“ Brand: Imperial Leather / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Cream „
I recently needed to stock up on some shower gel and I never stick to the same brand, I will often go for whatever is on offer or if there is something new out I will give that a try. I decided to go for Cussons Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel, it was actually the fragrance of this product that caught my attention so I was hoping that it was going to be as good as it seemed.
The Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel comes in a clear curved plastic bottle, on the front of the bottle is the Cussons Imperial Leather logo with the word Sublime written towards the bottom in large brown letters, just underneath this are some of the ingredients in this product, again written in the same brown writing, this is all very easy to read when the bottle is full as it stands out nicely against the colour of the shower gel inside, however as the bottle empties the writing does become a bit difficult to see.
On the back of the bottle is further information about the shower gel as well as the ingredients, as with the front of the bottle all of the writing is in dark brown and becomes more difficult to read as the bottle empties. The bottle has a large red plastic flip top lid, this is also curved to match the bottle.
The Shower Gel
Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel is a pearly red colour with small black specks in it, as I have mentioned it was the fragrance of this product that made me want to try it, it is described as containing Star Flower and Pomegranate, when I first smelt this product I could definitely tell that it had a strong fruity fragrance, I'm not really sure if it actually smelt of pomegranate and to be honest have no idea what star flower is but it lived up to its promise of having a strong fruity and fresh fragrance.
This shower gel contains pearls infused with moisturising jojoba oils and promises to leave your skin feeling radiant and renewed. Star fruit is know for its moisturising properties and pomegranate is known to restore skin so the combination of the 2 will leave your skin smooth and soft. This shower gel is dermatologically tested and Ph neutral so it will be gentle on your skin and is ideal for the whole family.
Directions for Use
When it comes to using the Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel the directions are standard for this type of product, your simply lather up a small amount of the shower gel and massage it into your skin and then rinse. The amount of the shower gel that you use is down to personal preference, however I personally find that you only need a small amount as it lathers up extremely well.
Price and Availability
When I bought Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel I purchased it from my local Tesco, although it is also available from other supermarkets. The 250ml bottle cost me just £1.00, although this does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from.
Since I bought the Imperial Leather Sublime shower gel I have been very impressed with it, I really like the fragrance of this product and after using it, it really leaves my skin feeling soft, looking smooth and smelling extremely fresh. The shower gel is very reasonably priced and in my opinion is definitely worth the money.
This shower gel is ideal for the whole family and will be gentle on your skin, I have definitely found this to be the case and have experienced no problems. This is certainly a product I would purchase again and one I would recommend.
I love my fruity beauty products so when I saw this I found it hard to resist it. I have previously used this brand before but not for a long time as I tend to mainly buy Body Shop products but when I saw a bottle of this on special offer for just £1.50 for 250ml I couldn't resist buying it especially as it both looks and smells nice.
=== The bottle ===
The bottle is quite an interesting one, it certainly isn't the shape of any other shower gels that I have used before. It's long and thin but curves making it look very interesting. It is see through too so you can see inside which I always like especially when the cream inside is such a lovely rich colour! The lid is a dark pink and is a flip cap.
=== Using it ===
This is easy to use, the lid is a flip cap and the cream comes out very easily, a little too easily in my opinion. It is a very runny consistency which means often you get more than you want so I try to make sure my sponge or flannel is in position to catch it, if it goes onto my fingers then it tends to run off too fast so using a sponge or something is best. It's a dark pink colour which is nice with little black bits in which I think are seeds, they don't grate like an exfoliator anyway. It foams up quite well, not as much as my other products but enough to make you feel as though you are having a good wash.
=== Result ===
This is meant to be a moisturising shower gel and I find that it does leave my skin nice and soft. It definitely moisturises more than other shower creams I've used. When using this it is really nice, the smell is really fruity which makes my senses all light up. I like to use this in the mornings as it is a nice fresh shower cream. The result of having a shower using this is a nice woken up feeling and lovely soft skin. It doesn't moisturise as much as an actual moisturising cream itself would but it is better than other shower products.
