Advantages Smells lovely
Disadvantages Just doesn't quite cut it
So that you don't all become bored of my latest craze in review writing I thought I would return to an old favourite of mine. At Christmas I love getting nice bath products. To me having a nice long bath or shower is absolute heaven. One of the disadvantages of working from home is that you are at home all the time and sometimes you feel that you can't "escape" your surroundings. But an hour in the bath or a nice long hot shower takes me away from the routine of the house and work and is complete 'me' time. This year however I asked very nicely that I didn't get any more Sanctuary products and bless everyone they all came up trumps. One of the brands that I was least expecting (surprisingly considering how I love their hair care and hand cream) was a box set of Aveda bath and body products from my sister and one of the products in that box set was Aveda's Calming Body Cleanser.I was quite excited about this as Aveda's skincare was something I had thought about trying but I am so hung up on their hair care that it has always been bypassed as I head to get my shampoos and conditioners. This product uses aloe vera and witch hazel - two well known natural "soothers" - to purify and condition your skin whilst your mind is balanced and calmed by rose, vanilla and lavender. I have to say that the fragrance was very soothing. It has a warm, sweet fragrance which helps clear your mind and as with all Aveda "smells" it is quite earthy and it feels natural rather than being synthetically prepared. When I first caught this scent I couldn't wait to go and try it out in the shower. I have to say I loved the smell - it filled the shower cubicle with its warm and soothing scent. Perhaps my only niggle was that the scent was actually quite overpowering and heady after a while. However my skin felt soft and moisturised after I had used this rich pearly cream coloured product - it didn't feel like it had been stripped clean. It's all sounding quite positive isn't it?!
So the question is do I like this product as much as the hair care? Well no I don't I'm afraid to say. It isn't that I don't like it but there is something not quite right about it as far as I'm concerned. This Calming Body Cleanser is designed as a shower and bath product - nothing unusual there. But the trouble is that this particular product has a bit of an identity crisis because it doesn't work well as either product but for different reasons.The first reason for my concern is related to the packaging. Now like all Aveda products this is very simply presented - no fancy packaging. The 250ml bottle of cleanser comes in a cream coloured plastic bottle (which is fully recyclable) and is dispensed through a small slit in a pivoted lid. The bottle itself is actually quite rigid. That's fine for a shampoo where you squeeze a bit out or even a bath specific product where you can squeeze as little or as much as you like out with the benefit of dry hands but when it comes to using it in the shower it's a different matter.
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