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My husband suffers from a sort of eczema on his hands and arms and has tried numerous creams and lotion which all seem to work for a while but it always seems to come back and when it does, it just appears literally overnight. I also have dry skin which is not eczema but find it just flakes at times and is a little itchy especially if I use shower gels with colourants and perfumes.
A pharmacist at the chemist recommended this as it is one of the few shower gels with 0% colours or fragrance so I thought I would give it a try. I bought this from Tesco and paid £2.19 however it is currently on offer at Boots half price for £1.14 so I will buy a few more before the offer finishes.
I do like products in general without any fragrance or colourings which will not suit some people who if they don't come out of the shower smelling of roses, or mandarin or apples will not feel as though they are clean. I do like unfragranced toiletries as I don't like to smell them on me during the day if I get warm as I find that certain smells can smell a bit off when they are warmed up and nothing like their original smell.
The bottle is 250ml and made of white plastic so you can see how much shower gel is left inside the bottle. It has a white lid with a flip tab at the top which clicks back into place securely. The gel is white and is quite a thick creamy consistency but is still fluid enough to be squeezed easily out of the bottle.
I find that I only need about a 10p size of the gel as it is a good quality, and I rub it into a natural sponge for a few seconds which lathers up very quickly. I sometimes use just my hands in the shower and will squeeze a smaller amount onto my hands as obviously the lather doesn't stay on your hands so much and I just squeeze some more out when the lather has all gone.
In addition to this shower gel being 0% free of fragrance, parabens, colourants, phthlates and phenoxyethanol it is also has a biodegradable formulation and is approve by dermatologists. It has a reduced number of ingredients compared to other Sanex products and is specifically developed for sensitive skin.
I find that this gel does really hydrate my skin and my itching and flaking seems to reduce. I do feel that I am caring for my skin by using a product like this and giving it a chance to breathe and be more natural. I do buy quite a few organic products but do like this particular product due to the lack of chemicals. My husband also uses this and he finds it helps his eczema on his hands as it doesn't seem so angry afterwards and is less itchy.
I recommend this shower gel for anyone with sensitive skin or who doesn't want to use unnecessary chemicals on their largest organ.
So, i switched to this shower gel and bath foam after having some spells of dry skin and a few female issues (need i go into more detail!!). I used to use quite perfumes body soaps and i think, although they smelt very nice, they were not doing my skin a lot of good in the long run. I bought the shower gel and soap together in a deal at boots, both i feel are reasonably priced for the amount you get... it lasts ages!!
So, i have found my skin to be less irritated, but i was pleasantly surprised by how much i really like the smell, though its quite neutral, if you moisturise or use perfume you dont need it to smell anyway. Also, my skin is surprisingly soft since using this too.
I use the shower gel daily and the bathfoam in my weekly bath, and i must say it feels nice soaking in something i feel is a bit better for my skin that many products out there!
I am not particularly brand loyal and tend to buy whatever shower gel is on offer. I am becoming increasing concerned about the number of chemicals that are contained not only in what we eat, but also in the products that are absorbed through the skin. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted a sanex shower gel on a half price promotion that ticked both the low price box and also promised a lack of chemicals.
Sanex makes a range of skin care products, all of which promise to contain no parabens, phenoxyethanol or phthalates. All of these chemicals are used as a cheap preservative and are present in many skin and beauty products such as shower gels, make up and shampoo.. There have been studies that show that these chemicals can mimic hormones with adverse affects. For example the use of parabens has been linked to breast tumours and the use of phthalates has been linked to problems with the nervous system. Whatever the reality, I prefer to avoid these unnecessary chemicals whenever possible.
Sanex zero comes in several variants including one for normal skin, sensitive skin dry skin and extra dry skin. I opted for the normal skin option as I thought this would suit all the family. The plain white plastic container would not win any beauty prizes, but it does go with this products *no nonsense* image. The flip top lid enables me to click it shut securely when not in use.
The bottle tells me that Sanex is not only lacking in chemicals I would rather avoid, but it also boasts that it is approved by the European eco label. This means it has satisfied strict EU criteria to be better for the environment by having less impact of water systems by using ingredients that are biodegradable.
