“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
I have managed to overcome my Lush addiction - oh yes, it can be done! That said, I do still receive lovely Lush gifts sometimes from friends who are aware of my past obsession. One such gift I received previously is this Dirty Springwash Shower Gel, which is available to buy from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £4.45 for a 100g bottle, £8.95 for a 250g bottle and £15.45 for a 500g bottle.
Product description: "A shower gel to feel you leaving minty fresh and alert.
Springwash leaves skin feeling tingly fresh and invigorated - perfect after a workout at the gym. It's part of the Dirty range, which includes perfume (liquid and solid), body spray, styling cream, shaving cream, soap. Combine the shower gel, styling cream and shower cream, which each contain a different element of the Dirty fragrance, for the complete scent."
The Dirty range was originally produced by Lush's sister company, B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, and has been picked up by Lush after the other ranges were discontinued. This shower gel now comes in the standard Lush packaging with the simple black and white labelling. It comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows the product to show through, and this is good because it allows you to see exactly how much you have left. The bottle has a plastic flip top lid and you have to tilt the bottle up and squeeze it to dispense the gel.
The gel itself is a rich, deep shade of blue which makes me think of tropical oceans. It has quite a thin consistency and flows freely from the bottle. I like to use this with my trusty shower puff and it creates a huge amount of foamy lather, although in practice the lather seems to be what I can only describe as insubstantial and "hollow". The foam is plentiful but it does not feel soft or creamy and I have to really work hard and scrub it over my skin to feel like it is actually having any cleansing effect. It doesn't take a lot of gel to produce a lot of bubbles, but I do find myself topping up the amount of gel on my shower puff in order to get myself properly clean. According to the information on the label, this shower gel can also be used as a shampoo to wash your hair with, but I have not tried this myself.
Lush are well known for their unique fragrances, and the scent is normally my favourite thing about any of their products. In this case I was hugely disappointed, as the Dirty Springwash scent comes across as an odd mixture of musky and woody with only a hint of mint thrown in the mix. This was not the strong, refreshing scent that I was expecting, and I have to say that if you just want a crisp, clear minty scented shower gel then you can't go wrong with the Original Source mint range, which happens to be a lot cheaper and also has a much more invigorating scent.
Overall, I really can't recommend this product at all. I found it to be very disappointing in comparison to other Lush products which are of a far higher quality. I wouldn't buy this for myself as it took a lot of effort to really feel clean when washing with it, and I really dislike this scent, although maybe it is just better suited to mens tastes.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl Ionone, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Every Christmas my friend and I exchange Lush gift sets as we are both Lush addicts and this year she bought me an 'Uplifted' gift set which contained a range of products from Lush which are supposed to leave the user feeling uplifted and carefree.
Most of the items in the set I had used before but there was a couple which I hadn't tried before. One of the ones I hadn't used before was the Dirty body wash. I knew about it and knew it was a big seller for lush but there was something about it which just hadn't appealed to me before.
I think the main reason that I hadn't bought it before was probably the colour as it is a sea blue and amongst the brightly coloured Lush items in the store it just hadn't stood out to me. Like all the other body washes it comes in three different sizes, a 100g bottle, a 250g bottle and a huge 500g bottle. The bottle I received in the set was a 100g bottle which normally retails at £4.45.
Lush say that this is supposed be like a dip in a mountain spring and that it is supposed to cool and invigorate the skin while in a hot shower. I was a little bit nervous about using this in winter as I have used cooling shower gels before and while they feel lovely in summer they are not so pleasant in winter when you get out the shower and feel the cold air against your skin.
This contains menthol and spearmint oil which is what cools the skin down. It also has loads of other ingredients in it but I won't list them all here as there are loads. The smell of this is minty which is nice but I have to be honest when it comes to my shower gels I usually like them to be a bit fruitier or sweeter than this. I thought this was a little bit masculine to be honest but not so much that it is unusable for women.