=== Conclusion ===
Yes I would buy this again. I think it is a lovely smell of pomegrantes and it's left my skin in a nice condition.
I had very high hopes and expectations for this glossy, luxurious, and very beautiful looking shower wash. Its rich red colour with pearlescent sheen made it immediately stand out on the shelf. The word 'sublime' emblazoned across the front of the bottle and the promise of a 'richly moisturising' gel and a 'truly pampering experience' had me sold immediately - the 99p it would cost me for 250ml was a happy bonus. The star flower and jojoba oil promises wonderful moisture for the skin and the pomegranate promises to restore and keep skin smooth. Along with these lovely effects of this so called 'sublime' wash was the beautiful scent I could smell from the top of the bottle- I could imagine myself being surrounded by the beautiful smells in my shower, closing my eyes, and drifting off into relaxation.
Boy was I wrong!
I could not have been much more disappointed when I used this. There is nothing special about it to my senses. It is just a bog standard wash, and I have used many more that surpass this by a long shot. It is described as a cream, but I find it very hard to call it this. It is a basic gel! Nothing more. The scent of the gel is so faint once out of the bottle that, to be honest, the first time I used it I did not notice it. I noticed it more other times when used in the bath, but even then, it was negligible. As for any hope of the scent remaining on the skin - don't count on it. This is hugely disappointing considering the strength and beauty of the scent when you pop the lid.
It is a fairly thick gel, and the pearlescent look of it is truly very pretty. But, in my mind this is not enough to create a pampering experience as claimed. It does foam up well on my bath puff, and it did clean me thoroughly, but this is all it did. I did not notice any evidence of moisturising. I got my hopes up to begin with as the lather did feel very soft on my skin, but no. Once dried off with a towel my skin did not feel happy. If anything, it felt a little drier than before!
The bottle itself is very attractive, and Imperial Leather has clearly gone out of their way to make the gel appear to be very luxurious. It is a shame so much time was not spent on the wash itself actually performing in this way! The bottle is the usual curved Imperial Leather shape (which allows a good grip even with wet hands) and is clear so the beautiful colours can show through. There is floral detailing around the logo, and then in simple font the empty promises of 'sublime' and 'richly moisturising'. The lid is functional and of good quality - easy to flip open and dispense the gel. Easy to fasten again securely, and to date, prevent any leaks. You do have to shake a little to get the remaining dregs out though as the bottle cannot be upended - the lid is wavy and cannot support the bottle upside down.
So all in all, a big let-down from Imperial Leather. A beautiful looking product, with big promises, and low performance. How this can be described as a 'sublime' and 'richly moisturising' wash I will never know. It has only redeemed itself in the fact that 1) it is functional in that I am clean; 2) It foams well and; 3) the bottle design and appearance of the gel are both lovely. Other than that? Well, let's just say I am glad I only paid 99p!
2 stars are being very generous for a big bottle of disappointment.
Having a shower at both the beginning and end of the day is something I am quite religious about. I love the feeling of being clean and therefore I tend to shower twice a day. However, on my evening, just before bed shower (I don't always have the time for a relaxing soak in the bath!) I don't want a shower gel that is going to revitalise my senses, instead I want one that is warming and relaxing enabling me to drift off to the land of nod.
Fortunately there are plenty of brands out there which create gorgeous shower gels/creams and one of my favourite brands is Imperial Leather. Generally their products are on offer so I tend to stock up with a few varieties. One of my recent additions is the Imperial Leather Sublime shower cream which is a limited edition but having a hunt around it is no longer available or at least being produced by Imperial Leather. However, I bought mine from B&M so I guess discount stores would be the best place to buy it.
== Sublime ==
Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream is as said above a limited edition product and has been specifically formulated to be richly moisturising. The main three ingredients used are star flower which is known for its moisturising properties and pomegrantate which is well known for helping to keep the skin soft and supple and lastly jojoba is of course well known for it's moisturising properties.