The shower gel is fairly thick and clear in colour. It has no particular scent but it does smell clean and fresh if you understand what I mean. As I have 2 boys who really don't like flowery smelling shower products, this one is perfect! I use a shower puff and usually find it helps create a good lather. However this shower gel is a bit lacking in that department. Although it is not great at producing lots of lather (I guess that's the price you pay to avoid those chemicals) it still does an excellent job. I have fairly dry skin and have found that in the few weeks I have been using Sanex my skin is softer and has a healthy glow to it. My youngest son has a sensitive skin and he has had no problems using this gel.
I really wish all shower gel manufactures would include a plastic hook to allow me to hang the gel in my shower cubicle! It really would make life a lot easier. I don't understand why all shower gels don't have this type of design. However that is only a minor gripe and it won't stop me buying Sanex again.
As you have gathered I really like this shower gel and think it is well worth the £1.09 I paid for it. Even at the full asking price of £2.19 I would still buy it for the lack of chemicals alone. It really seems to suit everyone in my family's skin and the lack of flowery scent gets my sons seal of approval!
I've used this Sanex shower gel a number of times in the hope of sorting out my dry skin, and although I'm happy to use it from time to time, it's not quite the ultra product I'd hoped it would be or indeed that others say it has been for them.
Sanex's selling point for this product is in the chemicals it doesn't use rather than those it does. Just as food companies shout about not using products such as additives and colourings and flavourings which can cause hyperactivity in kids, Sanex's Zero % indicates that none of these chemicals have been used to make this product, indicating a more natural list of ingredients that will be much better for your skin.
Knowing how sensitive my skin is and how often my eczema flares up, especially when we have the heating on all the time like with this extended winter period, I've used this in the past and over the past 6 months. The bottle is decent enough, and the shape makes it quite easy to keep on a narrow ledge or on your shower fitting should you need to. It's a flip top clickable lid as well, which I find almost essential. Screw tops just don't work well when you're in the shower as you need three hands to use them effectively; so there's no drip here and none of it is wasted.
The cream comes out quite well, you don't actually need to squeeze all that much for a bit of the gel to come out onto your hand. It lathers up a little but not all that much, which would usually indicate to me that it's not going to work particularly well. Perhaps the lathering effect though is caused by the additivies that aren't here rather than anything that is, as the cleaning process still works okay. I find that I do occasionally need to use more product or multiple times to wash, moreso than with other products, which is noticeable to be honest. However in its favour, I do notice that any areas of my body that are particularly affected by eczema such as the bends in the my elbows and knees, or my shins or forearms when I've been scratching, are suitably soothed when I've used this and I notice this for a while after coming out of the shower.
There is virtually no scent with this Sanex product, which I think is consistent with the other products of theirs that I have used before. The neutral scent is hard to describe; it's sort of an odourlessly clean smell, and while it's certainly there for a while, I don't find it comes back when you start working up a sweat or anything later in the day, which a lot of shower gels do. While I'm thankful for not wandering around smelling of roses, there is something to be said for a product that keeps you smelling clean and particular rather than just this bland odourless smell. It does prompt me to use something else to provide that fresh smell throughout the day on occasion, and I'm conscious of this whenever I use this.
I often find that this leaves a somewhat smooth sheen on my skin which moisturises it, but this occasionally feels a bit oily or greasy. Perhaps it's that rinsing needs to be more thorough with this, as other products don't take quite as much work to rinse, nor do they leave the same feeling. It does act as a bonus for areas affected by my eczema, as I mentioned earlier, but for other areas it's somewhat annoying. The product can often be found on offer, usually for around £1 per bottle or on a 2 for the price of 1 offer, and if you do suffer from eczema then I'd say it's worth using as long as you're aware it's not perfect. Still one I'm happy to use occasionally but there are certainly other options that I'd choose first and often do.
My bathroom cabinet is almost full to bursting with tons of different types of shower gels, body washes, body scrubs and other bath and shower paraphernalia. I always like to buy whenever there is a special offer on and I rarely pay full price for anything I use in the bath or shower. I do bulk buy (guilty) and as a result of this, the bathroom cabinet cannot hold everything I have and so I have cleared out a shelf in the bedroom which used to hold a lot of bedding and now I use this space to hold unopened bottles of shampoo, hair and body washes, gels and other stuff, just in case I 'ever run out'.