As a shower gel this works amazing and it really froths up and gives a lovely lather especially when it is used with a puff. I have to say that although I personally am not very keen on the fact it is so minty it is lovely and refreshing in the mornings and it does help to wake me up. The cooling of the menthol and mint isn't as intense as some others and is more just a slight tingle on my skin instead of leaving it freezing cold.
This wasn't too harsh on my skin and didn't really dry it out or leave it feeling irritated either. Although I couldn't really feel any rough particles in it I did feel that this actually exfoliated my skin too and left it feeling and looking smoother than it did before and left it in nice condition for moisturising it afterwards.
This isn't my favourite Lush shower gel by a long shot but that is more to do with my personal preference of the scent not being my favourite. If you like mint then you will love this and as a shower gel it works really well. I wouldn't buy this again for myself in winter but I might actually be tempted to buy it in summer when it is warmer as this would feel nice against my skin then and also I think the scent lends itself better to warmer weather.
I got my bottle of Dirty Springwash shower gel in a Lush gift set for my birthday. Although I was familiar with the name of the product, I wasn't familiar with the scent of it. In all honesty when I flipped open the lid of the bottle I wasn't too keen on the fragrance and I don't think there is anything in particular that would have drawn me to pick this up in the shop. That said, I was pleased to get the opportunity to try this out and have been using it over the past couple of weeks.
The shower gel is packaged in the same way as all Lush shower gels - a plain, clear plastic bottle with black flip top lid and black and white label. It's all very basic but then Lush always say that they like to spend money on the product rather than the packaging, which I think is fair enough.
The bottle describes this as being 'like a dip in a mountain spring with spearmint and menthol to make your skin feel cool in a hot shower' and notes that it is suitable for vegans. The gel can be used on the hair as well as the body, however having very long, tangly hair I have never dared try it that way, so this review refers solely to its use as a shower gel.
The shower gel is depicted on the Lush website as being a sort of deep royal blue colour, but mine is actually more of a turquoise colour. Perhaps with it containing natural ingredients the colour varies from bottle to bottle?
I said at the beginning of the review that when in the bottle I wasn't keen on the fragrance. Containing spearmint and menthol, the shower has a rather strong minty aroma. The predominant scent to me is the spearmint and it is quite clearly spearmint rather than any other mint variety. I actually felt that the scent smells nicer on the skin than it does in the bottle. In the bottle it has a slightly sickly sweet undertone to it which doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the scent, yet I don't seem to notice this when using the product.
The gel itself is fairly runny I would say, but not to the point that it is watery. I have sometimes found that the Lush products don't foam too well, so was surprised that I got quite a thick, creamy lather from this when I massaged it into my skin. I have to contest their claim that this feels cooling in a hot shower as I've personally never found that. I am also using an Original Source mint and tea tree shaving gel at the moment (it's from the men's range but my husband said it stung his face so I nabbed it for my legs!) and I find that is immediately and noticeably cooling on my skin. Given this, I do feel it's the shower gel not working, rather than me having some kind of immunity to the ingredients.!
After using this my skin feels clean and soft and not at all dried out, which is something I always worry about when changing products. I don't notice the scent lingering on my skin at all after use which is a shame, but not really the end of the world as more often than not I apply a scented body lotion over the top anyway.
The gel comes in three different sizes and I have the smallest of the three. As the products are made with fresh ingredients they do have an expiry date. Mine was made in May 2012 and doesn't expire until July 2013, so it has a reasonably long shelf life.
Prices are as follows:
100g - £4.45
250g - £8.95
500g - £15.45
The gel is available from lush.co.uk or Lush stores.
On the whole I do feel those prices are quite expensive for a shower gel and I'm not really sure this product is worth it. As a shower gel it is nice enough, but in my opinion there is nothing to set it apart from a shower gel costing £2 in the local supermarket. Whilst I will continue to use this gel I don't think I could really recommend it and I wont be going out of my way to buy another bottle. If you're desperate to try a Lush shower gel, I'd suggest Happy Hippy or Snow Fairy over this one any day!
About a year ago, Lush introduced a new range into their stores: the Dirty range. Most of their ranges are unisex, a few are quite girly, but this was designed as more of a masculine range.
