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Hey Lovely Ladies,
One more shower gel review for you today. As I said in my previous review, I am still trying new ones from my last M&S haul. I really do think I went a little overboard with this.
Experience daily luxury with our Nature’s Extracts collection.This luxurious shower gel is enriched with natural extract of rich cocoa butter.
Specially formulated with added moisturiser to cleanse your skin leaving it delicately scented
•Not tested on animals BUAV approved
•Product Size: 250 ml
•Alcohol Free: Yes
•Suitable for Vegetarians
•Suitable for Vegans
•Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types
Aqua, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, parfum, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed extract, benzophenone-4, propylene glycol, disodium edta, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, phosphoric acid, tetrasodium edta, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sodium sulfate, magnesium nitrate, magnesium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, ci 60730, ci 15985.
INR 599 for 250 ml
My Experience with Marks & Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Cocoa Butter Shower Gel:
My standard skin type information – though I have combination to oily, dehydrated 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. I have mentioned this a number of times that I do not have a HG shower gel or body wash. So, nothing to compare things to. I buy shower gels purely based on their fragrance, use them and pick up something new, the next time.
Please note that the product under review contains SLS – which I know can be an immediate NO for some people – since it can be drying for the skin.
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 250 ml of product and squeezable – so I guess it’s safe to say – do not travel with it.
Fragrance: The fragrance of this one is just as the name suggests – sweet cocoa fragrance. I’m still not sure how I feel about anything cocoa on my body. Something in my mind does not gel with it as a bath & body product. I am still okay with it in a shower gel, I guess, versus say a body lotion. So far the good thing is that the fragrance isn’t too potent or strong and does not transfer much to the skin.
Texture: The product is quite runny. It is easy to dispense from the tube. Considering the size of the tube and how runny it is, do be careful or you will end up with way more than what you need. 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 simple – you can use it directly or with a loofah.
Efficacy: As I mentioned earlier, the shower gel lathers well. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed, supple and smooth – without any residue or any feeling of stretchiness. The fragrance does not last too long on the body – but then, I had little expectation that it would. The fragrance can be built up by layering – using body lotion, body mist, body powder, deo, etc with the same fragrance. The brand does have different products in the same fragrance to enable you to do so. I do need to ensure that I use a body butter/lotion/oil post my bath.
Point to Note: The addition of Cocoa Butter extract in the product does not make this variant drastically different from the others. I did not feel this one to be any more nourishing to the body than the other variants.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Marks & Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Cocoa Butter Shower Gel:
- A fragrant shower gel.
- Gentle on the skin – did not leave it feeling stretchy.
- 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 & Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Cocoa Butter Shower Gel:
- For me – the fragrance isn’t the most enjoyable. However, if you love the fragrance of cocoa, you might actually enjoy it. But do be warned, that it will not transfer onto the skin.
- Has SLS.
IMBB Rating: 3.75/5
Do I Recommend Marks & Spencer Nature’s Ingredients Cocoa Butter Shower Gel?
I’m a little iffy about cocoa in my bath & body products. Even though I used to love the Palmer’s Cocoa Body oil. The fragrance took some effort to get used to. To be honest, I may have used up almost the entire bottle – but still not got around to the fragrance. The good thing is that in this product, the fragrance isn’t so pronounced and neither does it linger on the body – so I guess it is ok.
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Hey IMBB readers,
This review is about the ‘extreme’ version of a cult hair care product from the brand Philip Kingsley. It is called ‘Elasticizer extreme’. The Elasticizer product was initially created when Audrey Hepburn was suffering from bad hair days due to over-processing. Read ahead to find if it really works.
Elasticizer Extreme is targeted at a very specific hair type: extremely dry, porous and very thirsty! Specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged, this product provides instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment. Elasticizer Extreme has all the moisturizing ingredients of Elasticizer, with higher active doses of the components that can really make a difference to very dry, porous and thirsty hair. Not suitable for fine, non-processed hair. Fragrance free. Use once a week as a minimum for best results.
How to Use:
The product needs to be applied on damp hair before shampoo and conditioner. It needs to be spread well and then left for 20-30 mins with a shower cap on. Then it simply needs to be washed with water. For better results this needs to be done once a week.
Aqua (Water), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Trideceth-12, Diazolidinyl Urea, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Silicone Quaternium-18, Trideceth-6.
• Castor and olive oil used locks in more moisturizer for bounce and shine.
• Silicones imparts smoothness and shine
• Hydrolysed elastin is for strength and elasticity
• Glycerine and Glycol help in moisture retention
The product comes in an off-white colored sturdy plastic tub. It’s a huge tub and can be difficult to carry if you wish to travel with it.
The product is a white thick concentrated cream. It’s smooth but feels heavy because of the thick texture.
The product is fragrance-free; however, I still smell a weird mild fragrance when I apply it.
My Experience with Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme:
I was sceptical about buying this product and did a lot of research on the Elasticizer. Finally, I got it from Areej in Abu Dhabi. The store lady performed scalp analysis, which is quite similar to the skin analysis done by brands like Dermalogica and Clinique. She suggested me to go for Elasticizer Extreme as I color my hair and use heat often to blow dry to get rid of frizz.
She advised me to use this once a week and apply to damp hair for minimum 20 minutes and maximum whole day. I tried that same weekend before my shampoo routine. I kept it on for 30 minutes and washed it. The first surprise was the lesser number of hair strands falling out when I used the conditioner. I did notice shine and lesser hair fall from the first week itself.
It’s good when you want to see immediate results and then I waited to see the long-term results. It’s been four weeks now and it seems to be working. My hair feels softer, especially towards the ends. Hair fall has reduced to a considerable extent. The weather in UAE is extremely hot and the water is not really good for my hair, so I suffer from a lot of hair problems. This product has been working and I am happy to see the results. The frizz has reduced too.
Pros of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme:
• Makes hair softer and smoother.
• Has natural oils like castor and olive oil.
• Reduces hair fall with time.
Cons of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme:
• Availability is an issue.
• The product is supposed to be applied generously so it will finish quickly.
IMBB Rating: 4/5
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme?
I will buy this again and I do recommend this to everyone who color treats their hair or have frizzy, coarse hair.
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