“ Brand: Lush Creamed Almond & Coconut Smoothie / Type: Bath Cream / Subcategory: Bath Cream / What it does: Smoothes, „
As a huge Lush fan, I am trying to work my way through all of their products. When I found out that the Creamed Almond and Coconut Shower Smoothie was being discontinued last year, I quickly bought a pot. Well, actually, I bought the Hello Gorgeous gift containing the pot, as I wanted the hatbox the products came in! A 250g pot of smoothie cost £7.95, but I have the smaller 100g pot.Shower smoothies are fairly unusual shower products. They tend to be more creamy than shower gels, and therefore more moisturising. They don't lather as much as shower gels, but tend to feel softer on the skin.
Coconut and Almond Smoothie, as the name suggests, contains coconut and almond oils which, as well as smelling lovely, help to moisturise and condition the skin. These two ingredients are commonly used together in beauty products - the Essentials haircare range from Boots, for example - but Lush have added a twist on the scent with the use of vanilla extract, ylang ylang oil and jasmine absolute. The product does contain sodium lauryl sulfate to help it lather, and some parabens which act as preservatives, so it's worth keeping this in mind if you prefer to avoid those ingredients. The product is suitable for vegans.
I thought that the smoothie smelled delicious - like coconut and almond with a floral twist. It was delicate and sophisticated. The smoothie was fairly thick, with a yoghurt-like consistency, except more 'fluffy' (Lush's word, but I think it is an apt one!). It is off-white in colour, and in the pot looks a little like ice cream.
I use this product in the shower, and have tried it two different ways. Firstly, I used it with my shower puff, but I found this didn't work so well: it didn't lather up as well as shower gels do and the fluffy consistency didn't 'hold' in the net of the shower puff. Subsequently, I smooth the product over my body using my hands, and rinse off (this is what Lush state you should do). I find this to be much better and I am left with clean, soft and sweet-smelling skin. I can detect the faint scent on my skin for at least a couple of hours after use, and it is very pleasant. The product is fairly moisturising too, and I don't need to use much moisturiser either.
I don't use this product every day, for two reasons. Firstly, I am used to using a shower puff to help me feel squeaky clean, which I can't do with this product: though I have no complaints about this smoothie's cleaning properties, I feel more comfortable using a different shower gel with my shower puff on a regular basis (particularly after the gym). I tend to use this on those mornings when I've had a bath the night before, or when I don't feel particularly 'dirty'.
Secondly, because I don't use a shower puff, I end up using more of the product at once than I would with a normal shower gel. Using this smoothie feels very luxurious and therefore I restrict my use to once or twice a week.
Despite the misgivings I have detailed above, I really do like this product. I'd buy it again and I'd like to try some other shower smoothies from Lush. The Coconut and Almond Smoothie is no longer available, however Lush's Retro policy means that they are continually bringing out former products on a limited edition basis. There's every chance that this product could come back in the future, so keep an eye on the website!
Last week end my daughter came up from London and this was an excuse for another trip into Derby to visit to my local Lush shop in the Westfield Centre. Although the people who work there know I sometimes just go in there to try things they never seem to mind. They happily show you how things bubble and fizz in the shop and encourage you to try any of the lovely goodies in there. Apart from this if you ask nicely they will also give you a sample to use in the comfort of your own home bath or wherever. On my last visit I took my five black pots back duly washed and claimed my free face pack ( Brazened Honey - review to follow!) I then was very cheeky and asked if I could try a sample of this Creamed Almond and Coconut Smoothie for the shower.
This product looks like a body cream and comes in one of the Lush recyclable black plastic pots that many of their products come in. Remember that if you wash and return five of these pots then like me you will get a free face pack from Lush which is worth about £5. This Creamed Almond and Coconut Smoothie is a bit cheaper than a similar product which I have also reviewed, Turkish Delight, this one is almost half the price and costs £7.75 for 220g which is a bit more reasonable in my view but I still would want to know if I liked it before spending that sort of money on it.
What is in that pot?
Inside the pot you will find a dull pink cream it is about the colour of a pale calamine lotion but about as thick as a face cream. On the pot you will find the use by date and sticker telling you who made this batch of the cream. I have had two samples recently, the first came in a small transparent plastic pot and this one came in a small black recyclable pot. The amount I got in the sample has given me about four baths each time so in the samples you do get a good chance to try the stuff.
What is a Shower Smoothie?
Well I wasn't too sure and had I just received this as a gift I would probably have used it as a body cream or moisturiser. In fact this is something you use in the bath or shower. You smear this creamy stuff all over your body when it is slightly damp and then leave it for a while before rinsing it off. This leaves you with a almondy creamy scented moisturised body once you leave your bath or shower.
