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** The product ** Liz Earle Energising Hip and Thigh Gel is a product designed to tone, firm and smooth the hip and thigh area and improve its general appearance. It's a rather runny in consistency and pale yellow in colour. Its active ingredients include butcher's broom, which is supposed to combat cellulite, among other things. ** Packaging ** The gel comes packaged in an understated pastel-blue coloured tube (which is recyclable) bearing the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare logo and a silver-coloured band with a product description. The tube is sturdy and doesn't leak. ** Application ** According to the packaging instructions the gel should be used daily, massaged into the skin using circular movements "concentrating on the hips, thighs, legs, stomach and upper arms". The blurb continues, "We also recommend Energising Body Scrub and regular dry body brushing". This final sentence may be well-meant advice but made me a bit suspicious when I first read it - does the gel really have that noticeable an effect or does it only work in conjunction with these extra measures? And if you're using body scrubs and dry body-brushing surely this gel is redundant anyway? The gel is fairly thin and easy to smooth onto the skin. When massaging it in I have found it to be quite sticky and it took a very long time to sink into my skin. I usually had to wait at least 20 minutes until I could get dressed. Even then, my skin still felt a little tacky. You also have to be careful not to massage it in too much, as it will then go bitty and start to peel off. The smell on opening the gel is quite overpowering. Considering it is supposed to be a fairly natural product, it is very heavily scented and has actually made me sneeze on occasion. It's difficult to describe the smell accurately - it's a kind of botanical smell that I associate with Liz Earle products. It contains 10 essential oils, though these are not listed by name on the packaging. As far as I can see there is no point applying any body spray or perfume when wearing this as the smell of the gel drowns out all other scents. ** My experience ** Did my hips and thighs look or feel softer, former and more toned after I had used this gel for a few weeks? Well, funnily enough, they did, but I mainly put this down to my new gym programme rather than the gel. Let's face it, no gel can strengthen your thigh muscles (at least not one I could ever afford to buy)! I've used several products in the past which made similar claims about firming the thighs but none of them ever made any difference, so I wasn't expecting this gel to work. What it did do, though, was give me very smooth skin on my thighs. It's not the kind of moist smoothness you get with a cream, but a kind of drier, silky smoothness. And I didn't experience any skin irritation at all, despite the overpowering smell. ** Conclusion ** Like most thigh-toning/slimming lotions this is not a miracle-worker, but it does leave the skin of your thighs/hips feeling a lot smoother than a body lotion would. If this is the effect you're after then there's no harm in using this product, but be aware that you'll have to allow a lot of time for it to dry and you'll have to put up with the smell, which is borderline unpleasant. In my opinion it's not worth the hassle, but it does at least fulfill some of its claims, so it's not completely useless either. You can buy products from this range via Liz Earle's website, from the shop on Duke of York Square in London in or from some John Lewis branches. This product costs £21 for 200ml, £16.67 for 150ml or £4.50 for 30ml.
OK - I admit it, I am on a constant search for that miracle product to make my wobbly bits, well, less wobbly, without any work. As I am a fan of Liz Earle products, I thought I may as well give one more product a try. The first thing that strikes you about this product is the absolutely amazing fragrance - those clever people at Liz Earle know a thing or two about blending a fragrance. The mix of damask rose water, ginkgo bilboba (whatever that may be), horse chestnut, butcher's broom, ivy and 10 essential oils is absolutely glorious. The essential oils used, according to the marketing speak, were chosen to stimulate and uplift - well I don't know about that, but they definately smell nice and get you ready to start the day. The idea is that you massage the gel into your hips,thighs, stomach etc (ie the wobbly bits) after bathing in circular movements to stimulate the bodys natural mechanism to get rid of toxins and fluid retention. The packaging suggests best results are achieved in conjunction with body brushing exercise and increased water intake and recommends that following using the gel, Liz Earle's Nourishing Botanical Body Cream is used (clever cross selling there!) The gel is lovely and cooling to apply and does absorb into the skin nicely. IT leaves the skin feeling smooth and of course deliciously fragranced. You can buy the product direct from the Liz Earle website at £16.50 for a 150ml tube. or if you just want a taster, you can buy a 30ml tube for £4.25. Does it do what it sets out to do and help smooth the wobbly bits? No, of course not - deep down I know that the only thing that will do the trick is the massage/body brushing combined with exercise and extra water, but if you can apply a nice smelling gel at the same time why not? My search goes on for the miracle cream that makes me wobble less with no effort, but in the mean time I am quite happy to use this lovely scented gel pretending to myself that it may actually be doing some good.
Stimulating, toning and invigorating, massage skin daily with this divinely scented gel to help smooth the appearance of hips and thighs, as well as help relieve fluid retention /