“ Brand: Wilko / Type: Shower Gel / What it does: Smoothes, „
I had to pop to Wilkinson's the other week as we needed a new beer barrel (we make home brew) and whilst I was in there I had a bit of a mooch about to see what they had on offer. I don't go into Wilkinson's' very much as until recently we have never had one near to where we love. However, Kwik Save has recently closed and Wilkinson's has popped up in its place. There are loads of bargains to be had in there and one of the things I found was called a Sweet Shower Smoothie Vanilla & Honey. This was only £1 and it claimed to be a scrub and gel in one. I quite like to use shower gels (or Smoothies, as this one is called) combined with exfoliator, as it saves time having to use two separate products, so at only £1 I was eager to try this out.
The smoothie comes in a plastic tube with a lid that is practically welded down. I had to as my husband to actually get the lid off for me, as I wasn't able to take it off myself. The packaging is possibly not the nicest to look at as it's light brown in colour. It claims to contain walnut shell which is the min ingredient for exfoliating the skin. It also contains honey and sweet vanilla.
Smelling this smoothie before I had used it, I must admit I really did quite like it. Using it in the shower, however, is another matter. It's quite runny in consistency and I used mine with a body puff. The heat of the water in the shower seemed to really intensify what is already a pretty powerful smelling product. It became quite overwhelming and to describe it as sweet, is a bit of an understatement, really. It became very sickly after a little while and it also seemed to linger on my skin for a long time after I was out and dried.
I used this again another few times and I still cannot say I'm totally happy with it. In terms of its effectiveness as an exfoliator it works pretty well. As it clans to contain walnuts, I was expecting sharp bits in there, however, this wasn't the case at all. Surprisingly, the scrub particles are larger than I had expected and they do give a really good exfoliating action and seem to buff up my skin well and no doubt help the circulation.
The only thing which lets this smoothie down in the overpowering sweet smell, which is quite artificial and 'cheap' smelling, in my opinion. It does lather very well, even without using a body puff, but the smell really does let this product down. I suppose that for only £1 it was worth a try and I certainly won't let it put me off trying others in the range, especially now that I have a whole new store I can have a look around in.
Disappointing for my first shower gel from Wilkinson's. I can't recommend it but if you love exceptionally sweet smelling bath / shower products then this might be the one for you.
Occasionally I will buy the odd thing from Wilkinsons, it is quite far from where I live and I generally won't go out of my way to buy any one particular product from Wilkinsons. I used to work there many years ago and it brings back horrible memories, although most of the staff have changed and the whole layout has changed (for the worse) I try to avoid the shop more often than not.
On one of my recent shopping trips there, I noticed this delightful product. It was priced at £1 which straight away pricked my interest; the packaging is a light brown, honey colour with Sweet Vanilla and Honey Shower Smoothie written on the front. There is a picture of a honey dipper covered in honey and a vanilla pod with flowers. The back lists the ingredients as well as directions for use, it also says 'Your skin has never had it so good, or looked as radiant, as when you gently exfoliate with tiny grains of walnut shell and polish it up with vanilla and honey in our luscious moisturising shower smoothie.
The lid is hard plastic and is really quite hard to undo with dry hands let alone in the shower or bath. The product is quite runny but you don't need a lot of this, just a small amount on a shower puff/sponge and the lathering is very good. I didn't read the write up on this until I had already used it and I have to admit I was a little taken back by its claims to have walnut shell in it, I was expecting it to have shards of sharp shell that would tear into your skin. The particles in the scrub are quite hard but they give a good scrubbing action rather than removing any of your skin thankfully.
The scent is quite overpowering, it says sweet down the front of the tube and they are not wrong, the smell is very sweet and it does linger for a while after rinsing. I am not put off by the smell but it does limit the amount of times I use this compared to other products. I tend to rotate which ones I use to as I could not use this all the time, it is too much. The exfoliating side is very good though, it does make your skin feel soft after use and I do like it, I just wish the scent wasn't quite so strong.
After Christmas, I treat myself to some more of the Wilko bath and shower range after liking everything I had bought so far. One product I bought was the Wilko Sweet Shower Smoothie Vanilla & Honey.
This shower smoothie comes in a squeezy tube made from a thin plastic. Some of the tube is clear while most of it is covered with a brown printed on label. The label has on it the Wilko logo, name of the product, 'sweet' in large lettering down the right hand side as well as a picture of honey and vanilla. At the bottom of the tube, there is a large black flip top cap which is where the product inside comes out of. Unfortunately, like other products in this range, I find the cap at the bottom quite hard to open, especially with wet hands in the shower. After opening for the first time, I tend to now leave these caps slightly open and don't click them closed anymore. I wish the caps were a bit softer in their opening because it does hurt my fingers sometimes.
Although the packaging does warn this this is a 'sweet' product, I don't think I was quite ready for just how sweet the scent is. When I first poured some of the smoothie onto my shower puff, the scent of the vanilla mixed with honey hit me immediately. The scent only got even sweeter as I mixed the smoothie with hot water. While I normally love anything with vanilla in it, this smoothie was just far too sweet for me and I actually can't stand the smell of it. Even though this is a smoothie, a mixture of shower gel and a shower scrub, it still lathers up well on the shower puff. The smoothie does feel really good on my skin and because of the small scrubby bits, my skin feels smoother and buffed after using this.
As this is a Wilko product, it can only be found in stores or online. At the minute, these are on offer 2 for £1.50 or £1 each, which is why I stocked up on them. Even though the price is really good, I just can't get over how sweet the smell of this shower smoothie is so I won't be buying it again.