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Radox Nourish Shower Cream
I have to admit to picking up this product without really looking at the label. I thought it was the 'matching' shower gel to my favourite bubble bath - however this product is the shea butter and ginger product, which is a lovely cream colour (rather than the apricot that I thought it was)...
The product comes in a 'top down' container, like all of the their varieties that I have seen, and has a movable hook should you need one. In my opinion the bottle works well, and is easy to use even with wet hands. The hole in the bottle has a rubber 'stopper', which functions to keep the product in until the bottle is squeezed, even if it is left lying around for a while (beware though I once squeezed a bottle to get the smell of some thing and ended up with a splat on my nose for an hour wondering why I kept smelling it)!!!!
The product is a nice cream colour, which has a great consistency. It works well smoothed directly onto skin, and works well with a shower pouffe. In my opinion it lathers well, and the light fragrance lingers on the skin for a while once used, but isn't too over powering. The smell of the ginger does come through lightly, and works well with the shea. It leaves my skin feeling nice and soft - which is probably due to the shea butter... BUT for me the fragrance just isn't all that. I mean don't get me wrong it works in the way it should - it just doesn't excite me.
I realise this isn't the fault of the product - but in my opinion it's just a little bit 'wishy washy'...
**Would I recommend this product**
It's a tricky one - personally I think it leaves me clean, but not much else... A lack luster 3 *'s from me - although if you like the smell it's worth a punt.
I Paid £1 for a 250ml bottle, and it is often on offer at major supermarkets at this price.
I am not particularly loyal to shower gels and I like to try out a variety of them. Having liked the majority of the product that I have bought by Radox, I thought it was time to give the Radox Nourish Shower Cream a try.
What does the product do?
The product promises to cleanse the body leaving your feeling fresh and clean. It claims that you will enjoy a pampering experience because the product contains Shea butter to nourish and hydrate the skin as you wash leaving your skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. The product has the perfect PH balance for your skin and it contains Ginger which is apparently for a bit of 'zing'. A matching bath cream is also available.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied onto damp skin in the shower, either using your hands or using a sponge for extra bubbles, and then massaged into the body. Once you've done that, you should rinse away the product and pat your skin dry.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear but cloudy bottle through which you can see the product. On the front of the bottle there are some cocoa beans and some flowers, and a note to tell you that it contains a feel good fragrance. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when your hands are wet and soapy. The product will cost you around £1 so it's not very expensive and it can be bought from large supermarkets, shops such as Boots and Superdrug, and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a really lovely aroma to it and you can smell it just by squeezing the bottle. It is deliciously creamy with a hint of spice and it is very comforting. It isn't strong or overpowering, and shouldn't be evident enough to put anyone off buying it but it is evident enough to make using it a more enjoyable experience. The product is a pale creamy beige in colour and it has a more creamy consistency than you would expect from the average shower product. It is easily dispensed from the bottle with minimum effort.
I tend to apply this product straight onto my skin instead of using a sponge because I think the creams will get into my skin better this way. It feels lovely on the skin and you can tell that it is hydrating and moisturising. It glides across the skin which makes it easy to rub into the body. It smells lovely and it makes you feel relaxed. The product doesn't lather much unless you use a sponge but it still makes you feel like you are getting nice and clean.
The formula is gentle on the skin and it hasn't caused me to develop any irritations or caused me any discomfort. It is easy to rinse off and it doesn't make any mess in the shower cubicle. Once the product has been rinsed off, my skin feels really fresh and clean. It feels as soft as a shower product could probably get it although I do still need to use moisturiser afterwards. The aroma of the product lingers on the skin but only faintly. It leaves my skin looking healthy and in a better condition.
All in all, this is a lovely shower cream which has a creamy and comforting smell and leaves you feeling fresh and clean. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and nourished, and it comes at a reasonable price. I would happily buy this shower cream again and will definitely be trying some of the others in the collection.
I have always liked Radox bath and shower products, one of my favourite shower creams is the Nourish shower cream. It claims to be a nurturing blend with shea butter and ginger and to have a feel good fragrance.
What attracted me to this shower cream initially was the colour, I don't sniff products in shops anymore after I managed to squirt shampoo up my nose a while back. The shower cream is a nice peachy colour, it looks natural and inoffensive and as it is from a brand I trust I was more than happy to splash out my hard earned pennies on it. The Radox shower creams usually retail at around £2 for a 250ml bottle but can regularly be found on half price offers or two for ones.
The shower cream is of a thick, rich consistency and I like to use a good sized blob on my shower flower. The shower cream smells nice and a bit floral, it seems a little old fashioned but I like it. The shower cream lathers up nicely and makes a creamy lather to wash with. I feel like the shower cream is cleaning and moisturising my skin as it washes. It rinses easily away from my skin leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth and lightly scented.
Overall I enjoy using Radox products and while this is not my favourite Radox shower cream (I really like the Cherry Blast at the moment) it is one I am happy to use when I find it on offer or as the free one of a buy one get one free offer.
The packaging is fully recyclable once the cap has been removed.
Thank you for reading.
Not having a shower in my home I have very little need to buy shower gels and/or creams though I do sometimes as I have showers at my mates flat and of course if I'm going away I will buy me some. This one I bought in my local Poundland store for of course a pound and I tend to usually rather like Radox products and find them value and quality for the money I pay and this one I sniffed in store and took a liking to it and bought it knowing I was getting a bit of a bargain.
This came in a slightly frosted hanging bottle with a flip top opening concealing a small hole to the bottom of it. On the front if it we are told that it is indeed Radox 'Nourish' Shower Cream 'A nurturing blend of Shea Butter & Ginger' and there is a picture of red berries shown then on the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients and size is stated (250ml) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. I do like the way this has an 'arm' to the top of it that fits sleekly into the bottle if you want to simply stand it up say in your bathroom or you can pull the arm out and hang it if you want to and it looks nice enough and is unisex looking too.
