“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
As most readers who are familiar with my reviews will no doubt be aware by now, I am a fan of the french beauty company Yves Rocher. I've been using their products for as long as I can remember as my mum used to order from them and I remember ordering from them myself with one of my first wages when I started working aged 17, so it's pretty safe to say that I've tried the majority of their products over the years.
Whilst I love their beauty items, they are not exactly the cheapest out there, and so I only tend to stock up every few months or when funds will allow. Because I've been a 'loyal customer' (their words not mine) for so long whenever I do place an order I nearly always receive a small free gift enclosed within my parcel as a way of saying thank you for my custom, which sometimes may be in miniature trial size or sometimes if I'm lucky enough is in it's regular sized packaging. Included in my most recent order was this - a full sized bottle of 'Hamamelis Shower Gel' - which surprisingly I don't think I've ever tried before.
Once my current shower gel was starting to run dry I decided to put this to the test and see what I'd been apparently missing over the years..
**What Yves Rocher have to say**
"...Yves Rocher brings you the softening power of witch hazel to give you incredibly soft skin..."
*Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological supervision
*No animal ingredients nor tested on animals
*Key botanicals: Witch Hazel, Vegetable Glycerine.
**Price, packaging & availability**
The shower gel is available in various sizes and formats but the one I have and am reviewing is the 300ml version which currently costs £3.75. I'm not sure whether I would have paid that myself but a freebie is a freebie and I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. The packaging is quite basic and sedate which is unusual for YR products, with the (recyclable) plastic bottle being predominantly white in colour with a green flip top lid and just the slightest green on the design in the form of the logo and a picture of some leaves. Simplistic in design but it does give the product a very 'natural' look which is what it's trying to promote I suppose.
As with all YR products they can be ordered in the following ways:
*Via their secure website @ www.yves-rocher.co.uk
*In store, which are sporadically dotted about
*By phoning their customer services/ order line on 0870 049 22 22
*Order using their mailing leaflet (which also offers a 3 month credit facility subject to status)
*Ebay usually offer a wide range of their products so if looking for something in particular it's worth browsing.
**My experience of using this**
For some unknown reason I've never actually tried this shower gel before despite it being around for many years. I think the rather boring packaging combined with the fact that this is a witch hazel based shower gel did little to lure me into trying it so have tended to avoid purchasing it myself. As this was a nice convenient size bottle containing 300ml then I thought it would be ideal to pop in the bathroom for all of the family to use. I personally prefer more 'exciting' shower gels but my two young sons and husband obviously aren't very fussy and tend to use whatever is in reach.
Having decided to use this for myself before anyone else tried it I was quite surprised at what pleasant scent the gel had - that was after I'd almost broken every nail on my fingers trying to get the lid open (YR products seem to have extremely difficult lids to open for some reason). The fragrance is soft and gentle with a slight floral sweetness to it but overall it just smells incredibly fresh and clean.
On dispensing I found the gel to be fairly thick in consistency though it was still quite runny when squeezed from the bottle and it's transparent appearance again does little to excite. Though this is a shower gel, so as long as it cleanses at the end of the day then I'm happy.
The gel itself is a clear liquid as just mentioned, though as soon as it is mixed with water and rubbed against the skin it becomes a mass of creamy white bubbles. The fragrance is really quite pleasant, though very subtle, and not what I would normally opt for if choosing for myself but nevertheless it's noticeable even if soft.
**Results and recommendations**
Cleansing wise I would say this was quite mediocre I'm afraid as no sooner had the gel turned into a riotous lather than it had disappeared just as quickly. The creamy essence offered at first seemed to disperse far too quickly and didn't leave enough time to fully cleanse my skin with unfortunately. That's not to say that it left me 'mucky' but I felt the lack of lather just didn't feel as though it was cleansing properly despite it's initial intentions.
Despite the lather dying down too quickly it did actually leave my skin feeling wonderfully soft to touch and afterwards it felt fully hydrated. I have skin that can border on the dry side and need to apply some kind of moisturiser after each shower or bath but felt that after using this I could skip that ritual (though to be on the safe side I still applied a body gel). The scent of the shower gel has caused mixed emotions in our household with myself and one of my sons quite liking it's unique fragrance and my younger son and my husband thinking it to be bland, 'dull and extremely boring' (quote!).
I have just finished using this shower gel although I will admit I've not used it consistently as it has been alternated with different brands and fragrances though overall it has been 'okay'. It's not the most exciting product I've ever used but it did the job it was designed for and left my (sometimes) delicate skin feeling in tip top condition. It smells incredibly fresh and the plant extracts used are very apparent though it still isn't s product I feel I would actively seek out and buy of my own free will.
As a freebie this was fantastic, though given it's usual RRP I would say it's generally expensive for what it is. There are a plethora of Hamamelis products available so if interested it's worth checking out the website though unless this was in a less than half price sale I think I'll stick to the more fragranced shower gels Yves Rocher have to offer.
Just above average shower gel.