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Price: £2.49 for 75ml
For: Moisturisation and protection for sensitive skin
The packaging is pretty plain and simple, it looks quite fresh and clean but nothing special. It's a plastic squeezy tube with a flip top lid that it stands on. The fact that it stand on it's lid means that the cream is always ready to come out of the tube so you don't have spend ages squeezing it to try get some out.
It's quite a thick textured cream, which actually reminds me very much of sun cream. It's smooth and fairly light with an inoffensive creamy scent.
Applying it to the skin I find it feels quite thick and heavy. It is not easily absorbed and feels quite clingy and greasy. When it finally sinks into the skin, after much massaging and waiting, my skin feels fairly dirty and clogged, and it looks really shiny, even in areas that I don't normally get shine.
My skin does feel fairly moisturised after using it, but this feeling doesn't last that long before all I can feel is the greasiness that the cream has left on my skin. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, which actually surprised me as I usually find products made for sensitive skin to be worse for my skin than anything else, but it just makes my skin feel awful.
It does have a sun protection factor of 15, which is an absolute must for me in a moisturiser, but it gives my skin the same awful effects as a full-on sun cream. When I bought this I was expecting the light, easily absorbed cream which is described on the bottle, but that is absolutely not what I got.
As it only cost me the measly sum of £2.49 I can't really complain about it being rubbish, it's a case of you get what you pay for, but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
All in all I think this is the worst moisturiser I've ever used.
Thumbs down from me.
For: Healthy looking hair and scalp
The packaging is very nice for something so cheap in my opinion, it looks clean and simple but high quality, definitely doesn't scream cheapo at you. It's a cylindrical plastic bottle, which is transparent so you can easily see when you're running out. It has a simple screw off lid which is not very convenient but it fastens nice and tight to assure no spillage occurs.
It's a fairly thick textured shampoo with a lovely turquoise green colour to it. The scent is quite a strong pepperminty scent with just a hint of tea tree in the background. It's an inoffensive enough scent, but certainly not one that makes using the shampoo a more pleasant experience.
It doesn't lather up particularly well, and it only makes a smooth, thin lather, rather than a thick, bubble one, so I do find I need to use quite a lot of it to do the whole of my hair. This surprised me as the directions on the back of the bottle tell you to work it into a 'luxurious, refreshing lather'. It certainly feels refreshing, as you can feel the cooling effect of the peppermint on the scalp, but there is nothing luxurious about the lather. It rinses out really easily with no effort at all.
The front of the bottle says that this is for normal hair, whilst the back says that it's for greasy or lacklustre hair, so I'm not sure which of these hair types it's actually aimed at. My hair is quite fine with a tendency to get greasy quickly, and I sometimes get an itchy scalp. I find that immediately after using the shampoo my scalp feels refreshed and any itchiness is calmed.
After drying my hair it feels clean and fresh, it isn't weighed down, and it looks clean and shiny. I don't think it feels as soft as with other shampoos, but this is easily resolved by making sure I follow it with a conditioner. I am impressed that it seems to do a really good job of removing build-up from my hair, leaving it looking brighter and shinier, and feeling much cleaner.
All in all I think this is a fantastic value shampoo
Thumbs up from me
Price: £2.49 for 15ml
For: Reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles
The packaging is fairly plain and simple, doesn't stand out from the crowd, but is nice enough to look at. It's a plastic squeezy tube with a screw off lid and a nozzle type applicator. The lid fastens nice and tightly and the nozzle makes it easy to control the amount of the cream you dispense. The tube however, is opaque, meaning you can't see how much you have left.
It has a fairly thin texture for a cream, but it is creamy in consistency. It's smooth and creamy and it feels quite soothing and cooling when applied to the eye area. It has a more intense cooling effect if you keep it in the fridge as suggested on the back of the tube.
