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I really like using bath and shower products from The Body Shop, and was delighted to receive a large number of the products for Christmas. I've thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the extensive selection, with this review focusing on my experiences of using "The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel."
My bottle of shower gel is a generous 250ml in size, and this is currently available to purchase in store in branches of The Body Shop for £4. Alternatively, you can order the product online at the store's website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, but postage costs apply here.
The packaging is in keeping with most of the other Body Shop shower gel products that I already own, with the liquid being provided in a circular bottle made of robust, clear plastic. There is quite a simplistic look and appearance to be found in this particular product, but it is fairly attractive nevertheless. I think it is worth mentioning that even though I struggle with dispensing products at times, due to the fact I have mobility issues, I have never noticed that the plastic used in this product is particularly hard to use, nor have I had any issues with opening or closing the 'flip up' cap on top of the bottle. All in all, I think the packaging is good quality and rather easy to use, which is ideal for me.
The shower gel itself is rather opaque in its appearance, with it having a pleasant cream/magnolia type of hue to its shade. I find that the consistency of this shower gel is absolutely spot on, as it doesn't spill and dribble all over the place when I want to use it, but neither is it overly thick which would make it difficult to dispense from the bottle, of course.
The gel produces a light 'foam' when it comes into contact with hot water, and I find this feels lovely and soft, with a delicate texture on my tired skin. There is nothing aggressive or 'revitalising' about the product or its lovely aroma, but I find this allows it to feel quiet and subdued which is rather pleasant and relaxing when the product is used first thing in the day.
The aroma of the Moringa Shower Gel is one that I approached with mild trepidation, I must confess. This is mainly because the product is floral-based in its aroma, and my own preference is to use bath and shower products that are mainly fruit-based in their fragrances. I will admit here that I doubt very much that I would have purchased the Moringa product myself, purely on the basis that it is a floral-fragranced product.
The Body Shop describe the Moringa scent as containing "The delicate scent of white flowers" and to be quite honest, I doubt I could have described the beautiful aroma any better than this. The Gel's scent is most certainly delicate, although it is robust enough in its 'body' to make its appearance quite early on, almost as soon as the gel has been dispensed from the bottle. The scent feels wonderfully fragrant, but without any sickly or 'heady' feel to it that I would most certainly find off-putting. This was a pleasant surprise for me, as I do find that many floral scents can carry this unfortunate trait. Similarly, I find there is a delicate sweetness to be found deep within the floral aroma, but I have never found that this becomes sickly or 'saccharine' like in its presence, instead adding a delicate sweet edge to the floral tones already present. With a pleasant crispness in the scent coming through as the product is rinsed from the body, this allows the floral aroma to feel rather more light and contemporary than I had originally anticipated, and the delicate nature of the Moringa scent allows it to feel quite fresh, without reminding me of something old-fashioned or remotely dated.
After showering with the product, I find that there is only a mere 'wisp' of the scent lingering on the skin, and I find too that using more 'robustly' scented products will swamp the scent altogether, until it can no longer be detected. The exception to this rule, of course, is when I choose to apply the matching Moringa Body Butter from the same range at The Body Shop. Using this floral-scented butter directly after showering with its 'sister' shower gel will allow the delicate Moringa scent to become more 'developed' which results in a more robust overall scent. This scent will happily linger on the skin's surface for several hours after showering, to my delight. This result allows the shower gel product to feel as though it is 'prepping' the skin somewhat, with the Body Butter adding to its gorgeous scent, allowing it to gather more depth and become more robust. 'Layering' the products in this way and achieving such positive results is really only possible with products that are of a very high quality, in my experience, and I have no reason to question this aspect of The Body Shop's Moringa products as they have proven to perform with excellence, in this regard.
After use, my skin feels rather refreshed, but quietly so, thanks to the delicate nature of the Moringa scent. Skin is left squeaky clean and polished, without any sort of irritation or sensitivity being noticeable to my hyper-sensitive skin. Again, this is evidence to me that the Moringa products are of a rather premium quality, in addition to the fact that they obviously carry a rather mild and gentle formulation. I do recommend the product as being suitable for use by those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or easily-agitated sensitive skin.
