“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Jelly „
Today I'd like the review the Calacas shower jelly by Lush.
My mother got this for me last year around Halloween! I was going on and on about how I want to try it out because I smelt this jelly at the shop and thought it was amazing. I've never had a shower jelly before and so I was curious about the texture as well. I was really happy when my mother presented the little pot to me. :)
I've had a lot of different Lush products before, so my prior experiences were quite good and I wouldn't have hesitated to buy this for myself at some point!
Calacas comes in a clear little plastic pot. On the lid there is a black and white lavel telling your the brand and product name. The product is described as "the spookiest and most refreshing lime jelly to get your bones moving". The little pot is also included in the offer where you get a free fresh face mask if you return five clean full-size pots to the shop.
Further labels are applied to the sides of the pot.
Directions for use are also given: How to use: Chill it, freeze it or use it straight from the pot. Stroke our wobbbly bit over your wobbly bits in the shower.
It is also stated that the seaweed gel in the product is great for your hair and scalp, so you can use it all over. The limited edition bathbomb "The Enchanter" is supposed to have a similar scent to Calacas.
The product is vegan and is good to use for a year.
I was very curious about this product as I've wanted to try it out for ages, but never actually had a shower jelly before!
This jelly is of a dazzling green colour that amazed me when I unscrewed the pot for the first time! It looks funny and wobbly, making showering a playful experience! It surprisingly easy to get out of the pot and stays in shape for quite a while if you don't squeeze it too tight! The part of the jelly that faces down in the pot is imprinted with a skull-design, but of course that was gone quickly. Still a nice little twist!
The scent is very, very fresh, but still has an earthy quality to it that gives it that spooky edge! On the official Lush website, the scent is described as "lime and jelly bean". It's really fresh and playful at the same time. I love it!
However when it comes to it's cleaning effect on the skin, I have to admit that Calacas is more for fun than it is practical. While it's fun to slide the wobbly jelly over your skin and enjoy the great scent and funny texture, the practical use of this product is limited. I just didn't feel clean enough with only this product alone. I defenitely needed to use a proper shower gel or soap bar before or after.
I've also tried out what was recommended on the pot and put the jelly in the freezer for a while and used it frozen. That was very refreshing and fun! Defenitely something different. The jelly still had it's wobbly texture, but was easier to handle and even more refreshing!
Another plus tho: This jelly will last your for ages. I already joked to a friend that my kids will inherit this pot from me. The jelly takes ages to get smaller, so this will last you quite a while .:)
My skin was fine with the jelly and didn't show any negative reactions. Allergics and very sensitive people should check the ingredients before buying.
*Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Propylene Glycol, *Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Shower jellies are £3.25 for 100g or £6.45 for 240g at Lush shops and at www.lush.co.uk.
Calacas is defenitely fun and smells fabulous but for me it just can't replace a shower gel or a soap bar. It's more for fun than for proper cleaning - but hey, that's okay, because you're probably aware of that if you buy a funky product like that! :) After all, you can try it out at the shop before buying and for Lush, this product is quite affordable. Four well-earned stars!
I have a bit of an obsession with Lush and my bathroom shelf is stocked with many bottles of Lush shower gel, cleansers, shampoo and conditioner. One of my favourite Lush items is their shower jelly, as it is a unique product and has a novelty fun factor to it. This Calacas shower jelly is one of the items released as part of the Halloween range. You can buy this product from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £2.95 for a 100g tub.
Product description: "Freeze this spooky skeleton jelly, then lather up with him for a frightfully invigorating shower experience."
Lush released a small range of Halloween items this October, including the Skullduggery ballistic bath bomb, Lady Catarina soap, and Calacas shower jelly. The items were making a re-appearance from last year's Halloween collection, and this shower jelly has remained almost exactly the same. It has the same formulation and scent, but in 2010 it was released in three different colour choices: orange, yellow and green, whereas in 2011 they have done away with the other colours and only produced green Calacas jellies.
