I’ve been faithful to my favorite shower gel (basically any of the Nubian Heritage body washes) for a while now. But every once in a while, I like to switch it up and try new things. I came across the Vanilla & Sweet Orange Shower Gel by Hugo Naturals and the scent called out my name. This shower gel had pretty good reviews both on Amazon and iHerb, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
I wasn’t initially planning on reviewing this shower gel, but given how positive its other reviews out there are, I wanted to show you my side of things.
At A Glance
What Is It?
What’s special about this shower gel is that it’s made from natural ingredients. It also doesn’t contain SLS, but rather some milder foaming agents. It claims that the lack of harsh chemicals makes it better for your skin and better for the environment.
It’s also vegan and Leaping Bunny-certified.
All The Pros
I’ll start with all the pros.
The fact that it contains natural ingredients is definitely a pro. It’s non-toxic and more environmentally-friendly than other products. We can see a lot of natural ingredients on the list (see below) and some are even organic. I also love that it doesn’t contain any parabens or synthetic fragrance.
This shower gel is also very gentle and moisturizing on the skin, and won’t leave it stripped or feeling dry. It’s also effective at cleaning.
The scent is great and it smells excatly like I pictured. It’s a sweet scent without being overly sweet, and the perfect mix between vanilla and orange. I’m a complete sucker for the “vanilla and sweet orange” scents, and this one didn’t disappoint. I almost wish the scent was stronger, and I’m not typically into strong fragrances.
The One Major Con
And now, the unfortunate con.
This shower gel feels incredibly watered down, which is why I won’t be purchasing it again. It looks liquidly in the container, and it’s very liquidly when you pour it out.
The first ingredient is indeed water, but I’ve seen “water” being used as the first ingredient of other shower gels and they’re not this watered down. With this one, I feel like there’s way too much water.
Because it’s so watery, it’s not concentrated enough and you need to use a crap ton of product. If you use too little, you won’t be able to get any lather out of it. When you use a lot, you do get a normal, decent lather and it does clean.
This means that this shower gel doesn’t last nearly as long as it should for a bottle this size. To me, this con outweighs any pros.
Final Verdict: 2.5/5
Maybe this score seems unfairly low, but I wouldn’t recommend the Hugo Naturals Shower Gel to anyone or repurchase one myself. I do love Hugo Naturals as a brand and their natural, environmentally-friendly approach to personal care. I’ll continue trying out other products they offer.
However, this one isn’t a win for me for one simple reason: it’s too watered down, to the point where the consistency feels like it’s made of 50% water. I had to pour so much on my shower puff that the whole bottle was gone in no time.
If you’re looking for a cruelty-free shower gel, I highly recommend Nubian Heritage (pick your favorite scent!).
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.