Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream
Member Name: ryeb
The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream
Advantages: Smells nice and subtle, feels gentle on the skin, not tested on animals
Disadvantages: Does not lather as much as most shower gels, relatively expensive.
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.
Summary: A nice nutty scented shower cream from The Body Shop