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When you move house there are many things that tend to happen. You have to pay out loads of your hard earned spondoolies to solicitors. You have to pack everything up, thus discovering many things you no longer knew you had and suddenly decide you absolutely have to keep. You argue with your partner about who made that crucial nudge that knocked over the vase that bounced on the floor and smashed, spraying the cat, and any small children in the locality, with glass. Your intentions to leave the house spotless for the next occupants are toned down somewhat when you realise how long itís going to take to pick up those bits of glass.
But the one thing that invariably happens in every single move that has ever been made, is that THINGS GET LOST.
ďWell you packed it.Ē ďWell you loaded it into the van so where did you put it?Ē ďDonít you blame me, itís not my fault.Ē ďWell whose fault is it then? The catís I suppose?Ē Cue tears, screaming, wild accusations and random reintroduction of all past arguments. Sigh.
When I moved in with Dak I hardly brought any stuff, there just isnít room for it, but I still managed to lose things. The only thing I really missed though was, sadly enough, a beauty product. I wouldnít say I am particularly vain but once youíve experienced The Body Shopís Passion Fruit Refreshing Cleansing Gel youíll begin to understand where Iím coming from.
At first I didnít think anything of losing my cleansing gel.
I just dug out another one I had lying around in my Ďsparesí box (Elizabeth Arden Spa as it happens) and used that instead. It was OK, nothing special and by the time I got near to the end of it I still hadnít found my Body Shop one so I bought a new one. My skin wasnít looking its best, a couple of spots, a bit of greasiness on my T zone but nothing to get too worked up about.
Less than two weeks of using the Passion Fruit cleansing gel later and I am converted. I will never use another cleansing gel again, and if The Body Shop should make the fatal mistake of getting rid of this wondrous product I will personally tie myself to the railings of the HQ until SOMEONE SEES SENSE.
Itís that darn good.
What on earth possessed me to try something else, I will never know. My skin is spot free, more even in tone and texture, doesnít grease up through the day, my pores have closed up, my blackheads have dramatically reduced already and generally speaking my skin is very, very happy.
The product itself comes in a clear plastic bottle with the usual dark green Body Shop paper labels. The lid used to be a screw top but now itís a flip top which I find much more practical in the shower. The label tells us that this is for normal to oily skin and the gel is free from both oil and soap. The instructions, ingredients and packaging recycling information are all around the other side.
The gel itself is a very soft pink colour with a slight hint of orange to it. Itís got a lovely texture too. Thick, but not so much that you canít get it out of the bottle, and clearly very concentrated so you donít need to use much. Youíre supposed to massage the gel gently into your wet face and then rinse off with warm water. Thereís no mention of this product not being suitable for use on the eye area although there obviously is a warning not to put it into your eyes. I do use this over my entire face and Iíve never experienced any sort of negative reaction. As my skin is easily irritated I think this is a very high recommendation.
I use a small blob about the size of a penny and to be honest this is too much. Iím just never awake enough in the morning to think about it much. I massage it quickly between my two hands before applying it to my face and working it around using circular motions with my fingertips. The bottle is 250ml so it lasts ages and ages. It may seem a fairly expensive product at £4.50 but the results and the concentration more than justify it.
Once Iíve rinsed off the gel my skin is left in excellent condition without any tightness and is smooth and ready for my moisturiser. If Iíve been wearing make up this cleanser also removes every trace of it without the need for scrubbing or coming back for a second go. That includes waterproof mascara too. I have combination skin on my face although this has been getting a bit dryer over the last couple of years. I find that this gel is excellent at balancing out the different areas of my face and controls the amount of oil produced very well.
My skin is left clean and, as I have already mentioned, using this cleanser has made significant inroads into the blackheads around my nose with only two weeks regular use. Many cleansers these days include tea tree for its natural astringent qualities. Personally I donít like tea tree and as passion fruit is also an astringent this is an excellent alternative. The smell is very pleasant, zingy and uplifting, and a good boost to waking me up. Itís quite an intense scent explained by Passiflora Incarnata listed as the number three ingredient. It doesnít linger significantly once youíve washed it off though so if youíre a blokey donít worry that youíll be humming like a tartís window box all day.
I find tea tree products often leave my skin too dry and a bit unsettled but this is much more even and calming. The reason for my skin not getting too dry appears to be the presence of glycerin in this gel. Apparently this helps to stop your skin losing moisture and it certainly seems to have the desired effect.
Overall I really canít recommend this product highly enough. Skin care is a very personal thing but Iíve been lucky enough to find a cleanser that seems to be perfect for me. I hope it works as well for you.
Available from Body Shop stores nationwide. Unfortunately I couldnít find any information on this product on their website as itís stand alone rather than part of a range. If you canít find it in store because of this, make sure you ask!
I'm on a mission for a good cleanser - and this sounds just the job for my sensitive, now-slightly-older-skin! The price sounds fine bearing in mind you only need a tiny bit at a time. Thanks for the recommendation. Salx
Zedex 01.11.2003 17:24
This sounds great - too good to be true? I'm on the lookout for a new cleanser as trying to move away from products that are tested on animals. I've yet to find one that isn't tested on animals that suits my skin, so shall give this a go. Thanks.
Saajan 30.06.2003 17:35
Nice Op Amy and that's coming from a guy! I think my wife and daughter might well be trying this Gel out after that!
More to the point, your op was very readable and succinct. Well done!