This is quite a runny, cream in colour formula with a sweet and natural, soft sort of creamy shea butter
fragrance to it, the fragrance certainly isn't heavy or cloying and I rather like it to be fair.
A little of it goes a very long way indeed, the scent is rather calming and it lathers up decently though not overly or richly so. It is smooth on my skin, I can shave well enough with it if I want to it and it rinses off easily too.
This leaves a scent on my skin for a good couple of hours thought that scent is gentle and me with soft enough though not greasy skin or anything like that. It doesn't heavily moisturise but my skin does feel soft, supple and smooth and I do feel clean and fresh after using it.
This isn't the nicest Radox shower gel/cream I have ever used but I wouldn't avoid it and think its worth a quid or two!
Available from all good supermarkets and chemists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
When I am shopping I will always have a look for toiletries that are on offer, and then stock up. As I live alone and have my own house (and mortgage), I have to be frugal and so I seize any opportunity for a bargain, like most of us these days I guess.
This Radox shower gel was on offer recently, and after a quick sniff of it, I decided I would chuck it in the trolley.
This shower gel comes in a typical 250ml plastic bottle with a handy hook on the frosted plastic lid so you can hang it up in the shower and squeeze it out easily while showering. The green Radox logo is on the front along with a photo of what appears to be some shea nuts and a red plant - the bottle seems to have been altered slightly since the above photo was put on dooyoo. Pretty plain, unadventurous Radox packaging but looks nice enough sitting in the bathroom.
LOOK AND SMELL
This shower gel is a rich creamy colour - it has a slight peachy tone to it. When you squeeze it out, it's fairly thick. I really liked the smell. While the majority of shower gels I buy have a citrus fragrance, I thought the scent of this was lovely - it smelt mainly of shea/cocoa butter but with a definite spiciness provided by the ginger. The ginger ensured that this didn't smell too sweet, which I think I would have found sickly.
Due to the spicy tones, I do think this shower gel would be lovely to use during the autumn and winter. It seemed a bit too heavy a scent for the warmer months. I also think this would be more of a feminine scent.
I have no problems with the performance of this shower gel at all. It's Radox, so I think you know what you are getting when you buy it. It lathers up well, and I didn't find I had to use loads to get a decent lather going. It didn't dry my skin and I do think it felt slightly luxurious to use. I could still smell it on my skin for a short while after showering also.
This normally retails at £1.90 but I bought this when it was on offer at 95p. I think anything less than £1 is a bargain when it comes to shower gel, but I just go through them far too quickly to pay any more than that. If you have the budget to pay almost £2 for a bottle of shower gel, then go for it.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
If it was on offer, then sure, I'd have no qualms about popping it into my shopping basket. I do think if it was during the summer months however, I might plump for something a little 'fresher' smelling rather than this.
To be honest when I picked this up in superdrug for the mere price of 89p I didn't actually read the scent, but saw it was on offer and took it to the till. It is a nourishing shower cream by radox which I am using at the moment and is made with a nurturing blend of shea butter and ginger.
I love the smell of shea butter and am always leaning to beauty products of this scent but I really hate ginger! The smell, the taste, everything really puts me off so when I got home and actually read this shower gel I was disappointed. Not one to go back to a store and return such an item when I finished my last bottle I decided I would give it a try. It is a thick creamy liquid that easily pours from the hole in this top down bottle. The bottle is ideal as it has a hook which lifts up so as to allow the shower cream to hang up in the shower for easy access and use.
In terms of the shower gel itself it is actually surprisingly lovely! It smells nice, the shea butter a strong element and I cannot sense the ginger at all....result! I use it by applying it to my shower pouf and it lathers amazingly well and a small amount under a running shower creates ample bubbles for a luxurious showering experience. I am actually happy I bought this now! It smells quite subtle yet comforting and leaves my skin soft so I leave the shower feeling truly relaxed and refreshed. I would definitely recommend this shower gel, for 89p for a 250ml bottle it really is worth it's money :)
I love smellies and body washes are a very important part of my daily smellies routine. This is one of the nicest smelling shower creams I have ever used, so is one of my faves. Here is my review for Radox Nourish Shower Cream:
This for me is the most important thing when it comes to smellies. If it doesn't smell fantastic then it's not worth using in my opinion. This smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Really creamy and sweet and almost smells of vanilla. This is probably due to the shea butter in it, which has a naturally creamy, sweet smell. It really puts a smile on my face! Smell gets 5 stars from me, 6 if only it would let me!
This is the other really important part about body washes. The better the lather, the softer your skin. This lathers really well, a really creamy lather. It fills the whole bathroom with the gorgeous smell. Makes me want to keep using it and not get out of the shower! It rinses off easily and you can still smell the smell on your skin afterwards. Lather gets 5 stars from me, again if I could give it 6 I would!
This of course is important. This leaves my skin velvetty soft and smelling great. I also notice an improvement in slightly dry patches, which is always good. Result gets 5 stars from me!
Overall, this is a beautiful smelling shower cream that leaves my skin feeling so so soft and smelling fantastic. Price wise this can be found from the £1.50 - £1.80 mark but Radox shower gels are quite often on offer.
I love Radox products, I think that for the price they are sold at they feel like you are giving your body a treat not at the expense of your purse! Radox sell a wide variety of bath and shower products and have been around for years....as far as I can remember.