I will often use my shower gel products in the bathtub as well as in the shower, but I haven't exercised this habit with the Moringa gel, instead using it solely under a hot shower. I have no reason to believe that the product wouldn't cope well with being used in the bathtub, however, as I have used many alternative shower gels from The Body Shop in this way.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I do feel that The Body Shop's Moringa Shower Gel is a really lovely product, and I find the delicate floral fragrance feels rather lovely on my tired, dry skin. I would really recommend the product as being a lovely gift for somebody special, and feel it is suited to a range of different age groups due to its versatility. I have nothing negative to report when considering the product's performance and will definitely repurchase it for myself again in the future. Based on these findings, I feel that full marks are more than deserving in the product rating score.
I have been using a lot of Body Shop products lately as I always feel like they give me the ultimate pampering experience. The latest thing I bought was a gift set of Moringa themed products. I already knew I liked the fragrance of the Moringa products as I have purchased and used their solid soap bar before, so I was really looking forward to layering up the products and really treating myself.
One of the items in my gift set was a bottle of Moringa Shower Gel. Mine is sized at 250ml but you can also get a smaller 60ml sized product. Although the smaller size might seem very small for a shower gel I have discovered that a little goes a long way with this gel so I think either size bottle would be a good buy. My 250ml bottle is made of transparent plastic and has a flip top. This lid is very safe and secure. I would be sure that it wouldn't leak if I put this bottle into a travel case.
The bottle has a descriptive label attached to it. This includes a list of ingredients and basic instructions for use. There is also a lot of information about the product and it's qualities. The Bodyshop describe this as being "delicately floral" and state it is soap-free but that it contains "moisturising moringa leaf extract" as well as Fair Trade Community honey. Furthermore they call the fragrance "heavenly" and say the tree from which the moringa flowers and leaves are harvested is a "miracle tree".
The gel is a deep oily yellow colour and is very rich and thick. When I first used this I realised it lathered up to form a very dense foam and that these bubbles were capable of cleaning the entire body without needing to add more gel. I apply the gel to a shower puff and literally only need a few squirts. This is plenty and is enough to clean every part of my body. It never feels like the foam is dying away - it remains rich and luxurious. It leaves me feeling so fresh, thoroughly clean and new and I love that the fragrance is so prominant on my dry skin.
The fragrance of the Moringa gel is very beautiful and I'd agree with the brand when they describe it as "heavenly". It's a very unique fragrance that makes me think of golden cores of tropical flowers and fields of golden rapeseed. There is definitely an untertone of plant oiliness which smells really natural and wild. There are also notes of bitter hops, sweet, fresh lemonade and spring daffodils. The finished fragance is very feminine and very beautiful. It fills up the bathroom with this glorious scent and makes me feel calm and wonderful. I think it's the kind of fragrance that is nice enough to please most women.
I'm very pleased with this shower gel and am thoroughly enjoying using it. Since I purchased a gift set I'm able to use it alongside other products like the solid soap and the body butter. This makes it feel extra special although I'm certain it would be just as pleasurable to use without these complimentary products.
I would definitely like to keep buying this but I think it's fairly expensive. This 250ml bottle is £4 and the 60ml is £2. As I bought mine as a gift set it worked out slightly cheaper for me so I think I will aim to buy it when on offer. I think you have to accept that to get ingredients of this nature you have to pay a bit more than usual. I also like the fact that the Bodyshop are one of the more ethical brands out there and they don't test on animals. I think the Moringa range would make a great gift too.
I bought this a few months ago as part of a 3 for 2 offer. Usually these retail at £4 for 250ml but I paid about £2.70 each, which is good - but not as cheap as most shower gels I buy. I like the Body Shop though because of the natural stuff in it and the scent.
The bottle itself is a good quality clear plastic, so sturdy that it can be hard to squeeze the last bit out. The lid is a screw top with a snug fitting flip top lid with a pour control hole underneath. Being able to unscrew and open it means you can get the last bit out.