You only need to use a little of this, use too much and it will not absorb into the skin properly. If you use just a small amount it sinks in really quickly leaving the skin feeling fairly refreshed. After just a few seconds the skin is left with a matte feel, which I found quite odd for an eye cream, which usually leave it feeling greasy if anything.
Looking at my skin after using this it looks like I have tiny bits of glitter where I've applied it. I'm assuming this must be 'light-reflecting particles' to help disguise dark circles and puffiness, though there is no mention of this in any of the product description. I don't think this does anything to conceal or reduce dark circles or puffiness, it just makes the skin look a little shimmery, which seems pointless.
It does make my skin feel nicely hydrated and comfortable, but other than that I don't really think it has any effect. It does have SPF15 though, which not many eye creams seem to have, so as a cheap product it does serve a useful purpose, and I would have to say it's very good value for money just on that basis.
All in all I think this is a good basic eye moisturiser with all-important sun protection.
Thumbs up from me.
Price: £1.99 for 100ml
For: Gentle exfoliation to reveal deeply cleansed, radiant skin
The packaging for this product is very basic, a simple squeezy plastic tube, which is opaque, so you can't see how much you have left. It looks nice enough, not really cheap and nasty, but certainly doesn't stand out as being high quality or exciting. It stands on a flip top lid which fastens tightly, but the hinge is pretty flimsy and will break easily.
The scrub has a fairly thick, creamy consistency and a creamy scent to go with it. It contains oatmeal, and the grains are easily visible. They are all different shapes and sizes due to being natural, rather than uniform in size and shape.
It feels really smooth and creamy when you massage it into the skin, but you can really feel the exfoliation, and I found that it was a little too harsh on some areas of my face and it felt slightly uncomfortable, though not painful. On those areas that were not as sensitive it just felt like it was doing a good job of smoothing out my skin and getting rid of the dead cells. The grains do seem quite randomly dispersed throughout the tube of scrub, so sometimes there are loads of grains and sometimes hardly any in the amount of scrub that you use.
I do find that I need to use a fair amount of the stuff to feel my whole face has been thoroughly cleaned, particularly when I hit part of the tube where the grains are more sparsely distributed, but considering how cheap it is I don't think that's an issue at all.
The scrub rinses off easily, with no grains lingering on the skin. My skin is left feeling soft and smooth, but also fairly greasy and therefore not really feeling clean, and so I need to cleanse again after using it. The areas that felt uncomfortable whilst using the scrub feel fine again once it is rinsed off, so there is no long-term sensitivity.
Although this leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, it's really not to any great extent, and the effects don't last that long. Also, usually when I use a good face scrub I can see a visible difference in my skin, it tends to look clearer and healthier, but there was no visible change with this one. I can't say it's bad value for money, it's an average face scrub at a cheap price, but I wouldn't buy it again.
All in all I think this is pretty average, but who expects more for £1.99?
Thumbs in the middle from me.
Price: £4.99 for 250 ml
For: Building a gradual sunkissed tan, for moisturised and radiant skin all year round
I bought this product after reading many good reviews on this and other websites. I have super-pale skin, to the point that I worry about blinding people with the sun reflecting off it's whiteness when I get my legs out, so I wanted something that would take the edge off, but without looking like a tan.
The packaging is quite eye-catching and certainly easy to spot amongst other similar products. It's a yellow-gold plastic bottle with a flip up lid. The lid seems to fasten tightly, but not enough so that I would be confident about it not coming open if I were to keep it in a washbag or take it travelling with me.
The lotion is quite a thin consistency which makes it really easy to use as it spreads nice and easily over the skin. Despite this I still feel I need to use quite a lot of it at a time to feel the whole of the desired area is covered. It has a smooth texture which makes it really easy to massage into the skin and it sinks in fairly quickly.
It has a kind of citrus scent to it, but it does also have an odd chemical undertone to it, which I guess is the 'self-tan' smell that people so often refer to (as a fake tan virgin I can't be sure!). The scent is quite strong but it doesn't really bother me when I'm using it.