The philosophy behind the range was the idea that spearmint is an aphrodisiac, and it has been used in the range along with other fresh herbal notes. Different aspects of the scent come out in different products, and you can use one or all of them to layer the scent. The Dirty Springwash Shower Gel was an addition to the varied range of shower gels Lush produce. Though the Dirty range was designed for men, I loved the smell and wanted to try the products so bought them anyway!
The shower gel is a lovely jewel-like bright blue colour, showcased effectively in one of Lush's clear plastic bottles with a black label. It is available in three sizes: 100g costing £4.25, 250g priced at £8.50 and 500g costing £14.95. I got the smallest bottle to give the shower gel a try.
The shower gel smells lovely: of all the products in the range, it is probably the one that smells the most like mint. It contains spearmint oil and menthol crystals to cool you down: The Lush website suggests it is ideal for use after exercise. It also contains sodium bicarbonate (used in cooking, and very safe) to soften the water and create more bubbles. It's worth noting that the product also contains sodium laureth sulfate, which is a foaming agent used in the vast majority of shower and shampoo products, and has been known to cause skin irritation in some people (though many including me are fine with it). The gel is suitable for vegans and also contains sea salt, to add to the freshness and softness of the shower gel.
I always use a shower puff to wash myself, and only need a tiny amount of this gel to create a good lather. The fresh minty scent is refreshing and revitalising and I enjoy showering with this gel, both in the morning to wake me up and after I've been to the gym to cool me down.
The gel doesn't actively moisturise my skin - I still need to apply moisturiser - but it doesn't dry it out either. Sadly the scent doesn't last on my skin, but I do feel more refreshed and prepared for the day ahead.
I really like this shower gel. It's a little pricey, but it smells lovely, is pleasant to use, unisex and really refreshing.
First impression you have the same Lush bottle that you find across the entire range which I personally really like it has the black label with white writing and the logo across the top again in the same way that all the bottled products are labelled.
One thing you find on the lush bottles which I really like are the small round stickers which has a drawing of whoever it was which created the product you're buying and also there name written underneath. I just think this adds a nice personal touch to the product and knowing they made it rather than it being massed produce by machine is also reassuring.
I got the biggest bottle available but it comes in 3 different sizes but you will notice you make quite a reasonable saving the more you buy.
100g - £4.25
250g - £8.50
500g - £14.95
Obviously you'll notice looking at the price that it's quite pricey especially if you're comparing to cheaper options you may pick up in the supermarket. But for me there's a number of different reasons I will always pay the extra for Lush products =
Knowing exactly what's in your products as everything they use has a natural source and using the website you can see what's in and even more in-depth information about the individual ingredients.
Here's the ingredients from the Lush site -
Natural Ingredients are:
Water, Glycerine, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Methyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 42090, Methylparaben
All the packaging is recycled and is fully recyclable you can also take in your empty Lush pots and bottle tops and for 5 black pots they will reward you with a face mask which would usually come at a cost of £5.75 (they're amazing as well).
Absolutely no animal testing and all the products are sourced in the most ethical way and Lush employees are actually sent to inspect that everything is living up to the high standards (and rightfully so) that they have set.
Also could be included in here as it is a big plus for me is that a lot of the products including this one are made from completely Vegan ingredients which cannot be said for a huge amount of the other alternatives on the market.
Great quality products everything has been made using fresh ingredients and also natural ingredients meaning it's very good for your skin especially if you can sometimes suffer from irritation with the chemicals in other products.
(the above text is slightly edited as it is relevant across all my Lush reviews)
The actual conditioner is a really nice blue colour it for some reason reminds me of aquariums which is a pretty nice thing I suppose haha.
The smell you get when you first open and smell it out the bottle is a really intense smell of spearmint it smells pretty much identical to toothpaste in my opinion which was off putting for me as I'm not a huge fan of that particular scent.
When you apply the shower gel it does somewhat reduce the intensity of the spearmint smell but it is still quite overpowering and for me far too strong. If you like the smell though it does last very well and you can usually notice you still have the smell hanging on to you after a good few hours and although I'm not a big fan it is quite a refreshing smell none the less.
