemon and Tea Tree", the fragrance of the shower gel is written in yellow with the rest of the writing being in white, there is also a picture of a lemon at the bottom of the label, however this is transparent meaning that the shower gel itself colours it. The back of the bottle also has a label stuck to it, again this is black, it contains information about the product such as warnings and the ingredients. The words "Wake you Head, Energise your Body" also appear on the back of the bottle in bright yellow. I would definitely say that the appearance of this product is quite masculine.
The Shower Gel is a bright yellow colour so it really does stand out. Now obviously I had never used this product before with it being for men, although I have been known to borrow my husbands shower gels in the past when mine have run out, so I didn't really know what to expect from it. The shower gel is of a reasonably thick consistency, it actually seemed a little bit thicker than the shower gels that I use. For me one of the main things was the fragrance as although I knew it was designed for men I was hoping that it wasn't going to have too much of a manly smell to it. I squeezed a small amount out onto my shower puff and smelt it, I was pleasantly surprised you could really smell both the lemon fragrance as well as the Tea Tree, although I do think the Tea Tree was slightly more dominant, whilst I could tell it was a mans shower gel as the fragrance was quite strong and slightly harsher than what I would normally use it was not what I would call a real masculine fragrance, it wasn't like some men's shower gels you can buy which smell just like the body sprays and aftershave versions you can purchase. Personally I think it was the lemon fragrance that toned it down a little and made it less manly smelling. The shower gel lathered up nicely on my shower puff and you really didn't need a lot in order to get a decent amount of lather, after rinsing the shower gel from my skin I got out of the bath and dried, still a little concerned that I was going to smell like a man. Once I had dried I could still smell the Radox Shower Gel on my skin, however it was not strong at all, I could detect the scent of lemon and tea tree still but it was not strong at all, in fact I was pleased with how clean and fresh my skin both felt and smelt.
Price and Availability
This particular shower gel was one that my parents bought my husband in a basket of toiletries, now I'm not sure where they purchased it from and I think at the time it was on offer. However I have since found the 250ml bottle of shower gel being sold in Boots for £2.05. Personally I think this is a reasonable price for this product and so far the bottle seems to be lasting well, my husband has been using this same bottle for quite a while now and is only half way through it, and when I used it I found that I only needed a small amount to produce a decent lather to wash with so I would say you do get your moneys worth with this.
Well considering this was a mans shower gel and I only used it because I couldn't be bothered to get out of the bath and get my own I was quite impressed. In terms of cleaning my skin I was pleased with how clean and fresh it made my skin feel, I didn't actually use it as a shampoo and I cannot say that it particularly made me feel more energised as stated on the back of the bottle, however the fruity lemon and tea tree combination left my skin feeling really fresh. The shower gel lathered up well and I found that I only needed a small amount of it making it long lasting and economical. I would say that this product was reasonably priced especially as it seems to last so well. In my opinion the fragrance of this product is not overly manly, obviously I could clear tell that it was aimed at men and the fragrance was a bit stronger than what I would normally use however I could definitely get away with using this again in the future should I need to, after using it I didn't find that I smelt like a man at all, personally I could still detect the fragrance on my skin once I had dried but this was very subtle and once I had applied deodorant and perfume you could not smell the shower gel at all, however the fresh feeling continued. I have to say I would recommend this shower gel in an emergency, obviously with it being a mans shower gel its not one I would go out of my way to buy, however I would purchase it for my husband again and I would certainly use it if I had run out of my own shower gel in the future.
Having almost run out of shower gel I resolved to pick up some more when I was in Boots this morning. I was initially tempted by a new variety of my favourite brand, Lynx, however since I am trying to save the pennies at the moment I decided to buy a slightly cheaper variety instead. The one I was attracted to in the end was this particular Radox showergel/shampoo combination. I am usually a big fan of citrus fragranced wash products as I find they are effective in helping to wake me up and keep me alert. I am familiar with the Radox brand from their range of bath products but have not before tried their shower range so have just taken a shower to try it out!
The packaging of the product is excellent. The product jumped out at me from the display, despite being very near to the ground. It comes in an elegantly shaped bottle which is mostly clear which shows off the vibrant yellow liquid inside to great effect. This contrasts nicely with the black label, handle and cap. The handle of the bottle flips up to form a hook in order to hang the bottle up in the shower. I found this to be very useful since my normal varieties do not often have this feature and I have to balance the bottle precariously on a radiator. At least once a week it falls off and into the gap behind where it is tricky to get at. The cap consists of a panel which flips open to reveal the shampoo dispenser, however, even with the cap open the shampoo will not come out until the bottle is squeezed, which helps to prevent mess and spillages effectively.
The initial smell of the shampoo is soapy with a hint of lemon and tea tree, but I was quite disappointed that this wasn't stronger. The fragrance intensifies somewhat upon applying the product to the body and the tea tree fragrance in particular was soothing, but it was no where near as good as some other brands I have tried. As stated above, I like my shower gel to wake me up and invigorate me and this was not that effective for me in this regard. This is in spite of the claim on the back of the bottle that the product will "Wake your head [and] energise your body". As a cleaning agent the shampoo was effective and produced a nice lather in the hands and the hair. I have also found it to leave my hair nicely soft which I do not get with the normal products I use which are just shower gel on their own. I continued to be disappointed in the fragrance following the shower, however, since other than smelling generically clean, none of the scent remained.
The range is marketed towards men, however, I would think the scent and product to be equally suitable for men or women. At its full cost of £2.03 (in boots) I probably wouldn't recommend the product, however, I was able to use a 1/3rd off shampoo/showergel voucher from the boots advantage card machine, taking the price down to £1.35 which is perfectly reasonable. Based on the gel alone I would rate the product as just 2 stars, however, the bottle remains very attractive and has several advantages over my usual bottles which raises my rating to 3 stars.
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