Product Type: Simple Bath / Shower
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Simple Invigorating Shower Gel
Member Name: Holland1
Simple Invigorating Shower Gel
Advantages: Cheap, nice packaging, subtle smell and colour if that's what you're looking for
Disadvantages: Smell not strong enough for me, doesn't "invigorate" as promised
Shower gel is one product nobody can get away without buying, and as I use it every day I tend to opt for the cheapest one which catches my eye...unless I'm feeling flush and treat myself to something special. I tend to choose shower gels with added moisturising properties at this time of year, as my skin can get quite dry, but when shopping in Home Bargains recently I spotted this shower gel from the Simple range, and curiosity got the better of me.
Most people will recognise the Simple brand for their claim to keep things...well, simple. They don't fragrance or colour their products, and as such, their products are most suitable for sensitive or problematic skin types. I was quite surprised to see this on the shelf then, considering it is green in colour, and smells of mint.
I picked mine up for around £1 for 250ml from Home Bargains, and I notice it's on offer at most places for this price at the moment, including Poundland and Tesco. It claims to be suitable for sensitive skin, but also to revitalise and invigorate at the same time.
The shower gel comes in a bottle with a flip lid, with the lid being at the bottom where you stand the bottle up. This gets a tick straight away for me, as I like gravity-friendly products which help get the most of the product out of the bottle and make it go that little bit further. It doesn't have anything to hang it up in the shower, but it's reasonably easy to grab hold of with wet hands and I never struggle to open the lid or dispense the product.
The colour of the shower gel is very pale green, which is quite subtle and so it doesn't clash too much with the rainbow of other colours going on in my bathroom (talking about toiletries, not the wall!). The fragrance is also quite subtle, as hinted at by the colour, and although it smells of mint it's not strong at all, nor does it linger in the air or on your skin after using. This is fine with me, because nobody wants to go round all day smelling of mint, but I would question the "invigorating" nature of this shower gel, as it doesn't stimulate the senses in the same way some of the stronger mint shower gels such as Original Source do.
The cleaning properties of the shower gel are on a par with others, it does the job and I feel clean after using it, but I would add that if you like the smell of your shower gel to linger this one isn't for you. I can definitely see how this shower gel is aimed at people with sensitive skin, as it would be ideal if you like a bit of fragrance but without risking heavily perfumed shower gels on problematic skin. For this purpose it does the trick, but if you're looking for something which will wake you up and invigorate your senses, this doesn't live up to its promises for me.
I think this shower gel would be better if it was JUST marketed at people with sensitive or problematic skin, rather than being "invigorating", as for me it just didn't do anything, but if you're after something gentle it would be ideal. For me, it's just "ok", and I probably won't buy it again because there are much nicer smelling shower gels on offer for the same price.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)