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      15.01.2014 12:18
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      A gorgeous shower cream from The Body Shop.

      A thoughtful friend of mine got me a selection of items from The Body Shop's 'Shea' range at Christmas, one of which was the scented Shower Cream, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the product.

      My bottle of Shea Shower Cream is a generous 250ml in size, and the normal price for this is £4. You can purchase in branches of The Body Shop, or you can buy online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs will usually apply. Some of the scented Shower Gels and Creams are available in smaller bottles, but I am unsure if this applies in the case of the Shea fragrance, and certainly I don't recall seeing the smaller bottles available in-store.

      The packaging is in keeping with the rest of The Body Shop's Shower Gels and Creams that I have tried out before, comprising of a sturdy bottle made of clear plastic. There is a plastic 'flip-up' cap on top of the bottle that I can open and close quite easily, even though I suffer with limited strength in my hands at times. I like too how the plastic bottle is not overly robust which would no doubt see an issue with me squeezing it hard enough to dispense it's contents.

      The Shower Cream has a really lovely consistency and appearance; it is soft, and quite silky to the touch, whilst being similar to a lotion-type product in that it is runny enough to pour from the bottle easily without dripping and spilling. It is not really thick enough to be a 'cream' but it is certainly thicker and creamier than your average 'gel' type of shower product.

      The lovely Shea aroma takes hold as the product is dispensed from the bottle, and I find this is quite 'nutty' in its initial aroma, although I can't say it has the familiar bitterness that many nutty scents contain.

      I do find that the Shea Shower Cream lathers extremely easily, with a generous, foamy lather being created quickly, and without effort as the product comes into contact with water. Furthermore, I find that using a bath 'scrunchie' really makes the lather multiply, with even a small amount of the product being able to achieve this agreeable result. This does make the slightly higher-than-average price tag feel more justified, as I do find that using a generous helping of the product with each wash just isn't necessary and feels like a waste.

      As the Shower Cream lathers up, I find its scent really takes on a soft, creamy quality to it that I really like. The nuttiness that had initially been present in the product's scent is still there, but it feels more 'balanced' than it did initially, thanks to the wonderful sweetness in the fragrance. This is delicious, and I think the Shower Cream's scent is slightly reminiscent of an Irish Cream Liqueur, but without the sickly undertone to it. There's no denying that the product's scent is quite sweet, but I've never found this becomes too much for my own tastes.

      The Shower Cream provides a more luxurious wash than other shower products in my collection; it feels more nourishing to my skin, with its silky texture feeling as though it is providing a little much-needed TLC to my dry skin during these cold, winter months. This feels wonderful, with my dry skin responding extremely well to the nourishing properties obtained from the product's use, appearing more moisturised than when other shower/bath products are used. In actual fact, I could probably even skip my daily moisturiser every second day or so, but I've chosen not to do so as yet.

      I like how a faint trace of the sweet Shea aroma lingers delicately after showering; this feels subtle and delicate, although I do find that using other skincare products from elsewhere in The Body Shop's Shea range - such as the scented Body Butter or Body Lotion, for example - will really allow the fragrance to take on a deeper, stronger vibe that allows it to hang around for much longer. This is great for me as I like the scent so much, and I am pleased to be able to enjoy the product's lovely aroma for a little longer by co-ordinating its use with it's 'sister' products from the same range.

      As with all other shower cream products that I have tried from The Body Shop, I have suffered nothing in the way of sensitivity or aggravation to my troublesome skin, which has remained largely 'untouched' by the product's use. Indeed, the dryness that is often an issue at this time of year seems to have benefited from the "Moisture-Rich" formula that this product boasts, and I do therefore recommend it for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.

      Taking everything into account, I do really recommend The Body Shop's lovely Shea Shower Cream, and I fully intend to repurchase it for myself on a regular basis, such is the product's suitability for my sensitive, dry skin type, and my likeness for its gorgeously-rich scent.

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        23.11.2013 17:20
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        A pleasing and high quality shower cream.

        I went shopping to the Bodyshop for Christmas presents for family members recently. I have a loyalty card with the store that allows me to earn stamps and get 10% off everything so I inevitably ended up buying some things for myself too. One of these items was this tempting Shea Shower Cream. It looked so creamy and delicious and I have enjoyed using other Bodyshop shower gels so that's why I chose it.

