I discovered Garden Botanika products quite a few years ago. I was drawn into the shop by the beautiful window displays and what looked like a chemistry lab in the front center of the store. That “chemistry lab” is where custom scents are made to the customers specifications… very interesting!
As I wandered around the store smelling assorted shower gels and lotions I realized that the scents of the products were very natural smelling for bath products. I could not resist and I purchased several half sized bottles to sample at home… and how glad am I that I did!
The quality of the Garden Botanika shower gel is wonderful! The shower gel has a nice lather and the scent lingers at just the right amount. I usually pair the shower gel with a matching body lotion from Garden Botanika to up the lasting effect of the scent, which lasts for hours. There is also an option to get a matching scented body spray, that in itself is mildly hydrating. While the spray isn't necessary, it really comes in handy as a carry along to use by itself after a shower at the beach or pool in the warmer months. The scent isn't perfumey or overwhelming at all and garners me many compliments.
I generally opt for the fruity scents, my favorites being the mango and cantelope. The cantelope smells so good that when I first opened my bottle this summer I had to go out and get myself a couple! lol!
One of the ingredients is aloe vera, which helps to keep the skin from drying out while in the shower or bath.
The hydration factor of the shower gel is very important to me as I have eczema and most soaps and shower gels really dry out my skin. This one does not.
I rate Garden Botanika products much higher than other bath stores, including Bath and Body works and Philosophy. I find the Bath and Body works too drying for my skin and the scents of the products are not as true as that of the Garden Botanika products. The Philosophy products, while unique and having great scents are also a little too drying... so if you have not had luck with similar type products due to drying, Garden Botanika is certainly worth a shot.
While Garden Botanika currently is an online store only, they continue to offer custom scents by selecting scent notes as well as pre-made scents. The quality of the products has continued to be as lovely as they were years ago.
If you are shopping for bath products I would highly recommend Garden Botanika.