Originally Posted by Renato
You aren't supposed to use designer shower gel as a typical shower gel/ body wash.
Designer shower gel is meant for layering of scent. Just before the end of your shower, put a tiny bit of designer shower gel on a sponge, get out of the stream of water, apply all over so that it enters skin pores, lower the hot water, and jump back under and rinse the gel's lather off quickly.
The scent is now trapped in the skin pores and will come out slowly over the next four hours or so. You can now apply the same scent as an EDT, and perhaps add another layer of the same scent by using matching after shave lotion or balm.
Used in this way, designer shower gel will last you for ages, and may be a good purchase. But if you intend using it like Palmolive or other shower gels (i.e. to actually clean yourself), it's an absolute waste of money. The same applies to scented designer soap bars.
I don't have the Rive Guache one, but have a couple of dozen others. All work well on me when applied in the manner I describe.
Also, please note that the technique I describe above was in the Frequently Asked Questions section at the main Basenotes site when I first joined. It is fairly common knowledge among women, but for some unknown reason, it keeps being forgotten among males.
Thanks for this! It makes a lot of sense. I've just been trying not to rinse too thoroughly, but I will try this instead.
I have a few gels - AdP Colonia Intensa, Rive Gauche, Habit Rouge, and Heritage. I also have a sample of A*Men.
Rive Gauche is a great value - the big bottles can be had pretty cheaply, and the scent matches the EdT very well. I thought the Guerlain ones were a bit lacking, but they're "vintage" - maybe the scent fades over time? The A*Men was quite nice.
My wife has a Shalimar Satin Shower Gel that is fantastic!
I always use them when layering with the same scent. I think it helps with longevity a bit.
With Habit Rouge, I layer like a mofo. I use the shower gel, after shave balm (on days I shave), deodorant spray, and EdC after showering. Then I spray EdT or EdP into my shirt after I dress.