The label tells us in white lettering that it's 'Moringa Shower Gel/Cream that's floral soap free cleansing with moisturising moringa leaf extract and Communiuty fair trade honey'. According to the bottle not only do they use the flowers but all the Moringa 'miracle tree' which has beneficial properties (I don't know what properties though). The usual info is on the back but the writing is hard to read. The ingredients are under the peel me- again a surprisingly long list.
The shower gel itself is bright yellow in colour. The consistency is surprisingly runny. It's smells like flowery perfume, but you can smell the honey a tiny bit.
Once in the shower I tried it straight on without a sponge and it doesn't lather too well. With a sponge or flannel though you get plenty of bubbles, one good squirt on a sponge is enough for your whole body. This shower gel very long lasting- at least a month with just me using it everyday. It washes off quickly and well. It doesn't irritate my skin either or dry it out and leaves me feeling clean, the honey doesn't leave a sticky residue. It claims to moisturise and it does.
I love the smell of this, it smells more like perfume than shower gel, but unfortunately soon fades.
I am a big fan of The Body Shop's products and out of all their ranges, Moringa is definitely my favourite because of the lovely scent. I do buy the other ranges as well, but I buy this most often and it is one I know I will enjoy using. I believe most people are familiar with The Body Shop. In case you are not, The Body Shop is a company that produces a range of beauty products using natural ingredients.
This shower gel comes in the standard Body Shop shower gel bottle. The bottle is made out of clear plastic and has a flip top lid which is easy to flip open with wet hands and is not fiddly. The bottle is not very heavy even when full and so it is very easy to handle. The bottle isn't very attractive, but is simple and practical.
The Shower Gel
The shower gel is of a pretty good consistency-it is not overly thick, nor is it very runny. It is light yellow in colour and you only need a small amount to produce a lot of lather. I use this with a shower puff as it makes the shower gel go further. The best part about this shower gel is the scent, as I have already mentioned. It is a delicate floral scent that is quite natural. It doesn't smell artificial or overly sweet. The scent is strong though and lingers on my skin for a few hours, especially if I follow up with the Moringa Body Butter, and I love it! The scent might not appeal to males though as it is more of a feminine scent. The shower gel leaves my skin clean and doesn't dry it out. I do follow up with a body butter or lotion though as I have dry skin.
The shower gel contains real moringa seed oil and Community Fair Trade honey to prevent your skin from drying out. It is soap-free, so it is suitable for those with sensitive skin, and has not irritated my sensitive skin at all.
Price and Availability
This shower gel can be bought at The Body Shop, instore or online at http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk. The 250 ml bottle is currently retailing for £4.00, but I usually buy it on sale for around £2. I usually buy 250 ml bottles of regular shower gel for £1, but as this is a luxury product, I am willing to pay the extra every now and then, but would still not pay the full £4.
I love this shower gel and always stock up on it when it is on sale. It performs well as a shower gel and has the loveliest scent. If you've had a long day it will really help you unwind and relax, or if you still have your whole day ahead of you, it will really wake you up in the morning. It lathers well and a little goes a long way.
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Moringa Shower Gel/Cream
Usually I tend to use high end premium toiletries that have been kindly been gifted to me for birthdays and Christmas'; L'occitane, Molton Brown, and Elemis to name a few. Until recently that is, when my stocks were running low and I made the choice to order some toiletries from the Body Shop. Since that time I've been converted, due to its low price tag, high quality, and cruelty free values.
Having tried the satsuma range, and the sweet lemon, I thought I would make a change from the fruity and go for floral this time. With this in mind, I recently purchased a gift set, full of Moringa items as it came most highly recommended by a friend.
I'd never heard of Moringa before, but knew it to be floral due, to the white blossoms, reminiscent of jasmine, on the packaging. A search on Wikipedia tells me that it's a flowering plant of the Moringacaea family. Much of the plant is edible and the leaves contain all essential amino acids and are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. If it's that good internally, I felt it would be doing some good externally too, and couldn't wait to try it.
