A while ago I went through a phase of buying loads of stuff from The Body Shop. They always seemed to be having sales, and I took the opportunity to stock up on products. One of the items I bought was a bottle of the Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel.
This is part of a “retro” range called Anita’s Favourites (Anita Roddick being the original founder of The Body Shop) and is packaged slightly differently to the other products. It still comes in the same clear plastic bottle with flip-top lid, but the bottle cap is black instead of clear, and the label has a picture of an old Body Shop store. The Dewberry products were really popular in the 1990s, and it brought back memories for me to find them again!
The shower gel has that familiar fruity Dewberry smell, hard to describe unless you remember it from the first time round. It is purple in colour and lathers up really well on a shower puff. It cleans well and is non-drying, though it doesn’t actively moisturise the skin. I’ve been using this alongside the Dewberry Body Lotion, however, so I don’t mind that the shower gel is not moisturising. I can’t quite work out if the scent of the shower gel itself lasts on the skin, as I always add moisturiser straight away anyway.
At full price the shower gel cost £4 which is normal for The Body Shop but expensive for mostly everywhere else. However, I’ve never paid full price for anything here, I estimate it cost me around £2-£2.50 as I used a discount code.
I don’t know if this is still available in store or online, but you might be able to pick some up on eBay or it might turn up in a future BS sale. It isn’t the greatest shower gel in the world, but it’s a lovely nostalgic product.
Body Shop Dewberry Shower Gel
Although I am not the Body Shop's greatest fan I can't resist a sale and so when they have their 50% off sales I do pop in and get a bit tempted. I find their products over priced at full RRP so 50% off is about right for me.
Back in the day when Anita Roddick first started Body Shop dewberry and white musk were my favourites so when I saw this on sale I thought I would treat myself to a little trip down memory lane. This was one of the original products from Body Shop that were around in the 80's and 90's and were brought back for a limited time. Apparently those with the most votes on the Body Shop website would stay for the foreseeable future. I don't know whether I bought this at the end of the trial as it was one of a number at 50% off.
At £3.99 for a 250ml bottle this shower gel or sometimes you can get them at two bottles for £6 but if you wait around then you might like me get them for 50% so I paid around £2 which to me is a more realistic price.
The dewberry is rather similar to the blackberry and a northern hemisphere plant. They tend to trail on the ground rather than climb like blackberries but otherwise look pretty similar. I have never tasted one but if the scent has anything to do with it then they must taste different from our blackberries as I am sure blackberries wouldn't smell as strong as this does.
This comes in a clear plastic recyclable bottle made from recycled plastic and is the same shape as the original Body Shop shower gels. You can see the pretty purple transparent shower gel through the bottle and so can see how much you have left easily at any point in time. I am not fussed on the bottle as you have to invert it and squeeze quite hard to get the stuff out. I much prefer upside down tubes now as they are so much easier to use in a shower or bath.
This is a fruity and quite heady fragrance that really does hit you with its scent as soon as you squeeze a small amount out. I don't like showers so I tend to use mine as liquid soap in my bath. I have also used it sometimes as as a bubble bath and it works pretty well as that too filling my bathroom with the lovely sweat, fruity aroma.
It lathers well using my hands, a face cloth or the netty scrubby thing too. As it lathers it does give off its lovely fruity scent and it is pretty strong even diluted like this. I find also that the scent does last on my skin even after I have dried myself. It isn't 'bowl you over ' strong on my skin but I can smell it and I smell nice and fresh and sweetly fruity.
This is a pretty basic shower gel and doesn't either dry out my skin nor moisturise it. It cleans and smells good and that is about it. I remember loving this back in the day and buying the soap and sniffing it happily. Either it is not the same, or my tastes have changed as I found this pleasant enough, but not quite as exciting as I used to think it was. I would actually get a bit sick of this after a while so tend to only use it every now and then, hence still having it when I bought it some time back.
IS THIS A NATURAL PRODUCT THEN?