        The product comes in a 250ml sized transparent bottle which can be recycled after use. These 250ml sized bottles are £4 each and admittedly that is quite expensive. However, I've found with this particular shower cream that a little goes a long way. You might also benefit from frequent deals that the Bodyshop do either online or in store that might knock the cost down a bit. I personally think the quality of the product combined with other factors such as the fact that the firm use fair trade ingredients and don't test products on animals mean that it's worth it's hefty price tag.

        The bottle is fitted with a flip style cap which can be opened easily due to it's easily accessible lip. It also snaps shut and stays shut so I would feel totally comfortable about packing this to take on holiday, for instance. The bottle has a couple of information labels on it. The front label shows a picture of what looks like brown wooden shavings and underneath it says that this product is a "soap free cleanser" made with "shea butter from Burkina Faso". I'll admit before buying this I had no real idea what shea butter was or where it came from and I also couldn't have pointed out Burkina Faso on any map!

        After becoming curious after reading the bottle I did a bit of online research and found out that Shea butter is a type of edible fat that is taken from the nut of the Shea tree, which is found in Africa. This product also includes organic sesame oil from Nicaragua as well as sunflower seed oil.

        The shower cream is the colour of evaporated milk and has the silky consistency of a facial foundation or tinted moisturiser. It's unlike any other type of bath crème or shower gel I've ever used before. The creaminess of the product is so luxurious and delightful to feel on the skin. I find the shower cream easy to dispense. I use it like a gel and apply to a sponge or shower puff although it can also be added to running bath water for a few bubbles. It lathers up very well and a little bit of cream goes a long way. One squirt onto a sponge can be enough to use all over my body. The foam is dense and ultra soft, almost like a shaving foam if you use a lot.

        The shower cream cleans my skin well and I feel refreshed when I use it. What I love about this product is that it makes my skin feel instantly soft as I'm using it. It feels like a moisturising cream mixed in with a cleanser. I love the sensation of the cream on my skin. It also hydrates skin well until after I'm dry and I don't feel like I need to moisturise with any lotions after using this cream in the bath!

        The fragrance of the cream is very unusual. The brand describe it as having a mild and "nutty" scent but to me it smells more like whiskey or Bailey's Irish Cream! I find it quite a sharp and unique fragrance that could be suited to both men and women.

        I'm really loving this Shea Shower Cream and I definitely want to buy some more of it after I've finished using the bottle I have! I would recommend this to anyone who likes very luxurious bath times. I also think it would make a great gift. You can also buy other products in the Shea range at the Bodyshop which I'm going to take a look at as well.

        You can buy this in the high street stores or online at:

        www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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          24.09.2013 20:38
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          Lingering scent but not overly moisturising

          I received a small bottle of this Shea shower cream as a gift. The bottle I received was 60ml, however after researching I have found a 250ml bottle will set you back £4. A little more than I would pay for a shower cream.

          The product comes in a clear bottle with a flip top lid for dispensing. I like the clear bottle as you can see how much cream you have left. The packaging is very minimalistic as is most Body Shop packaging and tells me the product is soap free and has not been tested on animals.

          Upon dispensing the shower cream, the consistency is quite thick so not much is needed, although I find it does not produce much of a lather, I presume this is down to it being soap free. The product is cream in colour and has a strong Shea butter fragrance. Kind of nutty.

          The scent does linger nicely on my skin and seems to leave a gentle sheen. I find it gently moisturising but not overly noticeable. I still felt the need to moisturise my skin afterwards.

          I would recommend this shower cream however it is not the best moisturising one I have tried.

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            31.01.2013 23:22
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            A lovely one for the winter

            The Body Shop is a company that I have been buying from every now and again since I was at primary school so I trust their products and I consider a lot of them to be classics. Their shower gel and shower cream is one of their very popular products and they offer it in a huge variety of different scents, including lots of fruitty and nutty ones, many of which I have tried. I have had various Shea and Shea butter products from them a few times over the years, however for some reason I have to tried this shea shower cream until recently.

            It comes in a typical Body Shop shower gel bottle, the slightly fat and sturdy shaped one which most of the scents come in, not tall and thin like a few of the Body Shop items such as the Earth Lovers shower gels. It is available in different quantities and the one I have is the 250 ml which I think is a good size, as it lasts a couple of months but is not so big and never ending that you get sick of the scent before you have finished it. It is clear which also lets you see the amount you have left. I tend to have a few bottles of shower gel open in my shower at any one time as I like to change it up from day to day, so for that reason I find it hard to say exactly how long this one would last with daily use.

