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      16.02.2013 16:29
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      A pleasant enough bath product but with questionable company ethics

      Before anyone rushes to tell me this is in the wrong place . I wasted a precious suggestion on Dooyoo asking for this and was told to put it here. It is NOT the shower smoothie that I am reviewing but rather the bath one which is different. I sent a lilnkto Dooyoo but they said put here.


      Radox Tropical Tranquility Bath Smoothies

      "Indulge yourself in a luxurious blend of natural almond, coconut & myrrh"

      I spotted this in Boots one day and had a voucher to spend so as it had almond, coconut and myrrh three scents that I do love I thought I'd give it a try. It came in a clear plastic bottle with a screw top dull gold lid. It has 250ml of a milky creamy liquid and cost me £2.95.

      This is different from the same scented product as a shower smoothie as this has no bits in it and doesn't pretend to be scrub at all. This is a sort of bath cream or bubble bath and not a scrub.

      What Radox say:
      "Drift away in the soft bubbles and evocative scent of coconut and almonds, luxuriously blended with natural myrrh. Smell me. I'm a tropical paradise. With enriching oil to nourish your skin and leave you feeling velvety soft. Your skin will thank you."

      THE CONTAINER
      This is plastic and is fully recyclable but the cap has to be recycled separately. I take my lids to Lush as they collect them and recycle them elsewhere.

      It is a plain cylinder and has Radox front and back with a lovely tropical picture on the front showing coconuts and almonds. On the front Radox have a little circle stating that Radox have been blending natural herbs since 1908 and also "Don't Drink Me".

      WHAT DO I THINK?
      I love the smell it is like a pina colada with a very strong coconut aroma creamy and you can almost taste it. It doesn't have any pineapple in it so I don't know why it smells like a pina colada but there is a very sweet smell to go with the coconut. A hint of marzipan which is the almond aroma also comes through when you sniff it.
      I have used this both as a sort of bath soap and also as a bubble bath and both ways work equally well.

      If I want a bubbly bath I pour a stream of the product under the running tap as the bath fills and I get a decent bubbly bath. It isn't deep and thick but enough to make me feel it is a bit special and it makes a nice change.

      If I use it as bath soap I pour a little into my hand and lather it up on a sponge,flannel or scrunchie and wash myself. I use it as you would a shower gel in the bath. Both methods give a nice creamy delicious smelling soap alternative.

      If you accidently get any in your eyes then rinse well with clean water.

      Now something I am less happy with is that although Radox claim that they don't test their products on animals and I quote " No Radox do not carry out any animal testing on any of their products. However ingredients are tested when required by law." I am sorry Radox that is not good enough. That is a "get out of jail free" card and it is perfectly possible to use ingredients that are natural or have been well proven and do not need to be tested on animals.

      I liked the smell of this and I liked that it gave me lots of bubbles and didn't affect my skin badly at all causing any rashes. It left my skin feeling clean and not dried out in any way. I had no tight dry feeling any time I used this so that is a positive.

      Another negative is that this has some very questionable ingredients including, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and , Cocamodopropyl Betaine , Lureth-4 which are surfactants listed on the safe for personal bathing cosmetics and toiletries use but the jury is still out with some people on them.

      Glycol Distearate which is an emulsifier and also gives a pearly effect tot bath products presumably safe as it is also found in food stuffs!

      The list of ingredients is far from natural sounding and while these may be considered safe to use they sound far from good for your skin and body. I like it when I know what the ingredients are from their name and don't have to loom up if they are considered safe or not. Just look at these names and I think you will agree they sound rather synthetic - "Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, , Sodium Lactate, Polyquaternium-7, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Hydrogenated Caster OIl, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone". Even "Word" doesn't recognize these as proper words as they all have red lines under them as I type!

      I have no idea what most of these are and while they may well be harmless you do have to question why quite so many ingredients are so synthetic and why Radox which claims to '"Blend Natural Herbs" is actually blending a chemical concoction instead.

      The ingredients do include almond oil. Coconut extract and myrrh resin so it does at least contain the three main ingredients.

