Shower, Shower Jellies

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

Originally available for Christmas 2015, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly is now a staple of Lush’s Christmas range. It’s rather unique because it’s not the usual shower jelly shape, it’s shaped to literally look like Santa’s round belly!

Like all jellies, the base is made from Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract, derived from Irish Moss Seaweed. This gives Shower Jellies their texture, and helps to moisturise and nourish your skin. This particular Jelly is a deep red colour, filled with gorgeous golden stars and sparkles!

Santa’s Belly boasts the crisp, vibrant scent of fresh apples, very similar to Once Upon A Time Body Lotion. It’s so refreshing to use in the shower and is really unlike a lot of other Lush scents. Usually when you think of ‘refreshing’ your mind takes you to either Mint or Citrus, so it’s nice to have another really fresh scent to choose.

The scent is mainly from the addition of Fresh Apple and Red Grape Juices. Fruit juices are often rich in antioxidants and vitamins which help to brighten and refresh the skin, they are also great to add to cleansers because they cleanse without stripping moisture. Uplifting oils such as Neroli and Bergamot also add to the cheery scent.

There’s also a slight warming note to the scent from Star Anise Infusion. Stimulating, antiseptic Star Anise is often used in festive products due to it’s appealing, spicy aroma.

This is one of my favourite jellies, I really like the scent in this format and it’s really rather unique amongst all the other jellies! It’s so lovely to use in shower, it lathers up so much and the scent really stays on your skin for a long while!

Grab it whilst you can in stores and online now!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Star Anise Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Apple Juice, Red Grape Juice, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

It’s only right to kick off the Christmas range with arguably Lush’s most iconic scent. Snow Fairy is so popular, Lush bring it back Christmas after Christmas and I really doubt they’ll ever stop, unless they want to face the wrath of hardcore Snow Fairy lovers that is.

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I first tried Snow Fairy years and years ago, before I even became that into Lush. I was showering at a friend’s house and she had a bottle in her bathroom and allowed me to use it. I must admit, I didn’t think much of the smell and didn’t really understand the hype that she said came with it, but I used it nonetheless. Now I work for Lush I can definitely see that there’s SUCH excitement surrounding this Christmas exclusive. Customers come in all year asking if it’s back yet, even in like, March.

This bright pink shower gel has been out for basically forever and delivers a powerfully sweet smelling scent of candy floss, bubblegum, pear drops and sugary sweets. It’s not just sweet. It’s ridiculously sweet, a little too sweet for me even, so I’m sorry to say that I’m not the biggest fan of Snow Fairy.

It’s actually scented with Synthetic Musk, which is a fragrance compound with an intoxicatingly sweet scent. Lush use synthetic musk as opposed to natural musk because natural musk is mainly extracted from the glands of a musk deer, an endangered animal living in upper regions of Eastern Asia, and also from other animals. The musk trade is incredibly cruel and rightly, Lush aren’t here for it and they produce it synthetically.

Although it’s no thicker than most of Lush’s shower gels, Snow Fairy really lathers up well and covers you in silky bubbles which do feel really lovely and sufficiently soften your skin.

When in use, the scent fills your bathroom and lingers in the air after. It really stays on your skin for a long time after too, leaving you smelling sugary sweet all day. This shower gel is also filled with shimmering blue lustre which looks really iridescent in the light. You just gotta shake it up every now and then as it tends to settle at the bottom.

Snow Fairy is something that I feel everyone should try once, just because it’s so iconic. You’ll probably love it. However, and maybe it’s because I’m so over the excitement, Snow Fairy is nothing more than a really standardbody wash to me. No tea, no shade, no Snow Fairy coloured lemonade.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

The scent of Avocado Co-Wash has long been loved by Lushies and staff, but it’s only recently that Lush have actually started to notice and bring out other products with the same zingy sweet citrusy scent. The first of these was in the form of a shower gel called Avocado Wash.

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Ugh I am literally enamoured by this scent. It’s high-key one of my all time favourite scents from Lush and ever since smelling a lump of Avocado Co-Wash for the first time I’ve been desperate for other formats.

As already mentioned, it’s a zesty, juicy sweet citrus scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and protective Olibanum adds a slightly more fruity note compared to it’s zesty partners. I’d actually argue that the scent is slightly more powerful in this version than it’s predecessor. Which is only a bonus.