            Shea is known for its moisturising properties and it feels kind and luxorious on the skin, especially in this cold winter weather where I feel like I need some extra moisture. The scent is also one of the main selling points for this as well as the rich creamy texture. It has a fairly strong sweet smell which has a nutty tone to it and smells comforting. It is not particularly envigorating or fresh smelling, so it doesn't really wake me up on mornings when I am feeling a bit reluctant to get moving. Maybe it is more of a relaxing scent to wind down with but i am someone who prefers to shower in the morning rather than at night, so I haven't tried it out at night myself. I wouldn't say it's my all time favourite of their scents but I am sure I will get I again from time to time, as it is really nice.

            As I said, the texture of this shower cream is another factor which I think is a big positive. I like shower creams which are quite moisturising, creamy and feel gentle and kind to my skin. I don't really suffer with much of a dry skin problem on my body, but at the moment since the weather is cold and harsh I am getting some dryness on my elbows and I do still like to feel the my skin is getting cared for and moisturised to keep this at bay. The cream is a fairly thick beigey colour and it lathers up very well on a shower puff, making loads of soft creamy bubbles which feel really nice when rubbed into the skin.

            This leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh, and the scent lingers on the skin a bit. If you do want to retain the shea scent there are loads of products with the same scent frm the Body Shop which you could layer to keep the scent strong, such as the body butter.

            Overall for anyone who likes shower products with fruity and nutty scents, the Body Shop is definitely a great place to go and shea fans should be happy with this lovely shower cream that smells good and feels nourishing.

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            22.01.2013 18:09
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            Moisturising and nutty shower gel.

            ===The Product===

            The standard round squat plastic bottle with a translucent screw top which has a flip up cap.
            'Smooth soap-free cleansing with moisturising shea butter'.
            250 mls and made in the UK.
            Use within 12 months.
            The front label has an image of nuts and the back label can be peeled back to reveal more details.
            Against animal testing.
            Body Shop use Shea Butter in over 70 different products.
            The label states that Shea Butter was used by African women to protect against the drying Saharan winds.
            The Body Shop Shea Butter is from Ghana where the shea nuts are collected and roasted by local women.
            SHEA BUTTER - Body Shop's Community Fair Trade shea butter comes from Ghana. Local women hand-harvest shea nuts, dry them in the sun and crack them to extract the kernels. The Tungteiya Women's Shea Butter Association has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools.



            ===Cost===

            £4 for 250 ml bottle.



            ==Other Shea Items===

            The Body Shop uses Shea Butter is a wide range of their products but to go specifically with the shower cream they have:
            * Body Butter
            * Body Scrub
            * Body Mist
            * Body Lotion
            * Body Oil
            * Soap.



            ===My Opinion===

            I was lucky enough to be given a pile fo different Body Shop items for Christmas and one of the gifts was this Shea Butter Shower Cream.
            This is unlike most of the Body Shop's fruity shower gels I have used before but I like most Body Shop items and it is always good to have a change.
            The shower cream is a beige colour and quite runny. When you smell it in the bottle it does not have a strong aroma but when used on the skin it gives off a lovely nutty smell. Being soap free you do not get any lather but this feels lovely and rich when used and leaves your skin feeling soft. I do not have an especially dry skin but would imagine this would be very good to use if you did have.
            The cream leaves a slight aroma on the skin which is very nice but not too intrusive and is just a gentle hint of a smell. Your skin is good and moisturised so personally I do not feel the need to use a body lotion as well.
            I enjoy using this product and it does feel as if your skin has been enriched after use, rather than with some shower gels and bubble baths which leave your skin feeling taut and dry. I love the nutty smell which is not especially feminine so could be used my males or females.
            Personally I only buy Body Shop items for myself when they are on sale. For a family this price of £4 a bottle would work out quite expensive but as a present or occasional treat I think the shower cream is really good.



            ===Star Rating===

            4 stars - depending on the cost.



            ===Would I Recommend?===

            Yes.



