I'm a huge fan of many of The Body Shop's assorted ranges and will often repurchase my favourite products, but recently I purchased two new items for myself from The Body Shop's "Foot Care Range" with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel."
The current price for the Peppermint Gel is £7 for the 250ml bottle. You can purchase the Gel in branches of The Body Shop, or online at their website, found at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs will apply. (Info correct as @ June 2013).
The packaging for The Body Shop's Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel is pretty standard, as far as The Body Shop's bottles go; the bottle is made of clear plastic and is round in shape, with an attractive label going around the bottle in a bright turquoise colour. As the bottle is made of clear plastic, I am able to see the brightly-coloured gel contained within quite clearly. I think the gel looks really attractive, being a gorgeous shade of blue.
A word of caution is necessary at this point, however, as I have to mention how difficult I have found the bottle to use. It is true to say that I do suffer with limited mobility as a result of various health complaints and illnesses, and these mobility issues affect my hands and wrists, which are rather weak. I do believe however, that even without this issue, the bottle is still difficult to use as my husband - who has no illnesses whatsoever - even struggled to dispense the gel product from the bottle into my waiting palm when I wished to use it. My husband is quite a strong man, so I don't believe that the problems with the packaging would be solely experienced by myself. As a result of this inconvenient trait, I am deducting one star from the product rating score.
The product is designed to cool legs and whilst I thought this idea was quite novel, I couldn't confess that it would have occurred to me to seek out such a product for this reason. I simply came across the product by chance and thought it sounded new and different.
I find that the Reviving Leg Gel does feel quite cold even as it is dispensed from the bottle and I found it quite difficult not to find this off-putting. It is safe to say that using a product like this one takes a little getting used to, and I found I felt quite cautious about using it at first. During the warmer Spring and Summer months, however, my legs and feet often feel tired and in need of a little 'reviving', so I thought this product may fit the bill.
There is quite a strong aroma noticeable from the product, and it does make its appearance quite early on, even as the product is (eventually!) dispensed from the sturdy bottle. The aroma is entirely that of mint, although it is without any sort of 'harsh' scent in its 'body' that I confess I would probably find a bit off-putting. Instead, the aroma feels more subtle, and contains a delicate sweetness in it that is quite refreshing, I find.
Smoothing the Leg Gel over the skin is quite easy to do, and I find the gel's texture is not so thick or 'robust' that it poses a problem with 'spreading' as it were. I find that the product 'coats' the skin quite easily, which is mainly thanks, I think, to the gel's thin, 'easy' texture. I am able to experience the most refreshing scent of peppermint during application, with the scent feeling really rather strong at this stage of using the product. I wouldn't say that the smell is over-powering, but it IS powerful and quite 'robust' in its aroma. A short time afterwards, perhaps ten minutes or so later, I find the scent has become quite 'muted' in its aroma, and it feels slightly more suited to my own tastes at this stage.
When the gel is first applied, I find there is a wonderfully refreshing 'coolness' experienced in the skin that I find is particularly welcome when the gel is applied to the back of the legs. These muscles often ache and become 'tired' which occurs as a result of my reduced mobility issues, so I do find that the cool feeling is most welcome here. I have applied the Leg Gel to my feet too, however, and find that this 'cool' feeling feels particularly pleasant when the product is massaged into the soles of my feet. Wearing shoes with a heel, or indeed, very flat shoes will often result in the 'arches' of my feet feeling tired and 'over-worked' and the cooling feeling obtained from the product's application is very welcome on my tired, 'puffy' feet. I have never found that the gel feels TOO cold when it is applied, although I did wonder whether this was down to the time of year, questioning whether the coolness experienced during use would feel too 'harsh' if the product was used during the winter months. I do suffer from a health complaint that makes my skin very sensitive to the cold, so I was slightly cautious about the product during the first few times that I used it, but I can honestly say that I am comfortable with the level of 'cooling effect' obtained during use. I would probably not use the product during the winter, however, as I am usually doing everything I can to heat up during that time of year!
The only real complaint I have in terms of the Leg Gel's effectiveness is the fact that I find the 'cooling effect' wears off very quickly. In actual fact, I find that some twenty minutes or so after application is the usual point where I will reach for the bottle with the intention of re-applying the gel to my legs to obtain the pleasant, refreshing cooling feeling once again. A word of caution here though, I have found that if TOO much gel is applied, or, indeed, if re-applications are slightly too 'generous', this will occasionally result in a rather 'tacky' residue being evident on the skin's surface. I can't say that this feeling is particularly pleasant, so have learned that 'less is more' where re-applications are concerned. I tend to just 'top up' the gel on my legs, rather than start reapplying it completely, and find that the product copes a little better with this method. To be fair though, and considering the price of the product, I do feel that the 'cooling effect' performs quite poorly in terms of longevity, and I do therefore feel it necessary to deduct one star from the product rating score to reflect this disappointment.
