Shower gel better than soap? It just won"t wash

The great shower gel con: It”s expensive, packed full of chemicals, wasteful… and no better than soap

1:56 AM on 13th October 2011

Cleaning up: Gels first appeared in British bathrooms in the Seventies

Cleaning up: Gels first appeared in British bathrooms in the Seventies

Gels have come a long way since PZ Cussons, the makers of Imperial Leather for a long time regarded as the traditional hard soap for middle-class families

Gels have come a long way since PZ Cussons, the makers of Imperial Leather for a long time regarded as the traditional hard soap for middle-class families

Flaws: Former Tory MP Matthew Parris recently highlighted the design flaws of shower gels

Flaws: Former Tory MP Matthew Parris recently highlighted the design flaws of shower gels

Today, more than eight out of ten people wash themselves with gels costing up to 4 a bottle.

Costly: Today, more than eight out of ten people wash themselves with gels costing up to 4 a bottle