            ===Websites===

            www.thebodyshop.co.uk



            ===Full Ingredients===

            Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), PEG-5 Cocamide (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Sesamum indicum (Sesame Oil) (Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

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            31.08.2012 20:09
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            A nice nutty scented shower cream from The Body Shop

            I bought The Body Shop's Shea Shower Cream on a whim, while shopping for a gift. I needed some more shower gel, and as someone who has liked other shea butter products, I decided this would be my next product to try. I paid £4 for 250ml, which made me feel that I wasn't getting too much for my money. I do love that scent though, so I decided to treat myself.


            The bottle is quite simply designed, but it doesn't look too cheap, and the label lists all the usual useful information, such as an ingredients list. The lid is flip top and the dispensing hole is perfectly sized to ensure you get a manageable quantity out at once. The cream isn't as runny as some shower gels but it isn't as thick as the "cream" in the title may make you believe. This is more of a single cream than a double! This is probably a good thing as it means it spreads out across your skin easily. In fact, you don't need very much in one go in order to wash your whole body effectively. This makes the cream a better value product than it seemed at first, however, if you want a lather, you will need to use more. This is because it doesn't really lather much at all. I don't mind this but as I am used to shower gels that do "froth" up, I kept tipping more out at first in an effort to replicate the same effect. I then realised that my skin was feeling clean regardless of the lack of any foaming action, so I am content to use less and except that is how the product is supposed to be. Apart from that, it feels lovely on the skin - velvety smooth and a real creamy pleasure to use.


            The scent is also delightful. It is one familiar to me from using other shea products. If you haven't smelt any before, I would call it a nutty scent. It isn't too strong, either when you are using it in the shower, or afterwards on your skin. I can smell it on my skin for several hours after use, in a pleasantly subtle way. I personally prefer these milder scents, especially if I am going to use more than one perfumed product at once.


            The Body Shop says that their shower cream will both cleanse and moisturise. I would agree that it does both. After use, my skin feels especially fresh, as well as genuinely clean. I do think that my skin feels noticeably softer, and I was impressed to notice this effect after just one shower. I know that sometimes it takes a period of continued use for a product to reach it's potential. My body skin is what I would call "normal", in other words it isn't especially dry or oily. The moisturising effects are enough for me, and as they last most of the day, I would say they are probably strong enough to make this product worth trying if you do have drier skin. I still felt the need to apply a seperate moisturiser on the odd patch of tough skin that I have, for example on my elbows, but I didn't really expect a shower cream to deal with that. This isn't one of those shower products that claims to be suitable for use as a shampoo also, which is fine as I don't find those very effective.


            Overall, I would recommend this cream. It leaves my skin clean and soft and it smells nice. I find the scent a refreshing change from the usual fruity and florals shower gels, and it is probably more unisex too. The price is quite high nevertheless, so I won't adopt this as my every day shower gel. I will instead buy it from time to time when I feel like something a bit more special. Like all Body Shop products, this hasn't been tested on animals, which makes another good reason to try this out for yourself.

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            22.07.2012 13:34
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            It's okay but not as nice as their other shower products

            I'm fresh out of the shower for this review

            I bought this ages ago and have only just got around to using it. I paid £4 for 250ml which is expensive but nice for a bit if a treat, you feel like you're getting something special as The Body Shop is famous for it's natural ingredients and animal free testing but a quick look at the label surprises me with how much chemically sounding stuff is in it.

            The bottle is the usual sturdy Body Shop style one, in fact they are quite hard to squeeze. It's see through plastic with a see through label telling us it's 'Smooth soap free cleansing with moisturising shea butter', I like to be able to see how much is left in the bottle. The lid has a screw top with a tight fitting quality flip top. It looks nice and posh in the bathroom.

            Onto the actual shower cream well it's unusual to say the least- not what I expected- it's very runny, almost like thick chocolate milkshake, only a lighter brown. Their website states a 'nutty subtle scent' but it doesn't smell nutty to me I can only describe it as sweet- not unpleasant but rather nice a bit 'manly' even. I tried it straight on without a body puff and it doesn't lather at all, it's like body lotion but with the bath lily/sponge it lathers quite well, even with a small amount. I feel clean but not moisturised in fact I'm left a bit itchy. The smell isn't too strong and I can still smell it on my skin but not for long.

            I don't think I'll need much per shower so it should last a good while. I don't think I'll buy this particular one again though, it would have to be a lot cheaper for it to be regular purchase.

