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I have been on a mission recently to use up the many lotions and potions that live in my bathroom.. This in-shower body moisturiser was part of a set that I got for Christmas. I normally use a body butter or baby oil after a shower, but this is is a body lotion that you use while in the shower, then rinse off. This lotion claims to work with the heat and humidity of the shower to leave you with soft and smooth skin.
Olay is one of the UK's best known skincare brands, although it did used to be known as Oil of Ulay in the UK. The brand was born In the 1950s by chemist Graham Wulff who saw his wife Dinah's frustrations with the thick, waxy beauty creams that left her skin looking greasy. Graham wanted to create a new beauty product for her that could not only moisturise her skin, but also leave her feeling beautiful and feminine. Together, they fine-tuned everything from absorption and texture to the delicate pink shade and instantly recognizable fragrance. At last, the legendary Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid was born. Within five years, Olay was enjoying phenomenal success in South Africa, and in 1959 expanded into England, the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany. When Proctor and Gamble bought the company in 2000, they shortened the name to just Olay.
The packaging is very eyecatching. It's a sunny yellow colour and has a hole at the top of the bottle, probably to denote that this is for use in the shower. The bottle does stand out in my bathroom.
The lotion itself smells slightly chemically, but it also has a hint of shea butter, which this lotion contains. The smell doesn't really linger after you use this product though. To use this is simple, just shower as normal, apply this lotion all over and rinse off.
I must admit, I don't like this product much, and I wouldn't buy it again. I didn't really like the smell and also, it left a filmy residue on my skin, which is one of my dislikes with beauty products. Others may disagree though, as many products seem to leave this residue on my skin so it's a matter of personal preferences. It did leave my skin feeling soft, but I just didn't like the feel of this on my skin. I will use this product occasionally, as I don't like wasting beauty products, but I wouldn't buy again and I will stick to my usual body butter.
I found that this is available on amazon for £4.59 for 200ml, but it doesn't seem to be in Boots or Superdrug for some reason.
I really thought I was aware of most of the beauty products out there, but this one was definitely a new one on me. At first I assumed this was a moisturising shower cream, but in fact it is something a bit different...
This is actually a moisturising lotion that you use in the shower after cleansing. So you use your usual soap or shower gel, rinse it off, and then apply this cream directly to damp skin before rinsing it off. Now, I always without fail apply a moisturiser to my skin after showering ... but I never actually apply it in the shower itself! So of course I was intrigued to try this out.
If you do a search online for this, you will find it being sold for all sorts of crazy prices - I found one site selling it for £44! But don't reach for your credit card just yet - I found this in my local 99p store. This seemed a very cheap way to try out something new!
How does it look and what is it supposed to do?
The packaging of this is nice but a bit odd as there is a hole in the top of the bottle. Unless you happen to have some handy hooks in your shower, I am not too sure what this is for. But other than this it is nice enough packaging, coming in a creamy coloured bottle that sits on its lid - always handy for getting out as much product as possible. The product is designed to work with the warmth and humidity of your shower to moisturise and soften skin, and is supposed to replace your normal moisturiser.
Applying the product
So following the instructions on the bottle to the letter, I washed as normal and then applied this to my skin. The product is indeed just like a body lotion - quite a rich white cream. I rubbed this onto my skin and it does seem to sink into the skin nicely, and it felt quite pleasant to apply - if a little odd as it really is just like applying a body cream in the shower which just seems wrong somehow. This cream contains shea butter and I think this is the most prominent fragrance of this lotion. It isn't a strong smell at all but it is pleasant enough and inoffensive. It is the sort of smell that I think most people would like.
Is skin softer or not?
This rinses off the skin very easily, and I have to say I was a little disappointed that my skin didn't feel that much softer than usual when I washed this off. In fact it felt pretty much the same as after my usual shower products. However, once I dried myself, I have to say my skin definitely did feel softer and more moisturised. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this left my skin feeling. It did indeed feel as if I had already applied moisturiser to my skin and although it wasn't quite as soft and smooth as if I had applied one of usual creams, it was certainly softer than my skin usually feels straight after a shower.
In summary ...
Overall I really like this product. The idea is really novel, and the product actually works. I must admit that despite the fact it does give skin a decent moisture boost, I do still apply a moisturiser after my shower. However this is more of a reflection on me than the product itself! And in fact I would say this is a great product if you are short of time in the mornings, or if you just aren't very good at remembering (or bothering!) to apply moisturiser to your skin. It is really pleasant to use and it leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised. And, best of all, you get change from a quid. What's not to like?!
So I would recommend this product overall, and would probably buy it again if I see it for 99p. But it isn't really an essential so I doubt I would spend more than that on it.
A body lotion to use in the shower