I’m a big fan of The Body Shop, and often buy their products when they are on special offer. Recently I’ve been using some products from their Retro range. This is a range of products that used to be sold years ago, and have been repackaged with their original labels. The bottles are the standard clear plastic ones, however the lids are black, and the labels are dark green with a picture of an old Body Shop store. The packaging is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, like all Body Shop packaging.
This product is the Green Apple Shower Gel. It is a lovely shade of green and contains Community Trade aloe vera, known to be gentle on the skin. It has an amazing fruity smell with a definite scent of apples ideal for the autumn.
The shower gel lathers up well and cleanses perfectly adequately. It isn’t moisturising, and I do need to use body lotion afterwards, but the aloe vera ensures that it is still reasonably good for my skin. I don’t like the scent of this gel as much as the Raspberry Ripple one, but it is certainly very pleasant and I’ve really enjoyed using it.
I have also used this product as bubble bath. It does produce a good amount of bubbles, and the smell is lovely, but for baths I do prefer to use my more luxurious Lush products.
I don’t think this is available at The Body Shop any longer, but it may come back in the future. Alternatively, it might be possible to track it down on eBay. It is a recommended product with a lovely smell.
Although I normally only buy body butters from the Body Shop, during their recent sale I decided to try some other products seeing as the prices were so good. One product I bought was the Body Shop Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel. As this is a Body Shop product, it is only available in store or through the online shop.
The product in question comes in a 250ml plastic bottle which would normally set you back around £4. However, as this was in the sale, I got a bargain and only paid £1 for it. I would never have paid the full price for this due to the size of the bottle and I know that I could get a better deal on shower gels in a different shop. The bottle is mainly see through, making it possible to see the bright green colour of the product inside. The bottle has a dark green label on it, with white writing which explains what the product is. The bottle also has a black flip top lid which is how you squeeze the product out.
If I had been in a shop looking at this product, I doubt that I would have bought it. Firstly, as I said before, I wouldn't have paid the full price. Secondly, the packaging is extremely boring and it wouldn't stand out on a shelf at all. I think especially considering the price that you would normally pay for this, the packaging could have been even a little bit nicer.
This is a dual product, where you can use in both the shower and the bath although I have only ever used it in the shower. I'm sure it would have just the same effect in the bath though. As soon as you pop open the flip top lip, the sweet smell of apples comes through quickly. I use this product with one of those fluff ball things and when I begin to pour some liquid out onto it, I notice that the liquid is pretty runny. Because of this, quite a lot comes out at once which is unnecessary. The bright green liquid foams up easily on the fluff ball, which again means that you don't need to use a lot.
The smell of this shower gel is lovely once wet and foamed up. The smell of apples quickly fills my bathroom and it stays there for quite some time. The shower gel also feels great on my skin, leaving it feel very refreshed and cleansed. While this shower gel doesn't really moisturise or do anything other than clean your skin, it is still a lovely shower product. However, it isn't nice enough to pay £4 for a normal sized bottle.
I adore The Body Shop products and so decided to take advantage of a recent Sale within some of their stores. I actually ended up visiting three different branches of the store which I hadn't set out to do, but decided to take full advantage of having the opportunity to do so, and so ended up scooping some impressive bargains within the discounted sections in the relevant stores.
One of my finds was a "Bath & Shower Gel" product, in the beautiful "Green Apple" fragrance. Having purchased several shower gel products from The Body Shop over the years and loving each and every one of them, I was delighted to scoop up the 250ml bottle of gel for the bargain price of only £2.
The bottle is fairly simplistic, comprising of a cylindrical bottle made of clear plastic that can be recycled. There is an attractive enough label on the front of the bottle and a second can be found on the back, giving full information about The Body Shop and the product itself. The bottle is made from 100% "Post Consumer Recycled Plastic" and can of course be recyleced again after use. One thing I do love about The Body Shop is their environmentally-friendly ethos, and this product's packaging is no expetoption to this of course. Additionally, The Body Shop is against animal testing.
The liquid gel is a bright green colour and can be seen easily through the clear plastic bottle. The gel is not overly runny I find, and I have no issues with it spilling or dripping from my hand or flannel when it is being used. The gel can of course be used in either the bath or shower, and as I tend to have much more baths than showers, this is how the product has been used by myself for the most part.
I tend to use it as a sort of 'bubble bath' type product, and so I find that pouring the green-coloured gel under the running taps is how the product is best dispensed for my own needs. I find too that one generously-sized 'blob' squeezed from the bottle (perhaps around the size of a 50 pence piece) will usually produce an abundance of foamy bubbles in my bath water, which is more than ample for my own needs. I did start out using this product by squeezing perhaps three large blobs into the bath but the amount of bubbles produced was rather ridiculous, and I felt I was wasting the product somewhat as a result.
