Shower, Shower Jellies

29 High Street Shower Jelly

29 High Street is the name of Lush’s most exclusive perfume, only available to customers shopping at 29 High Street, Poole- the place where it all started. I’m yet to get my hands on the perfume but I recently snapped up a 29 High Street Shower Jelly that shares the same scent.

The perfume was designed to recreate the generic ‘Lush aroma’ that spills out of shops and greets you powerfully when you walk inside. I’d argue somewhat that with countless new products and formulations over the years as well as the discontinuation of a few, the scent inside stores is very different to what it was all those years ago when the perfume was first developed.

When developing the scent, Lush chose ingredients that feature a great deal in their products, bearing in mind those that have strong scent profiles to really determine what the real ‘Lush scent’ could be. They came to the conclusion to use Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Tonka, and it really bloody works.

I find the first element I get from the fragrance is the sweet floral notes coming from the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang but they’re totally sharing the spotlight with a refreshing, fruity and slightly zesty note of Lemon and Lime. The creamy sweetness of Tonka Absolute and the warming woody tones of Sandalwood give the scent more complexity and deepness, whilst really rounding the smell off into something that I can only describe as being intoxicatingly and so moreish. It’s a mix that really shouldn’t work but it definitely does. I think you really have to experience this scent first hand and decide for yourself if you’re into it or not.

As a jelly, I think this scent works amazingly. It’s really quite potent when you’re lathering it up over your body meaning it leaves you smelling of the fragrance for hours after. Lush’s shower jellies all contain a base that’s derived from seaweed, so they’re incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin.

As well as the Jasmine Absolute, Lush have included Jasmine Flower Infusion as one of the main ingredients in this jelly to boost the sensual fragrant aroma that the flowers are well known for, but also for its skin-soothing properties. Lush have also included Fresh Lemon Juice for its multitude of benefits for the skin too. Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and their juice is cleansing, toning and antiseptic.

This is hands down my favourite shower jelly I’ve ever used. I love how long the strength of the scent lasts and although I actually don’t often use my jellies (even though I have so many), I’m using this one a lot because I’m so in love and it makes my skin feel so soft too! I need to get my hands on that perfume ASAP!!!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Gardenia Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

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Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Crash Shower Jelly

Crash is currently one of a few ‘party exclusive’ products, which you can only get your hands on if you’re booking or attending a Lush Party. Luckily I managed to get one too!

Crash offers a classic and fan favourite scent that’ll really lift your spirits and get you in the celebratory mood. Of course, I’m talking about the Celebrate/Golden Wonder scent! Consisting of Sweet Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils, this fluorescent yellow jelly strongly emits a zesty and sweet aroma that hits you as soon as you twist off the lid.

The celebrate scent was originally designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of bubbly, and with fruity, bright, almost alcoholic notes, I can see why. Cognac Oil is extracted by steam distillation from dried, fermented grapes and that’s definitely where that ‘alcoholic’ aroma comes from. Lime and Orange add the zestier, more refreshing notes and come together wonderfully. I like to think of it as the scent of orange soda or a bucks fizz.

Lush’s shower jellies can be used in a multitude of ways, some people prefer to cut them up into smaller chunks for easier use, some people put them in a blender for a whipped like effect or if you’re like me you just use the whole thing as one big, wobbly bar of soap.

On the skin, citrus oils such as Orange and Lime have amazing cleansing, toning and antiseptic benefits. Citrus fruits usually contains enzymes which help breakdown excess oils and dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter, tighter skin. Crash also contains Fresh Orange Juice for this same effect. Cleansing with these fruit juices and oils means you also benefit from their antioxidant vitamin and mineral content too.

Crash further contains Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, which after spending a day absorbing light, will make it glow in the dark!

When I first used Crash, I was pleased to find that under the heat of the water, the juicy scent only amplified and really filled my senses, perfect for an uplifting morning shower.  The jelly itself, like always, was super moisturising and felt really lovely gliding over my skin. This is thanks to the very ingredient that causes these products to have their jelly-like consistency: Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed.

Although in its solid form and when in use, the aroma is very potent, I couldn’t really smell much of it on my skin after towelling dry surprisingly. Though I’m not a huge fan of orangey fragrances on my skin so I didn’t mind so much. My skin was soft and bright, so that more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of this scent, or any zesty scents in general, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on a Crash!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Meditation Shower Bomb

Another trip up to Liverpool last week saw me get my hands on another exclusive shower bomb they have in their store. This time I chose Meditation, fitting for someone who dabbles in meditation and mindfulness.

Shaped like an incense cone, Meditation is full of ingredients commonly and traditionally used in spiritual rituals, such as Guaiacwood, Sandalwood and Olibanum. These three essential oils are what make up Meditation’s scent.

Looking at the black design and the idea behind it, I assumed the scent of this shower bomb would be fairly smokey and earthy but it is surprisingly sweet. Sandalwood Oil is naturally very woody, but also has warmer and sweeter notes. Olibanum, otherwise known as frankincense, evokes the idea of walking through pine forests and has citrusy after tones. And lastly, Guaiacwood Oil, which comes from a tree commonly known as palo santo, has a scent which is described as sweet, spicy and exotic smelling. These fragrances combine into a sweet oaky aroma that’s de-stressing and meditative, yet with something quite invigorating about it.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture, Meditation is no exception. I actually found this to be one of the longer lasting shower bombs, as it foamed only slightly each time it was held under the water, making it easier not to lose any down the plughole and get more on the body. Each time I covered myself with the foam it felt so soft and nourishing.