The shower gel comes out a bit thicker than the other Lush Shower Gels I have used which isn't a problem at all as when you mix it with a bit of water it bubbles up just as well as the others.
It lathers up much more than you would expect even from using a tiny amount 2 small blobs in my hand is about enough to clean my entire body. But to get the most out of it as it is quite expensive so people would want to be sparing with how much they use I recommend getting a sponge as it foams up amazing off one tiny blob and is probably enough to give yourself a full clean 2-3 times.
As a shower gel I can't fault it you definitely feel clean after using it ... just kind of like you've showered in toothpaste. But my skin did feel really nice after using it and very healthy due to all the skin friendly ingredients used.
This is one of the few products which features largely across the store so you could pick up a few things and match them rather than having things mixed and matched.
If you like the smell of toothpaste and strong minty smells this is definitely for you but unfortunately it didn't do anything for me.
Lush Dirty Spring Wash shower gel
I LOVE lush shower gels (among some of their other products) and slowly I am working my way through some of the ones they currently have to offer.
What initially caught my attention about the Dirty Spring Wash shower gel was the very vibrant blue colour of it. I was intrigued to find out what would smell like blue. So far in my experience of Lush they often pair up colours with scents, for example the grass green of the Grass shower gel or the girly pink with a hint of sparkle of snow fairy.
So what does blue smell like? Mouthwash!
Let me explain.
Lush say: "Dirty Spring Was shower gel is like a dip in a mountain spring, with spearmint and menthol to make your skin feel cool in a hot shower."
And apart from the dip in a mountain spring (which I have never tried but it's certainly on my to-do list before I die) I couldn't agree more with Lush's description. But it does mean that the fragrance of the Lush Dirty shower gel really reminds me of mouthwash but and I hasten to add, in a very pleasant way.
Could you ever love a mouthwash inspired shower gel?
Yes, yes, and yes. It's lovely, with quite a sweet strong spearmint scent taking centre stage. It makes for a great morning shower gel and definitely one that can drag you from sleepiness even at the earliest hours of the morning. I would also like to add that in my experience the Dirty shower gel maybe isn't a cure for a hangover but it can certainly ease the headachy feeling and clear your head a bit.
Although Lush Dirty spring wash shower gel does lather well it doesn't lather as well as some of the other Lush shower gels that I have tried. But having said that a little of this, especially if you use a shower puff goes a really long way. I have had my 100g bottle for a couple of weeks now and even with daily usage I've only used about half of it, so I have many more minty mornings ahead of me to look forward to!
Unfortunately Lush products don't come cheap and that's the main reason why I always use a shower puff with the Lush shower gels to make sure I get as many applications as possible. But even considering the expensive price tag I still think the Dirty Spring Wash shower gel is worth purchasing, because it does last and it smells lovely. I also like supporting Lush because although not all of their products are made from natural ingredients unlike a number of other brands out there they try and keep any chemical use to a minimum.
Prices (as of date of review):
100g - £4.25
250g - £8.50
500g - £14.95
As with most of the Lush shower gels that I have tried you can use the Dirty Spring Wash as both a shower gel and a shampoo. I have now used the shower gel a couple of times as a shampoo and it's pretty good, not quite as good as some of the Lush shampoos, but still surprising good. I found my hair was left in good condition after using the Dirty Spring Wash shower gel even after my hair had been for a lovely swim in a chlorine filled pool. Personally, I love the multi-purpose nature of a lot of Lush products it means when I go for a weekend away or to the gym I can cart around one less thing and just pack the shower gel.
What I do really like about the Dirty shower gel is that the fragrance remains on my skin even after I'm all dry. It's also a great unisex fragrance, which is something that isn't always true of a lot of Lush products. This is one shower gel that my husband likes and one that he wouldn't be ashamed to take with him to the gym - unlike my all time favourite Snow Fairy.
Recommended? Yes, yes, yes. It's a lovely shower gel and although it does have a rather unique minty fragrance I love it. It will definitely be a shower gel that will be making an appearance in my bathroom time after time.
