L Occitane Verbena Shower Gel

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Shower Gel? More like Shower Hell!

Jul 12, 2009
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Pros:smell is OK

Cons:doesn't lather, doesn't do much for the skin, expensive

The Bottom Line: A real let down, if you want to spend this sort of money on a shower gel choose something else


What do you look forward to most when you go on holiday? The sun? The sea? The time out from the monotony of daily life? Well for me, I most look forward to using my travel-sized toiletries!!! OK, not just that, but I did have fun choosing all my little bottles to take away on holiday with me as I knew the cheapo hotel we'd chosen wouldn't supply us with any!

I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane, and although I can't afford to use it all the time, when I do, I feel that their products bring a little bit of luxury to my day! I had already used the Shea butter shower cream which I had been very pleased with, and I chose to take my travel sized bottle of Verbena shower gel away with me, hoping that it would be just as good as the Shea one.

The shower gel comes in a sort of flat, rectangular bottle with a leaf design imprinted onto one side of the plastic. It sounds a little bit of a stupid thing to say about a company that is based in Provence, but the packaging of the product to me, has a very provincial French sort of look to it. I don't know if it's the image of the leaf, but it also seems to have a quite autumnal look to it - to me, anyway!

One of the reasons I chose to use this gel over the others I have, was that I thought the fresh verbena scent would be perfect for the hot summer days. The scent is very sharp and citrussy, as it contains verbena, orange, geranium and lemon. In some ways the scent is very light and fresh, but in other ways, unfortunately I can't help but be reminded of cleaning products. I bought this as part of a set from QVC so only had the presenters description to go from at the time, and although I thought I'd love it, I'm actually a little disappointed with it, and certainly don't feel that it's one of L'Occitane's best fragrances.

So anyway, onto its use as a shower gel. As you can probably see from the picture, the gel is a sort of yellowy green colour (I don't really want to say urine coloured, but admit it, that's what you were thinking too!), and I found that it had quite a runny consistency. I was surprised by this because other shower gels I've used in a similar price bracket (such as Molton Brown) have tended to be thicker.

When it came to using this, unfortunately I was in for more disappointment. The lather I got from it was minimal to virtually non-existent. I hadn't thought to take a shower puff away with me, and as such I struggled to shave my legs with it, although I did manage, just about.

When I got home, I still had a little bit of this left and used it in the bath with a shower puff, and as expected this produced a lot more lather, but on the whole I still felt the amount of bubbles was quite poor given the price of the stuff.

Another thing that bugged me was that the scent did not stay on my skin after using it, although whilst in the shower/bath the scent does come out quite strongly. Although it left my skin clean, it didn't seem to do a lot else for it - I can't say it suddenly began feeling silky smooth, and although it wasn't drying, it wasn't really moisturising either and didn't seem to add any special qualities.

The price tag for this product is £12.50 for a 250ml bottle from www.loccitane.co.uk or you can also find it at QVC or I think House of Fraser sometimes stock it. For an everyday product I feel this is quite expensive, and had I payed the full price, quite honestly I would have been gutted. Like I say I have been lucky enough to use other shower gels in the same price bracket, and found them to be of a much higher quality and they actually felt luxurious and a treat to use, so my overall feeling with this product has simply been disappointment. Needless to say I will not be buying this again, nor would I recommend others do so

*Please note, prices are in GBP, and this review has been posted by me on Dooyoo under the same user name - pink_glitter


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