“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
My favourite store, Lush, always releases a number of limited edition products for Halloween. Ghost Shower Gel has been around for a few years - before I got into Lush, in fact. For Halloween 2011, Lush released Ghost as a Retro item for a limited time, and I purchased a 250g bottle with my online order. It cost £8.95, so was pricey, but this is the normal price for Lush shower gels.
Ghost is described by Lush as a "spiritually uplifting, shimmery white shower gel with the haunting scent of lilies". I thought it sounded amazing and was very happy to use it. In the bottle - which is clear plastic and has the white lid and label common to Retro products (though they have recently been redesigned and now come with black labels and bottles) - the shower gel is clearly visible. It is a shimmery off-white, a lovely subtle colour.
Ghost is scented with the same fragrance as the Lily Savon soap, which is made up of lilies, jasmine, ylang ylang and neroli. It also contains dove orchid infusion and rose water, as well as jojoba oil to gently moisturise. White wine vinegar is also included, as apparently this helps to make hair shiny - though as I haven't used the product on my hair I can't comment on this. The shower gel is suitable for vegans. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate (a foaming agent) which some people react to, so it's worth bearing this in mind.
The shower gel smells amazing in my opinion. It has a beautiful, subtle floral smell, which would surprise anyone who thinks Lush is all about strong in-your-face scents. The smell is quite old fashioned but in a good way, I think - it isn't at all fusty.
Lush state that Ghost has a thick and creamy texture, but I've found it to be very runny. This could be because I've had my bottle for a year, but it otherwise seems to be in perfect condition, so maybe not. In any case, so long as I am careful when pouring it out, this is not a problem. It lathers up extremely well and I only need a very small amount on my shower puff.
The gel cleanses very well and the lovely scent is easily detectable in the shower. Clearly having my bottle for over a year hasn't caused the scent to decline. The gel is quite creamy in appearance and texture and feels soft on my skin. It doesn't cause any irritation at all, and seems to be moisturising - I still have to apply moisturiser on the driest parts of my skin, as I suffer from very dry skin on my body, but I can get away with using less than normal.
This is a good thing as it means I don't need to wear body lotion which masks the scent of the shower gel, which is still detectable on my skin for a few hours after use. As mentioned previously, I adore the smell and will happily sit and sniff my arms!
Overall, despite the high price I wholeheartedly recommend this shower gel. It is one of my favourite Lush products as it smells amazing and is good for my skin. It is no longer available from Lush, but may well make an appearance next Halloween, so keep a look out!
Reading through my old reviews I feel like a proper girly with most of them being about Lush products and make-op. My New Year's resolution is to write a bit more diverse reviews but firstly I finish off all the Lush reviews waiting in the pipeline. Although I would rarely buy these rather expensive products myself I got a huge box full of soap and bubble bars collected from various holidays. The Lush Limited Edition Ghost shower gel is one of these few products that I bought myself as a little "very stressful week at work/uni" present to myself. 8.95 pounds for only 250 ml of shower gel is an exorbitant price and something I could only afford because I worked lots of overtime that month. Obviously Lush offers great quality products but I would doubt that it is always worth the hefty price tag.
The Ghost shower gel looks simple yet posh in the plain packaging with its creamy white appearance. I love white products in the bathroom as it fits the overall style of white tiles and white towels which was probably one of the reasons why I bought it. Well, the main reason was obviously the heavenly scent of flowers and candy floss. That does sound rather sweet and girly but it is actually not too bad. The scent is at first very flowery but posh flowers and not that cheap, fake rose fragrance that many beauty products use. The lily scent does smell like real lilies (which are one of my favourite flowers) and not artificial or plastic-y. I would have been perfectly happy with this but the second layer of fragrance convinced me to buy this shower gel right away. After a few seconds the lily scent gives way to a fragrance that reminds me of candy floss and baking sessions. When I say baking sessions I don't mean the heavy scent of cinnamon but more light vanilla and caramel - just like candy floss.
