“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel / Cream / What it does: Calms, „
Lush shower jellies are big,wibbly-wobbly ...well,jellies!
They look so fantastic sitting in big containers in the shop,and everyone goes in for a wee poke of them every now and again - at one point,Lush was known as ''The shop with the wobbly jellies'' by my friends and I.
I bought 100g of Big Calm just because I'd went in so many times to poke and prod the jellies,never actually buying one.
To use,you have to break a piece off and either make a lather in the palm of your hand or on a sponge. Careful,it's slippery! Many a Lush-a-holic or simply Lush-newb has lost their Shower Jelly down the drain due to it's immense wobblyness.
This particular jelly looks like it's going to the lovely,calming and maybe send you to sleep...how wrong you'd be to believe this!
It smells like booze.
Or,to be it does.
Pina Coladas to be precise!
Which I absolutely love! It's a really lovely,yet unexpected scent.
Every time I used it,I started singing. You can guess which song,hmm?
I find that it dosn't scent your skin a lot,but is still a joy to shower or bathe with simply due to the fact that it's FUN! Brilliant before a night out to get you in the mood for pina coladas and general mis-behaviour.
If you frequently read my reviews, then you'll know I'm a huge Lush junkie and when I remembered that I had huge chunks of this shower jelly in my freezer I decided I should probably review it before it gets discontinued in stores (sadly it's already discontinued online)! I first bought this when it first came out, and have been stocking up on it once a month ever since.
For those of you who don't know what a shower jelly is, it is shower gel in a jelly form. Think of a plate of jelly that you can lather up and then wash with - that's exactly what this is, except you can't eat these ones (although you do want to!).
Unfortunately, I can't provide you with the information that Lush provide for this product as they have taken it off of the website and I no longer have the labels on the tubs as I make my own labels for my Lush things.
Big Calm is a turquoise jelly with white cream jelly marbled through it, which gives the effect of the ocean and waves. This ties in wonderfully with the whole idea for this jelly as it is meant to be a beachy style jelly.
The beach theme is very apparent in the scent which is extremely tropical. You can pick up the strong, refreshing pineapple and coconut scents which remind me of laying on the beach with a Pina Colada in one hand and a magazine in the other. It's always great to be reminded of a good holiday while you're lathering up in the shower, am I right?
To use the shower jellies, you break a small piece off, smush it into a shower puff and then lather it all over your body. When I say break a small piece off, I really mean a small piece, these jellies have amazing lather so if you broke off a larger piece, you'd end up so frothy you'd look like someone just sprayed you with a fire extinguisher (stranger things have happened...).
These jellies are meant for luxury cleansing and boy do they do what they say they do. After a shower with Big Calm, I feel refreshed, clean and smell like my favourite drink, what more could I ask for?!
The price of this jelly varies on the size of the chunk you buy, I bought three large chunks for just under £10 a month ago. Sadly, where you can buy this product is now very limited due to Lush no longer making it. If you can find it in your store, snap it up quick as it could be your last shot to get it (unless they add it to the retro line in the future).
If you stock up on this, I advise you keep one pot in the fridge and any additional pots in the freezer to keep it as fresh as possible, then thaw it out before youw ant to use that particular pot.
- amazing scent
- decent price
- loads of lather
- easy to use
- cleans well
- poor availability
Overall, I truly find this a wonderful product and I will definitely be buying a couple more pots before it goes totally out of stock in my local store as I never want it to end. Damn Lush for discontinuing one of my favourite products :(. Snap it up while you still can!
Thanks for reading!
My eight year old son and I were walking down the road last weekend when he gave me that look. You know the one where they'll either ask where babies come from or will tell you that they have broken the DVD player! Well this time I got 'Mum do you think I should get the Lynx effect' Trying desperately to keep a straight face he explained that as he was growing up Matey bubble bath just didn't cut it any more! He now needed 'man' shower gel and deodorant! Apparently there is a certain girl at school he has his eye on! I thought maybe Lynx was pushing it so we ventured into Lush to see if anything took his fancy. I thought he might shrug it off as too girly too but the shower jellies were 'totally awesome' apparently!
