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    Default What's up with shower gels?

    I thought shower gels were supposed to leave you smelling like whatever the gel you used was. I got some M7 and Orange Verte gels, and they smell great, but when you wash it off, it's totally gone. Pretty expensive for soap/shampoo.

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    Default Re: What's up with shower gels?

    I don't rely on shower gels for scenting me for a long time, but I do use them for layering purposes.
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    My experience with most shower gels is that, like you listed, it's basically there for as long as your shower lasts. If you enjoy a well scented shower it can be a useful product, but there are many cheaper alternatives.
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    I prefer body lotions over shower gels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR
    I thought shower gels were supposed to leave you smelling like whatever the gel you used was. I got some M7 and Orange Verte gels, and they smell great, but when you wash it off, it's totally gone. Pretty expensive for soap/shampoo.
    (Crusade mode on) and for all that money the contain nothing but the cheapest, most aggressive, skin-irritating cleansing agents and additives - Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate etc. pp. You'll do your wallet and your skin a favor if you spend that money on a high quality organic glucoside-based scentless shower gel, an equally good body lotion or oil and then apply your perfume. Freshly oiled skin will make the perfume stick better.
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    I stopped buying expensive shower gels a while ago. I religiously used Sisley's Eau de Campagne Phytogel for ages before I realised what a rip off it was. Now I use an organic one from Neals Yard Remedies, Geranium and Orange, it costs a sixth of the price that I was paying before for the designer gel.

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    Indeed - I just wanted to smell more like M7, or Orange Verte and I don't have any other pressing need for anything other than soap, so I probably won't be getting any oorganic scentless soaps (unless it's well priced - is it expenisve?) But that tip about oil is well taken! Do you think almond oil is any good for that (making scent last longer?)

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life
    (Crusade mode on) and for all that money the contain nothing but the cheapest, most aggressive, skin-irritating cleansing agents and additives - Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate etc. pp. You'll do your wallet and your skin a favor if you spend that money on a high quality organic glucoside-based scentless shower gel, an equally good body lotion or oil and then apply your perfume. Freshly oiled skin will make the perfume stick better.

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    I've just come out of a bath where I used Opium Shower Gel, albeit as bubble bath, and I am surrounded in a big fuzzy cloud of fragrance! I think this is the strongest Shower/ Bath product I have used but that is probably because it is such a strong scent. I bought it because I find even the EDT a bit too strong to wear.

    I agree that most of them are grossly overpriced for what they are though.

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    On a suggestion from the forum I tried jojoba oil and that worked pretty well. Also particularly well-suited for skin care (as is almond, of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    I don't rely on shower gels for scenting me for a long time, but I do use them for layering purposes.
    Ditto.
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    I have a lot of shower gels and I agree that they do not last more that during the shower - which can be enjoyable after all if you do not expect more.

    However I do recommend the Chanel shower gels concerning "lasting power", if fact all of them. But especially Antaeus is very strong and lasts for hours on my skin - no joke!

    Mic.

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    Smile Re: What's up with shower gels?

    I agree with the other shower gels I have tried but have recently been using L'artisan L'eau d Ambre and Cote Bastide Ambre and they seem to last quite a while.

    Rick

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    You aren't supposed to wash with shower gels!
    Instead you wash as per normal without using them at all.

    Then, just before you get out of the shower, you apply shower gel to a sponge or mesh applicator, froth and suds it up, stand away from the shower water, apply the suds all over your body. Then stand under the shower to very quickly rinse it off, and get out of there.

    An SA instructed me in that technique, saying that as such your shower gel will last for ages, otherwise it would be finished after a few washes - making it a waste of money. Later I read something similar in Grant's FAQ at the main site.

    Since that time I've noted that about 50% of women are aware of and apply this technique.
    Renato

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    Default Re: What's up with shower gels?

    Shower gels I suppose are just the little extra that goes with the scent. That goes as well with Aftershave and/or deodorant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR
    I thought shower gels were supposed to leave you smelling like whatever the gel you used was. I got some M7 and Orange Verte gels, and they smell great, but when you wash it off, it's totally gone. Pretty expensive for soap/shampoo.
    Actually, M7 shower gel is one of the best and longest lasting gels I've come across. All of YSL's shower gels are quite nice and long lasting.
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    I recently got some Versace Versus Time Shower Gel. It's pretty good for the period of time (as someone pointed out) while you are in the shower. I can't say that I notice it too long afterwards though.

    I feel that Shower Gels are drying to the skin. I switch using them up with Dove Nutrium soap, which I think is really incredible! It really makes my skin feel great. Great lather and great soft feeling to the skin during and after application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    You aren't supposed to wash with shower gels!
    Instead you wash as per normal without using them at all.

    Then, just before you get out of the shower, you apply shower gel to a sponge or mesh applicator, froth and suds it up, stand away from the shower water, apply the suds all over your body. Then stand under the shower to very quickly rinse it off, and get out of there.

