Korres Guava Shower Gel Review, Pictures

I have to hand it to Winners -- sometimes you can really find, well, a winner there. For those who don't know, Winners is a Canadian store that sells discounted beauty products, clothing, toys, housewares, etc. I believe they are the same company as the US's TJMaxx. Every time I'm in the mall, I have to go in there to see what new things are in the beauty section, as sometimes high-end products can be found there for much less!

That's how I found Korres Guava Shower Gel (400mL) for $8.99 CAD. Regular retail price is $22 CAD/$19.50 USD (Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart), so it was a steal! I also spotted the Guava Body Butter and some makeup items, but most of them had been mangled by inconsiderate shoppers. (Seriously, why do people have to break into the makeup at Winners? Far too often I've come across a gem that was ripped open and put back by someone... ugh.) I decided to pass on the body butter and pick this up, as I have far too much of the latter in other brands, but shower gel is always welcome.

I've never actually tried a product by Korres before, so I was curious to see if their shower gel could be worth $22. Here are its claims, according to Sephora:

These beautifully scented, creamy showergels provide a moisturizing effect and help maintain the natural moisture level of the skin. They contain emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin. 

The bottle contains a handy list of formula facts:

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Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Castoryl Maleate, Coco Glucoside, Coumarin, Geraniol, Glyceryl Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopherol.

The scent is a very pleasant and tropical, which is something I love in the cooler months. If I can't go to the beach and enjoy the sun, I can at least pretend to in the shower, right? It works up to a nice lather does its job cleaning. The best part is it doesn't dry out my skin, and indeed does add a layer of moisture (so, so important this time of year!) The scent lingers for a few hours afterwards, close to the skin so it shouldn't interfere with other scents you plan to wear.

Something I really like is that there's an expiration date printed on the bottle. It's hard to tell sometimes how old products are at Winners or other discount stores, so this is very helpful (not to mention I'm sure a lot of us stockpile essentials and then forgot when they were bought!)

Still good!

Would I recommend this? Well, yes and no. I do think the retail price is rather hefty for a shower gel. While I do think it's a good formula, it doesn't stand out from what I need, which is basically something that will cleanse my skin without drying it out. I would buy it again for $8.99 though. Still, I would recommend checking it out if you are looking for a formula like this, if you're veg*n, looking for products not tested on animals, and/or if you're already a fan of Korres products.

Do you like Korres? What are your favourite shower gel scents?

Product purchased myself. All opinions are my own.


Luna said...

Good review poopdog, good review.

Ellie said...

This sounds so good! I'm always hesitant to spend a lot of money on shower products, but it's such a treat to use something that smells amazing and feels luxurious on the skin. Moisturizing shower gels are definitely something I look for at this time of year!

xx Ellie

Marina Blissious said...

I've loved all the KORRES products that I've tried, although yes they can be quite pricey!

eRiN said...

No shower gel is ever worth $20+ ... yay for sales!! I have been eying some Korres stuff lately though ugh. Spare me from lemming pricey stuff D:

eight said...

Thank you muchly, dolphinluvr.

eight said...

I would definitely recommend grabbing it if you can get it at a discount!

eight said...

I'd definitely try more if they were less $$, though there are value sets now for the holidays, which is nice!

eight said...

Hahaha, maybe one of their sets? Sometimes good things have to hurt our wallets bad. :(

Elle Woo said...

I've never tried a Korres product before but they can be pretty expensive!

I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster award: http://lipstickndlace.blogspot.com/2012/12/liebster-award.html

Lipstick & Lace

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I like the scent and the name so much. Sounds like a great shower gel.

beautybabbling said...

I'm usually pretty cheap when it comes to shower gels, so they either have to be inexpensive to begin with or on sale. If I ever run across this on sale, I might give it a try.

I'm also stopping by to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award over on my blog! :-)

gl0ssy said...

I always see a ton of Korres products at my local winners! I think it's great that they started carrying some better brands as of late!

PS I nominated you for a liebster award

Jayne said...

I was wondering about this when I saw it! I think I have a body butter in mini form of this and have yet to use it, but I thought it would smell nice!

Winners is a nightmare sometimes...it attracts the worst kinds of people!

eight said...

Yes they can be! It's why I was pretty excited to see it discounted!

Thanks for the award! I'll have my post up soon. xo

eight said...

The scent is pretty great, and I love that it doesn't dry out my skin.

eight said...

So am I. My cut-off is $10 with mid/high-end brands. Drugstore/grocery brands I'm even cheaper with. ;)

Thanks for the award! I'll be posting soon.

eight said...

Yes! They've also started carrying some Body Shop stuff, and see Bliss there too. Great way to try more expensive brands for cheap!

Thanks! I'll have my post up soon!

eight said...

It's pretty nice. I probably wouldn't pay full price, but I think it's worth $9.

I can't believe how inconsiderate people can be with products! I get there's no testers but that doesn't mean it's ok to rip into a product and then just leave it all disheveled. I saw Clarins palettes there and they were all mangled.. I was pretty sad.

Claire said...

Oh man, I love me some Korres. The body butter is SRSLY THE BEST EVER, even better than the shower gel.

eight said...

Oooh, maybe I should try it if I can find it at Winners. Not that I need another body butter, but hey!

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