Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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All-round chocolately goodness
The Body Shop Chocomania Shower Gel
Member Name: lillamarta
The Body Shop Chocomania Shower Gel
Advantages: Lot of lather, strong chocolately scent
Disadvantages: Doesn't wash off easily, can be drying
As a regular shopper of The Body Shop, I recently discovered a new chocolate-scented range that includes a body butter and shower cream. My home-made chocolate-flavoured bath products are staple items in my bathroom, however being on holidays I needed a replacement so I after a quick test of the test of the scent, I bought a 250ml bottle of the shower cream.
The shower cream is housed in a see-through, cylindric bottle with a flip-top lid, a standard packaging across the body shop bath products. The shower cream is easily accesible and the bottle can be reused which is a great plus. The warm, dark brown melted chocolate image on the label goes well with the pearlescent dark brown liquid inside.
APPLICATION AND RESULTS
I scored the results according to the product claims.
Soap free 3 / 5
Soap in bath products has now been largely replaced by synthetic surfactants that are often less kind to skin and more likely to cause dermatitis than traditional soap. Unfortunately, and that's quite a negative for me, the shower cream was quite difficult to rince off and its slippery residue had a drying and irritating effect on my sensitive, dermatitis-prone skin after using it for a few days in a row. Eventually I had to stop using it every day. Occasional use and a generous application of a body cream or butter afterwards remedied the problem but that also meant erasing the chocolate scent.
Rich lather 5 / 5
I tried using the shower cream as a bath foam and I must say it creates a huge amount of lather with such ease that can put other bubble baths to shame. What's more, it's lather is creamy just like its texture therefore a lot less drying. It also works well as a shampoo and despite the high moisuriser content, it didn't leave my hear heavy or limp, nor did my hair become greasy before it usually does after 4 - 5 days. It did leave my hair a little bit more tangled compared to my usual routine (I normally wash my hair with Alep soap and not with normal shampoos).
Indulgent chocolate scent 5 / 5
Right out from the bottle, a rich, creamy and realistically chocolate-y scent hit my nose. When appliced, the shower cream comes in contact with warm water, the fragrance becomes more intense and develops a praline or grilled nuts undertone while staying rich and chocolately. The hint of nuts is subtle as opposed to the Chocomania Body Butter, which is a plus as it's supposed to smell of chocolates. The scent of the shower cream fills the bathroom easily and a light, vanillic and creamy chocolate drydown stays on the skin for a few hours after shower.
I found Chocomania to be very true to its name and it does have a lovely and rich chocolate scent. The shower cream is versatile so when on holiday, it served well as a bubble bath, shower cream and shampoo which is a plus. I understand that this shower cream is chucked full of fairtrade ingredients and vegetable oils that protect and hydrate skin, however due to its rich lather it can also be drying so I'd therefore recommend it for normal skin. I will only be using it twice or three times a week to avoid dry and itchy skin and once returned home, I'll make my own batch of chocolate shower cream.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The 250ml size I have costs £4 which I find excellent value for a new range that does deliver with this product.
İpowered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
Summary: A lovely, indulgent and versatile chocolate-scented shower cream for normal skin