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            08.06.2012 19:23

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            A quality product with a conscience

            The Body Shop's Shea Shower Cream comes in a clear 200ml bottle with a flip top cap with an easy to remove label, great if you are a recycling guru as can be reused for any number of things. The shower cream is a rich moisturising cleanser though it doesn't lather particularly well. You can rest assured with this product as with all Body Shop products that it has not been tested on animals and that the ingredients are as Fair Trade as possible. The price is a little steep at around £6.00 per bottle but as with so many products a conscience costs money. You can also get this shower cream in a 50ml travel size which is great those of you who spend a lot of time getting around. The scent of this product is devine and there are a whole wealth of other items in the Shea range which all compliment each other marvelously.

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            24.04.2011 21:55
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            Okay but not brilliant

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            I am a big fan of these shower gels from the Body Shop. Yes, they are a bit on the pricey and yes, there are some of the fragrances I am not mad on, but generally I think the quality is fantastic and it's worth paying a few extra pennies (or pounds) for.

            Although the majority of the shower gels available are in fruity scents, there are a few that are a little different. These are coconut, cocoa butter, Brazil nut and the one I am reviewing here - shea butter.

            As mentioned, these products are quite highly priced - although I have been very pleased to see that for some reason the price of most of the 250ml bottles of shower gel have come down from £6 to £4. I have no idea if this is permanent or not but it is still welcome (although if I am honest I still think they are a little pricey even at the new lower price). They were also doing a great deal if you purchased multiple bottles of shower gel, but this has now ended. But do keep your eyes peeled for sales and other offers as this is when I buy all my Body Shop stuff! Prices for the shea butter shower cream are £2 for 60ml and £4 for 250ml.

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            The 250ml bottles of shower gel are nice and chunky, in sturdy see-through plastic with nice, simple writing. I love the packaging of these products and I think they do look nice in the shower, and helps justify the high price. You can see the shea shower gel through the bottle, and it is a nice creamy colour which looks rich and appealing. It's also very different from the really bright fruity shower gels that are more familiar.
            Pouring this out of the bottle, I got quite a surprise. Instead of the thick, creamy gel I was expecting, I found the consistency really odd and it reminded me of paint. Not pleasant! I was quite surprised by this as I did think the consistency would be quit different and lot creamier. Instead it was a bit runny and not like a shower product at all!

            Putting the consistency aside, the smell of this product is really nice and, again, quite unlike other Body Shop shower gels which can have strong, fruity fragrances. This is much more subtle and is a great option for those who don't want anything strong - this is much more neutral and has a creamy, fresh smell. Personally I find it a bit too subtle, and I prefer a stronger scent, but it is very inoffensive and good if you don't want anything full on.

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            Applying this shower product (with a shower puff which I always use), the product lathers up a little but it is nothing magnificent. However it does make your skin feel soft as you apply it. I actually found that it works better without a shower puff - although it lathers less it seems to moisturise more this way - but as a result you need more of the product! After showering and drying, skin still feels soft and smooth, although the smell doesn't linger much at all.

            I do like this product, but I've decided to give it only three stars. Why? Well I find the consistency off-putting and I expect something a bit nicer for this price - possibly a bit richer and more luxurious. And although the smell is nice and subtle, it is a bit too low key for me. So although I think there are people who would really like this product, for me personally it isn't a patch on my other Body Shop shower faves (like the raspberry, satsuma and mango shower gels).

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              31.12.2010 15:12

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              Nice luxury item but not a bathroom staple.

              I got this shower gel as part of a box set this Christmas from my boyfriend. I've had an on/off relationship with the Body Shop over the years as I like what they stand for but I do find them pretty expensive so it's nice to receive a big box of it at Christmas! I can't comment on all the Shea products in the box as I haven't used them all yet but thought I'd start with this shower gel as I've used it a few times already. It's a lovely luxuriously creamy shower gel which works up into a nice lather quickly and has such a divine smell - it promises to linger on the skin after you've gotten out of the shower and I have to say that it does last for a little while after. I think the bottle is a little on the small side and I don't think it's going to last me all that long... So, I would say this is the sort of shower gel you get as a treat now and again but not something you would buy as a bathroom staple.

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              Shea Shower Cream is a winner from Body Shop.

