Shower gels are like luxury for many and even I had always thought them quite unnecessary in my cleansing regime until recently. When you have the good old soap bars to keep company why go for shower gels at all? I bet there are many out there who feel the same way. But showers gels are milder than soaps generally and hence soothing on skin. They come in liquid or gel forms so they are easier to lather up and reach places where your soap fails. For me, they are more like indulgence when I want to spent some extra time relishing the bath. Today I am going to review one such shower gel hat I have been using recently and tell you about my experience with it. It is the Lemongrass and Jojoba variant from Fiama Di Wills brand.
“Superior skin conditioning meets a luxurious bathing experience with Fiama Di Wills Shower Gel, an innovation from Laboratoire Naturel. The shower gel infused with skin conditioners brings to you gentle and effective care for youthful skin. Enriched with Lemongrass and jojoba beads, it gently exfoliates making the skin clear and smooth.”
Price: Rs.180 (got a Loofah free with the bottle) for 175ml
The shower gel comes in a flip open bottle which itself is made of transparent plastic. The bottle is sturdy and the cap click shuts tightly. The colour of the cap is green and so are the labels with the name of the variant and the brand name. Overall, the packaging looks and good and feels sturdy but if you are planning on taking it with you, do not stuff it under all other things that you are carrying with you.
My take on Fiama di Wills Gentle exfoliating shower gel:
The texture and colour: The shower gel is chlorophyll green in colour and contains minute exfoliating particles and green globules. In the bottle it looks quite vivid as a green but when you take it on your palm it is transparent with a slight tinge of green.
The scent: The scent is strong and citrus. It is beautiful and heavenly to me. Anyone who is a fan of citrus and lemongrass scent with like this one. Initially I felt the scent is overwhelming and reminded me of phenyl for some reason, but after you have lathered it up and washed it off, the scent gets toned down and the scent is heavenly. The scent will last for a couple of hours on you; at least it does so for me.
Cleansing and exfoliation: The shower gel cleans well and lathers really well. It is especially effective with the loofah. The exfoliating particles are not hard on the skin and the gel is mild as well. It will not leave your skin dry in any way but I make it a point to use a moisturizer after bath every time anyways. The shower gel leaves the skin hydrated enough though.
Cost effectiveness: I need a couple of dollops for the entire body for thorough cleansing and after being used thrice a week by my mom, sister and me for the past three weeks, we have hardly managed to finish 1/5th of the bottle. So it is going to be lasting for another 3 months easily. So though priced higher than other drugstore shower gels available in Kolkata, it is still quite cheap.
Comparative analysis: I usually prefer exfoliating shower gels more than others, and if it comes with a pleasing fragrance, it is like a bonus point to me. So far I have used three varieties of shower gels from Palmolive and Fiama Di Wills which are the most popular drugstore shower gels here. In terms of exfoliation and quality, I would rank the Palmolive Jojoba and Coconut exfoliating shower gel best. In term of fragrance this one and Palmolive ginger and sandalwood are both equally good to me. But the best overall performance, accepting minor drawbacks, is provided by Fiama Di wills Jojoba and lemongrass is the best. It cleanses well without being harsh on the skin and at the same time has a really good fragrance that last for sometimes at least- in short, everything that I can possibly ask for from a drugstore brand shower gel. I am glad that my favourite jojoba coconut shower gel was unavailable and I picked up this instead because I have found another variety that I love as well.
Will I repurchase?
Yes, but that will have to wait quite a while until this bottle gets over.
Rate: 4.5/5 (0.5 deducted because initially it smells like phenyl and there is still another one which cleanses better than this one)
- Travel friendly
- Cleanses well enough
- Smells good
- Hydrates skin
- A little goes a long way
- Exfoliating particles gentle on skin
- Transparent bottle makes it easier to keep track of the amount used.
- Contains SLS
- Might leak if you dump it under all other stuffs in you travel bag
- Initially smells harsh.