Being a Body Shop product you might imagine this would be full of lovely natural ingredients but sadly no. This has Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative) and I have just picked a few. In fact I struggled to find anything that looked like Dewberry and the closest I could get was Rubus Caesius Fruit Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin-Conditioning Agent). So hardly a natural product but I guess it is still not tested on animals at least.
Yes it is a good enough Shower gel but don't expect an all natural product. At £2 I would say it is okay value but there is no way I would pay the full price as it really is not that amazing. There are just as good shower gels from original Source, Boots naturals etc that would compete well with this.
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A short while back I managed to get hold of a number of The Body Shop's shower gels for just £1.80 each. When these 250ml bottles normally cost £4 I obviously snapped up that deal and got a fair few which I have since been working my way through. This Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel is the latest of these products I've been using.
The shower gel comes in a clear recycled plastic bottle with a black plastic flip top lid. The bottle contains a dark green sticker with The Body Shop's logo, product name and description and keeps the same pleasant but simple packaging all of these products have.
The shower gel itself is a very pale lilac colour, quite unusual but very nice. It hasn't been tested on animals, is soap free (gentle enough to wash your downstairs area with) and contains fair trade organic aloe vera. It has a very unique scent which I can only describe as smelling like Parma Violets only slightly sweeter. It's very unusual but almost addictive. I can't help but flip open the lid and have a whiff whenever the bottle is near me, it's really nice!
I apply a blob onto my sponge in the bath or shower and work it all over my body. It lathers really quickly and one blob is enough to do my entire body so a bottle lasts me a good few months. When in use the scent becomes stronger and fills my bathroom with that unique and pleasant sweet aroma which is very appealing.
I don't find the scent particularly lingers on my skin although I don't really mind this. It's such an unusual scent I think it'd be quite difficult to match other creams and lotions I apply to my skin post shower and there are no other products from The Body Shop which share this scent so I can't layer it either. It does do what a shower gel is supposed to do though and leaves my skin feeling clean, cleansed and refreshed. There are no real moisturising properties to the product but, again, as long as a shower gel leaves me feeling and looking clean then I really don't mind.
I can't say I'd pick up a bottle at full price but I'd be more than happy to use it again if I could get another good deal and I personally find the £1.80 I paid for it to be an absolute bargain. The scent is something a little bit different and the shower gel cleans my skin so I'd recommend it to others.
I discovered this for half price in the Body Shop recently and picked up a bottle for purely nostalgic reasons! In my teens I used to drown myself in Dewberry perfume from the Body Shop, and having a smell of this took me back to those days - and my poor family choking on the smell as I used to apply it very liberally!
I believe the Body Shop stopped making this for years but brought it back along with some other classic products from the 80s, and you can find these online on the Body Shop website in a section called "Anita's favourites" named after the Body Shop's late founder Anita Roddick. Anyone else remember Ice Blue Shampoo and Fuzzy Peach??? There is also a dewberry body lotion available.
This particular product comes in a 250ml bottle and retails at £4 - although currently it's on sale on the website for £3 (and I bought it for £2). It's in classic BS packaging - a very simple plastic bottle with a green label. It's unmistakeably a BS product. Inside you can see the purple coloured shower gel.
The scent of this will be familiar to anyone who was also a dewberry fan back in the day! It is very fruity but has a slight grassiness to it I think - it is quite a sweet fragrance and really won't be to everyone's taste. It is similar, I think, to Body Shop passionfruit products so if you are fan of those then this will be a good choice for you!
As a shower gel this is really good. I apply it using a shower puff and a little squirt goes a long way! It lathers up really nicely and the scent is quite strong but without being overpowering. After use, skin feels really clean, and the scent lingers very slightly too.
Why three stars?
I do, however, have two problems with this product. This first is that I think £4 is way too much for a bottle of shower gel - I can go to any supermarket and spend about a quid on a perfectly decent shower product so I don't think the full price of this can really be justified.
