Five New in the Shower #5

Five New in the Shower #5

I thought I might have done one of these posts last year – but I’ve taken a look through and doesn’t look like I’ve done once since 2018! I use these posts to talk about a few new products that I’ve been trying in the shower, but the items might not all be worthy of a full review by themselves.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Exfoliant 

This has only been in the shower for about a week, but after my first review I knew that I wasn’t a huge fan. I picked this up as a right steal from TK Maxx – Grown Alchemist is a pricier brand and I found it for £6.99, compared to it’s retail price of £38 I thought that was a great steal. I would normally spend probably £10-12 on a body scrub happily, but anything past that would have to be amazing – and this because of it’s RRP had be pumped thinking it would be the best scrub ever made. Considering it has the name “Intense” in the name – it’s sadly not all that intense at all.

It has a thick creamy base that feels great, but the scrub particles are so small that it feels slightly gritty rather than scrubby. It’s a shame as the creamy base would be excellent to compliment something with more texture. I did wonder whether maybe the product had settled weirdly but even after a fairly good stir with the pump doesn’t seem to have improved it. A shame as I wanted so badly to love this!

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser [Gifted]

This is a product I always hear raved about by people who shop CF and like to be on a budget too and I was so excited to try it out as I’d heard it’s a good dupe for the Liz Earle cleanser. Unfortunately I didn’t like this at all, firstly the texture whilst a cream felt like it was leaving an oily residue behind that even under a hot shower was difficult to shift. I also didn’t find that it removed all my makeup that well and found when I was getting out the shower and I looked in the mirror, I still had a lot of makeup residue all over my face. I just finished this off so you’ll see it in my empties later in the week.

Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cleanser

I picked this up in November when we were away and I realised I had taken nothing with me to remove my makeup. This was best of a bad bunch of the choices available in the supermarket. I popped it in my shower at the end of December and have been using it every time I’ve showered since and I do have to give it some credit, other than some very mild hormonal breakouts that fall around my period my skin has been so clear (although I didn’t have a single blemish last month!). I use this as a second cleanse and avoid around my eye area as it suds up too much, it does remove makeup but it’s not the best at it. I’m not normally a huge fan of gel cleansers but this one is probably the best one that I’ve ever tried, targeted at oily skin I have noticed my skin has been less oily recently and I’m able to use things such as illuminating primers regularly and I don’t look like a total grease ball by the end of the day.
At the time of purchasing I hadn’t made the decision to be CF and this isn’t a CF brand – but I still wanted to give it a shout out as that’s not something that everyone looks at and it’s been a surprisingly fab addition to my shower.

Original Source Water Infusions Pineapple & Lemon Zest

I’ve spoken in empties about how I often find Original Source scents too much and I spotted this Water Infusion formula and thought I would give it a try. It’s no where near as intense as ones like the mint ones and does have a much softer scent. It lists that it has 5 different types of moisturisers in it – I don’t notice that it’s particularly moisturising, but I rarely find that shower gels which sit on my skin for a matter of seconds rarely are that noticeable.

System Professional Inessence Shampoo

My friend Molly was sent this and it didn’t work it on – as the complete opposite hair type to her I nominated myself to try it out to see it it worked for me. I’ve tried it a handful of times now and it’s not good at all for me either, in fact I’m not sure if I’ve tried a worst shampoo in my life! it left my hair looking so greasy even when freshly washed I thought often I looked worse than I did before I went in the shower! I did use these last weekend to wash my makeup brushes and it seems to have done a decent job of that – hopefully once dry I don’t notice that they’re looking oily! I’ve tried a few samples of System Professional in the past and not had a bad experience, so I think this is just a dud – but honestly, just not a good shampoo in my opinion.

I’m really interested to hear if you have tried any of these before – particularly if you’ve tried the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser as I know so many people enjoy using it and I found it such a tricky and unenjoyable experience. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried anything new in your shower and bath routine lately.

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  1. March 3, 2020 / 11:22 am

    I haven’t used anything new in my shower routine lately but I got my hair cut the other day and the salon I went to used Wella shampoo and conditioner I think. My hair felt so lovely and soft that I’m looking at purchasing a shampoo and conditioner from the brand once my current Schwarzkopf shampoo and conditioner run out 🙂

    Pineapple and lemon sounds like an interesting combination for a shower gel! The Neutrogena cleanser sounds like a decent product when you’re in a pinch x

    • rachael
      March 3, 2020 / 11:58 am

      When I was trying to research whether the shampoo was CF I found out that it’s actually made by Wella which I didn’t realise! I really didn’t expect much from the Neutrogena, thought it would see me through the weekend and I would not really enjoy using it but it’s surprised me how well it’s worked!

      • March 3, 2020 / 12:12 pm

        Always good when a product surpasses your expectations!

  2. March 4, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    I have dabbled in a couple of Superdrug branded skincare products which I have enjoyed. I have not tried that particular hot cloth cleanser – only the Vitamin E version that they do which I really like! I have not really thought to try this version and strangely, Liz Earle skincare has not really interested me either.

    I’m currently using a Ted Baker shower cream at the moment which I got as part of a set for my birthday last year. It’s just okay for me. I don’t find it particularly better than Nivea or anything but that was a given so I’m not hugely disappointed or anything. It’s just another product for me.

    • rachael
      March 5, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      I used to love the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and have reenjoyed samples I’ve had of it over the years but I’ve never felt like repurchasing it more recently. Hmm I wonder if the Vitamin E version would work better for me.

      I remember getting a ted baker set for christmas one year and I think it had a body spray and body moisturiser in it – I remmeber not being that impressed with either of them!

      • March 6, 2020 / 1:37 am

        I actually don’t mind the Ted Baker body spray and find it long-lasting on me! The rest is quite mediocre. The body wash is okay but the lip balm is meh. I’ve yet to use the lotion.

        • rachael
          March 6, 2020 / 10:44 am

          I think I had the set maybe 5 years ago thinking about it, so maybe they’ve improved over the years!

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