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Clinique Aromatics Elixir Bodywash
Member Name: chrisandmark
Clinique Aromatics Elixir Bodywash
I was given several tubes of this Clinique body wash by the friend of a friend who works on the Clinique counter - they are plain 'tester' tubes, given to me presumably when Clinique realised having body wash in a communal tester in the middle of a large shop was probably not the cleverest idea. I was a grateful recipient though and from the first time I used it I fell madly in love with this, the best shower gel in the world.
As I've mentioned it comes in a tube rather than a bottle, the shower gel being squeezed out of the hole in the cap. The gel is the perfect consistency for this; it's thick enough that you need to give the tube a healthy squeeze to dispense it, and this same thickness prevents you wasting any as it comes out of the tube smoothly and lands nicely on your puff without dripping all over the shower floor. At this price you really do not want to waste a drop!
The smell is very perfumed, that's the best way to describe it. To me it has a similar type of fragrance to a Ghost Night shower gel that I used recently, or to put it another way it smells like it should be used in conjunction with an actual perfume for a layering effect. Which it should be, apparently it is part of Clinique's Aromatics range which includes a perfume and other matching body products. I'm discussing it as a stand-alone body wash here however as I've never tried any of the other products in the range.
You get an amazing amount of lather from even a very small amount of body wash; I only use a blob around the size of a 50p piece and this is plenty to cleanse my entire body and cover it with a thick, rich foam that feels extremely luxurious. The scent of the body wash intensifies as you wash in your warm shower, it never becomes overpowering but I do find myself wishing for a fruitier or more girly fragrance instead of this highly perfumed one. This body wash feels moisturising as I shower with it, afterwards my skin does feel slightly softer but this aspect is negligible really and I definitely wouldn't say it's a miracle product.
Mixed in the thick gel are tiny gold particles, my heart sank when I saw them as Mark gets so annoyed when I use glittery bath and body products. This is mainly because he's had the proverbial ripped out of him several times by his mates after turning up at jobs sparkling with the remnants of whatever Lush product I used the previous day. I needn't have worried though, these golden infusions disappear as you lather the body wash up and there's absolutely no glittery residue - which disappointed me a bit if I'm honest as that's the sort of thing that would, in a moment of weakness, steer me towards splurging on a product like this.
Because here's the downside; a 200ml tube of this body wash costs anywhere between £25 and £32. Yeah, Clinique definitely are taking the piss. It's a gorgeous shower gel, there's no denying it from me - but it's not worth that, no way! I'm all for splurging, I'm the sort of woman who *will* buy expensive products if I think they're worth it. To a point. And that sort of money for a bottle of shower gel is well past that point.
It doesn't do any more than a bottle of any mid-price shower gel; hell, I feel better about buying my twelve quid Lush shower gels now as they really do make my skin feel nicer. This is a pampering product, nice to receive as a generous freebie but not something I'd ever spend my (Mark's) hard-earned on.
Summary: A great freebie but not worth the price tag
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