On the plus side, I have noticed nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity from using the product, even though my skin is quite dry and rather sensitive, 'flaring' aggressively if overly-harsh products are used. Based on these results, I do think the product is entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
I can't say that I would rush out to repurchase The Body Shop's Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel again in the future. It feels a bit 'gimmicky' for me, with the results being fairly short-lived. Perhaps if the product was available at a reduced price I would be tempted once again, but I suspect not and felt rather disappointed in the results obtained from its use.
Running after a toddler and a baby all day plus trying to do a bit of exercise with the dog and keep a house tidy by the end of the day my legs and feet do not want to work any more. They are always really quite tired and achy and in need of a massage. Sometimes my husband obliges but on the times he doesn't, which is pretty often, I rub in this gorgeous peppermint leg gel.
Described by The Body Shop as a cooling minty gel which revives and pampers tired legs and feet, I find it works wonders on my body. You know that feeling when you have a cool minty mouth and fresh breath thanks to your toothpaste, well this foot and leg gel works exactly the same. The peppermint smell of the gel is immediately cooling when I apply it to my legs and I think it's this initial sensation that really gets into my tired muscles and wakes them up a bit and gets them feeling better straight away. I find it's actually really easy to give myself a massage with this gel as the way it works itself over my skin makes it really easy to keep rubbing your hands up and down your legs and work it into your feet so you get a nice deep penetration and this action also I find soothes my legs and feet and makes them feel nicer than if I just massaged them without any product.
I really like that this product is a gel too as I think the gel in itself also offers a type of cooling effect. It's really nice to rub the gel into my skin as its got a really nice consistency to it and is quite fun to use. The gel is not sticky in any way and I find it actually soaks into my skin really quickly and feels quite light after I have used it. I also find this gel offers a nice bit of relief if you have a bit of sunburn as it cools the ski which is red hot from the sun.
The peppermint smell is absolutely amazing, very fresh and fragrant and almost good enough to eat.
This product contains Community Fair Trade peppermint oil which comes from Norfolk Essential Oils, a family-run co-operative in England. It is made with freshly cut leaves, steam-pressed and cooled to produce essential oil. The body Shop say that this trade gives the farmers a reliable income, and has helped revitalise local businesses.
A 250ml bottle of gel costs £7 and is one I recommend.
I recieved the body shop peppermint leg gel as part of a set one christmas. That was 5 years ago and I have never parted with this item!
It is absolutely fab! I cannot fault it.
Appart from the obvious amazing smell, the gel helps soothe hot and achey tired legs.
Me and my mum suffer from what we call 'Jumpy Legs' when they are sooo achey we cannot keep them still.
I used this one night when my legs were keeping me awake and I was able to fall asleep in 5 minutes.
It really does what it says on the label!
Now my mum keeps pinching mine! hah
They make great gifts, especially when they come in a set.
The presentation of the bottles have now changed for the better as they look even more appealing to the eye.
I love this product and genuinely recommend it if you suffer from the same kind of problems :)
I tried the Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel after one of my friends was talking about it. The peppermint gel is used to revive tired legs and feet and improve circulation. Now I love wearing my killer heels all day but sometimes after a very busy day I'm glad to kick them off.
The gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The label around it shows the Body Shop logo and has Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel in white letters. These stand out against the dark blue label. The label also tells us that the gel contains horse chestnut and peppermint oil which " soothes and invigorates tired legs and feet". The horse chestnut oil is used to help stimulate the circulation in your legs. This is repeated in French and apart from the size which is 250ml's there's no more information on the front of the bottle. The back of the label give instructions for use and ingredients, once again repeated in other languages but all the writing is so small and closely packed I found it all but impossible to read.
The side of the label has a small piece of information about where the peppermint is grown which is in the Norfolk fens.
The Peppermint Reviving gel is blue in colour, although my Fiancé insists its green, and is quite a thick gel. The gel smells strongly of peppermint as you would expect. Its a lovely fresh smell, not sweet like a mint chocolate just strong peppermint, its almost a medical fragrance.
Using The Gel
To use the peppermint gel you simple massage liberally into tired legs and feet, so after an exhausting day at work I got in, kicked of my shoes and did just that.
The gel feels instantly cold against your skin. In fact it felt like a cold wind was blowing against my legs. The gel was a lot more cooling than I imagined it would be. The peppermint fragrance wasn't as strong on my skin as it was in the bottle but it was still very pleasant.
After 10 minuets the cool feeling started to fade which I was slightly disappointed about. The coolness was still there but not as intense.
The gel massaged into my skin very easily and left no stickiness on my legs and feet but it did leave my hands quite sticky. It didn't leave my skin feeling dry in fact if anything it felt slightly softer although the gel makes no claims of any moisturising benefits. I found the cooling effect lasted for approximately half an hour and I have to say my legs and particularly my feet did feel better, much less achy. I could certainly feel the benefit from it. The smell on my skin lasted for a bit longer but after an hour it was barely there.