Four out of five stars.
Do have a sniff of Dirty Spring Wash next time you are in a Lush store.
As a man Lush isn't really a shop that I feel all that confident going into but they actually do some decent men's products as well as ladies which might be a surprise to some as it was to me until I first received a gift set from there one birthday. This year for Christmas a friend got me a gift set from the Dirty range of products which are especially designed for men (but like most Lush products for men are unisex enough that both men and women could wear them with ease). As part of the set there was a Dirty Springwash shower gel which can be bought separately for £8.50 for a 250g bottle and £14.95 for a 500g bottle which for me is expensive for a high street brand but it is excellent quality and just as good as my Molton Brown shower gel which was more expensive.
Apparently this shower gel and the rest of the Dirty range all smell slightly different to each other and together are all supposed to complement each other. I haven't tried the aftershave or body spray yet but after using this I am planning on getting some as I think it smells great and totally different to most male scents on the market. The shower gel contains mint and menthol which are supposed to wake you up in the mornings and leave skin feeling cool and invigorated. I can vouch for the invigorated part and after using this I really did feel as though my whole body was more refreshed and zingy for want of a better word. I'd imagine this would be amazing to use when the weather is really hot as it really does cool the skin down and you can feel the breeze on your skin when you get out of the bath or shower which might not sound nice when it's cold weather but is actually quite a pleasant experience.
Lathering up with this shower gel is great and you can see why it is so expensive as you only need the smallest amount to be able to get a great lather from it. The lather is really thick and it produces lots of foam. As well as being a shower gel you can also use it as a shampoo and while I normally don't use shower gels which can supposedly be used on hair on myself as I find that they are usually too harsh and leave my hair looking and feeling dry and frizzy this one was fine on my hair. I won't say it left it looking great but it didn't leave it with that horrible squeaking sound when washing it out which usually means the shampoo has stripped your hair of every available bit of moisture and when it was dry it looked just the same as when I use my normal shampoo which is good as I am lazy and like the idea of using one product in the shower.
As for cleaning the shower gel left my skin feeling really clean but again like on my hair it didn't leave it feeling really dry and as though it had stripped every bit of natural moisture from it. I also have really sensitive skin and a lot of shower gels can leave me itchy, dry and red but this one doesn't and my skin is left feeling comfortable and without any sort of redness of blotchiness and itching.
The smell of the shower gel is amazing and as soon as you open it the smell is quite strong. Obviously because of the mint and menthol the smell is going to be spearminty but it also has a slight herbal smell to it. It does smell a little like mouthwash to begin with but when it's on the skin the smell is less minty and the herbal part of it really comes out. There is something really fresh about the smell and it really does smell clean and fresh.
When I get out of the shower I can smell the gel on my skin and again you can tell the quality as the smell lasts throughout the whole day and it doesn't fade too much. I was really pleasantly surprised with just how long the scent lasted and it was definitely up there with my more expensive Molton Brown shower gel in terms of longevity.
For the money charging I would expect the best ingredients to have been used in the making of this shower gel and according to Lush it contains such natural essential oils such as spearmint oils and thyme oils. Also because it is from Lush you can be assured the ingredients are as natural as you can get and also cruelty free. It also contains fine sea salt and bicarbonate which is probably why it cleans the skin so well and leaves it looking and feeling smooth.
I would definitely recommend this shower gel to both men and women. The fresh minty smell makes a nice change from the usual fragrances that are available and as solely a shower and hair gel it works amazingly well. Yes it is expensive but the quality is so much better than a £2 bottle of shower gel from boots. You also get a massive bottle for your money and because you only need so little to cover your entire body a bottle of Dirty Springwash shower gel will last you for absolutely ages.
I bought Lush Dirty shower gel as i was very attracted to the smell, i love mint and minty type smells and this is certainly that type of smell, I find it also smells slightly salty and it works wonders for waking me up in the morning.
