The scent is a very pretty, true mango scent and I can't detect any other notes to it. Some fruit scented body products smell more like fruit candy than actual fruit. This, however, is sweet (but not too sweet), fruity (but not too fruity) and fresh. In my opinion, this smells exactly like the concentrated scent of a real mango.
Using a tiny bit on a bath lily will get you a good lather to cover your whole body. Lather isn't important to me, but it is to some, so I thought I'd mention it. The Body Shop's website says that this shower gel will "soften and moisturize skin without it feeling greasy." While I didn't find this product drying, I also didn't find it moisturizing in any way. My skin did feel soft after using it, and it left no greasy film behind.
My main issue with this product is that the bottle specifically calls it 'soap-free' when the second ingredient on the list is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Perhaps I'm mistaken (you guys should tell me if I am) about the meaning of 'soap-free,' but I thought the term meant at the very least the product would be free of detergents, as those can be very irritating to dry/sensitive skin. What's more is that The Body Shop's site lists the 'Key Ingredients' to be Mango Seed Oil and Glycerin, in that order. If you look at the ingredients list, Glycerin is the third item and Mango Seed Oil is way down at number eighteen. Things that come before it? Limonene, linalool and fragrance. It's fairly clear that actual mangoes are probably completely unimportant to the formula. Just thought you should know.
- Smells awesome, like real mangoes (not mango candy).
- Doesn't dry my skin out.
- None of the weird film that many 'moisturizing' shower gels can have.
- The bottle isn't hard to squeeze.
- The implication that mango is important to the formula feels very much like an outright lie. Don't get me wrong, I knew where 'Mango Seed Oil' was on the ingredients list before I bought it because I'm a compulsive ingredients-reader, but to someone who isn't insane like me, that would be awfully deceptive.
- I don't find it 'moisturizing'.
- Lathers well. This goes back to the whole 'soap-free' thing again. Ultimately lather is more of a placebo. It doesn't clean you per se, it just makes you feel clean, and it can dry you out. As this is recommended for very dry skin, I might have put it under 'Bad' but wasn't sure because ultimately I didn't find this too drying. For dry skin more severe than mine, though, it might be, so be wary.
This is currently sold in three sizes (2 oz, 8.4 oz and 13.5 oz) at The Body Shop, and U.S. residents can purchase it from thebodyshop-usa.com. If you live in a different country, find it through this link.