    An SA instructed me in that technique, saying that as such your shower gel will last for ages, otherwise it would be finished after a few washes...
    This makes a lot of sense! I'm gonna try it.

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    Ah! I can feel the wisdom power! Thanks!

    What's an SA by the way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    You aren't supposed to wash with shower gels!
    Instead you wash as per normal without using them at all.

    Then, just before you get out of the shower, you apply shower gel to a sponge or mesh applicator, froth and suds it up, stand away from the shower water, apply the suds all over your body. Then stand under the shower to very quickly rinse it off, and get out of there.

    An SA instructed me in that technique, saying that as such your shower gel will last for ages, otherwise it would be finished after a few washes - making it a waste of money. Later I read something similar in Grant's FAQ at the main site.

    Since that time I've noted that about 50% of women are aware of and apply this technique.
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR
    Ah! I can feel the wisdom power! Thanks!

    What's an SA by the way?

    Sales Assistant..........

    gupts

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR
    Ah! I can feel the wisdom power! Thanks!

    What's an SA by the way?
    Hey... I believe it stands for "Sales Assistant," but someone correct me if I'm not quite right.

    In other words, when you go into a department store, the woman (or man) who stands behind the counter (trying) selling fragrances.

    Hope that helps.

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    For my first post, I will mention that I am not big on shower gels. I occasionally use them in the fashion that Renato explained because it is too expensive to clense with them. I clense as nornal with unscented gel and then use the scented before I get out. Ingeneral though, it is not worth it unlease you need a real pick-you-up in the shower.

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    Default Re: What's up with shower gels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    You aren't supposed to wash with shower gels!
    Instead you wash as per normal without using them at all.

    Then, just before you get out of the shower, you apply shower gel to a sponge or mesh applicator, froth and suds it up, stand away from the shower water, apply the suds all over your body. Then stand under the shower to very quickly rinse it off, and get out of there.

    An SA instructed me in that technique, saying that as such your shower gel will last for ages, otherwise it would be finished after a few washes - making it a waste of money. Later I read something similar in Grant's FAQ at the main site.

    Since that time I've noted that about 50% of women are aware of and apply this technique.
    Renato
    Thanks, that's very informative! I guess this is the difference between a body shampoo and a shower gel (which I never understood until now). You are meant to wash with a body shampoo!! I've been using shower gels in entirely the wrong way.

    What a great place Basenotes is (most of the time!).

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    Glad you all liked the explanation.

    In Grant's more detailed analysis on the main site, he points out that what is supposed to happen is that the scent gets trapped in your skin's pores, so that hours later, you may be somewhere warm or dancing, and the scent will start to exude.

    Thus if you are having a hot shower in a cold bathroom, stepping out of the shower spray into the colder air may make this method not quite as effective as stepping out of a hot shower spray into warmer air (as in summer time, or when you've left the heater on before and during showering). Or vice versa?

    I've certainly noticed the scent hanging around for several hours afterwards, but never noticed it's exuding hours later.

    Plenty of aspects to experiment with here.
    Renato
    Last edited by Renato; 31st October 2006 at 06:07 AM.

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    You mean the clean and well dressed dude who springs up out of no where when you're just glancing at the case of fragrances and who will say or do just about anything to try and by just about anything without letting you get a word in, forcing you to just break and run for your life?

    Quote Originally Posted by smitsky
    Hey... I believe it stands for "Sales Assistant," but someone correct me if I'm not quite right.

    In other words, when you go into a department store, the woman (or man) who stands behind the counter (trying) selling fragrances.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR; 31st October 2006 at 02:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR
    You mean the clean and well dressed dude who springs up out of no where when you're just glancing at the case of fragrances and who will say or do just about anything to try and by just about anything without letting you get a word in, forcing you to just break and run for your life?
    No - we mainly have females doing the selling here - all very easy to get along with, though the older ones are the ones who's judgement I'd trust.
    The only guy I ever came across in that role was ultra knowledgeable about all the scents.
    Renato

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    So, on top of Grant/REnato's excellent instructions, I've found that what works best for me, is to use shower gels like lotion instead. As I'm getting dressed after a shower, I'll take a tiny dab, and run it into my hands, maybe add a tiny bit of water so that it froths up, but not necessarily, and rub it around my face and neck, maybe down to my chest a little. Then it actually works, and ads depth and staying power to the fragrance. It works well with M7 and especially well with Xeryus Rouge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliamphora
    I've just come out of a bath where I used Opium Shower Gel, albeit as bubble bath, and I am surrounded in a big fuzzy cloud of fragrance! I think this is the strongest Shower/ Bath product I have used but that is probably because it is such a strong scent. I bought it because I find even the EDT a bit too strong to wear.

    I agree that most of them are grossly overpriced for what they are though.
    I find that also with Opium. Same for Pi.

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    Molton Brown Black Pepper is an exception to the evanescent post shower experience. It is a juice which carries on its conversation long after the towel is hung up to dry.

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