There aren't any suds so how does it clean?
There is a soapy base to this but obviously not much is in it as it really doesn't lather up much if at all in my view. It is more like smoothing a cream or lotion over your body then rinsing it off. If you are very mucky or fell you need to have some suds then I would suggest you wash with soap first then smear yourself with this gorgeous goo and leave it to do its job before rinsing and enjoying the lovely rose Turkish delight aroma it leaves.
If you have to use soap why bother with this?
I don't use soap on all my body just my bits that need a bit extra. On my main body I just use this as I really love the wonderful creamy feeling that I have after using this. It is packed full of cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil, rapeseed oil and glycerine all of which soak into your skin when it is warm and wet and your pores are open and then it leaves it beautifully moisturised and smelling so wonderfully exotic. There is a hint of ylang ylang , vanilla and jasmine which combine with the almond and coconut to make for a delicious almost eatable smell. The smell does rest on your skin well after you emerge from your bath but is not so strong that it would clash is you wanted to wear a perfume
Why call it a Smoothie?
I think that has to do with how you feel after you get out of the bath or shower. It also has to do with the feeling as you spread or smooth the creamy product over your body. The scent is very subtle but the ylang ylang is quite exotic and combined with the jasmine does give a heady scent to go with the creamy almond and vanilla. The product is also about the consistency of a thick smoothie too so maybe that is why they call it a Shower smoothie.
What are the benefits?
I find this does make me feel clean even though there are no suds to speak of. In fact my skin feels really lovely and not itchy at all. Often after a bath or shower using some soap my skin feels quite dry and itches. After using this and drying myself I can smell a faint creamy vanilla aroma and my skin feels soft and comfortable.
Can you use it every day?
Well yes, I guess you could But I have found that I do like to have some bubbles in some of my baths and showers so I probably wouldn't choose to use it every time. There is also the price of £7.75 for 220g. I used about a dessertspoonful for a bath which is about 10g I would think so you would get about 20 uses from the tub. This works out at just about 35p a bath which is not a bad price for a nice moisturising bath but you don't get any bubbles or fizzing or any other excitement apart from the lovely creamy rather exotic ylang ylang , vanilla and jasmine scent.
Can it be used for other things?
I would say probably not. It looks like a moisturising cream but does has soap ingredients so maybe best not to use as a moisturising lotion. Unlike the shower gels I would not think this would be any good as a shampoo or conditioner but I haven't experimented with these to see.
So would I recommend?
Yes. It is a lovely luxurious moisturising bath product I would buy a full tub as it isn't a bad price. The only thing I would say is that as you use it in the bath or shower and get it out with wet hands some water is bound to get added to the pot and make it go a bit funny so it isn't the most practical idea for a bath product container in reality. I think I would decant some in to a smaller container for use and keep the rest watery hands free in order to keep it fresher
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A little while ago I had been shopping in lush and had reason to let them know about the poor service I had received. Normally everything is wonderful in lush and I was quite surprised to receive bad service. However, when I brought this to their attention they said they would like to send me some things out in the post to say sorry. Never one to turn down a freebie I gladly accepted and one of the items I received was the creamed almond and coconut smoothie. It is a shower soap and it comes in one of the black pots which you can then return to lush when you have five for a free face mask!
==What does it look like?==
Now as I mentioned the smoothie comes in a black pot. I was actually given a 100g tub but you can buy the 250g tub from lush for £7.75. When I initially removed the lid of the tub I have to say I wasn't all that impressed in all honesty. In the tub was a peachy coloured slop which looked much like a face mask in consistency really. When I smelt the product all I thought was it doesn't smell much like either almond or coconut as far as I can tell but I was still willing to give the product a go!
==Using the product==
Now ideally lush say that you should use this in the shower but I personally prefer baths and so I decided I was use it in there. The first time I used it I got some of the product on to my fingers and rubbed it on to my skin. The product does lather but not brilliantly so I decided to add some to a shower puff too and then it lathered a little better. I used this product all over my body and then rinsed it off with the bath water. Whilst the smell is not something that I would say I love I do think that as you use it you become more used to the smell and it is not particularly as unpleasant as I first thought.
What I have also found with this product is that it is perfect for using when you are shaving your legs and such like as a woman! The product just creams up so well that the razor glides effortlessly over the skin and afterwards your skin is left feeling very soft indeed.
Well this shower smoothie really does leave your skin feeling very soft after use and there is no need to apply any moisturiser afterwards which is always a bonus as far as I am concerned as I can be pretty lazy at times when it comes to rubbing creams in to my skin! I have used this on my son too who can have dry skin from time to time and his skin feels even better than mine after use which is excellent!