Although this bright green shower gel has quite a thin consistency you’d be mistaken if you didn’t think it had ample skin softening properties. Like it’s hair care counterpart it’s full of Avocado Oil and actual Fresh Avocado. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and are full of a beautiful unsaturated oil that’s perfect for rehydrating old, damaged and dry skins, not to mention that Avocados are full of vitamins to help improve the skin’s appearance. Carrageenan Extract, derived from Seaweed also gives Avocado Wash a more luxurious feeling despite how runny it is.

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When in use the shower gel foams up nicely, creating a beautifully fragrant lather that’s so irresistibly moreish and leaves you so refreshed and feeling clean, and nourished skin that smells divine all day. I just want to bathe in it all day it’s really that nice! Though saying that you really don’t need to use much each time, a little really does go a long way.

After every use, the shower gel does have a tendency to separate due to the high oil content, but please don’t let that put you off using it, you just need to give it a good shake before you use it again and it’ll be as good as new.

Frankly I think this shower gel is one of the best Lush have ever done and it 100% deserves to be in their year round range. I’d also very much like other products featuring this marvellous scent please Lush.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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Shower Gels & Creams

The Comforter Shower Cream

RIP to yet another much loved popular product. The Comforter Shower Cream was discontinued at the end of 2017.

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As the name suggests, this pinky-purple Shower Cream was exactly the same scent as The Comforter Bubble Bar which has a fruity, juicy sweet scent of blackcurrants and fruit tea. It really reminds me of when I used to drink warm blackcurrant squash when I was much younger and it’s meant to invoke the sense of being hugged by a warm blanket and I think it does just that. It really is comforting.

The scent is actually made up of Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil and Bergamot Oil but really the only smell I can detect is the Cassis, it seems the other oils just enhance the sweetness.

Mixed in with these ingredients we have nourishing Murumuru and Cocoa Butters which leave your skin feeling luxuriously soft and conditioned. Along with Almond Oil which is a wonderful ingredient with many benefits for the skin, these are what give The Comforter it’s thick, creamy consistency.

Lush have also added both Vanilla and Blackberry Infusions to this cream, mainly to add to the delicious fruity aroma but Vanilla also contributes to restoring the skin’s brightness and softness, whilst Blackberry Infusion helps tone and tighten.

Because it’s such a strong and powerful scent, it stays with you on your skin for ages after, I can even smell it the morning after a bedtime shower! It also leaves you with superbly soft skin. I do agree somewhat with those who say that they don’t feel completely fully clean after using The Comforter due to it’s sticky sweet scent and because it doesn’t lather as much as other creams and gels, but I think it’s worth it to smell like fruit parfait all day!

Lushies around the world went absolutely ape when it was discontinued and honestly I was just as shocked as they were. But Lush love to bring back a discon product every now and then so keep your fingers crossed and make do with the bubble bar in the meantime!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Blackberry Infusion, Vanilla Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Life’s A Beach! Body Scrub Powder

Life’s A Beach was a relatively forgettable product that started out as an exclusive product for Australia and New Zealand. It then became available at Oxford Street and online before being released in all stores across the country.

It was discontinued earlier this year and honestly I don’t think many people are too sad about it.

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Unlike most of Lush’s products, Life’s A Beach came packaged in a cardboard box, much like the ‘Showders’, this made it easier to pour the product out of the little slot, rather than scoop it out of a black pot. Whilst it’s great that obviously this packaging is fully and easily recyclable, the trouble with it is that you can’t really get it wet without the risk of it causing damage to the box, and obviously for something that you use in the shower, this isn’t ideal.

Like the name suggests, a main part of this scrub is Sand and it’s the most visible ingredient. There’s also Sea Salt in there too, but yes this product is mainly just fragranced sand. These two natural exfoliators are a great way of scrubbing the skin without the use of microbeads which are incredibly damaging to the environment.

A great thing about this product is that because the scrub is dry, you can use it straight away as it is or add it to water depending on how abrasive you want a scrub to be. Personally I really love to add some of it to a shower gel or cream such as Oaty Creamy Dreamy or It’s Raining Men for a more luxurious moisturising scrub.

