I've received so many shower puffs as part of gift sets that I never thought I would need to buy one for myself but I have finally got to the bottom of my stockpile. I decided to buy from The Body Shop as I liked the sound of their ultra fine version. It wasn't the cheapest at 2GBP but not exactly expensive either. The Body Shop actually call what I call a shower puff, a bath lily, aka shower scrunchie.
I've noticed that even when you receive a "bath lily" in a giftset with products that wouldn't be cheap, you often get a lily that is fairly poor quality and scratchy in feel. I know they are intended to exfoliate but if it is scratchy, I think I am probably doing more harm than good long term. The Body Shop seem to have got the balance just right. Moving it on the skin feels productive but I can happily use it everyday without feeling I have sandpapered myself! My skin feels extra fresh and invigorated after using it whatever shower gel I pair it with. The netting actually feels less harsh than average if you rub it between the fingers, even though it looks much the same as any other, albeit with closer mesh. I credit using a shower puff in general with helping to keep my skin soft as it removes dead skin and this one has kept up the good work.
The "lily" is a little bigger than some I've owned and does feel particularly durable. I have had a few of the very cheapest ones start to unravel on me but I doubt this will do the same. I rinse it after use and then hang it up with the handy and sturdy loop that's attached to the top.
It's also better than average at coaxing a lather out of shower gels, even those that I would normally think are not so good in this regard. This means I can use less product and it makes the shower more enjoyable. Maybe it is the finer mesh that helps. I have to spend a little extra time rinsing the puff clean at the end but it's small price to pay. Sometimes I use an exfoliating product with one of these puffs for a sort of double effect on areas of my skin that need extra attention. That doesn't really work with this lily because any scrub with larger particles in gets too stuck in the finer mesh, and you keep feeling them a long time after you are supposed to have rinsed it clean. Stick to a normal shower gel or body wash and you'll be fine. I would recommend the ultra fine bath lily. I didn't expect them to actually be better than any other similar product but they do feel less harsh on the skin without also being ineffective at exfoliating.
Not sure if I'm the only person but I can defiantly tell the difference between a cheap bath lily and a more costly bath lily. Within my basket of Body Shop gifts I received for Christmas I received the bath lily in white - I love using a bath lily either whilst showering or when having a bath. I use my body shop shower gel on my bath lily as I like it when it lathers up and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and squeaky clean. The whole point of the bath lily is to increase the lather of your body wash and remove dead skin sells < that explains feeling squeaky clean! The product is designed to be used on dry skin that needs to be exfoliated regularly, I dont have dry skin but I use this everyday anyway and I don't have any problems with it. It also is designed to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth which I 100% agree with as already mentioned above. This product is available in store and online for only £2 and £2 for a product that lasts you months isn't bad what so ever and is available in different colours to suit your preference. I will definitely purchase another when needed. Good job Body Shop!
I don't think I have ever called it a Lilly. It has and forever will be known as a Squidgy in my household.
The look of it is pretty but also looks as though it would be a little pathetic when it comes to a good scrub down however I am sold with the results.
I am a big Body Shop fan and there Lilly is by far the best squidgy. The material is course enough to exfoliate but doesn't feel harsh on your skin which is fantastic. It's a fine mesh so you don't have the same problem as you do with sponges where the water and soap starts to gather in the middle and become unsightly. The water just runs off it.
I use it with any kind of shower gel and it always produces a lovely amount of lather. I love getting covered in the stuff so it's always a plus for me when something produces enough lather.
Overall it is a great product, perfect for what it does.
I lurve the body shop, love everything about it - the make up, the perfumes and all the facial products they sell. I used to be addicted to Maybelline items for make-up and now I seem to have moved on in a big way, and to be honest I'm maybe spending a bit more than I would have done but they do seem to last. I can't resist them, especially when we're playing the 40% off game, which seems to keep popping up on my phone and e-mails tempting me further, so really I'm not spending a total fortune on products, well no more than I would be when my Maybelline wasn't on offer!
~*~ The Body Shop ~*~
The Body Shop is a cosmetic and body care store that has been around since 1976, and currently has over 2000 stores across over 60 countries - so you'll not be short of places to find one if you're on holiday! A company, that is cruelty free, natural and environmentally minded - you'll be hard to miss one on the high street, because even the smell of the place just from walking past it makes you want to go in. From body butters, to perfumes, cosmetics, they have some of the best hand cream I've ever used - and you can get yourself a mini make over in there for the price of an item of make-up, what more can you ask for!