According to Imperial Leather:
"Prepare for a truly pampering experience. Sublime, combines beautiful fragrances, with our sumptuously smooth moisturising shower cream for the ultimate luxurious experience. Our rich and decadent formulation will leave your skin feeling radiant with a renewed sense of wellbeing."
== Packaging ==
The shower cream comes in the standard Imperial Leather slightly curved plastic bottle only difference being the colour of the shower cream. On the front is the Imperial Leather logo together with the product name and key ingredients. On the back of the bottle there is information about the product together with the usual information such as the extensive ingredients list and contact information.
== In Use ==
The shower cream itself is a gorgeous red colour which has a slight pink hue to it. Whatever the exact shade it is gorgeous and quite festive for this time of year! If you look closely you can see tiny little black seeds which I'm guess are from the star flower which add a nice exfoliating touch to the shower cream and ideal for me as someone who can suffer with dry skin in the winter.
The one thing I noticed straight away when using this in the shower was the gorgeous fragrance. It definitely has notes of pomegranates which almost gives it a slight sharp aroma but at the same time it also has an incredibly warming fragrance. It is quite unusual but at the same time quite irresistible! The shower cream has a lovely consistency which is of course a gorgeous colour with a metallic hue to it, quite luxurious!
The shower cream lathers up easily and evolves into a rich white lather which is incredibly soft to the touch but what I did notice was that the little black seeds which you can see in the bottle have completely disappeared when the shower cream lathers up and you definitely can't feel them when washing which is a bit of a shame although not a major problem for me.
The shower cream's gorgeous fragrance does remain whilst showering which is great and although it is very noticeable it isn't overpowering. After showering my skin doesn't exactly feel moisturised and it does require a body lotion but the same divine scent is still very noticeable which is of course nice. I have been using this shower cream for a few weeks now and although my skin isn't showing signs of being completely moisturised it does look healthy but considering it has three well known ingredients for moisturisation it doesn't really do them justice.
== Overall ==
This is a decent shower cream, it manages to envelope you in a rich, warming yet quite sharp fragrance which for me is ideal for a night time shower as it is incredibly relaxing. As for the moisturising side of things, it hasn't done wonders but my skin hasn't been irritated by such a perfumed product simply because it has a skin friendly pH.
Would I recommend it for moisturising properties? Well no, not really as it hasn't done much for my skin. However, for its gorgeous relaxing fragrance then this is gorgeous and a perfectly usable shower cream just doesn't quite live up to it's description so I can only give it 4 stars.
== Product Information ==
Brand: Imperial Leather
Price: £1.00 (varies)
I don't have any strong brand loyalty when it comes to buying bathroom products so I was happy enough to throw a bottle of Imperial Leather 'Sublime: Star Flower & Pomegranate' shower cream into my basket when I saw it on promotion at Superdrug. The excellent price made it cheaper than the store's own brand standard product and the product description sounded like something I'd like. It's a limited edition but I have seen it in stores as recently as last week so I know it is still available.
It comes in a 250ml plastic bottle with a flip top lid that is easy to open and close with wet hands in the shower. The slightly skewed curved sides of the bottle provide a good, comfortable shape to hold onto with risk of dropping it with wet hands. Controlling the amount dispensed is simple too. The only negative point for me is that curved lid means that you can't stand the bottle upside down when you get near the end; I just added a little water to enable me to use all the contents.
I loved the girly pink colour of this product; it is a shower cream so it's not clear, but neither is it completely opaque. The jojoba pearls can be seen in the cream and reminded me of fruit seeds in a smoothie.