I bought the Radox Nourish Shower Cream on clearance once in Boots. Its a huge bottle- 400ml and think it must have been selling for £1, I think this was because they were discontinuing the item. After a little research on the internet, I have found that Boots sell a 250ml bottle for £1.77 (I got a bargain!) and at the moment (as of 13/1/11) is on offer for £1 thus a saving of 77p. Price wise, its about mid range in comparison to other products out there. On my frequent trips to the shop, I have found that it is often on offer for this price and so shopping around can find you a bargain....and then you can stock up!
The packaging it comes in is generic of the Radox range, the bottle is clear and so you can see that the shower gel is a creamy yellowy colour- quite appealing. The product is squeezed easily from the bottom of the bottle. The shower gel is quite thick and I have found that if you use a scrunchie in the shower, a litlle can go a long way as it lathers up a treat.
The smell of the product is really nice- it smells nourishing and caring (sorry for being so cliche), it doesn't smell like talcum powder but I would put their smells in the same category- just nice and very feminine. The shower gel contains shea butter which is used to moisturise and nourish your skin- this it does- my skin feels clean and soft after I leave the shower, and the bathroom is left with a pleasant aroma. It is also meant to have a hint of ginger in too to give it an extra zing- I sniffed it this morning and I couldn't smell ginger???!!!
I think the quality of this product and performance is great and I would definitely recommend it. I wouldn't say its premium range product but I think its at the top end of the "average on the shelf" products out there.
Radox is part of the Sara Lee "corporation" which is strange given that washing products and cakes/gateaux are just so diverse. Radok makes several different washing products to 'cake' yourself in including a wide range of shower gels, shower creams and bath soaks amonget much more.
Firstly, I have to confess that the Radox nourishing shower cream is not my shower product of choice, although I do use other Radox products and find the muscle soak excellent for a wind down after a few hours in the saddle. Being an out and out Lynx man (apart from after shave where I do have more sophisticated tastes) I must admit that Africa shower gel would be top of the list, although there are those times when you have to make do and use something "not quite right" and for this I have to thank, or not as the case maybe, the tastes of Mrs yackers1.
This Radox comes in a 250ml see through bottle. The bottle is leaf shaped although there is a flat bottom (obviously) where the flip lid is. Keeping the bottle upside down in this fashion ensures the cream inside is easily accessible and that there is no need for any frantic and wrist aching shaking to get the last drop out of the bottle. Most similar products use this arrangement, although my favourite and shower gel of choice does not, so it is nothing unique to this product.
A few years ago many shower products contained a hooked end enabling the bottle to be hung on the shower rail, on the shower head or pipe, or any other place for that matter. The need for this feature seemed to disappear and this hanging hook was removed from many products, however, this Radox product has retained this hook, which is very useful.
Another great feature of the bottle is the lid, or the way in which the lid operates. The excretion hole of the lid is tiny and almost non-existent unless pressure is applied to the bottle. Once the bottle is squeezed the hole will enlarge and the cream will squirt out. This feature is so great because it means that the cream would leak out if the lid is accidentally left open whilst you're in the shower. Another thing I noticed was the lid and lid hinge mechanism are tight helping to ensure that the lid remains closed when not in use hence preventing any unwanted leakages.
With its floral design the packaging is definitely aimed to entice the fairer sex, although it does so very subtly. The design consists of drab and understated graphics. There are no loud and brash colours that scream 'look at me' and if actually looking for this product on the supermarket shelf I am guessing it would be quite a search. This is not helped by the drab colour of the actual cream, which I find strange given that other products in the Radox range are brightly coloured, such as the muscle soak, and are instantly recognisable. Radox doesn't appear to have any corporate or branding and I think this could be detrimental to the company.
Once the shower cream has been used up the bottle (excluding the flip top lid) can be rinsed out and put in the recycling bin to be re-incarnated in to another useful product, so it is also environmentally friendly.
****The active ingredients****
The "unique selling point" of this product appears to be that it 'contains shea butter and ginger' as stated on the bottle. Personally, I find this a bit of a strange combination but then I really only associate ginger with biscuits and in preparing a good, strong home curry. Maybe many cosmetics contain the ginger? Maybe this highlights my naivety and ignorance of cosmetic products? I do find ginger a strange ingredient to use in the manufacture of beauty products since a common allergic reaction to ginger, if a consumer has one, is a rash amongst a few other symptoms. So is putting ginger in a product that is likely to be smeared over the entire body really that sensible.
Shea butter is a natural fat found in the seed of the African shea tree that is extracted through the process of crushing and boiling. Whilst it has many uses it is widely used in cosmetics as it is claimed to not only deeply moisturise but also protect the skin.
As well as its 'healing' and nourishing qualities shea butter is also used as a chocolate filling ingredient. Maybe this is how Sara Lee's business diversified in to manufacturing this product? Just a thought.
This shower cream contains loads more ingredients including things like sodium lactate, coumarin, CI 19140, parfum and CI 14700 amongst much more, most of which I have never heard of before but they do sound very manmade and synthetic, that are probably in most shower gels, shower creams and the like. I do wonder if the CI numbers are the cosmetic equivalent of food stuff E numbers though.
****It's time to wake up and smell the coffee****
If you pop open the lid and inhale deeply your nostrils will be filled with a strong, sweet smell (although it is not sickly sweet), which is quite over powering. Whilst the fragrance is unique I think there is a definite resemblance of coconuts which is strange since no coconuts are harmed in the manufacture of this shower cream. If you take a more subtle approach, open the lid and let the aroma evaporate naturally the smell is less powerful but there is still an odour of coconuts. Given the potency of ginger I would have expected to recognise this 'ingredient' but it just wasn't there, although I guess this isn't such a bad thing.
I found the rinsing process quickly diluted the smell and within a few short minutes after showering the smell had gone almost immediately. Personally, I didn't have a problem with this as the smell is far too feminine for my liking.