Unlike with full on self tans, which you have to apply very carefully, you can afford to be a bit more carefree with this, just applying it as you would any moisturiser, only being mindful of making sure you haven't missed any bits. However, I would always recommend exfoliating first, especially if you have dry skin, as it will cling to any dry areas and make them come out darker.
After application my skin feels soft and smooth, with no greasy or sticky residue. I do think it does a good job as a moisturiser as well as giving colour, but if you have dry skin you would still need to use your usual moisturiser as this just gives basic daily moisturisation and is not rich or intensive enough to deal with dry skin.
The day after my first application I could see a very slight difference in colour, and after the second application my skin was a lovely golden hue. It did not look like self-tan, it did not look orange or brown, it just looked like my skin was naturally a slightly darker shade than it actually is. It looked very even, no streaks or patchiness at all, and I was very pleased with the results.
Applying it day after day the colour gradually builds up further so you get a darker and darker colour, and I found that after about 5 days of daily application the colour started to look less natural and more obviously like fake tan. At this point I simply skipped a couple of days and then started applying every other day rather than daily. This way I keep a very natural looking golden colour and no longer blind people when I get my legs out.
If you stop using it the colour will fade in a few days, and it does so gradually and evenly so you don't end up looking patchy while you're waiting for it to fade. If you exfoliate daily this will help it to fade a bit quicker.
The only real negative I can say about this product is that after applying it a few times you are left with the awful chemically scent built up on your skin, and I find I can smell it quite strongly if I use it on my upper body, so now I stick to just using it on my legs.
All in all I think this is a great natural looking self tan product.
Thumbs up from me.
For: Gentle deep cleansing for all skin types
The packaging of this product is lovely. It's very expensive looking and high quality, and would look good in any bathroom. It's a transparent plastic bottle with a pull off lid and pump dispenser. The dispenser works really well and gives a nice amount of the product, creating less possible wastage.
It's a fairly thin textured scrub with a nice creamy colour. It doesn't have noticeable grains in it to look at, it just looks like a creamy lotion. The scent is a very subtle slightly floral scent, and I can't say I ever notice it when I'm using the scrub.
Applying it to the face it massages in really well, I only need to use one pump to easily cover my whole face as the texture makes it go a long way. You can feel it exfoliating but without feeling harsh or scratchy, and by the time you've finished massaging it in the skin already feels really smooth.
After rinsing it off my skin feels really smooth and soft. It doesn't feel dehydrated or dried out, and my moisturiser sinks in really easily. My skin is left feeling nourished and looking clean and healthy. I would use this about 2 or 3 times a week, but as it is so gentle you could get away with using it more often if you needed to.
Over time it has helped to rid me of the flaky skin that I tend to get around my nose, and has kept it looking clear and fresh. It is definitely the best exfoliator I've used in terms of effectiveness, and it also lasts pretty well as you don't need to use a lot of it at a time. However, I received my bottle as a gift, and though it is really good, I would not be prepared to pay £17.50 for it myself.
All in all this is a fantastic exfoliator for those with money to burn!
Thumbs up from me.
I've always loved sitting at home leisurely flicking through a mail order catalogue, creating mental lists of all the things I want to buy, so I have accounts with several catalogues, with whom I shop online. Very is currently my favourite of these, though that's not to say it doesn't have it's down-points.
The site has quite a modern look to it, with a lot of black. It looks quite sleek and streamlined, unlike many sites which tend to look cluttered with too much info going on all on the same page. The site can sometimes be quite slow to load, but not slow enough to be frustrating.
Very is basically a department store, selling everything from clothes to home-wares, sports equipment to children's toys. It's arranged by department to make finding what you want easier, though things aren't always where you would expect to find them.
