100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Shower Gel Shea Butter & Bamboo, Strawberry & Raspberry

Hi there! Today’s post is about two shower gels I’ve recently tried for the first time – Superdrug Shea Butter & Bamboo Shower Gel and Superdrug Strawberry & Raspberry Shower Gel. These two shower gels are suitable for vegans, and they’re BUAV-approved (=they carry the Leaping Bunny logo), so they’re 100% cruelty-free!
Superdrug Shower Shea Butter Berries
Superdrug’s Shea Butter & Bamboo Shower Gel is wonderful. I love it! It smells like caramel and cream. I. Love. It. I also like that it doesn’t make my skin feel dry. It’s almost nourishing!

Superdrug’s Strawberry & Raspberry Shower Gel is surprisingly nice too. This shower gel is very fruity – but the fruity fragrance is quite well done. Seriously, this shower gel smells very nice!

I’m glad I bought these two shower gels. Whilst I must note that they’re both quite runny, I’d recommend these two shower gels because they smell lovely and they’re not drying at all.

Superdrug Shea Butter & Bamboo Shower Gel and Superdrug Strawberry & Raspberry Shower Gel are available as 250ml for 99p each. But Superdrug runs promotions all the time. Just recently these were on a BOGOF deal! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Suitable For Vegans – Original Source Shower Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry & Cocoa and Wild Cherry & Nettle

Hi there! I haven’t reviewed any Original Source products in a while. But now’s the time to look at a few fruity shower gels. Meet Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry And Cocoa, and Wild Cherry And Nettle. These shower gels are suitable for vegans – they’re approved by The Vegan Society.
Original Source Shower
Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant is surprisingly refreshing. I thought the plum fragrance would make this shower gel a bit too sweet for summer – but I was wrong. The fragrance actually reminds me of blackcurrant cough lozenges – in a good way. It smells like blackcurrant juice and green currant buds. So yes, this one is definitely suitable for warm summer days.

Original Source Raspberry And Cocoa isn’t my favourite. This fragrant combination smells a bit weird. It’s not bad, but it’s not what I expected – and I can’t smell any raspberries or cocoa. I don’t really care for this shower gel (and neither does my husband), so this one might end up in the hand wash dispenser.

Original Source Wild Cherry And Nettle is another nice surprise. And it’s another shower gel that reminds me of cough lozenges – cherry-flavoured ones, of course. The fragrance isn’t as strong as the plum & blackcurrant fragrance, but it’s definitely yummy!

The RRP for 250ml Original Source shower gels is usually around £2 – but you can find these shower gels for £1 (Poundland and the likes) or less (special offer).

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate it. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash, Body Butter & Perfume

Hi there! You might know that I’m not the biggest fan of the fragrance and the flavour of coconuts. So I wouldn’t have chosen these coconut-scented products for myself. However, these products were part of a humongous gift box (no, not a set – it was a huge box) which was incredibly cheap – so I just had to have it. 🙂 Now let’s look at Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash, Body Butter & Perfume.

The Body Wash is quite nice. It smells like coconut and vanilla, but it doesn’t have this sickly sweet scent which many coconut-themed products have. The body wash lathers up nicely and it feels good on my skin – it’s not drying at all. Well done, Pacifica!
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar 2
The Body Butter is a weird product. First of all, it’s not a butter but more like a body lotion. And it’s brown. It doesn’t stain. But for a moment I really thought they might have accidentally filled this tube with a self tan lotion. 😀 I think this product is very moisturising, but the fragrance is totally off. I looked up reviews elsewhere, and about half the reviewers noticed the weird scent too. Most of these guys (or rather gals) found the scent plasticky, and someone likened it to furniture polish (not that far off). I’d describe the scent as that of a wet gym towel. Unfortunately the scent is also quite long-lasting – and no, it doesn’t get better.

The Rollerball Perfume is excellent. When I roll on the fragrance, it’s quite strong and harsh at first. But that’s just for a few seconds. And it develops into a really beautiful summer vanilla fragrance. It’s tropical, exotic, sweet, warm and creamy. Yes, the coconut is definitely noticeable but it doesn’t smell cheap. And (fortunately) the vanilla note is stronger than the coconut note. The fragrance stays close to the skin, but it’s really long-lasting – twelve hours plus!

Based on my experience with these products, I’d recommend the fragrance and the shower gel. In regards to the body lotion, if you can sample it in-store, you should do it!

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar is available as body wash, body butter, rollerball perfume, spray perfume, solid perfume, soap, candle, reed diffuser, body oil, hand cream and wipes. There’s something for everyone! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Shower Gel Pomegranate & Grapefruit, Cherry & Almond

Hi there! Today’s post is about two Superdrug own-brand shower gels I bought a while ago. I forgot about them, but my continuing quest to use up all the toiletries I’ve stored outside the bathroom (don’t ask) led me to these two shower gels. Meet Superdrug Pomegranate & Grapefruit and Cherry & Almond.