As soon as the product meets with the bathwater, my bathroom is filled with the most gorgeous scent of fresh apples. The scent is beautifully sweet and of course very fruity, making it a delight to bathe in the glorious scent. I find too that the fragrance produced has a wonderfully refreshing 'crispness' to it that is very reminiscent of fresh green apples. It never fails to amaze me how authentic the aromas and scents contained in The Body Shop shower gels actually are, and the Green Apple version is no exception to this. The crisp, refreshing nature of the gel's fragrance makes it perfectly suited to use in the summer months in my opinion, and the fruity aroma gives a wonderfully uplifting feel too.
The beautiful fragrance lasts for quite a long time on my skin, although if I apply other products after bathing then the scent gets swamped by these. The shower gel leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and spotless and is not at all drying which is something that I need to watch out for, suffering from dry skin and eczema. I think perhaps the product is so gentle on the skin because it is soap-free, and I have found that overly soapy products can really dry my skin out. Whatever the reason, the Green Apple Gel feels as if it is going some way to 'quenching' my thirsty skin rather than aggravating the problem, and I have noticed no ill-effects whatsoever.
Furthermore, no irritation or sensitivity is apparent in terms of my sensitive skin and I noted that the product contains Aloe Vera which is always a welcome addition to any bath time product in my experience, given its gentle properties. I can't honestly say that I can detect the scent of the Aloe Vera in the product, but this is perhaps down to the robust nature of the crisp apple scent of the gel.
As @ the time of writing (August 2012), you can purchase The Body Shop Green Apple Bath & Shower gel in-store in some branches for the reduced sum of only £2. I have also seen the product for sale on eBay recently (www.eBay.co.uk) although it seems to have been removed from The Body Shop's official website.
I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful Green Apple gel for anyone who is a fan of robust, fruity scented products like myself. I cannot fault the gorgeous scent and high quality of the product and intend to stock-up on some bottles of the Gel whilst I can get my hands on them in The Body Shop sale! Definitely gets full marks from me!
I regularly buy from The Body Shop's website as they always have some sort of money saving offer on which cuts the cost of these generally high quality products a fair bit. Recently there was a sale on including a number of shower gels at half price. My delight grew when I received a voucher code to get a further 30% off sale items meaning a 250ml bottle of shower gel was costing me £1.20 instead of £4! Being a fan of The Body Shop shower gels I had to order myself a bottle of everyone in this sale. They were such a great price it seemed mad not to. After all, I'm always going to require shower gel.
This Green Apple Shower Gel wasn't one I'd used before but it sounded pretty nice so I decided to purchase a bottle. As mentioned above a 250ml bottle of this shower gel normally costs £4 but I managed to get it for a much nicer £1.20.
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle which easily allows you to see the dark green liquid contained within it. It looks very appealing in the bottle actually. The bottle has a black flip top lid which allows you to dispense the required amount easily and the lid always stays closed when not in use. The front of the bottle contains a sticker with the usual The Body Shop logo on it as well as the product name and little description. The back of the bottle contains another sticker which tells you all the normal bits of information, ingredients list and weight, for example. The packaging is pretty simple but nice looking.
This is quite an ethical product too which is a bonus. As with all The Body Shop products this shower gel hasn't been tested on animals. The shower gel also contains fair trade aloe vera and the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic.
The scent of this shower gel is really nice! A very juicy apple scent which is really fruity and refreshing. I wouldn't say it's my favourite smelling shower gel from The Body Shop but I've definitely smelt worse and I find the scent to be quite pleasant.
The actual shower gel is a dark green colour which is a little unusual but I quite like that about it. I find I only need to apply a small amount to my sponge to wash my entire body as this lathers up extremely well.
It's pleasant enough to use. The scent doesn't really linger on the skin nor does it have any softening effects on my skin to speak of. But it does do what a shower gel should do, leave me skin feeling clean and refreshed. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin nor does it dry it out so I've nothing to complain about really! I'm not sure I'd pay the full £4 for a bottle of this as it doesn't really offer anything cheaper alternatives don't and I have scents I much prefer in these shower gels when I do splurge out on a bottle. I'm happy to take it for just over a quid though!
---Why I Tried this---
I love apple fragrances and had apple perfume back in the 70s.
While browsing the Body Shop website saw this product and thought it would smell as fruity as the others that I had tried - i.e. Strawberry, Raspberry etc.
---Body Shop Brand---
The Body Shop was founded i the 1970s by Anita Roddick but has now been taken over by L'Oréal.