      WOULD I RECOMMEND?
      Well it depends. If you like natural toiletries then avoid this. I am not happy with their stance on animal testing either. The product itself is okay. It didn't cause me any skin problems; it smelled pleasant and cleaned me.
      I am not sure I will be purchasing any more Radox products till they make a firmer and clearer stance against animal testing.

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        18.02.2012 14:20
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        Great shower smoothie but I wish the scent was stronger.

        I am a huge fan of shower products that smell nice. I really enjoy taking showers and most of this enjoyment is because of the gorgeously scented products I used. I have previously used the Radox Spirit Booster shower smoothie and loved it, so when I saw that the Radox shower smoothies were on sale at Boots I had to pick one up. It's described as having a "tropical coconut smell" that "will instantly take you back to your last holiday." It sounded right up my boat and with a description like that, who was I to say no?

        Packaging
        The shower smoothie comes in a transparent tube with a flip top lid. On the front of the tube is an image of almonds and pieces of coconut in a creamy liquid. The tube stands on the lid so it's easy to get the shower smoothie out even when there isn't much left.

        Shower time
        I was quite excited the first time I used this. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. The shower smoothie is cream in colour and of an excellent consistency-it is not runny at all, nor is it too thick. It lathers very well, and I use it with a shower puff to make it go further. It does feel luxurious and leaves my skin feeling nice and clean, but not dry. The shower smoothie has coconut and almond bits in it, but these do not have a scrubbing effect, or any effect at all really, so I guess they're just there to make this smoothie seem more luxurious. What disappoints though, is the scent. It is quite lovely and while I can't quite identify the scent of coconut, the scent is quite tropical. The problem is that the scent is very subtle. I can hardly smell it while I am using this product and once I wash it off, the scent is all gone. It certainly isn't strong enough to take me back to the lovely holiday I had in Santorini in the summer. Maybe if the product hadn't made these claims, I wouldn't have been this disappointed.

        Price and Availability
        I bought this 200 ml shower smoothie at Boots, but it should be available at most supermarkets, Superdrug, etc. It usually retails at the £2.80 mark, but Boots is currently selling them for £1.40.

        Final Word
        It works well as a shower gel, but the scent was really disappointing. I wouldn't repurchase it, but only because of the scent. I usually buy 250 ml shower gels for £1 so this product does provide decent value for money when you buy it on offer as it lathers quite well so it does last for a while. It just doesn't deliver on what it promises. I do plan on trying some of the other products from this range though. If you prefer subtle scents, then I do recommend this shower gel as it works well, and the scent, though not strong, is lovely.

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          16.01.2012 23:08
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          A wonderful shower cream - highly recommended!

          This shower cream really is paradise!
          First of all, the smell is incredible. It is like being on some exotic beach. The smell reminds me of coconut and shea butter and is gorgeous!
          The consistency is really nice. It is silky and creamy but not too thick. It lathers really easily when mixed with water and you only need to use a little bit.
          I find that it cleans really well. It leaves skin feeling really smooth and soft and removes any body odours. It leaves skin smelling gorgeous!
          I love the little pieces of coconut! It is such an unusual idea and almost acts like an exfoliator! The shower cream is a light brown/beige colour. It is very appealing to the eye.
          At quite a reasonable price of £2 at most retailers, it is not too expensive but offers affordable luxury! It is widely available at Boots, supermarkets and other retailers (such as Superdrug).
          The packaging is very good. It does not look like a premium product - meaning that I wouldn't give it as a present to anyone - but it is much nicer than loads of other products on the market. The tube is triangular, and the cap is at the bottom. The cap is a standard one, and is very easy to use in the shower when your hands are wet, as it isn't slippery.
          I would recommend this to anyone who loves a wonderfully smelling shower cream which cleans skin and leaves it feeling refreshed! Although I wouldn't buy this as a Christmas present or anything like that, I would certainly buy this for myself as it is a wonderful, premium product with a cheap price tag!

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          06.02.2011 11:16
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          A gorgeous shower smoothie

          For Christmas just gone as expected I received a large bag full of toiletries from my mother in law. The selection ranged from body lotions, face wipes, perfume and shower gels. I basically don't need to buy shower gel this year as I have got more than enough to last me throughout 2011!

