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I love trying different shower gels. Most of the time I go for a product that either (a) I think will smell nice or (b) is on special offer. My first experience of Simple's Refreshing Shower Gel fell into neither category.
I was staying at the house of a family member and had none of my usual toiletries with me. My host had kindly offered to let me use their products, saving me space (and weight!) in my suitcase. In their bathroom they had this shower gel. I was familiar with other products in the Simple range so decided to give it a go.
The bottle information emphasises that this shower gel contains no perfume and no colour, two rare qualities in any toiletry product! It also states that this gel contains pro-vitamin B5, cucumber extract and chamomile although I've been unable to detect the scent of any of these ingredients within the product.
When first encountering this product the lack of colour is definitely its most striking feature, in contrast to the psychedelic cornucopia of colors seen elsewhere in the toiletry aisle.
As with the product itself, the bottle is transparent and made of a sturdy, clear plastic. There is a frosted snap-top lid on the base which can be opened and closed easily with slippery fingers. The bottle is very smooth, and I've learned through experience it's very easy to drop in the shower, especially if you are short-sighted and you can't see the bottle because it's transparent! If the bottle is dropped too often the lid can be damaged or even shatter entirely - a major design flaw.
The shower gel itself is quite runny and has virtually no scent. It lathers well and is effective in cleansing the skin.
Since first trying this product at my family member's house I have bought it on a number of occasions (when it's been on offer!) as it is pleasant to use, although I wouldn't want to use it all the time as I prefer scented products. However if my skin is particularly sensitive I will switch to the Simple gel for a week or two until it settles down.
The down-side of use for me is that I've found my skin gets very dry after use. Whilst it's nice to use something relatively free of chemicals, I need a product with added moisturising properties.
For me, using this product is a trade off: it soothes sensitive skin but it dries out my skin. I have to decide which is more important to me at any given time.
Bath and shower products, I could stand for hours looking at the options available to me and smelling the huge array of scents that these products come in but when it comes down to it, Simple does it for me. When I want my skin to feel clean and moisturised but not smelling of lime, fudge, lavender or vanilla I always turn to their range of products which have only the necessary and essential ingredients in it.
Recently you may have read that I treated my partner to a weekend in Liverpool for his birthday and we stayed in a little boutique hotel who upgraded us to a suite with an iron roll top bath because it was his special day. Whilst out and about in Liverpool we nipped into Boots and I noticed their promotion on Simple - 2 products for £3 and we picked up some bath cream for that bath and some shower gel because we could both use it.
Like the bath cream, the shower gel contains chamomile oil to "soften and smooth" and Cucumber extract to "naturally invigorate" your skin. The gel, like most of the Simple range also contains vitamin B5 to restore, soften and smooth your skin and as with all simple products there are no added "chemical" prefumes or colours so the gel is completely clear.
As with all good shower gels, this foams when applied with a hand, glove, sponge, loofah or puff whatever does it for you. It is also useful as a stand in bubble bath because it produces enough foam that I find lasts long enough for a nice soak.
Simple shower products all come in an upside down rounded top clear tube clear bottle with a lear lable ad the green Simple branding and "smile" on it. The gel comes in a 250ml size, this is common with all of it's shower products like the loofah shower scrub. Priced individually, they retail at around £2.50 but in the Boots offer it was £1.50 and on occasion, Poundland do stock certain lines of the range (usually the shower lines).
Like my other reviews, I'm sure it is fairly evident that I am a fan of Simple products. When they keep making products like this I will keep purchasing them...maybe shares might be an idea!
My girlfriend likes to buy random shower gels that are on special offer, then uses them once and I then get the privelige of using them if she doesnt like them.
This particular one is by Simple, who specialise in making products for people with sensitive skin. This shower gel is a moisturising product, which works well with the face moisturiser that I use by the same company.
The bottle is see through and you can see that the gel itself is white. The gel when squeezed out, is quite thick and a bit like Dove shower gel. You dont need to use a large amount as it froths up quite nicely and spreads evenly.
It doesnt get ridiculously frothy and doesnt take as long to rinse off as dove does sometimes. Afterwards my skin feels soft, but I still need to moisturise with body butter afterwards. It does have a bit of a smell but I cant put my finger on what it is. Simple claim to make products without any smell or fragrance as this can sometimes upset sensitive skin.
I would buy this shower gel again for myself as it definately leaves you feeling clean, it costs upwards of £1.50 in Sainsburys.
Simple are experts in sensitive skin. I recently stayed at my friends house for a few days and she has quite sensitive skin and so she had a bottle of Simple Refreshing SHower Gel in her bathroom which I used whilst I was there. I knew Simple as a brand already as they are famous for their no use of perfume or colour so it's safe to use if you have really sensitive skin. I have also heard from other parents that their products are safe enough to use on babies so this would be a good product to use on my little girl too. I have previously used their conditioner which I didn't really like but I was willing to give this shower gel a chance, especially as this was the only thing in the bathroom.
