As you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I love Lush and am always trying to sample their products. Recently I used up a bottle of one of their most popular products, the Flying Fox Shower Gel.
This is a nourishing, rebalancing shower gel that is an attractive orange colour. It contains angelica, burdock root and jasmine flower water, as well as jasmine absolute, ylang ylang oil and cypress oil. It also contains honey – this means that it is not suitable for vegans, although like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians. Honey is antiseptic and antibacterial; it soothes the skin and helps it retain moisture.
I love the smell of this shower gel, although it is fairly strong and won’t appeal to everyone. It is a distinctive, seductive scent of jasmine, with hits of honey and other aspects. It is meant to be uplifting, and I do find that if I am a bit grumpy when I wake up, using this shower gel makes me feel a bit better. It is good for my skin too, and doesn’t dry it out. The scent lasts on my skin for a couple of hours.
The shower gel is quite pricey: £4.95 for 100g, £9.95 for 250g and £16.95 for 500g. However it really is lovely and I like to keep a small bottle handy, not for every day but to use when I want to boost my mood. Definitely recommended.
If you like the Flying Fox scent, there is also a Temple Balm with the same scent although I think this may only be available in spa stores. There is also a soap, Lust, and a fragrance, also Lust, which have similarly strong jasmine scents.
I love Lush and all of the natural yumminess that you can find in their stores. I find it impossible to walk past the store without going in and buying something and my latest purchase was the Flying Fox shower gel.
What does the product do?
As the product is a shower gel, it's main purpose it to cleanse the skin on the body to leave you feeling fresh and clean. According to Lush, the product is packed so full of honey that the bees want it back. The main selling point is for me was that it contains essential oils which have been added to calm PMT, amazing! This being said, it can still be used at any time of the month. You can also double up and use this product as a shampoo. It also has an added fragrance to leave you smelling delicious which has been created using honey and flowers.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a plastic bottle and you can clearly see the honey coloured product inside. It has a label stuck around it which gives you some more information about the shower gel. It has a black lid which is a flip top lid. It is easy both to open and close even when your hands are wet and soapy. The shower gel comes in three different sizes. I bought the middle sized 250 grams for around £10 but you can buy a smaller 100 gram bottle or a large 500 gram bottle if you should find that you really like the product.
Application and Performance
The aroma of this product is very unusual. You can smell the honey but it mixed with flowers but somehow it also smells a little bit masculine. It is a warm aroma and it is really quite relaxing and calming. The aroma is a very strong and overpowering one so if you don't like the smell, you will hate the product as it can't be avoided. The shower gel has the normal consistency that you would expect and it is honey in colour. It works up quite a nice lather on the skin, if you use it with a sponge or shower puff, and it does make it feel like it's getting you nice and clean. It doesn't irritate my skin or cause me to develop any discomfort.
I haven't used it as a shampoo because I am quite picky about what I use on my hair but my boyfriend has tried it and his hair was nice and soft afterwards. As for calming PMT, I'm not to sure. I don't get much PMT but I've tried using this when I've been in a bad mood and it has calmed me a bit but it hasn't magically put me in a good mood. When I get out of the shower, my skin is nice and clean with a nice softness to it. It also has the scent still lingers on my body so again, you will need to like the scent otherwise you'll hate this!
All in all, if you like the scent of this shower gel then you'll like this. If you don't, then you wont! It works well as both a shower gel and a shampoo, and it will leave you nice and clean. The aroma is warm and relaxing, and it does calm the mood. I don't love this enough to repurchase it but I will happily carry on using the bottle until it is all gone.
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 small bottle within a gift set but it comes in 3 different sizes but you will notice you make quite a reasonable saving the more you buy.
100g - £4.50
250g - £8.95
500g - £15.75
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:
Vine Leaf Infusion, Water, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Mandarin Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool,
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 14700, 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)
This shower gel is pretty similar in colour to The Olive Branch except it is a little lighter it actually looks a little bit like honey which could be explained by the fact it contains 3 different kinds of honey inside it.
Again with this shower gel I was told by my girlfriend at the time it reminded her of old people I'm beginning to think maybe her nose was just broken. I could really pick up the honey in this one obviously with so much being in you really got a really strong scent of it as soon as you opened up the bottle.
