“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
I have always adored the aroma of lavender, particularly as it calms the senses and assists with relaxation. Whilst many people associate the scent with "old ladies", it has become very popular over recent years and as a result, appears in many toiletries, which are marketed towards all age groups. My health has been suffering a little just lately and as a result, I have been feeling quite low. A friend was aware of how I was feeling and kindly sent me a parcel containing several beauty products; one of which was Yves Rocher Jardins de Monde Lavandin Shower Gel and this review discusses my experience with using.
As soon as my eyes caught sight of the 200 ml transparent plastic bottle with its sexy curved edges I was smitten, as it gave the impression of high quality and luxury as opposed to the run-of-the mill showering products that I generally use. I must admit that whilst I have used a couple of Yves Rocher products in the past, I was not very familiar with the brand, so welcomed the opportunity to try out a product containing my favourite fragrance. The brand has perfectly captured a calming and tranquil appearance with the colourful label displaying the beautiful lavender flower. The bottle initially gives the appearance of being lavender in colour, but it is the opulent contents that create this impression.
The bottle offers a large flip up lid, which is situated on the upper section and I initially found it a little difficult to open, particularly as I have long finger nails. However, it loosened after a few uses rendering it more comfortable to open and was securely closed by tightly clicking into place. The dispensing aperture is of a good size and enabled me to easily grip the bottle and squirt out a small amount of the rich and good consistency lavender coloured contents onto my net body polisher. I am extremely fussy when it comes to lavender fragranced products, as I cannot bear anything that smells artificial, as lavender can only be described as lavender when it offers an authentic aroma. There was no disappointment with regards the scent and if I closed my eyes I could easily have been standing next to one of the lavender bushes in my garden, which provide the most stunning aromatic blooms in the summer months.
I checked out the Yves Rocher website and found their marketing for this shower gel most endearing, as they wish to "transport you to a beautiful summer morning when the crickets begin to sing". I can totally agree with this claim, as the gel perfectly captures the authenticity of this calming and relaxing flower. As I gently rubbed my body polisher over the surface of my skin the gel transformed into a soft and creamy lather.
I favour using body polishers as opposed to ordinary bath sponges, as they enable my showering and bathing products to last much longer in addition to intensifying the lather. In addition, the net fabric gently exfoliates and invigorates my skin. The lavender scent deepened as I worked the gel over the surface of my skin and most certainly lifted my spirits as well as promoting a sense of well being. The majority of my favourite lavender fragranced products contain essential oils and I was pleasantly surprised that Yves Rocher has managed to create such a true scent without needing to use the oil. I discovered that they have been able to achieve this with the use of Provencal Lavandin, which creates a stronger impression than lavender oil.
The shower gel was highly effective at cleansing my skin with the added bonus of delivering extreme softness and moisturisation due to the glycerine content. I had not anticipated such effective results from a showering product, particularly as the majority that I use simply offer cleansing properties. The shower gel was effortlessly rinsed away without leaving any trace of oily residue on the surface and I loved the fact that the delightful soft lavender aroma lingered for a good few hours following use. I suffered no adverse effects when using such as dryness or itching and I'm of the opinion that the shower gel would be suitable for all skin types.
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Lavandin Shower Gel is now a real favourite of mine and whilst I would not normally look up the price of a gift, I have done so for the purpose of this review and so that I can order a replacement. I would advise that the 200 ml bottle, which is suitable for recycling once empty, generally retails at £3.90, but at the time of writing, the Yves Rocher website is offering it on a buy one get one free promotion.
This delightful shower gel comes with a high recommendation together with five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
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.
I've been using Yves Rocher on and off now for a couple of decades. I tend to get mailing every other month from them with special offers and generally they have some good 2 for 1 offers or similar.
I'm a bit of a sucker for Lavender scented products so was quite happy to try out the Lavandin version of their Jardins du Monde shower gel range. I bought a couple of these and will say right up front that I was not at all disappointed with the quality of this beautifully scented showed gel.
The 200ml shower gel is presented in a lilac coloured translucent bottle. The colour of the bottle itself is very pleasing to look at and the Jardins du Monde name is branded across a picture of stalks of lavender.
The shower gel itself lathers up very nicely, not overly foamy in itself but lathery enough to feel very clean and fresh at the end of your shower with a subtle scent of lavender emanating from your skin. It's definitely not an over-powering scent so this is suitable for both men and women.
I would have to add here that showers generally don't relax me enough to feel sleepy, so I rarely have a shower just before going to bed, I find it much more effective and refreshing to have a shower in the morning but some days I feel I want a shower later in the day as well and even though lavender is supposed to be relaxing, having this in a shower gel does not mean you'll feel "relaxed" after using it. It's refreshing and cleansing as well as somewhat moisturising but I wouldn't recommend using this too close to bed-time!
Jardins du Monde means "gardens of the world" and the range includes other varieties such as Polynesian Tiare flower, Florida orange, Vetiver from Haiti and Lime from Mexico. Full details of the Yves Rocher range of products can be found here: http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk
At the time of writing this shower gel retails at just under £4 for 200ml, personally, I'd suggest you wait till there are 2-for-1 offers or similar.
Ingredients include: ammonium lauryl sulphate, sodium chloride, sorbic acid, glycerin, sodium benzoate, alcohol, linalool, CI7200 and CI42090.
Overall I'd give this pleasantly scented shower gel a decent 4 out of 5 stars.