I have to say that I’m probably the worst person in the world to review shower gel…and for that I apologise. Before I was asked to review this I was using a brand called “Original Source” which is usually on offer in the stores for £0.99 or £1.00….so you can see I obviously invest a lot of money into what goes on my body. I spend my money on what goes on my face but I put a lot of faith in my body’s ability to take care of itself. I use my nice CND Almond lotion on my hands and I rarely put on body lotion. I guess I’m just lucky. I have nice skin and even though I break out along my back sometimes I know that using a harsh shower gel to strip the oil from my skin is the wrong idea.
So…Dead Sea Spa Magik. I must admit that I was actually at the Dead Sea in Israel in December 2010 and I don’t remember seeing this brand. It’s entirely possible it was there but of all the dead sea products I came home with (you just can’t help yourself!) none of them were this brand. I think this does a good job of keeping my body clean (truthfully I’ve never encountered a shower gel that didn’t make my body feel like it had been cleansed?? How weird would that be!?) and it comes out of the bottle the most gorgeous pearlescent medium blue…like it should be a nail polish colour. But is my skin magically transformed? Nah. It’s still the same it ever was. But the problem area for me is on my face, not my body. My body is just “normal”. It isn’t very oily, it isn’t very dry….we just exist in a pretty happy harmony.
Harmonised Water(TM)* (Aqua, Maris Sal), Sodium Coceth Sulfate(1), Cocamidopropyl Betaine(1), Cetyl Palmitate(2), Beheneth-10, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Lauryl Pyrrlidone, CI 42090 (FD&C Blue1), Citric Acid, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract***, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Blossom) Flower Extract***, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract***, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract***. Source: (1)Coconut Oil, (2)Palm Oil.
What I liked:
- I’m easy when it comes to body wash, if I get clean I’m happy. I used this, I got clean. Therefore….I am happy!
- Thanks to all those sulfates it was nice and foamy!
- Stunning colour. I marvelled at it every time.
- I am a sucker for anything Dead Sea (in theory. Having been there I’d probably have trouble switching to another brand that says “Dead Sea” and isn’t one of the couple brands I bought when I was there in person)
What I didn’t like
- The smell. OH THE SMELL. It smelled SO CHEMICALLY. Which disappointed me. I mean obviously they don’t want it to smell as salty as the Dead Sea because it isn’t the nicest smell in the world but when I looked at the inci list…it felt like it was made up of chemicals and .0000001% Dead Sea. Not pleasing. It made it hard to use because the smell was so atrocious.
- Not just the smell of chemicals but all the chemicals in it. I know I tend to use really cheap chock full of chemicals bath products but I accept that for the price. A bottle of this sets you back almost £8. For £8 I’m looking for some nicer ingredients and less chemicals I guess.
- I guess because my skin is so normal I keep wanting to find a shower gel that does something for my body but that never seems to happen.
I don’t know. It’s not bad…it’s just average.
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me by the company or PR for review but it will never alter the opinions provided in this blog. I believe in blogging with honesty and that a free product will never guarantee a positive review. A positive review is earned by a great product and nothing more.