Shower jelly is a completely different cleansing product to your ordinary body wash or shower gel. It looks as the name suggests, like a big block of wobbly jelly! It has a firm but squishy texture which can get a bit slippy when it's wet. The Calacas shower jelly looks awesome, and really fits in with the Day of the Dead theme that Lush have chosen. It has a 3D shape taking the form of a skull, and there are decorative indents to give it that Mexican sugar skull style. It can be hard to see when the jelly is squooshed up in its tub, but the jelly really holds it shape and as soon as you remove it from the packaging you can see the cool skull shape and design.
One feature of the shower jelly is that it's consitency is very resistant. It comes in a plastic container to protect it from getting wet which would cause it to deteriorate. You can keep the tub of jelly in your bathroom so it stays at room temperature, or you can put it in the fridge - or even the freezer! - to make it chilled and give you a refreshing wake up call with your morning shower. Keeping it stored in the fridge does seem to help it last a bit longer as the texture stays more solid and the jelly melts less readily when you are using it on your body, so less is needed each time you use it. I prefer to keep my jelly at a warmer temperature though, as I hate the cold feeling of it against my skin when I'm in a nice warm shower or bath. I got at least 2 months of use from this 100g block so I figured it was reasonable value for money, especially as it is such a fun and unique product.
There are several ways that you can use the shower jelly. You can rub the block directly onto your skin, but I find that this is fairly ineffective as it does not create much of a lather and the jelly becomes too wet, making it slippery and difficult to hold on to. I prefer to put on my exfoliating gloves and then rub the jelly between my gloved hands so that the jelly builds up a lather over the gloves. I can then rub this over my body and it helps to cleanse and smooth as well as exfoliate. You can also use this with a bath puff, breaking off a small section of the jelly by tearing it with your fingers, then rubbing it into the bath puff before washing. This helps the jelly to break down properly and creates a nice foamy effect which feels really soft and smoothes over the skin nicely.
I particularly love this shower jelly as the smell of it is incredible. It is a gorgeous blend of exotic Neroli essential oil, and zingy Lime oil and this combination works really well together. The scent is mainly zesty with heavy floral notes and a slight sweet tinge to it as well. The shower jelly is heavily perfumed and when I was using it the scent was very powerful and stayed noticeably on my skin for ages afterwards as well which was a nice bonus.
This is really nice to wash with as the unusual texture means that it glides over my skin and leaves it feeling in good condition. There is Aloe Vera to help care for the skin as well as cleansing it. After using this my skin feels softer and refreshed, and the delicious scent lingers behind. The Calacas shower jelly is a fantastic Halloween edition item, and I would highly recommend it if you're able to get hold of some. This is a great product that is unique and fun to use.
Ingredients: *glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Propylene Glycol, *Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
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If you like this Lush product then you may also enjoy...
+ Skullduggery ballistic bath bomb
+ Lady Catrina soap
+ Whoosh shower jelly
I love Halloween and my favourite store, Lush, always releases some new products for the occasion. Last year, however, they went for something a bit different and decided to celebrate the Day of the Dead instead. The Calacas Shower Jelly was released as one of the limited edition products and I bought one which I thoroughly enjoyed using. Last year it was available in orange, yellow and green; this year it is only available in green which is a bit of a shame but this is still a great colour, as the green is very bright and fun!
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November, in which family members gather to celebrate and remember those who have died. A calaca is a colloquial Spanish term for skeleton and calaca figures of skeletons or skulls are common during the festival. Inspired by this, Lush created the Calacas Shower Jelly which is in the shape of a skull!
The lime green skull is scented, appropriately enough, with lime oil for a refreshing experience and neroli oil which helps to create the lime and jelly bean scent. The smell is the same as the Lady Catrina soap so if you like one you'll like the other. I do think, however, that while the Lady Catrina soap probably appeals to women owing to the purple colour and flowers, Calacas would probably appeal to men or boys just as much as there is nothing particularly feminine about this product! Aloe vera gel is also contained in this product and this is good for sensitive, sore or irritated skin, particularly in the cold weather. I can report that I have experienced no adverse effects from using this product and it certainly doesn't dry out my skin.