As you will find throughout my Lush reviews I always comment on how strong and long lasting the scents are and this again doesn't disappoint. When you wash the scent of honey really fills the entire bathroom and is amazing for a long relaxing bath.
I find it a really pleasant smell to be on me as well I think it has quite a summery feel to it so it's great in the winter when you're looking at the miserable weather outside.
Just like all the other Lush show gels this lathers up fantastically and just a very small amount will be another for a complete wash and like I've mentioned in other reviews definitely pick up a sponge or one of those scrunchie shower things (no idea what they're called but you will all know what I mean) as you will be able to make it go a lot further as you really don't need to apply much.
Honey has been known to have a lot of beneficial properties for skin and the various types of honey combined mean that your skin is left feeling full of moisture and healthier than ever. To be honest I have used a wide range of Lush products and I think I have felt the benefits of all of them on my skin but I think this in particular after only a short amount of time using it really left my skin feeling really nice and soft.
Fantastic smell of honey and leaves you with amazing healthy skin.
This is one of my long term favourite Lush products. It is £4.50 for a 100 gram bottle, £8.95 for a 250 gram bottle and £15.75 for a 500 gram bottle. I buy the 250 gram bottle as I feel that this is a reasonable amount of product and I don't feel like I have spent a fortune - I definetly would not pay almost £16 for a shower gel despite how nice it is. The bottle is quite simple really and is in an average shaped transparent bottle which has a black plastic cap and flip lid. It has a black label with the product name wrapped around it which is similar to all the other Lush labels.
The colour of the shower gel is quite unusual. It's a deep orange shade which reflects that it contains honey. The texture is very runny and I find that I only need a little - a little goes a long way. Because of the thin, wattery texture, it is much easier to rub into my skin and seems to absorb into my skin rather than melt on my skin and leave a layer if that makes sense. It lathers up really nicely and washes off of my skin easily. It has never irritated my skin at all and all of the ingredients are natural.
The smell is lovely. The shower gel contains four different types of golden honey from all over the world and the honey smell is really prominant and luxurious. It is not sickly sweet like you would expect and the jasmine that it contains makes the smell much more subtle and creates a bit of a floral, herby undertone which makes the product smell that bit more 'mature' rather than like the sickly sweet over the top smell. The scent unfortunetly does not linger on my skin after showering but it does linger in my bathroom for around an hour after i've used it, which is quite nice.
As I said before, this shower gel contains honey, which has been widely used for its skin soothing properties and I do think that the fact it contains honey is why it leaves my skin so soft and refreshed -it's amazing! I have quite dry skin so was suprised at how fresh and soft it made my skin feel. It is a really high quality gel and smells phenomenal.
I can imagine because it is quite an unusual smell some people may not be as keen on it as I am. I wouldn't go as far as saying it is a unisex product because it has a floral and reasonably sweet smell, however my boyfriend has used this numerous times and he didn't find the smell feminine. He also commented on how smooth his skin felt afterwards.Overall, this is definetly a luxury shower gel, and although it is rather expensive, a bottle (even a small one) lasts a reasonable amount of time if you use sensible amounts at a time. This is also a cruelty free product and is suitable for Vegans. Reccomended.
Flying Fox Shower Gel from Lush
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 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"
What did you buy THIS time?
Well nothing this time as this one was a gift; it came in a gift box from my step son who knows the way to my heart!
The gel is a rich, dark orangey amber colour and it is quite thick in consistency. It smells quite strongly jasmine to me but it has a lot of honey in it too. There are apparently three different honeys to be precise, Honey, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey. Despite this honey overload I was not at all overwhelmed by a honey scent in this, it is quite a manly sort of smell to me with a hint of amber . This gel is one of the mainstays in Lush and is always available.
On their website this is how Lush describes their festive gel;
"Some 'honey-scented' shower gels may, if you're lucky, contain one type of real honey way down at the bottom of the ingredients list. Not Flying Fox! We use not one, not two - but four different kinds of rich, golden honey from all over the globe. Blended with sensual jasmine absolute for its aphrodisiac qualities, Flying Fox is the true meaning of decadence."
Flying Fox shower gel is the only product from Lush in this fragrance and is said to be the Sex Appeal Shower Gel. It claims to be and I quote " lascivious, licentious, vivacious, and insatiable" not sure whether you become these things or attract those who are!
