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I received a bottle of The Body Shop's black velvet apricot bath and shower nectar as a Christmas present. My friends and family know that I'm a big fan of The Body Shop, so I wasn't entirely surprised to received this, but the Black Velvet range isn't something that I'm familiar with.
This bath and shower nectar can be used both as a bubble bath and as a shower gel - so it's quite a versatile product. I am not a massive fan of apricots, but the smell of this 'nectar' is pleasant enough and it isn't too overpowering.
This product comes in a tall bottle and the packaging is different from other Body Shop shower gels - it's tall, sleek and sophisticated. I get the impression that The Body Shop was trying to create the impression of an elite product when they designed the packaging.
Unfortunately I have no idea how much this item costs because it was a gift and I can't find it on The Body Shop website, so if you decide you want a bottle, you're probably best asking in-store.
You can add a little bit of this 'nectar' to your running bath water and at first it will bubble up, however the bubbles don't last for long - maybe five minutes -which I found really disappointing. At first I thought that perhaps I'd not added enough product to the water, but when I tried again, with another bath, the bubbles still faded quickly.
As a shower gel this product is also disappointing - it doesn't foam up and the smell doesn't linger on the skin after you've bathed - this surprised me because normally Body Shop products often leave my skin with a pleasant aroma after use. That said, this product did clean my skin and it made me feel fresh - so it's not a complete was of time.
Although I'm a big Body Shop fan, I'm not very impressed with this product and unless you're a massive apricot fan, I suggest that you avoid it. Two stars.
I think it will be next Christmas before I have had a chance of working my way through all the goodies I received at Christmas. My newest shower gel to sit on the side of the bath is Black Velvet Apricot bath and shower nectar.
I was a bit dubious to say the least when I looked at the bottle, as apricots aren't my favourite fruit by any means, but I reasoned with myself that I wouldn't be eating this, purely washing in it.
Despite this I did favour a shower gel I knew I was going to love before choosing this one, but out it came last week and we have been getting to know each other ever since.
Unlike some of the other shower gels from The Body Shop, this one is packaged in a tall thin bottle, rather than a short stumpy bottle. I think it makes it a bit easier to dispense, as all the shower gels I have encountered from the Body Shop have been very thick in consistency, so when you near the end of the bottle, then it becomes really difficult to get the dregs out.
This bottle seems more pliable so a thumbs up to the packaging, it's a shame they don't use it for all varieties, just select few.
The shower gel is a deep bronze colour, and does look quite glamorous as I think the packaging is trying to portray. Black velvet is designed to come across as luxurious to your skin, and will make you think you are using something special. You can also use this shower gel as a bubble bath, but it's not an option I have tried as I feel shower gels and bubble baths should be kept separate.
As you open the flip lid, you are able to squeeze the thick liquid out. I learnt the hard way the first time I ever used a shower gel from the Body Shop that you really should use a shower puff to get the best from the products. It's very difficult to get any sort of lather without a shower puff, and this apricot version is no different.
Even with a shower puff, the bubbles on your skin are minimal, but without one, there are none at all and you are left with a slime trail on your skin as you attempt to wash yourself.
On to the smell. I have left this gem for last because I have been thinking of a way to describe it to you. I admit I am not a fan of apricot, but the smell that you get from this shower gel can only be described as a sickly musky apricot!
If you were feeling slightly dodgy in the morning, then you wouldn't want to come into contact with this smell, it would probably make you feel worse. The first time I used it, I thought as I lathered it into my skin then the smell would fade or change slightly, but sadly it never did, and each time I have used it, the same feeling of dread I got after the first time using it stayed with me.
You really only need to use a little bit so sadly for me this bottle will last for ages. I will be passing this on to my daughter as I'm sure she'll use it.
Overall if you are a fan of apricots then you may like this but it really wasn't for me. It does appear to be a seasonal product from The Body Shop, but when available you can expect to pay around £6 for 250ml.
I spotted Black Velvet Apricot Bath & Shower Nectar on the Body Shop website a bit back and decided to give it a go as I love the smell of apricots.
So what is Black Velvet Apricot Bath & Shower Nectar?
Well, apparently its both bubble bath and shower gel! This particular one contains black apricot extract and honey (which probably explains why the Body Shop call this nectar rather than gel) and promises to leave skin feeling cleansed, soft and cared for. It comes in a 250ml bottle and costs £5.85 a bottle, so it's not cheap (but as I write this it is currently in the Body Shop's sale for £3). Due to it's price, this is a treat for me!
As I much prefer a bath to a shower, I decided to squeeze some Black Velvet Apricot Bath & Shower Nectar into the bath to use as a bubble bath. It bubbled up lovely - Oh, I do love my bubble baths! The bubbles were nice & thick, despite me not pouring a great deal in. The "nectar" itself does smell of apricots (it smells delicious!) while in the bottle, but once in the bath I couldn't really smell it so that was a bit disappointing. What was even more disappointing was that the bubbles didn't last all that long, despite being quite thick at first. If you like a short bath (10 minutes or so), then they'd probably last long enough for you, but I tend to be in the bath at least 20 - 30 minutes. One thing it did do was to leave a light oily film on the water, looking at the ingredients I think this must be the Hydrogenated Castor Oil in it.
Next up, I decided to use Black Velvet Apricot Bath & Shower Nectar as a shower gel. Pouring some into my hand, I found that it does have good consistancy and, of course, smells nice, however it failed in the lather test. It really didn't lather up much at all. I was quite disappointed. I tried everything I could, but it just wouldn't lather up much. The gel simply just seemed to rub in with the tiniest amount of lather. The lovely apricot smell didn't linger either, in fact I couldn't even smell it on my skin while I was in the water, let alone when I was out and dry.
So, is there anything good about this Black Velvet Apricot Bath & Shower Nectar, apart from the lovely smell?
Well, yes, there is! I found that my skin felt nice & soft after using it (this is possibly due to the honey in it).
Will I be buying this again?
Probably not! While I like that it makes my skin feel nice & soft, I do prefer gel that lathers or bubbles up, and leaves it's lovely smell on my skin. I certainly expected more from this, especially for the price paid (though granted I did get a discount with my Love Your Body card).