Monday, 21 April 2014

Korres Basil Lemon and Fig Shower Gels (review)

Korres sell an extraordinary number of shower gels – fourteen at last count – each scented with different extracts, but all made with a majority of natural ingredients to the usual Korres high standards. I'm not about to test fourteen body washes, so I chose two I liked the smell of most in the shop: Basil Lemon and Fig.
Korres Basil Lemon and Fig Shower Gels

The former is zingy fresh, literally bursting with sunshine so would be ideal for waking you up in the morning. The latter, while not especially reminiscent of figs, is pleasingly fruity and not at all artificial smelling. I like them the most of all because neither fall into the usual shower gel fragrance families: flowery or fruity.

Packaging issues...

As is typical for Korres packaging, the labels are fussily designed, with difficult to read small fonts and a multitude of languages crammed in (four in total).

With the bottles being a similar design and shape as the shampoos and conditioners, it's all too easy to confuse them in the shower, as I found to my cost!

The lids don't work very well, either; it would be a hard task for someone with limited mobility to flick the caps open – this is a poor oversight in modern times.

Natural content...

The amount of natural ingredients seems pretty good – the Basil Lemon version is 89.2% natural while the Fig version is even better managing 90.4%.

These figures don't tell the whole story, though. Both contain sodium laureth sulphate and 'parfum'. At least they are free from all derivatives of mineral oil, propylene glycol, all parabens and silicones.

Korres also do not use animal ingredients in their shower gels and are free from animal testing so are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Shower experience...

Unsurprisingly, with SLES added, they lather well. It's not a drying lather, either, but I wouldn't go so far as to agree with Korres' claim that they're 'moisturising'.

The combination of numerous bubbles and vibrant scents revitalise your senses and leave you feeling more awake and ready to face the world. Or in my case – as a night-time bather – my bed. I probably should have chosen more relaxing varieties to go to bed on!

They've used a lot of 'parfum' so both products do leave a hint of their existence on your skin after use. They not strong enough to interfere with your actual perfume, though.

Overall thoughts...

For £8.00 a bottle I expect them to be manufactured without SLES and parfum, as other – similarly priced – natural toiletries manufacturers manage it. Admittedly, they rarely offer the breadth of scents Korres do.

So, while they're not the cheapest, they are still desirable. I liked all the shower gel fragrances I got to try, and have enjoyed the two I actually bought. They make bathing a more revitalising experience and the scents are lovely, even if they are partly artificial!

YES!
NO!
Lovely, wide range to choose from!
Contain parfum and SLES
Non-drying formulas
Expect more naturalness for the price
No mineral oils/parabens/silcones
Bottles aren't disability friendly

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Brand: Korres

Website: www.korres.com

Size: 250 ml
Price: £8.00 (£3.20/100 ml)

Manufactured: Greece

Basil Lemon Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Castoryl Maleate, Geraniol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopherol

Fig Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Castoryl Maleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopherol

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