The prices are generally pretty good as catalogue shopping goes (if you look at very and great universal together they're practically exactly the same except for many of the prices being lower on very), but you will easily be able to find a lot of items cheaper elsewhere online. You're paying a premium for the convenience of shopping from home and being able to buy on credit. Obviously this is not for everyone, but for people who find themselves needing something they can't immediately afford the credit terms can be a godsend.products
They stock a good range of brands, from their basic and own branded products at the lower end of the scale, to fashion and designer brands at the higher. There are some very well-known and some lesser-known brands, and in general they offer something for everyone and every budget.
I buy mainly clothes from them, as I hate shopping and love the convenience of being able to try on items in the comfort of my own home (and in normal lighting conditions as opposed to the horrible changing room lights) and returning them free of charge if they're not right.
Most items have a good amount of information displayed on the product page, however some have none at all and this can be annoying when you want to know something specific about a product and all they have is a picture. The checkout process is quick and easy, and I love the fact that they show pictures on the checkout page so you can easily see what's what instead of having to try and remember what the product name relates to.
I find their delivery times are generally very good, with in stock items usually arriving next day. There can be very long delays on some items though, which is sometimes very frustrating. Returns are really easy to arrange either online or by phone, and I've never had any problems at all with any of my returns.
Also if you order, for instance, a lingerie set which is classed as 2 separate items, 1 item may turn up straight away and the other be delayed, so you can't try them on together to see if they're right, and you're left wondering whether to wait for the other item or send the one you have back just in case the other 1 isn't right and you end up outside of the 14 day home approval period.
When you have an account with them they send regular statements which are clear and easy to understand, detailing what you've spent and when you need to pay. They also regularly send 'Buy Now Pay Later' deals, so you can order items and not have to start paying them for a few months. Using your account you can buy on interest free terms under what they call a 'take 3 payment' which simply spreads the amount over 3 monthly payments. Alternatively you can choose interest-bearing terms which means you will have longer to pay and lower monthly payments, but you'll end up paying much more. I would not advise anyone to buy on the interest bearing terms as it's simply not worth it.
I've always had prompt, helpful replies to my emails to customer services, and the staff have always done their best to help and got any problems sorted out quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
All in all I think this is one of the better online 'catalogue' stores. I've used many and it's the only one I've yet to have any major problems with.
Price: £8.99 for 60ml
£14.99 for 125ml
£19.99 for 200ml
For: Specialist skincare to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone
The packaging is not great. It looks pretty cheap and nasty in my opinion, and it doesn't seem like much thought has been put into the design of the bottle. It's a clear plastic bottle with a screw on lid. The top of the bottle has a fairly large hole from which you have to pour the oil, making it very messy and very wasteful, as it's not easy to control the amount of oil you get out. I would like to see it in a roller-ball form or some other form of dispenser or applicator, to minimise mess and waste.
The oil is fairly thin in consistency for an oil, runny and therefore very messy. It has quite a fresh, clean, almost soapy scent to it, which is not too strong or invasive. It feels smooth and silky on the skin, and surprisingly it sinks in really quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feel on the skin.
The immediate effect on skin is an intense feeling of moisturisation. It feels soft and silky smooth and has a healthy dewy sheen to it, which makes it look radiant.
I bought the oil as I've had some pretty awful looking purple scars left over from ingrown hairs on my legs for a couple of years and really wanted to get rid of them. I was sceptical despite all the rave reviews of Bio Oil, but started applying the oil to my legs twice daily as suggested in the instructions.
Within a week I could already see that the oil was having an effect, and within a month the scars were all reduced to about half their previous size and the colour had faded dramatically. I've now been using it for about 3 months and these scars have almost completely gone. I must say I'm impressed!
The only real downside I could mention is that I find I use quite a lot of the oil at a time and so it doesn't last that long using it twice daily. However, the length of time it will last is obviously dependant on how large an area you are using it on.
After the first week of use, when I started to see results, I also started using it on an older, much large scar on my abdomen. It has taken much longer to see results here, but I can see that it is having an effect and so I will happily continue to use it until this scar disappears.
The oil is also suitable for use on the face, and despite my oily skin I've found that it doesn't make my skin oily or clog my pores as I would have expected, so I am also now happily using it on a large recent scar from a graze on my face.
