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I love buying products from the Body Shop, but lately I haven't been able to buy as many products from them as usual since the prices are, as usual for a shop like that, quite expensive, and I really should be saving up for actual essential products nowadays. However, I have to make allowances, and a little bit of self indulgence is OK once in a while. When I saw this Body Shop Lychee Blossom Shower Gel in the store, I decided that I just had to give it a try.
As I mentioned before, the Body Shop does not offer the cheapest of body care products, but most times I find out that it is worth it to pay the extra price and receive something of a really good quality. One (quite small, may I add) bottle of Lychee Blossom Showel Gel cost me a bit more money than I normally would be prepared to pay for such a small bottle (I cannot remember the price exactly since it was quite a while ago) but it was not outrageously expensive either. And anyway, this was a Body Shop product, so I did not expect to be able to buy something like this for cheap.
This is packaged in quite a small rounded shower gel bottle made out of plastic that looks quite simple, yet effective with not too many details on it. The cap can be flipped open without having to use too much effort, and it is one of the bottles where you have to squeeze the gel out with your hand. This was the only thing to do with the packaging of this shower gel where I had a little problem; you have to squeeze down quite a lot harder than you would expect from a simple shower gel tube, just to get a little bit out. However, having said that, it is not TOO hard to squeeze out what you need and it does come out eventually. Also, you realloy do not need that much of the shower gel per wash. Though it is not specifically designed for travelling, it is quite small for a bottle of shower gel and it is not too heavy so you always have the option of packing this along when you have forgotten to buy travel sized toiletries for trips when they are necessary.
The main reason why I wanted to buy this specific shower gel was the scent. I love lychee scented things, and this shower gel was no exception. It smells just like it should; fruity, exotic, a little bit floral and sweet. This is one of my favourite scents of shower gels; however, after washing it off the smell becomes rather faint and fades away quickly, which is a shame since it smells quite nice initially.
The gel is clear and quite thick and can be lathered up to a nice foam quite easily. It feels quite nice and cleansing when it is applied, and it is easy to rinse off.
This does work as a decent shower gel; it leaves your skin feeling quite soft- but then, not too much softer than what I could have achieved with any other shower gel. It does moisturise my skin, but not in too much of a noticeable way like their body butters. It does its job but not too much more.
I do like this shower gel, but I do think that the Body Shop could have done better. It does smell nice and it feels good, but I think that I could have obtained more or less the same results with a cheaper company. Though this is a good shower gel, I would not honestly say that it is one of the best, which is what I normally expect from a shop like the Body Shop. For that reason, I give this product 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
Okay, so I'm a bit of a bath and body addict to put it mildly, and as a Love Your Body Card holder I can never resist a sale in The Body Shop. It was in The Body Shop that I found the Lychee Blossom range at 50% off and jumped at the chance to try the shower gel after I had smelled it .
***A bit more about The Body Shop***
The Body Shop was first founded by Anita Roddick in Brighton offering high quality products that were sustainably sourced and gave back to the community in which they came from. Although the business has now grown to include over 2,500 stores across the globe and has now been taken over by cosmetics giant L'Oreal; The Body Shop still likes to follow its core values.
Twenty years ago The Body Shop set up their own co-operative, to ensure a fair price to their suppliers in the developing world, which now helps over 25,000 people in their local communities. The Body Shop Foundation was also set up in 1990, a charity to help small frontline services funding in times of hardship. The Body Shop has always been against animal testing and not only cares about animals, but people too. Their recent campaigns relate to the prevention of child sex trafficking, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.
It is clear to see that Anita Roddick was a woman clearly ahead of her time, as we are now increasingly aware of the damage we're doing to the planet and about the sustainability of the goods we buy. I have been pleased to see over recent years that L'Oreal are still supporting their campaigns with the recent trafficking campaign being sent to Downing Street.
This shower gel comes in one of The Body Shop's standard shower gel bottles and is 200 ml in volume. It has a very sturdy flip cap for relatively easy dispensation. What lets the packaging down is the sturdiness of the plastic bottle itself, as the plastic is so tough it is really difficult to squeeze out the last of the shower gel. The label is a graded bright pink to white which fits with the freshness and youthful smell of the Lychee Blossom range.
