Product Type: Tesco Bath / Shower
Newest Review: ... too good and is now 30p for 300ml, which is still great. == DESIGN == The Tesco value gel comes enclosed in a blue plastic 300ml sized... more
Surprisingly Lovely Gel
Tesco Value Shower Gel
Member Name: cyberem78
Tesco Value Shower Gel
Advantages: Works well. Smells great.
Disadvantages: Looks cheap.
I recently bought some of this after reading a positive review of the product here on Dooyoo. I've been using various budget products for a while since I don't have much of an income and need to save pennies here and there so I've come to learn what to expect from the cheaper products. They tend to be worth exactly what you pay for them. This one really surprised me though.
When I saw this on the shelf at Tesco it looked exactly as I imagined it would. The packaging for shop's own budget brands is fairly bland and ugly. This is definitely not a product I'd feel happy about flashing at the gym or the swimming baths. It just doesn't say 'status symbol' and rather more it says 'I'm poor'. The Dooyoo photo here is outdated however and the product has had a mini makeover but the improvements are only slight. The front of the bottle now features an illustration of bathroom related items like rubber duckies and dripping taps. The illustrations would look quite reasonable if not for the massive ugly font above the pictures which ruins the effect. The bottle shape and plastic mold is rather plain too and the gel itself can be seen through the transparent plastic as being a garish blue shade - typical of most cheap gels I've used.
The 300ml sized bottle has a helpful information label printed on the back which has details of ingredients, directions for use, warnings, contact details and more. The brand don't go overboard trying to sell this product to consumers. Instead they simply state that this gel is "approved by customers" and "formulated by skin care experts". The bottle is fitted with a flip up cap which I find easy to lift up and to snap back down. I'm not certain this bottle would be ideal to travel with though since the plastic of the bottle feels quite soft and the flip lid is at the top of the bottle rather than at it's base.
I was really surprised when I first used this. I expected the gel to be very gloopy but it is actually quite smooth like runny honey. It dispenses very easily. The gel lathers up quickly too and although I would like a slightly thicker lather it is acceptable and is more than capable of cleaning and making you feel pampered in the bath or shower.
The gel's fragrance is probably the most surprising aspect of the gel. It is really lovely. It smells like a combination of melon and lemonade and it's very refreshing and calming. It makes me think of being on holiday abroad - all those juicy tanning lotion fragrances mingling with the aroma of pina coladas at the bar. It is a really high quality fragrance in this gel and that's something I didn't expect. The fragrance is somewhere between mild and medium in strength. I can smell it on my skin and in the steam when still bathing and it also smells slightly chocolaty at this stage. I can also smell it more faintly on the skin once dry.
The gel leaves my skin feeling good, not stripped of moisture or anything but I wouldn't say the gel has moisturising qualities either. It simply provides a decent clean and a nice bathing/showering experience thanks to it's foaming and cleansing qualities and also to it's fragrance.
I will most definitely buy this again as I really like it and I also like the 30p price tag! I will only use it in my own home though and not take it to sport centres. I wish Tesco would make the label a bit prettier as the actual gel is much better than the packaging and price would have us believe. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone on a tight budget.
Summary: Effective shower gel