“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
As most readers familiar with my reviews will be aware I have a real penchant for the french beauty company Yves Rocher and place an order with them at least 4 times a year (more so if funds allow). I love the plant based products as they suit my skin and body perfectly which is why I've been a customer now all of my adult life and whilst some products can be expensive I often take advantage of their offers which they regularly run. One such offer I always 'stock up on' is the 2 for 1 which in the case of bath products works out very economical. I've tried most (well all..) of their bath products over the years but have found the Jardins Du Monde range to be my favourite and is the most compatible with my skin type. This review will discuss my experience on using their 'Provincial Lavender' shower gel and my thoughts on the product..
**Price, packaging & availability**
The shower gel is available in one size only which is a reasonable sized 200ml bottle. The bottle itself is identical in design to all of the other shower gels in the Jardins du Monde range being upright standing with a slimiline appearance from the side view with a much wider look from the front (and back) giving it a deceiving appearance and making it look much larger like it holds more product than it actually does. The bottle is made from recyclable plastic and veers in slightly from the base upwards giving it a 'squeezed' rectangular shape which I presume is to make it easier to grip whilst showering.
To access the gel there is a flip top lid perched directly on top which true to form with Yves Rocher's products is extremely difficult to open without breaking your nails and almost taking a layer of skin off. There never seems to be enough overlapping plastic material to make it easier to open and this seems to be such a common mistake with their shower gels that now once I've initially opened them I never quite fasten the lid down fully again as it's so difficult each time, especially if hands are already wet and slippery.
The bottle is actually transparent but because of the delicate lavender hue of the gel it gives the impression that the packaging is also this colour which contrasts nicely against the much darker purple lid. Apart from a sketch of wild lavender growing and the logo in white the bottle remains quite plain but because of the lavender colouring it still comes across as bright and aesthetically pleasing and looks very attractive perched on the edge of my bath.
The normal RRP for this product is £3.90 which is more expensive than I would normally pay but because I stock up when it's on offer I received 2 bottles for this price which I think is quite a good bargain for such a luxurious product.
As per usual this or any other YR product can be bought via their secure website @www.yves-rocher.co.uk,
by phoning 0870 049 22 22, in one of their stores that are dotted here and there, or by checking out ebay. My preferred method of ordering however is by mailing leaflets which I am sent approximately every 4 to 6 weeks and this way also offers a 3 month credit facility which I find very convenient as I can 'try before I buy' and often take advantage of.
**What Yves Rocher have to say about this**
"...transform your shower into a cocoon of softness, thanks to the scent of Provençal Lavandin. This fresh-textured gel transforms into a light lather and envelops you in its aromatic notes with summery accents. Yves Rocher has chosen a particular variety of Lavender that transports you to a beautiful summer morning when crickets begin to sing.This fresh-textured gel transforms into a light lather and envelops you in its aromatic notes with summery accents. Yves Rocher has chosen a particular variety of Lavender that transports you to a beautiful summer morning when crickets begin to sing.
Its botanical cleansing base gently cleanses your skin and leaves it subtly scented.."
This is a best selling product according to their website which I can well and truly believe, and here's why..
**My experience of using this shower gel**
On opening the (difficult) lid I am instantly greeted with a beautiful lavender aroma. The lavender scent is fresh and invigorating as well as conveying it's natural soothing aroma at the same time which may sound as though it's being indecisive but to me it is a very versatile product that develops to my mood and the time of day it's used which I will now explain.
The lavender shower gel smells (obviously) of lavender but there is a fresh herby 'zing' scent that accompanies it that I haven't come across in in similar products. On squeezing from the bottle the product is of a neutral consistency and is neither too thick nor too thin so a small squeeze and the gel flows with ease when the bottle is tipped. I have noticed from several uses of (several different) the bottle that the gel doesn't lather very well on impact with water. This has never caused a problem though as the shower gel seems to cleanse sufficiently despite it's lacking in bubbles and lather and feels velvety soft when rubbing over the skin.
The beautiful lavender aroma really is superior to any other lavender products I've used before and even if you are not a lavender scent fan then this could be the product to change your mind. I've used this when having morning showers and found that the fresh herby aroma that accompanies the lavender has an almost menthol, invigorating essence to it, and instantly wakes up my skin making it tingle in the same manner that mint based products do. The gel is easy to use and a small amount seems to cleanse my entire body, despite the lack of lather this is still a very impressive shower gel.
When I've used this product on an evening I've found the gel has worked in the opposite to it's actions when used on a morning and calms, soothes and relaxes. The lavender seems more prominent and it's calming properties seem to shine through more though this could be more of a placebo effect I don't know but what I do know is it seems less invigorating when used on an evening.
I really *really* love this shower gel and it has become a firm favourite with not just me but also my husband too. Normally he uses whatever is lying around but he has commented several times on how nice this gel is so that's says something as normally he never really notices.
The gel isn't drying on the skin, though I wouldn't go as far as to say it hydrates it either but it certainly doesn't leave it feeling taut or dry after I've used it and I always apply a separate body lotion after bathing/ showering anyway so it wouldn't be a problem for me if it did dry my skin slightly but it's an obvious bonus that it doesn't.
I like how this lavender shower gel gently cleanses whilst leaving a soft subtle aroma behind for quite a while and I've been known to layer the scent sometimes with a Lilac EDT I own which is very similar in fragrance (also an YR product) and it just brings out the beautiful aroma that little bit more, making it last.
I really do recommend this product as a small amount is all that is needed so the bottle lasts for a few weeks even when used daily, and if bought on a 2 for 1 offer then it's a very economical purchase as well as being a little touch of luxury. The bottle looks charming and elegant when perched on my bathroom shelf, and apart from the tricky to open lid and slight lack of lather it's a fantastic shower gel that I always make sure I have in stock in my bathroom.
Despite the poor lather (and dodgy lid) I'm still awarding this top marks as the pro's far outweigh the con's and I thoroughly recommend it.