This product has a pleasant but delicate scent. It is more floral than fruity with the starflower coming through more strongly, but the pomegranate does add a mildly fruity element that stops the flowery aspect from being too cloying. I find that you only really appreciate the fragrance as you dispense the cream while bathing; it certainly doesn't linger on the skin after use
Imperial Leather describe 'Sublime' as 'richly moisturising' and say that their 'sumptuous formulation' will leave your skin 'feeling radiant and with a renewed sense of wellbeing'. The company says that this achieved through the use of starflower which they claim is known for its moisturising properties, and pomegranate which restores the skin. The jojoba, they add, is a 'natural aid to nourish the skin'. I can't deny that this cream feels luxurious to use. It doesn't lather excessively but it does feel rich and thick and after use my skin does feel soft. It doesn't dry my skin but I don't think I could recommend this as an option for someone looking to do something about very dry skin. I found the jojoba pearls a bit of a mystery. They look like they are there to act as grains buffing the skin but there aren't really enough of them and they are pitifully small so they appear to have no purpose. I don't think I'd notice a difference if they weren't there.
This product has a list of ingredients as long as your arm so if there are any ingredients you wish to avoid you'll have to squint at the back of the bottle. On the positive side, this product is dermatologically tested (aren't they all these days?) and pH neutral.
Currently priced at £1.89 from Tesco and Ocado, I think that this is not such good value in comparison with own label products. If you spot it on promotion then and you can bring it in line with own brand prices then it represents better value, but I don't think that it's special enough to warrant the extra cost.
Perhaps it sounds mean to quibble about a £1.89 price tag on a bottle of shower gel? I'm not so sure when there are so many good deals around these days.
This is a perfectly acceptable product with a gentle fragrance and nice consistency which left my skin feeling soft and clean. It's not the most exciting product in the shops but it's worth trying if you can get it on promotion.
This comes in a curvy clear plastic bottle with a dark pinkish coloured lid and gold lettering on the front, along with the traditional Imperial Leather logo. The bottle says that starflower moisturises, while pomegranate keeps skin soft
APPEARANCE AND SMELL
The shower gel is a dusky pink colour, and is dotted with small beads that contain jojoba oil. When smelling this from the bottle, I immediately could smell the pomegranate. I loved the fruity smell, but once I started using this, it began to smell more flowery and perfumed. Still nice - but I much prefer fruit fragrances.
The shower gel itself I found to be a little on the runny side, so I found I used a lot of this in one go. After 3 uses I had used around a quarter of the bottle. Therefore I'm not sure this is cost effective - but then maybe this is my own fault for using so much every time I shower.
It lathers up really quickly and creates lovely soft, white bubbles. My skin instantly felt soft as I was showering with it, and it felt like a high quality product. The beads of jojoba oil were not detectable when applied to the skin - they didn't act as a scrub or feel abrasive.
My skin remained lightly fragranced once I had finished showering, and felt very soft.
A 250ml bottle of this normally costs around £1.89 which is a bit on the steep side for me personally. I got this on offer in Sainsbury's for 94p, however. Can't say fairer than that!
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
Only if it was on offer. I like the smell, I like how soft my skin feels after using it, but £1.89 for 250ml? Oof.
NB. This also comes as a bath cream (500ml bottle).
My last Radox shower gel was almost finished and as lovely as it was, sometimes when I am out in supermarkets or high street stores and see other shower gels on special offer I can't resist! So when in Superdrug a few days ago with my sister and I saw this Imperial leather shower gel costing a mere 93p at the moment for a 250ml bottle I knew it was fate and into the basket it went.
This Imperial Leather Shower Creme is described as "Star Flower & Pomegranate Shower Creme with Jojoba Pearls". It comes in a typical type clear Imperial Leather bottle so the product can be seen through and how much of it is left. It has a red flip top lid so when turned upside down the shower creme flows through the hole freely with a little squeeze of the bottle.
Now, the shower itself is a red colour with a glittery, metallic look running through it, which I have to agree does look very pretty and limited edition-esque! Upon closer inspection EXTREMELY tiny black balls which I presume are the jojoba pearls can be seen floating about in the liquid.
