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I am a bit of a sucker for shower gels and the like (I am probably one of the few users of MFK laundry detergents).
But I think you have the key points down correctly. Ancillary products are typically not a substitute for the perfume. They give a great in shower experience, but they don't last nor are they supposed to. They are also consumed at a faster pace than perfumes. Whether the short in shower experience is worth the price depends on preferences and budget. I find it hard to justify the purchase of a shower gel if that means buying one fewer actual perfume. But if one has the budget and likes it, why not?
I don't think that there are ways to replicate the scent experience with cheaper products. The one exception I can think of is Youth Dew oil. It's superpowerful and a few drops added to an unscented bath products produce the desired effect for that particular perfume. A few perfumes may have occasions on ebay (for some reason, Piguet must have produced many, because one can find Bandit and Fracas ancillary products inexpensively on ebay). But this is not the case for the likes of Chanel, Dior, or Le Labo.
The XXV shower gel is one I popped for a few years back when the full employment dollars were rolling in. I recall it was horribly pricey and I think I had to buy it direct from Amouage.I have bought Amouage washes before-so now I'm curious about Jub XXV...
FragranceNet has it sometimes for a better price…definitely worth checking out IMHO.The XXV shower gel is one I popped for a few years back when the full employment dollars were rolling in. I recall it was horribly pricey and I think I had to buy it direct from Amouage.
But it is top notch and really good. If you want to indulge yourself, it's awesome. Logic and thrift have no place in a discussion of these matched to scent shower gels but don't sell a kidney for it. Makes for a very rich and posh shower. The the XXV EdP is the cherry on the sundae after you dry off.
I still have some. Need to use it this week...
To the second point of matching scents, from experience with gift sets a solid amount of shower gels are not that close to the original scent. Admitted these experiences are not new fragrances much but more from years past where gift sets tended to be hugely discounted items in stores.Soap gal here. To me nothing can replace the enjoyment of a bar of soap for washing. While I can appreciate objectively how shower gel could provide a refreshing and luxurious bathing experience, to me using shower gel would be similar to washing in dish detergent—which I don’t use either. (Apologies to the many who prefer shower gel.)
That said, I seem to remember reading someplace that perfuming soap and shower gel is not just a matter of throwing in the desired scent. The chemicals in the cleansing products can apparently distort scent aromachemicals and considerable adjustment and reformulation may be required to duplicate a perfume correctly.
Maybe it works but this is insane.Designer shower gels are NOT for use when washing one's self - that is an absolute waste of money.
Designer shower gels are used for layering the scent into the skin's pores.
When showering, first wash as one regularly does and then the last steps are,
a. Apply shower gel to sponge or loofa and get it frothy.
b. Stand out of the shower stream or turn it off.
c. Apply the frothy shower gel all over.
d. Turn down the hot water to luke warm, jump under the stream and rinse the froth off quickly.
The scent is now absorbed into the skin, and gives off a light scent for the next four hours or so - with bigger output if one does something active like dancing.
I don't know if it's still written there now, but the above was all written up in Basenotes FAQ when I first joined two decades back - but I knew it already, as sales ladies had told me the same thing in department stores, and most women seemed to know it way back then.
Those little 50ml or 100ml bottles of shower gel that come in gift sets last a very long time when used for layering, but get used up very quickly if used like typical shower gels for body washing.