All in all I think this is a great product which really does what it claims to do.
Thumbs up from me.
For: High performance shaving with soothing conditioning strips
The razor comes packaged in a plastic case, the kind that is really hard to get into and you have to cut with scissors. I don't get why they have to make them so difficult to open, but it seems to be the case with most razors, so not fair to judge it on that! In the pack you get the razor and 1 blade.
The razor is, like most razors designed for women, predominantly bright pink in colour. It's made of a silver metal with pink rubber where you need the grip. The blade simply clips into the top of the handle, and there is a button to press to release it when you need to change blades. All very simple and fuss-free.
There are four blades, designed to give a closer shave, and above the blades is a 'conditioning strip' which is supposed to improve comfort and glide. The head pivots to more easily follow the contours of your body making it quicker and easier to shave.
I found the razor worked very well overall, giving a good close shave with minimum effort. The design works well from an ergonomic perspective - the rubber grips mean it doesn't slide easily out of your hand, and the pivoting head does indeed make it easier to shave awkward areas such as around the knees and ankles.
I'm not sure that the conditioning strip has any noticeable effect, but when you use a shaving gel this makes the razor glide effortlessly over the skin anyway, so perhaps this would be more noticeable if you used it without gel or foam, something I'm not prepared to put my sensitive skin through! I do still find I cut myself easily around the knees if I'm in a bit of a rush, so I definitely wouldn't say it prevents nicks and cuts.
The blades last surprisingly well - I've been using the blade that came with mine for 4 weeks now, shaving my legs at least every 5 days, and it still seems to work just as well as when I first started using it (I do only have very fine hair though, so it may not last as long when used on thicker, courser hair). So even though the blades do seem quite expensive at £5.29 for a pack of 3, it does work out at pretty decent value.
All in all this is a very good razor, I just wish it wasn't pink!
Thumbs up from me.
Price: £5 for 100ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Gentle exfoliation to remove trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells
The packaging is quite nice with that usual Body Shop high quality look about it. It's a plastic squeezy tube which stands on it's led. the lid has a flip-top which fastens tightly to avoid spills. The only slightly annoying thing about the packaging is that the tube is opaque, so you can't so easily gauge when you're running out.
It's fairly thick and creamy textured, with a bright green colour. The tea tree scent is not too strong so shouldn't be a problem for most people, though tea tree is not exactly a pleasant scent. It has crushed apricot stones in it, but there don't seem to be that many, they are quite sparsely dispersed through the product.
I find I have to use quite a large amount of this exfoliator just to feel like my whole face has been covered, mainly because the crushed apricot stones are so few and far between. Massaging it into the skin it feels smooth and creamy, but it doesn't feel like it's doing a very good job of exfoliating.
However, after rinsing it off, the skin is left feeling really smooth, proving that it does exfoliate well even if it doesn't feel like it is doing. My skin also feels soft and doesn't feel at all dry or stripped of moisture as it does after using other exfoliators. My skin feels very clean and looks clear and radiant.
After using this regularly for a few weeks I've found it has helped (used alongside other products from the same range) to keep my skin looking clear and healthy. However, the main selling point of this particular product is that it helps to get rid of blackheads, and unfortunately I have not found this to be the case. As a basic exfoliator it works well, leaving skin soft and smooth, but it has had no effect whatsoever on my clogged pores and blackheads, so it doesn't live up to it's claims.
All in all this is a decent basic exfoliator, but won't banish those blackheads.
Thumbs in the middle from me!
Price: £1 on offer (usually around £1.89)
I've always adored Cadbury's Crunchies, so when I spotted these Crunchie Rocks on offer in Morrisons I had to give them a go. I also recently tried the new Crunchie biscuits, which turned out to be a massive disappointment, so I was hoping against hope that these would live up to the Crunchie name!