Secondly, time has obviously changed my taste in scents as I must admit I am not as mad on this fragrance as I used to be! Although it is quite nice, it is definitely not up there with my favourite fruity scents - there is something about this one that I just don't really like, and beyond the nostalgic effect I have to say I am not crazy about it. So this isn't one I'll be buying again.
I was given a bottle of this as a present by a friend. When I've tried Body Shop stuff before it's been ok, so I was quite happy to receive it, but didn't realise at the time what a gem I'd been given!
Having tried it, I have decided this is probably the best Body Shop product I've ever had........ It foams up beautifully, smells delicious and the bottle is lasting really well. It doesn't leave my skin feeling dried out and I waft around in a fruity smell afterwards, so if you don't like your shower gel to leave a definite scent behind it, this may not be the one for you. Personally, I enjoy it.
The added bonus for me is that my hair absolutely loves it!!! I wind up with shinier, softer hair than with any shampoo I've tried.......
For me it was brilliant value as I didn't pay for it :-) On their website it shows as £4 for 250ml, which is more than I often pay for shower gel, but I have to say, I've enjoyed it so much I may well have to find my local Body Shop and get some more......
What a lovely shower gel. This shower gel smells lovely. It has a real fruity scent to it, really fresh and fruity. It reminds me of a scent that I had as a perfume years ago. The scent lingers on your skin after use too, which is great as this really does smell gorgeous. I love it.
The shower gel foams up well in the hand and it is easy to wash with. You can use it on your hands or on a bath lily. The foams hangs around long enough for you to wash your whole body with. I haven't used it to wash my hair with but I have used it as a bubble bath and that worked well. I just poured the shower gel under warm running water and it left me with loads of bubbles and foam to bathe in. It also feels soft and gentle on the skin and it doesn't irritate skin, even people with sensitive skin can use this. I have sensitive skin and I never experienced any problems after using this shower gel. It's great value too as one 250ml bottle lasts ages as you only need a small amount of it at a time. I paid £4 for this product and it lasted me around six weeks with average use, not too bad for under a fiver!
A decent shower gel that is moisturising and smells fab.
I love this stuff. I think they should make it into a perfume! :D
I quite like the body shop range of shower gels, but I refuse to pay full price as I think they are too expensive. That's OK though as there are regular special offers and I just stock up as soon as one of those is on. The downside (or maybe upside as that is how I came across this shower gel) is that I don't really get to pick and chose the flavours and scents I just get whatever is on special offer at that given moment. I had never really thought to try Dewberry as it sounded very old fashioned which put me off, but I figured I could give it to an elderly relative as part of a present if I didn't like the scent. It was from the Anita's Favorites range, with some other classic flavours and they were on special offer of buy one get one half price, and I had a 20% off discount code, so I ended up paying around £2.40 for a bottle. This is still a little more than the price I would pay per ml from the shower gels I buy from Tesco, but these do feel like more of a treat.
As the shower gel comes from Anita's Favorites range it has slightly different packaging to standard. The plastic bottle is slightly dark in appearance, through which you can only just see the dark purple tint of the liquid inside. Purple is a strange colour for shower gel, it looks almost magical. The lid is black and has a flip off top. There is a small hole underneath which the product squeezes out of. It is nice and easy to squeeze the right amount out without struggling or over squeezing. The lid is flat so you can turn it on it's end to get the rest out.
The smell of the Dewberry scent is not old fashioned as I had pictured in my head, it is fresh, and different. It is sweet and floral, not fruity or like anything else I can think of except floral gums, the sweets! I am not sure if a dewberry exists in real life, but if it did I would definitely like to try it!!
Once you can stop sniffing the shower gel time after time, it lathers up easily to wash your skin and feels nice and soft. Once washed off it leaves your skin feeling skin, but not like it has had a deep clean or a harsh scrub, which sometimes I need to wash away built up residue. It also leaves the lovely scent on your skin.
I have eczema and my skin can be quite sensitive, but this does not dry it out or irritate it. It doesn't do a great job on the face, as my face needs more grease removal (!) but for an every day body wash this is perfect.
