Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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Member Name: nickwock
The Body Shop Coconut Bath Shower Gel / Cream
Advantages: Fragrance! Unless you hate coconut I suppose
Disadvantages: For me, I have to travel 15 miles to get it. Poor lathering abilities.
I received this shower gel as a part of a set for my birthday. I do quite like coconut fragranced products as they make me think of summer and holidays, but for some reason I don't buy them myself, probably because the general brands that you easily pick up in the supermarket (such as Radox, Dove, Cussons etc) don't usually make them, so I was quite looking forward to pampering myself with this set.
The packaging is just a clear, 'stumpy' cylindrical bottle, the cap and dispenser a standard plastic screw on style. The cap is flat with a little lip to aid in opening. Wrapped around the bottle is a clear sticker with the product name, description (in English and French) and a small photo of cracked coconuts and to the side a little statement about how the Body Shop have 'searched far and wide for the coconut oil' which is from Samoa and also to tell us how organic and ethnically responsible the product is - no less than you would expect from the Body Shop. To the back there is a warning about getting the product in your eyes, very handily written in many languages. I'm undecided if the bottle looks modern & contemporary, or cheap and basic!
With shower gel being a daily staple in our house, we often run out and unfortunately this is how mine quickly came to be in use, although I was hoping to keep it to myself! When it was my turn to try it I was happily surprised to see that hardly any of it had been used and quickly surmised that it was because the product is fairly difficult to get out of the bottle. The little dispensing hole is quite small which will help prevent waste, but also the plastic of the bottle is quite firm. Not a problem for my hubby, but I'm guessing my 8 year old son who was second to shower didn't get much gel on the scrunchy. I found it a chore to squeeze the ivory coloured cream out and definitely didn't have time to watch it slowly run out, finely lacing my scrunchy like delicate icing. I also found it didn't lather greatly, enough to feel clean, but I'm used to the bubbles from the aforementioned brands and this product achieved about 50% of those. The smell though, was divine. Lush coconuts combined with a bit of creamy vanilla that almost made my tummy rumble. Rubbing into the body, you do get a faint whiff of glycerine I thought, but afterwards my skin just holds the coconut & cream scent, delicate, but still noticeable a few hours later and it fragranced the whole house ( just a 3 bed semi!) enough for my mum to comment on it when she visited that morning. My skin after drying does feel nice and soft, but problem areas such as my legs and elbows still need a separate moisturiser. (Good job I have the set with the matching body butter!)
As a bath cream I find the bubbles a huge disapointment, the few you do get disappear very quickly, but again, the smell permeates the whole house very pleasantly and it does soften the water.
At £4 for 250ml it is not expensive, but compared to my usual household brands and their tempting offers it isn't really cost effective for family use. The fragrance however is probably worth the price, just keep it away from the kids, it's wasted on them!
Summary: Coconut shower & bath cream