***Mmm... something smells good!***
It is difficult to know what a lychee blossom would smell like, I don't think that anyone would come into contact with it in the UK at least anyway. As the name would suggest this product definitely smells of lychees. It is a sweet, summery, tropical smell; without the coconut/ sun tan lotion aroma. I really love this scent, as I am less keen on the typical British berry scents; it also reminds me of when I was travelling around Viet Nam where fresh lychees were widely available in various markets and food stores. In fact one of the main reasons for buying the product was to complement my DKNY Summer 2011 for her perfume, in which one of the main heart notes is lychee. As DKNY don't make any complementing products I was delighted to find the shower gel complemented well, and allowed the scent to last longer on my skin. However compared to other products in the range I find the shower gel to smell more syrupy, this may be due to the addition of honey in this product. The scent of the shower gel remains faintly on the skin after application for approximately an hour, I did try this once for reviewing purposes, but really needs to be layered with the other products for the scent to remain.
***Texture and Cleansing Properties***
The shower gel itself is clear and possibly leans slightly yellow, however my bottle has been exposed to daylight so this may be the reason. The texture of the gel itself is a little runny, but not so runny it would fall off a bath lily easily. The gel itself easily creates a good lather, although not as much as some other shower gels, due to this product being soap free and lacking the nasty chemicals that help create this effect. I need a small ten pence piece sized amount of gel for a whole body clean. After my shower my skin feels cleansed and refreshed, but without the tightness and irritation I get with some shower gels. I actually find this shower to be quite moisturising, considering it is a gel and not a shower cream. I believe this is due to Body Shop's shower gels being soap free, the soap dehydrates the skin, and the addition of the honey is also believed to prevent dehydration. I use this shower gel only occasionally but I imagine there would be enough gel for thirty to forty showers based on the amount I have left after ten uses.
Organic Lychee Extract
This is what gives the product its fruity scent. Lychees are also known to contain high levels of Vitamin C, and antioxidant, which is beneficial for the skin.
Organic Community Trade Honey
The honey does add to the sweet aroma of the shower gel. Honey is also an antioxidant and is believed to attract water to prevent dehydration of the skin. The honey is sourced from the Ba'Le forest in Ethiopia, one of the countries seriously affected by the recent famine, which makes me hope buying this product will help do some good.
***Price, Availabilty and Other Products***
The 200 ml shower gel is priced at £6.50, a little more than their standard shower gels. I do think this is a little steep, and I'm glad I got my 50% off. I like this compared to other shower gels, but don't think I would pay much extra for this product over other brands that do fruity scents well such as Original Source. It is also important to remember if you spend £5 you can receive a Love Your Body Card, which is valid for twelve months which gives you 10% off all products including sale products, and items bought at The Body Shop online.
The Lychee Blossom range does seem to be a little hard to find in store (it is limited edition) but can easily be found online at The Body Shop's website.
There are a wide range of other products to match the fragrance this allows you to layer the scent. Here are my brief thoughts plus full reviews to follow:
Lychee Blossom Body Butter (200 ml) £12.50 - super moisturising and well fragranced body butter, designed for normal to dry skin. I love it. BUY.
Lychee Blossom Body Lotion (200 ml) £7.50 - smells nice a bit lighter than the Body Butter. I wouldn't buy this again as I need the moisturising capabilities of the body butter. BUY/MISS depending on your skin type.
Lychee Blossom Body Spray (100 ml) £7.00 - I normally love Body Shop sprays but found this one had a chemical/ artificial undertone to it. MISS.
Lychee Blossom Eau de Toilette spray (30 ml) £9.00 - I actually don't own this as I have the DKNY summer fragrance which smells similar, but I tested it in store, it smells really nice like the body butter - fruity and refreshing. BUY.
I do really like this product for its sweet and fruity scent, although I do think it smells different to other products in the range. I gave the body butter 4 *s as I think the body butters at The Body Shop are so good. However as I think the shower gel is good, but not streets ahead of others on the market, I can only give it 3 *s given the expensive RRP.
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