Flying Fox Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.50, 250ml = £8.95, 500ml = £15.75. This is certainly not a cheap gel and in fact is one of Lush's more expensive ones but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a reasonable lather. The bottles have the usual 'packed by' sticker on it and a use by date but I don't get too worried by these dates 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.
What is it like bathing in aphrodisiac juice?
This is a lovely rich amber colour and the gel is thick enough that when I pour about a 10p sized amount in my hand that creates a lather enough to clean the top half of my body.
The smell is wonderfully powerful a really heady strong jasmine amber scent with none of the sweetness I expected from all the honey in the bottle. I find that there is a sort of back scent of orange but not sure where that comes from as I don't think there is any orange at all in there. This is definitely not a sweet light girly smell, this is strong, heady and seductive but could be for either male or female users in my view.
What makes this so seductive?
This is a full contents list and while most of these are indeed natural there are a few worrying ingredients.
Honey, Chinese Angelica, Burdock Root, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil , Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben
The honey is not there so much for its scent as for its moisturizing properties. Despite all the honey this is not at all sticky as you might have thought.
The jasmine really is obvious and gives that wonderful heady scent and this combines beautifully with the depth of the ylang ylang which is a very seductive scent. Jasmine is known for anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac and is said to help with menopause and PMT.
Ylang Ylang not only smells really of the exotic but is also calming, soothing and helps alleviate stress. It also helps high blood pressure and decreases nervous tension. It is also very good balancing oil for oily or dry skin.
Cypress oil has the benefits of being an astringent, anti septic, and deodorant. This oil also helpswith the respiratory system and increases efficiency of lungs. It also helps remove cough and phlegm accumulated in the respiratory tracts and lungs .It is also a calming oil so helps relax the mind.
Palmarosa has similar qualities to cypress oil, calming, antis septic and so on and smells really lovely too.Palma Rosa Essential Oil is soothing and also helps retain the moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance and it keeps the skin soft and moist.
Not so good:
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.
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!
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate: this is a coconut based foaming agent and actually not actually harmful according to
"The Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association, found that sodium cocoamphoacetate was less of a skin irritant than SLS, even in larger doses than found in most consumer products. It was found to not irritate the eyes even in concentrations of 28.1 percent, like those found in shampoo"
So in short, not all good but not all bad, so it is up to the individual person to make up their own minds whether they are happy to risk the two nastiest ingredients I have mentioned.
This is a lovely exotic seductive heady shower gel from lush I really love the smell and am prepared to overlook the two nasty ingredients as they are in most shower gels and shampoos that you buy anyway. You just need to be aware that if you do have sensitive skin you may get a reaction from these ingredients. If you are interested in trying this then get down to your local Lush and buy some or get a sample like I did.
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I recently won a gift pack from Lush which contained a number of goodies, including this delicious smelling shower gel called 'Flying Fox'. Now I am no stranger to Lush products but even I was a little puzzled as to the name and could think of no immediate links between foxes and showers....
A glance at the ingredients did not seem to shed much more light on the subject of the name - the product is based on honey and jasmine as the key elements. I went, therefore, to have a look at the explanation on their website as generally it is pretty good. Finally I clicked from the description that it is called this because it makes for very silky, foxy skin!
On their website it is described as being ideal to calm down a frazzled person at the end of their tether - it therefore sounded ideal for me!
I use this product in the shower, the bottle is a standard flip top which you can squeeze the gel out through the top of, it is solid and stands easily enough, I find it will balance turned upside down on the lid when you are nearing the end of the bottle which is quite handy.
Oh my gosh the smell is amazing, I can definitely pick up an overwhelming honey note and definitely the warm, floral scent of the jasmine. The thing I love most about this product is that the scent lingers afterwards on your skin which is lovely, I would definitely use this before going out for the evening.
The gel lather really easily and you do not need a lot to get a great amount of cleaning suds, in this respect it is pretty good value for money although, being Lush, it is not the cheapest shower gel in the world. In store this costs £4.50 for 100ml (the size I have) or £14.55 for a large 500ml bottle which would make a lovely gift.
