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Are you a "simple" user? I am. Avid, actually. I use all manner of face and body products from their range. So the most simple progression was for me to try their shower gel. I was not disappointed. Sometimes the best decisions in life are the most Simple ones! ok sorry I'll stop now :-) I use one of those shammy things in the shower, which means you get a lot of lather and because you use less, the product lasts longer. So, as per usual routine, a applied a small squirt on to my shammy and lathered up. The lather is really silky and covers you head to toe. It quite fun actually, you look like you have been at a foam party. It makes you feel clean and leaves your skin very soft. Some shower gels can act like soap on your skin. That is, they make you feel nice and clean but after you have towel dried your skin is much more sensitive and feels like you need to dip yourself in moisturizer. Not so with this shower gel. Even after shaving my legs, which often calls for some kind of after lotion, my skin was soft, moisturized and not at all parched. I decided to risk it, so that I could give a thorough review of this product, and not apply any moisturizer. I went to work fully expecting my legs to itch in the cold and cry out for their usual fix. In all honestly they did not need it. My legs were smooth and silky which, to me, makes one heck of a fab shower gel, think of all the time it will save me! For my next shower I wanted to see how many bubbles I would get without using my shammy, so I applied the gel to my hands instead. The experience was almost as enjoyable, but I did not achiev as much lather and I ended up using double the amount. So, although you will still feel squeaky clean after your shower its well worth investing in a shammy or song of some sort to enjoy this product to the full. This only cost me circa £1.15, you cannot go wrong! Its available at Boots, naturally, and as per usual, its generally on offer too. The scent was just as subtle and fresh as you would expect from any Simple product, ie, barely there but just enough of a hint that you would want to find steaming up your bathroom. A product worthy of the Simple label and a definite repeat purchase.
When buying shower gel i'm not usually too bothered about which brand/type I use. As long as it does the job, smells nice, and is quite cheap then it's a winner for me. However, as I have mentioned before, my partner suffers from bouts of very bad ezcema. He has a lot of food allergies and also has a wheat intolerance, so he replaces a lot of the benefits he would get from eating these food with supplements. This combined with a week of high intensity training in the gym (he runs a lot of marathons) can mean he goes through a phrase of suffering badly with ezcema and skin irritation. When this happens he uses minimal washing powder, very basic shower gels and a lot of sudacrem! When I was out shopping (and he was going through a phase of this), I needed to pick up some shower gel for us as a family. I was looking originally at the Sanex range, but then saw this was on offer in Boots, 2 for £2, so I picked a couple of bottles up. I really like Simple face products for when i'm going through a bad skin period so was already a fan of their brand. The shower gel itself comes in a clear bottle, so you can see how much is left. It is a light blue colour and has a slight smell of mint. The gel lathers nicely, and does the job. As it is for sensitive skin users I can understand that they wouldn't want the scent to be too strong, but for an 'invigorating' shower gel I don't feel it was minty enough. Due to this I found myself using a lot of the product to feel really clean. For an 'invigorating' shower gel I want the tingly sensation you get with the Original Source ones. It didn't irritate my partner's skin further, which is a bonus, but even he commented that it didn't smell very strong, and felt because of this he wasn't as clean. But, this may due to our preferences of strong smelling products! All in all it's an ok product, if you have sensitive skin they it won't irritate it further. But for an invigorating shower gel, it sadly lacked some oomph for me.
I have a lot of Simple products as I have particularly sensitive skin. For Christmas I recieved this shower gel and the handwash. It costs around £3 online and instore, and is available at the standard cosmetic / bath / beauty stores and many major supermarkets. APPEARANCE The bottle itself feels nice and solid. It's transparent so you can see the bluey green colour of the gel within. The Simple way of doing things is to have pretty much the exact same label on EVERY product - and they've not failed here. The label is very similar to the one that is used on all their other products - I'd advise looking for the bottle as opposed to the label! The bottle does look nice, though. It feels and looks sturdy and looks fresh in my bathroom. THE GEL Now, I understand that mint is a fresh scent, but I don't like it on my skin. I want it in my mouth! Toothpaste and chewing gum only! Aside from this, the gel works well. It lathers fairly well with water and loofah, and left my skin feeling particularly clean. I'd advise using a body moisturiser or butter after showering to retain moisture however, as this has no moisturising properties. OVERALL Not to my taste - I prefer a more moisturising shower gel with a lush, luxurious scent. Still, I can understand that some may find this appealing.
Shower gel is one product nobody can get away without buying, and as I use it every day I tend to opt for the cheapest one which catches my eye...unless I'm feeling flush and treat myself to something special. I tend to choose shower gels with added moisturising properties at this time of year, as my skin can get quite dry, but when shopping in Home Bargains recently I spotted this shower gel from the Simple range, and curiosity got the better of me. Most people will recognise the Simple brand for their claim to keep things...well, simple. They don't fragrance or colour their products, and as such, their products are most suitable for sensitive or problematic skin types. I was quite surprised to see this on the shelf then, considering it is green in colour, and smells of mint. I picked mine up for around £1 for 250ml from Home Bargains, and I notice it's on offer at most places for this price at the moment, including Poundland and Tesco. It claims to be suitable for sensitive skin, but also to revitalise and invigorate at the same time. The shower gel comes in a bottle with a flip lid, with the lid being at the bottom where you stand the bottle up. This gets a tick straight away for me, as I like gravity-friendly products which help get the most of the product out of the bottle and make it go that little bit further. It doesn't have anything to hang it up in the shower, but it's reasonably easy to grab hold of with wet hands and I never struggle to open the lid or dispense the product. The colour of the shower gel is very pale green, which is quite subtle and so it doesn't clash too much with the rainbow of other colours going on in my bathroom (talking about toiletries, not the wall!). The fragrance is also quite subtle, as hinted at by the colour, and although it smells of mint it's not strong at all, nor does it linger in the air or on your skin after using. This is fine with me, because nobody wants to go round all day smelling of mint, but I would question the "invigorating" nature of this shower gel, as it doesn't stimulate the senses in the same way some of the stronger mint shower gels such as Original Source do. The cleaning properties of the shower gel are on a par with others, it does the job and I feel clean after using it, but I would add that if you like the smell of your shower gel to linger this one isn't for you. I can definitely see how this shower gel is aimed at people with sensitive skin, as it would be ideal if you like a bit of fragrance but without risking heavily perfumed shower gels on problematic skin. For this purpose it does the trick, but if you're looking for something which will wake you up and invigorate your senses, this doesn't live up to its promises for me. I think this shower gel would be better if it was JUST marketed at people with sensitive or problematic skin, rather than being "invigorating", as for me it just didn't do anything, but if you're after something gentle it would be ideal. For me, it's just "ok", and I probably won't buy it again because there are much nicer smelling shower gels on offer for the same price. (Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)