They come in a resealable foil pouch so you're not pressured to eat them quickly as you can just re-fasten the bag. However, when they say it's resealable, they just mean it has a sticker on the back of the pack which you can use to stick the top of the bag down, and this doesn't always stay in place, particularly when you get towards the bottom of the pack.
The Rocks are basically bits of honeycomb and cornflakes stuck together in clumps with chocolate. They are all different shapes and sizes and they don't look anything like rocks, so I'm not really sure where the name comes from.
Until I read the description on the back of the pack I wasn't aware that there were cornflakes in them. I could just about tell that there might be something other honeycomb pieces, but I wasn't sure and certainly couldn't have told you what it was. I think they add simply to the texture rather than the taste to be honest.
The texture is very crunchy, a combination of the honeycomb and the cornflakes, then you have the chocolate to just soften it up that little bit. They taste ok, though as I said before I couldn't really taste the cornflakes. The honeycomb tastes quite nice but it's not the same as biting into a Crunchie bar. The chocolate is just the usual Cadbury chocolate, in fairly sparing amounts so it doesn't get too boring, and the overall taste of the Rocks are not too sweet or sickly.
A third of the bag (around 49g) contains 235 calories, 30.6g sugar, and 10.3g fat. This is quite high for me, especially considering the taste is nothing special. I'd much prefer to just stick to the usual Crunchie bar which tastes much better.
All in all I found these quite disappointing.
Thumbs down from me.
Price: £6.50 for 100ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Deep cleansing of oily and problem skin
The packaging has the usual high quality look and feel which you come to expect from The Body Shop. It's a plastic pot with a screw-on lid. The lid fastens nice and tight to avoid spills, but is easy enough to open so long as you make sure you don't get any product in the bit where the lid screws onto the pot. It's very clean and classy looking and doesn't scream 'spot product' like so many tea tree products do.
The mask is a palish minty green colour and has a thick texture like that of most mud or clay masks. It smells pretty strongly of tea tree, but not enough to be a problem.
To use the mask it is suggested a 'generous layer' is applied over the face and left for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off. I'm never sure just how much to use with masks, as one person's idea of a generous layer could be very different to that of anothers. Through experimentation though, I have found that you don't need to use a lot at a time, so the pot does last quite a long time.
The texture of the mask is smooth which makes it easy to apply, but I do find that I have a lot left over on my hands after applying, which seems a waste. It feels very cool on contact with the skin, but it doesn't sting or irritate as many similar masks do with my sensitive skin. The mask isn't supposed to set or dry, so if you find it does dry out within the 5-10 minutes then you can safely assume you've applied it too sparsely.
After waiting the required 5-10 minutes I find the mask takes quite a lot of effort to rinse off, and it's much easier to use a sponge or cloth to remove it rather than just trying to rinse it off with the hands. Once it's all rinsed off the skin is left feeling really fresh and clean, as well as surprisingly soft. It doesn't dry the skin out at all, which so many tea tree products do, it just leaves it feeling thoroughly cleaned.
According to what I've read the mask is supposed to absorb excess oil and help to get rid of blocked pores and blackheads. I agree that it does seem to stop my skin getting greasy as quickly as it normally would, leaving it feeling fresher and cleaner for longer. I'm not convinced of it's blackhead-busting properties though. I find that immediately after use my clogged pores do look much less noticeable, but by the next day the blackheads are back in all their glory, so long-term I don't think it has an effect.
All in all I think this is a good mask for oily skin.
Thumbs up from me.
Price: £1 on offer (usually £1.59)
I've always been a big fan of Cadbury's Crunchie, so when I saw these new Crunchie biscuits on offer I couldn't resist giving them a try, thinking they would make a lovely indulgent treat. The packaging has the usual Crunchie colours of cadbury purple and gold, making it very easily recognisable.
They come in a plastic tray packaged in a foil wrapper. The tray holds just 8 biscuits, which left me feeling a little disappointed when I opened it! The biscuits are also not very big, but are quite thick so you don't feel so cheated by the size overall.
