“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Wash / What it does: Smoothes, „
I love to buy products from Lush because they contain natural ingredients, smell delicious and make day to day tasks more enjoyable. On one of my stops at the store with the rather lovely sounding Dreamwash Shower Smoothie.
What does the product do?
The product is designed to be a shower soap which will gently cleanse the skin as well as soothing it with Chamomile and Aloe Vera gel. It is perfect for both sensitive skin and for skin that has been exposed to the sun as it cools and hydrates the body again. It promises to nourish and strengthen the skin leaving it feeling both more comfortable and in a better condition. It also contains Coconut Oil and Glycerin in order to hydrate the skin leaving it softer and smooth. It is basically a moisturiser and shower gel mixed into one lovely product. The aromas of Lavender, Rose and Chamomile have been included to leave your mind as calm as your skin.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the shower or bath although I find this much easier to use in the shower because it gets washed away before it can get to work in the bath. I take a big scoop and massage it all over my body without the water running onto it. I then leave it to soak in while putting shampoo in my hair and then I rinse the product back off again.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within the typical black Lush packaging which is a black tub with a pull off lid. It is covered in white writing about the product, detailing what's in the product and how to use the product. It also comes with an expiration date because of the natural ingredients inside.
Application and Performance
The product has quite a strong and pungent strong that is quite earthy. It smells strongly of chamomile which reminds of having chicken pox as a child mixed with a herbal aroma. It's not exactly unpleasant but I certainly wouldn't want the aroma to linger for long on my skin. When you remove the lid, the product actually looks a little bit like strawberry ice cream that has started to melt. It has a thick consistency that it more of a cream than a gel and isn't actually much like a soap at all.
When you apply it to the skin, it feels more like you are applying a lotion to the body rather than a cleanser. It has a really rich and luxurious consistency which does make you feel like your giving your body a real treat. It doesn't foam or make a lather on my skin that rather coats me in a paste that makes you look quite funny. It is gentle on the skin and I've used it on my sun burnt skin and it does feel very soothing and comforting. The product has been designed for those who have sensitive skin and it certainly didn't irritate me or cause my skin to experience any discomfort. It is a bit of a pain to get off and I use a damp flannel to wipe it off in the shower because it does stick to the skin. This is another reason why I don't like to use it in the bath because it hangs around in the water refusing to dissolve.
Once the product is off, my skin doesn't feel as smooth or as soft as expected but then it certainly doesn't feel dry or tight either. I wouldn't say that it soothed my sun burn but I think if it had been stored in the fridge first of all then it would have done. But then isn't that what an after sun is for? I do still need to use a moisturiser after use though which makes me doubt the point in using this as it is so expensive. My skin feels super clean and fresh so it must be good at cleansing the skin. The aroma does linger on the skin but only faintly and not for long thank goodness. You do end up using quite a lot of this with each application which means that after two washes, I have used a significant amount of this which isn't good considering the price.
All in all, this is a luxurious product to apply to your skin and it is quite fun to use but I would say that it doesn't actually soften or moisturise the skin which defeats the point of using it. You need to use lots and it's expensive. The aroma isn't up my street but some people may love it. It is gentle on my skin and leaves me fresh and clean but no more than a shower gel for a quarter of the price. I don't hate it, I just don't need it and while I will continue to use it all until it's gone, I certainly wouldn't repurchase it.
This is essentially Lush's partner product to Dream Cream. The two have fairly similar ingredients, such as calamine powder (which soothes skin), rose water and chamomile oil. The two products are particularly recommended for people with dry/sore skin, or medical conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Price and packaging:
This costs £8.60 for 250g as of March 2010. It's packaged in a black tub, Lush's signature style, with a screw top lid. The lid fits on very well, so this isn't ever going to leak if you do it up properly. On the pot it has a label telling you about the product and how to use it, and a little sticker with the name and face of the maker, the date it was made and it's use by date. This gives it a really personal touch. On the lid there is an
Scent and appearance:
This has a lavendery, herbal smell. It's fairly unisex I think, could be used by anyone. Doesn't smell very strong either. Oh, and it's not added perfume, what smells is the stuff they put in to help your skin. In appearance its a thick, almost clay like texture, pale pink in colour.
How to use and my opinion:
Use this in the shower, either with a shower puff for lots of lather, or without for rather less lather. I reckon both methods are just as effective, but possibly if you have very sore skin it would be better to skip the shower puff.
Overall, this is a really nice cream. It leaves my skin noticeably softer and smoother after having used it and paired with Dream Cream it'll soothe any skin out there. The only minor drawback is the price, and water can get into the open tub, so not great for the bath.
I was aiming for a neat 100 reviews without reviewing the female dooyoo favourite, Lush products, but I have fallen at the 76th hurdle! The fact that I am even writing this review is all down to Dooyoo as until I started reading the many hundreds of reviews on Lush's seemingly wonderful products I rarely ventured into one (the smell wafting down the street has failed to attract me) but when my eczema started playing up yet again and when I had exhausted all Body Shop and e45 products I decided a trip into Lush might be worth a shout.