The purpose of this review is the shower gel. In my gift set, I received a small 60ml bottle, which is available to purchase on its own for £2.50 or for even better value, a 250ml bottle for £4.00. The bottle is clear, so you can see how much you have remaining, and also recyclable, due to the Body Shop ethics of reducing environmental impact.
The design of the bottle is quite subtle and tastefully done. The bottle is stable on its flat bottom, and will be easy to open with wet hands due to its flip top lid, also in clear plastic. The hole the product comes out of is the perfect size for dispensing the product with ease and speed.
The contents are a lemony colour and with viscosity of the gel, it reminds me of liquid honey. This is rather apt, because looking at the rather scary list of ingredients; it does contain Community Fair Trade honey, as well as the Moringa leaf extract.
For the first use, I applied directly to my wet skin. The fragrance was delicate but definitely floral. A guy couldn't get away with sneaking some of this; it's an absolute girly scent, no doubt about it. The shower gel instantly became a whipped cream texture. It was wonderfully hydrating and moisturising.
For further uses, I have used my body polisher, and this way, the product seems to go even further, and less is needed. I'm quite surprised really, how little you need to use. I'm still on the 60ml bottle and still have a quarter of the bottle left, and I've been using it almost a week, sometimes twice a day. The full sized bottle (250ml) will be extremely cost effective.
Rinsing the shower gel off is easily done, and the floral scent lingers for a short while, both on my skin and in the bathroom. I don't have dry skin on my body, and so I don't always feel the need to apply body lotion or body butter. This gel doesn't dry my skin out, and I don't feel the need to apply further products. I do however choose to, simply because I love the fragrance, and layering products makes the scent last longer.
My gift set only contained shower gel, body butter and scrub, but there are other items in the range; soap, body lotion and bath foam complete the set, and I hope to purchase those soon. This is a wonderfully luxurious and feminine shower gel, and one I hope to re-purchase as often as Body Shop will continue to stock it.
Most highly recommended - It get's five stars from me. (Thanks Alyson :o) )
Many thanks for reading my review. I hope it has been some use to you.
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When I first purchased this Body Shop Shower Gel, I got it for free with the Moringa Body Butter. I wasn't particularly interested in buying it before, preferring the stick to slightly cheaper shower gels.
I began using this only before nights out and on special occasions, feeling it was a luxury product, not for every day use. However, recently, I have been using it every day, and still, the bottle doesn't seem to run out. A little bit really goes a long way, leaving the sweet floral scent of Moringa lingering on your skin and in the shower when you get out.
Using this product leaves me feeling clean and refreshed every morning, and I especially appreciate how delicate the scent is, not too overpowering, but a more subtle fragrance, something which I prefer as it is kind to people (like me) who are overly sensitive to some scents.
This product currently retails at about £4 for a 250ml bottle, which is a bit on the dear side, but is definitely worth the investment as an indulgence product, great for when you want to pamper yourself, because it's that extra little bit special.
And you know with The Body Shop, all ingredients are ethically sourced. One of the main ingredients of this product is Community Fair Trade Honey, sourced from Ethopia, buy beekeepers using traditional methods to promoting healthy bees and deterring logging (Source: The Body Shop Website)
I would definitely recommend this product to my friends.
Nobody was more surprised than myself when I discovered that I actually quite like flowery scents, compared to the nutty and fruity ones I normally use.
I had tried the Moringa body butter which managed to sneak into my home without me actually knowing anything about it. I loved the scent and went out to see what else was available.
I also bought the Moringa shower gel and body lotion (currently buy two for £8.00) plus I got a 25% online discount when ordering so paid only £6.00 for both, when the actual price would have been £6.00 for the shower gel alone and £8.00 for the lotion. Now, that's what I call a bargain (if you like Body Shop products)
Moringa, not a flower or tree I was previously familiar with, and as said before, I initially thought the flowers on the body butter I had at home were jasmine, shows how much I know.
It is easy to Google Moringa and find out more about the actual plant and its uses so I will not go into anything here.