Smelling the shower gel it reminds me of very subtle raspberry/strawberry scent and in no way like pomegranate which is disappointing. Using it was a bit of a letdown as I poured what I thought was a LOT onto my shower puff and standing under the running shower and rubbing it on my body I was expecting a huge amount of lather and bubbles to appear any time now....and yet all I got was a few little bubbles here and there that did not create a long lasting nice smelling aroma in my shower but just seemed a bit...bleh. Like there was nothing special or sensual or soothing about this shower experience just a very plain and simple shower gel. No wonder i was 93p!
Furthermore it describes the star flower ingredient as known for it's moisturising qualities which I surely didn't notice! It left my skin simply dry and simple and I was not impressed at all! The jojoba oil is also an ingredient I would expect to nourish and soften my skin and definitely no benefits of this either!
Overall I am very disappointed with this shower creme and Imperial Leather in general. As it was a reputable brand and i have used their soaps in the past I wasn't expecting such a poor product and can see why something so "limited edition" is reduced as I have also seen it in Sainsburys for about £1. I have now since gone to Tescp and bought my radox shower gel I liked so much before (as of course it was on offer! And reviewed previously!) and will literally be using this until its finished and not be buying this again!
I'm currently on a mission to use up all my part bottles of shower gels (and all my other beauty products!) before buying new ones and this is the latest to come out form the back of the cupboard. I bought this when it was on offer at £1 in Morrisons, but the usual price is about £1.99 for the 250ml bottle, depending of course on where you get it from.
It comes in a clear plastic bottle which means you can always easily see when you're running out. It has a pink plastic flip top lid which makes it quick and easy to use. The lid is much sturdier than most flip tops so I doubt it would break even if it took a battering.
The shower gel is pink and is quite thick in consistency. It has a pearlescent shine to it which makes it look very appealing, and a few little brown beads dotted about in it. The scent is divine, the fresh fruity smell of pomegranate. It really is a beautiful smell which makes me wonder why I ever stopped using it!
The gel lathers up nicely with or without a shower puff, and a little goes a fairly long way, but I do like to use a lot of it and really lather myself up with it. The lather is smooth, thick and creamy rather than bubbly, and it feels lovely massaging it into my skin. It leaves me feeling very fresh.
After using it my skin feels soft and smooth, but not as much as it would when I've used a more creamy body wash. The scent doesn't really stay on my skin which is disappointing as it is such a lovely smell.
All in all I do think this is a nice shower gel to use and it leaves me fresh and clean, but it doesn't have any real lasting effects so if that's what you want I wouldn't bother with this.
I'm more of a shower than a bath person and with showering daily I seem to go through quite a lot of shower gel. I tend to find myself doing my main grocery shop in Asda and purchase what is on special offer rather than stick to one preferred brand. However I tend to like the bright fruity scented type shower gels and creams and when the Imperial Leather Sublime Pomegranate Shower Cream was on special offer, not only did the very low price catch my eye so did the bright bottle.
***Imperial Leather Sublime Pomegranate Shower Cream***
The description of the Sublime Shower Cream is "Prepare for a truly pampering experience. Sublime, combines beautiful fragrances, with our sumptuously smooth moisturizing shower cream for the ultimate luxurious experience. Our rich and decadent formulation will leave your skin feeling radiant with a renewed sense of wellbeing."
I had previously used another one of the Imperial Leather Shower Creams and was impressed with how it left my skin soft and smooth so had high expectations that the Sublime Shower Cream would do the same.
Imperial leather describes the Sublime Shower cream as a "moisturizing" shower cream as Star Flower is known for its moisturizing qualities. Pomegranate is also described to restore the skin keeping it soft and smooth.
Imperial Leather describes the shower cream as "family kind" and it is dermatologically tested and has a skin friendly pH.
The Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream comes in a 250ml or 500ml sized bottle. The bottles are the same design only the 500ml is larger sized. This is a clear plastic bottle which is long and thin with a wavy shape for easy grip in the shower. As the bottle is made from clear plastic you can see the deep pinky red coloured shower cream inside of the bottle. There is a dark pink flip top lid on the top of the bottle with a small dispenser hole.
The Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream is sold by a number of retailers including Asda, Tesco Boots and Superdrug. The price of this product varies and at full price a 250ml bottle costs £1.89 and a 500ml bottle costs £2.54 so this at full price is quite a reasonably priced shower cream. Asda and Tesco are currently both selling the 250ml AND the 500ml sized bottles for £1. This is obviously good value even for the smaller sized bottle but excellent value for the larger sized 500ml bottle which I purchased.
Even though I had purchased previously a 500ml bottle of Imperial Leather Shower cream and found it very bulky to use in the shower because the bottle is so large, I couldn't resist a bargain and purchased the Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream in this large size also. With wet hands this size bottle when full is hard to pick up and the large bottle was too big for my shower shelf.
The Sublime Shower Cream comes out of the bottle very easily; simply open the flip top lid and pour out of the dispenser hole. Because of the very runny consistency of this shower cream I did find I often wasted a lot of it because it spilled out of my hands or off my shower puff.
The Sublime Shower cream is a deep pink colour and has black beads in it which give it a speckled appearance. The black beads are "jojoba beads" which when you rub the shower cream over your body you can feel them burst and this helps to create a reasonable lather. I do not think this a massive amount of lather but more so than some shower gels and more so than the other Imperial Leather Shower cream I used from the Limited Edition range.
The scent of the Sublime Shower Cream is delicious and I find it very refreshing and awakening as it is so fruity especially when it is mixed with warm shower water. You can really smell quite a rich sweet pomegranate and berry aroma which is sweet and fruity but not so sickly sweet like strawberry and raspberry shower gels are. The scent is feminine because of the berry scent but also fresh because of the fruitiness however this fruity scent is not sharp or acidic it is very soft.
Because of the thin consistency of the shower cream I tended to use a lot more of this when showering than other shower gels. When applying to my whole body I probably used around 2 50p sized amount on my shower puff. The Sublime Shower Cream lathers up well and I feel because of this I get quite a clean feeling to my skin as I rub it in.
When applied to skin and when washed off my skin when wet has a lovely soft feel to it after using Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream. The feeling left on skin is not greasy but I do feel my skin almost has a coating on it after showering and rinsing which gives it this added softness.
Once I have stepped out of the shower and dried I do feel that the Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream leaves skin very soft and moisturised. I do however feel that on particularly dry areas such as my ankles and elbows my skin still does feel slightly dry therefore I would not say this is a shower gel that has intensive moisturising properties but it is suitable for normal to slightly dry skin. I loved the sweet fruity aroma of the Sublime Shower Cream when in the shower and I did feel this was quite strong. However after showering and drying the aroma of berries and fruit was still apparent but not very strong and you had to sniff skin closely to smell it and within 30 minutes of showering I could not smell this scent at all.
Because of the thin consistency of the Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream I tend to use more of this shower cream when showering however I still think that this is a good value product for £1 and my 500ml bottle of this shower cream lasted 6 weeks with showering daily.
Although I like the Imperial Leather Sublime Shower Cream and would recommend it to others I probably would not stay loyal to this brand and product and repeatedly buy it. This is however one of my favourite Imperial Leather Shower creams because of the fresh, fruity reviving scent and I would choose it over the other Imperial Leather Shower gels and creams that I have tried.
The scent is feminine but very fresh and fruity with a berry type aroma however not so sweet and sickly as strawberry or raspberry shower gels. The scent is very pleasant but my main criticism of this product is after showering and drying this nice fruity scent is not long lasting on the skin and fades after 30 minutes of stepping out of the shower.
This is a great shower cream for keeping the skin soft and smooth and after using daily for six weeks I did feel my skin had a lovely soft touch however I do not think it is the most moisturizing of shower gels I have used therefore I would probably not recommend to those with very dry skin.
The Sublime Shower Cream is runny in consistency so I did find that I used more shower gel each shower than I would with other brands and I often wasted a lot of this product because it slipped out of my hand. However at £1 for such a large bottle that lasted me six weeks (when used daily) I think this is excellent value.