Pros: smells great, lathers well, does not dry skin out
Cons: more expensive than a drugstore brand
My 6 year old son Alex gave me a set of 5 shower gels and foaming baths from The Body Shop for Christmas. I've been having fun trying them out, as they each have a different scent. Lately I've been enjoying The Body Shop Papaya Shower Gel.
My "sample size" of the Papaya Shower Gel is a clear plastic bottle with a screw-on cap. The cap has a flip-top lid for easy dispensing of her product. The sample size contains 60 mL (2 ounces) of shower gel. The full-size product looks the same, but bigger, containing 250 mL (8.4 ounces) of shower gel. The shower gel itself is a translucent substance with an orange tint. It is more viscous than water, but it still pours easily. It has a lovely tropical fruit scent that I enjoy; I suppose it smells something like papayas, but I live in Minnesota and my familiarity with actual papayas is nonexistent. But the shower gel does smell very good.
To use the papaya shower gel, I simply dispense a small amount onto a wet shower puff, then rub it onto my body to get work up some lather. You don't need much of this product to get your whole body clean. I enjoy the papaya scent in the shower, but this particular scent doesn't seem to cling to my skin as much as some other shower gels do. That is fine with me; if I want the scent to last, I simply layer on some of the Papaya Body Butter from the same line. If you are only using the shower gel, you can probably use a different fragrance, but I'd stick to something with a fruit or citrus base just in case. The Body Shop claims that the papaya seed oil and glycerin in this shower gel act as moisturizers to hydrate your skin. It is hard for me to assess this since I always use body butter or lotion of some type after showering, however I can say that my skin has not felt dried out after using this shower gel.
The Body Shop has other products in their Papaya line, including the body butter, a body scrub, a soap, and a dry-oil mist. The only other papaya product I have tried is the body butter, and I do enjoy that one as well.
The 8.4 ounce size of Papaya Shower Gel retails for $10.00. It is more expensive than a drugstore brand, but it will also last longer. The papaya scent is also unique enough that you aren't likely to find a similar fragrance for less. You can buy products from The Body Shop at their brick and mortar stores, online at www.thebodyshop.com, or from an at-home consultant. Sometimes the products in the brick and mortar stores cost a bit more than through the other venues, presumably to make up for the overhead costs.
I have yet to find a product from The Body Shop that I don't love, but their products are not the only thing I like about this company. The Body Shop does not test their products on animals and they have a stated commitment to environmental and human rights issues. I also appreciate that they participate in community trade (fair trade, not just free trade) for the ingredients for their products.
Ingredients list: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Fragrance, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Benzophenone-4, Hexyl Cinnamal, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citronellol, Citral, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Caramel, Orange 4, Red 33.
The Body Shop's Papaya Shower Gel is a lovely shower gel with a very fresh, tropical-fruity scent. I am happy with the way it gets me clean without drying my skin out, and I appreciate having the option of layering it with other papaya products or using a different fragrance afterward. 5 stars.