          One item I have started to use is a Radox Shower Smoothie, the Tropical Tranquility variety. I was slightly unsure on this 'flavour' as I do sometimes find coconut slightly sickly as often you get this synthetic, sickly sweet scent which is overpowering. However, determined to give it ago I have been using the smoothie for just over a week now and I must say, I quite like it!

          *~* What Radox Say *~*

          Why stop dreaming when you get out of bed in the morning? One dollop of our luxurious shower smoothie with its tropical coconut smell will instantly take you back to your last holiday. The myrrh, blended natural herbs and minerals will pamper your skin. It's sunshine for body and mind.

          *~* Packaging *~*

          The smoothie comes in a semi-transparent squeezy tube with a clear flip top lid. On the front is the usual Radox logo together with an image of a cracked open coconuts and whole almonds together with various words about the item and what it contains. On the back of the tube is the list of ingredients together with various information one would expect.

          *~* The Smoothie *~*

          It is classed as a smoothie as it combines various ingredients blended together. Basically it is just a posh name for a shower gel! It still gives you the same benefits and ultimately you are left clean!

          * Colour *

          The smoothie is a very pale brown/ off cream in colour with little tiny fragments of brown from the shells ground in to give an exfoliating effect on the skin.

          * Scent *

          Exactly what you would expect - an initial hit of fragrant coconut but unlike others I have used this wasn't a sickly sweet fragrance more of a warm, gentle aroma which although coconut based it is a lot deeper but isn't overpowering whatsoever. The fragrance lasts beyond the shower too just in a more subtle way which is nice especially if you've had a long day! However, for the life of me I cannot detect any myrrh!

          * Consistency *

          The smoothie has a lovely rich, velvet feel to it and its consistency is actually quite thick which makes it ideal to apply whether by hand, sponge or flannel as you won't find it running down the drain. Despite its thickness it comes out of the bottle/ tube easily so you don't have to struggle getting out the last little bits!

          * Lather/ Bubbles *

          The smoothie doesn't create bubbles as such but instead a rich lather which covers your skin easily. It has an incredibly luxurious feel to it and lasts for quite a while before being dispersed by the water.

          * Using It *

          Well I needn't explain about how to use it as it is pretty simple! I found that I didn't need to use a lot of get a rich, white lather on my sponge which was great as I've been using it for over a week now and I still have quite a lot left in the bottle.

          The fragrance is actually quite moreish and I do have a hankering for chocolate when I get out the shower. Its coconut aroma is gentle and not over powering which is great and it stays on your skin for hours after getting out the shower.

          Since coming back from holiday my skin has been slightly drier than usual and I've noticed that since using this shower smoothie my skin, especially my legs and feet, are looking a lot more nourished and my dry skin has disappeared - although I do still use a moisturiser whereas people with normal type skin can probably give the moisturiser a miss as this smoothie is very moisturising but without leaving your skin feel greasy.

          *~* Ingredients *~*

          Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Meal, Commiphora Mirrha Resin Extract, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-4, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Yoghurt, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Coumarin, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone.

          *~* Price & Availability *~*

          Tesco - £2.70
          Sainsburys - £2.70
          Asda - £2.74

          It is available from the above and various stores such as Wilkinsons and Boots. I do think it is a little on the expensive side for what it is and if I hadn't of had it as a gift I doubt I would have tried it unless it was on offer and then I probably wouldn't of gone for the Tropical Tranquility variety.

          *~* Overall *~*

          An impressive shower smoothie with a lovely fragrance and it gently nourishes your skin without causing any irritation. A bit pricey but I have seen them on offer quite a bit so I will definitely be purchasing another.

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            13.01.2011 02:27
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            Brings back Caribbean holiday memories to my home

            This is a creamy shower product with coconut, yoghurt, crushed almonds & myrrh. It smells delicious and makes you want to eat it. The packaging even says 'Don't drink me'! The smoothie gives a luxurious feeling when in contact with the skin and leaves a subtle coconut fragrance that stays on the skin for a few hours.

