I'm always on the lookout for great shower gels in my favorite floral fragrances — and that's especially true now that I'm running out of two of my favorite Lush gels, Rose Jam (gosh, I do hope Lush brings back Rose Jam!) and Flying Fox.
Flying Fox, for those of you who haven't tried it, is jasmine, and jasmine in a big way. It's sweet and strong, and I can often smell it in the hallway outside my bathroom hours after I used it, although it doesn't linger on skin to speak of. Every other jasmine shower gel I've tried smells positively wimpy in comparison, but I recently got a bottle of Korres Jasmine to test,1 and it's a possible contender. Mind you, it's not nearly as much jasmine as Flying Fox, but it's a reasonable, middle-of-the-road amount of jasmine, not too sweet, not at all indolic but also not overly fresh — that is, it doesn't smell like dryer sheets or air freshener.
It is probably par for the course that there are complaints on MakeupAlley's reviews page that it doesn't have enough jasmine, but also that it has too much jasmine. Most of the reviews are positive, though, and it has a 4.4 lippie rating, which is pretty good for MakeupAlley.
It's reasonably not-drying, and makes plenty of lather. It takes a little more product than the very concentrated Flying Fox, but not so much that you'd run through the bottle quickly.
Korres Jasmine Shower Gel is $19.50 for 400 ml — not dirt cheap, but not as expensive as Flying Fox ($18.95 for 250 ml).
If anyone has tried any of the other Korres Shower Gel fragrances, or any great jasmine shower gels by other brands, do comment!
1. Generally, when PR companies send us full-size products to try, we give them away, but in this case, I've already used this bottle in my shower several times and I'm going to keep it, so here's my disclosure statement. I don't think I've ever made one before because I've never kept any "swag" since those disclosure rules for bloggers were created back in 2009. We established our own swag rules before that, probably in 2006 or 2007.