I love the colour of this product, it's a very nice, clear blue that pretty much screams "clean" when you set eyes on it, It has quite a good lather and a little goes a long way as i've found with almost all lush products i've used in the past and present. This product leaves the skin tingling after every use, not always a great feeling in the winter mornings but as previously mentioned it really wakes me up in the morning, i've used other products that have left my skin tingling but none as effectively as Dirty by lush, the bottle is standard lush packaging, clear bottle with a flip cap and a black label which has the name and a wee description of the product.
Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is a product from the store Lush. It is suitable to use as a shampoo also.
It has a unique smell that is fresh, invigorating and deep, it reminds me of the sea. I find the smell quite sexy and sensual! The smell stays with you throughout the day too. The prominent scents are spearmint and menthol.
It is a turquoise blue in colour and comes in a variety of sizes and therefore a variety of prices, suitable for various budgets!
The great thing about this item is you only need a small amount to create a great frothy lather, so it's very economical! I like to use this product when I need refreshing or if I'm going on a night out, it makes me feel clean and refreshed!
So if you happen to fall in love with the smell and product like I have then you can have a range of items from the Dirty Range that match, which I find to be quite a unique selling point. I like things to match and the fact that Lush offers this is a big attraction.
As a Lush fan when this came out I had to have a sniff. Love at first sniff it was. The spearmint and menthol crystals prove to be a fantastic head clearer for those in particular with colds and hangovers. I've personally found it amazing in the summer or after a hard work out in the gym in a cool shower. When layered with some of the other Dirty products (especially the online only Dirty fragrance) the smell is immense. As with all of Lush's shower gels it's also really moisturising and can be used in your hair as a shampoo if you're in a rush or just want that smell to linger that little bit more.
Not meaning to blow my own trumpet but a few times people have asked on a night out what it is I smell of and they seem impressed by it.
All in all it's one of those products that I now wonder how I lived without. The tingly mint smell is one that I shall use on a regular basis and look forward to what other Dirty wonders are created at those by Lush HQ.
Dirty Springwater Shower gel
You haven't heard of Lush?
I cannot imagine that anyone reading this has not heard of the lovely cosmetic/toiletry company called 'Lush' that started way back in the 80s as 'Cosmetics to go'. They make the most wonderful smelling and exciting things for pampering and they are very keen to support Fair Trade and eco ingredients. All their products are free from most nasty additives and not tested on animals.
Lush state :
"We believe in making effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics, without animal ingredients, and in writing the quantitative ingredient list on the outside.
We also believe in buying only from companies that test for safety without the involvement of animals and in testing our products on humans"
We are lucky enough to have a lovely Lush shop in the new Westfield centre in Derby and I get pulled in by the tempting smell every time I walk past. One time I was given a fresh face mask as a freebie and last week one of the lovely friendly and not at all pushy staff members gave me a small plastic pot of their new shower gel 'DIRTY' to try. I love having freebies and so was looking forward to trying this in my evening bath.
Why Dirty? A very strange name for a bath product
This is the product description on the website for "Dirty" Shower gel:
"After a dirty night on the tiles, jolt yourself back to reality with our tingly spearmint shower gel. Springwash is like a dip in a mountain spring, just in time for the weather getting warmer; spearmint and menthol crystals will make your skin feel cool in a hot shower and give it a sweeter scent than peppermint. If you're living in a hard water area, the sodium bicarbonate helps to soften it and give a frothy lather. Your bits will feel fresher in no time."
Now that the weather's improving, it's time to start indulging. This new shower gel is made the
Dirty shower gel is one of a few products from Lush with this fragrance. Other products in this range include, 'Dirty' Styling cream for hair, 'Dirty' body spray, 'Dirty'shaving cream, 'Dirty 'perfume in various forms and finally a 'Dirty' solid toothpaste. It was a popular fragrance in Lush's twin shop 'Never To Busy to Be Beautiful' and I have absolutely no idea where its name came from .
