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Palmolive Naturals Black Orchid Shower Milk
I have to admit that I am not brand loyal, I like to shop around, and for me the most important things about shower gels are the smell, how clean they get me, and if they react badly with my sensitive skin...
Well with this particular product I have to say it feels lovely when used to cleanse me, it lathers well, either by itself or on a shower pouffe. I doesn't dry my skin too much (unless my skin is already 'flaring' up in which case I would usually use aqueous cream to wash with), and the smell is divine... Never having smelt a black orchid I cannot say how true the scent is, but it is wonderful stuff. Kind of floral with a hint of something spicy thrown in... It really is a nice smell, and it lingers quite well on my skin - but not so much that it interferes with perfumes.
The bottle is rather basic, with a small flip top section on the curved top, it opens easily, but because of the curve cannot be stood on the lid. This can make it difficult to get out of the bottle, especially with wet hands. The shower milk itself is a lovely opaque purple colour, that has a nice consistency. The product does contain Aloe Vera, and is made with '100% natural origin of orchid' well the orchid may be natural but there are all sorts of chemicals in the list of ingredients...
I picked up this product when it was on special offer a Wilkinson's, for 50p - although it is currently priced at £1 - £3 on-line... I would purchase this product again, and do recommend but do feel they've played a little fast and loose with the meaning of 'natural' and as such they loose one star....
Being a bath and shower junkie, I get through a lot of toiletry products. When I see items on offer I just have to purchase them! I go swimming a lot and go to the gym, so some days I can shower a couple of times a day.
Palmolive Naturals - Irresistible Softness:
'Palmolive Irresistible Shower Milk is enriched with moisturising milk and extracts of 100% natural origin of orchid and aloe vera. Its rich, velvety formula wraps you in the sensual scent of exotic flowers'
I have used quiet a few Palmolive products over the years and have always been pleased with them. So when I spotted this on sale I decided why not. I had no shower gel left in my gym bag so needed to replace it.
First time I used this I wasn't overly keen on the scent, it was nice but not really for me. The shower gel it states sensual scents of exotic flowers and well I'm more of a fruity scent person. In my opinion and please I hope I don't offended anyone I think this is suited for ladies 40 plus.
It kind of has that flowery, sophisticated tone to it which is much more suited to mature women. Still I found the fragrance pleasant and you could really pick up on the orchids. I would have liked it more, if it was a sweeter scent.
The one good thing for me anyway is that the scent doesn't last very long on your skin once out the shower and dried off. I found it lasted a couple of hours at the most, but the soft feeling remained with me throughout the day.
Now the gel itself is of medium consistency and is a real pale lilac, bordering on cream colour. When applying to wet skin it is wonderfully soft. It lathers really well and you can feel the magnificent soft bubbles over your skin. Like a warm silk blanket being rubbed over my skin.
For me I personally found my skin gorgeously soft after using this product, it was like I moisturised. So for me performance wise I found this a brilliant shower gel. If only it was fruity scented and it would be my ideal!
Packaging is pretty basic and simple but I do like the not overly cluttered approach. There is a flip top lid which is easy to open even with wet hands. Then you can just squeeze the product out with ease. Once empty is can be recycled.
Price and Availability:
This product was on offer in my local Asda for just 50p. You don't need much at a time so it really does last you a good couple of weeks. You can also purchase this from 99p stores and supermarkets.
For me I loved the way this made my skin feel but I really wasn't keen with the scent at all. I personally wouldn't purchase this one again. I do fully recommend this for people whom like the flowery scent.
Four out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
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Aqua, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate (*A) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (*B), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-7, Glycol Distearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth-4, Citric Acid, Phalaenopsis Amabilis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Benzy Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 17200, CI 42090.
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
I live literally 5 minutes walk away from a small retail park which houses an Iceland, Poundstretcher and Superdrug to name a few which as I don't drive then this can be extremely convenient and handy for essential items, particularly in bad weather conditions when a larger Supermarket can't be accessed.
I adore beauty items and have a love of Yves Rocher products, as most readers who may be familiar with my reviews will n doubt be aware. Unfortunately though Yves Rocher is my guilty pleasure as their products aren't the cheapest around, and whilst I would love to say I'd like to shop from them exclusively this isn't going to happen unless I get a nice healthy win on the lotto this week.. For the rest of my daily essentials I pop along to Superdrug for everyday items such as toothpaste or paracetamols etc and whilst in there last week I spotted this shower gel on sale at just £0.71.
I love a bargain and despite already having a large selection of similar items at home I decided to buy it as a) it's Palmolive Naturals, b) it was 71p and c) I couldn't help myself.
My review will now discuss my use of this Palmolive Naturals Shower Milk in 'Black Orchid' fragrance.
*~*Price, packaging and availability*~*
As mentioned above, I picked this shower milk up whilst on a sale offer price of just 71p which I deemed an odd amount to charge it as but I wasn't complaining and popped the bottle into my basket. Although Palmolive Naturals have a selection of other fragrances in their range this was the only one thinking back that featured in the sale.
