Korres Jasmine Shower Gel ~ quick body product review

Korres Jasmine Shower Gel

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…

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation ~ scented body product review

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation

Rituals is a Dutch bath-and-body company founded in 2000, but since it only began selling its products in the United States about six months ago — first at Barneys, then in a Rituals storefront in New York’s SoHo neighborhood — I didn’t have the chance to try them until this winter. The Rituals product line is extensive, so I started with one of its best-selling products: Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, a new twist on an everyday shower item, available in six scents.

Whereas most shower-friendly body cleansers are thick liquids sold in bottles with flip-tops or pump dispensers, Rituals’ shower gel is packaged in a metal canister like a shaving product. It acts like a shaving product, too, turning from a stream of translucent gel into a fluffy, foamy lather when it hits a damp washcloth or a mesh puff. (I prefer the latter for all my shower needs.) I’m not sure what the benefit of this foaming technology is; maybe it’s just a gimmick? As a body product, this gel-foam is effective and seems gentle on the skin, but I wouldn’t be recommending it if I didn’t enjoy the fragrances, too…

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Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Oil ~ scented body product review

Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Oil

I’ve wholeheartedly embraced the beauty oil trend of the past few years. I’ve been a fan of body oils for a while, and now that I’ve incorporated facial oils and hair oils into my regimen as well, I keep wanting to recommend them to other people. My latest crush in this product category is Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Oil. Its ingredients (all organic) are argan oil, soy oil, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, camelina oil, rosemary, horsetail and essential oils, and its scent is “the clean and intoxicating aroma of lavender perfectly partnered with an invigorating clary sage and a touch of rosemary.”

What exactly does one do with a hair oil? Just think of it as an intensive, leave-in moisturizing product…

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