I am a sucker for shower gels. I have dry to combination skin, and find that most bathing soaps dry out my skin, even in summers. Most bathing soap brands available in India have been tried by me; and barring a very few of them, I find most of them unsuitable. They tend to further dry out my skin; making entire body moisturisation necessary every time. I have had a good time with shower gels. Some time back, when I was abroad on a holiday, I was about to run out of my shower gel and I decided to give this one a try. The brand is Clarins (which is one of my most trusted brands); and this one has many essential oils in it. Hence the purchase; the use of the shower gel; and this particular review of the product.
About the product:
Get every inch of body skin into sleek, show-off shape — toned, refined and beautifully conditioned! This concentrated cleansing treatment activates with the heat of a warm bath or shower — releasing the invigorating, aromatic virtues Rosemary, Mint and Geranium. Extracts of Gentian and Pine cleanse and refine. Lightweight lather is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Follow with Tonic Body Treatment Oil and Toning Body Balm for sensational firming results. Dermatologist tested.
How to apply:
In the bath, pour a capful of product under running water (maximum temp. 37°C/98.6°F). Spread foam all over the body and inhale deeply to benefit from the aromatic properties. In the shower, use with a sponge.
Essential aromatic oils Natural foaming agent based on coconut,Arnica (Regenerates), Balm Mint (Calms), Big Black root (Stimulates), Gentian (Tones), Geranium Hops (Stimulates), Juniper (Anti-bacterial), Mint Rosemary (alleviates, de-stresses), Witch hazel (anti-free radical, astringent, protects).
I got it for around 15GBP during a sale for 200ml product.
My Experience with Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate with Essential Oils:
Clarins is one of my most trusted brands. It makes many fine skin care and make-up products; which are very gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin types. The SA at the Clarins counter was gushing about this product. This product is a special Spa product; which will cleanse your skin and rejuvenate your senses. I bought this; and an Eye and Lip Makeup Remover from the counter.
The packaging is the usual clean and hygienic looking Clarins –White box with Red print packaging. All the details are written on it; as well as on an information leaflet inserted inside the box.
The bottle inside is made of plastic; with a flip cap opening and a tiny hole. The bottle is transparent; and contains a golden yellow colored shower gel. The consistency of the shower gel is just perfect; neither too thick nor too runny. The fragrance is that of the essential oils; and though I am not very fond of this herbal fragrance; I don’t mind it either. It does not remain on the skin for a long time. The shower concentrate foams quite well; and the foam may be increased by using it with a loofah or sponge. Only a very small amount of product is needed during each wash. It washes off quite well, without leaving any sticky or slimy sensation on the skin. It is quite an effective cleanser. Overall, it does provide quite a spa-like feel when used in the bath tub, leaving your tired limbs extremely soft, and lulling you into a nice sleep (Yes, I have slept off in a bath tub once while using this!!!!!).
Post-bathing, I am totally disheartened. This shower concentrate is not for me. However much I loved it in the bath tub and in the shower, but it totally dries out my skin; even worse than certain bathing soaps. I have used it during warm climates; and well as during the slighter colder days we are facing now. And the result is the same. I have to put on a good moisturiser immediately after my shower; or else my skin begins to feel dry and itchy within 5-10 minutes time. This might be a blessing for the oily skin types; especially during summers; but I would not recommend this in cold winters. As for now, the bottle is lying inside my bathroom cabinet; waiting for the summers to come full time; so that I might finish it off, using around 2-3 capfuls in my bath tub to give my body a treat. This one is not at all an essential for me; especially since I have got used to the mild and gentle, yet effective shower gels from other brands.
Pros of Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate with Essential Oils:
• Spa bathing treat
• Sturdy packaging
• Translucent plastic bottle helps you know the quantity inside.
• Flip cap with a small hole helps to regulate the flow of the gel
• The consistency is good; neither too runny nor too thick
• Contains many essential oils in it
• The fragrance isa herbal kind (that of the essential oils); which may be liked by some people.
• Foams averagely well, especially in a nice bubble bath.
• Washes off easily
• May be liked by oily skin people; specially in summers.
Cons of Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate with Essential Oils:
• Availability in India is limited
• I, personally, do not like the fragrance
• Extreme drying out of my skin within 5-10 minutes in warmer or colder climates
• Good moisturisation is essential after using it.
Will I repurchase Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate with Essential Oils?
No. I am quite satisfied with my other brand shower gels; and will stick to them in future. I would recommend this only to be used sometimes, when you are very tired; to pamper yourself and give your body a treat; with all the essential oils. But then, I would recommend this only to the oily skin people; during the extreme warm and humid months. Even then, I would advise you to try out a sample before purchasing the entire bottle.
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