Overall I would describe this product as lightly fragranced so if you like subtle scents or you want to ensure that nothing overpowers your perfume, body spray or whatever nice smelling product you may be wearing then this shower cream would be ideal.
****Lather me up, baby****
The Radox product is a light orange/peach and, for want of a better word, cream colour. I guess I could describe it as a dirty off-white but I don't think this is a good description for a cosmetic product. The cream itself has the same consistency as a moisturiser, which is to be expected given it contains shea butter. It is definitely not like any kind of shower gel.
Applying the Radox feels exactly like applying moisturiser so applying it and then adding water to rinse it off just didn't feel right. One thing I did notice is that a little goes a long way, which is not surprising given the consistency of the cream. The Radox lathers up nicely although it does take a lot of water and a lot of rubbing to really get it going. For those of you who like the feeling of massaging body products in to the skin this is an ideal product since using this product properly is a time consuming task so if you are a 'get in get out' sort of person this is not an ideal product for you.
Once out of the shower and dried my skin felt, what I would only describe as, weird. My skin felt soft, that was for sure, although it also felt slippery and greasy, just like I had applied a really greasy emollient or some Vaseline petroleum jelly, which was pleasant in places but awful in others. I will let you make your own mind up of where this would and wouldn't feel so good. Luckily, well for me at least, this feeling didn't last that long and had virtually disappeared by the time I had got dressed.
****Suitable for all skin types?****
I do suffer from dry skin in places and suffer from very mild eczema so really harsh cosmetics are a no go area for me. That said I bought in to the bottle's claim that this Radox cream has "perfect PH balance" and that it gets "thumbs up from the skin experts" and thought that I would be fine, however this was not the case as I did get a rash in the sensitive areas where I am prone to get them. I regularly use the Radox muscle soak and I have never had any issues with that. Maybe I have an allergic reaction to ginger that I don't get when I consume it?
I should reiterate that the rashes weren't severe and that they were short lasting but I was still affected nonetheless so it is something that should be considered if you have any skin complaints. It is a shame that Radox's "100 years of know how" has resulted in a product that I can't use.
****Availability and price****
Radox products are widely stocked and available from all leading supermarkets, convenience stores, mini marts etc. and in addition the nourishing shower cream seems to be a popular product of the Radox range that is stocked so getting some of this shouldn't be a problem.
At around £1.60 for 250ml, or £2.00 for the 500ml bottle this shower cream is in the low to mid range price bracket and given that it lasts such a long time (because only a tiny amount is required) it is excellent value for money. Furthermore, this product can often be found on BOGOF promotions or other deals so it is often worth keeping an eye out.
Everything about this nourishing shower cream is feminine. From the packaging to the smell to the requirement to really rub it in to the skin, this product screams out "to be used for the fairer sex", and Mrs Yackers1 is more than welcome to it, especially given that I seem to have some adverse reaction to it.
However, despite the above and on those occasions where the 'man of the house' has run out of a usual shower gel then I would actually recommend this as a backup if there is any lurking around the house. Whilst it may not look masculine or smell masculine (to begin with) it serves the purpose of cleaning the skin, which is the main thing. In addition, the smell will soon wear off so it will not interfere with your deodorant/body spray and aftershave, unlike many other cosmetic products which is good. Just don't expect to be in and out of the shower as quickly as you would with other shower gels though.
(originally posted on Ciao under the name of yackers1)
There was a time when having a shower was just about getting clean. We were told that having a shower was kind to the environment, using far less water and was an efficient, quick and easy way to clean ourselves. The march of capitalism, however, decided that this wasn't enough and showering is now marketed as an 'experience'. This is about luxury; it's about pampering oneself and indulging our 'private time', supported by an ever-increasing range of toiletries to help us along our way. I'm not convinced. Don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of 'experiences' in the shower, but that's an entirely different review altogether and I can assure you that it wasn't the shower cream that spurred those experiences along. But that's not what we're here to talk about today, right?
Radox is almost certainly the leading family bath and shower product brand in the UK. In the UK, Radox is available in all the major supermarkets, high street chemists and some of the discounters. It is heavily marketed and promoted with regular, apparently generous special offers, which suggest to me that for most of the time, it is wildly over-priced. A 250ml bottle of shower gel retails for, on average, £1.97, but promotional prices can easily see this halved.
The shower therapy range comprises a selection of shower gels/creams that are individually targeted to offer specific benefits according to your mood so there are gels to 'energise' you or to 'moisturise' you or, as in this example, to 'nourish' you. There are specific products in the range targeted at men and whilst this one is actually identified as being for women, it's generally quite a feminine product. Men wouldn't traditionally, for example, even consider the word 'nourish' when it comes to the bath or shower; their philosophy is more of 'in and out' let's be honest. The colour of the cream is feminine too, a sort of gentle, creamy looking ivory colour that looks soft and luxurious.
The marketing is, in my opinion, a little misleading, or perhaps exaggerated at best. Faced with competition from other natural brands and products, the manufacturers seem intent on going for something that appears to be focusing on herbal/natural ingredients. The cream contains shea butter, widely used in cosmetics for its moisturising properties, but its impossible to quantify from the (terrifying) ingredients list how much actually ends up in the cream. Extract of ginger is added for (apparently) a little extra spice, although if you are after a product to nourish your skin, I'm not sure why you would want any additional zing (as the manufacturer puts it).
The manufacturer makes a number of claims. Firstly, they mention over 100 years' experience of blending natural herbs. Whilst this may be founded in truth (their products have been around for quite a while), this would seem to overstate their expertise, given the very limited range of Radox product expertise. They also state that the product has 'a thumbs up from the skin experts' but then fail to substantiate this claim. They also state that the product has 'a perfect pH balance'. If you research this, you will understand that this is a relatively complicated area of health and well-being, particularly as the 'perfect pH' balance will depend on your own personal experience. Indeed, skin experts tell us that it's not actually good enough to use products that add natural ingredients (e.g. shea butter) to a non-natural base or lotion. This is very much the case with Radox - my advice is not to believe the hype.
