“ Brand: Champneys / Texture: Cream / Type: Treatment / Texture: Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
New to Champneys
I have never used Champneys products in the past, but I received a lovely box full of goodies for my birthday so I've been able to try a few out! Although Champneys products are available in Sainsburys and Boots, I can't see this product on either website - however it is available on the Champneys website and it may well be available as part of a giftset, as I received it.
A 200ml tube of this shower cream will set you back £6.
Simple and classic
This shower cream comes in a plastic tube - you can see the creamy coloured shower cream inside the tube. The packaging itself is quite simple and classic - I wouldn't say it is very expensive looking but it's inoffensive enough! It is quite plain, with some muted gold writing and simple graphics.
This shower product has a nice rich and creamy texture, and I always apply it using a shower puff. I find that a little goes a long way and it lathers up really nicely, into quite a creamy foam.
The product also has a pleasant fragrance, and one that it is quite unlike other shower products I've used. The smell is very clean and fresh and it reminds me a bit of Johnson's baby products. It's a very neutral fragrance and I don't think it is the sort of smell that anyone would particularly dislike - but I would say my only criticism is that some may find it a bit boring!
After use I find my skin feels really clean and soft. This product really does moisturise the skin and I'm impressed with how nice this makes my skin feel. It would definitely be good for dry skin or skin that needs a little extra tlc!
In summary ...
I was surprised to see that this shower cream has had some negative reviews as I think it is really nice. I like the fresh and clean fragrance and I think it's an effective moisturising cream too. My only real criticism is the price and, even though I like this, I wouldn't spend £6 on it! But it would definitely make a lovely gift.
As I mentined in some of my previous reviews, I like to have my cosmetics in sets - hence whenever I get a body butter, I need a shower gel to go with it. I was glad that my Champneys Spa Comforting Body Butter came in a set with a shower gel.
The showerl gel itself comes in a see-through plastic tube with a golden flip-top lid at the bottom - very practical (no need to turn it outside down when running out and it's easy to see how much of it there's left in the tube). The shower gel itself has orange-creamy colour. In general, the appearance of the tube is in the same style as the appearance of the body butter pot and looks fairly luxurious.
The scent of this shower gel is simply gorgeous: mild, femine and comforting. According to the producer, the shower gel contains coconut oil and milk proteins, I can vaguely sense both of these The scent stays around for a couple of hours but it's so delicate you can barely sense it. I always use my favourite fragrance straight after shower and the scents don't mix.
The shower cream is fairly creamy and rich - as you would expect from a shower cream! I normally use it with a shower puff and I had no problems whatsoever creating lather. It cleanses really well and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, it is also easy to rinse off.
As mentioned above, it contains nourishing coconut oil and milk proteins that are meant to moisturise and soften the skin. Indeed, my skin was pleasant to touch and quite soft after I used it but I didin't notice that it's moisturised my skin. I usually used the body butter after showering to ensure that my skin has been hydrated.
It is a good shower gel but despite the fact that it's been described as 'luxurious', I don't feel it has worked on my skin any differently to cheaper shower gels/creams. It normally costs £6.00 for a 200ml tube in Boots which I find is a bit too expensive for a fairly average product.
Thank you for reading my review.
I have wanted to try the Champneys brand for a long time now, however to my knowledge it was only available in Sainsbury's until recently, which wasn't great for me as I don't live near to one. On a recent wander around Boots, I was thrilled to learn they are also now stocking Champneys products, and one of the offers they had was to get a free gift bag full of travel size products when spending over £8. Being a sucker for a deal, I chose my items and happily trotted off to the till with my freebie under my arm. One of the items in the free set was this, the Skin Comforting Shower Cream which is from the Champneys Spa Treatments range.
As I have a travel sized version of this product, the packaging of mine is similar but not identical to the full size. It is presented in a clear tube - always useful I find, as there's no fun in getting into the bath or shower, realising you've run out of something and having to run naked and wet to find another! The tube has a gold screw top lid and shiny gold accents all over it. Whilst I do think it's a nice looking tube, it doesn't wow me and I don't think the packaging stands out. Then again, I would know from looking at it that it wasn't a budget brand, so perhaps in that sense it has achieved its aim of looking a bit like a premium product.
The shower cream is described as 'skin comforting' and contains nourishing coconut oil and milk proteins which they say will leave you with soft, radiant and soothed skin.
The smell of the shower cream is not what I was expecting from the product description. I love coconut scented products and had been excited at the mention of coconut milk. I was therefore both surprised and disappointed to find that this smells nothing like coconut. In fact, it actually has a very strong, powdery floral scent to it. I found the fragrance very old fashioned and it reminded me of the products my grandma used to have in her bathroom when I was a little girl. At 26 years old and being someone who prefers a light, fruity fragrance, I didn't really like the smell of this product at all and felt it was suited to a much older age group (about 70 years older).
The actual shower cream itself is a soft cream colour - almost yellow in fact - and is very thick in consistency. I usually use a shower puff, however I have been using this directly onto my skin and find it lathers very well. It feels very smooth, and almost cooling against the skin and the thickness of it does make it feel like a quality product.
After the product has been rinsed from my skin, and I've gotten dried, the smell does linger on my skin for quite some time. I'd say hours in fact - on the occasions that I don't apply a scented body lotion to cover it, that is.
My skin feels soft after use, but no more than it usually does anyway. One thing I like about the shower cream is that it isn't drying at all. My skin is dry anyway and often soapy products make it feel tight and dry it out all the more. I also have eczema, which is particularly bad on my foot and although I realise I shouldn't be using scented products on it, I have used this and not had any reaction or further flare up.
Being a Champneys product I didn't expect this to be cheap. As my smaller sized tube came as part of a gift set, I had to look the price up and quite frankly was shocked. I had assumed this would be around the £4 mark, and even then I would have felt it pricey, however should you want to purchase this, the full sized 200ml bottle will set you back £6 from Boots. I personally feel that is way too much - I have used expensive bath and shower products before, but to pay any more than a couple of quid for a shower gel, I really have to feel that it is special, and with this one I don't. I certainly wouldn't part with £6 for it.
The product does have plus points to it - it left my skin soft, the scent lingers (well at least that would be a plus point if I liked the scent) and it isn't drying. When it comes down to it, the key questions are whether I would buy it again, and whether I would recommend it, and no, I wouldn't do either, so on that basis I can only award the product two stars.