April. What a wet month you’ve been. Today has been gloriously sunny, so I guess you’re forgiven – for now. But April showers are a ‘thing’, so it’s to be expected.
But, I prefer my April showers in the bathroom, with a big old bottle of new shower gel/cream/oil/etc. (And so does Sindy!).
I’ve tried a few this past few weeks in my April showers, ably assisted by Sindy (but not really, I promise I don’t take my dolls into the shower with me….)
First up, Origins A Perfect World Creamy body cleanser with White Tea (£24). I’m not going to lie, I found the smell of this quite odd.
I also hate writing out the names of Origins products, because they use capitals for some words and not for others, and it makes me mad! Anyway, I digress. This stuff is lovely, and thick, and creamy. I can get past the smell, it’s not bad, just odd.
It contains Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Orange and Glycerin, as well as that Silver Tip White Tea. All of these ingredients, Origins say, will ‘banish youth offenders long before they can cause oxidation, deterioration and dehydration’. God, that sounds awful! Note to self: pay more attention to body in the shower. Note to Sindy: you’re plastic, don’t worry.
Now, Zelens are a luxury skincare brand by skincare scientist/expert/doctor Dr Marko Lens. I actually had no idea they did body products until the lovely PR sent me this Zelens Aka-Shiso Reviving Mineral Shower. Just shower -there’s no gel/cream/cleanser addendum on there.
This stuff is, according to Zelens, ‘an excellent body treatment for an energetic and refreshing start to the day – or stress-relieving evening routine‘. I like anything that helps me achieve the unattainable goal of energy in the morning, and this, well, you know, it smells very clean and fresh, and like its doing something right.
Oh, and it has active ingredients, mainly Shiso (Perilla) Oil. This is extracted from the seeds of this plant, which is Japanese mint, and it is, apparently, the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. So, this stuff can replenish skin moisture, promote ‘down-regulation of inflammation’ (eh?!), and help maintain a healthy skin complexion.
It also has antioxidant properties – essential for April showers, er, maybe. It also contains five minerals (gee, this shower blank is showing off!) – magnesium, zinc, copper, silicon and iron, which all do different things, too much to even list here, but be assured it’s all good! So, it’s £28 for a bottle for all of those reasons. For more info, visit the website.
I’ve recently discovered Anne Semonin, and have just finished a tub of their fabulous Extreme Comfort Cream facial moisturiser, so I was happy to give this a whirl.
It’s the new Anne Semonin Exfoliating Shower Gel (£27). It’s quite old-school beauty this brand, and perhaps the vintage lover in me likes it for that reason. This stuff smells quite perfumed it contains jasmine and green tea – but not in a bad way, it’s just quite scented.
The exfoliation part comes from cellulose extract from biodegradable wood pulp, and it’s enriched with Vitamin E for a dose of antioxidants. Use it whenever you like, and concentrate on the areas that need exfoliation most – usually elbows, knees and heels. I usually like to have two shower gels on the go at once if one of them is an exfoliation one, so the other one here would have to be something pretty neutral so the perfumes didn’t collide!
Roger & Gallet make good, solid, shower gels. I’m not sure they’re overly heavy on the skincare ingredients, but they are sulfate and paraben free, and of plant origin, and the two that I have been trying smell how a shower gel should smell.
I love a citrus-fresh shower, something that will waken me from my morning stupor and actually make me want to stay awake, and brave the outside April showers if I have to. Roger & Gallet Cedrat Fresh shower gel Energising (£9.50) is a blend of cedrat, grapefruit, mint and water fruit, with added cardamon and basil, cedar, vetiver, musk and white amber. Lovely!
Roger & Gallet Bois D’Orange Fresh shower gel Invigorating (£9.50) is mandarin, combined with basil-verbena. There’s neroli, an essence of bitter orange, in there, orange blossom and clear amber, palissander and Atlas cedar. A shower gel like this is a shower gel, is a shower gel. It does what it says on the tube. But a
bit lot better for your skin than the average bottle from the pound shop.
Finally, Korres, lovely natural Greek brand, who have had a great shower gel offer on all April – buy one get one free on some of their best-loved scents.
Choose from Water Lily, Basil Lemon, Japanese Rose, or Bergamot Pear. I have tried a few of these and I’m not a big fan of the Japanese Rose – a bit too ‘perfumey’ for me., But, the Bergamot Pear is a weird yet addictive scent. The gels themselves have no mineral oil, no petrolatum, no silicones, no parabens, no phthalates, no alcohol, no animal by-products, etc, etc.
They do contain wheat proteins, to form a protective film on the skin, maintaining its natural moisture level. Active Aloe, rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and antioxidant enzymes, to enhance the skin’s immune system. And, the duo packs are £8 (worth £16), until April 30, from Debenhams and John Lewis. Get stocked up!
Happy April Showers!