Radox Uplifting Shower Gel with Pink Grapefruit & Basil
I'm quite a serious grapefruit fan - it's a bit odd because I can't bear the taste of it (way too sour) but as a fragrance in a bathroom product, it's hard to beat in my book for it's refreshing and invigorating qualities (see rave review of pink grapefruit scrub here). I haven't been able to find the Palmolive version for a while, so I bought this Radox variety thinking it would be a reasonable substitute, and it didn't let me down. The addition of basil to the mix helps keep the sweetness tempered, and the formula is deliciously thick. Also non drying, this is the first Radox shower gel to really impress me, and I may give more of their range a try, so watch out for Part 4 lol...
The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel
Ah yes, my darling Body Shop Cherry Blossom :-) I've loved this range for many years after receiving several fabulous BS gift baskets for birthdays from my ever so thoughtful brother. The body butter is to die for (although I don't think they make it any more), and this companion body wash a delicate delight. In my bold and bright world, she reminds me to be subtle and romantic. A darling friend (Flaming Beauty) picked up a whole stack of these for me a while back when they were being cleared out to make way for some new packaging (in an even prettier bottle), but I don't know if the fragrance is the same or not - this is the last of my stash, so I'll report back once I've bought one of the new style. Both versions contain Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, are soap free, low sudsing and of course The Body Shop is against animal testing :-)
When this new range first came out, I grabbed all three knowing I'd love every single one of them. The green Tranquility one is a herbal delight (my bh review of it is here), and the orange Energy one is zingy and refreshing (my bh review of it is here) - but out of the three, this wine-coloured Joyous variety is my favourite, and the one I keep repurchasing over and over again. Absolutely adore the colour and the fragrance is pure heaven - it's a sensuously sweet floral softened with a baby powderish edge that just smells like pure "woman" to me. Way more grown up than Cherry Blossom, I doubt you'll have a problem with the kids or hubby using this beauty if you have a communal shower. I find her undeniably exotic and alluring (even the bottle is femininely curvaceous) and an absolute steal for under $7. Highly recommended, my bh review is here,
Palmolive Aroma Therapy Anti-Stress Shower Gel with Ylang Ylang & Iris
Being such a colour nut, how could I NOT have a purple body wash in my collection hey? I'm enjoying this gel, but not loving it. It's nice enough, but for me it's a wee bit too soapy and sweet, so I only use it every couple of weeks. I was in two minds when I bought it - notorious for sniffing anything and everything before I purchase, I hummed and haahhhed a good while before deciding that I wanted it for the colour more than anything else. The one listed on their website is in a slightly different shaped bottle, and it mentions lavender & patchouli along with the ylang ylang, so now I'm wondering if I've somehow scored a fake lol! Will try and find the "right" bottle and see if the fragrance is any different...
Take care of you,