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Hey lovely ladies,
My Marks and Spencer bath and body haul review continues. Today’s review is on one of the shower gels that I picked up. Yes, I said “one of the”! So, stay tuned for more!
This shower gel enriched with extracts of lemon and lime and with added moisturiser will cleanse your skin leaving it delicately scented. Experience daily luxury with our Nature’s Ingredients collection.
Not tested on animals
Product Size: 250 ml
Fragrance Free: No
Dermatologically Tested: No
Paraben Free: Yes
Alcohol Free: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians
Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types
Aqua, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, parfum, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract, benzophenone-4, disodium edta, sodium hydroxide, sodium sulfate, citral, linalool, limonene, magnesium nitrate, magnesium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, ci 42090, ci 19140
INR 599 for 250 ml.
My Experience with Marks and Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Lemon and Lime Shower Gel:
My standard skin type information – though I have oily to combination facial skin, I have fairly dry body skin. I hate repeating myself in each review, but it is for the benefit of anyone who lands here from a Google search. So…
I have been using shower gels, body washes for a while now, but I do not really have a favorite. The only repeats for me have been from the Body Shop body wash range – Strawberry and Moringa because I just love the fragrance of both these variants. So, basically, I pick body wash fairly indiscriminately – based on their fragrance and not really their ingredients. Mentioning this up front, because the product under review is something which has SLS, which I know can be an immediate “NO” for some people.
Packaging: The packaging is quite simple. The product comes in a squeezable plastic tube. There was no seal. However, the store ensured that they put a plastic tape on the lid of each of the shower gels I picked, which kind of made me think there must have been some incident/complaints regarding the cap opening and product leakage. It is a fairly large tube – with 250ml of product and squeezable, so I guess it’s safe to say, do not travel with it.
Fragrance: The reason I picked this one was obviously the fragrance – I LOVE Lime/Lemon flavor – in food, in drinks and apparently, even in my body care products. I just feel lime and lemon, both, just tingle your senses and just wake it up! The fragrance is in-keeping with it. It is fresh and just hits your senses with a pleasant sourness.
Texture: The product is quite runny. It is easy to dispense from the tube but do be careful of more product getting dispensed at one go than what you may want because it’s really runny. It spreads easily on the body and lathers well. Post washing off, it does not seem to leave a residue on the body.
Application: The application is fairly simple and straight-forward. You can use it directly or with a loofah.
Efficacy: I am using this shower gel in the summer months now. It is kind of a summer fragrance. The shower gel lathers well. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed, supple and smooth – without any residue or any feeling of stretchiness. The fragrance of lime and lemon does not last too long on the body, but then, I had little expectation that it would. It is more about the shower experience than actual fragrance transferring onto the skin. The fragrance can be built up and made to last longer by layering – using body lotion, body mist, body powder, deo, etc with the same fragrance.
Since the product is from the “Nature’s Ingredients” range – actual lime and lemon extracts have been used in the product and they fall about mid-level in the ingredient list. However, what benefit do they bring to the skin – apart from the fragrance – is questionable, but then again, the brand states that the product is “enriched with lime and lemon extract” but does not make any claim about the effect of these two ingredients on the body.
Pros of Marks and Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Lemon and Lime Shower Gel:
- A fragrant shower gel with a hit of citrusy lime and lemon.
- Gentle on the skin – did not leave it feeling dry.
- Spreads easily.
- Lathers well.
- Does not leave a residue post washing off.
- Did not irritate my skin.
- Foams nicely.
- Did not dry my skin further or aggravate the dryness – in summers.
- Not tested on animals.
- Paraben free.
Cons of Marks and Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Lemon and Lime Shower Gel:
- The fragrance does not linger on the skin.
- Has SLS.
It’s a fairly straightforward product – something you will enjoy using and move onto the next bath and body product once if gets over. This isn’t a Holy Grail type of shower gel. It’s something in the functional category.
I did get questioned on why I gave the M&S products a high rating of 4/5 when they are not top of the line products and the bath products actually have SLS. My perspective – I am not comparing to something from L’Occitane or La Mer (does La Mer even make bath and body products??) The product gets judged on the claims made by the brand and whether it lives up to them. The brand seems to have kept it simple – not promising the moon, and ensured that they are able to deliver what they do promise. As far as SLS is concerned – not everyone in the world can afford bath products sans SLS. Also, the brand has been fairly straightforward in sharing the ingredient list clearly on the product – as well as on their website. They aren’t hiding anything – unlike some other more popular, perceived-high-end brands!