Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

The name and the inspiration for The Olive Branch comes from the song ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, specifically the line “Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove”. Lush want to make people feel uplifted and reassured with this shower gel and after all, an olive branch is one of the most famous signs of peace.

Usually when you’re using a product from Lush you expect to be blown away by a strong and heady fragrance, but The Olive Branch is rather subtle, especially compared to other shower gels such as Rose Jam and Dirty Springwash.

The scent is firmly citrus fronted, containing Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Oils, as well as the juice from the latter along with Orange Flower Absolute. This concoction of zesty and energising fruity aromas would make The Olive Branch smell a tad similar to typically citrus scented cleaning products you’d find under your kitchen sink if it wasn’t for something in there that’s a little more woody, and somewhat warming and reassuring; most likely from the addition of an infusion made from Vine Leaves. The Mandarin Juice also gives a delicate fruity note!

A big component of this product is the great amount of antioxidant Fair Trade Olive Oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin with essential vitamins. You can really feel it in the consistency and when it’s on your skin and I love using it during summer to battle any dryness from too much sun!

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The citrus oils it contains are expertly cleansing and the Fresh Mandarin Juice has a brightening effect for the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalised. The Olive Branch actually lathers up really well and ensures you are effortlessly clean. Furthermore, the Vine Leaf Infusion and the aforementioned Olive Oil have great soothing and conditioning properties, calming any inflammation or redness you may be suffering with.

I really love The Olive Branch and it’s potentially my favourite shower gel out of the current year round range. The scent, although simple is really lovely. I just wish it had more staying power after you’ve used it!

You can check out The Olive Branch for yourself here for more information!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Naked Body Conditioner

Going naked is always the way forward, although all plastic Lush currently use is recyclable, if you know you’re bad at bringing your pots back or not chucking certain plastics into your general waste bin, you should definitely attempt to choose naked products.

A naked body conditioner works in the same way as a liquid body conditioner, but instead of scooping out some of the product, you grab the whole thing and rub it on, like you would with a massage bar.

To make Christingle solid, Lush have added Cocoa Butter to the mix along with two waxes derived from vegetable sources – Carnauba and Japan Wax. I believe the extra butter is what makes this solid version a tad more moisturising than it’s predecessor.

Like the potted version, Christingle obviously still contains the trio of Peppermint, Spearmint and Menthol Crystals. You for sure still get the tingling sensation on your skin when using this version but I think it’s somewhat less potent than the other and is the biggest reason why I’d prefer using the solid. The Menthol Crystals are in a lesser quantity so maybe that’s the reason? Coupled with the addition of the extra ingredients perhaps. The minty smell is somewhat lessened in strength too.

As with all of Lush’s in shower naked products, you can end up wasting a lot of the product under the water, so be careful not to let it melt too much by stepping out of the rainfall to apply. Christingle also has a tendency to leave blue marks on surfaces where it’s been resting so it’s a good idea to make a little stand for it, a black pot lid is perfect!

I definitely prefer the less intense solid version of Christingle, let me know which you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Murumuru Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Menthol Crystals, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Body Conditioner

The word Christingle paints the picture of an orange with a candle stuck in it, like the kind that I’d carry at school, during an annual Christingle assembly back when I didn’t have a say in which religious activities I partook in. This idea makes you imagine a body conditioner with the same name would be warming and smelling of oranges, but that job falls to Buck’s Fizz. Christingle Body Conditioner is actually more literal with the word, as this minty fresh lotion definitely leaves a tingling feeling.

Like all of Lush’s body conditioners, Christingle starts with a base of nourishing oils and butters to add great moisture to the skin. Specifically, Jojoba Oil and Murumuru and Shea Butters. The addition of the butters gives the product a luxuriously buttery feel, much more than just a body lotion. The idea with a body conditioner, is to use it in the shower after you’ve washed and rinse it off. The heat from the water allows the product to melt deeper into the skin.

Christingle’s scent is purely minty, containing Peppermint and Spearmint Oils, along with Menthol Crystals as well. Menthol is the active component of mint and is revitalising, stimulating, cooling and soothing for skin. This trio of minty ingredients are what cause the tingling sensation on your skin when using this product which is effective against any skin inflammation or muscular aches and pains.