A shower jelly is basically a solid shower gel, and it can be frozen or kept in the fridge for a refreshing shower experience. Personally though I've only ever used my shower jellies at room temperature because the kitchen in my house is four floors below the bathroom and I can't be bothered with all that traipsing around! To use the shower jelly, you can rub the whole thing over yourself or break off a smaller piece and use it with a shower puff. I prefer the latter method as you only use a tiny amount and this way it lasts for ages.
After use, the scent lasts on my skin for an hour or two and I feel refreshed and revitalised, as well as somewhat comforted thanks to the fruity lime scent. Though I use moisturiser, I don't need loads as the jelly is good for my skin.
This spooky skull shower jelly costs a very reasonable £2.95 for 100g which isn't bad at all for Lush. I bought one last year and have purchased another as I loved it so much! I highly recommend Calacas and urge you to get down to a Lush store before Halloween in order to sample it before it runs out! I also recommend watching the Day of the Dead video on the Lush website, which can be found at https://phoenix.lush.co.uk/halloween and is incredibly catchy.
I am a complete sucker for seasonal products from Lush so when I was in the store a couple of weeks ago I picked up some goodies. One of them was this Calacas shower jelly which really stood out to me thanks to its bright almost luminous green colouring. Other than being a bright green the other thing which makes it seasonal is that it is shaped like a skull and it is available in the run up to Halloween.
You use the jelly as you would a soap but as I refuse to spend £2.95 on something that is going to melt away after one or two uses I made sure to cut mine in half first. The girl in the shop also told me to put it in the freezer as she said that it would hold its shape better. I did that with the first half and I didn't like it as it was so cold and whilst it might be nice and invigorating on a summer's morning, in the winter I want something a bit less bracing.
Using the jelly is a little strange to begin with as it does tend to flop about a bit and rubbing it all over yourself can be a bit tricky especially when it has dissolved leaving only a little bit left.
The smell is absolutely amazing and one of my favourite that Lush do. It is predominately lime flavoured which I know I would love but it also has a sort of slightly spicy smell to it which really combines perfectly with the sweetness of the lime.
I find that it does an excellent job of not only cleaning my skin and refreshing it but it is also kind and leaves it feeling nice and soft and not irritated or dry feeling in the slightest. It also has amazing longevity and after putting this all over my body I could smell it for the entire day and even when going to bed at night it was still smelling strongly.
I think that the calacas jelly is a really fun product and would make a great little present for someone who likes Halloween instead of buying them chocolates. It is quite expensive for something that only lasts so little time but as it is only sold for a limited amount of time each year I really think it is nice to buy for a treat and I definitely plan on getting myself another one next Halloween.
Lush ' Calacas'
Jelly in the bath?
I've become a bit of a fan of these jellies in Lush initially I thought that they were gimmicky and would melt in the bath water and all that I would be left with was gloop but I have discovered that they are lovely and feel nice and soft to use. Like all Lush products they are not cheap and you will pay £2.95 for this one but not sure how much it weighs. This one is made in the shape of a skeleton for Halloween but mine is actually in a pot and weighs the 100g but I bought mine from Ebay.
The one they have produced for this Halloween is green and scented with lime but mine is the alternative one that is orange and scented with a sort of burnt woody,orange scent.
Calacas is the word for skeleton in Spanish and that is where the name comes from. This year they have actually made it into a skeleton shape and the jelly comes in three different colours and all have the same lime and jelly bean one scent which is lovely and fresh and uplifting especially in the morning. The colours available are green, orange and yellow and as I said the ingredients are no different except for the colour so it is simply a matter of choice in between the three colours.
The jelly is infused with aloe vera gel, to soften and soothe the skin. Lush reckon that the benefits are especially enjoyed when you freeze the jelly as it makes "for a great bracing, sharp shock in the morning - great if you've overdone it with the tequila the night before!" Personally I prefer mine non frozen.
