Happy Monday, today I want to talk about a body care product. This is the The Body Shop Cactus Blossom Shower Gel, which is a limited edition product from their body care range. I was in half a mind not to review it because it is a limited edition product, but as they might still have stock in some stores, I wanted to review it anyway just in case you can still get hold of it. This also might be helpful in the future if they bring it back again in next summer, although I’m not sure if that’s actually going to happen.
One of the important things about skincare and body care, is that the scent is compatible with my sensitive nose and stomach. I spent a while stood in my local The Body Shop store, testing each of the shower gels to check if their scents were ones I could tolerate. This shower gel has a very soft fruity scent, that’s gentle on my nose, but still fragrant enough to notice. It doesn’t linger on the body in a heavy or oppressive way, so it’s a good fit for me. It definitely has a summery vibe to it as well, so that’s been fun to embrace as well.
I tend to work through shower gels quite slowly, so I imagine I won’t finish this for quite some time. Had I bought this at the very beginning of summer, I think this would last the entire season.
In terms of packaging, it’s very simple and easy to use. The hard cap pops open fairly easily, but it has enough resistance to it that I don’t worry about it popping open if dropped in the shower or falls off the side of my bathtub. So even with wet skin this is easy to open, which is something I don’t want to worry about while showering.
The gel itself is what I consider medium thickness: it’s got some viscosity to it, but it’s light enough that it’s easy to lather up. You can lather it up fairly easily on its own by rubbing into the skin.
However, I prefer to apply a small amount to my shower sponge, dampen it, and then rub the sponge over the skin. I find this lathers up a lot better, and I can micro-exfoliate my skin as I go. The only downside is that washing the sponge of all the remnants of the gel is almost impossible, so it does mean I need to swap out my shower sponge more often. I don’t really mind, but this is something to bear in mind if you’re considering how you’d incorporate it into your routine.
My skin does feel clean after using it, and it’s easy to wash off. I don’t feel like my skin is over-cleansed, which is critical for me. My oily-sensitive skin isn’t just limited to my face, and I can be reactive to some ingredients in body care. It’s also prone to acne as well, which is easily attributed to not washing off hair and body products properly.
I don’t find my acne problems are gone because of this shower gel, but I don’t think it makes it worse. So I’m grateful for that at least. I also don’t find it drying, so if you are prone to dryness, this may work well for you.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this product, and plan to use it up so long as it remains safe to use. Even if I can’t, I plan to empty and clean the packaging out, as The Body Shop are partnered with TerraCycle to have a recycling program. I really respect The Body Shop for having this program, as it’s frustrating to not be able to recycle some types of plastics. The hard caps on packaging especially. So I feel a sense of relief knowing this packaging can be fully recycled.
Would I repurchase this again? This is a limited edition product, and likely not in stock anymore for most stores, but if they brought this back again for future summer releases, this would be one I’d pick up again. I’d pick this up at the start of the summer, so I can work through it while it’s in-season. I have another shower gel from them in my backup drawer, so I’m excited to try it out.
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