One of the items I bought a few bottles of when it was for sale at only £1 x 250ml bottle, is the Sanex Zero% Shower Gel. I got three bottles of this from Home Bargains when it was on offer and I bought more than one simply because I had used this shower gel before (and paid full price for it) and really liked it. The reasons I like this shower gel is not only because it makes my skin feel really lovely and clean, soft and smooth, but it is also completely free of any nasty harmful additives (hence the "Zero %" claim). This shower gel contains no colours, phthalates, parabens or phenoxyethanot.
I have used this great shower gel lots of times and so has my husband. It is a sort of 'neutral' smell and so I feel that it's neither aimed at women or men and it is in fact suitable for use by either sex. My husband is happy to use it anyway and he hasn't moaned about the smell.
The gel itself is translucent in colour and it's fairly easy to squeeze it out of the plastic bottle as the plastic is quite flexible. It's reasonably thick in consistency and I have used this both with and without my body buffer. The body buffer obviously does help to increase the mount of bubbles this gel creates, but even without the body buffer, it still is a very frothy shower gel. The smell is fresh and clean and not what I'd say is a particularly perfumed fragrance. The smell doesn't last long once I am out and dried but it does leave my skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth and very very clean.
I also think that this shower gel is excellent for those drier areas of skin, such as the shins and bottom of the legs. The bottle does state that it is aimed at dry skin, and I have to agree that it does appear to add a certain amount of moisture to my own skin as I can without a doubt, tell the difference after I have used this shower gel.
I have also used this shower gel in the bath. I use it by squirting just a small amount under the running hot tap and the bubbles it produces are really quite impressive. Whilst the bottle doesn't say you can actually use it in this way, I have actually done this with the last two bottles I have had as I always find it difficult to get the remains of the shower gel out unless I add some water and shake, and I find that the best way of using up these bits is to just add to running bath water and it works well this way.
It may be plainly packaged and it doesn't have the best smell in the world, but at least I know I am not adding any harmful chemicals or additives to my bath or shower whenever I am using it. It's well priced at the moment in Home Bargains and I really do recommend it.
I purchased this shower gel as my husband tends to get itchy skin from using "normal" shower gels. We have been using more expensive alternatives, but this was recommended by a friend so we decided to give it a go. The label clearly states that it "zero%" - no fragrance, colourants, parabens, phthalates, or phenoxyethanal. This ticked all my boxes, and as we use the same shower gel for children and adults in the household the unfragranced products are actually preferable for us anyway.
The product is very effective - it is only ever so slightly runny compared to "normal" shower gel, and certainly less so that other similiar products we have tried. It lathers reasonably well, cleanses very effectively, and works well for all the family. The packaging is very simple and unobtrusive, but doesn't break easily, and overall I am impressed with the quality of the product for the price.
The shower gel has has the desired result - it washes well and has not led to any itchiness that normal shower gels inflict upon my husband's skin. I would recommend this shower gel if you are looking for a good everyday product that doesn't contain some of the "nasties" that regular shower gels do, or even if you just want an unfragranced shower gel and can consider the other features to be a bonus. Great!
With all of the different choices for shower gels why would you choose the sanex zero% shower gel.
The main attraction to this shower gel is the fact that it is promoted as a shower gel that does not contain all of the chemicals that many other shower gels do. There is a lot of controversy with many ingredients in products just as there are in many foods and sanex has tried to give an option for people who do not want to use as many chemicals in a shower gel.
The sanex shower gel for sensitive skin contains a limited number of ingredients. These are as follows, AQUA , GLYCERIN , SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE , SODIUM CHLORIDE , COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE , COCO-GLUCOSIDE , SODIUM LACTATE , LACTIC ACID , SODIUM BENZOATE.
If you compare this list to some shower gels you realise just how many ingredients you use every day which you do not know what they are or what they are doing to your skin.
The sanex zero% has also been approved by the european eco label which is aimed at helping make a better environment.