~*~ Bath Lily ~*~
Not just meant for the bath though these brightly coloured puffy things, you can also use them in the shower - did you know!
They come in;
However, if you're buying gift packs of particular items you will often get mini versions in the packaging, for example I was given a few gift sets for Christmas and in those I got a red and purple bath lily, just in miniature form! So you won't always be stuck with coral, aqua and orange - but you might have to spend a bit more money to have the luxury of another colour. I've had one of each over the years, and I have to say they have all slowly fallen apart over that time - but for the price they last a good six or so months if you wanted to leave them that long. Mine tend to sit in the window in direct sunlight, so the colour does fade fairly easily, so I tend to buy a new one about once a month and considering they're only £2 a go it's hardly going to break the bank. The bath lily is really good though considering it's quite cheap, because it does as it suggests on The Body Shop website, it prolongs and gives you more lather from your shower gel - which is nice in the shower as you find as you stand there in the shower water will wash the lather off. This lily though, makes it smell better too I've noticed, compared to just using your hands to rub it into your skin - makes the scent last a bit longer. Not sure why whether it's the fact that you've exposed new skin by exfoliating with the lily or just because there were far more suds, either way it makes me smell better for longer!
The mesh on these lily's is quite fine, so it is quite soft on your skin at the same time as being very exfoliating, compared to other lily's I've used this one is the one that's left me looking less red than others. I had one that just rubbed my skin red raw, this one is far kinder to skin, even to sensitive skin - it also doesn't become too heavy when it's wet, and does dry off quite quickly which in my bathroom is really important because there's nothing worse than a puddle of shower gel on the windowsill in my house! i don't have a hook to hang it off, even though it has a very strong hook with 'The Body Shop' written on it! It's a shame at the minute I've only got a mini purple one in my collection, but come pay day I shall be buying myself a new coral full sized lily - I'm not a huge person but I feel that I need a full sized lily to be able to have a quicker shower in the morning! Bath Lily's are a fab way of getting a quick wash, and one that exposes nice new fresh skin without a massive amount of effort or a lot of money especially if you have an exfoliating shower gel at the same time!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The Body Shop have these at two different prices at the minute, the orange is only £1.50 but the Aqua and Coral are both £2, either way they're a bargain way to make your skin look good, but don't go out purposefully online to buy them because the postage is more expensive than the actual item so grab them in store if that's all you're wanting from the shop.
For many years I had used bath sponges, but couldn't bear it when within a few weeks they developed holes as well as becoming stodgy in the middle with a horrid build up of soap. After moaning to my sister a few years ago, she handed me a bath lily, which whilst pretty in appearance, didn't really give me the impression that it would offer the same cleaning abilities as a bath sponge. However, I decided to give it a try and as I was so impressed I have never repurchased a bath sponge.
I much prefer bath lilies as in addition to not turning stodgy, soggy or developing unsightly holes, they are perfect for gently exfoliating the skin and subsequently, removing any dead cells. I've tried a few different brands over the years and whilst you may think that a bath lily is a bath lily, this is not the case as I've found that those belonging to cheaper brands would unwind after just a few uses. I purchased the super sized lily from Soap and Glory, but found it far too big and difficult to handle. I finally found a bath lily that was worth its price tag, as it lasts a fairly good amount of time time and this review discusses The Body Shop's Ultra Fine Bath Lily.
Another reason I favour using bath lilies in both the bath and shower is that only a small amount of shower gel or soap is needed, as the net materials enables my products to go much further. Whilst the cheap bath lilies I have previously purchased would only offer a few layers of netting, which was fairly rigid, those from the Body Shop are full to bursting with the netting being quite soft. There are no rough pieces, as each of the layers of netting display folds with the edges being secured within the centre and tightly tied together with a sturdy length of ribbon displaying The Body Shop name and logo. The ribbon is of a sufficient length to enable me to maintain a firm grip whilst using the lily and it allows me to hang it inside my shower cubicle where it dries fairly rapidly in readiness for my next use.