The 100ml bottle last a good few weeks in my shower so I certainly got a lot of use out of it, it is particularly nice to use when shaving your legs because it leaves your skin feeling very soft and moisturised. This is definitely a product I will treat myself again or buy as a gift for friends in the future.
MmmmmMmmmm. This shower gel is divine.
Now, I am a Lush sceptic... I find the remarkably strong smell of the shops to be really off putting, but I will confess they always look inviting, well thought out and fun. If your local high street has a branch, you'll know about it. The huge fragrance of the shops non withstanding their promotion and branding is very striking and memorable. If you don't have a local store you can buy online (lush.co.uk).
So, why do I go? Well Lush seems to be one of the most animal friendly, people focused and honest beauty companies around. The majority of their product is vegan (although not this one), they do not test anything on animals and are interested in keeping their staff all over the world happy and motivated. This appeals to me.
Now, the product, why this one? I have always been a fan of honey scents and this gel is spiced with soothing Hungarian honey (3 different types, actually), another favourite of mine is Jasmine, and this gel is really strongly scented with Jasmine Absolute.
Honey has been used over the centuries for its skin soothing properties, it is also seen traditionally as a luxurious product. Jasmine is used in aromatherapy and massage for sensitive skin, muscular problems and to help lighten your mood.
I use a body puff to scrub all over in the shower, I use a good squeeze of the bottle (probably too much) and get a gorgeous white thick foam, the entire bathroom fills with a heavenly scent and I am transported...
the bubbles are long lasting and feel super smooth against my skin.
Afterwards I don't need to apply body moisturiser as much, my skin is left moisturised and ever so clean. I don't have very dry skin though, so you may need to moisturise if you have dry skin. The smell usually stays on my skin for around 5 hours, I love sniffing my forearm during the day to remind myself! I also use it as a foam for shaving my legs and they are always smooth.
Bizarrely, this gel is marketed by Lush as both an aphrodisiac and a soothing tonic for 'frazzled' peeps. I would not agree on the first count.
Some people may not like the very strong fragrance of this gel, but if you love jasmine like I do then jump right in!
I bought mine in a high street store for about £4.20 for 100mls. Now this is expensive but it lasted me about 5-6 weeks and now I'm on my second bottle! The more you buy the better value you'll find, for example you'll save over 20% if you bought 500ml for £14.55.
I have to heartily recommend this product, the ethics are right for me, the smell is right for me, the results are right for me. What about you?
One of my annoyances with Lush is when they discontinue an item and it seems to disappear forever, although they do say that they will someday all make it to the retro section. They normally end up making my favourite items disappear but fortunately so far one of my greatest items is still readily available and so it should as it is one of the best selling shower gels they create. I'm talking about Flying Fox shower gel which was brought out with other honey scented products all around the same time.
To look at Flying Fox has a similar colour to liquid amber, it's a rich colour which is actually quite enticing. I've tried (and still use) a lot of the honey scented products and when I first spotted Flying Fox in the Lush Times I knew this was something I just had to purchase! Back in the day this was Lush's version of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful's shower gel which has a similar scent but Lush decided that they should increase the amount of jasmine in Flying Fox.
Jasmine is quite an overpowering scent and unfortunately in Flying Fox's case the honey fragrance is really not noticeable but instead you get the subtle tones of ylang ylang, palarossa and cypress oils but again like the honey fragrance they aren't that prominent in this shower gel. When I first used Flying Fox the honey scent was the first I noticed as it provided a scent which was actually quite sickly but after a few minutes jasmine comes to the rescue taking away the sickly sweetness and giving a more floral fragrance.
I found that Flying Fox lathers up incredibly easily whether you are just using your hands or on a sponge. You get plenty of white foam which is soft and sweetly scented with jasmine and the tones of the oils mentioned above. I find that Flying Fox is a wonderful shampoo and my hair was left silky soft from start to finish. The fragrance is certainly calming and definitely soothing which makes it ideal for those horrible days after work.
Post shower I have found my skin has been soothed and is not irritated. I do suffer with sensitive/ dry skin so I do limit the perfumed products but with Flying Fox my skin is softened my head to toe and even though I needed to use a moisturiser, if I hadn't then I think my skin would of stayed nicely moisturised. The floral scent also stays with your skin for hours but instead of being the full on floral scent you get when in the shower on the skin it goes quite subtle and is far more gentle. It is quite an expensive shower gel compared to others on the market but you don't need to use a lot each time so even a 100ml bottle will last a good while.
What Lush say:
"Share a shower with our Flying Fox to ground and calm you. Our Foxy shower gel has the stunningly sensual scent of jasmine, ylang, cypress and palmarosa. It's is so relaxing that even the most frantic, frazzled person will relax into a restful mood after a warm shower. Our boss, Mark C, originally thought that it'd suit stroppy women prone to moods. By all means, write to him with your opinions on that."
VEGETARIAN, Honey, Chinese Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion (Angelica sinensis; Arctium lappa and Jasminum officinale), Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii), Propylene Glycol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben
100ml - £4.15
250ml - £8.25
500ml - £14.45
Online (www.lush.co.uk) and in store.
I love to try out various Lush products, and I'm usually always very impressed by their range of shower gels. I ordered Flying Fox online, therefore I was unsure what the scent would be like, but I had heard from others that it was one of their favourite products from Lush, so I was willing to give it a go.
It comes as standard Lush shower gels do in the various sized bottles:
100g - £4.15
250g - £8.25
500g - £14.45
As you can see the prices for a shower gel are extremely high, and not something I'd be willing to pay on a regular basis. When first experimenting with a new shower gel, I'm always sure to purchase the 100g bottle as it is fairly small, and if I'm not happy with it, it wasn't such a big spend overall. £14.45 for 500g of shower gel just seems far too steep for me though, and for the short space of time that a shower gel lasts, you would have been more cost effective in buying one of Lush's soaps as they are more long lasting. Not only this, but this is one of the higher priced shower gels they offer anyway, so I had pretty strong hopes for this.
The scents included in this shower gel are jasmine, ylang, cypress and palmarosa. Unfortunately, only one scent I got from this was pure jasmine. Some people adore this smell but it makes me feel sick. I really do not like to use it purely because the smell is so disgusting. It is very overwhelming and supposedly 'sexy' but from my first whiff of the bottle I thought it was rancid!
Purely because of the smell, I had put off using it until the other night, and as I wanted to get my money's worth, I thought I'd give it a go. It comes out orangey brown in colour and is of quite a nice consistency and not sticky at all. I hacked the smell whilst applying it, but once it had washed off and wasn't so strong, it smelt a lot better than in the bottle.
It was a great shower gel and did the job effectively, even though the smell was just plain awful. I feel that the majority of reviews on this product are all very good and show that it is a fantastic product, which it really is but Flying Fox just has an acquired scent which isn't suitable for all!
It is also useful for 'moody women' and can help with pre-menstrual stress as jasmine has many calming properties and sends you in to a peaceful mood. I have to admit it did have calming properties, but the smell is just too much for me.
Overall, I would rate this 5 stars for effectiveness, but I just can't get to grips with this scent, so three stars is all I can go for. Thanks for reading.
This was one of the first Lush products that was recommended to me. When I first smelt it, I wasn't overly keen on it but ended up buying it anyway. I am so glad I did as the smell grew on me and it is one of my favourites now.
It comes in a clear bottle with the typical black Lush label and lid. You get the normal sticker with the picture of the person who made it on the bottle too. Lush say that this shower gel will help to ground and calm you as Mark (the founder of Lush) originally made it for his women staff because of their mood swings lol. The smell is a mixture of jasmine, ylang ylang, cypress and palmrosa.
The shower gel comes in 3 different size bottles, 100g which costs £4.15, 250g which costs £8.25 and 500g which costs £14.45. I normally buy the 100g bottle which lasts me over a month as a little goes a long way.
Lush help out with lots of different charities and animal welfare, enviromental and humanitarian organisations and all of their products are tested on humans rather than animals. Flying Fox shower gel is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.
Honey, Chinese Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion (Angelica sinensis; Arctium lappa and Jasminum officinale), Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii), Propylene Glycol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
When you pour this gorgeous smelling shower gel out, it looks like thick honey so it is not too runny. As I said a little bit goes a long way so you only need a 20p sized amount on a body puff to wash your whole body. The smell stays on your skin for ages and will leave your bathroom smelling lovely for hours too. My skin was lovely and soft after using this shower gel too.