As I ordered online (mainly to curb my spending, going into a Body Shop outlet generally ends up with me spending a lot more than anticipated.) I had to wait a few days before delivery arrived. And although I did not pay for delivery and only had standard delivery ticked (orders over £15.00 are free) my delivery arrived by UPS courier early one morning when I was at work. Luckily I had decided to have my order shipped to my work address, otherwise I would have been out and it would have delayed delivery.
The order arrived in a jiffy bag (personally I could think of better packaging) and I was keen to get a whiff of all the lovely scents I had just bought.
Moringa Shower Gel arrives in the normal Body Shop packaging, a clear 250ml clear bottle, showing a label with name of the product in both English and French and a picture of the fruit or flower contained within.
The shower gel is a beautiful light cream colour, totally see through in the bottle. There are two ways of getting to the gel, either flip open the top of the bottle and squeeze gently. The other way is to simply unscrew the top completely and take a whiff. While the first way is easier on the dosing of the gel while in bath or shower, the second certainly gives you a great idea what you are letting yourself in for when using the gel.
Personally I do not use soap bars at all at home and use nothing but liquid soap, as it is better for my already dry skin. While at work we use some rather cheap, yet good enough liquid soap (bars are just too messy we decided), I used my Moringa shower gel as hand wash, just to see how it smelt on my skin.
I only used a tiny bit but it scented the whole of the room with a beautiful flowery scent. Even my colleague commented on it as it lingered for quite a while.
At home I pushed the latest flavour of the month (pink grapefruit) out of the way to make room for the newly acquired Moringa shower gel ready to be used.
When using the shower gel, you do not need a lot. Just squeeze a little on your hands, flannel, sponge or one of those pompoms. A little goes a very long way and the scent of the flower is very intense at first. Washing away the daily grime, your skin is also receiving a dose of moisturiser thanks to the Moringa extract and honey contained in the gel.
The gel lathers up nicely without going over the top. You can work it into your skin easily and it cleans and moisturises at the same time. And of course it leaves behind a beautiful scent in the air and on your skin.
I often think that any Body Shop shower gel does not last long on my skin and I often feel cheated, it does happen that the first wave of scent disappears, only to be replaced by a long lasting scent that is not immediately obvious.
I therefore suggest you do not necessarily layer on the scent with this one. The initial shower gel is already quite strong when it comes to the scent and if you layer it with a very strongly scented body butter, it might be a little too much. I prefer to keep it simple and at most use a very quick layer of body lotion, not butter, to keep the scent last longer but not make me smell a mile against the wind, something that could easily happen if you overdo it with this particular product. Of course, if you have nothing much planned and are not going out, why not overindulge and pack it on?
Using perfume is not really an option with the Moringa range. I even found it difficult to find a deodorant that didn't clash with the strong flowery scent.
Not really one for anything to girly and flowery, I found myself surprised how much I actually liked this scent. My skin is beautifully moisturised and soft to the touch. I do not suffer any adverse reactions to the shower gel, no itching or redness so everything seems to be fine on that front, too.
Available from all Body Shop outlets for a regular price of £6.00 per 250ml or two shower gels or lotions for £8.00 on offer, it is certainly worth looking into. Despite this, the body shop is still quite expensive and the more discounts you can get, the better for you. I bought Moringa shower gel at their 2 for £8.00 offer with 25% spring bonus on top, meaning I got two shower gels/body lotions for the price of one, paying just £6.00 for two.
What is Moringa Shower gel?
Moringa shower gel is a gentle soap free liquid cleanser for the body. It is delicately fragranced with the floral notes from the Moringa tree. It has ingredients designed to moisturise the skin whilst cleansing and removing impurities.
What makes the Moringa tree so special?
The Moringa tree translates to 'miracle tree'. Every part of the tree can be utilised. The flowers give a delicate fragrance and the leaves are both edible and have moisturising properties.
What it contains?
Moringa seed oil with oleic acid helps to moisturise and protect the skin by repairing the natural moisture barrier. Community Trade cocoa butter is one of natures best moisturises and helps struggling third world countries survive similarly Community Trade shea butter is rich in vitamins A & E, which protect the skin and leave it feeling soft, smooth and supple.