Whilst the texture of the netting is gentle when making a comparison with the cheaper lilies that I've purchased, it offers superb exfoliating properties to my skin and transforms my bathing and showering products into a plentiful lather. I regularly use gel or cream exfoliating products, but minimise their use to a couple of times a week, but with the bath lily I am able to exfoliate my skin on a twice daily basis without causing any adverse effects. The lily is extremely easy to clean where I place it under a running tap or shower, rinse and gently squeeze and allow it to drip dry.
I have never had a problem with the ribbon detaching or the netting folds falling apart. However, after approximately six weeks of continuous use, I find that the netting begins to open, which significantly increases the size of the lily and it is at this point that I will replace it. The lily is very affordable with its £2 price tag although I have to admit that I always bulk purchase mine from The Body Shop's website on those occasions when I have a discount code. As a consequence, I generally tend to pay around £1.20. The Ultra Fine Bath Lily is available in a variety of colours such as coral, olive, aqua and beige, but I always tend to opt for the white, as I am fussy when it comes to colour co-ordination throughout my home!
I can highly recommend this lily, as it will leave your skin feeling wonderfully clean and fresh as well as invigorated and you will save money by not having to replace your bathing products so frequently. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award nothing less than five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I received this Bath Lily as part of a gift set, and have had a number over the years in different colours to match the colour of the gift set. I am an avid user of the bath lily and use them on a daily basis.
This bath lily is pretty standard in its appearance, in terms of bath lilies. It is quite large in size and has a good rounded, full shape. The handle is securely fastened to the lily and there is no doubt in how secure it is. The 'netting' if that is the correct terminology for the material it is made from is fine, and not too rough on your skin.
The bath lily lathered up my shower gel well, with an addition of a little water to the lily. It enabled a great deal of the lather to be left on my body, unlike some of the bath lilies I have used in previous years which hold onto the shower gel and you do not feel that any is being deposited onto your skin. I felt this lily gave my skin enough shower gel and force to wash my skin well, leaving it feeling refreshed, without being too rough and leaving my skin feeling as if it had been scratched.
I was very impressed with this bath lily, it worked well, lathering the shower gel and, most importantly for me, kept its shape well. I sometimes find bath lilies lose their shape easily and you need to replace them time after time, but this one is of good quality and does not need replaced week in, week out. It does deposit a lot of lather onto your skin, but I noticed it seemed to hold onto a lot of lather as I was rinsing the product. I would advise that you only use a small amount of shower gel when using this product as you do not need a lot to create an effective lather for washing.
The Body Shop bath lily's are a great little beauty tool. Whenever I make up a little gift bag for someone for a present I always pop one of these in as well as I think they add a bit of substance and colour and make the gift bag look nice and full. Also they compliment shower gels and bath bubbles that I have already put in the gift bag.
A Body Shop bath lily is basically a shower puff that you can use in your bath or shower to clean yourself with. The puff is made of a sort of netting material all gathered together to form a little ball. What's really nice about them is that as you use them on your skin they gently exfoliate your skin as the surface of the netting is a little rough although it does not irritate your skin or make it rough in any way. I find they really remove dead skin cells and its almost as good as using a body scrub as afterwards my skin feels really smooth and silky no matter what type of shower gel I have used.
These are extremely easy to use int he shower and I prefer to use them than nothing because they actually prolong the use of my shower gel. I find you only need a little bit of shower gel in one of these lily's to increase the amount of lather your shower gel gives you. I pop a bit int he middle of a wet puff and then squeeze it up to distribute the shower gel evenly throughout the lily. Then I find I can wash most of my body with just a couple of squirts of shower gel whilst normally if I use shower gel on its own I need quite a few squirts for my whole body.
Then once you are done you can just rinse this lily under the shower head for a few moments to get all traces of shower gel out of it. I find I can use a different shower gel smell every day as the puff never retained the smell of the shower gel from the day before which is nice. The lily comes with a bit of rope tied to the end of it so I definitely do recommend hanging it up as if you just leave it on the side it can get mildew in it after a while, especially if you don't use it for a few days, by hanging it up I find it lasts much longer.
The good thing is these Body Shop lily's do not cost much, only £1.50 each so you can always stock up when you need a new one. Also they come in a delightful range of colours such as coral, aqua and lilac to name but a few so you can mix and match them to be the same colour as your gift bag or use them to decorate your bathroom with.