Lush Big Calm Shower Jelly contains coconut and pineapple infusions and seaweed to give an amazing tropical smell. The most obvious smell is the coconut which is really natural and fresh. Oliver did smell a few of the other jellies but he liked the fruity smell of this one. Certainly not too girly! When you see it in the shop it is in a huge slab which they slice bits off and put in boxes. Our slice cost £3.44 it costs £2.15 per 100g. It is a cloudy blue and white oblong that looks like a bar of rowntrees jelly before you add the water without the squares. Obviously being blue was a big plus. I usually pick a cm squared piece off for him before he goes in the bath or shower or he'll end up melting the whole bar but he seems to be able to handle it ok without it flotaing away! I had a sneaky try of it yesterday and I was impressed I stuck a piece deep into a shower puff and it made me feel really clean and lathered up nicely. Oliver uses it for his hair too and whilst I wouldn't use it in my hair it seems fine for his very short hair. His skin was soft after using it and he smelt nicer than before he got in the shower which trust me is a bonus!
I expect our chunck of jelly will last around 2 months with showers every other day, he only uses a little bit, so I don't mind spending that lilttle bit extra on him.
Interestingly you can chill, freeze or use this at room temperature, I'm not convinced its warm enough to cool it just yet but that sounds great for summer! Apparently they don't freeze solid and last longer like that.
The company is against animal testing and uses as many natural ingredients as they can with as little preservatives as possible. All products are made by hand by them, they print their own labels and make their own fragrances.
You can buy these from any Lush store, which as usual is a pleasure to shop in. The assistants are helpful and the smell is divine. My 4 year old daughter came with us in the shop and they gave her a little sample of a bath melt which she was thrilled with! If there are no stores near you, you can also order from their website. www.lush.co.uk
Does it give Oliver the Lynx effect? I seriously hope not but he seems very proud of his new stash of toiletries he is building up and if it gets him to wash himself once in a while then its gets a thumbs up from me!
For those of you who don't know Lush shower jellies are literally what they say...soap jelly for the shower! You can buy these from any Lush stores and even on their online store. This item cost £2.15 per 100g which comes in a cardboard box or a plastic tube depending on the purchase.
This particular jelly is a translucent blue colour with a marbled effect of a solid white that reminds me of the ocean. The name of this product gives away what this jelly is meant to do. Being the 'big calm' it is designed to make your feel relaxed. Inside is an infusion of coconut, pineapple and natural fresh seaweed. It does have a strong smell but not in a sickly way. To me it kind of smells likes bubble gum! And although you cannot smell the individual smells it has a rather tropical feel.
The best thing about these shower jellies is that they go a long way. You don't need to use very much, just cut off a small amount and work through your hands which will make a nice lather. Remember to keep an eye on this stuff as it tends to jump out of your hands! You can use this in your hair as well as all over your body; although when I did this it made my scalp very flaky and I had to re-wash it, whether this was something to do with the jelly itself I don't know.
To store this jelly you can just keep in your bathroom ready for use, or to make it a bit more interesting pop it in your fridge or freezer (They're like vodka - It doesn't go solid) to give a different experience and to make it last longer. This product is a vegan product so anyone can use it.
These are the ingredients in this item.
(From the website)
Coconut and Pineapple Infusion (Cocos nucifera and Ananas sativus), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 61585, Colour 77891, Methylparaben
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
I would definitely buy this again and think items like this make a great present.
I got some of this Lush the big calm shower jelly and I must say, it's my absolute favourite out of all the shower jellies as I just adore coconut. (I LOVE anything that smells of sweets and desserts).
One of the main reasons why I went looking for a shower jelly is because I wanted to have something convenient and something that's not a not liquid to take on holiday with me. I just can't be bothered with the whole you can only take a certain weight in liquid with you so I thought I'd just avoid the whole thing through buying jellies and solid bath products.
This jelly is really cute, it's a blue ocean effect that looks like waves. It's a very pretty colour and smells gorgeous. It smells mainly of coconut and pineapple, which reminds me of a pina colada. This stuff makes me feel like I'm on holiday even when I'm just using it at home. I find this stuff so fun to use because it's like the dessert jelly, it just feels and looks the same and smells so yummy, if I didn't know any better I'd probably want to eat this LOL.
All you do is just break off a little piece and I like to use mine inside my shower gloves or inside my sponge so that it doesn't slip out (as it is very slippery when wet) and fall down the drain. I find that a little goes a long way and the scent lasts for ages too. It leaves my skin feeling clean and so soft and smooth, I really love this stuff. It lathers up so nicely, smells so sweet and leaves my skin feeling so soft and nourished.
