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A nice gift
I am not at all familiar with REN products but some time back I received a gift set containing small versions of a few of the products. One of these was the product I am reviewing here - Moroccan Rose Otto shower wash.
If, like me, you don't know about REN, here is a little background. The company was founded about 10 years ago by Robert Calcraft and Antony Buck when Antony discovered that his pregnant wife had a bad reaction to every beauty product she used. So all REN products are completely natural and contain no synthetic ingredients or parabens. The company is founded on five principles:
Right ingredients, right science, right product experience, right environmental impact, right attitude.
This is a very ethical company - it donates a minimum of 2.5 percent of its profits to environmental causes, for example. Products are not tested on animals, and there is even a freepost address to return your empty packages for the company to recycle. REN products are now available in over 40 countries worldwide.
This shower wash is formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil, which the REN website describes as "one of the world's most expensive and revered essential oils". The scent is supposed to help relieve stress. It also contains palmarosa and geranium oils.
This is a clear shower gel, and as soon as a squeezed a small amount from the bottle I could smell the rose. It's a very natural fragrance and it is strong without being overpowering and unpleasant. I am also pretty sure I can detect the geranium in this as well - I am not usually a fan of geranium but it is subtle enough in this case not to bother me at all.
This lathers up quite nicely and washes away leaving my skin feeling nice and clean. After drying off the scent lingers only very faintly, and I must say my skin doesn't feel particular soft or moisturised.
So all in all this is a decent shower gel with a pleasant enough scent, and it certainly feels very natural But really it is nothing special... especially when you take the price into account. Because amazingly a bottle of this shower gel costs a princely £17! Nope that's not a typo, it really costs £17 for a bottle of shower gel. Maybe it's just me but I think this is crazy for a shower gel - especially one that isn't even amazing. I can honestly say that I have used shower gels that I have preferred to this one, and have left my skin feeling softer and more moisturised, for around £1. The fact that this is 17 times more expensive is crazy I think, even taking into consideration the ethics of the company and the natural ingredients.
In summary ...
It is hard for me to give this shower gel more than 2 stars. Even if it was a luxury I could easily afford (which it most definitely isn't!) I don't think I would be a big fan as it really is nothing special and did nothing at all for my skin beyond basic cleansing really. So I'll trade this in for 17 bottles of my usual shower products I think!
Ren Skincare is a high-end beauty company selling a range of skin, body and men's products. The products are available throughout the world. The company is committed to ethical principles, is against animal testing, does not use parabens and other chemical nasties and donates to environmental charities. They state on their website that some of their products are vegan friendly and that they endeavour to make 'clean' products using naturally sourced ingredients. They offer to recycle packaging for free if you sent it back to them.
The Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash comes in a tall plastic bottle as per the picture above. It looks very clean and slimline. The product has a lovely pale orange colour and you can see bubbles in it up close. The backage has a clean simple Ren label around the top which tells you more about the product and the company. The plastic lid is removed to show a pump mechanism which allows the right amount of wash to come out. One pump is enough to wash your whole body, and so in the couple of weeks it has been in use, there is hardly a dent in the amount of product left in the bottle.
This shower gel comes in at an eye-watering £17 for a 200ml bottle and can be bought directly from Ren Skincare (www.renskincare.com) or from high street stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges and Space NK. It has won many awards, including the InStyle Best Shower Gel nine years running. Despite the high inital outlay, a little goes a long long way so it is probably a worthwhile investment if you can afford it.
The rose fragrance of this product is sublime and from Moroccan Rose Otto Oil. Rose is one of my favourite fragrances and this smells just perfect to me. It is a natural smell that hits the air when you activate the pump, stays with you as you wash with it, and then lingers on the skin afterwards. Sometimes rose fragrances can be a little plasticky or fake but this one feels genuine. Sometimes I take the lid off when I'm in the bathroom just to enjoy the lovely scent. The liquid itself is soft and melts onto your skin although it does not give off a lot of lather. It has a softening property too and I have noticed a change in the condition of the skin on my arms in particular which can sometimes be quite dry. The product claims to be dermatologist tested and approved and I certainly have no complaints in this area. It does not use any sulfates to create foam and can also be used as a bath product although I have personally not used it in this way.
It is claimed that Moroccan Rose Otto Oil is relaxing and destressing and I would certainly agree with this. It is a nice relaxing fragrance rather than a zingy wake up one! Other products in the range include a Body Oil (£34) and a Body Polish (£32). If I won the lottery I might give these a go to provide myself with a lovely Rose themed pampering session.
Overall, I would recomment this shower gel. It's not something I would have the money to buy myself but it does seem to be lasting a long while and it is clearly good quality. If you like rose fragrances it is ideal.
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Winner of the InStyle Best Body Wash Award 5 years in a row / A luxurious body wash formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil, one ofthe world's most expensive and revered essential oils / Moroccan RoseOtto Oil is steam distilled from petals harvested at dawn and isbeneficial to dry and sensitive skin while its exquisite scent hasstress relieving and soothing properties / REN body washes use only 100%natural fragrance and are free from harsh sulfates and syntheticcolours / How to use:Use as a body wash in the shower or bath / Caution: Avoid eye contact / If eye contact occurs, rinse well with warm water /