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I adore the "Cranberry Joy" range of festively-fragranced body care items that is released by The Body Shop each year at Christmas time. I had requested the Cranberry Joy Gift Set from Santa, and was delighted to receive it among my other gifts on Christmas morning. This review will outline my experiences of using "The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Shower Gel."
I received the full-sized bottle of shower gel among the other items in my gift set, and this bottle is a generous 250 ml in size, with it costing around the £6 mark if purchased separately. The Body Shop's Cranberry Joy range is seasonal, so it is really only available during the winter months. In saying that however, I have occasionally managed to obtain some bargains from the range during some of The Body Shop's many sales that appear in store and online at their website during the course of the year. In addition, there is a small range of Cranberry Joy products still available - at discounted prices - at The Body Shop's website (www.thebodyshop.co.uk) as @ February 2013, although the shower gel doesn't appear to be available at this time. I have also bought several items from the range at www.ebay.co.uk at the start of this year.
The packaging for the product is in keeping with the rest of the Cranberry Joy range, which has had a recent face-lift, I believe, during 2012. The bottle's appearance no longer resembles that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page, instead featuring the new Cranberry Joy logo on the front of the bottle, depicting a fresh looking cranberry covered in snow, surrounded within The Body Shop's logo, but with some attractive snowflakes at the top. The plastic bottle is clear , so I am able to see the bright red liquid contained within. There is a useful 'flip up' cap on top of the bottle and the lid's plastic is coloured in an attractive shade of gold, which co-ordinates with the gold font/text used on the front of the bottle too. There is nothing remotely un-festive or plain-looking about any aspect of the product at all, and I think it makes a lovely gift for somebody special.
The packaging not only looks great but has proven to be of a very high quality and design. Firstly, I find that the materials used in the plastic bottle are not so robust that they make it difficult to squeeze the bottle to dispense the liquid contents within. This is a significant problem I have had with other products, and is a surprisingly common difficulty I need to endure, mainly because I have limited mobility and struggle with weakness in my hands. Secondly, the 'flip up' cap at the top of the bottle opens and closes easily, and I can manage to use the product quite easily and without any help. There is no aspect of the product's packaging that has caused me any complaint or difficulty.
The liquid Shower Gel is quite thick in its consistency, and is certainly thicker than the previous product I was using. That is not to say that it is so thick that it is a struggle to pour it from the bottle, however, and I can do this easily. I tend to use all of my shower products in the bathtub, mainly because I opt to have more baths than I do showers, and so I like my shower gel products to be versatile enough to cope with this practice. The Cranberry Joy Gel has proven that it is surprisingly adaptable, and I have found the product suitable for use in either the tub or the shower, which is a definite plus point for me. To be quite honest I have only used this particular gel in the shower once or twice, so this review will focus on my experiences of using the Gel in the tub.
I tend to pour a couple of 'blobs' of the bright red Gel under the running tap when the bath is filling. I find this is really more than ample for my own requirements, and is enough to produce a small flutter of small bubbles that gracefully adorn the bathwater's surface. True, this result does not compare when considering bubble bath products that produce mountains of foamy bubbles to relax in, but I think it is important to remember that the Cranberry Joy Gel IS only marketed as being a shower gel, after all.
As soon as the product is poured into the tub, I can easily detect its fruity aroma which smells wonderful. As the fragrance develops, I find it's core reminds me of juicy apple, with a rich, fragrant berry-like aroma coming through easily. This 'berryness' develops and deepens as the bathtub fills, filling my bathroom with the most beautiful fragrance of fruity berry and I find its glorious aroma is completely enticing. There is something very uplifting to be found from the rich, fruity aroma too, and I have found this has felt rather revitalising during the cold, dark winter months. Settling into the tub, I am delighted to notice the fragrance lingers easily as I soak in the fruit-scented water, making the whole process of bathing with the gel feeling completely worthwhile.
