April 29, 2011

The Body Shop & Philosophy Have Made My April Showers Delightful!



If you're anything like me, then you probably spend a bit of time in the shower. There's just something so wonderful about feeling borderline hot water either washing away the last vestiges of sleep in the morning or whatever stresses you may have dealt with in the evening. 

For me, taking a shower isn't just about hygiene and getting clean, although that is a very important part of the ritual. Showers can be just as relaxing and luxurious, provided you're using the right type of products. To me, that equates to products that smell wonderful and lather nicely and these two shower gels definitely fit that bill.




Best if you want to: Feel fresh and clean with a 100% biodegradable shower gel that is sulphate, paraben, and colorant-free. Contains real watermelon and eucalyptus extracts.
Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (Surfactant - Cleansing Agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Fragrance (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid.

My first experience with any watermelon scented products were with my grandma's cucumber melon lotion from Bath and Body Works, which I now use myself. So I was immediately drawn to this particular shower gel.

It lathers nicely and has a wonderful, refreshing watermelon scent. The scent isn't overbearing, though you can tell it's a bit manufactured. It's hard to explain but stronger smelling perfumes hit a certain spot in my nose, especially the fruity/floral ones (which is why I prefer muskier perfumes). It's neither offensive nor uncomfortable with the Watermelon & Eucalyptus shower gel, it's just... There

Also, you will (almost) definitely need to apply lotion after using this. It's not too stripping, but you will definitely find certain areas (i.e. knees, elbows, etc.) will require some, as my brother calls it, "Ash-Be-Gone." But the great thing about these shower gels is that the scents are subtle enough that you can mix and match with others. You definitely don't need to stick to a watermelon-type scent because whatever you use won't really clash.




If this particular scent does nothing to entice you, there are six other shower gels from their Earth Lovers line that might be more to your liking. Namely: Apricot & Basil, Cucumber & Mint, Fig & Rosemary (this was lovely, as well), Lemon & Thyme (this would be wonderful to wake oneself up in the morning!), Pear & Lemongrass, and Unfragranced. Yes, you read that right, Unfragranced

When I spoke to an SA about this, he mentioned that you can add your own scents (presumably The Body Shop's perfume oils?) to it to create your perfect shower gel. How awesome is that?

Shower Gels For Earth Lovers retail for $12.00 CAD.



"The unbelievable scent of a freshly baked vanilla cake has been captured in this rich shower gel formula. The too-good-for-words scent offers you a delectable shower experience for superior bath time fun. Celebrate this 100 percent calorie free option for starting your day - sprinkles optional."

This shower gel is Sephora's free birthday gift given to Beauty Insiders for the year 2011. It foams a bit more than the Watermelon & Eucalyptus shower gel and smells absolutely, positively delicious! Vanilla is one of my favourite scents so you can be sure I love this shower gel.




It's creamier consistency means it's more moisturizing than The Body Shop's shower gel but it's definitely no match for It's Raining Men by Lush. 

According to Philosophy, this can also be used as a shampoo and bubble bath. While I don't foresee myself using this as a shampoo unless I really have to (the second ingredient is Tea-Lauryl Sulfate), I am definitely eager to use this as a bubble bath.

I haven't come across any reviews online about how this performs as a bubble bath, but I would assume, judging from how it foams in the shower, that it would bubble wonderfully in the bath as well. The vanilla scent will be lovely to pair with other similarly scented products, I'm sure. 

So when your birthday comes around and you're a Beauty Insider, be sure to pick this up! It smells absolutely divine. Definitely a much better birthday gift than last year's offer.






What's your favourite shower gel at the moment?






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