Dirty Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.25, 250ml = £8.50, 500ml = £14.95. I agree that this is not a cheap gel but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a good lather. When I was in the shop the bottles had the usual 'packed by' sticker on it and a use by date but I don't get too worried by these days as I am not eating it after all. It comes in the standard Lush bottle with a flip top lid - at present these are not recyclable through Lush which their tubs are but hopefully they will do this in future. Mine of course was in a small plastic tub and had no identifying labels on it but I was there when they poured it from the bottle into my pot. At these prices I must have at least £1 s worth in my pot!
Okay enough of the story behind what is it like?
The gel is a wonderful clear blue colour and mine is quite thin - a bit like washing up liquid consistency. I dipped my finger in to the pot and the amount that came out was enough for one half of my upper body so you really need only the smallest amount to get a really good smooth lather. I like to let it soak in for a while before rinsing so that I can enjoy the lovely fresh minty smell. I find about a 2p amount in my hand is more than enough to create a good lather all over me and I can enjoy the wonderful spearmint and menthol aroma waking me up in the morning.
What do they put in this lovely deep blue gel?
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil , Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil , Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl Ionone, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The main ingredients providing the special properties in this gorgeous blue goo are:
Spearmint Oil - Spearmint oil is both cleansing and uplifting, and the aroma will help sharpen the senses and make you more alert..
Menthol Crystals - are cooling and soothing and help relieve skin irritations
Thyme Oil - is a natural antiseptic and anti bacterial agent.
Hydroxycitronellal - is a chemical used in fragrances giving a fresh floral odour a bit like Lily of the Valley.
Does it feel good and work well?
I am not one for showers as I love to lie and linger in a warm bath so I use this in my bath. I love the smell I lie and close my eyes and the fresh minty aroma gradually wakes me up and lifts me ready for the day ahead I would not use this at night time as it really is a refreshing lifting smell.
The initial smell of fresh menthol moves on to the more minty and thyme elements and what lingers on your skin are the flowery sweet notes rather than the minty smell which I personally I pleased about as I didn't really want to smell like I have washed in toothpaste.
The other thing I like about Lush products is that when you use them in your bath or shower then the whole bathroom and our adjoining bedroom gets an air freshen as well. This 'Dirty' gel does have the same strong fresh smell so it does linger in the bathroom and I can smell fresh floral sweetness on my skin long after my bath in the same way as other stronger Lush smells.
Not Quite so Great:
Lush products claim not to be full of unpleasant chemicals it should be okay for sensitive skin but it is always advisable to check if something you are going to use contains anything that you are allergic to.
Lush do somewhat gloss over the less great contents. I have done a bit of research and have discovered that some of these so called natural contents are anything but.
Linalool: See this site http://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/21702.htm this appears to be a rather unpleasant chemical which is an eye and skin irritant as well as other undesirable potential health effects.
Methylparbens: see this site http://www.ehow.com/about_5453218_dangers-methylparaben.html These seem to be equally undersirable and can cause skin problems as well as possible links to male infertility and breast cancer!
Who is this product for?
This is a Lush unisex product meaning it is suitable for males and females and I would agree that it doesn't have an overly flowery feminine scent and I can't imagine a man being embarrassed to smell of this but I really like it too .
Is it just a shower gel then?
Lush shower gels can all be used as bath gels and shampoos as well. I tend not to use them as shampoos as I always have shampoo for dry hair and like my conditioner to match. I tend to use the Lush bar shampoos when travelling to save weight and spillage accidents. I do also use the solid conditioner for travelling for the same reason. However if you were going on short holiday you could take this small bottle ( 100ml is allowed in hand baggage) and it would serve as a shower gel and shampoo and that way you need not take lots of bottles and can still travel light with only carryon luggage. I was told that you can even wash your clothes with this but it is an expensive option for this purpose in my view .
I like this bath and shower gel, it is a nice fresh minty menthol smell which is refreshing and uplifting. It is so soothing and gentle on my skin which is quite sensitive and sometimes reacts badly to shower gels. I think it would be nice to use after a day in the sun because of the cooling menthol and minty ingredients. It smells very fresh and one I would enjoy in my morning bath or shower. It is very expensive but as you only need a small amount it does last quite a long time so probably works out as economical as some others in the long term.
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