            This product is a real treat for the body and soul. Not everyone has time (or facilities) for a relaxing bath and for me Radox has solved this problem. The shower smoothie lets me forget about the stress of the day and sends me to a beautiful white-sand beach where I sip a piña colada and enjoy the life... Just as advertised!

            I really like this product for being made of natural ingredients - you can even see coconut bits and fragments of almond skin when you look inside the tub. When I put it in my basket at the shop, I thought I could use it as a shower cream & body scrub in one, but after the first use I realized that the smoothie doesn't have any exfoliating properties and you don't even feel the bits inside when you apply it in the shower.

            The smoothie doesn't lather at all, something that might not appeal to everyone, but it easily spreads all over the body and provides a sense of cleanliness. It makes the skin feel softer, smoother and pampered.

            Finally, just a bit about packaging. This Shower Smoothie comes in a 200ml transparent tube with a flip top lid. The tube stands on the lid, so it is very stable and it is flexible enough so that you control how much product you squeeze out each time. The only problem I found with the lid is that the closing isn't very tight. Fortunately, the smoothie doesn't leak out of the tube but it catches water during shower and the next time I open the lid, it is full of cold water.
            Tropical Tranquility variant has an image of coconut pieces, almonds and myrrh , and it looks delicious. All the usual information, i.e. more about the product, ingredients, warnings and address are on the back.

            It is not clear whether or not Radox test their products or ingredients on animals.
            Radox Shower Smoothies are often on half price offer in Boots and in supermarkets. The standard price for this is £2.49 in Boots.

            If you are not that fond of coconut fragrance, there are other fragrance variants (including berries, honey or even green tea) in the range: Spirit Booster, Soul Soother, Energy Therapy, and Natural Balance.

            I will definitely buy another tube, maybe a different variant just to try something else, but not at the full price. I would rather wait for an offer and then stock up.

            Overall, I recommend Radox Shower Smoothies, so go ahead and try those luxurious body washes.

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              28.12.2010 07:34
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              It'd be better without the bits!

              I seem to have amassed quite a large collection of travel sized toiletries and I am on a mission to get them all used up in an attempt to create some space in both my bathroom and bedroom, which are currently being taken over by all my lotions and potions! I recently came across a travel sized tube of Radox Shower Smoothie in the tropical tranquillity fragrance, which was received free from a magazine a while back.

              This product is described on the bottle as being ' a luxurious coconut shower smoothie with crushed almonds and myrrh.' I particularly liked the fact it is coconut scented as I love the smell of coconut as it always reminds me of summer. I wasn't so keen though, on the fact it contains crushed almonds. I really don't see the point in shower gel with 'bits' in it, as the small flakes of crushed almond don't seem to serve any purpose at all.

              The product comes in a clear tube, featuring a picture of a coconut and some almonds on the front, which ties in with the ingredients in the product. You can see the pale beige colour of the product through the tube and small darker brown flecks which are the crushed almond. Considering it's a shower product there is no way of hanging it up, but the flip top cap on which it stands is easy to open.

              I find that the shower smoothie is neither too thick nor too runny, and as soon as you dispense the gel, sorry 'smoothie', there is a strong smell of coconut. I really love the smell, it's not too sickly or artificial smelling and there's something so summery about the smell of coconut, it definitely helps fend off the winter blues!

              I would usually use a shower puff with a product like this as it helps create a good lather with just a small amount of product, but I am reluctant to use this on a shower puff because of the bits of almond it contains. Like I said, I really don't understand why they have been included as they are too small and few and far between to be exfoliating, and I'm worried if I used this with a shower puff that they would get stuck in the netting and be difficult to rinse out. Therefore I use this directly onto my skin and find that it lathers up really well alone. It's worth noting too that the flakes of almond do not at all feel gritty against the skin - in fact you can't really tell they're in there.

              After using this, I find my skin feels soft and importantly for me it isn't drying, as having dry skin, there is always a concern for me that any new product may worsen the condition. I didn't find the scent of the coconut stayed on my skin, but my skin did have a clean sort of a smell to it. Thankfully the almond flakes did not stick to my skin after use, and all seemed to rinse away.

