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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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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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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Calacas Shower Gel

A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton used for decoration in the Mexican Day of The Dead festival. Calacas are usually depicted as being happy even in death. Lush first released Calacas shower gel as a Halloween limited edition product, and have since bought it back for different occasions although never releasing as a year round product.

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I’ll start by saying that the unique Calacas scent is to die for. As soon as you pop the lid open you’re instantly hit with the refreshing smell. It reminds me of sugary sweets and fresh cut limes, the perfect mixture between sweet and citrusy. Obviously Lime Oil is in there, the ultimate zesty ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration. It’s cut with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil and protective Olibanum Oil, which adds a undertone of sweet, fruity, woodiness. In my opinion it’s the perfect awakening scent for a crisp Autumnal day.

Calacas shower gel has quite a thick consistency, not like a shower cream but still quite gloopy and honey-like. Once you’re lathering it up in your hands or sponge, the aroma fills the air and your senses are instantly lifted and awakened. The scent is so strong (definitely not a bad thing!) you can surely smell it for the rest of the day.

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Although I wouldn’t describe Calacas as being super moisturising, it certainly isn’t drying or stripping whatsoever either. In fact, due to the addition of lots of Aloe Vera Gel it’s actually incredibly soothing, great for any redness and/or irritation you may have on the skin!

I swear to Mark God that Calacas is a MUST try scent/product. Anything from the scent family is gorgeously great at lifting the spirits (get it?). Although Lush have many citrus scented products, this is nothing like anything that Lush have I can assure you, and although it’s not currently around, I am sure that Lush won’t stop making this popular product every now and then, so be sure to get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Lactic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Rose Jam Shower Gel

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Isn’t the colour just stunning??????

Rose Jam holds a special place in my heart. The scent family was the first Lush ‘scent’ that I truly fell in love with. I remember the first time I smelt and used a Rose Jam Bubbleroon I was hooked; and although my top choices have moved on to lesser known scent families, Rose Jam will always be up there.

In terms of the shower gel, for the past few years Rose Jam was only around each year as part of the Christmas range, but starting this year, Lush decided to make the popular shower gel an all year round product, making so many people (including me!) happy.

Inspired by a Turkish delicacy which goes by the same name, it’s only fitting that the Rose Oil and Rose Absolute is made from petals which are hand picked from Turkish roses at dawn, when the flowers are apparently at their most fragrant. Along with Geranium Oil and Sicilian Lemon Oil, this is what makes up the iconic scent. The strong, sweetness of the rose is complimented beautifully by the floral notes from the geranium, with a subtle zesty kick from the lemon oil, giving Rose Jam a surprisingly unique smell that leaves you feeling almost intoxicated and cheerful. It’s almost undetectable, but there’s also added Vanilla Pod Infusion, which just adds to the decedent sweetness.

The scent really stays with you, even a good half a day after your shower you can still detect the lingering fragrance on your skin, I rarely wear a perfume or body spray after using this gel as there’s no need! And why would you want to mask such a delicious smell anyway?

With Goji Berry Juice and Cypress Leaf Infusion, Rose Jam is also efficient at cleansing your body thoroughly. And with added Argan Oil, it’s equally as good at hydrating and conditioning too. I also find that in terms of lathering up, it’s just right – not too much that it’s all foam, but still enough to really feel clean.

I will be forever buying this shower gel, I’m so sure of that, and I’d also like to take this moment to sincerely thank Lush for allowing everyone to be able to experience it all year round!

Thank you, Lush!!!!!!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Goji Berry Juice, Lactic Acid, Argan Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Colour 17200

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Assassin Shower Gel

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To be honest, I think this is one of my favourite ever shower gels. It’s so unexpectedly amazing in every way. I won one as part of competition in store and I received it and thought it smelled okay, but after using it time and time again, I fell in love. Much like a deadly assassin, this gel silently made its way into my all time favourite Lush products.

