Jaqua Foaming Caramel Cappuccino Hydrating Shower Syrup is one of a trio of shower gels offered in the Jaqua Café Collection, along with Soothing Vanilla Latte and Steamy Chai Spice Latte. As far as functionality goes, the Caramel Cappuccino is a well-made product with a pleasingly thick texture and adequate lathering and moisturizing properties, but the real draw is its magnificent fragrance.
"Foaming Caramel Cappuccino" is a slightly misleading title as there is only a faint trace of a coffee aroma; the predominant note is the alluring, mouthwatering smell of real, sweet, deep caramel. I have searched long and hard for an authentic caramel scent in both perfume and bath & body form, but every product I have run across has been too heavy, artificial, salty or cloying. The best I had found previously was Autrepart's French Normandy Caramel & Salted Butter line, but even that I found slightly too heavy and artificial and a bit too salty for my tastes. Not so with the Jaqua; not only is it a warm, true golden caramel scent, but also a very light one — in fact, it is more reminiscent of the scent of golden-brown pizzelles lightly drizzled with caramel than the vat of sticky, syrupy butterscotch that other scents usually evoke.
Though the aroma is quite strong in the shower, the scent fails to linger on the skin afterwards. Disappointing for those who would like to continue the olfactory experience, but very convenient for layering with whatever lotion or perfume you may choose afterwards.