I think this is very good value for money as it's only £2.15 for a good amount and it lasts me for well over 2 months if I use it every day. (That's more than I get from my liquid shower soaps).
I highly recommend these for people who like fruity and coconutty scents and these are ideal for holiday as it won't weigh much but will leave you with many washes from just a tiny amount. The fact that it's not a liquid will also help it not to spill or make a mess in your luggage.
When I first tried a Lush Shower Jelly I thought it would be difficult to use because it was very wobbly and I was not just how to put it on my body. It is actually really easy and rub into the skin easily and lather well. So although it looks and feels like a solid jelly, it dissolves easily into a shower gel.
This Big Calm Shower Jelly looks lovely. It is a deep blue turquoise colour with white swirls in it. It is meant to look like a tropical sea and it really does (if you use your imagination!). The smell of this is very tropical. The strongest smell is coconut but there is also some pineapple in there.
This shower gel is really good for your skin and moisturises it well and leaves it feeling soft and invigorated. I think this must be due to the fact it contains seaweed.
The lovely tropical smell lasts on your skin long after you have had a shower and it also made the towels that I used smell really nice, which made the bathroom have a fresh tropical smell.
The only downside is that you can end up using a lot of the product. A little goes a long way so you do not need to over indulge but a jelly isa difficult thing to use if you are not used to it.
100g costs £2.15. Not too bad for a Lush product in my view.
This is a product made by Lush. It is a shower gel but very different to the usual gels it is in a jelly form. After using Whoosh shower jelly I decided to try Big calm.
As described by Lush,' the jelly can be frozen, chilled and jiggled.' They are cool to play with as well as being great products. Basically to use you just break a small amount of the jelly of and lather up and apply to your body.
After using Whoosh shower jelly I decided to try Big calm. It sounded like it would remind me of my holidays which is something I need on these cold days.
It is a very pretty colour made up from different shades of blue and white jus like an ocean wave. It is packaged in brown cardboard boxes and is sold in different sizes so you can pick up the amount of jelly that you will use. Big calm is described as smelling like a tropical cocktail. It has a lovely fragrance of coconut, pineapple and orange. The jelly leaves your skin beautifully soft. It also leaves a pleasant fragrance on your skin.
I have found that the jelly can be a bit difficult to use as it is jelly! Still is does make a nice change. I have also found that it is great to use when you are shaving.
There are several different jellies to choose from. The Lush store often has them out on display so you can smell and look at them. They are not cheap but they are well worth it as a little goes a very long way. Plus there is the unusual factor in it which makes a pleasant change. For 100g of the product it costs £2.15
** The Product **
Lush The Big Calm is a shower jelly, which for those of you unfamiliar with Lush (not many, I'm sure), has the same purpose as a shower gel, but it comes in a tub and looks exactly like edible jelly.
What Lush say about The Big Calm: Big Calm is made with an infusion of coconuts and pineapples with natural seaweed gel to make it (and your skin and hair) nice and soft. It smells like a fresh, tropical drink and looks like a blue ocean with the occasional smooth wave, rhythmically lapping the shore to ease away your troubles as you lounge on a warm beach. That's the idea. Take it with you the short distance to the shower for instant calm (and clean, scented skin).
** The Price and Availability **
The Big Calm comes in a 100g tub which costs £2.15 and is available all year round.
It is available to purchase online at www.lush.co.uk but if you're close to a shop I'd recommend buying that way as you can smell and feel the items first. I have also found the Lush staff to always be extremely helpful and knowledgable on all the items they stock.
** My Opinion **
I actually read about this product online on Lush's website and loved the sound of it. Even the name "The Big Calm" makes you feel a little relaxed. I don't live local to a Lush store so whenever my sister goes off to Edinburgh or Dundee (cities I tend to try and avoid if at all possible), I always send her with a shopping list as long as her arm for Lush. On her latest trip The Big Calm was top of my list.
On my sisters return I delved deep into the brown paper bag (which just to mention, is a great idea, but if it chucks it down with rain and you have several of the largest bottles of shampoo and conditioner in there, you're screwed). I pulled out the clear plastic tub and could see that the contents were kind of in two, although clumped in together. There was a big blob of blue jelly and an ever so slightly smaller blob of white jelly. The look of them together kind of reminded me of the sea, on a choppy day - transparent blue for the sea itself and the white of the waves when they crash.
