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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Sex Bomb Shower Gel

When the six new bath bomb inspired shower gels were released online, I told myself I’m only allowed to get two. So I had a big decision to make. I definitely wanted Turmeric Latte and then it was a toss up between Sex Bomb and Goddess. I decided to go with Sex Bomb because Sex Bomb Bath Bomb was one of the first bath bombs I ever tried from Lush and I was eager to try the scent in another format.

I’m a huge fan of Jasmine so the Sex Bomb scent really speaks to me. I”d describe it as very powdery and floral yet sweet and seductive. The bath bomb contains three ingredients that make up its scent. Fragrant Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac and has been used as a richly sensual perfume for centuries and in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. Clary Sage has a strong herbal and green smelling aroma and is widely used for its stimulating, sensuous and evocative qualities. Ylang Ylang Oil is sweet and floral and is also considered an aphrodisiac. This bunch of ingredients are perfect to get you in the mood.

The shower gel also contains these three ingredients as it’s main scent but there’s something slightly different about its aroma. With the first sniff, I will say I was a little unsure. I think the Clary Sage is slightly stronger in this format and in the bottle there’s almost a ‘synthetic’ aroma that was slightly off putting.

Sex Bomb Shower Gel contains a couple of new ingredients too. Lush have added Fresh Passion Fruit Juice for its reviving and brightening effects on the skin. Passion Fruits are rich in vitamins A and C that greatly benefit the skin. Although Jasmine is a staple of Sex Bomb products, it’s grouped with Rose and Ginseng in an infusion of the three ingredients. Roses are known for being one of the most soothing and calming ingredients on the skin whereas Ginseng brightens skin by stimulating the circulation and carries many antioxidants too. I could also be the inclusion of these new ingredients that’s slightly altering the scent.

Sex Bomb has a very thin and runny consistency but in the shower it lathers up wonderfully and feels so soft and smooth on the skin thanks to Lush using a seaweed extract in its formula. It’s also filled with sparkling lustre which, considering the bath bomb itself isn’t sparkly, I wasn’t really expecting. Very Snow Fairy-esque.

In the shower, I was relieved to find the true Sex Bomb scent really coming out which filled my bathroom with its dreamy aroma. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better version of the smell as it’s truly perfect. I must say that the scent suits this shower gel format really well!

After I was out and dry, my skin was looking visibly brighter and feeling smooth and softened. Bring a fairly subtle and lighter scent, I wasn’t expecting it to linger for too long afterwards but I could still smell it on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was amazing. All in all, I’m very happy with this shower gel!

Ingredients

Jasmine, Rose and Ginseng Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Passion Fruit Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Turmeric Latte Shower Gel

Turmeric Latte is probably one of my favourite bath bombs currently available, so when I heard Lush were releasing a limited edition shower gel inspired by it, I think I audibly expressed my excitement. I love the warming, coffee-like smell of the scent so I was incredibly excited to try it again in a different form.

The shower gel contains all the same ingredients as the bath bomb that make up its fine fragrance. Vanilla, Tonka and Benzoin make up the main potion of the scent, there’s Coconut too and of course, Turmeric. Though I wouldn’t say the scent is 100% the same. Whilst the bath bomb smells more deeply of coffee and is slightly smoky/spicy, I’d say the shower gel is a lot sweeter. Thanks to the addition of Agave Syrup and Cocoa Powder, there are sweet sugary notes which lighten the scent a fair bit. Though that’s not an issue, it’s still very close to the scent I fell in love with, so I’m incredibly happy!

The Turmeric and the Coconut are added as an infusion of both. On the skin Turmeric is stimulating, soothing and antioxidant, perfect for promoting healthy and bright skin. Coconuts are well known for being moisturising in all forms, as well as being amazingly soothing too.

This shower gel has a fairly runny consistency but feels so luxuriously soft on the skin. I didn’t have to work much to get it going and the lather it produces is rich and soft. For this reason you really don’t need to use a lot each time as a little surely goes a long way.

I loved how the scent filled my senses as I was lathering it up over my body, making me feel so content and comforted. It further contains Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and a natural sugar called Xanthan Gum, both of which have skin softening properties that really lock in moisture. Along with the Agave Syrup and the Coconut, you’re actually in for a real hydrating treat, something I didn’t really expect from this shower gel in all honesty.

With all those wonderful ingredients, my skin felt supremely great after, I couldn’t stop stroking my arms as they were so soft! Amazingly, the scent really stuck around and lingered on my skin, allowing me to reap the benefits of such a cosy aroma long into my evening.

In conclusion, I’m over the moon with this gel and I’m definitely going to regret not buying more when it runs out. It’s still available online for now so make sure you grab one whilst there’s still a chance!

Ingredients

Coconut and Turmeric Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Organic Agave Syrup, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Colour 19140:1

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Plum Rain Shower Gel

Even though Plum Rain has been around for a good few years now, this is my first time trying it out at home in my shower would you believe. Like the name suggests, it contains plums, making for a very fruity purple shower gel!

Plum Rain contains an Umeboshi Plum Infusion as well as the juice of other plums. Umeboshi are small pickled plums with a fresh, fruity and acidic smell. Containing a high level of citric acid, the fruits cleanse the skin deeply and leave it softer and brighter. Plum Juice is full of vitamins that nourish and revive the skin too.

Naturally, containing those ingredients, Plum Rain has very fruity (and obviously plummy) scent. It also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil for an extra juicy kick with a hint of sweet citrus and is great to brighten and cleanse the skin. Osmanthus Absolute comes from a flower which smells like ripe peaches and apricots, it’s highly sought after in perfumery and as well as strengthening the main fruity aroma of the shower gel, it gives subtle green undertones. Petitgrain Oil is also included for its fresh green and woody notes.

All in all, Plum Rain’s fragrance is arguably one of Lush’s most fruity, with those greener, fresher notes in the background.

In the shower, it lathers up nicely and you really only need to use a small amount for your whole body! The addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, makes it feel so soft on the skin. The fruity aroma is definitely at its strongest when it’s in use under the hot water and I found that the zesty Mandarin was more potent. It was wonderfully enlivening!

After I was out and dry I struggled to notice much (or any!) of the smell on my skin which I’d say was the only disappointment because other than that, I actually really enjoyed washing with it and my skin felt so smooth and fresh!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually try Plum Rain but I’m a fan!

Ingredients

Umeboshi Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Plum Juice, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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