It is true to say that the fragrance dissipates from the skin's surface afterwards, but I find that using co-ordinating toiletries from elsewhere in the Cranberry Joy range will encourage the faint berry aroma 'whispering' from my skin to linger for slightly longer. Indeed, bathing with the Shower Gel product acts as a pleasant 'base' by 'prepping' my skin, on which I can 'build' and 'layer' the Cranberry fragrance after bathing. Using the Cranberry Joy Body Butter in particular really allows the beautiful berry tones delivered from the shower gel's aroma to become captured, developed and matured, combining neatly into the Butter's richness, providing a more robustly-scented end result. The practice of using co-ordinating toiletries from within the Cranberry Joy range works beautifully, and I find the end result is excellent, providing a longer-lasting overall aroma that is easily detectable for several hours after bathing. 'Layering' and 'Co-ordinating' my toiletries to such a positive outcome is really only possible in rather 'premium' products in my experience, with products of a poorer quality proving to be disappointing in this regard. For this reason, I have no doubt that the Cranberry Joy Shower Gel is a product of a very high quality.
There have been no negative discoveries when using the Gel in the shower either, and it has proven to be equally as pleasant to use here too. A little really goes a long way, I have found, when dispensing the product onto a wet flannel or 'scrunchie' as the liquid Gel quickly and easily lathers up enough for me to cleanse myself sufficiently. Any more than this just feels like a bit of a waste, and I do like the fact that the Gel feels economical to use, especially considering the slightly higher-than-average purchase price of the bottle.
As with all products from The Body Shop's assorted ranges that I have tried out to date, I have experienced nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation to my sensitive skin - and in particular, the troublesome eczema which 'flares' easily - which is obviously a huge and very welcome bonus for yours truly. It is true to say that many products - particularly those with a strong scent to them - can often aggravate my sensitive skin, but no such unwelcome side-effects have been evident from using the gorgeous Cranberry Joy Shower Gel, thankfully. In actual fact, I have found the product contains something of a rather mild formulation, which is perhaps down to the fact that the Gel contains no soap, which can often cause dryness to my sensitive skin. Whatever the reason, I have no hesitation in recommending the Shower Gel for use by those consumers with either very dry or sensitive skin.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I cannot recommend the Cranberry Joy Shower Gel enough; I find it is a wonderfully uplifting product to use during the cold winter months, and I find its fruity aroma feels surprisingly delicate, without any hint of anything false or synthetic. Not only that, but I find the product is caring and gentle, allowing my hyper-sensitive skin to enjoy it without suffering in any way. The end result is cleansed, spotless skin that feels wonderfully fragrant, nourished and rather protected.
Rather than hitting the post-Christmas high street sales and battling with the crowds, I decided to shop until I dropped from the comfort of my home. Armed with several discount codes for various stores I was in my element with my laptop, particularly as a number of the products on The Body Shop's website were already heavily discounted. I purchased a number of items; one of which was their soap free Cranberry Joy Shower Gel with this review discussing my thoughts.
We are provided with 250ml of vivid red shower gel, which is contained within a tall and elegant looking slim transparent plastic bottle with a shiny golden coloured flip top lid. As this product belongs to the festive Cranberry Joy range, the familiar logo of The Body Shop displays tiny white and silvery coloured snowflakes. The bottle offers a very enticing appearance and creates the illusion of warmth and comfort, as does the remainder of the Cranberry Joy range.
On the first few occasions I needed to apply a little pressure whilst flipping the lid open, but this task became easier over time. Whilst this is not an issue for me, particularly as I cannot bear hanging bottles in the shower where they can gather dust, I would advise that there is no hook, so the bottle needs to be stored elsewhere and will neatly sit on its firm circular base.
The shower gel is easily dispensed and offers a good consistency, which I would describe as fairly luxurious when making a comparison with other branded shower gels and as I favour using net body polishers as opposed to sponges, I found that only two small squirts were required for cleansing my entire body. The Body Shop has created the perfect festive shower gel due to the authentic cranberry aroma achieved by using natural extract as opposed to artificial fragrances. The extract is extremely beneficial for the skin due to its antioxidant properties, which are rich in vitamin C.
