“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Body Wash/Cleanser / Subcategory: Hair Shampoo / Gel / Suitable for: Body & Hair / What it does: Cleanses, „
**Please note that the image dooyoo have provided shows the gel to be blue but this must be an old image as the product has been a deep golden yellow for a long while now**
I am a big fan of Yves Rocher products and buy as often as I can (about every few months normally), but I know when it comes around to my Birthday or more usually Christmas, I tend to get quite a few products from my mum as stocking fillers as she is a fan herself and is responsible for introducing me to the brand.
For my most recent birthday in November I received a few little treats from my mum as predicted (or hoped for) and one such item was this shower gel - 'Jardins des iles' which is scented with the beautiful Tiare flower.
As I have just finished the bottle's contents up completely, my review will now focus on my experience of using it and my thoughts..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
This product is classed as 'limited' as it does actually appear at some point throughout the year in the Yves Rocher leaflets I receive (and also frequents their website occasionally) though for some reason is not available all of the time.
Why it's a limited product is beyond me as it always seems to be a popular item, but who knows, all I do know is I like to stock up on this when I see it so was pleased that my mum bought me a bottle as I already had 2 hiding at the back of my cupboard so it was a pleasant addition to my 'stash'.
Because this only sporadically appears for sale normally around the Summer time, the last price I have for it is £3.10 which may sound expensive given it's *only* a shower gel, but oh what a beautiful one it is!
The gel comes housed in an upright standing, plastic bottle which as with all YR packaging it is fully recyclable. The bottle is quite simplistic in design and is nothing overtly fancy to look at but it does look quite at home perched on the edge of my bath and at the end of the day it's the contents I'm interested in not the packaging.
This comes in one standard size (when available) of 150 ml which for the regular selling price of around the £3 mark is quite reasonable given a small amount is only needed each time.
As always Yves Rocher products can be found online @www.yves-rocher.co.uk or on Ebay. Phoning 0870 049 22 22 or popping into one of their branches are the other options so there are plenty of ways to buy their products if interested.
*~*What makes it special?*~*
Don't be fooled that this is any old ordinary shower gel, as it is described as "..silky soft shower & oil.." and it's basic design is for hydrating the skin, particularly after being exposed to the drying effects of the sun. The fact that this smells like a tropical island in a bottle suggests that it is ideal for using on holiday though personally I find any time of the year it is a pleasure to use.
The shower gel is fragranced with the exotic tiare flower, which is Tahiti's national flower. It is also used to make monoi oil which is made by soaking the petals of the flower and also has the tropical scent of the tiare flower. For anyone that hasn't encountered it before it is very coconut tinged with a strong floral essence and smells absolutely beautiful but may not be to everyones taste.
*~*My experience of using this*~*
On opening the relatively easy flip top lid which is perched on top of the bottle, there is a large eyelet where the gel is accessed via. There is an instant tropical aroma that emits from the bottle and it is quite overpowering at first but actually smells stronger whilst still in it's packaging than when being used.
The bottle for Jardins des Iles has an opaque appearance but the gel is still quite visible and which is a deep golden yellow in colour. On squeezing a small amount out of the bottle it has a more bronze tinge and also has a pretty iridescent appearance which makes it shimmer in certain lights.
The consistency of the gel is far thinner than it looks in the bottle but isn't so thin that it becomes runny, whilst the texture has an oily feel to it which given it *is* a shower oil that doesn't come as a great surprise really.
A small amount is all that is needed to cleanse the body perfectly and I found that despite it's oily appearance it actually lathers up quite impressively, though not quite as much as a none oily gel. Nevertheless, there is a sufficient amount of beautifully scented bubbles that appear once mixed with water and the gel glides effortlessly across my skin coating it with the delicious tiare flower aroma.
*~*Results and recommended?*~*
This oil based gel actually lathers up better than expected as mentioned, and though it seems to clean with ease it also leaves a very slight oily residue on the skin afterwards. This isn't a problem as far as I'm concerned as I have used this many times in the past so I know what to expect, but if using for the first time it can feel slightly 'odd' afterwards.
My skin always feels silky soft when I've used this and the fragrance lingers for quite a while afterwards as the oil seems to intensify the longevity of the scent. Because of the oily texture I don't feel the need to use a separate body lotion afterwards as this creates the feeling of moisture being locked in after each use.
I would happily recommend this gel if you like tropical/ coconut fragranced products but it is quite a strong scent so may not be to everyones liking. I haven't got anything negative to say about this product as it washes well, locks in moisture afterwards, doesn't leave any marks on clothing despite it's oily texture, smells absolutely gorgeous and because only a small amount is needed for each shower/ bath then it lasts for quite a while.
Highly recommended by me - if you can get hold of a bottle that is.