The shower gel itself is completely clear and see through so already I think this shows that there are hardly any ingredients or colorants clogging up the gel and making it something it's not. This looks like the gel in it stripped back natural state. The gel is quite thick and stays on your hands when you squeeze it out of the tube so it stays on your hands in the shower long enough for you to lather it up. According to Simple, this shower gel gives,"gentle cleansing combined with a blend of naturally enhancing ingredients that nourish and care for your skin." It also has added moisturisers which are meant to prevent drying leaving your skin soft and supple. I definitely found that my skin was nice and clean and fresh after using this product and it made my skin feel nice.
I think the only thing I did not like about this product was the lack of perfume. I like my shower gels to have a nice smell, be it fruity or flowery as I think this makes your shower firstly more exciting and also keeps you smelling nice and fresh throught the day. I really missed this shower gel having a scent as I think in someway maybe I didn't feel completely clean without a nice smell on me. That's not to say it didn't get me clean as I really felt it did I just missed a smell. However, one could argue that that is the point of the Simple range, to give consumers with sensitive skin that perhaps can't handle a scent, a range of products that are clean and unperfumed so you could say that this shower gel is perfect for that.
The active benefits in this shower gel are cucumber extract which naturally invigorates, chamomile oil which gently soothes and softens and like I've said above there are no perfumes or colours. The shower gel is also dermatologically tested & approved. A 250ml bottle of this shower gel will cost you £2.04.
I first bought the Simple shower gel some years ago and have never looked back, constantly replenishing it by buying new bottles over and over again!
There are a number of goo aspects of the Simple shower gel. Firstly, the design of the bottle aligns with the name - it's simple and appealing. the bottle can be stood up with the lid facing downwards which in my opinion is one of the most useful aspects of its design. It means you never have to wait for the gel to drip down after opening the lid.
As for the gel itself, I am a big fan of it on a number of levels. The thing that I like most is its consistency. Unlike other shower gels, it is a bit thicker and not as runny, giving you a much nicer feel when using it and making application easier. I have noticed that recently this has changed slightly and the consistency has become marginally lighter.
The shower gel is colourless, lathers well and does not have any strong smell like so many others, leaving you not only feeling clean and refreshed, but also very fresh. Given its fairly neutral design, feel and smell, this shower gel works equally well for men and women and is suitable for children.
Last, but not least, this shower gel is quite cheap. In the past I have often bought it in pound shops, but it can also be found at decent prices in all major supermarkets and boots/superdrug stores.
I absolutely love this shower gel. It smells so fresh, and leaves the user squeaky clean, as well as being kind to sensitive skin and cruelty free.
The list of ingredients doesn't have anything particularly weird on it, so it is quite natural. It is not tested on animals, nor does it contain animal ingredients (like all of Simple's products). It is reasonably priced and you don't need to use a massive amount in order to adequately clean yourself.
It smells SO good and so refreshing, and leaves you nice and clean. It comes in a nice, easy to use bottle and, unlike so many other shower gels, the bit at the VERY end of the bottle isn't hard to get out. It is reasonably priced and readily available from pharmacists and supermarkets alike. It has become my new favourite shower gel and certainly one I will stick to for a long time. All in all, I would highly recommend it!
Also note that my skin is VERY sensitive - many products for sensitive skin even cause me problems, so if I don't react to this at all, chances are no-one will.
Having reacted to a few other shower gels (really nice scented 'Dove' brand ones, sadly) I decided to try this since the 'Simple' brand promotes that they use natural ingredients and are therefore suitable for sensitive skin. It costs around £2 for about 250ml which is a fairly reasonable price, certainly cheap supermarket brand shower-gel would be cheaper but if you need a product for sensitive skin it is quite good value.
The packaging is very basic, a white container with a semi-clear lid with a flip top. The top is easy to open and it's easy to dispense the product, it can then be stood upon it's base. My only issue with that is that it's a shower gel so some sort of hook where it could be hung in the shower would have been a useful feature to add.
The product lives up to it's name - the gel is clear and there is no detectable scent to it. It does the job and it left my skin quite well moisturised. It doesn't lather up especially well though and it's certainly a far cry from luxurious 'creamy' shower gel brands but for people with sensitive skin it does provide a refreshing shower gel at a fair price.
Simple Refreshing Shower Gel.
For those of you that don't know, I am very cautious about using chemicals around the house or even on myself. It is for that reason that I try to use natural products as often as I can.
