“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel „
Lush Deep Sleep Shower Jelly
I am a big fan of Lush's shower jellies and am gradually working my way through as many as I can get. I keep my eye out on Ebay and recently I was lucky enough to win this one which is a retro special on limited release. I paid about £6 including P&P for it from Ebay which is more than I would pay in Lush but as a very rare product I felt it was worth it. It is a small pot containing 100g of jelly.
The jellies come in clear pots the same shape and sizes as the black pots and indeed you can recycle these back to Lush and trade in five clean empty pots for a fresh face mask or a fresh hair mask which I think is a great deal and so generous of Lush as the masks are all over £5 so each pot is worth about £1 in a trade -in.
This one is designed to help you drift off to sleep once out of the bath or shower I would hope. Naturally it has essential oils that are supposed to aid sleep, lavender and chamomile chiefly and because of that, I was expecting a green or even purple shower jelly so I was surprised to see it was orange.
When this arrived in the post I stuck my nose in and initially thought it was a bit underwhelming. I could smell lavender and it was real lavender not artificial sweet smelling stuff. The chamomile isn't really very noticeable but I don't think chamomile has a very strong scent anyway.
That night I tried this out in my evening bath. It smelled more strongly once mixed with warm water into lather. It lathered up really nicely and the jelly was strong enough to not fall apart as some have in the past. It obviously smelled quite strong because my husband commented on lavender as soon as he came upstairs.
USING THE JELLIES TAKES PRACTICE
When I use this jelly I find 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.
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.
Lavender essential oil everyone knows is well known for its relaxation qualities and the smell takes me back to my summer when I was an au pair in the south of France, it really is a very lovely scent and so evocative too.
Chamomile tea fed to Peter Rabbit and his brothers and sisters when they were sick is a gentle calming herb not only great as a tea but also for sensitive skin too.
This jelly also has an infusion of sunflower petals, fresh orange juice and gardenia extract all of which presumably help the scent and provide some hidden benefits.
Neroli oil is there to lift the scent a little into freshness with its citrus smell.
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.
There are however some not so great ingredients and if you suffer from skin allergies it is always best to check these.
We still have the methylparabens and propylparabens which are not so great and are questionable ingredients that help give lather.
There are also colours, radiant gold lutre 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 THIS JUST A NOVELTY SOAP?
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! 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" .Personally I prefer mine non frozen.
Well I loved this scent and would recommend the jellies as well. The scent this one is wonderfully calming and gentle and makes a nice relaxing change for a bath product. It smells of lavender with a gentle citrus lift mixed in and in my view a lovely smell. I have a full pot and am not sure when I will be able to get this one again as it is from the retro range but maybe Lush will bring it out for a special release sometime in the future. If not then Ebay is your only option and that only when someone has been lucky enough to find one they don't want.
Taking one star off for the not so great ingredients.
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