As a Lush virgin, I was a little confused as to the concept behind the company, or what made it different to any other toiletry company. The only thing I knew was that the shop smelled amazing, just from walking past the open doors. After trying Lush products, I found myself feeling somewhat hooked, wanting to try more - and I'm sure you will too!
Lush uses only the most natural and freshest ingredients in its products to produce fantastic bath products and does not test on animals. There's something for everyone - every bath and shower product comes with its own fabulous scent and texture - and Flying Fox is just one of them!
One of my first purchases from Lush was the 'Flying Fox' shower gel. My decision to make the purchase was based purely on the scent itself. The bottle stated that the shower gel contained honey and jasmin as two of the main ingredients - and I knew just from taking a whiff of the available sample in store that this was no lie!
The shower gel is packaged in a clear plastic toiletry bottle with the famous black and white simplistic yet stylish Lush labelling. The sticker on the bottle reads:
"Flying Fox: The Sex-Appeal Honey Shower Gel.
Lascivious, licentious, vivacious,and insatiable. With the finest aphrodisiac essential oils - masses of jasmine! (Plus the best three for controlling PMS.)"
I did first choose to use 'Flying Fox' when I was suffering with PMS, and in all honesty, it worked a treat! Not only does the honey and jasmin scents smell absolutely divine, but this bodywash manages to magically soothe and relax you as you lather yourself up and wash yourself down.
'Flying Fox' itself is simple to use - use it just like any other shower gel. With your own wash method of choice, be it with your bare hands, old school flannel, sudsy sponge or with a glamourous shower puff, rub yourself into a scentsationally (see what I did there?) silky lather and enjoy the soothing manner of the product.
Not only does it do a fantastic job of leaving you squeaky clean, it leaves you smelling divine! The natural honey and jasmine, ylang ylang and cypress essential oils used to create 'Flying Fox' expel an absolutely delicious, warming, soothing, sensual smell that lasts on the skin for well into the next day after showering.
'Flying Fox' shower gel is available in three different sizes: 100ml is available for £4.15 - a delicious good number of showers for a pocket money price. 250ml has a price tag of £8.25 - lots of soothing washes for an acceptable price. 500ml is a little pricey at £14.45 but a little goes a long way, so scrub those blues away
In my opinion the best way to use this shower gel, and get more for your money, is to use it in conjunction with a shower puff. 'Flying Fox' shower gel creates fantastic amounts of deliciously scented lather when used with a shower puff. This allows you to use less product but get the most of out the small amount used, meaning your bottle will last a whole lot longer - leaving you smelling great, feeling smoothly clean and making the most of your purchase!
I adore 'Flying Fox' shower gel because it leaves me clean and smelling delicious, but also feeling relaxed and soothed - no matter how bad a mood I was in when I stepped into the shower! Definately a must for all those that get easily stressed or suffer from mood swings. PMS be gone!
'Flying Fox' shower gel is available to purchase in all Lush stores, or online at the official website: www.lush.co.uk
Vegetarian Honey, Chinese Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion (Angelica sinensis; Arctium lappa and Jasminum officinale), Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii), Propylene Glycol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben}
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Lush Flying Fox Shower Gel
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel / Cream / This shower gel is made of soothing honey and calming jasmine.
You probably all know that Lush make hand made cosmetic products from totally natural ingredients, support fair trade, never test on animals and also do a lot of work with charity. Those are reasons enough to want to support them but in addition, they also produce some of the nicest products on the market and are a great place to go when you want to treat yourself, or someone else.
A 250g bottle of this shower gel cost me £8.08 and there is a smaller and larger size available. The plastic bottle is clear with a black lid and black label. The gel inside is a bright and exotic looking orange colour.
The gel smells very spicy and is a great winter fragrance. It has a cinnamon scent but also ylang ylang which remind me a little of one of those shops that sell incense. I find it to be quite a masculine scent though and Mrs Assasin agrees and prefers a different variety.
When you use this gel, you will find that the scent stays on your skin even after drying, and the bathroom smells fab for ages. It is quite an invigorating smell so good for a morning shower to wake you up and make you feel alive.
I really like this one and will definitely keep buying it, a little lathers up really well so a bottle lasts a reasonable time and makes you feel that you are getting value for money. If you are looking for a shower gel that really refreshes with a woody and spicy scent, then you should definitely give this a shot.