The Shower Therapy container is one of the better ones on the market for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the dispensing mechanism is designed to manage the amount that you use, and doesn't jettison the entire contents over your feet if you squeeze too hard. It's also designed not to leak or ooze out of the container and this also makes it suitable to take in luggage, as the risk of spillage is far lower than with other gels and creams. The design is also such that it takes a minimal amount of pressure to squeeze the cream out, which makes it suitable for users who may have problems with their joints (e.g. arthritics or elderly users). The cream comes out very easily, right up until the very end of the pack.
It's also well designed to be stored and/or used in most modern shower/bathroom environments. It's one of very few shower gels that still have a hook attached to the top (collapsible if not required) so that you can hang it on a rail or rack. This is particularly useful to those who have a shower over the bath. Failing that, it stands up in a sturdy fashion too and the sleek, compact design takes up a minimal amount of space.
The bottle is recyclable, although the cap and detachable hook/handle are not and need to be removed and sent to landfill. I'd really like to see these parts made from recyclable material too.
The cream is of a medium thickness and retains its consistency quite well when dispensed. It is neither sticky, nor greasy to the touch and lathers up well, even with a fairly small quantity of water. It's ideally suited to use with shower accessories (like those 'puff' things) that help you spread it further over your body and work up a more consistent lather and foam.
The shea butter is the most dominant smell and is strongly reminiscent of coconut, if perhaps not quite so sweet, which is not surprising, given that it comes from the same plant family. Only top grade shea butter has this nutty smell and without evidence to the contrary, I wouldn't be convinced (on price alone) that this contained grade A shea butter, so I wouldn't be surprised to find that this smell is artificially enhanced. The ginger is virtually undetectable. There is 'something' slightly sharper in the fragrance, but it isn't instantly recognisable as ginger.
Overall, the fragrance is a relatively relaxing, comforting one. This is not something you would want to use to wake you up or vitalise you. I don't find this overpoweringly feminine and would be happy to use a product that smelt like this, particularly as the smell isn't that strong.
With all these claims of nourishing shea butter and luxury cream, you might expect this to have a fairly significant impact on your skin. The manufacturers claim that shea butter 'cares for your skin, leaving it soft, supple and lovely to touch', intimating, therefore that Nourish Shower Therapy will be able to do just this.
The cream has a good cleansing capability. After use, skin feels fresh and cleansed, although not vigorously so as you might expect with other gels that contain citrus fruit extracts, tea tree or menthol. My skin is generally quite dry, which isn't helped by the fact that I will normally shower twice a day, often three times or more. On the skin it feels soft and gentle, but over a protracted period of time, has limited moisturising capabilities, even when used several times a day. I can't say that the dry skin got any worse, but it didn't get noticeably better either.
The cream certainly has comforting properties. Lathered up in the shower, it feels rich and luxurious, partly because of the smell and partly because it feels silky soft. I'd be inclined to lather up twice or more and I'd support claims that this is a pleasant showering experience as this cream encourages me to stay in the shower for longer.
The smell doesn't last long on the skin. Probably within 30 minutes, I can barely detect this on my skin, unlike other (admittedly more expensive) brands, which seem to scent the skin for hours after you have showered. It is not intended that this cream is used as a shampoo and it has no stated hair care claims. I can't imagine this would be particularly effective on very dry skin, as it simply doesn't have the moisturising properties required, which is disappointing, as shea butter is renowned for its properties in helping scars, stretch marks and severe dry skin conditions to heal. For general family use, I think this would be an acceptable cream, although I suspect mum/sister would prefer this to dad/brother. But there's more to this than just the smell.
I'm extremely sensitive when it comes to how beauty products are sourced. I don't believe that our beauty and/or vanity should come over that of animals and expect, as a norm, that products are not tested on animals.
Radox is not listed on any of the ethical consumer web sites as a company that does NOT test on animals. When pressed, they advise that they do not test on animals UNLESS they are legally mandated to according to the ingredients that they use. Bottom line? They test on animals. If they were to continue to use all natural or approved products, they would not need to test them on animals. Radox is not listed at www.gocrueltyfree.org - the definitive guide to brands that do not test on animals.
It runs a little deeper than this, however. There are significant concerns over the ongoing effects of modern synthetic chemicals on human health. Ingredients that cause particular concern in this area are those with enhanced capability to be absorbed into the skin, added to help boost the claims of moisturising or nourishing properties. Some types of EDTA, for example, such as disodium EDTA are listed as being a 'moderate hazard' with concerns raised over possible carcinogenic properties. EDTA is used in most brands of soap and shower gel - including Radox. Radox contains tetrasodium EDTA, which is highly alkaline (pH balanced?) and can cause skin irritation. Radox also contains sodium laureth sulphate (a detergent used commonly in soaps and shower gels) which is listed as hazardous to eye or skin contact.
Environmentally, this product doesn't score particularly well. Whilst the bottle is recyclable, it isn't actually made from recycled plastic (unlike, for example, The Body Shop, where the packaging is 30% recycled). Imagine how many bottles of shower gel are consumed in the UK over an average week.
It doesn't stop there. Palm oil is commonly used in soaps and shower gels. Over production of palm oil in South East Asian rainforests is known to have a devastating effect on the local environment, virtually driving orang-utans to extinction. Using ethically sourced palm oil is not easy. It is widely considered that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, formed in 2003, has been compromised by multinationals and ethical providers are seeking to withdraw from the group (which was set up to stop the problem, not perpetuate it.) Radox's new parent company, Unilever, is one of the three major members of the RSPO.