Surprisingly this combination is not too overpowering but rather light and pleasant. It does linger on my skin a bit longer than the usual Lush product which is a great advantage. I am not a big fan of perfume and this shower gel id certainly enough to make my skin smell nice for quite a while. Obviously this is a bit of a girly product and I can't see many men enjoy it for themselves. My boyfriend does sometimes use my Lush shower gels or soaps; some like the Olive Branch or Demon in the Dark are great unisex products. Ghost however is exclusively mine! Which is a good thing given how expensive it is and that it is only a Limited Edition.
Lush has this annoying habit of producing gorgeous product ranges for all kinds of holidays. Often these products are quite expensive but simply amazing! Ghost was produced as a Halloween Limited Edition and is unfortunately not available to be purchased right now. I'm quite sure that it will be re-released next year again and hopefully it will make the jump into the retro line - a range of previous Lush products that are re-released and can be purchased online through Lush.co.uk.
As a shower gel itself I have to say that I love Ghost. It has a very soft and creamy texture that is easily spread and lathered up. With shower gels like the Olive Branch I always criticize that they are too runny and that more ends up on the floor of the shower than on me. Ghost is perfect in this sense with a lovely texture and a pleasant overall feel. It is quite moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling very soft and silky. I never had any skin irritation or a burning/itching feel that one can get with shower gels that use many artificial ingredients. As Lush uses almost exclusively natural products I never had any problems here.
An added bonus to Ghost is that it contains small shiny particles that stay on your skin and give it a lovely shine. This actually surprised me as it is something you would expect more from a summer product than in winter where most people are covered up and wrapped in as many layers as possible. Obviously it looks great on my skin on a night out and gives it an extra bit of glow. Certainly recommended for anyone that likes to spoil themselves a little bit.
What I did not realize when I first bought it was that one can use it for both skin and hair. Now you have to understand that I am always very weary with these 2-in-1 products as they tend to leave my hair dry and knotted. My hair is very fluffy with loads of curls making it quite difficult to take care of. I did try the Ghost gel a couple of times and I did not have any big problems with it. My hair felt clean and it lathered up very nicely. But it was just not perfect and I am going to stick to my usual hair shampoo and use Ghost purely as a shower gel. Still, it gives Ghost the edge if you take it with you when you go travelling. Being a fairly small bottle it fits into every hand luggage and there is no need to bring a second bottle. As it didn't dry my hair out I see no reason why not to use it for a limited time and with a bit of conditioner it takes good care of your hair.
Ghost is a product that totally convinced me; both the scent and the actual shower gel qualities were perfect and there is nothing that I would criticize or change. However, it is at least for me not an everyday product. The sweet scent is something that I cannot stand in the morning; I need something much more refreshing to wake me up. Ghost is more for these moments when I need a bit of pampering like after a long shift at work or before a night out. It fits perfectly into the vision of a bathtub with candles or a girly night out with lots of glitter make-up and overpriced cocktails.
I cannot recommend this product highly enough! Try to get hold of it as soon as Lush offers it again which is hopefully soon and not only next November.
Thank you for reading and rating my review!
Ghost shower gel is meant to be a Halloween exclusive, but it is now past Christmas and my shop is still selling it! However, this is not a complaint. Ghost is beautiful- beautifully presented, beautiful colour and most importantly a beautiful scent! The ever haunting scent of lilies meets the comforting scent of ylang ylang and creates an infusion you won't be able to stop picking up to smell again and again. The gel itself is shimmery and soft on the skin. It is also lovely in your hair- whenever I wash my hair with it people comment on how nice my hair smells. It is more expensive than a lot of the other shower gels but this is reflected in the quality and pure decadence you feel when you use it. I love it, my fiance loves it, my mum loves it, my gran loves it. It's a scent that anyone can love- male or female, young or old.