              A 200ml tube of this costs £2.49 from Boots, but I have noticed that this range is often on offer.

              Overall I was quite pleased with this product. I love the smell of coconut and I like that this has a natural smell to it, in comparison to some coconut products which can be too sweet and sickly. I'm still annoyed by the unnecessary inclusion of the flaked almond pieces, but if I found this product on offer, I think I would be happy to buy it again.

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                04.10.2010 10:23

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                Cheers you up in your morning shower

                This is my favourite shower gel.

                It is the best smell in my opinion. I like all the Radox Shower Smoothies but this is just the best one. It smells of coconuts and almonds and so the minute you open it you are transported to a caribbean beach and definately makes me think I am on holiday.

                I think this shower gel can not fail to disappoint. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. It has tiny pieces of coconut in it to buff the skin very gently which I think is great as I find most body scrubs too harsh so this is a perfect combination.

                I does look and smell good enough to drink so I think it is a good job that it tells you on the bottle that it is not a drink.

                This smell of this shower gel puts me in a good mood first thing in the morning and that can never be a bad thing.

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                18.09.2010 10:01
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                Try it when its cheap

                I picked up a bottle of Radox shower smoothies tropical tranquillity a couple of weeks ago after finding it on offer in Tesco.

                The tropical tranquillity smoothie comes in a clear plastic bottle (with the lid at the bottom). On the front there is a picture of coconuts and almonds splashing in to a creamy liquid. The bottle describes it as 'a beach holiday in a bottle' as its 'sunshine for body and mind' and full of natural ingredients (not sure of that when you read the ingredients on the back of the bottle). I managed to pick up my bottle for half price which I thought was a fairly reasonable price. However, the full price is £2.50 which I think is a little expensive for a 200ml shower gel.

                Radox shower smoothies are not to be eaten (it does say it on the packet!) and as the tv advert says its meant to be 'rubbed on your bum cheeks'. The smell of the shower smoothie is really nice smelling very tropical with a mix of coconuts and almonds. The shower smoothie is a very thick consistency which makes you think a little would go a long way. However, I have found this shower gel to have been used up quicker than any other in my household. The liquid itself is a weird texture as it has bits of coconut in it. These pieces are noticeable enough when using the shower gel but they are not big enough to make the shower smoothie a scrub.

                In one way I really like this shower gel. It smells amazing - just like holidays, it's thick and creamy and it doesn't dry out your skin. However, the strange texture and the fact it doesn't last very long means it works out to be quite an expensive shower gel.

                Probably worth trying if you can find it on offer but at full price it's just too expensive as it will disappear off your bath side too quickly.

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                  09.08.2010 21:34
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                  A gorgeous product if you're a coconut fan!!

                  I received a small sample size tube of this product as a freebie with a magazine recently, and was very keen to give it a try, as I'd seen these in the shops before and they'd always caught my eye...

                  The tube is see-through with subtle writing and illustrations - very simple and it wouldn't look out of place in even the most minimalist of bathrooms. Inside you can see the white shower cream which has flecks of brown in it, which are crushed almonds. I was looking forward to having a good scrub!

                  I squeezed the white cream into my hand and the very first thing I thought was "mmmm Pina Colada!". It has the exact same coconutty and fruity smell of the cocktail, and if you're a fan of the drink then you'll surely be a fan of this! It took me back to a recent evening sipping cocktails in a sultry, exotic bar in ... well ... Manchester.

                  It's definitely a sweet aroma and I like that the coconut smell is present but not overpowering - it is toned down with the fruity undertones. The consistency of the cream is quite thick and a little gel-like. It is really pleasant to apply due to the smell and the rich texture. It doesn't really lather up very much, but it does make you feel like you're getting a good clean. It washes off easily and, best of all, the lovely smell does linger on the skin after use, and it leaves skin feeling really nice and soft.

                  I did have one criticism of the product. Despite the little almondy bits in the cream, they may as well not have been there as it had no exfoliating properties at all. I think, as the product is called a smoothie, I expected it to work a little harder at giving a good scrub, but it failed to deliver on this front. However, once I accepted that this wasn't going to be a scrub, then I just enjoyed the product for what it was - a fruity, fun cocktail for the shower!

