Saturday, 3 January 2015

Avon Senses Romantic Garden of Eden Shower Gel (review)

This came as part of an Avon Pamper Pack which was given to me at Christmas by a friend who knows I love my beauty products. It's quite good value (I looked up the price!); for £9.99 you get what must be over twenty pounds worth of products.

Avon Senses Romantic Garden of Eden Shower Gel
I've only tried Avon's Naturals shower gels, and I wasn't very keen on them. Avon's Senses brand seems even more artificial than Naturals so admitedly I've not got my hopes up. The packaging looks nice enough, I like the bright pink but the lid is tight and fiddly to use. While there are lots of languages printed on the back, they're adequately clear.

The fragrance is called Exotic Fruits & Basil, but it's a fairly generic fruity perfume that has about as much to do with the Garden of Eden (or romance, for that matter) as a piece of wood. It's inoffensive and not overly strong, but that's about all I can say about it.

As far as the shower gel itself, it's a rather thick gel – copious amounts if squeezing is required to get any of it out of the bottle. It's coloured pink and froths very well (as it should with lots of SLES added) and cleanses well. It is a touch drying, though, even my oily skin needed a little moisturiser after use.

It rinses off easily and leaves a subtle trail of perfume on your skin. A little goes a long way, too, so it's quite good value but you can get cheaper products on the high street. All in all, there's really not a lot to recommend this. I would never have bought this with my own money, it's just not worth it. I'm looking forward to returning to my more natural, indulgent and skin-friendly shower gels when I've run out.

Fairly good value (especially with an offer)
Quite drying, even on oily skin types
Smell is nice enough, fragrances your skin
Bottle cap is fiddly to use, Gel is hard to squeeze out; not disability friendly

Not in the slightest bit natural!


Brand: Avon

Size: 250 ml
Price: £2.00 (£0.80/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-3, Phosphoric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 17200, Linalool, Limonene

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