Friday, 3 April 2020

Speed Review: Soap and Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter

I'm a long time fan of Soap and Glory and think they're hard to beat when it comes to affordable body care but l must confess that I'm a bit out of the loop on their latest launches- the range is so big now that it's hard to keep up! Today's review is of an old favourite, Whipped Clean Shower Butter, which I've recently revisited.

Described as a shower gel and moisturiser in one, Whipped Clean Shower Butter is made up of 25% moisture oils and butters including sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil and cocoa & shea butters.

On first impressions, both the packaging and the concept appealed to me. I'm notoriously lazy when it comes to body moisturiser but my parched skin does need something to prevent me resembling a lizard! The tube design is in keeping with Soap & Glory's branding- it's instantly recognisable thanks to the pink colour scheme (the wall of pink in my local Boots store always appeals to me!) and retro imagery. I found the tube functional and it allowed for easy dispensing of the thick cream product, however, the only downside was that it was difficult to dispense when I was nearly finished the tube and therefore, I'd recommend cutting the tube open to obtain every last drop and avoid wastage.

As tends to be the case with Soap and Glory products, the scent was incredible. The brand describe it as pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla. It reminded me of birthday cake scented products but I didn't personally find it too sickly sweet. I wasn't able to detect the fragrance on my skin following use so there was no interference with my other products, such as perfume.

I was able to work the thick cream into a rich, creamy lather and found that it lent itself particularly well to shaving legs.

Although no residue was left on my skin, I was just about able to forgo moisturiser as my skin was left feeling nourished and softened.

I really enjoyed using Soap and Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter and would definitely consider repurchasing.

Soap and Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter costs £7 for 250ml.


Saturday, 21 March 2020

Speed Review: DHC Pore Cleansing Oil

DHC Pore Cleansing Oil

It'll come as no surprise to long-time followers of Skin Deep that the subject of today's review is DHC's Pore Cleansing Oil. For those that don't know, cleansing with an oil is my preferred way of cleaning my face and my all time favourite is the cult DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. As such, whilst I don't have any major concerns about pores, I was excited to see what the brand's other cleansing oil offering was like.

DHC describe Pore Cleansing Oil as, "Oily skin has met its match. Pore Cleansing Oil works on the scientific premise that "like attracts like"- its nourishing oils bind with sebum, unclog pores and remove all traces of stubborn makeup. Calendula flower soothes, while a blend of citrus extracts helps to tone and brighten skin. Your complexion is left balanced, soft and revitalised."

I like their description and completely agree that those with oily skin (I'd describe mine as combination) shouldn't fear oils for the very reason DHC describe, explaining that applying oils to oily skin actually has a balancing effect.

On first impressions, the packaging isn't the most exciting but the minimalist feel is in line with DHC's branding. A plastic bottle is presented in an outer box with the same design. It features a functional pump (just one pump released sufficient product to cover my entire face- a little goes a long way!), helping to avoid wastage. I'd have preferred if the bottle were transparent so as to be able to see how much product was remaining but appreciate that the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is in a transparent bottle & that this needs to be differentiated.

DHC Pore Cleansing Oil had a gel-like texture, much more so than any cleansing oil I've tried previously and for this reason it might be a good introduction to oils or choice for those who are wary of cleansing oils feeling greasy. Nonetheless, it was easy to work into my skin. The scent was pleasant. I'd describe it as fresh citrus with a slight medicinal hint to it too.

The cleanser turned into a lightweight milk upon contact with water and had average rinsability. Whilst I felt that it was effective in cleaning my skin, I did need to use a separate eye makeup remover to get rid of all traces of makeup. I can't say that I noticed any particular difference to my pores but as I mentioned at the beginning, that's not a huge concern of mine. For me personally, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil remains my preferred option and given that it's suitable for all skin types, would be the one I'd recommend.

DHC Pore Cleansing Oil costs £23 for 150ml.
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