The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel

Hi Guys,

Today I am reviewing the The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel. I have already reviewed the body butter from the same range here. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Product Description

Our Smoky Poppy collection is infused with real, hand- picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range will leave you longing for more, with a euphoric scent for ultimate body bliss.

Price $8 for 250 ml


Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Surfactant), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mel/Honey/Miel (Humectant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Papaver rhoeas flower extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (Surfactant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 (Colorant).

What I think

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy shower gel comes in an almost opaque black plastic bottle with a flip open cap. By almost opaque I mean you can easily see the product inside if you hold the bottle against light. The cap is adequately tight to prevent accidental spillage. Overall the packaging is quite efficient. The consistency of the shower gel is neither too thick nor too runny. The formula is not SLS free. So suffice to say, with a loofah you could create a good amount of foam/lather. However unlike other ranges I have used in the past, the lathering aspect is sub par. I mean the lather formed by 2 squeezes of Smoky Poppy equates to one squeeze of Strawberry or Honey or the Satsuma shower gel.  Smoky poppy smells truly potent & exotic. It has a musky vibe to it – absolutely sexy!! Personally I love the fragrance but wished it lasted longer. You can enjoy the deep musky notes as long as the product is being lathered. Once you wash off, the fragrance disappears which is such a bummer. I was quite excited when this range was launched and picked up the body butter and shower gel. The shower gel is dark bottle green almost black in color.  Not quite aesthetic to the eye per se but it is definitely a big change from the usual color range of TBS’s bath range. 
I love TBS products and I had high expectations from the Smoky Poppy range but the shower gel did not endear me much. I am head over heels about the fragrance but would have really loved if at least it lingered for a while. If not on the skin then at least in the shower Gah! It cleanses the skin really well and imparts softness. It does not make the skin dry (I have normal to dry skin on my body).  I wish the scent lingered for a while. All said I do find myself reaching for this shower gel on those days I feel like having a la Spa experience albeit for a short time.

the body shop smoky poppy shower gel
The Body shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel
the body shop smoky poppy shower gel
The Body shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel
the body shop smoky poppy shower gel
The Body shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel


the body shop smoky poppy shower gel
The Body shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel


  • Breathtaking fragrance
  • Non-drying formula
  • Cleanses skin well
  • Adds softness
  • Small amount of product suffices


  • Fragrance doesn’t linger
  • Doesn’t lather as well as other TBS shower gels
  • Limited edition


Being a limited edition range, this is out of the TBS stores here in US. Personally I won’t repurchase the shower gel if at all they bring it back since the USP of this range is its fragrance and it slacks on that aspect.



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