Now for the smell. Before I even opened the tub I could smell coconut - not my favourite smell, but one I can live with. Yet when the tub is actually opened I can't smell the slightest hint of coconut to begin with. Instead I am greeted by a very fruity smell which slightly resembles pineapple. After a few sniffs, all the scents seem to fuse and it smells exactly like Malibu (the drink). This adds to the feeling I get by looking at it, as it makes me think of lying on a beach somewhere exotic with a cocktail in my hand. What a way to relax!
Up to this point, doesn't this product sound amazing?! Well, here's where it started going downhill for me. Now I've used Lush shower jellies before, so I had been expecting the palava of using it. I use my shower jelly at room temperature (it can also be used chilled or frozen prior to use). As you can imagine with it being the consistency of actual jelly, it's not the easiest to handle with wet hands. This wasn't a problem for me though. As I said I was prepared for this and I knew from previous experience that the best way to use this is to put some on a shower scrunchie, wrap it up (well kind of fold it a bit) and use it like that. By doing this you also get a good lather and you don't waste nearly as much. OK so you still get the odd clumps falling and being washed down the drain, but it's definitely better than the alternative.
The Big Calm left my skin feeling lovely and soft and the smell lasted well for a good few hours after showering, so it's all good in that respect.
So why the loss of stars? Well the biggest let down for me with The Big Calm, is that Lush just got it all wrong in my opinion. It has such a relaxing look and smell that I really think they should've made this a more relaxing product, for the bath perhaps. Even a normal shower gel, but the fact that it's a shower jelly - Lush's least relaxing, most fiddly, annoying, frustrating product to use just kills ALL the relaxation. This is a shame as every other aspect of it is great.
Overall I think if you like the smell and can put up with the faffing about in the shower then it's worth a try. If you want something that's going to relax you, this is certainly not what you're after. Also I know coconut is an aquired scent, so if you are one that's not so keen I'd advise you to give it a miss too.
Probably the most fun looking cosmetic - the reality of it is a little different though.
I am a massive fan of lush products and purchase them ALOT, probably more than the average person :D This shower jelly smells absolutely beautiful ( a nice mix of coconuts and pineapples...not sickening though as coconut smelling things sometimes are.), it also looks amazing and is very reasonably priced
However....how on earth r you supposed to use it?? it isnt really overly effective for washing, used in the shower it just falls everywhere and if you can get it on your body you would probably smell fantastic this proved to be a difficult task for me though :(
It has all the exact same qualities as jelly, and while this may sound alot of fun...maybe its better just to make jelly to eat rather than smother all over your body as a means of washing??
So i wasnt a big fan of it, lush has so many other wonderful products maybe its about time to realise how very useless shower jelly is?!
As a self confessed Lush addict I've taken it upon myself to road test all of their shower products since I moved home last year and no longer have access to a bath. I thought my days of fun at washtime were only until I came across their new shower jellies during a trip to Southampton.
The shower jelly is pretty much a shower gel in a more solid wobbly form, not unlike edible jelly that hasnt quite set properly. There was much amusement from both myself and my boyfriend when we came across the jellies in the store, I must have spent a good half hour prodding, smelling and shaking samples of the stuff whilst trying to decide if I should indulge and if so which one to try. In the end the girlie girl in me won and I treated myself to a small tub of Big Calm, a shower jelly made from an infusion of coconut and pineapple.
This jelly smells like a fortnight in the Caribbean and looks like a small slice of the ocean trapped in time waiting to be unleashed when it hits the water in your shower (or bath) I was very much looking to using the jelly and jumped into the shower eagerly that evening....oh dear it was NOT fun. The jellies being so wibbly wobbly are sold in small recyclable plastic trays which are a right faff to open in the shower, after getting over that hurdle I then tried several times to grab a decent handful of the stuff without losing it down the plughole, much effort was needed to lather the jelly up and even then what I was left with was something of a dissapointment.
I washed all over with it including my hair and was pleasantly surprised how soft it left everything feeling. That said I wouldnt buy this again as it was so flipping tricky to use, plus expensive for the amount - £2,20 for 100g which doesnt go very far. I'll stick to bog standard shower gels from now.
Nice try Lush but I think this is just being different for the sake of it.
Let the light blue ocean colour and the smell of fresh tropical drink wash you away / The infusion of coconuts and pineapples with natural seaweed gel to make it nice and soft / Letting you feel like you never left the beach /