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I’m a huge fan of Yves Rocher shower gels, so when I visited their store, I had to update my collection. This time I’ll review Indian Cotton Flower shower cream. The cream has 200ml and retails for around $3.
The consistency of the cream is pretty liquid, but even a small amount foams up pretty well. While both the gel and the cream formulas from Jardins du Monde collection are moisturizing enough, I think that the cream offers a tiny bit more of moisture.
As for the scent, it is very mild, slightly floral. However, I have no idea whether this is the true scent of the cotton flower or not. I do have a branch with cotton flowers as a decoration, but it is scentless.
The only objection I have to these gels concerns the packaging – the flip top can be pretty difficult to open.
If you’re into long-lasting scents, this gel won’t be the best choice. On the other hand, if you are sensitive to scents, you might want to give it a chance.
As for me, I like it, but my favourites from the line so far are Tiare and Ylang Ylang.
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Eveline is one of my favourite budget friendly companies, especially when it comes to body care, although they make make-up and skincare, too.
Slim Extreme 3D Anti Cellulite Peeling Massage Shower Gel is one of my favourite body exfoliator (others being L’Oreal Exfotonic which is discontinued and Sisley Foaming Exfoliant which is expensive).
Eveline Peeling Gel comes in a 200 ml flip top opening tube and retails for around $5. This is both the shower gel and exfoliator in one. It also claims that it helps to reduce cellulite in combination with Eveline anticellulite creams, but I haven’t tried it that way, so I cannot comment the claims.
The exfoliating beads are tiny, but there could be more of them – for my skin that amount of beads works if I use it daily. However, if I only use it from time to time, it is not strong enough.
A bonus is that it can be used as a 2 in 1 (especially if you don’t have sensitive skin) which makes it the perfect product for travelling.
As a shower gel, it foams up and it cleanses well. It has a slightly minty scent.
I like it, but I’m not sure I love it. However, for the price, it is still my favourite choice.
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde Ylang Ylang is the third in the Jardins du Monde shower gels that I have tried and, when it comes to scent, it is my favourite.
Jardins du Monde shower gels come in a 200 ml bottle and retail for around $3. The only issue I have, when it comes to these shower gels, is that the flip tom can be hard to open and I often break my nail trying to open it.
Everything else about this shower gel is fabulous – the scent is nice – fruity floral. I don’t have much experience with ylang ylang, so I’m not sure how similar it is to the real flower, but I really like it as it is.
The scent doesn’t linger for too long on my skin. This works fine for me, since I doubt I could fall asleep if the scent were too long-lasting.
The gel foams up well and cleans my skin nicely, without being drying.
I am really happy with these shower gels and I can’t wait to try other scents.
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I got an 8 ml sample of this shower gel with one GWP. The full size comes in a 200ml bottle and retails for $87.
The shower gel is a part of Soir de Lune fragrance line, out of which I have only used Soir de Lune perfumed body cream.
8 ml was enough for 3 uses – it would last more, but I thought that this was a body cream (they have the same packaging and I didn’t read what it says on, so I’ve thrown away more than half of it).
The shower gel is a transparent gel with a yellowish tint. It doesn’t foam up much – in that it reminds me more of shower creams like L’Occitane Shea Butter Shower cream; but it cleanses skin well.
It is not drying, but I wouldn’t call it moisturizing after. After using it, I still felt like I could do with a bit of moisture (for example, after using Yves Rocher shower gels, I don’t need to use a body lotion).
As for the scent, it is the same as the scent of Soir dew Lune fragrance – a white floral chypre (I’m not the fan of the scent). The scent of the shower gel will linger on the skin for some time, more than with ordinary shower gels – up to 4 hours. Of course, the scent will be very mild.
If you are a fan of Soir de Lune range, both shower gel and body cream are high-quality product and will nicely complement the fragrance. However, I’m still not quite used to the scent – it’s quite sharp and I’m fonder of sweet, gourmand scents.
When I have discovered Yves Rocher, my crazines for L’Occitane subsided. oday I’ll review the shower cream I’m currently using.
Yves Rocher Jardins du Monde shower gels and creams come in a large range of scents. The bottle contains 200ml and retails for around $2,5.
African Cocoa Bean is a thick shower cream – the consistency reminds me a bit of L’Ocitane Shea Butter Shower Cream. The main difference is that I get more foam with Yves Rocehr than with L’Occitane.
The scent is a true bitter cocoa powder with a milky undertone. It smells like a dark chocolate and if you were hoping for a sweet smell, this one might disappoint.
The scent doesn’t linger on the skin for too long – it smells when I shower, but when I’m finished with putting my clothes on, the scent is almost gone.
What I like the most about not only this scent, but the whole Jardins du Monde range is that they wash the skin without drying it out. I could easily go without putting a body lotion after and my skin wouldn’t feel tight.