Unfortunately, it is a bit more expensive than some brands, but I always feel that Lush is worth it - 4 stars from me, just because of the price.
I ordered online this time, as haven't had a chance to go in to my local store. My order arrived 3 days later (they are always very fast and orders are always correct) packed in popcorn as usual, instead of polystyrene so better for the environment. I really rate their online site, it is easy to use, packed with information and a great way to get further information on what's available, where your nearest store is and projects that the Lush team are involved in.
If you go into the store, you get to smell things before buying and the staff are happy to help, and usually able to answer any questions that you may have.
One of Lush's best-selling products, it is not hard to see why Flying Fox 'Sex Appeal Honey Shower-Gel' is a firm favourite.
The makers describe it as 'lascivious, licentious, vivacious and insatiable, this is the Sex-Appeal Honey Shower with masses of Jasmine... contains the finest aphrodisiac essential oils, plus the best three oils for controlling PMS'. And I cannot fault this description at all - beautifully and richly scented, this honey-coloured gel soon becomes a firm in-shower addiction!
Packaged in trademark 'black label' clear plastic squeezy bottles from Lush, the shower gel can be purchased in three sizes of 100g (approximately £4.00), 250g (£8.00) and 500g (£13.69) bottles however it must be noted that a little goes a very, very long way with this product - the consistency of golden gooey runny honey, only a small squirt is needed for a sumptuous whole body wash with a rich lather (even in my hard water area of London!), particularly if you are using a shower puff or similar, so a small bottle will easily last a month at least. It is also worth noting that the small bottle is *perfect* as a travel-sized product and will make you so grateful for planning ahead when you compare to the usual hotel-provided shower gels (I have even been known to keep hold of an empty small-sized bottle to decant my beloved Flying Fox into before a hotel stay!).
The scent is beautiful - feminine, foxy and sweet like heady honeysuckle - and lingers on the skin for hours after your shower which is incredibly pleasant. Leaving your skin richly scented, moisturised and clean, Flying Fox is definitely one for the girls and can be easily complimented with other Lush products (I would recommend combining it with other honey-based products, such as the 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' soaps and solid perfume) to continue the feminine, sweet theme should you wish.
All in all - I cannot recommend this shower gel highly enough. Though perhaps more expensive than high-street shower gels, it's rich scent, natural formulation and staying power more than make up for it. Consider it an 'affordable luxury' as it lasts for ages and enjoy!
Ingredients (taken from Lush.co.uk) - Honey, Chinese Angelica, Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion (Angelica sinensis, Arctium lappa and Jasminum officinale), Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey (Mel), Greek Honey (Mel), English Honey (Mel), Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarossa Oil (Cymbopogan martini), Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol
Product:- Flying Fox Shower Gel
Price:- £4.04 for 100g, £8.08 for 250g & £13.69 for 500g
Purchased from:- Lush Shop
Flying Fox is an orangey, honey like shower gel which is designed to ease female hormones and especially assist PMS. I selected this product due to the above and also being a fan of the wonderful Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, the honey like gel also intrigued me and appealed immensely due to its honey like appearance. (The product is actually made with assorted honeys).
*****Packaging & Appearance*****
Flying Fox is presented in a cylindrical shaped clear plastic container with a black plastic cap and flip lid. The bottle is adorned with a black label with the Lush logo at the top and the product name in a white font with the following blurb underneath also in a white font "The Sex-appeal honey shower gel. Lascivious, Licentious, Vivacious and insatiable. With the finest aphrodisiac essential oils - masses of jasmine (plus the best three for controlling PMS)".
The gel itself is a dark honey colored liquid which is visible through the clear plastic. The Packaging is simple, rather modern and I felt a little bit masculine, although this may be due to the black label. Overall the packaging is inoffensive and would look ok in almost any bathroom. But I must admit I wasn't blown away by the packaging.
Lush always ensures that all of their packaging is recycled and recyclable.
The Product really comes into its own when being used. The Honey like gel smells absolutely wonderful and is a fragrant concoction of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Palmrosa. I was instantly transported to a beautiful garden adorned with Jasmine flowers. The scent of the gel is strong but without being overpowering and the scent is floral but with an almost earthy, musky tone. I think the scent would appeal to men and women due to its heady, sensual scent.