              BODY SHOP Shea Shower Cream

              I have been a fan of Body Shop products for many years now and was delighted to receive a gift set of Shea products as a birthday gift earlier this year. The shower cream for some reason has gone unopened since I received it, until last week.

              ==The Product==

              The Shea shower cream is presented in a cream coloured plastic bottle with a flip top closure, containing 250ml of shower cream.
              As mentioned, my shower cream was part of a gift set, which I believe retails in the region of £23 and contains 4 Shea products and a shower puff, all of which can be purchased individually. A 250ml bottle of shower cream currently retails for £6.00.
              The bottle has a brown label picturing the Shea nuts and cocoa beans. It isn't the prettiest of containers, but as it is aimed at both male and female users, I guess most people would be happy enough to display it on the bathroom shelf! From my point of view, the packaging is fine, but I do prefer my shower products to come with a hook to hang up in the shower.
              The Body Shop logo is prominently in the top left of the label and the ingredient list is on the reverse of the bottle. This is written in a very small font, I feel Body Shop should really take note on this as more and more shoppers nowadays are label concious and want to know exactly what a product contains.

              The labelling also advises that the product should be used within 12 months of opening, that the container is recyclable and that the product is not tested on animals.

              ==Scent, Appearance and Use==

              On opening the shower cream, my first impression was of a pale beige, yoghurt-y looking cream, which smelt faintly reminiscent of Imperial Leather soap. The texture is smooth and it looks shiny. The shower cream lathers on the skin the skin very well, even in my hard water area it produce a rich creamy foam. I have found that it leaves my skin feeling cleansed, smooth and soft. The scent holds for quite sometime and although the fragrance is not unpleasant but maybe a little too 'soapy' for some people.
              I suffer from occasional outbreaks of contact dermatitis, so I suppose I should class my skin type as sensitive, I have had absolutely no reaction from this, or any other Body Shop Shea product.
              Other items in this range include body butter, lip balm, body scrub, bath foam, body lotion and soap.
              Obviously, being a Body Shop product, this is only available from their outlets. Their range can be purchased in store, online (www.bodyshop.co.uk) or from Body Shop at Home parties.

              ==A Little More About Body Shop Shea Products==

              Body Shop Shea product range is part of their 'Community Trade' scheme, An association of around 400 women from 10 villages, Body Shop ensure they are paid a fair price for their Shea beans. Since trading with The Body Shop the women have been able to dramatically change their lives with water pipes and wells, better housing, medical care, food, and self esteem. Importantly, they are also able to give their children the chance to go to school. Since 1995, The Body Shop has been buying cocoa beans from the Kuapa Kokoo company in Ghana, a fair trade co-operative with over 30,000 small-scale farmers. The money made by the co-operative enables the development of community projects such as schools and village wells in addition to providing the farmers with income to support their families.

              ==Ingredients==

              I am not going to pad out this review with a long list of ingredients, cosmetic and toiletry products always seem to read like a chemist stock list to me, so I suggest that consumers who are interested in this type of information, check out the company website where a full ingredient list for each Body Shop product can be found.

              ==My Thoughts and Conclusion==

              All in all, this is a very good shower cream, it does what you would expect a shower product to do, gets you clean and has the added advantage of softening your skin. The scent is in my opinion, pleasant, but it is unremarkable. I find a little of the shower cream goes a long way, which given the price, is a good thing!
              I have to say that I do like Body Shop's Shea range, but would not actually buy the products for myself nowadays, as although they are good, they are out of my budget for everyday use, being rather expensive.
              It's a good job Christmas is coming, I shall have to hope that Santa brings me some more Body Shop Shea products to replenish my stocks!


              Thank you for reading.
              ©brittle1906 November 2010

              Please note:- My reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name.

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                04.09.2010 22:25
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                NOT FOR ME

                The Body Shop is a highstreet and online beauty company with a natural and ethical approach to products. There are around 2500 stores worldwide and www.bodyshop.co.uk also stocks their products. You can even have a Body Shop party in your own home!

                Body Shop don't test their products on animals and can confidently advise that everything they produce is suitable for vegetarians. They are also involved in a Fair Trade programme which allows those in poorer enviroments to secure a decent income from providing the ingredients.

                The Body Shop product range is extensive and offers skincare, bodycare, hair and makeup products. They also have a selection for men and giftsets. In the store, product testers are often available to try before you buy or before the sales assistant jumps you! Various scented products can be bought individually or in sets to compliment each other.

