Monday, 17 November 2014

Avon Naturals Black Cherry & Nutmeg, Strawberry & Guava, Spiced Orange & Ginger and Lily & Gardenia Shower Gels (review)

Four of many of Avon's Naturals Shower Gels

One of the staples of Avon's many sub-brands is Naturals. It's been on sale for years and is kept fresh with an abundance of packaging updates and a variety of seemingly ever-altering fruit and plant extract combinations. I like the way the products look; definitely appetising and somewhat exotic.

The only Naturals product I'd tried so far was the Lime Blossom &Verbena Hair Spray. It was adequate. I was intrigued by the Naturals brand, though. The hair spray, being a non-aerosol type, was slightly more eco-friendly than I was expecting. On this basis I thought I'd give some other products in the range a go.

It's a pity Avon doesn't provide ingredients listings for its products on-line as had I the opportunity to peruse the Naturals collection in depth I certainly wouldn't have bought any of it. Other than the body washes on test here, I've also got some intensive hair treatments to use up, and none of them are in the slightest bit natural! I have to admit, I do feel conned.

I suspected that these body washes would contain lots of colourant, but that's not what puts me off. They also contain very strong perfumes, cocamide MEA, propylene glycol and sodium laureth sulphate amongst other things. Not forgetting, of course, that Avon pays for other companies to test its products on animals. The ecological score is really bad.

The news doesn't get any better in usage either, I'm afraid. All four of these body washes caused my skin to react badly. While using these I developed dermatitis in places other than the usual location on the back of my hands (a sensitive area for me due to work). I've never suffered like this before, I very rarely get an allergic reaction to anything, let alone shower gels, but I had sore, itchy patches up my arms, on my legs and torso.

Needless to say I haven't finished them off and refuse to give them to anyone else to use up, either; they would be a terrible gift. The only place suitable for these shower gels is the bin as far as I'm concerned and that's exactly where they've ended up. I hate wastage but I hate skin irritations even more.

In case you're still interested in these products – why?! – I have summarised the scents for you. Strawberry and guava is terribly artificial smelling, like cheap fruity chewing gum. On the other hand spiced orange and ginger is a surprisingly Christmassy combination and much more sophisticated. Lily and gardenia is nondescript and boring whereas black cherry and nutmeg sounds amazing but in reality smells almost as cheap as the strawberry one. (It's a lovely iridescent light purple colour, though!)

I wouldn't recommend these shower gels to anyone, least of all people interested in natural body care. They're not even good value for money bearing in mind each bottle is only 200 ml. Stay far, far away from the Naturals range as I intend to from now on (except for the intensive hair treatments which I've already bought but yet to try, but unsurprisingly my hopes are not high).

YES!
NO!
They look nice: bright and desirable
Not natural or eco-friendly in any way, shape or form
Lather is good
Caused irritations on my normally resilient skin
There are small amounts of some genuine plant extracts included
Some of the fragrances smell very cheap and nasty

Not great value; small sized bottles

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Brand: Avon


Size: 200 ml
Price: £2.70 (£1.35/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Black Cherry & Nutmeg Ingredients: WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDE MEA, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCOL STEARATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, ALCOHOL DENAT., METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, PRUNUS SEROTINA (WILD CHERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, MYRISTICA FRAGRANS EXTRACT, CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 17200, CI 14700, CI 47005, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXYALDYHYDE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYPROPIONAL, LINALOOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LIMONENE

Strawberry & Guava Ingredients: WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDE MEA, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, POLYSORBATE 20, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, FRAGARIA VESCA (STRAWBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, PSIDIUM GUAJAVA FRUIT EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-150 PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRASTEARATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, RED 4/CI 14700, RED 33/CI 17200, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL

Spiced Orange & Ginger Ingredients: WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDE MEA, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCOL STEARATE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, MICA, ALCOHOL DENAT., METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, CI 77891, CI 19140, CI 14700, CI COUMARIN, BUTYLPHENYL METHYPROPIONAL, LINALOOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LIMONENE

Lily & Gardenia Ingredients: WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDE MEA, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, POLYSORBATE-20, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-150 PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRASTEARATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, GARDENIA FLORIDA FLOWER EXTRACT, LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, POTASSIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID, CI 19140, CI 14700, CI 42090, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXYALDYHYDE, LINALOOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL

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