The shower gel is multi-functional – you can use it to prepare the skin for shaving instead of the shaving foam.
The only thing that I don’t like about it is the packaging. Sometimes I have the problem opening up the cap, especially when I try to do it with wet hands. This has resulted with several broken nails. I’m considering transfering the gel into more use-friendly packaging.
In spite of this, I would recomend the whole Jardins du Monde range.
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In my Make-up stash inventory post, I’ve promised skincare and body care stash post so here I am, fulfilling my promise.
You can read on my make-up inventory HERE.
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L’Occitane Delice des Fleurs is, together with Delice des Fruits, a part of a limited edition holiday launch. I have bought travel-size shower jellies from both lines.
Delice des Fleurs include rose and violet scented products. The smell reminds me of a mixture of Guerlain L’Heure Bleue and Guerlain Insolence – the violet is really the most dominant note. Rose just lurks in the background. The scent is warm, candy-like and perfect for winter.
The scent does not linger for long – a maximum of an hour after the bath. If you are not a fan of the scent, you’ll be relieved, but I’m rather disappointed since I like the scent and I wouldn’t mind if it was more longlasting.
It is not a true jelly (like Lush jellies), but the consistency is a bit thicker and more compact than shower gel.
This is the foamiest shower product in L’Occitane line. Shea Butter Shower Cream and Almond Shower Oil do not foam up much (if at all), the regular shower gels foam up, but I need to use more of the shower gel to get the same foam as I get with only a tiny amount of shower jelly.
In spite of being foamy, it doesn’t dry the skin out.
I really hope that L’Occitane will include the shower jelly formula in their regular line. It is by far their best shower formulation.
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Tiare Bagnolatte is a rich shower cream with Tiare scent. 200 ml retails for around $12.
The showe cream is very moisturizing. It lathers well, but it doesn’t strip the skin.
The scent is strong, but it is not true Tiare. I can feel very strong citrus notes. Nevertheless, the citrus notes make the scent more refreshing, because pure tiare can be little overwhelming.
The scent stays pretty long on the skin. If I take a bath in the evening, the scent is still present the next morning. Granted, it is very mild, so it doesn’t bother me.
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I’ve been looking for a mild scented shower gel for summer and got a travel size of Peony shower gel in set with Body milk and mini Shea Butter hand cream.
The scent is gentle floral, but it doesn’t linger for a long time. It is really refreshing, especially in such a heat (it’s over 35 Celsius in my country).
The gel lathers well, but it doesn’t leave skin stripped or dehydrated. A little goes a long way and I predict that the tiny 75ml bottle will last for at least one month of daily use.
Overall, this is another winner in L’Occitane Shower gel collection.
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Summer has come (finally!!). As I’ll finish my exams soon, I’ll be spending more and more time outside (riding bike, exercising or just purely enjoying being out on the fresh air). However, summer is the season when the sun is stronger than ever. Taking this into account I’ve decided to treat myself with some products which will help me prepare my skin for sun exposure.
Now, I’m aware that tanning is bad for skin. When I’m out of the house, I’m using at least SPF 30 on the body and SPF 50 on the face (if I’ll be staying on the sun for longer than half an hour; otherwise I use SPF 15).
My skin type is a bit tricky. I am very pale (NC15), with blue-grey eyes and dark blond hair, but I tan easily and rarely burn. Until two days ago, I’ve been wearing long sleeves (in spite of being 30 celsius), plus SPF 30 sunscreen and my neck and decollete still got tan (now they are NC20).
In order to prevent even bigger difference between the rest of the body and hands, neck and decollete (which looks really bad and ridiculous once you are in the bikini), I start with sunbathing. This means that in the middle of July, my skin has even colouring.
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Shea Butter Shower Cream is a gentle, non drying shower gel. 250 ml retail for 12 euros.
The consistency is a bit thicker than the one of the shower gel. The cream does not lather much, but still cleanses well.
After the showering the skin is clean, soft and slightly moisturized. I don’t have to apply body lotion afterwards. Naturally, if you have extremely dry skin, L’Occitane Shea Butter Shower Cream won’t be enough.
Even though the cream has a mild scent, after the shower you won’t feel it.
Overall impression: 5
L’Occitane Almond Shower oil exists in two versions: regular 250 ml bottle (retails for $22; or 15 euros) and 75 ml travel size bottle. Since I often switch shower gels I prefer small sized bottles because I can use them up pretty quickly without hoarding tons of half-spent gels in the bathroom.
The scent of Almond Shower Oil is very sweet almond which stays on the skin for at least six hours after the showering. I like almond scent, but sometimes the scent is a bit too strong for me.
The consistency is a bit thicker than the oil normally is. Almond Shower Oil foams up very slightly – enough to clean without stripping skin of moisture. It is very mositurizing, which is very important to me because I absolutely hate body moisturizers. After washing with Almond shower oil, my skin is really soft and it doesn’t feel dried out.
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