I’m a big fan of The Body Shop, and often buy their products when they are on special offer. Recently I’ve been using some products from their Retro range. This is a range of products that used to be sold years ago, and have been repackaged with their original labels. The bottles are the standard clear plastic ones, however the lids are black, and the labels are dark green with a picture of an old Body Shop store. The packaging is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, like all Body Shop packaging.
This product is the Raspberry Ripple Shower Gel. It is a luscious red in colour and contains Community Trade aloe vera, known to be gentle on the skin. It has an amazing fruity smell with a definite aroma of raspberries.
The shower gel lathers up well and cleanses perfectly adequately. It isn’t moisturising, and I do need to use body lotion afterwards, but the aloe vera ensures that it is still reasonably good for my skin. The best thing about this Raspberry Ripple shower gel is the scent – other shower gels perform just as well, but few smell as amazing as this one.
I have also used this product as bubble bath. It does produce a good amount of bubbles, and the smell is lovely, but for baths I do prefer to use my more luxurious Lush products.
I don’t think this is available at The Body Shop any longer, but it may come back in the future. Alternatively, it might be possible to track it down on eBay. It is a recommended product with an amazing smell.
When I was placing an order on the body shop website before Christmas for some gifts for family and friends I decided to treat myself to one of the "retro" style bath and shower gels. I very nearly bought dewberry as that was THE flavour to have when I was a teenager but then I opted for raspberry ripple. This is my review of the product.
The bath and shower gel comes in what I class to be an old style looking body shop bottle. I say this because it looks almost identical to what I can remember the range looking like many moons ago! It comes in a clear plastic bottle which is 100% recycled from post consumer recycled plastic and I think this is really all you would expect from the body shop because they have always been an ethically sound company looking for ways of saving the planet and animals. The bottle features a dark green label to the front with the company logo on and then the product name and description in both English and French. On the back there is another green logo telling you a bit about the recycling information, instructions for use and ingredients in a few different languages.
This raspberry ripple shower gel comes in a 250ml bottle and from memory it cost me around £2 but I think I had a discount code to make it this cheap to be honest. It isn't showing on the body shop website for some reason and neither are any of the other retro style shower gels so perhaps they aren't being sold again at the moment but they may well be around in store if you were to look.
To use the shower gel you need to flip open the black flip top lid which is easy enough to do even with one hand when you are in the bath or shower. You can either choose to squeeze some of the deep pink gel on to your hand to wash yourself that way or on to a shower puff or sponge which I find usually works best as it generates more lather this way. I have also been known to squeeze a bit of this under the running water when I am running a bath to make some raspberry scented bubbles and it works quite well for this purpose too but I try not to do that too often or I am likely to run out quickly!
The scent of this product is really lovely. It is a sweet and fruity raspberry scent which transports me back to a time when the body shop range was all you wanted in your bathroom as a teen! The gel lathers well on a sponge for washing and the sweet scent lingers ever so slightly on your skin but I would like it to be more noticeable I think because once you are dressed you can't really detect it at all and I'd hope for a bit more from the body shop.
Strangely on the back of this bottle it says for adult use only which I find a little odd? It isn't an adult only product as far as I can tell and there is nothing that would be an issue for a child as far as I can tell especially given the body shop have quite a natural approach to things. Anyway, my son is happy enough to have a wash with this fruity smelling gel and as the scent is quite faint on the skin afterwards I don't think it would be inappropriate for any member of the family to use this one.
Whilst I really like the retro look of this and the scent reminds me of days gone by and the product is decent enough I am not sure I would buy this one again simply because it hasn't blown me away. It is nice and if available with an offer is a good price too but I do think there are probably products out there that perform equally as well if not better for the money. Bottom line is if you can get it for a couple of pounds then buy it and revel in nostalgia but for anything more I would say leave it be!
Thank you for reading my review!
Many regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I do love products from The Body Shop and whilst I have my favourites from the brand, I will regularly be tempted to try out products that I have not tried out before.