With personal hygiene however, that can be difficult, so I try to use brands which use little artificial ingredients.
This is where the simple range of products come in. Whilst I have already reviewed simple soap, I am going to review it's shower gel today. Although I tend to use the soap most of the time, there are occasions when shower gel is more appropriate.
This product is now quite widely available, and reasonably priced. I tend to buy mine at a discounted rate from poundland, so feel I am getting good value for money.
The product comes in a clear plastic container (250ml), and stands on it's frosted flip top lid. Whilst the lid is very easy to open, and the contents can also be squeezed out easily, I find that this can also be a disadvantage. Once initially opened I find that the lid never seems to close properly, leading to slight leakages when the product is resting on its side. This may not be a problem when at home as you can stand it upright. However if you are wanting to transport it anywhere (eg, swimming baths, holidays etc), it can prove to be a little messy if you are carrying it around in a toiletries bag.
My other criticism of the container is that it doesn't have a hook on it, so you can't hook it onto the shower rail - this I feel would be a useful feature for the product.
The design of the container is the usual simple range - shades of green, the design being kept as simple as possible. The information on the back of the product is quite detailed though - so is very informative. It provides information on what ingredients the product contains, how to use it and also the general ethos of the product.
It strongly emphasises the importance of not using any unnecessary artificial ingredients, that the product contains no perfumes or colours and that it is appropriate for sensitive skin.
For me this information is believable. The gel itself is clear in colour and there is no strong smell associated with it. I also find that I can use it with no adverse skin reactions occuring.
Another benefit is that it contains some natural moisturisers, so doesn't leave your skin feeling dry like soap can.
Overall I rate the gel highly, but feel the container could do with being redesigned.
For further information on the product visit simple.co.uk
The way we go through shower gel in our house I would never dream of spending £1.95 on a 250ml bottle of shower gel, but when this was on offer at 99p in Superdrug I thought I would give it a shot. After all, it would be worth paying for one that didn't leave me red and blotchy, I could always hide it from the shower gel monster that is my husband.
The packaging focuses on the 'natural' selling point. The plastic (recyclable) bottle is clear with a snap lid. It has an anti-drip rubber stopper for those people like me who tend to drop or knock things over in the shower. The bottle states that Simple are 'experts in sensitive skin' and that the product contains active ingredients of Cucumber Extract to 'naturally invigorate' and Chamomile Oil to 'gently soothe and soften.' So far, so good I'm thinking.
The back of the bottle claims - 'Gentle cleansing combined with a blend of naturally enhancing ingredients, that nourish and care for your skin. Cleanse and purify your body with our refreshing shower gel. Added moisturisers prevent drying, leaving your skin soft and supple.'
The gel is quite thick and comes out looking a bit like a paste until moisture hits it and it looks more gel-like. The good thing about this is that you only need a small amount as it lathers very quickly. It was very nice to use as the lather glided over my skin and washed off easily.
The gel may not be perfumed but you can definitely smell the Chamomile Oil which isn't exactly the most pleasant smell, but it is a very clean smell.
I don't really know where I stand with this product. After using the product there was no obvious difference to my skin compared to any other shower gel I've used. The next morning though, the areas of my skin which are relatively normal (not dry) did feel nice and soft but the dry areas were still as dry but also irritated.
Although they claim to be experts in sensitive skin I would definitely say that this wasn't suitable for my sensitive skin. Is my skin just TOO sensitive? I would recommend this if you have 'normal' skin that is in need of a little TLC. I will not be buying it again.
I do like the Simple range of products as they are very mild and not at all harsh on my skin and generally their products are good quality without breaking the bank when it comes to cost.
I also like the enat simplistic minimalist nature to the packaging which I always think looks quite stylish, this shower gel comes in a clear plastic container with a frosted flip top and some Simple branding on the front. The current bottle I'm using was £2.45 in Boots however I think if my memory serves me right that it was reduced when I got it.
Like all products in the range it is not perfumed or coloured, it certainly bubbles up nicely under the shower and I found I did not need to put much on my wash cloth to do my whole body, it has a lovely refreshing feel to it and my skin feels nice and soft after using it and very clean.
In my house we are constantly running out of shower gel lately! Me, my Mum and Step-Dad are all clean freaks and there's always someone in the bathroom! Personally if it's not a 'Lush' bath bomb or melt I don't mind having showers, particularly at the moment because I don't have the time or patience for a bath. I'd rather be out partying and doing stuff I shouldn't!! So Mum went out the other day and stocked up on a load of shower products and this was one of them. I'd always fancied trying it but had never had opportunity, so excited, I really was!
