I've been meaning to review a rather happy little product for a long time, but have been swamped under tomes of psychoanalytic theory and patristic theology. Perhaps unsurprisingly, when I finally emerged last night from my last exam for the year, I was in sore need of a cheerful and uncomplicated pick-me up. After a long luxurious night's sleep, this morning I was revived and pleased to spend some time appreciating the happy little product I had forgotten all about — ShiKai's Yuzu Moisturizing Shower Gel.
I picked up a bottle of this shower gel last winter after reading good things about its moisturizing properties. ShiKai's shower gels contain colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera gel, and they're also vegan and soap-free, with no animal testing. Given all that, I was happily surprised to find that it lathers nicely, leaves my skin softer after rinsing, and has a highly enjoyable fragrance.
I have never smelled a yuzu so I can't compare it to the original, but this delightful scent reminds me of fresh plum — the kind with juicy bursting golden flesh encased in tart, tight deep purple skin — crossed with a tangy-sweet golden grapefruit. It balances softly between round sweet fruit and citrus zest, and smells decidedly natural (although I don't know if it is). The scent doesn't really linger, so it won't conflict with your perfume, but on occasion it reminds me of Parfum d'Empire Osmanthus Interdite and it might complement that nicely if you really wanted to bring some sunshine to your morning.
It's a great daily shower gel. I look forward to trying their other shower gels soon — they come in eight different fragrances ranging from Cucumber Melon to Gardenia to Sandalwood. If anyone has tried them, please do comment!
ShiKai Shower Gels can be found at a decent price online (around $7 for 12 oz at drugstore.com) and sometimes they're even cheaper at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (I think I once saw it there for around $3).
Note: top image is via Wikimedia Commons.