From their website - 'The Body Shop has always believed passionately that animals should not be used for cosmetic testing. We have never tested our products on animals. Similarly, we insist that all our suppliers have not tested their ingredients on animals for cosmetic purposes.
We're incredibly proud of our dedication to this issue, and our global campaigning against cosmetic animal testing. The EU banned animal testing for finished cosmetic products in 2004, and for ingredients in 2009.'
The Body Shop website says that this is the return of an old favourite.
It is soap free and lathers well.
Two ingredients mentioned are Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera and Apple extract ( a full list of ingredients is given at the bottom of the review).
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with dark green labels and is made from 100% recycled plastic.
The colour of the gel itself is a nice transparent mid green.
---The Back Label---
States that it is made in UK and should be used within 12 months of opening.
There are two peel-off parts to the label which reveals the full list of ingredients.
£4 for 250 ml bottle.
However you can often find discounts on the Body Shop website - and I presume in the store as well.
Body Shop Green Apple - doesn't it sound mouth-watering? However what you get is a little disappointing.
I have bought quite a few Body Shop Bath/Shower gels and was delighted when I stumbled across this one as I love things with fruity fragrances and you do not tend to see lots of things with an apple aroma.
Body Shop Shower gels always lather up well but although this is what I am using at the moment I must admit that the apple smell is not as strong as I would have expected.
I have had the Raspberry Shower Gel which seems to smell out the whole bathroom but this one is just not as strong - so although pleasant I do not think it warrants the extra price tag (£4) that comes with this Body Shop item - whereas I could get a Tesco Baby Bath of the same size for 11p!
From any Body Shop shop but I purchase from their website. The postage here is £2.99 but the company often has special deals for free postage so by ordering when there is a special offer could mean you have free postage plus also get a % off the total cost of your order as well.
---Would I recommend?---
Not really. I was disappointed that it did not smell stronger - as the other Body Shop shower gels all tend to. Therefore it does not really warrant the extra cost.
I have given only 2 stars because of the lack of fragrance - the product works perfectly well otherwise and if you like only a faint aroma there is nothing wrong with this shower gel.
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Glycerin (Humectant), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen agent, Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Pyrus Malus Extract (Natural Additive), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour).
I got this Shower Gel as part of a set of Shower Gels and they were all nice smelling and a good variety of scents. I got this in a 60ml bottle and I know you could buy the Shower Gels in this size of bottle in the shop on their own and not in a pack but not sure if you still can.
I know the range from The Body Shop quite well and know that the usual size of Shower Gel is 250ml. This costs £5.50 in the shop. This may seem a bit expensive but this is quite a common price for Body Shop products.
The bottle for this looks alright. It's perhaps quite a plain looking bottle but it's alright. It's a plastic bottle which is clear and you can see the medium green Gel through the bottle. There is a wrap around label going around the middle of the bottle and this has a flip top lid which isn't that stiff to open.
When you open this you get a nice hint of Green Apple. This smells crisp and fresh and a nice Fruity and slightly tangy scent. It smells like real Apples and not a Fake scent.
The Gel is quite thick and a little blob of this lathers up well. After washing with this the fine Bubbles rinse off easily enough and your skin feels and smells fresh afterwards. I wouldn't say that my body feels Moisturised but since this is a Gel Shower Gel then I find the Gel ones aren't all that Moisturising anyway.
I like the scent of Green Apples and would continue to buy this Shower Gel. There is other Shower Gels fom the Body Shop that I like better but that just because the scents are that bit more unusual, but if you like Apple scented Shower Gel then this is a great one to buy.
Review of Body Shop Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel.
A dual purpose gel for use in the bath or shower from The Body Shop. This particular product was first introduced to the UK market in 1992 and has recently been re introduced as a 'New and Improved' version, in the popular Body Shop range.
Not having tried the previous version, I really can't say whether it is in any way improved!
I received this product as part of a birthday gift back in June and have only recently got around to using it. I particularly like Body Shop products and am fond of fruit scented toiletries, but only the sharper type fragrance, such as apple, lemon, lime and so on. No peach or mango for me, thanks!
Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel is presented in plastic see-through bottle containing 250ml.
The bottle has a black flip-top lid to the top, a dark green label and in a white font the product name and size. On the rear of the container is listed other information which includes a list of ingredients, directions for use and contact details for The Body Shop.
The packaging is not the most eye catching around, to be honest as with many of Body Shop products, the packaging is actually rather dull and dare I say, boring! This does not matter in the slightest to me, I am more interested in the contents than the packaging. Whilst the pack is plain, it would blend in with any décor and considering the product is designed for both men or women, I suppose a simple package is possibly an advantage.
