Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

The name and the inspiration for The Olive Branch comes from the song ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, specifically the line “Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove”. Lush want to make people feel uplifted and reassured with this shower gel and after all, an olive branch is one of the most famous signs of peace.

Usually when you’re using a product from Lush you expect to be blown away by a strong and heady fragrance, but The Olive Branch is rather subtle, especially compared to other shower gels such as Rose Jam and Dirty Springwash.

The scent is firmly citrus fronted, containing Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Oils, as well as the juice from the latter along with Orange Flower Absolute. This concoction of zesty and energising fruity aromas would make The Olive Branch smell a tad similar to typically citrus scented cleaning products you’d find under your kitchen sink if it wasn’t for something in there that’s a little more woody, and somewhat warming and reassuring; most likely from the addition of an infusion made from Vine Leaves. The Mandarin Juice also gives a delicate fruity note!

A big component of this product is the great amount of antioxidant Fair Trade Olive Oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin with essential vitamins. You can really feel it in the consistency and when it’s on your skin and I love using it during summer to battle any dryness from too much sun!

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The citrus oils it contains are expertly cleansing and the Fresh Mandarin Juice has a brightening effect for the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalised. The Olive Branch actually lathers up really well and ensures you are effortlessly clean. Furthermore, the Vine Leaf Infusion and the aforementioned Olive Oil have great soothing and conditioning properties, calming any inflammation or redness you may be suffering with.

I really love The Olive Branch and it’s potentially my favourite shower gel out of the current year round range. The scent, although simple is really lovely. I just wish it had more staying power after you’ve used it!

You can check out The Olive Branch for yourself here for more information!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Body Conditioner

The word Christingle paints the picture of an orange with a candle stuck in it, like the kind that I’d carry at school, during an annual Christingle assembly back when I didn’t have a say in which religious activities I partook in. This idea makes you imagine a body conditioner with the same name would be warming and smelling of oranges, but that job falls to Buck’s Fizz. Christingle Body Conditioner is actually more literal with the word, as this minty fresh lotion definitely leaves a tingling feeling.

Like all of Lush’s body conditioners, Christingle starts with a base of nourishing oils and butters to add great moisture to the skin. Specifically, Jojoba Oil and Murumuru and Shea Butters. The addition of the butters gives the product a luxuriously buttery feel, much more than just a body lotion. The idea with a body conditioner, is to use it in the shower after you’ve washed and rinse it off. The heat from the water allows the product to melt deeper into the skin.

Christingle’s scent is purely minty, containing Peppermint and Spearmint Oils, along with Menthol Crystals as well. Menthol is the active component of mint and is revitalising, stimulating, cooling and soothing for skin. This trio of minty ingredients are what cause the tingling sensation on your skin when using this product which is effective against any skin inflammation or muscular aches and pains.

Be careful not to slather too much of the lotion on, one time I put so much on, the tingling got a bit too much and I felt like I was covered in ice, I couldn’t stop shivering! To be honest, it’s this reason why I believe this product is much more suited to summertime when you want to cool off. It’ll also be perfect for soothing sunburn.

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Christingle also contains Grapefruit and Cassia Oils. Cassia is a relative of cinnamon and has a similar stimulating effect on the skin, whereas antiseptic Grapefruit is great for brightening the skin.

After using it, my skin is always visibly brighter and I feel much more awake and energised, so I often use it in my morning showers. It’s also very useful to keep a pot of it around, I recently burnt my hand cooking and it was the perfect thing to stop the pain and redness on my skin.

My next post will be about the naked version of Christingle so stay tuned!

Ingredients

Water, Jojoba Oil, Murumuru Butter, Glycerine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

 

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Buck’s Fizz Body Conditioner

If you’re unfamiliar with this scent, it’s been released under a few different names in the past such as Celebrate, Bubbly and Snow Showers. Different fans will choose different versions of the scent to refer to it as but I personally call it Celebrate, so that’s what I’ll be referring to it as.

The Celebrate scent is mainly Brazilian Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils. Cognac Oil, derived from fermented grapes, has a very strong, alcoholic and fruity aroma, which is what gives the scent it’s likeness to champagne. What do you get when you mix champagne and orange? A Buck’s Fizz.

A body conditioner works much like a body lotion, but you use it whilst you’re still in the shower! After washing, scoop out some of the product and slather a generous helping over your body before rinsing off for beautifully moisturised skin. The Almond and Jojoba Oils in Buck’s Fizz deeply penetrate the skin’s layers carrying the benefits of the other ingredients with them. Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil help give the product its velvety consistency and add to the moisturising effects.

Buck’s Fizz contains soothing Vine Leaf Infusion as one of its main ingredients for the calming and conditioning benefits which contains many essential vitamins to nourish the skin. It also contains oil from the seeds of the Kalahari Melon which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote healthy, supple and moisturised skin.

Although being part of the Celebrate family, I’d argue that it smells a lot juicier, fruitier and somewhat sweeter than the likes of Golden Wonder. Whilst it does contain the trio of Brazilian Orange, Cognac and Lime, it further contains Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water and Fresh Orange Juice which I believe alter the aroma slightly.

It’s no doubt that Lush added these ingredients in for their antiseptic and antibacterial effects, and to boost the citrusy smell, but I’d prefer it more subtle.