I went into Lush recently with the intention of trying their Rub Rub Rub shower gel. However I wasn't as enamoured by the scent as I hoped I'd be so after some debate decided to try this one instead.
On first impression the fact its a limited edition was what attracted me to it (although bearing in mind its now well after halloween and its still on sale), but the white colour intrigued me, as did the gorgeous lily scent.
Dove Orchid Infusion (Dendrobium), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sea Salt (Sodium chloride), Glyceryl Sterate, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Cetearate, Perfume, White Wine Vinegar, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara), *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Snowflake Lustre Colour, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
I would say the lily scent is probably derived from the rose water and ylang ylang oil(not sure how though). Thankfully it isn't possible to smell the white wine vinegar! There are 2 parabens in this product - methyl- and propyl paraben, both of which are prevalent in a lot of Lush products as they are essential to prevent bacterial growth (as Lush products are largely made with fresh ingredients.)
250g - £7.50
500g - £13.45
The shower gel comes in the usual plastic Lush bottle with a black lid and Lush label on the front, which tells us this shower gel is "spiritually uplifting and shimmery white."
The gel is indeed white but in certain lights has a faint blue tinge to it. The bottle says it has the "haunting scent of lilies" which it certainly does, although there does not appear to be any lilies listed in the ingredients! Its a very floral smell, which usually I'm not keen on, but as this is a natural floral smell its far nicer than the fake smells that a lot of other cosmetics have, Its quite light and feminine and I find it has a nutty undertone, again odd as there are no nuts in it! It smells similar to another Lush product that I can't put my finger on. Maybe Dream Cream?
HOW TO USE
its quite a thick gel compared to Sonic Death Monkey, which is the Lush shower gel I usually use, but its thinner than your standard shower gel. You don't need to use much. I wear exfoliating gloves and squirt a 50p sized amount onto my hand. I rub my hands together then scrub!
This gel leaves my skin soft and the delicate scent does linger although not for as long as I would like.
+Nice feminine floral scent
+The white gel looks quite pretty!
+Makes skin soft
+Not tested on animals
+Largely natual ingredients
-Scent doesn't linger
-Does have a couple of parabens which might be off-putting to some people
-Limited edition so only available once a year
As with all Lush shower gels, it isn't cheap so probably isn't worth it if you're on a tight budget. But for me, Lush shower gels are one of my few indulgences so I'll probably treat myself to a bottle of this every halloween (as I do every christmas with Snow Fairy shower gel!).
Ghost is one of Lush's Halloween inspired Limited Edition products - when I bought it I was told that it wouldn't be on sale in my local store past 31st October, but it is still available online as I write. With my love for all things creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, I was seduced by the Halloween aspect of this shower gel, but unlike some of the other products in this 'Supernatural' collection Lush are not claiming any particular herbal benefits with this one. In fact, in some ways it would be just as suitable, if not more suitable, as a snow themed Christmas shower gel, particularly because it contains something called 'snowflake lustre colour'.
Still, 'Ghost' it is, and pushing aside any preconceptions based on more famous and more expensive brands of the same name, I splashed out on a bottle. At £7.50 for a 250g bottle is isn't a cheap shower gel, so it is one that I will be eeking out carefully!
The previously mentioned 'snowflake lustre' gives this gel a really lovely opalescent appearance, it is white, but there are suggestions of other colours shimmering in it. It is a liquid rather than jelly gel, but a viscous one, and as such it smoothes very easily onto the skin. I found this product to be a pleasure to use. It is very creamy and moisturising too.
Ghost gets it's scent from Lush's most recent addition to their soap collection - Lily Savon. I suppose the association of white lilies with death makes this an appropriate choice. I loved the soap and so it was a welcome surprise to realise that Ghost is lily scented. Oddly, I see no reference to lilies in the ingredients list - instead, orchids, rose, jasmine, neroli, ylang ylang and jojoba are mentioned - all good stuff! The result is a subtle and quite feminine scent that lingers on the skin but is not at all over powering.