                ~~~Product and Range~~~

                The Shea range from the Body Shop includes a few different products :

                *Soap
                *Lip Butter
                *Body Scrub
                *Whip Body Lotion
                *Body Butter
                *Bath and Shower Cream

                This review concentrates on the Shea Bath and Shower Cream.

                This shower cream is soap free and designed to moisturise and cleanse dry skin as you shower. It contains 3 key ingredients to perform its intended purpose :

                Shea butter - known for its moisturising and skin softening properties. Shea butter is a common ingredients in Body Shop products as it is included in over 70 of them.

                Seasame oil - works together with the shea butter to moisturise and soften the skin. The seasame oil is from Nicaragua and its inclusions provides income to small scale farmers.

                Sunflower oil - works in a similar way to the other 2 key ingredients. It also adds essential fatty acids which work as a barrier to protect skin.

                The shower cream can be used as an all over body wash in the bath or shower and once lathered up and rinsed off, it should provide you with soft, clean and delicately scented skin.

                ~~~Packaging~~~

                The shower cream comes in a chunky, clear plastic bottle with a flip top cap concealing a fairly small dispensing hole. A label runs around the middle of the bottle. The familiar Body Shop logo and product name can be seen on one end. Around the other end of the bottle, the company claims can be found alongside the ingredients, contact details etc in different languages.

                The bottle can be recycled and has a shelf life of 12mths from first opening.

                ~~~Ingredients~~~

                Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), PEG-5 Cocamide (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Sesamum indicum (Sesame Oil) (Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

                ~~~Availability and Price~~~

                Available from Body Shop stores or online.

                60ml @ £2.50
                250ml @ £6.00

                Not the cheapest shower cream!


                ~~~My Opinion~~~

                Whilst I do like some Body Shop products, I feel they are way overpriced for what they are (says the one who loves treating herself to Soap and Glory!). I very rarely pay full retail price for any of my beauty bits..and no..I don't nick them! I pick things up in clearance sales, at carboot sales and through ebay and secure myself some expensive bargains at cheap prices! This is how I became the recipient of a 250ml bottle of Shea Bath and Shower Cream.

                The bottle isn't very tall but it is chunky! The design of the bottle is bland and boring and so goes into the corner behind my brighter goodies! The shower cream itself is a dark, creamy shade and being a cream rather than a lotion or gel, I expected it to be of a thick consistency..much like a thick fromage fraise. I have been using this in the shower and using my hands to work it up. I squeeze a dollop out onto my hands and notice that the shower cream is quite runny and resembles double creamb pouring from a tub. The initial scent isn't exciting..a little sweetness but nothing major.

                The shower cream on contact with my wet skin, takes a bit of rubbing to get it lathered up. Normally from a shower cream, I would expect a thick and luxurious lather but this produced a thin layer of lather. The lather was soft and warm against my skin and I could feel it sinking in as I massaged it further. The scent didn't intensify very much and was pretty much invisible to my nose which isn't ideal as I appreciate some kind of scent.

                Rinsing the shower cream off took very little effort on my part as I simply stood under the shower and gave a few swishing actions. Although my skin felt clean and soft, a slight oily texture remained on the surface which I pressume to be the combination of sunflower and seasame oil. After drying off, the oily layer took a good 10-15mins to disintergrate and during which time, a faint, sweet and almost nutty aroma sat on my skin. It was pleasant but just not strong enough to be noticeable unless I sniffed myself.

                My skin was soft and clean and I proceeded to get dressed. After around an hour, my skin was quite sore where my dry skin is (elbows, knees) and around sensitive areas (well I don't need to spell it out do I?). Being soap free, I had assumed I could clean every part of my external body with it..well apparently not! I did try this again and experienced the same unpleasant sensation so gave up! It has now been relegated to my half used box in the cupboard til I find someone who wants it!

                I believe it may have been my sensitive skin that didn't like this very much but it may suit those with normal skin and I have half a bottle going spare if you want it! £6.00 is too much to spend on this as it is rather thin and doesn't cover a massive area. Radox or Sanax offer much better options.

                Thanks for reading:)

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                  20.07.2010 13:26
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                  Apart from the price this is the best shower cream ever!