I always associate the aroma of cranberries with Christmas, which conjures up images of comfort and warmth and as I worked my body polisher over my damp skin, the aroma significantly intensified with the fresh and uplifting scent of cranberries bursting through the sufficient fluffy lather. I generally tend to keep specific fragrances for either morning or evening use, eg fruity scents for waking up and calming scents such as lavender for the evening to assist in promoting relaxation. However, Cranberry Joy is the type of scent that can be used at any part of the day because as well as being refreshing and uplifting, it is also very calming and relaxing.
The gel enabled me to sufficiently cleanse my skin of any dirt and impurities and was effortlessly rinsed away with water without leaving any residue on the surface of my skin. I adored the fact that the gorgeous fragrance delicately lingered on the surface of my skin for a good while afterwards, which is something I favour with showering and bathing products. It was only when I left the bathroom and re-entered that I realised that its delightful aroma had filled the room and it remained evident for an hour or so afterwards.
Whilst some brands of shower gels can be a little drying on the skin, I cannot speak of any problems with using Cranberry Joy, which was no doubt due to the Community Fair Trade honey content that offered its moisturising properties to my skin. However, I always like to follow up my bath or shower by applying a cream or butter to my entire body regardless of the cleansing product that I've used. I am half way through my bottle of shower gel, which I anticipate will last me a good few weeks despite my husband pinching some every now and again!
The only downside with this range is that there are limited products available on The Body Shop website, but unfortunately, this is no longer listed, so I presume it will reappear before Christmas. However, you can still make a brand new purchase from ebay, as quite a few sellers have listed this shower gel; some of which are offering matching products with starting bids at 99p although postage and packing costs will need to be added.
I was fortunate as I made my purchase for just over a pound and if my memory serves me correctly, prior to Christmas, The Body Shop was asking £6 per bottle, which is far too expensive. However, I cannot grumble about the price or remove any stars, but I cannot see me making a purchase from ebay due to the postage and packing charges, so I will have to wait for it to be relisted on The Body Shop's website where I can make use of a further discount voucher as well as the free postage and packing.
I bought this a few months ago in the Body Shop sale. Usually these retail at £4 for 250ml but on this occasion I paid about £2, at the moment as it's Christmas it's back upto £4 still not bad - not as cheap as the ordinary shower gels I buy but I like Body Shop stuff - their natural ingredients and animal welfare are a bonus.
The Body Shop have changed the bottle in the picture above, the bottle itself now is good quality clear plastic- it can be hard to squeeze the last drop out. The lid is a screw top (so you can open it to get at that last bit) with a tight fitting flip top lid and a pour control hole. The label has a cranberry on it and tells us in gold lettering that it's 'Cranberry Joy shower gel- Soap free cleansing with cranberry extract, and Community Fair Trade honey'. The shower gel itself is pink in colour not creamy but clear. The consistency is surprisingly runny but blobby at the same time. The info is on the back, the writing is hard to read so I've got some of the ingredients off their website-
Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH Adjuster), PEG-150 Distearate (Surfactant), Mel/Honey
-and that's just half of it I'm surprised at the long list and how much goes into such a natural product.
The first thing that's hits me is the smell- I love it- it's smells really sweet and fruity it does actually have an undertone of honey which I hadn't noticed until having a proper read of the label and discovering honey as being an ingredient. I can smell the cranberry but don't think it smells particularly festive.
In the shower I've tried it without a sponge or bath lily thingy and it doesn't lather up. With a sponge or lily though you get plenty of bubbles, one good squirt is enough for my whole body making the shower gel last along time- more than a month with me using it everyday. It washes off quickly without leaving a residue even though it contains honey. It's never irritated my skin or left me feeling dry, I feel moisturised, clean and smooth and the bathroom smells gorgeous for a while. Unfortunately although the scent lingers on my skin for a couple of hours it does fade.
I would recommend this shower gel any time of year- it's usually available on sale from their online outlet clearance shop all year round but I stock up in January as in store it's half price.
5 stars from me.
I may have written in the title of the review that this body wash is perfect for winter, but in actual fact I bought it in the spring! We have a Body Shop store at our Local-ish (20 miles) outlet shopping centre - Gunwharf Quays. We go there a couple of times a year and we were already disappointed by the fact that Ralph Lauren was closed for refurbishment and it was chucking it down with rain! Then we noticed that they had opened a new Body Shop factory clearance type store - I never knew they were the type of company to do such a thing but I was still pretty amazed so we went in and had a peek. Most of the stuff in there isn't broken or damaged, it's just old 'seasonal' stock and some of their standard body washes just had a little bit of an extra discount on it. I don't know if you can use your Love Your Body card in these stores as I didn't have one at the time and therefore wouldn't have needed to ask.