Palm oil is generally not labelled as 'palm oil' on product ingredients lists. The following ingredients all indicate that the product contains palm oil:
* Sodium Laureth Sulphate - found in this product
* Sodium Lauryl Sulphates
* Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
* Palm Oil Kernal
* Elaeis Guineensis
* Glyceryl Stearate - found in this product
* Stearic Acid
* Steareth -2 - Steareth -4 is found in this product - not sure if this is the same or equivalent
* Steareth -20
* Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
* Hydrated palm glycerides
* Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
* Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (and anything with palmitate at the end)
Some of these ingredients (including Sodium Laureth Sulphate) can be sourced from coconut oil. I understand from online research that Sara Lee products are confirmed as containing palm oil.
To be clear, this is not even a remotely ethical product.
Consumers should opt for products that limit or outlaw the use of artificial ingredients and certainly do not contain parabens or EDTA. Where possible, products that do not use palm oil should also be sourced (as an ethically-sourced palm oil is not really yet recognised).
Faith in Nature shower gels cost around £4.00 for a 400ml bottle and conform to all these factors. You can view the range and/or order on line here www.faithinnature.co.uk.
For men, you could try Organic Blue Shower Gel, available online for £4.00 for 250ml. It smells great and is entirely ethical. Find it at www.ethicalsuperstore.com
These are comparably expensive products but used sparingly, you can wash, safely in the knowledge that it's not at the planet's expense.
Unsurprisingly, I'm giving this product a resounding ''thumbs down''. Whilst it's a perfectly average product (and is pleasant enough to use) these mass-produced, highly artificial products are potentially hazardous to your health and certainly not kind to the planet. For discerning consumers, I strongly believe that it's worth paying more (and using less if necessary) for peace of mind AND clean, soft skin.
Now here's a thought to start this review - did you know that Radox products are made by Sara Lee, which is the same firm that makes the gateaux? How on earth did they end up making two such diverse products? I hope they don't get the processes mixed up! Maybe they'll make a special gateau you can take into the shower!! Now there's a thought................
As usual last year at Christmas and my birthday I got lots of shower gels and creams as stocking fillers. It's nice to have a choice in the bathroom cupboard and of course it also means that I don't have to buy any for a while!
The one that I am currently using is Radox Nourish Shower Therapy which costs £1.73 in Boots at the moment although there is a buy one get one free offer on at present. Incidentally if you do like Radox products it is well worth keeping your eyes open in Boots as they often have offers on the shower and bath products.
This particular one comes in a transparent plastic squeezable container with a hook clipped into the top. The end of the hook comes away from the container and twists through 180 degrees so that it stands proud of the top and you can then hang it up in the shower. It can be used easily whilst it is hanging so it makes life very easy, especially for someone like me who is always in a hurry.
Digressing for a moment I did notice this year that a lot of my shower gels and creams from Radox whilst having the same container design do not have a hanging hook - maybe it is a cost cutting thing?
Anyway back to the shower cream in question. The front of the container has the Radox logo in white lettering on a bright green background. Below this is the word 'nourish' in orange above a sliver strip with the words 'shower therapy'. We are also told to 'be nice to your skin with shea butter and ginger shower cream'. There is also a picture of what looks like ears of corn - I have no idea why!
Even after all the Radox shower gels that I have tried I still remain impressed by the actual cream dispenser itself. To use the shower gel you just have to flip open the plastic lid and squeeze the container, the same as you would any other shower cream. The difference with this one is that where the cream actually comes out there is a clear plastic disc covering the opening with a tiny hole in the centre which means that the shower cream does only come out when you give it a squeeze. In turn this also means that if you do happen to drop the container in the shower whilst the lid is open the shower cream won't ooze out and be wasted.
The cream itself is a creamy colour and is fairly thick and luxurious. Unfortunately for me it smells quite strongly of coconut which I don't really like. I have searched all over the shower cream container and the only added fragrances are ginger and shea butter so I have to assume that the smell is the mixture of these two items. Whatever it is I am afraid I am not keen although I appreciate that this is a personal thing and some of you may well love it for that very reason.
Despite not being keen on the smell I am still using the shower cream. It produces a lovely luxurious lather in the shower which leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised and yes, you could even say nourished.
Sadly for me the fragrance lingers in the air for hours after I have finished my shower although it didn't seem to linger on my skin as much as some of the others have.
As with most of these sorts of products the shower cream does carry a warning to avoid getting it in your eyes - if you do wash out immediately with cool, clean water, obvious I know but worth a mention just in case.
There are more in the cupboard so hopefully the fragrances will be more to my taste!
I will give this one four stars as even though it is an excellent product but I have to deduct a star for the smell!
Reason For Purchasing:
While I was out shopping yesterday afternoon I came across an offer shelf in my local Dunnes Stores and spotted some shower gel by Radox on offer for only £1. Well I had loads of shower gels at home, but I had never seen or tried this particular one before and I noticed the full retail price for it was going to be around £2. Well I cannot resist a bargain and I noticed four different fragrances or types in this range, but I opted for the Shea Butter with ginger one to try out. I had used Shea Butter products before and read many a good review on it also, so was very interested to try it out as a shower gel. Well I could not wait to try out this Nourish Shower Gel and did so last night with great pleasure indeed!
A Little About Radox.
Radox have been supplying us with their bath and shower products for over 100 years now, so they are experts really in this field. It is a good company in my opinion and you cannot really go far wrong with their goods (well I have not). Radox is owned by Sara Lee and more info on some Radox products and this shower gel range can be found here: www.radox.co.uk
Packaging and design:
Well this Nourish Shower Gel by Radox comes in an attractive, translucent plastic and a very nicely styled bottle. It is a well designed bottle in my opinion, shaped almost like a leaf, only with a flat bottom to it where the cap is and for the bottle to stand upright with. You can see through the opaque plastic to the shower gel inside. This shines through the bottle as a pale peachy/cream colour and it is useful for seeing how much shower gel you actually have left in there. The bottle is thick, sturdy and it stands up very well also.
