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Warming black pepper shower therapy from Bodhi and Birch



Bodhi & Burch Pep Noir Bath & Shower Therapy – 200ml (£18.00)

The clocks have gone back.  It’s now dark when you get up, dark when you come home and the weather has turned cold and wet.  This season is calling for a product that’ll give you a warm hug in a bottle!  Intrigued?  Then I encourage you to try for yourself this Pep Noir Energising bath and shower therapy gel from Bodhi and Birch.  I’m already a huge fan of the Bodhi and Birch range as their ingredient formulations are consistently of a high quality.  Whenever I review products from their range, I get excited to find a high list of natural ingredients, essential oils and plant extracts.  You can read all my Bodhi & Birch reviews by clicking here.

This shower gel is no exception.  As always, it’s ALL about the ingredients so lets see what’s in it.  Where as in cheaper synthetic brands you’d except to read Aqua, then Sodium Laureth Sulfate, none of that here.  The four biggest ingredients in the bottle after water are Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside and Polysorbate 20.  These four natural foaming and cleansing ingredients are derived from fatty acids from coconut oil, sorbital (sugar alcohol) and fruit sugars.  Then we see the piper nigrum fruit oil, which is the Black Pepper oil.  This warming, spicy, comforting oil is infused with White Thyme leaf oil, frankincense oil, bergamot oil and warming Ginger root oil.  Then we see Oakmoss extract, cinnamon bark oil, patchouli leaf oil and coriander seed oil.

This list of oils and extracts reads like an exotic Ayurvedic recipe.  The result is a warm spicy perfumed liquid gel, which has as many notes to it as found in most eau de perfumes.   When you start massaging the gel onto the skin, detoxing and booting circulation, it releases yet more fragrant notes from the essential oils.  Take a moment to inhale deeply and enjoy.  The lightly golden coloured liquid gently foams, cleansing the skin without stripping.  When you finally rinse off you are left with an overall feeling of warm and comfort, together with the masculine fragrance.  This shower gel is truly a feast for the senses, perfect for this time of year and for use on tired or tense muscles.

All black pepper shower gels are not made the same.  Many manufacturers use synthetic foaming agents (SLS), which can cause skin irritation, then add synthetic perfumes to fragrance and artificial colourings, giving all of the illusion and none of the quality.  This shower gel from Bodhi & Birch contains none of these.  I’d go so far as to call this Bodhi and Birch Pep Noir shower gel, the king of winter bathing products with ingredients to match!

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (from Coconut Oil), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (from Coconut Oil), Coco-Glucoside (from Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Polysorbate 20 (from Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Leaf Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Evernia Prunasti (Oakmoss) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Corrinadrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Lactic Acid (from Beet Sugar), Gluconolactone (from Corn), Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Limonene*, Linalool* * natural component of essential oils