Lets start with the scent. It’s quite woody and mossy, yet still quite fresh and natural. A fab five of Oakmoss Absolute and Cypress, Pine, Lemon and Patchouli Oils. The Oakmoss is definitely the most pungent out of the five, adding an earthy tone which makes Assassin remind me of being in damp, overgrown forests as a child, exploring and camping in the woods.

The Pine and Cypress oils add a wooded, fresh, almost sweet scent to the earthiness of the Oakmoss, which compliments it well. It’s easy to make a comparison with the Grass family scent, yet Assassin seems a little sweeter. The Lemon and Patchouli are somewhat undetectable yet still add subtle base notes to the fragrance.

I was really pleased at how the clean-feeling scent stays with you through most of your day, I found myself still smelling my arms after my morning shower well into the evening. I find that it’s really great for grounding and focusing the mind away from life’s stresses and distractions.

Another wonderfully surprising feature is how moisturising Assassin is. One of it’s main ingredients happens to be Agar Agar Gel, and even after reading the ingredients list, I still didn’t expect it to be as softening as it is. Agar Agar is a jelly like substance derived from algae, which like seaweed, is extremely good to nourish and hydrate skin. My skin honestly felt beautiful after every use.

When I went to Spain in the summer of last year, Assassin was the shower gel I took with me; and like most of us fair-skinned British denizens, I got rather sunburnt because I clearly wasn’t wearing enough Sesame Suntan Lotion. Assassin Shower Gel contains Chicory and Rosemary infusions, both of which are really effective at soothing and calming any irritation or any redness, and boy did it help with my sunburn! I was really thankful it was the one I bought with me!

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Unfortunately Assassin was a limited edition Lush Kitchen product so the thought of never being able to experience a shower with it again is super upsetting. Fingers crossed that like with so many other discons and limited editions, Assassin makes a return to the website (or shelves?!) some day.

Ingredients

Water, Agar Agar Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Chicory Infusion, Rosemary Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Cypress Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Patchouli Oil, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Flying Fox Shower Gel

Apparently the name Flying Fox originates from an argument Lush co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine had one day. He presented her with this jasmine scented new product and she screamed ‘I don’t give a flying f***’. Hilarious right? I’m debating asking Mark if it’s true or not but I don’t want to be fired.

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I love the scent of Jasmine. It’s definitely one of my favourite scents around. Lust Perfume is possibly in my top three (it’s a hard choice!) Lush perfumes so clearly I’m going to love a shower gel that smells basically the same! I picked up mine from the Lush Labs/Kitchen release earlier this year. It used to be widely available in stores but sadly, as with many other products, this one had to go.

The signature ‘Lust’ scent is a mix of Jasmine, Vanilla, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. However, Flying Fox swaps out the Vanilla, Sandalwood and Rose for Cypress and Palmarosa Oils. Though because the Jasmine is so strong, both products smell almost exactly the same.

Jasmine is a strong aphrodisiac, with its rich, sweet smell being warming and seductive. I find that Flying Fox makes for a really luxurious and sensual shower, perfect for some pampering ‘me’ time.

Adding to the luxury is this shower gel’s texture. Full of different types of honey, it feels as though you are literally coating yourself in sticky sweet syrup, only to lather up really effectively after.

Honey is an excellent natural moisturiser, it’s extremely nourishing and has strong antibacterial properties, making it also an effective cleanser. It’s protective qualities also mean it’s superb for more delicate and sensitive skin too, after one shower with Flying Fox you come out feeling super soft!

The inclusion of an infusion made from Angelica, Burdock and Jasmine just make this gel even better. Chinese Angelica is well known for it’s toning properties and Burdock is antibacterial and soothing. And we’ve already mentioned the beautiful fragrance that Jasmine releases.

I can only hope and pray for Flying Fox to make a triumphant return to stores sometime soon.

Ingredients

Honey, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Benzyl, Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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