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I'm a massive fan of the brand Soap & Glory. Started in 2006 with the aim of helping women pamper themselves without 'spending an arm and a leg just to moisturise one', the retro pink and black & white bottles and packages are a familiar fixture on the shelves of Boots and Harvey Nichols. They're also available online from retailers like ASOS. The stated aim may not be completely accurate, as the products are often more expensive than brands like Dove or Radox, but most of them are high quality.
The brand make several different shower gels and creams, most of which come in clear cylindrical 500ml bottles with pump dispensers. One of these is the Wash Almighty, a product I obtained in a bumper pack of discounted Soap & Glory goodies in Boots after Christmas.
The product is a rich dark green; this, coupled with the bright blue label (to fit in with the now-discontinued Soap & Glory Spa sub-range), makes it resemble washing-up liquid. This was somewhat offputting, but I resolved to try it anyway. I really like the style of the bottle - the clear plastic means it's easy to see exactly how much product you have left, while the pump dispenser means it's easy to get the gel out and spillage is next to impossible.
The gel contains eucalyptus, rosemary, chocolate, mint and thyme, an unusual yet uplifting mix designed to help revive and revitalise. Sure enough, when I smelled it I thought it was lovely - not like washing up liquid at all, despite appearances. The minty fresh smell was present, as was a hint of rosemary and other herbs, while an undertone of chocolate could be detected too. It smelled more like a Lush concoction than a Soap & Glory formula!
Using the gel was a pleasant experience. It lathered up really well using a shower puff, and only a very small amount is needed. It cleans well without irritating the skin, and although it doesn't condition or moisturise, it didn't dry my skin out.
I can recommend this shower gel if you want something refreshing and unlike the normal fruity Soap & Glory scents. When I used it, it struck me as being a fairly unisex scent, so it didn't surprise me when I found it reincarnated in one of the male shower gels in the Soap & Glory range. I can't remember which one - which is rather unhelpful I accept - but it is there, somewhere!
I am someone who adores beautiful toiletries, but I have to admit that I own far too many, as the back of my wardrobe contains several carrier bags; all of which are overflowing with various bottles, tubes and tubs. A brand that I would previously speak quite highly of was Soap and Glory, as I adore both their Hair Supply and Hand Food. Whilst I have enjoyed using a number of their other body products my experience with anything for the face with the exception of one or two, is rather negative. A couple of months ago I purchased a huge bundle from Boots online containing approximately a dozen Soap and Glory products; one of which was their Wash Almighty Detox Spa and this review discusses both my experience and opinion of the product.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
As far as I am concerned, the appearance is the first thing that lets the product down, as Soap and Glory is normally known for its' girly pink retro packaging, but Wash Almighty is provided to us in 500ml transparent plastic container to enable us to see the bright green gel content. The colour is intended to illustrate the ingredients contained within the wash, namely eucalyptus, rosemary, mint, thyme and chocolate - yes chocolate! However, my initial thoughts were Fairy liquid and the horrible chore of washing dirty dishes! Soap and Glory claim that this is a detox spa and can be used as a tonic to assist with both tiredness and exhaustion, but at this stage I have to say that I was far from impressed. The quirky marketing is non-existent on the front of the bottle, which is a huge bonus, but on the rear is a small amount of their usual clutter. I feel many of their statements are somewhat immature and whilst I have a good sense of humour they very rarely enable me to raise a smile. I probably sound like a real grump, but if you have bought as many Soap and Glory products as I have you will know exactly what I mean!
The statement accompanying Wash Almighty is "No matter how incredibly effective Wash Almighty might be, we are still recommended showering or bathing regularly (if you want to have any friends) ...." I initially misread the statement and took it to mean that Soap and Glory were suggesting we bathe with our friends, but thankfully, this was not the case!
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING WASH ALMIGHTY
I really was not looking forward to using this product, as it just didn't appeal to me, as whilst I am not a fan of girly packaging I much prefer the pink retro look and I felt the appearance of Wash Almighty rather off-putting. However, as I cannot abide waste I decided to use it for my morning shower and was somewhat taken back by the fragrance, which predominantly smells of mint, which is an extremely natural aroma. There is another fragrance sitting very delicately in the background, which I believe to be thyme, but the eucalyptus was not existence, which was rather disappointing. I had wrongly believed this would have been a suitable shower product for those times when I am suffering with a cold accompanied by an uncomfortable blocked nose.
I was pleased that the scent of chocolate was not obvious, as whilst I enjoy eating it I really did not want to bathe in the stuff and I found it a rather odd ingredient, particularly as the others are quite refreshing. The gel is easily dispensed via the pump action lid and is of a fairly thick consistency. It created a plentiful lather when I gently rubbed it onto my skin with my net body polisher and it was effective at cleansing whilst removing any dirt and impurities. However, whilst I normally favour the aroma of mint, I found it too overpowering and the only way I can describe it is that I felt somewhat suffocated by its' smell, which unfortunately lingered for far too long on my skin. I would argue with Soap and Glory's claim that the gel offers a detox spa to assist with tiredness, as the aroma is just simply too strong and in fact.
On a positive note I can advise that I suffered no adverse effects such as dryness or irritation, as the gel was reasonably gentle and easily rinsed away without leaving any trace of sticky residue. Whilst my skin felt slightly soft and smooth the product had not delivered any moisturisation, so it was necessary to apply my normal body butter after use. Wash Almighty is gentle enough for daily use and its' rather strange aroma is suitable for both sexes. I continued to use the gel for a good few morning showers, but soon tired of the powerful mint aroma, so the remaining half bottle was decanted into a china soap dispenser located in my downstairs cloakroom. If you favour strong mint aromas then this would be for you. However, it is not a product I will be purchasing and as a consequence, it receives only 2 stars from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the packaging is huge and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. The gel should be used within 24 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty.
I have looked on the Boots website to provide a price for this product and for some reason it is not available to purchase singularly. Consequently, I have checked on Amazon where I can see that it is normally available for purchase, but is currently out of stock. However, there are quite a few unused bottles for sale on Ebay with the lowest starting bid being 99p for two bottles.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Description: Brand: Soap & Glory / Type: Body wash / Shower gel