                  A few weeks ago The Body Shop had a sale on, so although I normally shop at Boots for all my bathroom and body essentials, I decided I would pop in and have a look to see what was on offer.
                  I picked up this shower cream and it cost me about £3 for a 250ml bottle, saving me money as it would have normally costed me £6.


                  The reasons I decided to buy this particular shower cream over any other is because I just love the fragrance of shea nuts, which is a bit strange because I hate the taste of nuts! It is a delicious smell that smells nutty but sweet at the same time. I also bought the shea body butter and shea body scrub, as well as a few other bargains from around the shop. The smell is strong but not overpowering when you wash with it, and it lasts as a light scent on your skin for a good few hours after washing.


                  The substance of the shower cream itself is rich and creamy. It is very thick, like a yoghurt almost, and so it lathers up but not in a foamy sort of way, and it is easy to rub it in all over your skin.
                  It cleanses really well and leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and moisturised. My skin is quite dry and after washing with this I don't even feel like I need to use a moisturiser.


                  Apart from the price this is the best shower cream I have ever used. It is rich and creamy and smells beautiful, it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, and I would definitely buy this again.


                  Thanks for reading xo

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                    13.02.2010 18:01
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                    Recommended as a moisturising shower cream

                    In my Body Shop shower gel set was a little 60ml bottle of Shea Shower Cream. I believe you can only get the smaller ones in gift sets but larger 250ml bottles are available to buy for £6. The bottles basically look the same: clear plastic - you can see the pale brown product inside - and a simple label.

                    This product contains shea butter and sesame oil to moisturise and soften the skin. It also contains sunflower oil which supposedly has essential fatty acids which help repair the skin.

                    The shower cream smells lovely, slightly nutty. 'Cream' is an appropriate description, as it is quite runny and comes out easily on to your body puff. It doesn't lather terribly well but it does it sufficiently to work, and I find that you don't need too much at a time.

                    This product is also really good to use as a shaving cream, as it really moisturises and protects the skin.

                    Unlike the Mango shower gel which I tried recently, I do recommend this shower cream. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised. Although it is quite expensive I would consider buying it again.

                    Another advantage is that the shea butter is Community Trade and provides income for small-scale farmers, so the product's ethical too. If you have a Love Your Body card you can also get 10% off.

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                    Great for very dry skin

                    I recently bought a Christmas present for myself, which consisted of a Bathe Beautiful kit from the Body Shop. I chose the Shea variety as I really like the shea body butter they make. The kit came with this body wash, among other things. I like this stuff for the effect it has, but I don't find it particularly enjoyable to use.

                    Shea body wash comes in a 250ml plastic bottle that you can either buy separately or as part of a kit. To use it, I simply squeeze some onto a bath lily (I use the one that came with the kit) and rub it on my skin in the shower. I find I have to use a bit more of it than I do with other body wash, but this is probably because it's soap-free and contains a fair bit of moisturising cream. It does lather very well, though, when I use enough of it.

                    The thing I like about this body wash is that it moisturises my skin very well. I have very dry skin, and the shea range was designed for dry skin so this stuff is perfect for me. I find when I wash with it that I can often go without body lotion, or else if my skin has been acting particularly badly I can use this and body lotion for an extra pampering treat. When I use this I don't get my eczema flair-ups or any dry, flaky patches of skin. This is a great result, and saves me a good bit of time as well.

                    The thing I don't like about the body wash is that it has no particular scent. The shea body butter I love partially because it smells like a cake being baked in the oven - rich and vanilla-y and warm. This body wash, by contrast, doesn't smell of anything much. It isn't offensive, just boring. I prefer to use a body wash that has an "aromatherapy" effect, either waking me up in the morning or helping me to relax at night. This body wash does none of that, unfortunately.

                    You can buy the bathe beautiful kit from the Body Shop for only £12 at the moment (on sale from £17). Or you can buy the body wash on its own, for £5.85. Considering you get a full-size version in the kit along with a small pot of body butter, body scrub, a bar of soap, and a bath lily, I think the kit is a better deal.

                    I do definitely recommend this body wash to anyone who doesn't much care for strong scents and just wants a product that works. This is definitely effective stuff, and I'll keep using mine, I just wish it was more of an enjoyable experience for the senses.

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                  A rich and creamy body wash that lathers up in the bath or shower to leave your skin feeling clean, soft and subtly scented /