June 11, 2012

I Love... Strawberries & Milkshake

Back in January, I was given the wonderful opportunity to test and review some I Love... products in the flavor I wanted and even thought I had a hard time making my mind, I finally decided to go with Strawberries & Milkshake.

I was kindly sent a Bubble Bath & Shower Gel, a Shower Smoothie and a Body Butter which I imagined would smell sweet and creamy, but even though they actually smell more like Strawberry Daiquiri or an alcoholic drink of the like to me, they are still very yummy! Another thing I noticed about these I Love... products right away is their strange resemblance with the packaging of the Philosophy products...

At first sight, I thought the Strawberries & Milkshake Shower Gel bottle was huge for the price, but I must say I, despite my excitement, I was quickly disappointed. I don't ask for much in a shower gel - I like it to be on the thicker side, to lather well and to smell great. While this product does fulfill the last requirement, its texture is so runny and liquidy that I have to be very careful not to let half of the bottle of product run down the drain everytime I bring it with me in the shower, and also, I have to use a crazy amount of product to get the tiniest amount of foam, not to mention that the foam disappears super quickly once I start rubbing the shower gel on my skin. So much for "a frenzy of rich fragrant bubbles", as claimed on the I Love... website...

Since this product was such a let-down in the shower, I realized that it was called Bubble Bath & Shower Gel for a reason, so I decided to give it another chance and to try it as a bubble bath. I was not expecting much and I guess it does perform average - I seem to be on a neverending quest for the perfect bubble bath that actually creates bubbles, not just cheap foam - but of course, the foam disappears after around 10 minutes. Even though the smell is lovely, I wish it would linger on my skin after my shower! Overall, this Strawberries & Milkshake Shower Gel is nothing to be super excited about. I guess I will have to keep using it as a bubble bath to use it up.

I was looking forward to try the Shower Smoothie as it doesn't look like your average body scrub - it has a very lovely creamy and thick texture that spreads evenly on the skin and it just smells so delicious! Sadly, there is not enough exfoliating beads in this product and they are not abrasive enough formy liking, but maybe someone with sensitive skin would appreciate this Shower Smoothie more. I liked the smell so much though that I contemplated using it as an exfoliating shower gel, but it doesn't lather enough.

Because of my dry and eczema-prone skin, the product I was the most excited about was the Body Butter, but I honestly can't say I was very happy with it. First of all, this is not what I would call a proper "butter" because it's just not thick enough. It has a light whipped texture that spreads easily on the skin and is absorbed quickly.

While it does moisturize, it's just not enough for my parched and irritated skin and when I apply this Body Butter at night after showering, I find my skin itching in the morning and I need to apply another moisturizer. If you don't need heavy-duty moisture, I guess you could enjoy this body butter and its delicious smell.

Disclaimer: One or more products were sent to me for consideration to review. I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion. 


  1. The range does smell like Daiquiri, it has a strong alcohol smell! I'm not a fan of strawberry scented things. But I love some of their other smell. Actually I was invited to go to their HQ and give my opinion on the coming ones last year! It was really fun!

    I didn't have any problem with the shower gel... Maybe they changed it for their "Best of British" release, that's the one I got.

  2. Oh, dommage que ces produits laissent un peu à désirer; avec un nom pareil (Strawberry & Milkshake, yum) je m'attendais à plus!

  3. I have the shower gel and I like the way it smells but I agree I have to use a lot of product for it to foam in the shower xx

  4. I don't think I like the itch factor, but these smell nice.

  5. @Ms Bubu : Aww that must have been amazing Steph, now I'm jealous ahah! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this range smells like Daiquiri ahah!

    @ Nastia : Je sais, moi aussi ):

    @ GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle : What's the itch factor? 0=

  6. Awee I was expecting a great experience review of these products. Too bad they didn't live up to your expectations. I have that same problem with bubble bath. I find that life brand from Shopper's Drug Mart does very well though, it's a fair size bottle and worth the price. Love me some Shopper's Drug Mart! LOL :)