The shower milk I picked up was available in one size of 250 ml and this is the only size I have seen this product in. It comes neatly presented in a rounded plastic packaging which is wider from the front view with a bullet style appearance and slim line from the side view making it look much bigger than it actually is.
The colour tones are soft and relaxing, being in a predominantly white bottle which is finished off with a purple plastic lid. There is a sticker on the front depicting an image of what appears to be a lotus flower bathed in milk (not your everyday occurrence but nevertheless..). To access the shower milk the lid flips open quite easily and underneath there is a quite small looking hole from which the product can be poured from.
Although I picked my shower milk up from Superdrug, I have seen it also readily available in other stores which sell toiletries and was even being sold next door in my local Poundstretcher where it was 99p so I prided myself at the time on picking up a bargain for the price I paid.
*~*What Palmolive has to say*~*
"..palmolive irresistible softness shower milk is enriched with moisturising milk and extracts of 100% natural origin of orchid and aloe vera. It's rich, velvety formula wraps you in the sensual scent of exotic flowers. Dermatologically tested.."
*~*My experience of using this shower milk*~*
Im a big fan of Palmolive generally and have found to date that whichever product I have purchased - whether it be a hand soap or shower/ bath cream - they have offered above average results and left my skin in tip top condition. I'm particularly a fan of their Milk & Honey shower milk as it not only smells delicious but lathers up fantastically making a little go a long way not to mention leaving my skin cleansed and soft. I was really looking forward to trying this Black Orchid version out as it not only sounded enticing but the slight hint of fragrance I managed to catch on lifting the lid to smell in the shop certainly lured me into purchasing it and I had no reason to doubt it's cleansing abilities against those of it's peers.
On deciding to test out in the shower that very same day I found the lid easy enough to pop open, and also found it securely fastened when closed as well to avoid any spills (my hubby is a devil for storing shower gels etc upside down and if not fastened properly I've found the remainder has leaked on many occasion but not so with this one luckily).
The first thing I noticed when pouring the shower milk out of the bottle on to my waiting bath sponge was the fact there was very little in the way of fragrance. The slight hint I'd got whilst in the shop was actually far weaker when exposed to the air so I have to admit to being slightly disappointed as I do like a scented product to actually be scented, and in comparison with other Palmolive products it offered very little in the way of aroma.
Consistency wise this seemed neither thick nor thin whilst the texture was very creamy and velvet like that promised it would do more than it delivered. The colour is a pale mauve like with a silky iridescent appearance and it certainly looks the part if nothing else.
After applying said milk to my bath sponge I found that on contact with my damp skin it didn't do much in the way of lathering up and again I felt quite let down by this product, that at my own admission I'd put on a pedestal.
*~*Results and recommendations*~*
I found the shower milk did cleanse my skin sufficiently and it did leave it feeling quite soft afterwards so I can't mark it down for those purposes as it did what it says there. I always apply a body cream or lotion after a bath or shower anyways as my skin can become quite dry if I don't regardless of the shower product used, but I did feel it offered sufficient moisturising properties and if I was in a hurry would feel confident enough on the odd occasion to be able to skip a lotion afterwards if I'd used this. Some similar products can promise the world but more often than not can still leave my skin feeling taut and slightly drying afterwards and whilst Black Orchid may be lacking in the fragrance stakes it certainly holds up it's end of the bargain when it comes to moisturising.
I've since used this shower milk up, halfheartedly admittedly, but I'm not a wasteful person and made sure I would get my full money's worth (all 71p). I do like a shower product to have plenty of fragrance and because it seriously lacked in that department it's not something I can see myself buying in the future. The faint aroma of black orchid that I could detect was pretty enough but it didn't intensify in a steamy bathroom like some products do, nor did it linger on my skin which ws overall disappointing for me personally.
I would still recommend this if you are not too bothered by a faint scented shower product as it brought me clean after a particularly mucky gardening day of cutting ivy down so it did it's job there. My skin did feel soft afterwards and quite hydrated so I am going to award it 3/5 as for personal preference it just didn't wow me very much which makes me wonder now why it was the only fragrance in the collection to be on sale..
Just recently I have been shopping in Wilkinsons rather alot for home-ware and of course whilst instore I mooch about looking at other products and end up spending more than I anticipate! I noticed whilst in there a couple of weeks ago (and the offer is still on by the way) that Palmolive shower products were on offer at 50p a bottle opposed to around the pound mark and I bought a couple of every scent to stock up with and this is one of the scents that I bought of course.
This comes in a white and purple plastic bottle which has a flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and on the front of it are told that it is Palmolive Naturals 'Irresistible softness' Black Orchid & Moisturising Milk, Shower Milk 'With Extracts Of 100% Natural Origin' and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and the ingredients used are listed, the size is stated which is 250ml and contact details for Colgate_Palmolive are given (the manufacturer of the product). The bottle of this product has recently been revamped very slightly and it is nice enough quality, informative enough and looks nice too!