Let me start with the bets bits: All of Superdrug’s products are BUAV-approved and carry the Leaping Bunny logo. These two shower gels are suitable for vegans and they’re cruelty-free! And they’re only 99p each!
2015 Superdrug Pomegranate PLUS Cherry Almond
When Superdrug turned 50, there were all kinds of ‘pink’ products to celebrate the occasion. Even big brands like Olay, Barry M and Sleek did a few exclusive editions – and Superdrug itself did the same. One of Superdrug’s limited edition anniversary products is this Sweet Sixties Pomegranate & Grapefruit shower gel. The fragrance of this shower gel isn’t unpleasant, but it’s a non-descript fruity something that’s quite forgettable. I’ll squeeze it into the hand soap dispenser.

Superdrug Cherry & Almond is a lovely shower gel. It smells of sweet and sunny cherries with a touch of almond. It’s absolutely delicious! It’s no replacement for the limited edition I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle. This is because Superdrug’s shower gel focuses more on fruity cherries. And the I Love… cherry & almond products smell sweeter and more cake-like. However, this Superdrug shower gel is really yummy and I’ll buy it again.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Battle of the Melons: Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit vs. Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash Melon

Hi there! After the battle of the limes and the battle of the lemons, the Battle of the Melons is now on! 🙂 I bought this Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit shower gel ages ago, but I left it untouched until I realised that I also had this melon-scented Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash. So I thought it’s time for another product comparison!

OK, one’s a watermelon, the other one’s more of a honeydew melon – so how can these two be compared? Well, I love all melons equally, so I’ll be impartial. Promise! But now on to the actual reviews…
Grace Cole vs SD Watermelon
Grace Cole Fruit Works Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit smells pretty much of watermelon only. I think the scent is not unpleasant, but it’s very generic and forgettable. In my opinion this shower gel is quite expensive (£4) for what it is. I paid 99p only, so I won’t complain. However, I wouldn’t buy it again. Saying this, scents are personal, so the next person might love it.

Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash is not perfect either. The shower gel is quite thin, so it spills out of the tube the moment you open it. As this product is aimed at kids, I think it would be better if Superdrug changed the packaging (but keep the elephant and the mouse, please) to a bottle with a lid on top to prevent unintended spilling. In regards to the actual shower gel, it’s very gentle and soft which is great if you have dry or sensitive skin. The sunny honeydew melon scent is very authentic – well done, Superdrug!

In my opinion Superdrug Kids Head To Toe Wash is the winner of the Battle of the Melons. It feels nicer on the skin (well, it’s for kids after all), the fragrance is more intense and, priced at £1.29 it’s a bargain in comparison to the Grace Cole shower gel. In addition, the Superdrug shower gel is BUAV-approved and carries the Leaping Bunny logo – it’s suitable for vegans and it’s cruelty-free.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree vs. Sainsbury’s Lemon Body Wash

Hi there! Today I’m doing another product comparison. Not too long ago I told you how Superdrug’s lime & ginger shower gel fared against the classic Original Source lime shower gel. Now it’s time for the Battle of the Lemons! 🙂

Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree is loved by many people. So it’s not surprising that most supermarkets and drugstores now sell their own cheaper alternative. One of those cheaper alternatives is Sainsbury’s Lemon Body Wash.

Both lines are vegan; Original Source’s products are approved by the Vegan Society, whilst Sainsbury’s shower gels are BUAV-approved and carry the Leaping Bunny logo
Original Source vs Sainsburys Lemon
Let’s start with Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree. This shower gel has been a favourite of mine for many years. I love the cool and zesty lemon fragrance, especially in summer, because it’s very refreshing on a hot day. I also think that this shower gel brightens my skin – it must be the vit C from the lemons.

Sainsbury’s Lemon Body Wash smells fresh and zesty as well, but the scent is much weaker and considerably less natural. It’s not unpleasant, though. In summary, Sainsbury’s did an OK job with its lemon body wash. However, it can’t compete with the original.

In my opinion, Original Source is the clear winner of the Battle of the Lemons. Original Source’s Lemon & Tea Tree shower gel (250 ml) is available for about £2.20, but it can usually be found for £1 somewhere. Sainsbury’s Lemon Body Wash (250 ml) can be yours for 90p or even less if it’s on special offer.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Brand Of The Month: Pacifica – 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free