Over all I have been pleased with my peppermint reviving gel. It smells fabulous and feels cooling and refreshing. Its particularly good at night when I'm all fidgety and cant sleep, I massage some of this into my legs and I find the cooling effect relaxing. At £7.00 for 250ml's I think its well worth it. If I had 1 negative thing to say about this product it would be that you need to squeeze the bottle quite hard to get the gel out. This wasn't a problem for me but may be for those with hand problems. This aside though this product is lovely and I will definitely buy it again.
The peppermint reviving gel can only be bought at The Body Shop or www.bodyshop.co.uk.
None of The Body Shop products are tested on animals.
Some of you will know by now that I recently received a voucher for the Body Shop and decided to try some of their peppermint gels and sprays for the legs/feet. I chose this because I have used their peppermint foot soak previously and found this to be a very good product and so wanted to try some of their other products in this range. The product I'm reviewing this time is their peppermint leg gel. I'm sure you're all aware of the feeling at the end of a very long day when you don't feel you can walk another step because your legs are so tired - this is the problem that this product is trying to combat.
The bottle this comes in is typical of The Body Shop packaging. It is a clear bottle with a white see-through lid. Through the bottle you can see the product which is a very light, transparent blue. There is a blue label stuck most of the way around the bottle. The white writing tells me that it is a peppermint reviving leg gel and contains horse chestnut and Community Trade peppermint oil. It also tells me it's designed to soothe tired, heavy legs. There are also ingredients and information about where the peppermint comes from. This information is also provided in French. Like all Body Shop containers the bottle and lid is recyclable. The symbol tells me that the recycling level is 1 PET which means it is collected in the curbside collecting programme saving you needing to find a recycling box near you. The bottle contains 250ml of gel.
On opening the bottle the smell is immediately obvious. It smells very strongly of peppermint but there is something underlying that, I can't place it but I assume it's the horse chestnut that's also been added. The dominating scent is definitely that of peppermint though; the other scent is very faint and barely noticeable.
The lid to the bottle flips up easily and it is indented just below the lid which makes it easy to get your thumb under to lift the lid. To get the gel out though is slightly trickier, it simply involves squeezing the bottle to allow the gel to come through the hole in the top into your hand, however I consider myself quite strong and found the bottle hard to squeeze; this is something to bear in mind if you are buying for someone with reduced mobility in their hands/arms or isn't that strong. This can be solved by simply unscrewing the lid and taking it off completely, the gel is easier to squeeze through this larger hole but it's a bit of a hassle to completely unscrew the lid every time you want to use it.
Once the gel is on your hand it's very thin, thinner then I expected but this makes it really easy to rub into your legs and a little bit goes a very long way so only the smallest amount is needed to do both your legs. This means that although the bottle has a shelf life of 12 months I can see it lasting longer then this due to the tiny amount used each time.
The smell is even stronger once out the bottle but it's not overpowering, it's just a refreshing light scent and since it's so strong and minty it wakes me up mentally too. Whilst it doesn't claim this it is an added benefit because if it's designed to be used on tired legs it stands to reason, in my mind at least, that if it's been such a long day that my legs are tired then my mind will be too. It is however something to bear in mind if you're planning on using it before bed!
Rubbing the gel into my legs it immediately felt very cooling and refreshing; although it is cold and does feel cold when applying I have used this throughout winter without it feeling too cold unlike some other gels. The gel rubs in very easily and only takes a matter of seconds to be completely absorbed. Immediately after application it does feel as if my legs are slightly sticking to my trousers but when feeling my legs there is no sticky residue so I assume this is just my over active imagination!
After applying my legs do feel very refreshed and revived. I wouldn't say that they were ready to begin another day just yet but they are less tired and I do feel like I could continue work if I needed to. My skin also feels slightly smoother and so although this couldn't replace my moisturiser I do feel it slightly moisturised my legs. The scent lingers for a very long time. It takes around 5 minutes for it to not be so strong but even after this you can still smell it on my legs and the scent lingers until the following morning (when applied the previous evening). The cooling effect on my legs lasts between 30-60 minutes but as I said previously this isn't cooling in the same sense as cold air and so shouldn't be a problem in cold weather, it's more of a refreshing cooling sensation.
This gel is only available from The Body Shop and only available in 250ml bottles costing £7 and I feel it's definitely worth the money. Other products in the range include: a foot lotion, foot mask, foot scrub, foot soak, foot spray and intensive foot rescue/
Like all Body Shop products some of the ingredients for this product (namely the peppermint oil) are sourced from their Community Trade programme which helps small-scale farmers. Overall I'd give this product 4 out of 5 stars, it looses a star due to the bottle being so hard to squeeze. Despite this I would highly recommend it, especially to those of you who are on your feet most of the day.