The design on this Shower Gel Bottle is quite nice. It has a lovely little orange leaf, floral design, the Radox emblem in green and in gold and green print, the words Shower Therapy all printed on the bottle. This is all in good sized writing and very clear to make out and read. Underneath in orange print are the words Shea butter and ginger, the fragrance of this gel.
On the back of the bottle you have lots of useful information supplied by Radox of all the ingredients that this shower gel contains in small green print. It has a useful recycle symbol and a little about the Nourish range being great for pampering your skin with. It also tells you this shower gel will leave your skin soft, supple and lovely to the touch (which it does by the way, but more about that coming up)
The size of this Radox Nourish Shower Therapy Gel is 250ml in volume. This is not a big bulky bottle. I think it really is the perfect size for taking into the shower with you, without taking up too much room on your self. Also on the top of the bottle you have a very well made and useful (I find) pull out hook. This is great for hanging it off my shower head with and for instant access to it without fumbling around to see where I have left the bottle. A great added touch overall and one I really do like.
The little opening out flip lid where the shower gel comes out of is also very well made. It pulls open easily enough with wet hands and closes very securely so that no shower gel leaks out and down your shower. On squeezing out the gel, I find it lets out the amount you desire really, by how long you squeeze the bottle for. Overall it is a very comfy to hold container, lightweight really and a very well designed shower gel bottle that I am pleased with.
My First Impressions:
Whenever I first bought this shower gel and even before I had used it, I give it a quick little sniff to see what it smelt like. On first impressions it really reminded me of a suntan lotion I had once used which contained coconut. Well I cannot see coconut listed in the ingredients on the bottle, but it really reminds me of that sort of smell. It did smell very nice though and I was eager to see what the scent was like lathered up with some water.
Ingredients are: (for those worried about chemicals)
*Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
*Sine Adipe Lac.
*Zingiber Officinale Oil.
*PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides.
Also A Little Of What Has Gone Into This Product.
* 100 years of Radox know-how.
* Some Natural Shea Butter.
* A bit of Ginger.
* A perfect pH balance.
* A thumbs up from the skin experts.
This little bit of information above can be found on the shower gel bottle itself. I just thought I would add this information, as it quite useful to know also.
Shea butter 'by the way' has been used for hundreds of years by many African women. It is claimed to moisture deep down into your skin and leave it very soft indeed. It is also claimed by others to overall protect your skin. This is said by many women to be noticed apparently from very first using Shea butter.
On First Using Radox Nourish Shower Gel:
Well with this being a new product to me, I was very eager to try this new shower gel out and did so within hours of purchasing it. I loved being able to hang this bottle off my shower shelf, as I can just give it a little squeeze when I am ready to use it, as it is in easy reach. On first squeezing some shower gel out of the bottle for the very first time, I noticed it was quite thick to the touch. It really was a lot thicker than most shower gels I had ever used before.
The shower gel is a pale peachy/cream colour and reminded me of a moisturiser cream in looks, well it has that type of consistency to it and felt a little bit sticky also. On first rubbing a small amount of shower gel into my wet skin it really did rub over very easily though and mixed with the water very well to form a lovely and slightly soapy lather. This surprised me a little as I was worried that it would not lather up well with it being a little thicker than others I had used. I found just one little squeeze of this shower gel was enough to cover one of my arms. I found I did not have to use a lot of this shower gel to wash my whole body in either. It did spread over my skin very well indeed and that a little bit of it went along way.
Well the more water from the shower I added to this shower gel, the more it soaped up also. I was very surprised at how this shower gel felt on my skin, as it was very different from any other type of shower gel that I had used before. It really felt like a moisturiser cream would on your skin, yet felt very velvety and luxurious on my skin also. I actually squeezed out some more of it after I was clean, as I was sort of fascinated with the effects of it and how different it felt on my skin really.
After washing with this Nourish shower gel I found it rinsed off my skin very easily also. I just rubbed it over with my hands and water from the shower. I noticed straight away how clean my skin looked. It really cleaned deep down and with very little effort really. My skin instantly felt very soft and looked quite shiny also. I really liked the moisturising effects it had created.
When my skin was towel dried, after my shower. I really did notice straight away the cooling, moisturised effect that my skin felt when I rubbed my arm. My skin really felt so soft. You honestly thought you had just applied moisturiser cream to your skin. I guess that was the Shea butter though that had got deep down into my skin. I could not get over this smooth and velvety effect I had got from just washing with shower gel.
The Fragrance Of This Shea Butter And Ginger Shower Gel:
Well I think the only thing that I thought could have been a lot better with this Nourish Shea Butter and Ginger shower Gel was the strength of it's Fragrance. On smelling it from the bottle, as I said before, it does smell a little bit like coconut to me. It is a lovely fresh and somewhat unique smell, but it is not that strong like a lot of shower gels are.
On first contact with water I did get a faint aroma of the Shea Butter smell. I could not smell any Ginger at all from this shower gel. It really was a lovely fresh and different, fragrant experience for me though, but I really like a little bit stronger and slightly fruiter fragrances to wash with. I like to smell good for a few hours after a shower. Yes this does leave a slight fragrance for a while after you shower with it, but it has to be sniffed deep to smell it from your skin.
Don't get me wrong though. This shower gel certainly does have a lovely fragrance to me, but I feel it needs enhancing slightly. You can smell that coconut smell in the shower and after you wash with this, but it fades very quickly in my opinion. You do still feel very clean though after showering with this product.