The scent is rather sweet as Life’s A Beach is fragranced with Gardenia, Jasmine, Tonka and Vanilla. The Tonka and the Vanilla are the strongest notes, reminding me of sweet ice cream at the beach which is very fitting.

If you’re just using this scrub on it’s own the scent actually lingers with you for quite a while, however it’s easily over powered by stronger smells when used in conjunction with another product.

My skin always feels so soft after using this product, like I said it’s just perfect for turning your favourite shower gel into a scrub!

I can’t say I’ll miss this product that much when mine has ran out, there are a multitude of scrubs I enjoy much more and frankly it was about time for this particular one to go, customers hardly ever purchased or were even intrigued by it. May she rest in piece.

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sand, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Gardenia Extract, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Farnesol, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Refresher Shower Jelly

Shower Jellies are a unique, versatile and fun alternative to soaps and shower gels. Mineral-rich Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique base.

How to use? Well that’s up to you! You can use the whole piece as one squishy bar of soap and lather it up all over your body, or you can cut it into chunks and use each piece separately. Personally I do the first option with mine!

Refresher is a beautifully zesty citrus scented jelly. With a bright, glimmering yellow colour it’s perfect for energising and brightening your mood. The seaweed base also means that the feel of a jelly gliding over your body is lovely, leaving wonderfully soft skin in it’s wake.

The scent reminds me of sugary lemon tarts, sweet lemon drops or the Refresher sweets which are probably what this shower jelly is named after.

When using, the scent literally engulfs your bathroom as it’s really quite strong. You can smell it everywhere once you’ve used it so it’s great for those who like a long lasting scent on the skin. The jellies lather up extremely well, especially this one, so it’s not hard to get these wobbly soaps going. It’s a very refreshing and uplifting experience, perfect for dreary mornings where all you wanna do is go back to sleep.

Another great thing about the Jellies is that they last an incredible amount of time so they’re great value for the money. After a while, they can end up falling apart but TOP TIP ALERT! If this happens to yours – just stick it in the microwave in it’s pot for around a minute or so and it’ll melt back into it’s original form! Just be careful not to burn yourself with molten jelly though…

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Unfortunately, Refresher Shower Jelly was discontinued a while back so it’s currently unavailable, but hopefully it’ll make a return some day as I believe it was one of the better jellies Lush have done!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Lemon Oil, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, Perfume, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Colour 19140:1)

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Karma Shower Bomb

The last of the four original shower bombs is Karma.

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If you haven’t already, check out my posts on the other original shower bombs: Sleepy, Koyaanisqatsi and Not Sleepy.

With one of Lush’s most popular and well known scents, Karma stands out along with Sleepy as the scents you already know and love. Like most products featuring the Karma scent, this shower bomb is really heady with the classic smell. The Karma scent is made predominantly of Patchouli, Brazilian Orange and Pine; and as you can imagine with a name like Karma, it’s quite a balancing and meditative scent. The spicy earthiness of the Patchouli is slightly sweetened by citrusy Orange, whilst the freshness of the Pine is more of a background note. Karma’s a scent that leaves you calm and collected, yet also ready to take on the world.

Like the other shower bombs, to use you first hold it under the shower water and you then use the foam it produces like a shower gel to wash yourself.

Whilst Karma has a decent foam, it wasn’t as much as Sleepy or Not Sleepy. Though I did find Karma to be the softest of the four, meaning I actually preferred to mash the rest of it into my hand to create the foam quicker and for ease.

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The resulting later was super soft, the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate make the shower bombs especially soft and creamy in texture once they get going. Sodium Alginate is actually derived from seaweed and seaweed is great for nourishing the skin.

Similar to Koyaanisqatsi, Karma doesn’t really contain an exfoliant. It features Turmeric Powder which I imagined would be exfoliating but it really isn’t that noticeable. Turmeric is, however, an antioxidant and is purifying for the skin.

After using it I can still smell the fragrance on my skin a good few hours later and my skin feels lovely and smooth.

Although I still believe Sleepy to be the best shower bomb, Karma comes in at second due to the amazing smell and the soft texture which was easily applied, closely followed by Not Sleepy and then Koyaanisqatsi.

I look forward to Lush bringing out more shower bombs in the future and I hope you do too!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Water, Turmeric Powder, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 47005, Colour 19140

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