Obviously, containing Sodium Bicarbonate, shower bombs are all slightly exfoliating but they usually contain an extra exfoliant too. Meditation contains Activated Charcoal, offering a really gentle scrub – so gentle in fact, I actually didn’t notice it too much. ‘Activated’ charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to increase its adsorbent qualities, adsorbing microparticles such as dust, toxins and bacteria to the skin’s surface.

An interesting final ingredient that Meditation contains is Dragon’s Blood Powder. Dragon’s Blood is a bright red plant resin that is said to have fantastic powers at warding off evil and negativity. I’m all for spiritual healing so I’ll take anything that helps! Palo santo is also widely regarded as having this same power.

Sadly I feel like the scent was rather lost in the shower and once it had dissolved fully, I could no longer smell it, not even on my skin once I was out and dry. I do feel like this is an issue with a lot of the shower bombs and it’s a real shame when Lush are bringing out new exciting scents within them.

Anyhow, Mediation made for a nice shower, I definitely could have kept half for a second go but I ultimately choose to use it all in one as they’re designed to. Fingers crossed a lot of positivity is coming my way after using this!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Olibanum Oil, Activated Charcoal, Water, Dragon’s Blood Powder, DRF Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77499

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dear John Naked Shower Gel

Like with most of Lush’s limited edition shower gels, when they bought out Dear John Shower Gel for this year’s Father’s Day, they released a naked and packaging free version alongside it.

To create a naked shower gel, Lush make a few changes to their liquid formulas to create a solid version. The main change is the addition of an ingredient called Sodium Stearate which is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of vegetable-derived stearic acid, an emulsifier. It stabilises and thickens the mixture, allowing it to retain its solid state. I do find that unlike a lot of soaps, naked shower gels offer a much creamier lather that doesn’t leave you feeling squeaky clean.

Like the liquid variety and all Dear John scented products, the naked shower gel contains Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cedarwood Oil and Vetivert Oil to make up the cosy and warm scent that’s inspired by Lush co-founder Mark’s idea of what a father smells like. To my nose, both versions of this shower gel are slightly different. With the liquid there’s sharper, citrusy undertones but I find that in the naked version, that side of the scent is quite muted in comparison. Nevertheless, at it’s heart it’s still the same scent I’ve really grown to love. Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known for their warming and stimulating effects on the skin, and Cedarwood is great for balancing and toning.

When it comes to actually using a naked shower gel, essentially it works like a bar of soap does. However, due to its size and the fact it lasts forever, I prefer to cut mine up into smaller chunks to make it easier to use in the shower. That way you can avoid creating a mess by keeping a piece in a black pot in your shower and storing the rest away until needed. Dear John Naked Shower Gel lathers up nicely and produces fairly creamy and soft lather.

In comparison to the liquid variety, I definitely find that this naked version is truer to the deep and complex scent of the perfume, especially under the heat of the water. I think I prefer that side of the scent rather than the citrusy notes the liquid gives so I’m often opting for this version over the other.  I definitely notice that the naked shower gel leaves me feeling softer and slightly more hydrated once I’m out and dry but in terms of scent staying power, the liquid shower gel wins.

It’s a hard decision to choose which variety is my favourite but I think I’m going to have to say I’m actually liking the naked more. What does everyone else think?

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Fresh Coriander and Fair Trade Organic Clove Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dear John Shower Gel

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the new Dear John range for this year’s Fathers Day had really helped me fall in love with the scent. I can’t believe I didn’t used to like it! Along with a bath bomb and a shampoo bar, Lush also released both a bottled and a naked shower gel.

Dear John Shower Gel obviously contains the four ingredients that make up the warm and comforting scent. Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give earthy and tobacco-like notes to the fragrance. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. This ancient, antiseptic and astringent oil tones the skin and helps to balance sebum production. Vetivert is a tall grass found growing in India and yields an oil with an earthy and smoky aroma. Vetivert is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ because of its deeply relaxing effect on the mind and body. In skincare, it’s recommended for weak and tired skin and to warm muscular tension.

Coriander has a spicy, woody yet somewhat sweet aroma and this shower gel contains both Coriander Seed Oil and Fresh Coriander Infusion. Coriander is great for its stimulating and warming effect on the mind and on the blood flow. It has also an analgesic effect on the muscles, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Similarly, Dear John contains both Clove Bud Oil and a Clove Infusion to add spice and warmth. Clove also has stimulating effects to boost circulation.

In the shower, Dear John lathers up well and I find that it feels rather silky on the skin. I can definitely smell more of the zesty citrus notes whilst it’s under the hot water, adding an interesting new level to the fragrance. It’s actually a fairly powerful scent when it’s in use! I also love how vibrant the blue colour is once you’ve got it out of the bottle, a lot lighter than you’d originally think.

After my shower was over, I was glad to still be smelling the scent on my skin a good few hours later and my skin was feeling smooth and well cleansed. I’m loving using this shower gel in conjunction with the Dear John Shampoo Bar and Perfume to layer up the scent and really cover myself in the gorgeous aroma. If you’ve not got your hands on this gel yet, I’d definitely recommend doing so!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Coriander Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lactic Acid, Water, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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