About Gilchrist & Soames -
For me, my first experience of this brand was back in September when my husband and I shared a weekend away in a beautiful hotel for our Anniversary .
The hotel was splendid and we were provided with some overnight essentials courtesy of the hotel.
For over thirty years, Gilchrist & Soames have supplied fine products to some of the biggest and best hotels , spas and resorts throughout the world .
Gilchrist & Soames is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Peterborough, England. The company is wholly-owned by Swander Pace Capital, San Francisco and label it on their products with pride.
Their products give a sense of luxury and the aromas are close to nature as can possibly be while the textures are as soft as home itself.
Gilchrist & Soames are affordable and they have a vast range of hair, body and soaps , catering for all skin types .
The brand pride themselves on measuring and reducing their carbon footprint to studying their ingredients impact on soil and water to creating more recyclable and less wasteful packaging, they vow to talk the talk and walk gently.
The thing I love about this brand is the affordability and natural ingredients within the products.
Their products always make me feel that little bit more pampered than with drugstore brands.
After sharing my thoughts on the London Jet set travel pack from Gilchrist & Soames last month I was delighted to hear from a lovely lady asking me if they could send me another set to review .
This time they wanted to share with me their Essentiel Elements Jet Set Travel Pack, very similar but this time it is a Rosemary aroma that is embedded into this set.
Essentiels Elements Jet set Travel Pack
Gilchrist & Soames' famous toiletries are now packable and security-friendly. We're now offering you downsized versions of our prized potions with the Jet Set™ Travel Pack.
The TSA-approved, 45ml portions - including the popular Essentiel Elements Wake-Up Rosemary shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion - are stored in a clear, waterproof tote that breezes through security for a no-stress travel experience.
My thoughts on this Essentiel Elements Ttravel Set-
First impressions are something that is a make or break in the buying for me.
The first travel set I tried had a clean and luxurious look to it with its clear bottles , bold black lids and white labelling but this time the packaging seems to be a little more natural looking to me.
It gives me the impression they are going for a natural , low carbon footprint with its recycled brown coloured bottle , hardened ,silver foil type lid and still the white label yet it has a little darker shading to it with a bolder print.
They both come in a clear waterproof wash bags which makes it great for travelling and the sets seem to cover the essential needs for an overnight stay except the toothbrush and toothpaste which you should know to pack anyway.
For me, I prefer the London Jet Set Look , like I said, it seems to scream luxury , clean and crisp and I specifically love the printing of the brands name on top of each lid, but from an all natural , eco friendly follower, this is the perfect cuteness for taking away with you, knowing this is doing its best to ''Walk gently'' with nature as they say .
So lets take a closer look at the products themselves.....
The size of the products are the same as the previous travel set and this ensures me that the amount is ideal for those weekend breaks away although a little unsure as to why we have two saddle soaps in the set. I think only one is suffice.
Shampoo & Conditioner-
If you do not like the strong scent of Rosemary then this is something you may want to stay clear from. I get a very strong scent of peppermint when opening the bottle and it stays poignant after washing and drying the hair for a while.
For me a refreshing shampoo is just what I was in need of after a busy shopping weekend and it woke me up using it.
The shampoo worked well in lathering through my hair and I did only use half of this so this size bottle was usable for two times for my thick course hair.
The hair felt clean but not dry which is what concerned me initially with the peppermint and coupled with the conditioner it left my hair feeling clean and moisturised.
On its own I can clearly see that my hair looks clean but looks a little flat, only when I use the conditioner along with it does it show full benefits .
My hair gets that added shine and soft feeling wearing them together and considering I need a lot of conditioner in my hair to achieve a half decent finish , this actually worked in my favour using less than my average palm full.
The thing I found with the textures of these is the fact that the shampoo has a silky non sticky feel , an average consistency I would say ,whereas the conditioner I had a struggle to release from the bottle itself.
It was so thick that I in fact had to get something pointy to poke in side of the bottle to ease it out .
The conditioner is less poignant of peppermint than the shampoo which is a little more calming and in my opinion , I would say this is what brought my hair to a less dull and flat look.
It conditioned my hair well and left it feeling soft and bouncy.
The shower gel is something I really looked forward to trying . I know I usually go for citrus scents (usually my showers consists of a morning blitz to wake me up for the day ahead) but using the previous travel set from Gilchrist & Soames I knew it would be a lovely shower gel to indulge in after that busy hectic day on my feet and I was not wrong.
The scent of Rosemary is a little more apparent in this gel than their hair products where it was the peppermint you could smell most and I prefer that it is a little more subtle to my liking (although it still have a very strong aroma of both ingredients) which are lasting on the skin after showering.
The lather of this is perfect for those shower puffs, only a tiny amount and their are bubbles delight conditioning and cleaning the skin in all its glory.
I love that this does not dry out my skin and the Organic chemical compound - Vitamin E leaves those essential oils where they should be on my skin whilst leaving my skin clean and feeling fabulous.
Usually my skin is always thirsty for a thick body lotion and drinking it in to my skin like it struggles to hydrate itself I go through quite a lot of it.
I rarely find a body lotion I like but this is one of the products of this brand I never seem to find fault with.
The light feeling soft , creamy texture glides like silk on to my skin and leaves it feeling softer than ever before.
This is definitely something I would recommend to those who have thirsty skin but look for a light weighing moisturiser .
Like I say , not sure why they add two in this set but I am not complaining as it is a little more for the money where you only got one saddle soap in the London jet set and I am sure you will agree that more is better when it comes to sets of goodies.
I am very much a fan of saddle soaps, not much of the name but the fact that they are adorably cute and perfect for those sink hand washes.
I admit having stolen a couple from the hotel stays I have had has become a must and it has probably been from the same brand anyway hence why I loved them , well they do say they are complimentary .
This saddle soap duo looks a little less creamier than the other in London set but does not fail to achieve the same amazing lather and I now have it sitting on the sink of my quest toilet .
My children keep saying to me its the posh soap lol and I tell them it is.
Travel sets come in handy for me not because I travel a lot but for the fact I like little sets I can put into a waterproof wash bag and take back to my bedroom to hide away from my daughters and eldest son who love nothing more than sneaking my favourite bathroom products.
I also think that they are a fantastic opportunity to try new products which would otherwise be put to one side .
For me these sets are a perfect little gift for those you care about and if your looking for something bigger then take a peak at their amazing gift sets which I am sure are going to be popular this Christmas.
I have my eye on the Premium Spa Therapy Bath Set - £47.00 ,for those who love sea plants and sea water experience in their beauty products and also their Verde Gift Set - £38.50 , which is an abundance of Mediterranean, botanical extracts.
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