Be careful not to slather too much of the lotion on, one time I put so much on, the tingling got a bit too much and I felt like I was covered in ice, I couldn’t stop shivering! To be honest, it’s this reason why I believe this product is much more suited to summertime when you want to cool off. It’ll also be perfect for soothing sunburn.

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Christingle also contains Grapefruit and Cassia Oils. Cassia is a relative of cinnamon and has a similar stimulating effect on the skin, whereas antiseptic Grapefruit is great for brightening the skin.

After using it, my skin is always visibly brighter and I feel much more awake and energised, so I often use it in my morning showers. It’s also very useful to keep a pot of it around, I recently burnt my hand cooking and it was the perfect thing to stop the pain and redness on my skin.

My next post will be about the naked version of Christingle so stay tuned!

Ingredients

Water, Jojoba Oil, Murumuru Butter, Glycerine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

 

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Buck’s Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

Christmas 2017 was all about being naked and packaging free with naked shower gels, naked body lotions and naked body conditioners which went down a treat with customers wanting to be more eco-friendly and create less waste. Packaging really is so out at the moment.

Lush bought back these naked body conditioners for 2018’s range and Buck’s Fizz made a return.

Really the only difference between this version and the potted variety is a couple of extra ingredients that help it retain it’s solid state.

Although both versions contain a generous amount of softening Murumuru Butter, the naked’s base is comprised of Shea and Cocoa Butters as well. Lush have also added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product.

The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker with the first rub on your skin, but once both versions have sinked in, there’s really no difference in feeling. I actually tried both versions on different parts of my body and without knowing, I wouldn’t have been able to tell which one was which. Buck’s Fizz is a case where they’ve got the naked version spot on.

In terms of scent, there is a slight difference. Whilst it still contains the trio of Lime, Cognac and Orange Oils that make up the fragrance, along with Pink Grapefruit Decoction and Orange Blossom Water, it doesn’t contain the Fresh Orange Juice like the potted version. Although a small change, I think it makes a significant difference as it doesn’t smell as juicy and stays truer to the original scent, in my opinion.

Because of this, I actually prefer this version to the other. For me, the liquid is just too strong and smells too much of juice, this subtler version makes my nose a lot happier.

Did you get a chance to try both? Let me know which you preferred!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Vine Leaf Infusion, Orange Blossom Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Limonene, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Buck’s Fizz Body Conditioner

If you’re unfamiliar with this scent, it’s been released under a few different names in the past such as Celebrate, Bubbly and Snow Showers. Different fans will choose different versions of the scent to refer to it as but I personally call it Celebrate, so that’s what I’ll be referring to it as.

The Celebrate scent is mainly Brazilian Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils. Cognac Oil, derived from fermented grapes, has a very strong, alcoholic and fruity aroma, which is what gives the scent it’s likeness to champagne. What do you get when you mix champagne and orange? A Buck’s Fizz.

A body conditioner works much like a body lotion, but you use it whilst you’re still in the shower! After washing, scoop out some of the product and slather a generous helping over your body before rinsing off for beautifully moisturised skin. The Almond and Jojoba Oils in Buck’s Fizz deeply penetrate the skin’s layers carrying the benefits of the other ingredients with them. Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil help give the product its velvety consistency and add to the moisturising effects.

Buck’s Fizz contains soothing Vine Leaf Infusion as one of its main ingredients for the calming and conditioning benefits which contains many essential vitamins to nourish the skin. It also contains oil from the seeds of the Kalahari Melon which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote healthy, supple and moisturised skin.

Although being part of the Celebrate family, I’d argue that it smells a lot juicier, fruitier and somewhat sweeter than the likes of Golden Wonder. Whilst it does contain the trio of Brazilian Orange, Cognac and Lime, it further contains Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water and Fresh Orange Juice which I believe alter the aroma slightly.

It’s no doubt that Lush added these ingredients in for their antiseptic and antibacterial effects, and to boost the citrusy smell, but I’d prefer it more subtle.