Now I am off to buy the body lotion too!
Back in the 90s I was a massive fan of the Body Shop products and the Dewberry range in particular, was one I frequently bought and used. Strangely, it seemed back then like everybody I went to school with had their own particular signature scent from the Body Shop, vanilla, strawberry, white musk and dewberry were definitely the most popular, and I was always a dewberry girl!
So, imagine my delight when the Body Shop decided to 're-launch' some of the old favourites from the 90s, under the banner of Anita's Favourites in tribute to the late Anita Roddick, who was still the creator and driving force behind the Body Shop. Apparently, the product which receives the most votes will be around to stay, while the others will be limited edition only. This dewberry bath and shower gel will definitely be getting my vote.
I actually bought myself this while putting together an online order, I bought a 250ml bottle for £3.99, however, it worked out as a bit of a freebie as at the time there was an offer on for £5 off skincare (it is ALWAYS worth checking the Money Saving Expert forums before buying from the Body Shop Online - always codes knocking about).
I love the Body Shop shower gels anyway as they are generally soap free and very good on my sensitive and dry skin, this product is no different, but the thing that I love most about it is that signature scent. Opening the bottle and taking a sniff transports me right back to being a 15 year old, it is very nostalgic.
This product lathers well and a little goes a long way, it leaves a lingering scent on your skin which is lovely. The dewberry smell is quite distinctive, it is like a strange cross between a fruity scent and a floral one, I can detect berries of some sort, but it also has a floral element, it is quite a light scent, not half as heavy as the body shop vanilla for instance!
I love this product and I am very pleased to see it back on the shelves, I really hope this is the one that ends up being kept, but even if it doesn't, it is fantastic to have it back for a while at least.
I wasn't aware that the body shop had re-released Dewberry bath and shower gel till I read a review on the product on Dooyoo I was very excited to discover and once I read the review it was firmly on my wish list.
As a teenager in the 80's the body shop was one of the few places you could get luxurious products that were not tested on Animals. I was a campaigner for animal rights in the eighties so this was very important to me. Dewberry was part of a range I loved so when my sister sent me some money to treat myself I went straight to the body shop.
I bought two bottles of Dewberry gel as it was on offer for buy one get one free .It is £3.99 for a 250mls bottle. It is described as soap free cleansing Gel. It also informs us it has been improved from the 1980's with added Aloe Vera.
I saved this for a luxurious bath for my first trip down memory lane. The packaging itself has not changed it is still a clear bottle that reveals the distinctive purple liquid. It also has a flip top lid which I don't find ideal with a toddler
The aroma is a very sweet berry smell but also does have a floral smell. I found that as I rubbed it on my skin it did feel very creamy and glided over my skin. The aroma was very strong and was absorbed into my skin. I found due to the creaminess I only needed a small squirt.
I left the bath feeling cleaning and refreshed. The dewberry liquid could still be smelt on my skin for hours afterwards but by morning it had worn off.
I do feel this smell is a younger but this may be due to my memories however my son wanted to have a wash in mommy's special soap and I refused for a couple of reasons. The first is that it was mine and it was one of the few treats I didn't want to share with my son but the other is the fact the perfume is so strong I would be concerned it would affect his skin as he suffers from eczema.
I will be continuing to enjoy this product. I will happily buy again for £2 a bottle but doubt I would buy it for £3.99.
The body shop does a co coordinating dewberry body cream and perfume which would compliment this item.
The dewberry is rather similar to the blackberry. You find them growing on hedgerows and bramble bushes. This bath and shower gel is derived from dewberries and you can instantly see that in the luxurious purple colour. The bottle would make me want to buy it because of the way you can see the purple liquid swimming around like a vibrant darkened coral reef.
