Who doesn’t like a fresh floral bouquet? Flowers are not good just for your senses, but as research (and history) show, flowers are also great for the skin. Eons after Ayurveda, the Greeks, the Egyptians and several civilisations have used them for beauty rituals. And roses have been favoured in all cultures and civilisations.
There is something about the heady smell of roses that is both calming and exciting. Even though I have never really been a fan of the smell of roses (yeah yeah, I am contrary), I was drawn to the not-so-strong smell of The Body Shop’s British Rose range on a recent visit to the store. I picked up a bottle of the shower gel – considering the scent of a moisturiser or perfume would be much more strong – on a lark. And also because The Body Shop has reduced the prices of its shower gels (I paid Rs 345/- for 250 mL).
And here is the review of how the product fared…
The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel is infused with the essence of hand-picked roses from Britain. Apparently, The Body Shop’s beautiful roses are grown organically on a farm in Herefordshire, where they’re infused with fresh mountain water to create our pure rose essence. This environmental, award-winning farm enriches the biodiversity of the local area, providing a welcome habitat for a variety of plants, insects and small mammals.
The cap on the bottle is screw/flip open type and black in colour – which contrasts really well with the light baby pink colour of the shower gel inside the transparent bottle.
The scent, as I mentioned, is not overpowering, but rather dewy and fresh. The fragrance is actually quite soothing – like walking in a garden of roses on a balmy summer evening. I think it is a rather summer-appropriate fragrance. For people like me who like just a little hint of fragrance – nothing overpowering – in their products, it is perfect!
Here are the ingredients in The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifying Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Sucrose (Humectant), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Rose Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifying Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant).
The baby pink gel isn’t too runny – it is actually thicker than most other shower gels – and does not just pour over enthusiastically. Tender mercies. The gel is soap-free and about 4-5 drops on a loofah makes up a rich lather. My skin didn’t feel that squeaky-clean – but that is good, because later squeaky-clean skin becomes really dry. It was nice and supple. My shower smelt really great for a couple of hours – though the fragrance did not last on my body for more than an hour. I am actually happy with that – but in case you want the smell of roses to last longer, you could follow up the shower gel with a lotion and perfume from the same range.
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh