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Can you recommend a really lovely luxurious shower gel/body wash?

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KittyWalker Wed 07-Sep-11 11:01:50

I would like a vitalising one and a relaxing one.

aVentingAngel Wed 07-Sep-11 13:12:37

I've got Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina shower gel - it lathers nicely and smells beautifully of eau de cologne (which I find revitalising) - but they have lots of other nice scents. The only problem (in Leeds at least) is finding stockists - they usually have it at John Lewis but otherwise it tends to be the less chainstore-type shops that sell it, like Fenwicks or independent chemists. Costs £11.50 so not cheap, but my bottle has lasted quite well. I'm sure you can get it online but then you wouldn't be able to smell it first!

gregssausageroll Wed 07-Sep-11 13:32:35

I like both relax and tonic products from Clarins.

villy Wed 07-Sep-11 14:51:34

I love loccitane and elemis bath products.

Catsycat Wed 07-Sep-11 15:13:29

Molton Brown shower gels are gorgeous - especially the Enlivening Toku Yuzu (sp?) one and the Heavenly Gingerlily one. The scent really lasts, and they have a nice texture. The Davana Blossom bath product is also really luxurious and relaxing.

NewChoos Wed 07-Sep-11 15:18:10

Another vote for Molton Brown heavenly gingerlily. When I was pregnant with DS, on the day on delivery the midwife said, your tummy smells gorgeous (which I hope distracted from it's hugeness).

I am also a big fan of Origins - Calm your senses (Lavender) or Gloomaway (grapefruit) and in the winter; Ginger.

worldgonecrazy Wed 07-Sep-11 15:20:52

For easily available in the supermarket treat, I love Badedas.

dingdong3 Wed 07-Sep-11 22:46:30

Big Neal's Yard fan here - love their Sensual Jasmine for special occasions and Orange and Geranium for day to day. They last AGES too and have no nasty SLS in them so I don't seem to need much body moisturiser when using them.

givemushypeasachance Wed 07-Sep-11 23:07:38

I'd chip in a vote for Lush shower gels.

Not a cheap wash at between £4-£5 for 100g bottles and more like £15+ for a 500g big bottle, but some of them are really lovely and they're all natural ingredients with no nasties or OTT chemically fake scents. The standard ones are available in the shops and the "retro" ones only online; they're usually old scents that have been discontinued to make space in the shops for the new ones but they still make small batches up for diehard fans who can't live without their Lush fix!

Happy Hippy and Back for Breakfast are both really zingy, citusy and great for a morning shower, while Freeze and Dirty are minty. For luxury if you know and like the "Honey I Washed The Kids" soap then It's Raining Men is the shower gel version of that - it smells like creme caramel mixed with honey and is so gorgeous! More randomly Sonic Death Monkey is made from coffee, chocolate and lime juice so that's a pretty unique mixture to wash with.

TigerseyeMum Wed 07-Sep-11 23:30:12

L'Occitane, definitely.
Neal's Yard also.

fromheretomaternity Wed 07-Sep-11 23:36:30

Mmmm think I will have to pay a visit to molton brown.

Dumb question alert : if you use a perfumed shower gel, do you also then use perfume??

TheTamingOfTheShrew Wed 07-Sep-11 23:44:36


Catsycat Wed 07-Sep-11 23:46:53

Depends how perfumey it is really, or how perfumed you want to be - I usually don't bother for the day to day SAHM stuff, might layer it a bit more for evenings / special occasions. With the Molton Brown ones, I've had people think I was wearing perfume when I wasn't. I agree. L'Occitane and Lush do some nice ones (though Lush keeps discontinuing all the things I like sad ).

TigerseyeMum Thu 08-Sep-11 00:10:55

Dr Organic shower gels from Holland & Barret are also good but very cheap grin

For pricey, try Decleor? I haven't tried them, but the other stuff from their range is amazing.

1gglePiggle Thu 08-Sep-11 12:36:42

Weleda do some lovely creamy body washes with essential oils. Waitrose and some independent pharmacies do them. The green and orange ones are really zingy.

MilkNoSugarPlease Thu 08-Sep-11 12:58:03

Lush shower jelly is gorgeous

mrsbleasdale Thu 08-Sep-11 13:01:53

Any Neals Yard, smell devine, small amount goes a long way, and not full of nasty chemicals, but organic ingredients and essential oils...

RumourOfAHurricane Thu 08-Sep-11 14:52:55

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notyummy Thu 08-Sep-11 15:05:12

L'occitane citrus verbena is amazing and v revitalising. REN Moroccan rose is absolutely gorgeous and relaxing.

ilovemydogandMrObama Thu 08-Sep-11 15:08:12

weleda lavender is great. Also use the kids Calendula body wash blush

HeavyHeidi Thu 08-Sep-11 15:19:48

another vote for LUSH, just ordered another batch of It's Raining Men and Sonic Death Monkey (smells like coffee!).And Happy Hippy is really nice grapefruity too - I like that they use real coffee/honey/ grapefruit juice/oil and not chemical perfumes.

LaDolcheRyvita Thu 08-Sep-11 15:25:13

L'Occitane.....lemon verbena. The body lotion is lovely.

LaDolcheRyvita Thu 08-Sep-11 15:26:49

Also, Clarins Eau Dynamissante. Again the body lotion's beautiful, light and I'm always asked what I've "got on" when I'm using it. Not cheap though so don't use everyday!

Beautyfm Thu 08-Sep-11 23:12:26

I am a F M Consultant the shower gels are lush.

Catsycat Thu 08-Sep-11 23:18:49

Ooh yes shine, Elemis Sharp Shower is lovely and invigorating. Also there is a Decleor one which is blue (is it called Alguaromes??) which is very nice.

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