I bought the Cranberry Joy body wash in the store for a bargain price of £2 (!!) which I thought was absolutely fantastic value for a full sized bottle of the stuff. Fair enough I was about 3 months out, but I figured it would still let me use it even when it was (slightly) sunny outside. First of all the value of the product was obviously fantastic for such a small price tag, but I would be willing to pay the full price from the usual high street store. The bottle is tall and slim, not like their other shower/bath gels which are short and fat. The bottle looks more elegant with a printed opaque label, rather than the plastic stickers they put on their other products sometimes. Overall, the packaging is nice and fits in well with the rest of their product ranges. Most importantly, it's what's on the inside which counts (which I'll handily mention in the upcoming paragraphs).
So, the inside. Like most Body Shop products, the first thing which hits you when you open the packaging is the incredible smell. I've never found many of their products to smell overly artificial - they're never exactly like fresh fruit, but they always come pretty close to it. The colour was a nice deep red if I remember correctly, just to enhance the idea of the cranberry flavour. The scent is really warm and perfect for a relaxing bath/shower in the winter when you'd want something to remind you of cosiness! The product lathers amazingly well in the shower, especially on one of the shower lily type contraptions. I never use flannels in the shower, but I imagine you would get a pretty good lather with one as well. Because of the really good lather, I never had to use a lot of it and my bottle lasted a good length of time. I reckon that the scent is absolutely perfect for the winter, and it's great in the springtime as well. Heck, you can use it any time of the year - it's brilliant!
I am not sure why, but I always seem to fall for the limited edition products that come out at Christmas time. One of these is the Body Shop's cranberry range as it just smells so delicious. I thought I would treat myself this Christmas and purchase the shower gel. I love Body Shop shower gels, however they are too expensive for me to purchase on a regular basis, so they really are a treat for me!
The price of this was £4.00, which is quite steep for simply a shower gel, but it is expected from a brand such as The Body Shop. However, after Christmas, this does go into the sale for half price, and for £2.00 it is worth picking up a few of them, so overall the price is fair, especially if you manage to get your hands on some from the sale.
I have to say that the main reason I purchased this is because of its delicious scent. I adore the smell of cranberry, and the key ingredients within this shower gel are cranberry extract and community fair trade honey. As you can expect, this ingredients combined deliver a gorgeous, fruity scent that is sweet, yet not too sickly. It is the perfect scent for winter time, and I enjoy using this particularly with my evening showers after a hard day. The Body Shop fragrances always seem to fill the room with a lovely scent, and the cranberry fragrance lasted on my skin for hours after my shower which I was impressed with.
One problem I found is that when you get to around half way down the bottle, the bottle can sometimes be awkward to squeeze out. Whereas some shower gels just fall out the bottle when turned upside down, you really have to give this one a good squeeze which is a bit of a nuisance if you are in a rush. I directly squeeze it on to my hand rather than a loofah, but the first thing I noticed was that the shower gel was quite thick, almost like a jelly. Every shower gel with this consistency always tends to be of a high quality so I was pretty impressed with this. It also means that you do not need to use a lot to get good results, therefore meaning it lasts longer than your bog standard shower gel.
Upon instantly applying to the skin, you do get a lather, but I didn't feel that it was as good as what I was expecting. Nevertheless, it does thoroughly clean the skin and leaving it looking and smelling fantastic. It was a really simple shower gel to use to gain fabulous results. My skin was left feeling quite smooth which is always a plus, but as well as being squeaky clean, it was the smell that really did it for me. It is just good enough to eat! The funny thing is, is that cranberry would not necessarily be my first choice of fragrance, however as many of the Body Shop's other scents, it really powers through and just tastes delicious.
