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A while ago I discovered olive oil infused soaps and after using one from The Bodyshop I decided I'd like to try the rest of their Olive range. I finally managed to get my hands on their Olive Shower Gel recently and have been regularly using it.
I bought a 250ml or 8.4 US FL OZ sized bottle of gel. It comes in a recyclable clear plastic bottle which is fairly rigid but malleable enough to squeeze to eject the gel. The bottle is fitted with a flip cap. The whole cap can actually be unscrewed if desired but I haven't found this to be necessary. The cap is very secure and easy to open and click closed. The bottle has a couple of labels on it. One shows the name and most basic details of the product in English and French. There is a picture of shiny green olive skins which looks very appealing too. The other label on the back of the bottle contains more detailed information about the product and the brand.
The Bodyshop state this is a "soap free cleanser" which has been specially made with "Community Fair Trade cold-pressed olive oil from Italy". The ingredients list also includes "honey from Ethiopia", added fragrances and castor oil. There is also a handy QR code to scan if you want to find out more.
The gel itself is a deep spinach green colour. It is easy to dispense from the bottle because it has a runny, honey-like consistency. I like to apply the gel to a shower puff as this creates more of an offshoot of bubbles than if you just apply neat to the skin. The gel lathers up well and, if you are using a bath tub, after cleansing an area of skin the bubbles slide off and remain on the surface of the bath water. You can work up a bubble bath effect. I find that the gel is effective at cleaning and at making me feel cleansed and refreshed. The gel targets tough areas like dried on deodorant and sweaty feet really well! I expected this gel to be quite oily but it's not really. It does feel silky smooth when applying but it doesn't feel greasy at all.
The fragrance of the gel is lovely but it's perhaps not as noticeable when you are using it as it is afterwards. The gel smells fresh and lively. It's like a flora and fauna smell that has a sharp bitter kick. I would describe the scent as being one that would appeal to both men and women. As I mentioned, when I'm using this the fragrance doesn't seem terribly strong but it's when I get dried that I notice that I smell amazing. The fragrance is also very noticeable when I return to the bathroom. It's a great fragrance to have on your skin. It makes me feel very confident and proud of my personal cleanliness!
I would say that the gel has mild moisturising or hydrating properties but I still like to use a moisturiser on some parts of my body after using the gel. You can actually get Olive body Butter from The Bodyshop which I think would be an excellent addition to my personal care collection!
I would definitely buy this again. Although the bottles look a bit small I am finding that I don't need to use a lot of product so I expect this to last for quite some time. I think it's reasonable value for money although at £4 a bottle it is a bit more than I'd usually pay for shower gel. Is it better than cheaper brands? I'd say it is and I think it's also worth paying more for the promise that this product isn't tested on animals. I would recommend this to both guys and girls of any age who want a shower gel product that will leave them feeling great!
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---Why I Tried This---
I love fruit fragrances and am trying all the Body Shop's various fruit shower gels this olive fragrance one also appeared online so I thought I would also give it a try..
---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 gel comes in a clear bottle holding 250 ml.
It has a clear flip top lid and the gel is a gorgeous dark olive green colour.
The gel is quite thick so you do not waste any and only a little is used at a time.
The gel is soap free and 'lightly fragranced' and lathers well.
The front label is transparent to show the liquid inside.
At the bottom of the label is a slim banner of green olive images.
Contains Community Fair Trade olive oil form Southern Italy.
Made in UK and use within twelve months of opening.
If product gets in eyes wash out with clean water.
The top label on the back can then be peeled back to reveal that it contains organic olive oil and that Body Shop is against animal testing.
Full list at bottom of review - it contains Fair Trade organic olive oil from Italy.
£4 for 250 ml. But you can often find discounts on the Body Shop website - and I presume in the store as well. I bought this when on discount.
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.
I was not sure about this shower gel when it arrived as the aroma from inside the bottle did not seem half as inviting as the fruity ones I had bought so this one was consigned to the back of the drawer for a good few months.
The bottles cost £4 each (but I did usually get mine when there were special offers on the website) but definitely worth it as a little treat for yourself.
Like the other Body Shop bath/shower gels this lathers really well in both the bath or shower, needs very little and has a delicious unusual aroma. I cannot really describe the smell but it is appealing, not overpowering and would suit both men and women - so a great all-rounder. I think probably the smell reminds me of Bamboo perfume and shower gels I used to get from Yve Rocher - a good 'green' fragrance.
In the bath it produced a mass of bubbles which did last quite a while - but not until I had finished the bath - as by then they had all disappeared - though I do tend to soak for half an hour - so I would not complain about that. It also left my skin feeling soft and supple.
The fact that the front label is transparent is slightly wasted as the back label is not so you cannot see right through the bottle to get the full glory of the green colour.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - this is a good unisex product - and a little goes a long way so it should last a while.
4 stars - good product but a bit expensive for every day use.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) (Emollient), Methylparaben (Preservative), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).