I was very thrilled when my jelly arrived in the mail and eagerly tried it that night in my bath. Mine as i said is a dark orange and has a really lovely citrus scent with a sort of burnt caramel hint mixed with the lime. It is a lovely strong scent and I just love it. It is really like a very floppy bar of soap and when I have the small pots I find it is best to use the entire squiggly lump as soap and lather it all over my body; I then leave it for a few moments so that the scent soaks into my skin before rinsing it off.
It does feel sort of strange and floppy which takes some getting used to but it is much nicer that when I first use a Lush soap as they are often quite hard at the edges and take some using to make them nice and rounded so I can rub them on my body comfortably. This feels so soft and gentle but you have to be careful to hold your hand cupped around it as it does try to slip out as you use it.
If you don't want to use the whole lump as a soap then you can use a small piece and then rub this either on a sponge or flannel or if you have some use it with exfoliating mitts as this way you are less likely to drop the squidgy mass in the bath or shower. If you drop a little piece it is REALLY hard to pick up again as I just keeps slipping out between your fingers so you have to trap it in the sponge or the like. Pinch some of the jelly from the pot and rub it in your hands/sponge/flannel/mitt to lather it up and scrub it on and this means there is no mess left in the bath or shower by bits breaking off and escaping and no tricky slippery jelly to hold on to.
The smell is strongly citrus with a wonderful warm caramel smell too. The main jelly colour is a deep strong orange in my one which is very pretty but as this is very much a scent that could be used by either male or females the colour is also very much unisex too. The woody caramel scent is Olibanum Resinoid which is a sort of frankincense and it is the resin of the Boswellia carterii tree. This resin has a woody, fresh and slightly fruity aroma which mixes brilliantly with the lime and neroli scents.
I feel that this is a great morning scent and with the burnt caramel woody scent this works better than 'Whoosh' for an all seasons jelly. The woody caramel scent makes it more warming and suitable for bonfire nights and autumn and winter mornings.
Like a lot of Lush's products I just love it and what I especially love is that when I get out of my bath I can smell this lovely smell on my skin for quite a few hours which gives me confidence in the fact that I smell nice to others too hopefully.
Lush advertise this jelly in their usual fun way:
"Calacas is a wobbly special for October; a shower jelly in the shape of a skull, with a lime and jelly bean scent that will get your lovely bones dancing, however dreary the autumn days are. Another of the iconic images used in the Day of the Dead celebrations are sugar skulls. You see them everywhere in Mexico around November time; all painted, flowery and truly beautiful. We took inspiration for the mould for our jellies from these and made them into bright, colourful neon wobblers to chill and use in the shower. Calacas means 'skeleton' in Spanish."
What's in this jelly then?
The good things are :
Aloe Vera: for gentle benefits to the skin, good for healing and softening skin
Glycerine and water : both good
Lime Oil- is used for improving circulation and clearing oily skin while detoxifying and clearing the skin of waste material .
Neroli Oil - Is an anti depressant, aphrodisiac, anti septic and bactericidal . It also helps helps in the treatment of broken veins and capillaries under the skin's surface, while at the same time stimulating cell activity and growth.
The jelly is made from carrageenan extract which is a natural and nutritious seaweed gel full of vitamins and minerals and so this is meant to condition skin and also soften hair. I have to say my skin did feel wonderfully pampered after using this so tap marks for that Lush.
Not so good:
We still have the methylparabens and propylparabens which are not so great and are questionable ingredients that help give lather.
There are also colours and other bits and pieces but I won't go on about those and if you are really concerned about this sort of thing I am sure that you are more than capable of investigating the contents yourself.
Is it just a strange sort of soap then?
Well no, as with many Lush products this has multiple uses. Obviously you can use it as it is in its wobbly form as a soft and gentle soap with a refreshingly enlivening scent.
Secondly you can use it as a shampoo and the seaweed gel is supposed to help make your hair soft and of course the smell will stay in your hair for ages. I did try it and found it was hard to keep hold of the gloopy mass but it did feel nice and lathered up well. Obviously the smell is a bit diluted depending on the conditioner you use after it, what a shame they don't make a conditioner with the same scent. My hair was not noticeable soft but my hair is quite course so really never actually feels soft so maybe I am not a good head of hair to test this on.