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Nevertheless, Buck’s Fizz definitely makes a lovely body conditioner which effectively hydrates the skin. The uplifting and energising scent is perfect for a morning shower and it does stick around for a while provided you aren’t too vigorous when towelling down, you don’t want to rub it away!

Stay tuned for my next post on the naked version of this product! Personally, it’s my favourite of the two!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Almond Oil, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Murumuru Butter, Limonene, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Naked Shower Scream

Alongside its liquid counterpart, Lush released Ectoplasm Shower Scream in a solid, packaging free version too, like it does with most of the seasonal gels and creams it launches.

To make a shower gel solid, all Lush do is take out the extra water and replace it with an ingredient called Sodium Stearate, which is the sodium salt of Stearic Acid. Completely harmless, it’s the perfect ingredient to turn liquid soaps and shower gels into solid versions, yet still retaining their ability to lather.

If you’ve got one at home I’m sure you’ve noticed that the solid shower gels are pretty soft. Lush want to keep the naked versions as close as possible in terms of feeling to actual shower gels so they’re not as hard as you expect them to be. Because of this Ectoplasm and the others can tend to be a tad messy so don’t leave it anywhere where it might run or stain. You should be keeping naked products in some form of pot or dish anyway.

The shower cream is scented with the same three ingredients (Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba) as the Ectoplasm OG – the Jelly Bomb, but is rather different than the first incarnation. To me, the Jelly Bomb smells too strongly of orange peels and zest, the liquid and solid creams are a lot juicier and sweeter. The naked version is a lot more subdued than the bottled but that’s the reason why it’s my favourite format of the scent so far, it’s just the right amount of each unique aroma and not too overpowering.

Sadly both versions of this shower cream left no lingering scent on my skin. However, due to Cocoa Butter and Almond Oil being two of the main ingredients, my skin did feel adequately softened, though I did feel the need to moisturise after even still.

Because of the consistency, I found it easier to slice off chunks of the product and use smaller pieces in shower to avoid heavy shrinkage in the hot water. I found that because it’s a cream, neither version tended to lather up massively, but I preferred to use this version over the liquid as I didn’t feel like I was using a lot.

What are your thoughts on the naked shower gels? Let me know which version of Ectoplasm you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Water, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040.

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Ectoplasm Shower Scream

The Ectoplasm scent family first appeared for 2017’s Halloween launch when Lush bought out the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb. Although it received generally mixed reviews, Lush bought out more Ectoplasm scented goods for Halloween 2018, including a shower cream, or ‘scream’.

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This bright shower cream really stands out amongst the others because of it’s fluorescent highlighter yellow colour, it’s so bright it’s almost luminous and apparently it even glows under UV light!

From first whiff as you pop open the bottle, you are instantly met with a triple threat of Tangerine Juice, Water and Oil. The Tangerine is definitely what drives the scent and gives it it’s freshly squeezed, fruity fragrance. Tangerines are full of vitamins, great for reviving, cleansing and brightening the skin and their sweet, yet zesty aroma is perfect for lifting your mood. Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil and sweet lemony Litsea Cubeba Oil round out the scent giving it secondary notes and enhancing the uplifting effects.

I’m not actually a massive fan of how the jelly bomb smells, and was a little disappointed when I first saw the scent being made again, but with this incarnation, I’m actually tolerating it. I think the extra juices have made it smell a little sweeter and like actual fruit juice, giving a much more pleasant aroma than the almost smokey, burnt orange notes from the bath bomb.

As a (s)cream, Ectoplasm is very thick due to the ingredients being blended with Cocoa Butter. Like most of Lush’s shower creams, it didn’t lather up at all that much but I found that a little bit does go a long way and feels luxuriously soft on your skin. Almond Oil also locks extra moisture into your skin and replenishes essential nutrients.

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I really like to use this shower cream in the morning as the scent only elevates in the hot water filling your senses, plus it makes my skin look extra radiant and bright. A downside of this exclusive product would be that the scent doesn’t linger as much after you’ve towelled down.

I’m glad that my opinion of the Ectoplasm range has changed but I can’t say it’s left me gagging for more. I’ll be posting about the naked version of this shower gel next so make sure you’re staying updated!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tangerine Water, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea, Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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