You need very little of this product for each use and so I can imagine that my small pot will last me a lot longer than I had initially thought. I doubt I would purchase the large pot when this one runs out purely because I do think it is quite expensive when essentially I prefer to use this as a shaving cream rather than a product to cleanse my body!
Despite the fact that I am unlikely to go and buy this product it is a decent offering from lush and it would be even better if they could improve the scent!
Thank you for reading my review!
I thought there must be a reason that I love the smell of this product, despite the scent being subtle to the point of being almost unnoticable - and on checking the ingredients I find that it contains jasmine. Ahh, yes, my favourite! Actually I bought this pot for my daughter for her birthday, because she is always complaining of dry skin, and then she was silly enough to leave it in the bathroom so I stole some to try - shhhhh, don't tell her, she'll never notice. The container is now one of Lush's usual plain and understated black pots, rather than the one pictured above.
This product is designed specifically for dry skin and is one pot solution to getting skin clean and moisturised at the same time. It appealed to me because although my skin isn't particularly dry I do get some dry patches, and I always mean to slap on loads of body butter after a shower but then realise that I have got dressed and forgotten to - it is part absent mindedness and part laziness! Lush say this is ideal to use when you know that your skin needs a bit more attention but you don't have time - it must have been designed with me in mind!
On opening the pot I find that the Smoothie is pale-ish pink and has the consistency of cream cheese (think Philadelphia...) rather than a more liquid smoothie. When scooping some out of the pot, your fingers make indentations that don't go away. (Ooops, that might be what gives me away!) The consistency seems just right for the job, as if it were a bit gloopier I'd definitely drop most of it between my fingers whilst trying to slop it over myself! As it is, a bit ended up on the shower floor but not much.
As I mentioned, the smell is very subtle. The almond and coconut of the name are present, but not in an overpowering way, rather they give the smoothie a very natural food-type smell. This definitely doesn't smell coconutty in a suntan lotion or pina colada sort of way. Instead, the smoothie is perfumed with jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang and labdanum (no idea what this last one smells like I'm afraid). That combination sounds gorgeous and Lush say "there 's no need to waste time spraying on perfume" - but I'm afraid I disagree. It does smell lovely, and my skin smelt lovely afterwards, but only from very close quarters! Actually, this is fine by me, I want my bath or shower to smell lovely whilst I am in it but not clash with anything else I might want to wear.
After using this shower product my skin did feel not only moisturised but really very soft, I was aware that it had definitely made a difference. I would use this again (might even buy my own pot...) but I don't feel as excited about it as I do about many Lush products. It is full of lovely ingredients, as is to be expected, and it is one of Lush's more subtle products. Currently priced at £6.95 for a 250g pot.
Me and my sister used to fight like cat and dog when we were little. We have grown closer as the years have gone on and when she produced a big box of assorted Lush goodies for my birthday she was elevated to the position of my favourite person in the world.
One of my pressies was the almond and coconut shower smoothie. The packaging is no longer the white pot pictured above but is in one of the black screw top pots. Because Lush like to keep packaging to a minimum you can take back five empty pots and receive a free fresh face mask which just gives us Lush addicts an extra excuse to buy more!
I never tried this product for a couple of months because I dont really want to smell like a coconut. When I eventually read the front of the tub it told me it was actually fragranced with vanilla and ylang lang so I headed to the shower to try it out.
The smoothie itself is a very pale tan colour. When you dip your fingers into the tub to scoop some out the smoothie feels extremely soft and luxurious, almost like dipping your fingers into silk. With a little rubbing, it lathers up nicely onto your skin producing loads of small silky white bubbles.
Part of the Lush experience is the lovely frangrances which fill your bathroom when using their delicious products. This is where the shower smoothie failed to impress. I noticed what can only be described as a slightly stale smell, I checked the use buy date and it doesnt expire until next year so that cant account for it. The smell is very delicate, slightly nutty, slightly stale with only a very slight hint of the ylang ylang. It certainly doesnt fill your bathroom with the characteristic Lush clouds of delicious fragrance.
I have very dry skin which is extremely sensitive. The smoothie does feel very soft and smooth when you lather it on but after my shower I certainly didn't feel like I had been pampered or that my skin felt any softer than using a bog standard shower gel.
As you know Lush has a reputation for using natural products with a proven track record in skin care. The active ingredients in this product are Jasmine absolute, Labdanum Resinoid, ylang ylang oil, almond oil and extra virgin coconut oil chosen for their combined cleansing and moisturising properties.