One 250ml bottle costs £6. you can get 10% discount with a love your body card (view my review for full details). It is a little expensive but the high quality and Community Trade (similar to fair trade) ingredients mean your getting more quality for your money that also benefits third world communities.
This comes in a standard clear 'chubby' Body Shop bottle. It has a screw top that also flips up so you can easily squeeze the right ammount out.
How to use
Simple dampen skin in a bath or shower and squeeze out some product ( a 50p size blob should be sufficient) onto your hand or sponge/lily and rub all over body. It instantly foams up and leaves your skin silky soft, cleansed and smelling great.
The smell is gentle and delicatly floral. Although nice, my personal preferance is more fruity and zesty scents, but for those who prefer floral this is the one for you. The ingredients are unique and very natural so it feels that little bit special. The product foams up nicely on the skin and makes it feel thoroughly cleansed. It is a little expensive but I do like how it contains unique ingredients with moisturising qualities and those which help third world countries. I also like how it isn't tested on animals too. I did feel clean and fresh but the fragrance just isn't for me.
As a lover of Body Shop products I recently discovered the wonderful fragrance of Moringa body butter. I treated myself to a small pot when I had my £5 from the Love Your Body Card to spend on my birthday and I loved it so much that, once it was finished, I then bought the large body butter, shower gel and soap to match.
I have now started using the shower gel and it is lovely so I thought that I had better tell you about it, especially if you are trying to think of a good idea for a Valentine's Day present!
The shower gel cost me £6 for 250ml from our local branch of The Body Shop less 10% discount gained by using my Love Your Body Card. Strangely enough the bath foam is available on line but the shower gel is not - I wonder why?
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top, which of course can be recycled once the bottle is empty. The bottle has the traditional Body Shop logo together with the name of the product and the words 'Delicately floral soap free cleansing with moisturising Moringa leaf extract and Community Trade organic honey' in both English and French and a picture of what I assume to be Moringa flowers. There is more information on the back of the bottle together with a complete list of ingredients but even with my new spectacles and a magnifying glass I cannot read the tiny writing!
Also on the side of the bottle is a bit more information in both English and French which is headed 'Made With Passion' and tells us a bit more about the Moringa fragrance.
To use the shower gel you just have to flip open the plastic top and squeeze the bottle, holding you other hand underneath of course! The gel is a very pale lemon in colour and as soon as it is squeezed from the bottle the wonderful Moringa fragrance begins to fill the room.
I didn't need to use much of the shower gel in order to create plenty of bubbles and the foam cleaned my skin well whilst the fragrance seemed to gain strength in the warmth of the shower. The bubbles rinsed away easily leaving my skin feeling refreshed and pleasantly scented. The amount of bubbles and general lather would probably be increased by using the shower puff with this product but I am not keen on shower puffs so I don't use one!
For the full effect of the Moringa fragrance I use the shower gel and then moisturise my skin with the body butter and the smell is gorgeous!
I find fragrances very difficult to describe but I will do my best. As you might guess from what I have already told you the scent is flowery and quite sweet but not enough to be sickly. It really is worth having a sniff next time you are in The Body Shop as it really is the loveliest smell!
Apparently the shower gel contains Moringa seed oil with oleic acid which moisturises and protects the skin. The Community Trade organic Honey also contained in the gel is there to soother and moisturise the skin.
I have just been reading the information on the website about the product and the Community Trade organic honey is said to soften, soothe and moisturise the skin and is especially good for sensitive, dry or mature skin. It also says that the honey they use in their products comes from Zambia and is produced using traditional methods. The beekeeper can make enough money to keep a child in junior school for a whole year by producing just four bucketfuls of honey. I enjoy finding about this sort of thing as it is nice to know that by treating myself I am indirectly helping someone else in some small way.
In conclusion I would say that this is a lovely product and I am really enjoying using it. I will certainly buy this product again although I would wait until it was on offer or I had some kind of voucher. Of course I will be dropping hints next Christmas too!