Hi there! I read a fantastic post about a Pacifica make-up palette on Vegan Needs a couple of days ago, so I thought it would be a good idea to check which of my Pacifica products look presentable enough to be photographed. 🙂 Here’s what I deemed to look good enough to show off:
Pacifica
These little beauties above are body washes. From left to right: Tuscan Blood Orange, Indian Coconut Nectar, Tahitian Gardenia and Hawaiian Ruby Guava. And below you can check out the matching body butters:
Pacifica
Now on to my favourite Pacifica products: Fragrances! My love for Pacifica started to blossom when I discovered their wonderful fragrances about 5 or 6 years ago. At the moment I have at least 10 perfume sprays and roll-on perfumes; some of them are in the photo below.
Pacifica
I will review the different products in more detail soon. If you’re interested in Pacifica products, you can buy them online from their web site pacificabeauty.com. If you’re UK-based, you can purchase Pacifica products from Holland & Barrett and shopvegan.co.uk.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Pink Grapefruit Shower, Blood Orange Daily Scrub and Skin Quench Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about some of Original Source’s fruitiest shower gels: Original Source Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange Daily Scrub and Skin Quench Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil. These shower gels are perfect for summer because they’re fruity, juicy and truly refreshing. I think they’re absolutely fantastic and I’ll buy them all again. But let’s take a closer look…
Original Source Shower
I love all things grapefruit, so I was happy to see that Original Source finally did a Pink Grapefruit shower gel. It’s incredibly refreshing and it smells of juicy grapefruits. Yummy!

The new Blood Orange Daily Scrub is absolutely fantastic. It makes my skin feel really soft, and the fresh and zingy scent of this shower scrub is truly delightful. This is definitely going to become a new beauty staple for me.

The Blackcurrant & Moringa Oil shower gel was a very pleasant surprise after the other three skin quench shower gels left me disappointed. This Blackcurrant & Moringa shower gel contains moisturising oil beads that really work, and it smells like sun-drenched blackcurrants.

Original Source shower gels are approved by the Vegan Society. The skin quench shower gels and the scrubs are quite new and they’re £2.69 each, the regular shower gels are £2.20 each. However, if you shop around, you can find half price or BOGOF deals easily. At the moment the big four supermarkets, Wilko and the two big drugstores all have some kind of deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Lime vs. Superdrug Lime & Ginger

Hi there! I know that Original Source’s Lime shower gel is a summer favourite for many people, so I thought I’d compare it with a cheaper alternative, Superdrug’s Lime & Ginger shower gel.

Superdrug does a few shower gels which seem to be similar to Original Source’s offerings, i.e. tea tree & mint and lemon & tea tree. Both lines are vegan, with Original Source’s products being approved by the Vegan Society, whilst all of Superdrug’s products are BUAV-approved and carry the Leaping Bunny logo.
Original Source vs Superdrug Lime
So, let’s start with the actual product reviews. Original Source’s Lime shower gel is a classic. It’s been around for ages and men and women love it – especially in summer – because of its cool, refreshing and zesty lime fragrance. I too love to use it in summer, either to wake me up in the morning, or to give my skin a quick detox after a long, hot day.

Superdrug’s Lime & Ginger shower gel does essentially the same – it cleanses my skin and it’s refreshing. However, its scent is not as nice. Straight from the bottle it smells quite strong and like a household cleaning product. It gets much better once it hits the skin, but I still think that the scent is quite synthetic. Because of this I’ve now squeezed the contents of the bottle into the hand wash dispenser in the kitchen. 🙂 In any event, I don’t think I would buy it again. Saying this, scents are personal preferences and the next person might love it.

To sum it up in one sentence: ***In my opinion, Original Source is the clear winner of this comparison.*** Original Source’s Lime shower gel (250 ml) is available for about £2.20, but it can usually be found for £1 somewhere. Superdrug’s Lime & Ginger shower gel (250 ml) can be yours for 99p, but most of the time there’s a 2 for £1.70 deal.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Peach & Apricot Oil, Watermelon & Jojoba Oil

Hi there! I spotted some of the new Original Source Skin Quench shower gels for £1 each and even though I’ve got drawers full of toiletries, I had to have these. 🙂

I opted for the following three scents: Pineapple & Coconut Oil, Peach & Apricot Oil and Watermelon & Jojoba Oil – all of them packed with moisturising soft oil beads. Now let’s see how good these shower gels actually are.
Original Source Shower 01
The first shower gel I used was the Pineapple & Coconut Oil scented one. I was hoping it would smell exotic and juicy, but I was a bit disappointed because it just smells faintly of pineapple with a hint of coconut. It’s not horrible, but it’s below average.

Up next was the Peach & Apricot Oil shower gel. I love peaches and apricots, so I was hoping this one might be a new favourite. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I would describe the scent as a mix of bitter lemons and nutshells – more like furniture polish than shower gel.

I didn’t have high hopes for the Watermelon & Jojoba Oil shower gel. And it turned out that being sceptic wasn’t wrong. Whilst this shower gel doesn’t smell unpleasant, its watermelon scent is incredibly faint.

In summary, I was quite disappointed and I won’t buy these three shower gels again. But I have to say that the oil beads do a nice job moisturising my skin.

Original Source shower gels are approved by the Vegan Society. The skin quench products are quite new and they’re £2.69 each. But if you check for special offers, you can find them for £1 each. (In case you wonder, I bought mine at Asda.)

Mrs Strawberry Blonde