Smells like getaway: Deliplus Exotic Shampoo and Sephora Monoï velvet cream
I adore aromas with a touch of the exotic, which almost always put me in a good mood, and apparently they’re something my fam and friends tend to associate with me (silly as it is, this makes me happy). So, both of the products reviewed today were given to me by two friends of mine who know my weakness.
Deliplus Exotic Shampoo
In short, it’s just your regular inexpensive, supermarket-brand (Mercadona) shampoo for the most part; there’s SLES in the formula, but it is silicone- and paraben-free in case this is something you avoid – personally, I don’t go out of my way to avoid these things in products.
In truth, the thing I loved the most about this shampoo is its scent, floral and delicious, somewhat reminiscent of tiaré with a drop of sweetness/bubblegum, but not prominent enough to be cloying (I’m kind of intolerant of many sweet scents for this reason, especially in the summer).
The scent, however, doesn’t last past the moment of showering, and that’s just how I prefer it. I like using lotions and perfumes, so I’d rather my shampoo and shower gel smell nice only while I shower, and don’t try to compete with my other products afterwards.
Apparently the brand recommends this shampoo and its corresponding spray conditioner (which I wanted, but couldn’t find the last few times I’ve been to the supermarket for whatever reason) for pool and beach season. I’m not sure I’d choose this product for that, in fact, I’d probably go for something more nourishing.
My scalp is oily and I find that this shampoo leaves it really clean and bouncy for days, though in exchange, it does tend to dry the ends somewhat (no big deal: a dab of coconut oil for a few minutes pre-wash works nicely to keep them soft); so even though it says on the packaging it’s for normal hair, I’d really recommend this only for oilier roots like mine, particularly in summer.
It also says on the label that this shampoo offers UV protection, a claim that, frankly, doesn’t make much sense to me in a product meant to be washed off. In any case, my hair isn’t dyed and I pretty much stay away from the sun, pools and beaches, so I’ve no way to test the effectiveness of such a claim.
Would I buy another bottle of Deliplus Exotic Shampoo? Possibly, though not for immediate use. I typically to switch to a different product as soon as the one I’m using runs out, or else I tend to develop dandruff for some reason. Still, after my experience with it, my conclusion is that it’s worth going back to it some other time.
My rating: 4/5 points.
Sephora monoï velvet cream
I’ve declared my love for this brand’s creams before, even though for some reason (mainly my unrepentant infidelity to most cosmetics) I hadn’t had bought any in quite some time. Fortunately a friend of mine who is kind of a Sephora addict like me (we can quit anytime, though. We just don’t want to 😛 ) brought me this lovely jar of cream a little while ago.
My skin isn’t dry, but even so, I like using richer body moisturizers like this one (maybe a bit less in summer), because I have the impression that they keep my skin moisturized and soft for a bit longer… I’m afraid I often get a bit lazy and neglect this step post-shower, despite my fondness for most body oils and creams. This one has everything I want in a nourishing cream: it’s rich, but not suffocating – the texture is a bit like whipped butter, really, rather than thick -, leaves my skin feeling fresh and lovely for a good long while, and smells delicious.
The monoï scent is marvelous: at first feels like it’s going to smell sweet, but it doesn’t, not quite… it’s quite well balanced that way. It isn’t an overwhelming, overdone fragrance, even though it is very much an exotic floral, and the duration is also quite good: I can still feel it for hours after application.
Would I buy the Sephora monoï velvet cream again? Oh yes. It does what it’s meant to do and does it well, and besides, I find this fragrance to be therapeutic: it smells like being fanned by tropic breezes while laying on a deck chair, with not a single mobile/cellphone in a 1km radius, and a steady supply of fruity cocktails. Anything that smells like that, I have to have at hand.
My rating: 4.5/5 points. Not to say this is the monoï cream for me, and I certainly want to go on to try others, but I expect this one to remain among my favorites for a good long time.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
Disclaimer: as I mentioned before, I did not buy either of these products, but received them as a personal gift, with no intervention from either the brand or any points of sale.