My Overall Opinion Of The Radox Nourish Therapy Shower Gel.
Despite the faint fragrance this shower gel has to me, I certainly do rate this product highly. The overall effects it has on my skin are excellent. I really was very pleased and quite fascinated with the deep, cooling and moisturising effect it left behind. This effect could be felt on my skin for hours after using this product also. It really was a lovely and unique washing experience overall. You need to try this to see what I mean.
Well I think Radox has certainly got this product correct therapy wise and I am pleased to see Shea Butter in a shower gel really. I think they could add a little peach of another fruity scent to this product instead of the ginger though, to just give it a little more appeal and a stronger scent, as it really is an excellent skin therapy product I really like.
Radox Nourish Shower Therapy really will clean deep down, moisturise your skin and leave it feeling velvety soft, as it claims on the bottle. It does have a very faint after smell also, but I just feel it could be better. I certainly would recommend you try this out for yourselves though. It is worth doing so for the overall effects it has on your skin. If you do not like strong perfumed fragrances this shower gel would be perfect for you.
Well despite the lighter and weaker strength fragrance from this shower gel, I cannot fault this product any other way. I will have to award it 4/5 stars though for effectiveness. It certainly does do what it states on the bottle. I just wish it smelt a little bit stronger and I was awarding it a full five stars. Overall it is a great product really.
This Nourish Shower Gel can be purchased from Boots at the moment (07/10/09) for just £1 on a special offer.
NOTE: It states on this Shower Gel that once opened you should use it within twelve months. Not a problem to most I suppose, but do not forget these type of products have use by dates also.
This plastic shower gel bottle is also recyclable, all except the lid. Just pull this off, rinse it out and recycle it after use and when the contents are finished.
*Warning*: If Shower Gel gets in contact with your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with clean water lol.
Radox is a well-known shower and bath cream/gel manufacturer and is part of H&BC UK Ltd (based in Slough). Radox have, apparently, been making shower and bath creams for over 100 years, so you'd hope they'd got it right by now!
After an in-shop sniff test, I plumped for the 'Nourish' variety, which claims to 'be nice to your skin, with Shea butter and ginger'. Shea butter is found in many luxury body creams so I figured this might actually live up to its claims; apparently the ginger is added to provide 'some extra spice'. At £1.65 (and we got it buy-one-get-one-free) it is well priced in the low-mid range for a shower cream.
The 250ml bottle is shaped typically of shower gels these days, with an elliptical hand-fitting bottle, complete with hook at one end to hang it in your shower room, and flip-top lid dispenser at the other end for ease of squirting the shower cream out while the bottle's hung. This also means that all the gel sits nicely at the bottom of the bottle, so there's no need for frantic shaking to get the dregs out. The bottle itself is white, semi-transparent plastic with the Radox logo and a picture of some orange/brown wheat on the front, and the pale yellow/cream coloured shower cream can be seen inside. On the back, the printed green label tells us the bottle is recyclable, that the shower gel is pH balanced, and gives us the long list of weird and wonderful ingredients that sound highly synthetic and that you've never previously heard of that you always find on the back of bath and shower gels.
Once in the shower, I put a decent blob on my sponge and got to scrubbing. The shower cream lathered nicely and smelled delicious - slightly sweet, but not sickly, although I would guess it would be more to a woman's taste than a man's. The shower cream left me feeling lovely and clean, slightly scented (not overpowering at all, which I prefer), and my skin did feel soft and moisturised, which I was impressed by. I, therefore, would certainly recommend this shower cream to girls who like a feminine shower cream but nothing too overwhelmingly girly.
I love anything with shea butter included in the ingredients purely because of the fragrance the product leaves on my skin, and the way it helps to make my skin slightly softer after use.
I discovered Radox nourish which contains shea butter and ginger about a year ago when it was on offer as part of the Radox shower range. Ever since then I buy it every time I see them on offer. The shower cream is usually £1.52 for 250ml but they can often be found on a BOGOF or single item for £1.
The shower cream is packaged in a clear bottle so you can see the delicate dark cream colour of the product inside. The bottle hosts a flip lid which is based at the bottom of the product to enable ease of use in the shower and also to get the last dregs from the bottle. There is also a nifty little plastic hanger that it's on the side of the bottle ready to be pulled out and used if required in the shower. Not all shower gels come with hooks in their packaging any more but if you still require your cleansers to be hung on the shower rail then this product can do this.
I like the fact you have the option of using it, but it doesn't make the packaging look cheap by having it slotted in against the bottle.
Using the product, I find you don't need too big a dollop in the shower. The cream is a thick consistency but breaks down well to be applied to your skin if you need to just use your hands rather than a shower puff. It gives off a good amount of lather, but I find you need to massage into your skin quite a lot to get the lather going. Due to having shea butter in the product which does aid smooth skin then it's a good idea to spend a bit of time massaging the product into your skin anyway.
The shower cream gives off the most delicious fragrance that does actually sit on your skin for quite a while afterwards. It's a sweet smell but mixed with ginger tones it down away from being too sweet. It's very moreish and I always find myself sniffing my arms throughout the day just to get a good whiff.
I don't find it makes my skin particularly soft on any harder skin areas that I have, but on general skin then it does feel nice and smooth for quite a while. The results don't last too long which is a shame, but it does do something and that makes you feel nice for a while.
Overall this is one of my favourite budget shower gels as it's marketed as a cream rather than a gel and therefore it looks and feels posher when I use it all for the same price. A bottle lasts me a good couple of weeks due to the small amount I need to use so it represents value for money, and I look forward to using it when I have a shower rather than just picking up a shower gel bottle for the sake of washing myself.
A herbal shower cream with shea butter and ginger which lets you be nice to your skin /