Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

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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Shower Gels & Creams

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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Shower, Shower Jellies

Refresher Shower Jelly

Shower Jellies are a unique, versatile and fun alternative to soaps and shower gels. Mineral-rich Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique base.

How to use? Well that’s up to you! You can use the whole piece as one squishy bar of soap and lather it up all over your body, or you can cut it into chunks and use each piece separately. Personally I do the first option with mine!

Refresher is a beautifully zesty citrus scented jelly. With a bright, glimmering yellow colour it’s perfect for energising and brightening your mood. The seaweed base also means that the feel of a jelly gliding over your body is lovely, leaving wonderfully soft skin in it’s wake.

The scent reminds me of sugary lemon tarts, sweet lemon drops or the Refresher sweets which are probably what this shower jelly is named after.

When using, the scent literally engulfs your bathroom as it’s really quite strong. You can smell it everywhere once you’ve used it so it’s great for those who like a long lasting scent on the skin. The jellies lather up extremely well, especially this one, so it’s not hard to get these wobbly soaps going. It’s a very refreshing and uplifting experience, perfect for dreary mornings where all you wanna do is go back to sleep.

Another great thing about the Jellies is that they last an incredible amount of time so they’re great value for the money. After a while, they can end up falling apart but TOP TIP ALERT! If this happens to yours – just stick it in the microwave in it’s pot for around a minute or so and it’ll melt back into it’s original form! Just be careful not to burn yourself with molten jelly though…

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Unfortunately, Refresher Shower Jelly was discontinued a while back so it’s currently unavailable, but hopefully it’ll make a return some day as I believe it was one of the better jellies Lush have done!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Lemon Oil, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, Perfume, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Colour 19140:1)

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Karma Shower Bomb

The last of the four original shower bombs is Karma.

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If you haven’t already, check out my posts on the other original shower bombs: Sleepy, Koyaanisqatsi and Not Sleepy.

With one of Lush’s most popular and well known scents, Karma stands out along with Sleepy as the scents you already know and love. Like most products featuring the Karma scent, this shower bomb is really heady with the classic smell. The Karma scent is made predominantly of Patchouli, Brazilian Orange and Pine; and as you can imagine with a name like Karma, it’s quite a balancing and meditative scent. The spicy earthiness of the Patchouli is slightly sweetened by citrusy Orange, whilst the freshness of the Pine is more of a background note. Karma’s a scent that leaves you calm and collected, yet also ready to take on the world.

Like the other shower bombs, to use you first hold it under the shower water and you then use the foam it produces like a shower gel to wash yourself.

Whilst Karma has a decent foam, it wasn’t as much as Sleepy or Not Sleepy. Though I did find Karma to be the softest of the four, meaning I actually preferred to mash the rest of it into my hand to create the foam quicker and for ease.

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The resulting later was super soft, the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate make the shower bombs especially soft and creamy in texture once they get going. Sodium Alginate is actually derived from seaweed and seaweed is great for nourishing the skin.

Similar to Koyaanisqatsi, Karma doesn’t really contain an exfoliant. It features Turmeric Powder which I imagined would be exfoliating but it really isn’t that noticeable. Turmeric is, however, an antioxidant and is purifying for the skin.

After using it I can still smell the fragrance on my skin a good few hours later and my skin feels lovely and smooth.

Although I still believe Sleepy to be the best shower bomb, Karma comes in at second due to the amazing smell and the soft texture which was easily applied, closely followed by Not Sleepy and then Koyaanisqatsi.

I look forward to Lush bringing out more shower bombs in the future and I hope you do too!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Water, Turmeric Powder, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 47005, Colour 19140

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

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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Shower, Shower Bombs

Not Sleepy Shower Bomb

The third of the four original shower bombs is Not Sleepy. A citrus reamer shaped bomb with an explosion of citrus inside.

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To use a shower bomb you simply need to grab it one hand, let the shower rain over it and you’ll see it foam up, much like a bath bomb does. Then just grab the foam off of the bomb and lather it all over. You’ll be surprised to find out just how soft and creamy they go!

Firstly, I found that Not Sleepy had a pretty good foam to it! Much better than Koyaanisqatsi and around the same level as Sleepy. It was easy to scoop off and use, and kept foaming a good amount each time I held it some more under the water. Personally I didn’t think it felt just as nice and just as creamy as Sleepy does but it still made for a good shower!

The idea of Not Sleepy as part of the #LushMoods launch was for it to make you feel energised and invigorated and I must say that with the plethora of citrus oils inside her, she sure does the job. You’ve got Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Neroli, Lime, Petitgrain, Brazilian Orange and Lemongrass Oils, all of which are super cleansing, super antiseptic and super toning for the skin, not only waking up your mind but your skin too! Citric oils and juices are also well known for being enzymic too which means that they break down excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Not Sleepy also has a mild exfoliant in it too, in the form of Ground White Rice, helping to buff away any dirt and dead skin.

When I first used this particular shower bomb, I was definitely more awake than before. The essential oils massively played a part in this as it was all I could smell through my shower. I think it’s perfect for an early morning shower!

Stay tuned for a post on Karma Shower Bomb where I’ll be comparing all four bombs, but in the meantime, check out and purchase Not Sleepy for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lemongrass Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Ground White Rice, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 47005

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Body, Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

Lush created this product in honour of Rowena Bird, one of Lush’s Co-Founders. Apparently she wanted both a skin conditioner to use after showering, and a product containing Argan Oil. Well Ro got both her wishes combined with this wonderful product.

A body conditioner is basically the same as a hair conditioner, but for your skin! You use it after you’ve already cleansed your body by smoothing it all over, massaging it into the skin and gently rinsing it off. Although it’s a quick process, you feel and smell the effects all damn day! It’s also the perfect product for people who don’t have the time or patience to put a body lotion on after the shower – just do it as part of the shower routine instead!

Ro’s Argan shares it’s scent with the Rose Jam range. The Rose Jam scent is made up of Rose, Geranium and Lemon. The sweet, floral rose is perfectly matched with the similar 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.

Much like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan contains antiseptic and stimulating Cypress Leaf Infusion, which reawakens skin. It also contains antioxidant Argan Oil and Goji Berry Juice to help promote healthy cell regeneration.

For the conditioning values, Ro’s Argan contains vitamin rich Almond and Brazil Nut Oils which give the skin added nourishment. It also contains skin-softening and moisturising Cocoa, Shea and Cupuaçu Butters which make the product feel buttery rich and luxurious. The Brazil Nut also gives Ro’s Argan a slightly nuttier scent as opposed to other members of the Rose Jam family.

I find this product to be incredibly soothing, it’s one of my go to’s if I’m ever sunburnt or suffering with skin irritation because it really works wonders. The majority of the ingredients here, including Rose, Almond and Vanilla, are perfect for soothing and restoring the skin.

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Although I do prefer to use my Ro’s Argan in the shower, I know a lot of people do use it after as just a body moisturiser instead. Personally I do think it works better as intended, just because it reacts well with the water which helps the cream sink in, but it really is just a personal preference.

Here‘s the link for Ro’s Argan on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Brazil Nut Oil, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Argan Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Perfume

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