A couple of days ago, I shared a very affordable daily body wash. But as it goes with mass and affordable products, it doesn’t satisfy the needs of those who prefer something natural or organic. So here’s one that is. Natural and organic I mean.
Introducing Marius Fabre, a brand I warrant few of us have come across thus far. It is distributed locally by The Brand Story, alongside other niche brands and products, primarily in the bath and body department – a category I love to indulge in!
Marius Fabre is the name of the founder of the brand, who started up brewing potions and soaps in his garden shed in Salon-de-Provence at the tender age of 22, back in 1900. Yes folks, 1900. This is a soap company that is over a century old! Their speciality are their solid soaps but I suppose we have to move with the times. Modern times call for shower gels, and Marius Fabre delivers in this one from the Olivia range – an Organic Relaxing Shower Gel with Bitter Orange Flower essential oils.
The first thing I noted was the packaging. The shower gel is packaged in an opaque bottle that looks very much like frosted glass, but is in fact, plastic! Now, as much as I like the use of glass in my skincare products, I opt for plastic every time for the shower. I had a glass jar of body scrub once. An accident in the shower left me with a lot of cleaning and a bloody foot. So, lesson learnt. No more glass thingamajics in the shower!
So yes, I like the rather old school packaging, with the metal twist off cap and all. I’m not crazy about the wide open mouth, because it does get hard to control the amount of product you use, and to be honest, you don’t need very much.
The shower gel uses olive leaf extract and orange flower water, and it is scented with essential oils of bitter orange and mandarin. You might be wondering at this point how something that sounds so zesty and citrusy could possibly be relaxing, right? Shouldn’t it be uplifting? Energizing?
Ah, have you smelled bitter orange? It has a mellow, slightly musky masculine scent that isn’t zesty at all. Contrary to what we have been led to believe, it is truly a relaxing scent and a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the day. On days when the weather feels cool, the scent makes me feel warm, as if it is infused with the warm sun.
As with many natural and organic products, the shower gel does not lather up very much, but it does clean, the essential oils do a lot to relax you in the hot shower, and it really does mellow my mood. Just what I reach for, at the end of a long, tiring day.
In a nutshell
The Marius Fabre Olivia Organic Relaxing Shower Gel with Bitter Orange Flower essential oil extracts is a certified organic product by EcoCert and Cosmetique Bio. The non-drying shower gel contains olive leaf extract and the scent is that of bitter orange and mandarin, which is a very surprisingly relaxing scent. It smells slightly spicy, warm and a little masculine. A little product does go a long way, and I also like the simple packaging that looks old school, yet is in modern plastic. Looks lovely in the shower, smells lovely and feels lovely. Pricetag is a little unlovely, but that’s the trade off I guess.
Pros: Natural and certified organic product, Non drying, Smells lovely and relaxing in the shower
Cons: Rather pricey
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a natural and certified organic shower gel
Here is the ingredient list.
I noted that it contains Cocamidopropyl betaine, which is a coconut derivative and alternative to SLS. My skin doesn’t tolerate that ingredient very well, so my sensitive hands can’t handle me using this more than twice a week, not consecutively. A good thing for me, because this bottle then lasts longer
Not many people know this, but I am really into bath and body products. Skincare and bath and body products are my crack haha! I can never resist trying a new brand
Have you heard of Marius Fabre before this? Are you into natural or organic bath products?
I’d never come across them before this, but I’m going to try the bar soap next. After all, if the founder built his company on soap, it must be quite impressive! I’m not personally into nor against natural or organic products. Guess I could take it or leave it. Not terribly fussed, although of course, if a good natural option was available, then it would make sense to use it
Marius Fabre Olivia Organic Relaxing Shower Gel Bitter Orange Flower Price: RM67.95/230ml Availability: The Brand Story website (Malaysia) or Internationally at any website or store that carries the brand