Overall, a scrummy shower gel which I would recommend to all, however it is perhaps a little too expensive to continuously buy. Perfect for if you want to treat yourself, but it also works well as a gift for friends and family as you can mix and match it with various other products from the range. It is still available in the sale now so do have a look out for it, as it really is worth the reduced £2.00 price tag. Thanks for reading.
I just recently picked this Shower Gel up when I ordered online the other week. I have been buying a few of the Reed diffusers while in the sale and I saw a bottle of this reduced so I wanted to give it a try. I remember trying this and the Cranberry Body Butter a couple of Christmasses ago and loved the scent, so why not buy again when it's on offer.
This comes in a 250ml bottle and the right price for this was showing at £6, but was on offer for £3.
The bottle for this looks alright. I would say the bottle doesn't look quite the same shape as other Shower Gels in the range as it is that bit longer and slightly thinner. The bottle is a red colour and you can still see through the bottle to see how much of this you have used but it is quite hard to make out what the level is at. There is a slight colour to the bottle which you can see on the Dooyoo picture, but it's just a mix of sort of oranges and slightly lighter reds. The lid is a flip top lid and is easy enough to open even with wet hands.
When you open the bottle you get a nice whiff of this. It isn't all that strong a scent really, but it is just the right strenght I would say. It smells like Real Cranberries and not a fake kind of scent. It is light, fruity and has a slight sweet scent to it.
This is a thick Gel and a little bit of this will lather up well on a Shower Puff. This produces a lot of fine bubbles which rubs over your body and rinses off easily enough.
After I have dried myself I can still smell a slight scent of this on my skin. This seems to moisturise a bit as well, but not too much. I wouldn't expect too much Moisturising as it isn't a Cream product anyway.
I love the Shower Gel range from the Body Shop and although I won't say this is my favourite because it isn't, but this is in my top 5 as a nice scented Gel.
Recommended to try and especially when it is on a special price.
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Bath and Shower Gel
I love the cranberry joy range from The Body Shop and I have been lucky enough to have tried the majority of products within this range. There are some that I think are fantastic and others like this bath and shower gel that I think are pretty good.
This can be used in both the bath and as well as a shower gel. To date I have used this twice in the bath and it has been enough to make up my mind that I think this is by far a better shower gel. Personally, I like a bath that is filled to the brim with soft sweet smelling bubbles and this cranberry joy product just doesn't quite deliver that. It does foam up when poured under running water but not impressively so and I need to use quite a lot of it to get anywhere near the bubbles that I would like. On a more positive note this does smell nice when used as a bath product, the whole bathroom gets filled with the beautiful berry scent. I was also expecting this to give the bath a touch of colour but it didn't really deliver that either.
This shower gel doesn't particularly smell of cranberry instead it has quite a strong sweet mixed berry scent. It does have cranberry in it but that is by far not the predominant scent, so it can be a misleading to name this a cranberry product. It is best to give this a sniff before you buy it just to make sure you won't be disappointed in it, but personally I think that this is a lovely fragrance.
The colour is slightly disappointing, it looks lovely and red when in the bottle but that is because the plastic of the bottle is tinted a nice rich shade of red. When you squeeze some of this out it is a pale clear pink, but a very watered down shade of pink. It doesn't quite suit the smell or name - cranberry joy.
This Body Shop Cranberry bath Joy shower gel does not dry my skin out as some soap containing shower gels can sometimes do, as this is a soap free product. After I have dried off I can still smell this on my skin, lightly but it still smells nice. I then usually try and match it up with either the cranberry joy body butter or shimmer lotion to keep my skin moisturised and layer up this lovely scent.
This is a seasonal limited edition, if you are interested in trying this for yourself it is better to be quick before the sell out until next year. As of the date of this review they were still available to buy from their online store. These are now retailing for £3 (it was £6 before the January sales) for a 250 ml bottle, for £3 this does deliver a nice sweet smelling shower gel.
This cranberry joy bath and shower gel product from The Body Store gets a pretty average three out of five stars from me, it makes a nice shower gel but not the greatest bath foam. It gets four out of five stars for a shower gel but only two out of five stars for a bath foam. I would happily recommend this product to anyone as it really is a nice fragrant shower gel especially if you can pick this up for £3.