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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.