**Usage, Appearance and Scent**
As we do not have a bath in our home, only a shower, I cannot comment on the effectiveness of this product when used in a bath. Therefore this review is based on using Body Shop Green Apple as a shower gel only.
I won't insult the intelligence of readers by telling you how to use this product, I am sure everyone reading this has had a bath or shower at sometime!
Neither am I going to pad out the review with an ingredient list, if anyone is interested in this sort of information, The Body Shop have an excellent web site packed with information, product details, hints and tips.
The Bath & Shower Gel is a fairly runny consistency. It has a smooth texture and is a pale translucent green in colour. The colour is nothing remarkable, it is actually rather insipid!
The best thing about this product is the scent. A lovely aroma of green apples, sharp yet light, clean and not too sweet. It is a very refreshing fragrance and reminds me of the Granny Smith apples my children used to love!
The bathroom is lightly scented with apples after using this product and it also stays quite well on the skin. I find I can still detect the apple-y fragrance on my skin a few hours after using it.
As with many shower gels and hair products, lather is a bit of an issue for me. We live in an extremely hard water area of the UK which has a dire effect on the lathering qualities of any product. To be honest, this product produced very little lather here in South East Kent. Of course in a softer water area, users may find otherwise.
It cleanses the skin well, rinses off easily and is a very refreshing product due to the lovely apple fragrance.
I do find that my skin still needs the application of a body lotion after using Body Shop Green Apple, it is not a moisturising type of bath and shower gel and for my skin, I find it is slightly drying.
**Availability and Price**
Only available from The Body Shop, either on the High Street, Body Shop parties or on line at:-http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk
The 250ml bottle of Body Shop Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel retails at £3.99. I consider this to be rather expensive. Unlike other Body shop items, there do not appear to be any other products in the green apple range.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
A reasonable bath and shower gel, but given the lack of lather and the drying effect it has on my skin, I will not be buying this for myself. As previously mentioned in the review, I received this as a gift and as such am pleased with the product, but it is not going to be a regular in my bathroom!
The scent is good and the gel certainly does what one would expect from a bath and shower product. However I feel the price is just too high for me to justify this as an everyday shower gel. Whilst it is quite nice, it is certainly not nice enough to be considered a special occasion product.
I am awarding Body Shop Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel a 3* rating.
Thank you for reading.
© brittle1906 December 2010
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When it comes to shower gel its something that I purchase a rather alot of cos I am a clean freak! I don't often buy very much from The Body Shop, preferring that if I'm spending more than average to make purchases from Lush or Soap & Glory but the other week I found myself in The Body Shop browsing while my mate bought most of what they had on offer and got looking around at products and stumbled across this and bored, when I took a sniff of it couldn't resist buying myself a bottle as a treat.
250ml plastic see-through bottle that has a black flip-top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and on the front of it, it has a dark green label and on that in white writing I'm basically told that it is The Body Shop Green Apple Bath & Shower Gel (and told that in different languages) and the size is stated. On the back of the bottle other information includes a list of ingredients and contact details for The Body Shop. It's a simple to look at bottle, easy to squeeze and suitable in appearance for both males and females to buy.
A Bit About The Product According To information Given On The Body Shop Website:
It's back! Let your skin blossom with this fresh and fruity cleansing gel fragranced with crisp green apple notes, for use in the bath or shower. Creates a luxurious foamy lather to leave skin feeling cleansed and gently fragranced. An old favourite from The Body Shop®, originally launched in 1992 - now improved with added Community Trade Aloe Vera and 100% post-consumer recycled packaging!!!
The Bath & Shower Gel:
Slightly runny and transparent with a hint of green colour to it as soon as you sniff the bottle you can really smell natural, crispy and green apples and not alot else. Not overly sweetened or anything it simply smells as you would expect it to.
However I Found this to not lather very well at all and I need rather alot per application. I can get lather going on but not in mammoth proportions or anything and I can shave my bits and pieces with this if I want though I do have to be careful due to a lack of suds!
It rinses off with total ease, leaves me smelling delicately of apples (for a good couple of hours too) and I feel refreshed after using it. I have no quibble at all with this products cleansing capabilities and my skin is left supple but not overly moisturised. at all but at least its not skin drying.
Not a bad everyday shower & bath gel though not the best one I have ever used from The Body Shop range to be totally honest with you. It is unisex though, looks a quality product in my bathroom on display but doesn't work out all that economical really due to the amount I need to use per wash! Not bad but not great either.....sadly!
Only available from The Body Shop costing £3.99 a bottle.
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