The Gel itself is quite runny for a shower gel but this isn't a negative aspect as the gel absorbs or rather melts into the skin and caress's with a rather good lather.
I can't fault the usage of this product at all; the consistency of the gel although runny is perfect for application and left my skin feeling moisturized and soft. The scent is a wonderful blend of the selected essential oils and delivers a truly, memorable scent which with all Lush products I have tried lingered on the skin long after the shower I definitely felt very relaxed after using the product which surprised me due to being a committed bath fan and not really keen on showers and usually viewing the pre-work morning shower as a chore. But with the aid of Flying Fox I have been looking forward to my morning shower and float to work in a cloud of scent, feeling relaxed and prepared to seize the day.
Here's the science bit...
Honey, Chinese Angelica, Burdock Root, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume = Jasmine Absaloute, Ylang Ylang oil, Cypress Oil, Plamarosa oil, propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, methylparaben. Source:- Lush Flying Fox bottle.
Honey has a nourishing, bleaching, astringent and antiseptic effect on the skin. Honey is also a natural humectant and helps to attract moisture to the skin from the atmosphere. I remember reading years ago that in the First World War honey was used to help to seal wounds due to its restorative and antiseptic and anti inflammatory qualities. Honey is reported to be soothing when applied to wounds and to reduce pain from burns.
Jasmine Oil has many healing properties than are very useful due to its anti-inflammatory agent, antiseptic and sedative properties. It encourages cell growth and increases skin elasticity. It and can also help to aid in the healing of minor to moderate burns. Jasmine is highly beneficial for easing and regulating female hormones due to its balancing properties.
Ylang-ylang oil is noted for its euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic whilst also being great for balancing hormones and can sometimes work as an aphrodisiac. Ylang Ylang is also beneficial for ailments of the Respiratory Tract breathing and rapid heartbeat, it can also help with reducing high blood pressure and useful for intestinal infections With regards to the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth.
There is an impressive array of natural ingredients, but this is interspersed with some chemical ingredients and for this reason I would advise that anyone with sensitive skin avoids the Sea Vegetable Soap and opts for one of Lush's more natural soaps. Lush is commendable in the fact that it has ethical principles and sticks to them and there is a definite commitment to using natural products as much as possible and chemicals only when necessary.
It is worth noting that Lush is also completely against animal testing and uses human volunteers to test their products.
*****Value for Money*****
Flying fox is excellent value for money, and I find that a little usage goes a long way. The 100g bottle lasted for 4 weeks of daily use which I consider to be good going for a shower gel.
*****Company Info*****"Lush is a handmade cosmetics company headquartered in Poole, Dorset in the UK. There are more than 600 stores in 43 countries. Lush produce and sell hand-made products from face masks, soaps, bath ballistics, hand, hair and body lotions & treatments. The first Lush store opened on 1994 in Poole by husband and wife Mark and Mo Constantine. Source:- Wikipedia
Advantages:- Beautiful scent, easy to use bottle and wonderful honey textured gel.
Disadvantages:- The packaging to an extent but that's only me being picky.
I am a huuuge fan of Lush products, but always considering the washing products to rely on long luxurious baths. However, once introduced to their shower gels, I haven't used anything else for my morning scrub. Lush's shower gels can also be used as shampoo, although I haven't tried this personally.
I was given Lush's flying fox shower gel as a Christmas gift, and a 250g bottle lasted me beyond Easter with daily use. Despite it's £7.59 price tag, I consider this a worthwhile investment for several months of lovely showers, and would recommend this as an ideal gift item. Flying fox has a real refreshing-slap-in-the-face sort of scent, with its distinctive exotic ingredients which include jasmine flower infusion, greek honey, ylang ylang oil, and cypress oil - all 100% natural, of course.
It is promoted on the website as "decadent and sexy" scent created for the ladies, this product is a real treat which also includes ingredients said to alleviate PMT symptoms. Personally, I love the beautiful and warm scent, amazing lather from the tiniest squeeze of gel, and the baby soft skin it leaves you with (alot of shower gels leave my skin dry and irritated) I don't think I could wake up in the morning any more without it.
This shower gel is made of soothing honey and calming jasmine /