250ml clear plastic bottle with frosted flip top lid at the bottom. On the front different shades of green writing tell me it's Simple, Refreshing Shower Gel. Under that I'm told that it has active ingredients, Cucumber Extract and Chamomile Oil. Then there's like some slashes of green colour and on the bottom I'm told 'Experts In Sensitive Skin, No Perfume, No Colour. On the back of the bottle there is a white stick on label again with shades of green writing on it telling me a bit about the product, how to use it for best results, ingredients, recycle symbol is on there, size is stated, contact details for Accantia Health And Beauty (manufacturers of Simple products) and a bar-code.
About The Product...
Gentle cleansing combined with a blend of naturally enhancing ingredients, that nourish and care for your your skin. Cleanse and purify your body with our refreshing shower gel. Added moisturisers prevent drying, leaving your skin soft and supple.
Cucumber Extract naturally invigorates
Chamomile Oil gently soothes and softens
No Perfume, No Colour
Dermatologically Tested & Approved
Experts In Sensitive Skin
Gently massage over your skin to form a rich lather.
You need a about the size of a 10p piece and that's all. Now the gel comes out like you would expect a gel to. It doesn't drip out of the bottle if you undo the lid at the bottom you have to give the bottle a gentle squeeze.
Now I disagree with Simple on the no fragrance statement and challenge you to sniff and tell me the gel doesn't smell. Quite simply it does. Not strong and not of anything in particular but there is a hint of something. It just smells clean and fresh.
I personally use a scrunchy in the shower but of course use it any way you prefer. A small amount goes a very long way and as you rub it over your body you are greeted with a very rich, white, bubbly lather and this happens rather quickly so no messing about and having to scrub at your skin. I did expect to feel this refreshing feeling as I used it but I didn't. It was just a shower gel, simple as that. It rinsed off easily and I did have fairly soft skin after usage (no more than usual though).
Well this was strange because like I said I did feel soft skinned. No doubt in my head I was clean and I liked the fact that I wasn't over fragranced. Skin felt hydrated and supple and I have had a bit of sunburn on my chest that was peeling a little and felt a bit warm to the touch and a bit dry and on my back and calves I am prone to grease patches. This soothed all of that to be fair (again though no more than usual).
However when I was completely dry I felt a bit sticky and clammy. I know I had rinsed the product off well enough as I take my time doing so but if I put say my hand on my leg I felt really tacky. This feeling went when I dressed and I was happy enough with that.
However the following day I was desperate for a shower as soon as I woke up and had me first cup of tea. I just felt grubbier than usual and my skin felt really slimy and greasy (I don't normally have this problem).
I have no idea what caused this and even my dry ends of my hair felt greasy to the touch where I had been asleep and my long hair had touched my skin.
Would I recommend this? To someone with dry skin, perhaps. I feel this is a little too moisturising for me. I have combination skin and I really thought that it would help with that or at least not cause any issues but it did and I know it was this product as nothing else had changed from my routine! Dry skin may benefit from such a product. It isn't awful but I found my sensitive skin was not amused and decided to seep grease out of my pores in defiance! It does clean you, though the no fragrance part actually for me made me not feel as clean as usual! It's ok to shave bits and bobs with due to the thick creamy lather. I won't be paying around £1.89 a bottle for it though for sure lol
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
As mentioned in previous reviews, I have very sensitive skin and find that if I use anything with a strong smell that it reacts to my body and brings me out in a rash. Therefore I was overjoyed to discover the Simple refreshing shower gel.
Like the whole Simple range this has no perfume and no colour. I buy mine from Wilkinsons and it costs £1.89 for a medium sized bottle (sorry for not being more specific but I have found that it doesn't state how many ml's are in the bottle - how strange? I think it must be about 200ml though at a guess)
The bottle is clear and the shower gel is also clear, I think this is so that you can see for yourself that it is as pure as the bottle says! There is a label on the front, on the top it has the green Simple logo and underneath states the name of the shower gel. The lid is on the bottom, which is ideal for getting those last little bits out of the bottle, it has a flip top so you can easily open and close the lid. The active ingredients in this are cucumber extract which naturally invigorates and chamomile oil which gently soothes and softens the skin.
On the back of the bottle it states 'We want your skin to look its best and be happy at all times, which is why all our products are formulated using no unnecessary additives and only the best ingredients. It goes on to say that it has no perfume or colour, is dermatologically tested and approved and that they are experts in sensitive skin.'
To use this shower gel, I firstly dampen my skin all over and then put an amount about the size of a 50p piece in the centre of my hand. I rub it together to create a lather and then wash my body with it. I find that 3 applications of this is enough to wash my whole body.
The shower gel is quite thick, which is good so that it doesn't just go running through your fingers when you squeeze it out. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, without any irritation at all.
Gentle cleansing combined with a blend of naturally enhancing ingredients, that nourish and care for your skin /