Overwhelmed by the intoxicating scent of too many ingredients I was greeted almost immediately by a sales assistant, smiley and bohemian, just what I expected. I explained my skin was flaring up whenever it saw water and I was finding any type of shower products made my skin even more uncomfortable. She pointed me in the direction of Dreamwash. She informed me this is a popular product with dry skin sufferers and when I asked if it caused side effects she was insistent that as a natural product full of chamomile oil it would soothe and not irritate. My boyfriend was getting dizzy with the smells and so no other browsing was allowed and I purchased a 250g tub for £8.75.
The main premise behind Lush is that its products are fresh, natural and handmade even being suitable for vegans. I can understand people being put off by the price but the skin on my arms was so sore at this stage I was desperate to try anything.
When you open the pot at home away from the bombardment of all the other smells Dreamwash is very pleasant, your nose is met with the scents of lavender and the product is light pink in colour, probably due to the Chamomile oil that it contains. The wash is not the consistency you expect and is almost like a putty, it is quite dense so I have been using the wash for three weeks and am only about 20% through the tub so I am convinced it will last a long time. The wash also always has a wet clean on it when I open the tub which automatically makes it appear moisturising.
Some other reviewers of this product have lamented its packaging as being awkward to open in the shower, I seem to have gotten round this problem by taking the top off prior to getting in therefore saving the stress of opening it with wet hands.
To apply I simply use like a normal shower wash although I stand out of the water as I like the smell so much. Dreamwash literally glides over your skin and one my first usage I noticed my skin and even my eczema had no adverse reaction. The wash certainly has good coverage and the second it touches wet skin becomes less dense and has good coverage. The smell is not as strong when it is on your skin and I find the herby scent very relaxing. The crucial points for me was that this product:
1. Did not irritate my already angry skin
2. Was pleasant and cleansing enough to replace my regular show gel
3. Smells nice
4. Leaves my skin feeling a little more moisturised
I have loved it so much Im going to be extending my range as I believe there is also a dreamcream for after bathing. I am only just coming round to the idea that natural products are probably beneficial for my skin then a load of chemicals especially in winter when all the bad weather makes my skin feel ravaged.
I am asking Santa for some more of these goodies as it loses a star because of the price...
I bought this for my son (or rather his Grandma did) as he developed eczema at about 7 months old so we were very careful about what we used in his bath and had already started using Lush's Dream Cream with a lot of success.
On the plus side his eczema has almost disappeared since using the two products, his skin is really clean and soft and it makes me feel slightly better about him trying to drink his bathwater knowing that it only has a natural product in it!
On the down side as other reviewers have said I don't think the tub is suitable packaging for a body wash, there is dried Dream Wash all over the side of the tub, and our bath and the product is thick and clay-like and not at all what you imagine soap to be like. While its easy enough to use it on a small baby in the bath these things have put me off trying it for myself in the shower - which is good news for my wallet, but bad news for Lush and possibly my skin!
Dreamwash smells of Dream Cream, and it's a thickish, semi-liquid shower soap that comes in one of Lush's trademark black pots and is reminiscent of Fresh Farmacy soap.
It's made for problem skins with redness from various different ailments - acne, excema, rashes, allergies and so on - and it contains a rake of essential oils, chamomile calamine, aloe vera, rose, tea tree and lavender. It smells gorgeous and works really well. I get spots on my shoulders when I get my period, and nothing but Dreamwash works to get rid of them.
I found, when I brought it to my parents' house, that it was disappearing at an alarming rate - my brother, who has terrible acne and is prone to getting flaky about the face, was stealing it. It had wonderful results. His redness calmed down, his flakiness disappeared, his blackheads got significantly smaller and he promptly went out and bought his own. Given that you'd need a crowbar to open his wallet under normal circumstances, I think that's the highest accolate there is.
I wasnt impressed with this product which is a shame as mostly Lush products are fantastic.
It didnt lather at all when I used it in the shower, I expected this to some extent as it contains natural ingrediants and no chemical or artificial foaming agents like shower gels do, I still thought it was a bit thin and didnt get me clean like bath foam or shower gel.
The packaging also lets it down, it's sold in large plastic tubs which is fine in the bath but to use it in the shower like I had to is a right faff, its hard to open the tub with wet hands trying not to drop it on your foot or pour out too much of the product and end up with it going stright down the drain.
It's a waste of money in my opinion, too expensive and sold in packaging that makes it very tricky to use when all you want is a relaxing shower or wash. I hope that Lush change their minds and sell this is in squeezy bottles instead.
I have always liked the Lush dream cream, so I though I would try out the dream wash aswell. The product is quite thick and creamy and I love the fact it has loads of essential oils in it. However I found that it didn't lather up very well - I realise this is partly due to the fact that it contains natural ingredients and not some of the rubbish that is in some shower creams but I would have liked to later up a bit more as I found I had to use quite a lot to feel as though I had washed properly.
What sold this product to me was the fact that there were some reviews on the website which said that this product gets rid of red rashes on the upper arms, which I have had for years - tried everything to get rid of and have since given up finding anything. Quite a few of the reviews said this same thing. I thought perhaps one of the essential oils in it might be the key. However, although I found that my skin was quite soft after using it, I didn't notice an improvement in the texture or tone of my skin - or the red spots on my upper arms. Therefore I would recommend this product for a scrummy smelling shower but not as a product to improve the appearance of the skin at all.
This smoothie will leave you feeling soft and irrisitibly smooth that even you wont be able to resist yourself!