                  The full 200ml size product costs £2-£2.50. There are also several other products in the range, including blackcurrant, honey and ginseng versions.

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                    28.09.2009 23:43
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                    Lovely, but could still be improved

                    I have to admit, I bought this product quite a while back purely because it looked nice and sounded nice. Luckily it ended up being nice, but I'm not sure I'll be buying it again.

                    First off, what is a 'shower smoothie'? Radox state quite clearly all over the packaging that it's NOT edible (so why give it such a silly name then?). If I had to guess I'd say it's because it's a blend of different ingredients, but it's not very smooth so kind of misleading. It's a cross between a shower gel/cream and a scrub really. It's not smooth, it has bits of coconut etc. in (hence the 'tropical tranquility'), but it's not abrasive enough to be a scrub and the bits are too big anyway.

                    As it's used in the shower, the bits whirl away down the plughole quite easily (haven't suffered with any blockage issues yet, but who knows, it might all be lurking down there to make the plumber shake his head at me in confusion like I'm a demented monkey in a few months' time).

                    It's a pale yelloy/creamy colour, and has a lovely smell infused with coconut and the tropics in general, so full marks there. I love coconut scented stuff, and it's all too easy to tell when they've just used a cheap synthetic, which thankfully isn't the case here.

                    It rubs in well, and the squeezy tube has its lid on the bottom to make getting it out easier. One thing I will say is that it feels for ages like you've got loads, and then suddenly it's almost gone - mainly due to the shape of the container I think. But it will last quite a long time if you use it wisely. Just smooth it in and feel hydrated :)

                    You might find you're in need of hand cream or moisturiser after, but I think that will depend on your usual shower/bath products and skincare routine.

                    Though I'm a sucker for coconut, this product fails for me in that it only has a single purpose, as a shower gel.. You can get equally nice smelling products that are joint shower gel and scrub, or shower gel and shaving gel, and it's a shame this doesn't really work as a scrub as they've already put most of the effort in, and their shower/scrub product is just as nice and you can at least hang it up in the shower. So minus a star for lack of handle despite being a specially designed shower product and because of the single purpose.

                    I can't remember what I paid for it but I remember it being a bit pricey (not more than £3-4 though), and so unless I get it as a treat, I'll opt for something than can multi-task a bit better. No problems with the product itself, just a shame it has so much competition really.

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                      12.07.2009 14:28
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                      Not really worth paying full price for

                      I bought this along with a couple of the other varieties of shower smoothie when I spotted them on a half price offer in Morrisons, putting them at just £1.12 each.

                      The shower smoothie comes in a clear plastic tube, meaning that you can easily see how much you have left at all times. It stands up on it's lid so the product is always ready for use and you don't have to spend ages squeezing it out of the tube before you can use it. The lid has a flip top, but it doesn't fasten very tightly and can easily come open so it's not really ideal for taking travelling or keeping in a wash bag.

                      The smoothie itself has a fairly thin consistency, which surprised me as from the name I had expected something quite thick. It's texture is smooth and creamy, but it doesn't feel very luxurious to me. It has crushed almond bits in it, but you can't feel these when you use it, not like with an exfoliator.

                      The scent is a sweet coconut scent, but I was really disappointed with it as it's just not strong enough to be noticeable when you're using it. This was really a let-down as I love the smell of coconut, and was expecting a lovely tropical fragrance experience, which this just didn't deliver at all.

                      You don't need to use a lot of this as it lathers up really nicely, and the lather it creates is fairly think and soft. It feels really creamy and moisturising as I wash with it, as well as making me feel really clean.

                      After using it my skin feels soft and smooth, and there are no signs of dry skin at all. I don't think this actively moisturises my skin like the Natural balance smoothie did, but it certainly didn't take anything away from my skin or make it feel dry of tight, as a lot of shower gels do.

                      I thought this smoothie was Ok, but it was nowhere near as effective as the Natural Balance one, and the scent wasn't strong enough to make it worth buying this one again.

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