Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

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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Cinders Shower Gel

Cinders is one of two new shower gels for Lush’s 2018 Christmas Range. It was previously released in a Bath Bomb format way back in 2014 but my sources tell me that it’s a complex and much more fully developed scent than it’s previous incarnation.

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This vibrant orange shower gel is chock full of a multitude of ingredients and it’s scent is a warming and comforting fragrance that reminds me of marzipan, almond tarts and general festive happiness. To me, this is really what I look for and love in a festive scent!

The sweet Almond Essential Oil makes up the majority of the smell and is definitely what my nose picks out at first sniff. The product is also sweetened by the addition of Maple Syrup and Orange Oil. In the background, you get notes of a warmer, spiciness coming through from Cinnamon Leaf Oil as well as powdered forms of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and Clove. These five spices are greatly stimulating and brightening for your skin and help warm up tired muscles!

Maple Syrup is one of the ingredients that makes Cinders rather moisturising. It also contains soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, Carrageenan Extract to nourish your skin as well as super conditioning Pumpkinseed Oil which has so many benefits it’s truly a wonderful ingredient. Name one vitamin or healthy fatty acid and nutritious pumpkin seeds will probably contain it. This wonder-oil soothes, moisturises, tones, brightens and rejuvenates all at the same time!

As you can imagine with these ingredients, the consistency of Cinders is quite gloopy and syrupy but a little goes a long way to create a soft lather that feels so luxurious on your skin and the scent is really boosted with the warmth of the shower, filling your senses and creating a real sense of warmth. The spices that are mixed in tend to separate and sink to the bottom of the gel so make sure you’re shaking your bottle often to mix it all back up again.

Cinders might be one of my favourite shower gels ever. I feel so great after using it and my skin does too! The scent doesn’t last for a great amount of time on the skin sadly but the scent of the actual gel more than makes up for it.

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Check out Cinders here on the Lush website up until the end of the Christmas period.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Maple Syrup, Kaolin, Aloe Vera Extract, Paprika Oleoresin, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140

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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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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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