Cadbury describe these as 'A crisp biscuit filled with a melting honeycomb cream topped with crunchy honeycomb pieces covered in milk chocolate'. If I hadn't read that on the packet I'd have said they were just biscuit, honeycomb pieces and chocolate - I didn't notice the 'melting honeycomb filling' at all.
They have a nice crunchy texture provided by both the biscuit and the honeycomb pieces. The chocolate is crisp but just soft enough to take the edge of the crunchiness of the biscuit.
I was quite disappointed with the taste. I couldn't really taste the biscuit, just the honeycomb and the chocolate. The honeycomb pieces, though fairly nice, did not taste like that in a Crunchie, and the chocolate is just the usual Cadbury flavour, which to be honest I find quite boring in large amounts. What makes a Crunchie work is that there is just a thin layer of chocolate coating the honeycomb, but on these biscuits the chocolate is much thicker, which doesn't work as well.
Each biscuit contains 80 calories, 7.4g sugar and 4.1g fat, and to be perfectly honest I don't think they're worth it. I expected an indulgent treat, but these were quite average, and very overpriced in my opinion.
All in all I don't think these are worth the calories or the money!
Thumbs down from me.
Price: £4.50 for 250ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Preventing blemishes and removing excess oils without over-drying the skin
The packaging is clean and simple, a clear plastic bottle through which you can see the product so you always know when you're running out. It's just the same kind of bottle as The Body Shop's shower gels, with a flip-top lid. The lid fastens tightly to avoid spills, but it is easy to open. It has a high quality look and feel as most Body Shop products do, and unlike most tea tree products doesn't scream 'Spot Cleanser' at you.
It's a gel-based cleanser, and the texture is just that, a gel, similar to shower gels. It's a nice green colour with a lightly herbal scent which, though the dominating scent is tea tree, isn't too strong or overpowering.
It feels nice and cooling instantly on contact with the skin, but it doesn't lather up particularly well, which means I find myself using more of this than I would of many cleansers. However, the bottle still seems to last ages despite this.
It feels really nice to use, the scent isn't overly noticeable while you're using it, and it rinses off easily. On rinsing it off the skin feels softer and smoother, and it certainly doesn't feel dry or tight, which was a nice surprise as most tea tree products I've used have dried my skin out a bit.
The skin feels really clean after using this, and it does seem to take longer to become greasy again than with other cleansers. It also seems to have a calming effect on any blemishes, taking down redness and leaving them looking less obvious. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, which is often a worry, but leaves it feeling thoroughly cleansed.
After using this cleanser regularly for a few weeks I found my skin did seem cleaner, clearer and brighter. It hasn't prevented me from getting blemishes, but those I do get seem to be fewer and far between, and come and go much more quickly than before.
All in all I think this is a great cleanser for oily or blemished skin.
Thumbs up from me.
Price: £5 for 50ml
£12.50 for 200ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Soft skin with a warm and radiant fragrance
The packaging is the usual Body Shop high quality look and feel. It's a plastic pot with a screw off lid that fastens nice and tightly. Although I prefer tubes or bottles generally for body moisturisers for hygiene reasons, this is the only right kind of packaging for a moisturiser as thick in texture as this.
The butter is a light pink colour and has a thick, creamy texture. The scent is very sweet and girly, and although similar to the Love Etc perfume, it is not the same and I find it slightly overly sweet and less tolerable than the more subtle sweetness of the perfume.
The butter feels really smooth and creamy and glides onto the skin with ease. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy and it sinks into the skin fairly quickly, without leaving a residue.
The skin is left feeling instantly softer and hydrated, and dry skin more comfortable. I do find I need to use quite a lot at a time because of the thick texture, so the pot won't last that long, but like all the other Body Shop body butters, it does do a better job of keeping my skin moisturised than other body moisturisers so I do think it's worth it.
All in all this is a great body butter, but the scent is not for everyone.
Thumbs up from me.