Obviously there is no point in having a shower gel that sounds good but does not work. This is definitely not the case. The shower gel makes you feel very clean and does not dry out your skin like some shower gels can. The sensitive skin shower gel does not have any fragrance but this is not a bad thing, it does the job and it does it well, making you feel clean.
If you are looking for a shower gel that contains a reduced number of ingredients and that works well then this is definitely worth a look.
Buying shower gel, never the most exciting of purchases but nonetheless an essential day to day item. I have in the past experienced using Sanex deodorant but never having tried their shower gel range before when I saw a bottle of this in my local supermarket I was keen to give it a try. Now the skin on my body does not get especially dry, however I do get very dry skin at this time of year on my hands, feet and face and so I opted for a bottle of Sanex Zero % for dry skin. The beauty of this product in my opinion is the complete lack of harmful chemicals included, and as I have read a great deal of articles about the harm done to skin with certain chemicals recently I was keen to see if using a product without parabens helped my skin.
~The Product and Packaging~
This shower gel is packaged rather simplistically in a 250ml white plastic bottle which stands upright with a translucent clip open lid. The design of the bottle though suitable for both a male or female user, does make it slightly boring in my opinion and certainly not something that will jump off the shelf. The bottle is rectangular in construction however a slightly curved edge on one side of the bottle ensures that it fits neatly into my hand and I can grip it firmly when I am in the shower. On the front of the bottle the standard blue 'Sanex' logo looks bright against the otherwise plain bottle. This product is easily identified as being for dry skin with an orange 'zero%' scrolled across the front whilst orange text also indicates that this shower gel is free from parabens, colourants, phthalates and phenoxyethanot. Turning the bottle over, a smattering of blue text tells me that this shower gel contains a reduced number of ingredients and is specifically designed for dry skin. A green box shows that this shower gel has a minimal impact on aquatic ecosystems and limits package waste.
Enough about the bottle, how does the shower gel smell I can hear you ask. Well opening the bottle the shower gel is a translucent in colour and runs easily out of the lid when gently squeezed. The shower gel has a refreshing and very clean fragrance which is difficult to pinpoint exactly. The best way to describe it is an almost cotton fresh scent which is neither particularly feminine nor masculine in fragrance. I like this smell as I find that it leaves my skin feeling clean, in addition it is a smell that does not linger on my skin and I can therefore put my favourite moisturiser over the top without creating a myriad of differing smells.
~Application and Use~
On the back of the bottle there are no instructions on usage however there is the usual statement of: 'should this product get into eyes, rinse immediately with clean water'. I like to squirt a dollop of shower gel onto my loofah or body brush and then scrub my entire body. I find that a 10p size squirt is usually sufficient to create a lovely thick foam of shower gel which spreads easily across my skin. In addition I do like to add a pea size amount of shower gel onto my face to rinse off the makeup and general dirty feeling from a day in the office. After a good scrub, a rinse of water sufficiently removes the foam from my skin leaving it feeling very clean and smelling fresh.
I am enjoying using this shower gel as I find that it leaves my skin smelling fresh and feeling clean and smooth to the touch. I am somewhat sceptical of the 'dry skin' properties of this shower gel as in my opinion it does not leave my skin feeling any more nourished than a standard shower gel without the dry skin properties. However, I like the idea of leaving out a number of harmful ingredients as a find that my skin generally feels slightly less irritated after a week of use. Another reason that I enjoy using this shower gel is that without the harmful chemicals I feel that this product can be used effectively as an all over body wash and it is therefore flexible in being used on my face also. This is a great product for people to share and in my household it is used by both hubby and myself, with the plain packaging and smell meaning that it does not lend itself to either gender. This product foams well and smells fresh and clean therefore it does the job perfectly.
~Price and Availability~
This product can be bought from a number of shops as well as online retailers and you should expect to pay between £1 - £3 for it. It is currently in Boots for £1.14 (prices correct as of February 2013) which makes it a strong contender for other brands of shower gel and a value for money purchase.
I am enjoying this shower gel and love the versatility that it gives therefore this product comes strongly recommended. As a result of my comments above this product scores a good four stars from me, its only let down being the slightly boring packaging and dry skin claims.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x