Thirdly you can put this in the fridge and use it as a cool soap or shampoo when it is really hot outside. You can also take it one stage further and put it in the freezer so then you have a hard very cold soap or shampoo which would be nice in a hot climate but so far I haven't been tempted. I think you would have to freeze it in a rounded container so that it had rounded edges otherwise it could be a bit sharp when using it on your body.
The idea behind freezing is that you can lather your body up with a cold soap and rinse off with hot water a bit like a Turkish bath or sauna experience, hot then cold then hot. I'm not a fan of this hot cold experience and when I use a sauna I never jump back into the pool or have a cold shower as it is not my idea of a pampering at all!
So will you buy this again?
Well I certainly was impressed with this and would recommend it. I am very impressed with this one and love the scent this one is wonderfully pampering and smells a mixture of citrus and a lovely woody scent and is in my view a lovely smell. I have a full pot but will be buying another to save as they will only be around for a few weeks in the shop or on line so if you miss out this month then Ebay is your only option.
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Due to it being close to Halloween and Christmas, Lush has a huge range of new products ready for the coming seasons - both of which I love! I picked up this product along with a few others which I will be reviewing shortly (there is always something!).
I have never tried a jelly from Lush before this, I thought they would just turn a little like the childrens 'gelli-baff' which didn't appeal to me.
== Lush Says.. ==
Calacas is a wobbly special for October; a shower jelly in the shape of a skull, with a lime and jelly bean scent that will get your lovely bones dancing, however dreary the autumn days are. Another of the iconic images used in the Day of the Dead celebrations are sugar skulls. You see them everywhere in Mexico around November time; all painted, flowery and truly beautiful. We took inspiration for the mould for our jellies from these and made them into bright, colourful neon wobblers to chill and use in the shower. Calacas means 'skeleton' in Spanish.
== Price ==
Obviously being Lush, the product does cost a lot compared to other similar things on the market. The jelly is £2.95 for a 100g tub, which for Lush is an average price.
== The Packaging & Jelly ==
The jelly comes in a pot with the usual Lush logo and ingredients etc. The pot is see through behind the black label and allows you to see the bright green jelly inside.
Calacas means skeleton in Spanish which is why the jelly is shaped like a skeleton. It has been around on previous Halloween's but I never noticed it before - not too sure how! There is aloe vera in the jelly to help soften and soothe skin too which is one of the reasons I brought it - poorly skin is never good.
== The Scent ==
I'm not sure whether it is a good or bad thing, but all Halloween goodies have the same scent this year. The fragrance is lime and jelly bean which is very good at waking me up in the morning (or keeping me awake for work at night).
It is very much a scent which could be liked by male or female users.
== Using The Product ==
When it came to using my jelly, I ran my bath the minute I got home and pulled out the skeleton. I love the way its very floppy and gooey but doesn't go all over me. I love how much the fragrance fills the room when you take the lid off!
I used the jelly like you would normal jelly and let it dissolve in my bath, although I did play around with it first as the texture is so strange. I cut mine in half though as it seems a waste to use it all in one bath. It turned my bath a lovely green colour which reminded me of the buckets you do at Halloween, when you have to use your mouth to grab apples.
I did look on the Lush website about how best to use this product and it said to put it in the fridge. I did this with half of my jelly and it turned it cold which I didn't think worked very well. I am going to attempt putting it the freezer, hoping it forms a solid soap to use.
== My Verdict ==
I love this product but then I am biased as I love most of Lush's products. It left my skin feeling amazing and its fun to play with before you use it. I don't like the thought of it only being available in October but then again, it wouldn't be as fun if it was here all year round. The fragrance is also very lovely and worth every second you spend in the bath/shower. I like the idea of you being able to use it as a shampoo or shower gel as well as a bath melt.
== Ingredients ==
*glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Propylene Glycol, *Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occur naturally in essential oils.