Inside the bottle you will be greeted by a positively lively aroma which will send the nose on a journey into summers gone by and days spent rambling through bushes. There is a good fruity smell which pushes through the mixture and envelopes the senses. The fruit essences are not too overpowering but might upset those who like their baths a bit more mellow. I found, when I tried this at my mum's, that the gel works well as a body scrub and also as a bubble bath affair. You can lie in it for ages and soak up the warm summer smells which comes wafting through.
It delivers a fine cleanse and leaves skin feeling fruity, if not only for a few moments afterwards. At four pounds for a bottle I guess it represents good value, because I can see the bottle lasting for a month. The product would make for a fine birthday present, because it adds a unique ingredient to the mix, which is the dewberry. I often shop in Lush and don't think I have come across any dewberry products, so I would definitely be drawn to this as a buyer. Despite unexciting labelling, the gel delivers a pleasing and enjoyable bathing experience and I would recommend it, particularly good at the end of a long hot day or when you feel like pampering yourself to the nines!
This is another of the products I have tried from the 'Anita's favourite's' range the Body Shop launched (or should that be re-launched?) a few months ago. These are a range of products that were around in the 80's and 90's and have been brought back for a limited time. Whichever one receives the most votes on the Body Shop website will stay around for good.
One fragrance from that era that particularly sticks in my mind Dewberry, which always seemed to be very popular and always seems to be the first name to come up when discussing the Body Shop products of old. I did use it the first time round and I do remember liking it, but I must admit I only purchased it this time around because I have a 'Love your Body' card and I was entitled to a free gift to the value of £5 and this happened to be on the counter at the time!
The shower gel is packaged in a clear bottle with a black flip top lid and green label. The packaging may be the same as the 80's/90's packaging although to be totally honest I can't remember. All of the Anita's Favourites products come in bottles of the same design, and it's only really the colour of the product inside that makes them easily distinguishable, with this one being purple.
The label tells me that this is made to the same recipe as the original product, but now contains community trade aloe vera. I found the scent to be very true to the original - it's exactly how I remembered it, but saying that I don't think I like it as much as I thought I did! I think perhaps I'd built this up in my mind as being a fantastic product, but after a couple of uses, I started to realise that perhaps it was better in my memory than it was in reality!
Don't get me wrong, it's a pleasant enough fragrance, but it can be a bit strong and a little bit heady. For those of you not familiar with the Dewberry scent I'll try my best to describe it. I think the first thing that will hit you is that it's quite a fruity scent. It has a certain sweetness to it, but there is a sharp undertone which I think is what makes it so heady. I find it a fairly strong fragrance, and unusually for a Body Shop product it's almost synthetic. That probably all sounds very negative, but like I say, on the whole it's pleasant, but for me the intensity means I think it's one best used in small doses - I'm not sure I could stand to use this every single day.
Like the Fuzzy Peach fragranced shower gel that I tried from the same range, I found that I needed to use a lot of this per use. It lathered OK on it's own but like many shower gels I found that I got best results when using with a shower puff. Even then though it took a larger amount of the gel than I would expect to wash top to toe.
I thought the gel felt quite nice against the skin, it manages to take on a luxury silky feel without being oily. The scent is fairly intense during use, and as mentioned above I find it a bit heady, so for me personally I wasn't thrilled with that. After using it though, it did leave my skin soft, and it didn't dry out or irritate my skin in any way.
A 250ml bottle of this shower gel costs £3.99 from the Body Shop, or you will find the whole Anita's favourites range is on offer at two for £6. Whilst £3.99 for this size bottle is a little higher than your average shower gel found in the aisles of a supermarket, but for the Body Shop this is actually fairly good value, seeing as the majority of their fruit based shower gels retail at £6 for the same sized bottle. It might be worth noting that you can also purchase the matching body lotion for £3.99, so if you're a fan of the fragrance you could get both for £6 on the offer.
Overall I was a bit disappointed that this product did not quite live up to my memories. Although saying that, in fairness I think it was my memories which were distorted rather than the product being any different from the first time. If you loved it last time, then I'd recommend it, otherwise I'd suggest going for the Fuzzy Peach and Green Apple shower gels over this one.