Very often, in my beauty experiments, I come across products that I consider similar in form or function and when I find them from different ends of the price spectrum, I share what I call a “Save and Splurge” post. Often, they’re products I like. It only makes sense to share things you like, and finding a good enough option to save money on is always a boon.
But today, I’d like to warn you instead that sometimes, a splurge is a lesser evil than a save option. Today we talk about shower oils.
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t have a lot of experience with shower oils. In fact, I don’t know of many brands that do shower oils, or a body cleansing oil that you can use in the shower. So, my experience may be limited to just one, the very excellent L’Occitane Shower Oil.
Shower oils are, as the name implies, an oil that you use in the shower in place of your shower gel or soap. It cleanses your skin without stripping it of its natural oils, keeps skin feeling moist and supple and contrary to popular belief, does not leave your skin feeling oily after use. Think of it like a cleansing oil for the body – it emulsifies upon contact with water and rinses off clean. I’m a huge huge fan of the Splurge option, but I was also introduced to a Save option not long ago, so here’s what I think of it.
Oh and if you know of other brands that do shower oils, please do let me know because I’m always up to try more!
SPLURGE: L’Occitane Shower Oil with Almond Oil – RM100/250ml (Click for full review)
The splurge option is the epitome of luxury. If you have never tried the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, please for all that’s good and clean and lovely, do. The product is a wonderful thick, luxurious oil that emulsifies on contact with water, and cleans your skin beautifully without drying it out, and leaves it feeling soft and smooth and moisturised. You use it directly on damp skin, pretty much as you will any shower gel, and then rinse it off. It smells absolutely lovely and while it is rather pricey, it is a wonderful treat and lovely, when your skin is feeling dry. Every one NEEDS to try this at least once in your life, so put it on your birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or Special Occasion wishlist.
If you come across people saying it leaves them feeling oily (and I have and then I go whaa…?) it shouldn’t. Those who do find it leaves their skin feeling oily probably didn’t rinse it out or didn’t emulsify or didn’t actually shower, or just didn’t follow instructions. The L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil is incomparable for me. I haven’t yet come across a similar product… until now, found in the shelves of the pharmacy at a tiny little pricetag. Oh hello?
SAVE: Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil – RM24.90/200ml
Last year I was introduced to a new brand called Lipidol. You can find it at the pharmacy (Guardian pharmacy for now) where the whole range of products retail at just RM24.90 each. Yes, a tiny little pricetag. When I knew they were made by the same people who produce Bio-Oil, I took 3 hasty steps back. I hate Bio-oil. If you like it and it works for you, good for you. I hate it, please don’t try to make my change my mind because I won’t.
Incidentally, all the products in the Lipidol range bar one – the Body Cleansing Oil or what I call the Shower Oil – contain Paraffin as their key ingredient, same with Bio-oil. Suffice to say, its not going anywhere near my face or my skin or just anywhere near me. Period.
So this shower oil, I was curious. Based on the description, the light yellow oil is supposed to be infused with the scent of lime essential oil for a fresh clean feeling in the shower. Lime? Even my dishwashing liquid smells more of lime than this. There is a faint hint of citrus scent but it lies under a stronger scent of what I identify as oil on its way to turning rancid. This bottle is new, and perhaps I had my hopes up when I was told it’d smell of clean, fresh citrus. It didn’t and my nose hates it, and my perfect shower moment was spoilt.
The texture does remind me of Bio-oil – what I previously described as liquid plastic. It is lighter than the L’Occitane version and similarly emulsifies on damp skin on contact with water. It doesn’t lather, but I did manage to create some bubbles. It washes off cleanly (thank goodness!) and the scent doesn’t linger (doubly thankful!) but I don’t find the Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil to make my skin particularly smoother, more moisturised or feel more comfortable. In fact, I felt it to be a wee bit drying, like how my face feels after I use a facial cleansing oil (my dry skin doesn’t like facial cleansing oils anymore).
I’ve used the Lipidol twice. Once to try (I quickly rinsed with a better smelling shower gel after that) and the second time to give it a second chance. I’m not giving it a third chance I’m afraid. I’m done with it and never going near it again.
Save or Splurge?
You know my answer. Suck it up, get the splurge option. It’s not something you’ll use everyday, but when you do use it, your body knows the difference and loves the feeling. You feel pampered and cocooned and your skin feels lovely and smooth and you waft a lovely scent from the bathroom to your bedroom. It’s lovely. But if you are looking for a shower oil to use daily and you aren’t fussed about scent or weird textures then I suppose the Lipidol would be an option. Personally, it’s not for me. Yeah, maybe I’m a snob, sue me 😛
Have you tried the Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil and want to change my mind? Are you a fan of the L’Occitane Shower Oil?
I’m afraid it’s not going to be possible to change my mind on this one. I’m sorry, Lipidol, it just doesn’t cut it as far as I’m concerned. In this instance, I’d much rather pinch my pennies, and save to splurge, rather than to just save 😉
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil Price: RM100/250ml Availability: L’Occitane stores and online | Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil Price: RM24.90/200ml Availability: Guardian pharmacy