Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Product Review - The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel


Product Review - The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

   A few months back, The Body Shop was offering 50% discount on few of their products in-store as well as through their online shopping portal and me being a complete sucker for bargains couldn't resist picking up a few products for myself. Reviewing a shower gel from their much loved Strawberry collection today that I have been using on a regular basis since almost two months now.

   Product Claims:
   Given the benefits of strawberry seed oil, The Body Shop couldn't pass up the opportunity to create a beautiful Strawberry Bath & Body range. Alongside Strawberry Body Sorbet, Strawberry Body Mist and seven other simply sumptuous bath and body products, The Body Shop brings you Strawberry Shower Gel.
   For clean, soft, hydrated skin, get yourself into a lather with Strawberry Shower Gel!
   Extracted from strawberry seeds, strawberry seed oil is pressed from strawberry seeds left over from jam production. Strawberry seed oil is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to protect and nourish skin.
   It is loaded with Community Fair Trade Soya Oil which is very rich in essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness. Glycerin is an effective moisturizer which helps improve softness and maximize hydration. Natural strawberry extract conditions the skin. Strawberry Shower Gel is a soap-free shower gel that is perfect for normal to dry skin. With its sweet, fruity scent and rich foaming lather, it helps to hydrate your skin for long-lasting skin silkiness.


Product Review - The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel


   Price: Rs. 425/-
   Volume: 250 ml
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions for use: Lather up in the bath or shower using hands or a bath lily. Rinse thoroughly.
   Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Sulfosuccinate, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Honey, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Strawberry Seed Oil, Benzophenone-4, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Denatonium Benzoate, Rosemary Leaf Extract, CI 14700/Red 4, CI 17200/Red 33.

Product Review - The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

   The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel comes in transparent cylindrical recyclable plastic bottles with a flip cap. These are simple yet pretty to look at and are also very sturdy and travel friendly. Shower gels from other The Body Shop ranges too come packaged in similar signature bottles with attractive labels with relevant information printed on them.
   The shower gel is a fruity red strawberry color and is the perfect consistency to use. Neither too thick, nor too runny. It smells of strawberries, the scent being natural which isn't overpowering. A tiny amount when applied on wet skin creates abundant lather and cleanses the skin well without stripping it of natural moisture, leaving it clean, fresh, soft and supple. It didn't make even the driest parts of my skin flake in the entire time that I have been using this shower gel. On the downside, though it smells wonderful while taking bath, the scent disappears almost completely as soon as the gel is rinsed off the body. Also, it leaves a little creamy residue on my skin which requires an extra minute or two to rinse off properly. 

   For the environmentally conscious, a big plus for all the The Body Shop products in general is the fact that they all come in recyclable packing and are cruelty free. The shower gel is available easily across the country. Price-wise, though it costs almost twice than what drugstore brands do, it is still pretty pocket friendly as the shower gel lasts forever. I have been using it for almost two months and still have enough amount last to last me another two months or so! And the fact that I purchased it at a flat 50 % off made it a steal buy!


Product Review - The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

   Pros:
- Comes in the signature The Body Shop see-through, sturdy plastic bottles with a flip cap.
- Has a very natural smelling strawberry scented fragrance.
- Neither too thick nor runny in consistency.
- A small quantity goes a long way.
- Lathers abundantly.
- Cleanses the grime and dirt well.
- Does not make the skin dry or flaky.
- Keeps skin soft and supple.
- Well suited for all skin types.
- Cruelty free product.
- Comes in recyclable packaging.
- Easily available across the nation.

Cons:
- Leaves a creamy residue which takes little extra effort to rinse off.
- The fragrance disappears soon after rinsing the shower gel.
- No mention of list of ingredients.
- A little expensive when compared to other shower gels.

Verdict: 4.5/5. My skin loved this cruelty free, sweet strawberry scented, moisturizing shower gel enough to make me want to repurchase it again! Also, can't wait to try shower gels from other ranges of The Body Shop soon enough! 

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