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WHAT IS IT?
This is shower gel that is made by the Body Shop. It has got a fragrance of papaya.
WHAT I THINK
I like this shower gel very much but I cannot use it all of the time because it makes my skin feel very dry and I have to use body cream always after I have used it. My skin is not dry and it is not usual for shower gel to affect me like that and the Body Shops are usually very suited to my skin.
It has got a very strong smell of papaya and I think it smells like it is very exotic. You get alot of bubbles from this shower gel and I am happy about that because they are very thick and soft so having a shower with this feels like luxury.
I feel very clean after I have used this papaya shower gel but you have to take care to rinse it properly off your skin because if you don't it can make your skin feel very itchy. It does not rinse off as quick and easy as other the Body Shop shower gel and I do not know why because it feels like it has got the same texture.
I do not think my skin feels soft after I have used this shower gel and that is a pity because it has got a fragrance that I like very much and I would like to use it more often but I cannot because I know that it has a bad effect on my skin.
I could not remember how much this cost and I have just looked on the website for the Body Shop and they have removed it from sale so even if I liked it more I would not be able to easy buy it again unless I bought it from Ebay and I do not like to buy cosmetic produce from there.
3 Dooyoo Hearts.
The Papaya bath and shower gel from The Body Shop is sold as "luscious sop free cleansing with moisturising papaya seed oil". It is part of a range of Papaya fragranced products which no longer seem to appear on the body shop website. I'm not sure whether this is a temporary situation of whether the range has been discontinued.
The Body Shop has a very distinctive fruity aroma which you can smell from half way down the street! This product reminds me greatly of that fragrance. A combination of tropical, strong, fruity aromas which is hard to pinpoint to one particular fruit. It is a very sweet fragrance which I am torn between loving and finding slightly overwhelming.
The shower gel comes in a 250 ml body shop standard bottle with a transparent label and flip top cap. The tangerine like colour of the product is clearly visible and is very appealing if you like fruity fragrances.
In use, the shower gel does it's job of lathering well, particularly if used with bath gloves or a sponge. The fragrance quickly fills the room and is quite invigorating. It is fairly runny in consistency and you don't need much to cover the whole body. Having said this, if you are applying with just your hands, it takes a little more of the product to get the required amount of lather. It leaves your skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and the fragrance clings to your skin (and bathroom) for a good couple of hours. In order for the fragrance to last longer, you need to use a complimentary moisturiser such as the papaya body butter.
My main complaint about this product is that is leaves my skin feeling in need of some moisturiser - even more so than when I do not use a shower gel. The blurb on the back of the bottle explains that the gel contains papaya seed oil which in turn contains the essential fatty acids required to keep skin soft and supple. My skin does not feel soft and supple after using this product.
In summary, if you like super fruity fragrances then you will probably like this product but it was a little too sweet for my liking. It cleanses the skin well but if, like me, your skin is on the dryer side then this might not be the ideal product for you.
Body Shop Papaya Shower Gel.
Soap free cleanser with papaya fruit extract from Thailand.
Use within 12 months.
'Unfit for consumption.'
Against animal testing.
4 pounds but not currently listed on the Body Shop website.
This shower gel comes in the standard Body Shop clear bottle. The gel itself is thick and an amber sort of shade – resembling syrup.
The aroma is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant.
I often use the gel in either the bath or shower and it cleans well and does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight.
Quite a pleasant smell but not one I would rave over or one that is a firm favourite. It is fresh and fruity but some of the other gels in the range would be more my favourites.
The colour is rich and golden and pretty to look at.
Only a little of the gel is needed In the shower – I put a tiny blob on a sponge and it lathers and is enough to clean me easily. It is a fragrance that males can use as well as it is not too feminine.
Not currently listed on the Body Shop website so I am not sure if it is being discontinued or just 'rested' for a while. Though of course it can still be bought on ebay or Amazon.
Nothing wrong with this gel but just a fragrance that does not inspire me – though it may be a favourite with others.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes but an average product.
Anyone who reads my reviews will know I like Body Shop products and Papaya shower gel is one of my Body Shop favourites. As soon as you flip the cap on the bottle, you can smell the exotic fruitiness of this shower gel.
Amber in colour, this thick, fruity gel really helps you wake up in the morning. A small amount of gel goes a long way and makes a good lather. You are enveloped in a wonderful fruity aroma as you shower - it's almost like washing in a Hawaiian cocktail - only without the little umbrella.
When you leave the shower the softest hint of this fragrance remains on your skin. The scent is really refreshing. The product is soap-free and contains papaya extract - it leaves my skin feeling very soft and with no irritation on my slightly sensitive skin.
I love this gel - but it seems to 'disappear' intermittently from the Body Shop and their online website. I'm not sure why this is. I bought some a few weeks ago but it is currently out of stock again online. When available it is around £4 for a 250ml bottle from the Body Shop - although I got mine on offer last time for slightly less than that. It is currently available on Amazon.com and at EBay.
Product is not tested on animals. Bottle is recyclable.
Would recommend. A fruity way to start the day.
I recently received this as a set of three different scented shower gels from The Body Shop as a present from my mother. The papaya variety was my favourite to use out of all three due to its beautiful, tropical smell (other scents I received were mango and almond). When using this in the shower I feel like I am almost transported to a far off mysterious rainforest. The only downside is I find the shower gel seems to leave a slight residue on my skin if I am having a quick shower, but seems to be fine when used in the bath.
I always appreciate products from The Body Shop due to the well-advertised "These products are not tested on animals" brand. I would most likely buy this product for myself in the future, but more as a treat than on a regular basis. Due to its bright, exotic colour and characteristic smell, I would also consider this product to be included in a gift for others, as it was originally for me.
I couldn't resist the recent Body Shop online sale, in which several products were brought back and sold for bargain prices. One of the items I picked up was a 250ml Papaya Shower Gel for £3. I've been using this in conjunction with the Papaya Body Butter after going to the gym in the evening.
Like other shower gels in the Body Shop range, the gel comes in a clear plastic bottle made with 30% recycled plastics. It is a lovely burnt orange colour and the design of the bottle means it is easy to see how much of the product you have left. The flip-top lid means it is easy to squeeze some of the product out, and the gel (which has the normal consistency of most shower gels) lathers up really well with a shower puff, not too much is needed.
The shower gel is described as "luscious soap-free cleansing with moisturising papaya seed oil". Despite the soap-free claim I always feel clean after using this shower gel, even after getting all hot and sweaty at the gym. It doesn't dry my skin out either, although as I have dry skin I do like to apply a body lotion or body butter afterwards (usually the matching Papaya Body Butter). Someone with normal to oily skin might be able to get away without using body lotion at all.
The final point I should make with regards to this shower gel is the scent. It is a lovely, fruity, fresh scent that smells good enough to eat. It's refreshing and cheerful and I really love using it. I like to layer up the scent with the matching body butter.
Overall, I can't find a single bad thing to say about this shower gel, other than that it is slightly expensive. As I only use it a few times a week, however, I don't mind this as it is so lovely. The Body Shop has an ethical policy relating to not testing on animals and using sustainable and fair trade ingredients where possible so I am happy to buy from them.