This is what happened a few months back during The Body Shop's sale, when I was presented with many assorted scents from their well known range of "Bath & Shower Gels." I purchased several bottles from their sale range, and paid £2 for each of the 250ml bottles, which I thought offered excellent value for money given the price of the shower gels when not on offer.
One of the Bath & Shower Gel products that I purchased at the time was the "Raspberry Ripple" fragrance. It should perhaps be noted that this product differs from the Raspberry fragranced products available in-store and online.
The bottle is fairly simplistic, comprising of a cylindrical bottle made of clear plastic that can be recycled. There is an attractive enough label on the front of the bottle and a second can be found on the back, giving full information about The Body Shop and the product itself. The bottle is made from 100% "Post Consumer Recycled Plastic" and can of course be recycled again after use. One thing I do love about The Body Shop is their environmentally-friendly ethos, and this product's packaging is no exception to this of course. Additionally, The Body Shop is against animal testing.
The liquid gel is a bright red/pink colour and can be seen easily through the clear plastic bottle. The gel is not overly runny I find, and I have no issues with it spilling or dripping from my hand or flannel when it is being used. The gel can of course be used in either the bath or shower, and as I tend to have much more baths than showers, this is how the product has been used by myself for the most part.
I tend to use it as a sort of 'bubble bath' type product, and so I find that pouring the bright-coloured gel under the running taps is how the product is best dispensed for my own needs. I find too that one generously-sized 'blob' squeezed from the bottle (perhaps around the size of a 50 pence piece) will usually produce an abundance of foamy bubbles in my bath water, which is more than ample for my own needs. I did start out using this product by squeezing perhaps three large blobs into the bath but the amount of bubbles produced was rather ridiculous, and I felt I was wasting the product somewhat as a result. The Body Shop bath & shower gels are more expensive than more 'mainstream' brands and I do find that one significant difference between the gels from this brand is that a little really goes a long way, which goes some way to justifying their higher-than-average price tag, perhaps.
As soon as the product meets with the hot bathwater, the most gorgeous sweet aroma of Raspberry Ripple begins to slowly fill the bathroom. This scent is very nice, but I do find it to be quite sweet and I have found that there are some mornings that it seems rather sickly given the early hour. For this reason, I have opted to use the product a little later in the morning rather than first thing, as I did find the product felt slightly sickly when I hadn't woken up properly. This will be down to personal choice of course, and other consumers may find the results to be different from myself.
The gel's aroma is entirely true to the 'flavour' of Raspberry Ripple, with it having a lovely raspberry undertone to its scent that is very rich and surprisingly strong. This fruity undertone has a sweet 'edge' however, that sets the product's fragrance apart from other raspberry-scented products that I use regularly. This sweet edge is of course down to the product being Raspberry Ripple scented instead of plain, fruity, raspberry and whilst its presence makes the aroma feel quite sweet, it is nevertheless completely delicious and enticing.
The sweet fragrance lasts for quite a long time on my skin after bathing or showering, although if I apply other products soon after bathing then the scent gets easily swamped by these.
The shower gel leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and spotless and is not at all drying which is something that I need to watch out for, as I suffer from dry skin and eczema. I think perhaps the product is so gentle on the skin because it is soap-free, and I have found that overly soapy products can really dry my skin out. Whatever the reason, the Raspberry Ripple Gel feels as if it is going some way to 'quenching' my thirsty skin rather than aggravating the problem, and I have noticed no ill-effects whatsoever.
As @ the time of writing (November 2012), I would advise that The Body Shop Raspberry Ripple Bath & Shower Gel is available to purchase online at eBay (www.eBay.co.uk) where prices start from around £1 plus postage costs. The product appears to have been removed from The Body Shop's website at the current time, but I would advise that I have seen this product for sale at a discounted price during the last two in-store Sales that have taken place in the past 5 months or so, so I do believe it is still sold by the company at these times.
In summary, the product's lovely aroma is quite unusual and one that I really like. I will repurchase the gel again in the future and it comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score.