Review: REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash

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Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

As part of the Ren clear skin line this product has no parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic colours or fragrances, T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols, silicones or PEGS so it should be suitable for any skin type. It does have natural fragrances in though, so check the ingredients if you’re sensitive to certain plants when it comes to scents.

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I don’t know what it is but there’s something about the Ren product line packaging that feels slightly clinical to me, maybe it’s the simple design or the black and white with one extra colour. I like the look, it is clean enough to go in any bathroom really and the packaging is well balanced and a plastic that doesn’t crack when dropped so works well to keep in a shower. The plastic is fairly thick but the kind that squeezes easily and, with the style of the lid, it’s one that you can get all of the product out easily.

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I’m actually going to keep this and refill it for travel as the lid works really well. It’s one of those where you press one side and it flips up with a little hole in the side. It’s not the easiest to open, it does need a fair amount of pressure, but it saves trying to unscrew or flip up a whole lid with wet hands.

The shower gel itself has an unusual scent, it’s one that reminds me of a product I’ve had before (I want to say from Lush, maybe something from the old Dirty range) but I can’t put my finger on it. It has a hint of spearmint in it but it’s mainly a fresh, herbal smell. I also get a hint of the sea, I’m guessing that’s the kelp, but in general it’s a fairly gentle wake you up type smell rather than an overpowering one and I really like it. It’s a unisex scent in the way that it’s good for either, rather than some that claim to be unisex but lean towards masculine to me. I can’t say that I’ve found it to be one that’s too refreshing scent wise though, it’s fine for an evening shower without it waking you up like some scents do.

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It’s sort of a mid consistency. It’s clear and comes out of the bottle well but not too thin so you don’t lose half of it down the plug hole. It does lather well but definitely benefits from a shower puff, I’m not sure I’ve found a shower gel that doesn’t though. The lather is nice and soft and does leave my skin feeling smooth and not dried out. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly moisturising but it doesn’t dry my skin out more than it already is and I’m not reaching for a thick moisturiser as soon as I’m out of the shower.

I will say, however, that I don’t see any benefits as far as fatigue, either muscle or just standard tiredness, so I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work with this. I’m guessing the magnesium in the product name has something to do with it. But then again I would be very surprised if a body wash did help with fatigue for me, maybe it would for a lot of other people though.

I do really like this shower gel. It’s easy to use, a little goes a very long way with a shower puff, and it does make my skin feel nice. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase it, at the moment a £22 bottle of shower gel is slightly out of my budget especially with my current stash that will last me a while, but if you like unisex herbal based smells and it is within your budget it’s worth checking out. I think it’d also be great for people with sensitive skin, as long as it’s not a sensitivity to one of the ingredients, as it does feel gently and not drying, which I tend to find aggravates my skin anyway.

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