If I were to sum up this product, I would say it was simply OK. We dont go to Lush if we want to buy products that are simply OK; there are plenty of average shower gels out there, we go to Lush because we want to buy something special. The shower smoothie costs a massive £6.95 for a small 250g tub and it is because of the lack of any wow factor that it gets a low rating from me.
Us women will do anything to achieve great skin wont we? How many potions, lotions and miracle creams have you tried in your lifetime that all promise the same thing baby soft and smooth skin? Well Ive tried a few over the years and have paid over the odds for a lot of jars and bottles that have not even come close to doing what they promise.
If I told you to take a pot full of almond and vanilla Angel Delight into the shower with you, then rub it all over your body as you are washing what would you say? The chances are you would probably think I was mad. Dont leave yet though because my little tub of Angel Delight has made my rough bits smooth and my skin has taken on a silkiness that I have not experienced since I was a teenager.
May I present to you my little tub of wonderment, the Creamed Coconut and Almond Smoothie. It sounds like a gorgeous dessert rather than an accompaniment for my daily ablutions doesnt it? Let me tell you the secrets of this wonderful little invention and the chances are you will be scurrying off to Lush to buy some.
I have suffered with dry skin around my elbows and knees for as long as I can remember. Nothing major, but there have always been small patches that are darker in colour to the rest of my skin, and they seem to drink in any lotion or cream I apply. About six months ago I was strolling around the Lush store, and ended up in the bath and shower section. Lush are reknowned for producing a wide range of bath and shower products using only the most natural ingredients, and all are packed with essential oils to moisturise the skin and leave it smooth and silky. Having long been a fan of the soaps, ballistics and bubble bars I decided to try one of the smoothies for the shower. Lush produce three smoothies at present, Coconut and Almond, Dreamwash, and the Gumback Express, so I decided to bring two home to sample. The Smoothie is only available in one size pot, and costs £5.50 for 200g.
As coconut and almonds are two of my favourite scents I was expecting a veritable blast of both when I opened the pot for the first time. Surprisingly enough there is not much hint of coconut, but the almond smell is divine. A gorgeous nutty aroma wafts from the depths of the pot, mixed with vanilla, to give a smell worthy of a luxury chocolate truffle. The Smoothie is a pale pinky peach colour, quite similar to salmon, and really does look like a pot of Angel Delight. I suppose youre now wondering what benefit a tub of Angel Delight can possibly have on your skin? Then read on.
Lush describe the Smoothie as a shower soap. I prefer to call it a shower mousse as the texture is just like slapping Angel Delight all over the skin. Not that Ive ever tried that of course but I can imagine! Dipping your fingers into the pot for the first time is a strange experience. The Smoothie is very cold and has a thick but light texture and it feels quite decadent to think this moussey stuff is going to be rubbed all over your body in the shower. Its like taking a pot of expensive moisturiser into the shower and washing it off so how on earth is it going to work? Well read on and all will be revealed. I normally take a couple of fingers worth of Smoothie at a time and massage it into my skin whilst showering. The lather is immediate, but it is more of a cream than a soap, and absorbs into the skin beautifully, but leaves it feeling moisturised as well. A faint pink hue can be seen on the creamy froth and the smell of vanilla comes more to the forefront when it comes into contact with my skin, although the almonds can still be detected, as well as a really subtle scent of coconut. Sometimes you have to have a good old rub with a shower gel to feel clean, but not with a Smoothie. Any excess dirt is washed away as soon as its creamy lather hits my skin, and it is so gentle that my skin thinks it has been moisturised with baby lotion.
The Smoothie contains two forms of vanilla, a pod and essence, as well as coconut oil, jasmine, almond oil and ylang ylang, and the aromas of the oils and fragrances make this a veritable feast for the skin. It really does seem a shame to use this in the shower when it looks as though it would be more at home on the dessert trolley.
So, how does it compare with other shower soaps? I can honestly say that now Ive used the Smoothie I will buy it rather than normal shower gel. The creaminess of the lather is glorious and makes me feel as if I have spent a fortune on my shower companion, when in reality I havent. Of course it is more expensive than normal shower gels, but a little of the Smoothie goes a long way due to the luxurious lather that it creates. After drying my skin feels soft and smooth and has a gorgeous aroma of vanilla, almonds and a faint hint of coconut for most of the day. I dont need to use a body lotion or cream after showering, which is saving me more money, so I would say that a pot of this is wonderful stuff! Not only that, my has a silkiness that can only be compared with a babys skin, and my dry bits all but vanished within a week of using it for the first time. I really feel as though I have been pampered after a shower with my Smoothie. Who needs to go to the Spa for the day, when you can spend five minutes with a pot of Angel Delight?