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Nevertheless, Buck’s Fizz definitely makes a lovely body conditioner which effectively hydrates the skin. The uplifting and energising scent is perfect for a morning shower and it does stick around for a while provided you aren’t too vigorous when towelling down, you don’t want to rub it away!

Stay tuned for my next post on the naked version of this product! Personally, it’s my favourite of the two!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Almond Oil, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Murumuru Butter, Limonene, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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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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Body Scrubs, Shower

Sugar Plum Fairy Body Scrub

Another new product for Christmas 2018! They really treated us this year!

Both the colour and the name would have you suspect that Sugar Plum Fairy was related to the Plum Rain range of products. And whilst it does share similar ingredients, it’s actually a very different smell. One that’s actually more like the blackcurrant vibes from The Comforter, than anything Plum Rain.

A mixture of Umeboshi Plum (a type of pickled plum, popular in China) gives fruity notes whereas Sweet Wild Orange Oil sweetens the deal and is responsible for giving it sickly fragrance that reminds me of grape soda and fizzy drinks from my childhood. It’s perfectly suited for those with a sweet tooth (or nostril) but much like with the lip scrub, it’s a bit too much for me.

Both the plum and the orange have antiseptic and toning qualities to cleanse and refresh your skin but the main feature of Sugar Plum Fairy is obviously the exfoliant.

Larger grains of Caster Sugar are mixed with smaller grains of Sea Salt to give your skin a perfect exfoliation all over. Once you’re in the shower and rubbing the product over your body you can really feel it doing it’s work. If you’re not a fan of harsher scrubs then you might want to soften the scrub in the water first before using. Because it is basically just sugar and salt it softens quite easily.

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However because of this, this scrub sadly doesn’t last very long. It does depend on how much you use of course, but I couldn’t really get more than two showers from it because it breaks down so easily. It might be better breaking it into smaller chunks first, rather than using the whole thing but personally, it’s not a very expensive product, so I don’t mind too much.

It’s an amazing scrub and it’s perfect for a good and deep exfoliation but although my skin does feel beautifully soft and polished after using it, sadly I’d much rather a different fragrance.

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Umeboshi Plum, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Shower, Shower Jellies

Butterbear Shower Jelly

A new product for 2018, this shower jelly is designed to look like the cute Butterbear Bath Bomb, which is Lush’s Christmas version of the popular Butterball.

Upon first smell, you can immediately recognise the familiar scent. Butterballs and Butterbears are known for their Cocoa Butter content which is mixed with uplifting Ylang Ylang and sweet Synthetic Musk to create a really comforting vanilla and chocolatey fragrance.

Because of the Cocoa Butter, Butterbear is perhaps one of the most moisturising and softening shower jellies I’ve ever used. It makes my skin feel undeniably soft and coupled with the Carrageenan Seaweed jelly base, the lather it creates is luxuriously creamy and nourishing.

Although it’s slightly smaller than some other jellies due to the shape, the lower price and it’s benefits more than make up for it. The Butterball family is known to be perfect for small children and those with sensitive skin due to the simple ingredient list and this is no exception.

The scent is also known to be very subtle but I find that it’s perhaps at its strongest in this format and it’s got a relatively good staying power on your skin providing you don’t cover it up with another fragrance.

This is possibly my favourite jelly to date, as much as I wish it would stick around all year, I’m positive that mine will last until next Christmas when hopefully it’ll be back!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Carrageenan Extract, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Ylang Ylang Oil, Synthetic Musk

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner

As always, Lush are constantly trying to reduce plastic by developing their innovative ideas. Christmas 2017 saw the first release of Naked Body Conditioners alongside their potted counterparts to give people the choice to use a pot or not. I think it’s so cute how they’ve designed them to look like the pots.

A body conditioner is basically an in-shower moisturiser. And where you’d apply a scoop of the liquid variety, with this version, you pick up the whole thing and apply much like you would a massage bar, rubbing it all over and massaging the product in.

At first glance, the hot pink colour of Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner is a lot darker than the potted version‘s more light bubblegum pink colour. Nevertheless, they are basically the same product, the solid version simply has extra ingredients to keep it solid.

The amount of Cocoa Butter in this version is significantly more, and Lush have added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product along with two extra butters – Illipe and Shea. The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker once it’s on your skin and therefore I believe it to be the more moisturising of the two, but because of this it can take longer to sink in.

Furthermore, because of the extra waxes, it does seem to leave your skin feeling more protected and nourished than the potted version but just make sure you really are rubbing it all in otherwise you might be left with a pinky hue to your skin!

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Weirdly, the scent of this version doesn’t seem as sweet and I’m not entirely sure I can figure out why, but I imagine it to be because of the extra ingredients masking the sweet synthetic musk that makes up the Snow Fairy scent. Moreover, the scent actually lasts longer on your skin with the non-naked version.

In conclusion, its hard to decide which version I prefer but I might have to side with the naked. I really love a body conditioner and I love the oily rich, but not greasy effect they leave you skin with and I find this version gives slightly more of that.

If you’re not going naked this Christmas, make sure you’re holding on to your black pots to bring back to a local Lush to be recycled and reused! Hold on to five and you’ll be able to get a free Fresh Face Mask as a thank you!

Check out this naked body conditioner here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cherry Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Perfume, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Lauryl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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