I suspect that this will be a popular shower gel and will either be made a permanent fixture or will appear as a guest in stores again next Halloween season, in the meantime, better grab some , if you get the chance!
I have only in my short time as a Lush addict used two shower gels and I have only ever written about one, how did I let that happen? One of the really good things about Lush is that from time to time they promote products which are aimed at certain public holidays and this time the Halloween products caught my eye because I had never seen them nor used them before.
Lush Ghost is a limited edition shower gel which I am assuming will now only be available in the weeks running up to Halloween in the same way that the Christmas stock becomes available in the run up to Christmas. Retailing at £7.50 for 250ml or £13.45 for double the size. However in my Lush store they didn't have the smaller size in stock so I did splash out and buy the bigger bottle because it is limited edition and I did love the smell when the shop assistant allowed me to smell it.
This shower gel is sold in a clear plastic bottle with an easy to remove black screw top lid which can be found on almost all of the shower gels. Surrounding this bottle is the easy to recognise black Lush Label which clearly denotes you have purchased 'Ghost' along with the Lush logo. This shower gel promises to leave you with silk soft and smooth skin as well as making you feel uplifted. S
The shower gel inside the bottle is a bright white colour which naturally runs with the theme of Ghosts and Halloween and once you squeeze a little out onto the palm on your hand you can instantly recognise the rich floral scent which isn't at all what I expected, because it is designed for Halloween I was expecting something a little spicy. The smells although to me quite floral is down to some of the main ingredients used to make it and it is remarkably similar to the Lily Savon soap. When using this shower gel you will need to give the bottle a slight squeeze to produce a small blob like portion on the palm of your hand and the gel is quite thick in texture so you will need to squeeze a little harder than you would normally.
As with a lot of Lush shower gels, for me because the texture of these shower gels is quite thick you actually don't need to use very much at all because a little seems to cover quite a lot of the body so for that reason I am always happy to spend a little more, well that and the fact my husband doesn't like them means there is more for me. Once I finished using the shower gel on my body only, I simply rinsed it off as I would usually do and got out of the shower. The floral smell that I mentioned smelling was still quite strong and was definitely evident on my skin when I put my arm under Hubbys nose asking him what he thought of the smell as I always do and he seemed to indicate he could smell it.
So what is contained within 'Ghost' to make the lovely floral smell? Firstly there is Neroli Oil which is very relaxing and is used to help those people who suffer from insomnia but within a shower gel of this kind on the skin Neroli Oil is good for smoothing the skin making it feel soft to the touch whilst helping to regenerate skin cells. Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute work together as ingredients and both are especially good for dry skin as well as oily skin because they help to balance the production of sebum which is naturally produced by the body. Ylang Ylang and Jasmine Absolute also help to combat physical exhaustion and is an uplifting ingredient. Jojoba Oil works on the skin to help unclogs the pores whilst at the same time lifting grime and other imbedded impurities, in doing this to the skin it is said to be an antioxidant and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. Finally the odd ingredient which sticks on upon a very long list is White Wine Vinegar and used within this shower gel it is said that it helps ot regulate the ph balance of your skin making it appear softer and much smoother. I have to say that I couldnt smell anything vinegar related thankfully.
After my shower my skin was very soft and moisturised and the floral scent was to me really nice and I could still smell it on my skin in the evening, after being at work all day.
So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would, as I said I am not someone who gets excited about Shower Gels but for me this is something I am glad I did buy, even if I did forget about it and it is something I will definitely buy again. It retails from Lush in three different sizes and naturally three different prices. The bottle I purchased was the 500ml bottle which is a lot bigger than I would normally but. The bottle I am currently using has been used every day for the last 3 weeks and I still have not even used a third of the bottle, so it definitely has good staying power.
Just in time for Halloween!