I received a "Ultra Fine Bath Lily Aqua" in a gift pack I got from The Body Shop last year. It is basically an alternative to a flannel, but it is lighter and therefore gentler on the skin. In order to use it, I apply shower gel or exfoliator to the bath lily itself and then use the bath lily to wash my skin. I do find that it lathers the shower gel up very well - possibly due to the netting material which allows more air through - and that's a nice effect. It is also very gentle and soft on my skin - and so I did start to use it on my youngest children who obviously have more delicate skin to my own. However, because it is so light, I found that for me I didn't seem to be able to rub it hard enough to get the same cleaning effect of using a flannel because there doesn't seem to be purchase on it. It supposedly exfoliates as well as cleans, but I really felt it was too gentle to exfoliate effectively. I therefore still prefer to use a flannel when washing or exfoliating.
Having said that, I have used it on my children and it has lasted well. I have had it over a year and it's still in one piece and not really worn either. It can be washed in the washing machine along with flannels, towels etc - and I do this about every week or so.
If you don't buy it as part of a pack then the The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lily Aqua costs £1.50 - which is a good price if you think this is something you'd use regularly. As I've said, I do think it's good to use on young children and babies, but it really isn't for me.
The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lily
I believe that I first tried one of the bath lilies quite late, preferring for a long time just to use a regular and rather boring wash cloth. However, I am now a dedicated fan and for Christmas I received a rather nice Mango Body Shop gift set with the colour coordinated bath lily.
These are incredibly easy to use and I am sure that the vast majority of people are familiar with them, all you do is pour a small amount of shower gel or other similar product on the bath lily and then use it to wash your skin. There are a few different benefits from using this, for one it will drastically cut down on the amount of shower gel you need to use. Especially, f you are using a quality shower gel then you only need to smallest amount to get a surprising amount of lather, which is great for saving a few pennies and not wasting any particularly nice products. As another added bonus of using a bath lily, it gives your skin a very light exfoliation on a daily basis.
Dooyoo have a picture of the aqua bath lily but they are available in a range of various colours which have been designed to compliment different Body Shop bath and fragrance ranges. I received a mango bath set which was included a lovely bright orange bath lily.
I've been using for well over a month now on a daily basis and the colour is still lovely and vibrant and the bath lily shows no signs of falling apart. I have also been washing it regularly to keep it clean for use, I just tend to throw it in the washing machine with some towels and so far it has not come out looking any worse for wear.
Typically an individual bath lily will cost you around about £1.50, which I think is a fantastic price for something that lasts for so long and really has become a daily used product for me. Personally, I think that within the life time of my bath lily it will have earned back everything that was paid for it in saving on my shower gel costs. Especially if like me you prefer to use more expensive products, for example from the Body Shop.
This gets a full five out of five stars from me, when it comes time to replace mine I am certain that I will be buying another one of these from the Body Shop. I would also happily recommend these to anyone else they are soft, hard wearing and great a great amount of lather.
I used to think that bath lilies were useless items that beauty companies put into gift sets to bulk them out, and I never paid them much attention. However, after using a lily on a whim a few years back, they soon become something of a beauty essential and this is a product that I now regularly buy, use and replace.
The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lily in aqua can be purchased from Body Shop stores - which are located on most major high streets. Or alternatively you can purchase a tub at a Body Shop at Home party, or on-line at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
To look at the bath lily is essentially a selection of fine net type material that has been tied together with a piece of cord to form something that loosely resembles a net flower. The cord also enables you to hand the lily up in the bathroom.
The material used to form the ultra fine bath lily has an exfoliating effect on the skin and removes dead skin cells when it is rubbed against the body. It also makes your shower gel go a lot further by foaming it up.
The design of the ultra fine bath lily is particularly good because the material is quite agile so it moves quite quickly across the skin. In my opinion it is better at exfoliating then other lily designs.
The best way to use this bath lily is by squirting some shower gel onto it and rubbing it across the skin.
I tend to replace my bath lily every six months because by this point the lily is looking tatty and I can't help but worry that it is clogged with dead skin cells (yuck).
I would advise you to invest in a bath lily because it makes your bath products go further, it exfoliates your skin and it also it looks quite pretty in the your bathroom. Five out of five stars.