The Shower Milk Itself:
Well the shower milk is a very light lilac colour and reasonably thick though it is easy to dispense out of the bottle, it just isn't runny like water. The scent of this is initially really lovely and simply put is a very natural and rather delicate floral fragrance with a hint of natural sweetness about it. It isn't as strong a fragrance as I'd usually like but in use it smells wonderful, lathers up nice even with a small amount in use and feels soft and soothing too and generally very pleasant to use.
It rinses off easily and leaves my skin smelling really nice and although it isn't overly moisurising my skin feels ok...just not really moisturised and I did expect it to be considering it is called a moisturising milk afterall lol.
However although I am left feeling clean enough and my skin is left not feeling greasy or dry the scent sadly does not linger on me at all really once I have dried off which is a real pity.
In conclusion this is an ok everyday sort of product. I'd like something though that left my skin fragranced for longer but this doesn't sadly provide that and for that reason alone its not a product I would go out and buy again.
Available in all good supermarkets, chemists etc.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am not easily tempted away from my favourite shower gel by Original Source, but when spotting this Palmolive Shower Milk on offer at my local Morrisons recently for just 50p, I thought it was worth a try.
There were a couple of different fragrances on offer from this range including olive and milk and honey, but I was tempted by the Black Orchid & Aloe Vera in an attractive bottle which also featured one of my favourite colours: purple.
Palmolive advertise this shower milk as 'Irresistible Softness' and state it is enriched with extracts of 100% natural origin black orchid and aloe vera. Its rich, velvety formula will wrap you in the sensual scent of exotic flowers they promise.
I usually buy shower gel so had no experience of shower milk prior to purchasing this, but I was tempted by the sound of it as it conjours up images of smooth and silky, moisturised skin, or so I thought.
When I came to use this shower milk however, I found it wasn't exactly as luxurious as it sounded. I thought I would like the fragrance as I generally like Aloe Vera and thought I would also like Black Orchid too, but the fragrance here I found very floral and quite sweet and sickly. I must confess I am not a great lover of floral fragrance anyway, but this did seem a little overbearing for me personally.
When I squirted some of the shower milk on to my shower scrunchie, the shower milk was quite runny with the milky appearance you would expect, but I found quite a lot of the product was needed to make a decent lather. I am used to just a small amount of shower gel making a great lather when using a shower scrunchie or sponge, but I needed three times as much product here to produce some lather.
The shower milk is decent enough to wash with, but I was put off by the amount needed to do so.
After rinsing off under the shower I could no longer smell the fragrance on my skin, it disappeared so rapidly and I cannot recall any other shower product whose scent has disappeared as quickly as this after using. I wasn't exactly struck on the fragrance anway, but did expect it to linger longer than it did.
I also did not experience any 'irresistible softness' either. I would not say this product offered anything other than cleaning your skin. I did not feel any extra softness, indeed there isn't anything luxurious about this shower milk at all in my opinion and the imagery using this product conjured up in my mind was nothing like that in reality. Maybe I expected too much, but this is probably one of the worst shower products I have ever used. It is ok to have a quick wash in the shower with, but you need to use quite a lot of it to get a decent lather and it didn't give me anything other than clean skin. There was no real softness and no lingering fragrance.
I won't be buying this shower milk again, even if it is offered at just 50p.
Another day, another review based on a a product I bought purely because it was on offer. I much prefer buying lemon scented shower gels, but if it's cheap, quite frankly I don't mind what the fragrance is provided it's not vanilla.
The Palmolive Naturals Black Orchid Shower Gel comes in a 250ml bottle. It's quite a wide, short bottle, with a rounded top so you can't stand it on its end when it's running out - I find this a pain. The main part of the bottle is white, with a picture of some dark purple flowers on the front and the green Palmolive logo, while the plastic lid is also a vivid purple. The purple lid is what caught my eye as I love purple, but in my opinion the Palmolive logo is a bit old hat and the range could do with a bit of a revamp as they seem to have had the same packaging for forever.
LOOK AND SMELL
When squeezed out onto a shower puff, I found this shower gel to be rather thin and runny. It comes out in a thin dribble rather than thick blobs. It's white and smells mainly floral, with muskier/spicier undertones.
This lathered up nicely enough despite the thinner consistency of the gel. I wasn't blown away by the amount of lather created, but it was enough for me to cover my entire body without squeezing more out of the bottle. The bottle says that this shower gel contains moisturising milk, but while showering, I didn't feel that my skin was going to feel any more moisturised or softer than it had been already.
After showering and drying, my skin definitely felt soft and I could detect some moisturisation. I definitely didn't find that this shower gel dried out my skin. The fragrance also lingered on my skin for a few hours after showering.
I got this for half price in Sainsbury's. It cost 79p - the normal RRP is £1.58. I don't like to spend more than around £1 when I am buying shower gel, so I was more than satisfied with the cost.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
While it was on offer, yes I would buy this again. But then, I'd buy any shower gel if it cost 79p! I wouldn't fork out £1.58 for it. It just isn't 'special' enough for me to part with my money - at the end of the day it's a fairly bog standard shower gel and if I was going to spend over £1.50 I'd rather plump for something like Original Source or a more 'luxurious' range.