For most of you, when you hear the name KOH, you would associate that with nail polish, wouldn’t you? Well, KOH also has a separate line of body care products called KOH Body Sensations. The ladies in Holland would have no doubt seen these in the stores.
There are five products under this range: KOH Cream Soap Sensation, Bath Powder Sensation, Shower Foam Sensation, Body Scrub Sensation and Body Oil Sensation.
All the products in this line have one ingredient in common: extracts of the Japanese cherry blossom (Sakura). KOH says: The blossoming of the Sakura is a sign that spring has arrived. In Japan, the blossoming and dying of the Cherry Blossom is believed to symbolise the human life cycle. The Japanese culture also attaches great importance to the intense enjoyment of the prime of one's life. The symbolic value of the Sakura was one of the starting points in the development of the KOH Body Sensations range.
Late last year, during my first ever visit to the KOH nail polish heaven (okay, ladies, officially, it’s called the KOH Experience Shop!), I had purchased a sample size of its Shower Foam Sensation (right). I tried it a couple of times and liked it, but because of its cute small size (75ml), I decided to put it aside for use when I’m travelling. I didn’t give it much thought thereafter until a few weeks ago when KOH kindly sent me the full-size version (200ml) of this Shower Foam Sensation to try out. So, I’ve been using this shower foam everyday for the past (almost) four weeks and this is my write-up on it.
Name: KOH Shower Foam Sensation
Full-size version: 200ml, comes in a high-quality box
Mini version: 75ml, comes in a velvet drawstring pouch
Both are housed in pressurised containers.
According to KOH (excerpts from the accompanying insert in the box)
Experience the sensation of pure relaxation under the shower. Feel the shower foam’s mild ingredients hydrate and cleanse the skin. Contact with water transforms KOH Shower Foam Sensation into a rich foam: a unique sensation! This shower foam combines the nourishing and firming properties of Rice Bran Oil with the emollient qualities of the Japanese Cherry Blossom.
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The first thing that one would notice is the fragrance. It’s the scent of Japanese Cherry Blossom: sweet and floral but with a certain edge. It comes to the nose strong and heavy but dissipates with a certain pleasant and perhaps slightly sour-ish edge.
When pumped, the product comes out as a baby pink gel but upon contact with moisture in the air, it quickly transforms into foam. Pictured here is the gel with parts of it already starting to foam. About a big marble-sized amount should be sufficient for each use. The gel is actually very concentrated, so it's better to be careful not to waste by pumping too much out.
It lathers well. Hmm, it probably sounds weird saying it, but it feels rather like spreading velvet on the skin. After the shower, I can feel a very subtle layer of emollient oils left on the skin, not unlike the effect with most moisturising shower products. The floral scent lingers on the skin for a while. As far as the quality is concerned, I have no complaints (I mean, how wrong can one go with a shower foam?). It's quite a luxurious experience overall.
All right, luxury does come at a price. The full-size version with 200ml costs €19.95 per bottle. Well, I checked my full-size bottle and it does say "Made in France".
Fortunately, there are deals to be had. I was able to purchase the mini version for only €1.95 during a promotion back then (I believe the original price was €2.95). By the way, KOH also has mini versions for the other four products in the Body Sensations line with prices ranging from €1.95 to €4.95. The mini versions are all very cute (as in classy cute) and in the case of the Shower Foam Sensation (whose bottle is only 5" tall), I think it would last for about a week (maybe more).
At the Douglas parfumerie stores, I have also seen the full-size version available on special offer at a more palatable price of €9.95 per bottle but it was without the box. The bottles were instead packaged in drawstring organza bags. Granted, presentation-wise, the shower foam bottle packaged in a lovely box would make a great statement gift, but this version without the box, and the mini's, do make better alternative options.