“ 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 gift I received previously is this Glogg Shower Gel, which was released as a limited edition seasonal item and is currently unavailable for purchase. The RRP is £3.90 for a 100g bottle, £7.75 for a 250g bottle and £13.95 for a 500g bottle.
Product description: "Glögg is a Lush interpretation of a Swedish spin on festive mulled wine. It will make your body feel warmer as you inhale the spicy aroma. A bottle of Glögg is a fairly boozy cocktail to liven up Christmas baths and showers."
The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows the product to show through. 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 rusty shade of orange and has a nice consistency that is light without being runny. I like to use this with my trusty shower puff and it creates a huge amount of foamy lather which spreads easily over the skin to refresh and cleanse. According to the information on the label, this shower gel can also be used as a shampoo to wash your hair with. I have not tried it out in this way as I colour my hair and tend to be quite cautious about using products that can strip away the dye or make it fade faster.
The thing that makes Glogg stand out and be recognisable as a Lush product is of course it's powerful fragrance. They have done a really great job of providing an accurate representation of mulled wine, combining alcohol with fruits and spices for a rich scent that captures the festive spirit. This one really is strong and I think it's a bit too heavy for my tastes, becoming overwhelming if too much is used. The scent also lingers on your skin after washing so it has some staying power.
The Glogg shower gel is quite a mature offering compared to the usual Christmas novelties that Lush produce. I think it would mostly appeal to grown-ups, but it is versatile enough to be enjoyed by both men and women. If you know someone who loves this type of scent it would be a lovely Christmas gift, but this is not one that is a personal favourite of mine so I am unlikely to be looking out for it in Lush's Christmas releases this winter, especially with the high retail price.
Ingredients: Cinnamon Stick and Clove Infusion, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Organic Orange Juice, Propylene Glycol, Red Wine, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, Lime Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Brandy, *Cinnamal, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Methylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
I received the Glögg shower from Lush as part of a gift set which I received for Christmas off my boyfriend as one of my presents. I am actually quite glad that I received this shower gel, and this is mainly because it would not have been something I would have picked up of my own accord. I typically sway towards pink, glittery and fruity things in Lush. (Snow Fairy in particular if any of you are a fan)! So it was nice to try out something new for a change, and I was pleasantly surprised in the end.
The price is a little bit of a shame, and it is quite steep considering that it's made by Lush. To be honest, for the price it is I am unsure if I would personally buy it, however to receive it for free as a gift I was really happy. It is available in three different sizes and the price is according to size. The smallest bottle is 100g which is the one I have. It is £3.90 which seems okay for Lush, however it is a tiny bottle and you do not get much use out of it. These are perfect for special occasion uses such as holidays, however they do not last long. It is also available in a more reasonably sized 250g bottle which retails at a much steeper £7.75, and finally it is available in a larger bottle of 500g for £12.95. To me it is absolutely bonkers to spend this much on a shower gel unless you really are in love with it! My usual shower gels cost around £1.00 to £2.00, and although treating yourself once in a while is always nice, is it really worth spending this much on a shower gel?
Nevertheless, mine was a freebie so I was happy to get stuck in. Glögg is a shower gel which is only available at Christmas time, which is a bit of a nuisance as it is only limited edition. However, due to the scent I do feel it is best as just a festive shower gel, so do not let the limited edition element put you off. The reason I say this is that the scent that comes through is cinnamon and spices and it smells jsut like mulled wine - it is absolutely gorgeous! I always call it my 'Christmas in a bottle shower gel' because it really is. It smells so festive, although it is a little bit food like which might put some people off. It is very spicy in scent and quite a warm scent, therefore making it perfect for both male and female users.
You do have to squeeze the bottle pretty hard to get the shower gel out, which can be a little annoying at the best of times, but I am not too fussy with that. The first thing that hits you upon use is the gorgeous, festive scent. It is just perfect for showers and baths on those cold winter nights, as well as being a good wake up on early mornings. You do not need much of this shower gel to go far, which is probably a good sign considering the price tag! It lathers up nicely and cleaned my body thoroughly so I was happy with this.
The end results were fantastic and you could smell the lovely mulled wine scent over my body long after my shower. Although a lovely, scrummy scent it can be a little bit overpowering, and at some points rather sickly. I am aware that some people really do not want to smell like mulled wine, but it is one to try out as you may be pleasantly surprised.
Although this was a lovely festive gift which I received, I do not know if I would personally rush out to buy it myself, mainly due to the price tag. It is a good shower gel and does smell lovely, however I just can't justify the price tag of it, as it really isn't THAT good. I would expect a lot more from a shower gel to be spending over £12.00 on it, so overall based solely on value for money, this shower gel only receives three stars. I would definitely recommend it to all of those who have enough money to waste on things such as this, but for people on a budget, it is not worth looking at! Thanks for reading.
This year was the first time i tried Glogg. I paid £3.90 for 100g, and fell in love the first time i smelt it. It genuinely makes your bath smell like a giant cup of mulled wine. The smell is very spicy and slightly (but very slightly) sweet, with notes of Cinnamon, red wine, patchouli, sweet orange, cloves and brandy it smells good enough to drink!
The shower gel comes in 3 sizes, £3.90 for 100g, £7.75 for 250g and £12.95 for 500g, the price is quite steep and for £4 you can buy giant sizes of shower gels from the likes of dove etc.. but i guess thats the point because lush is always praised for being natural and fresh, chemical free. It also has some reasonably pricey ingredients so i guess the price is slightly justified but £4 is still a lot for such a small bottle.
The smell really is beautiful and lingers on your skin whether you use it as a shower gel, shampoo or bubble bath (It doesn't say on the bottle that it can be used as bubbles but it still works if you put enough in). Now for the negatives, its not really moisturising for your body or hair and can leave both quite dry, it's also quite runny and you need quite a bit for it to lather so the small bottle gets used up quickly. It runs off your hands and for the price i was expecting a more luxurious consistency.
Overall i think that apart from the smell this shower gel is not worth it for the price. For the same price much more moisturising and pleasant to use products can be bought and in bigger sizes! For that reason i won't be repurchasing.
Glögg is another of Lush's limited edition Christmas products, although this one made its debut last year. To be quite honest I am surprised it has returned, as I am shocked that it was that popular.
It is considered an alternative to the ever popular Snow Fairy, which Lush fans hoard throughout the year or buy for extortionate amounts on Ebay when its no longer for sale in the Lush stores. I am a HUGH Snow Fairy fan, but I'm open to suggestions when it comes to Lush products, so when my other half brought this home, it went straight in the shower.
The inspiration for Glögg comes from Glögg! Glögg is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries. It's made from red wine, brandy, citrus fruits, cinnamon and cloves.
The inspiration for Glögg came from an Elizabethan recipe for a spiced wash ball soap that Mark Constantine (the co-founder of Lush) used to supply to the Body Shop many years ago. Last year he reintroduced it in the form of this shower gel. Glögg is suitable for vegan, like the majority of Lush's products.
Glögg comes in a standard transparent shower gel bottle with a black flip up lid. It has the usual simple Lush product details and the makers sticker, in this case Brad. It's available in three sizes 100g (£3.90), 250g (£7.75) or 500g (£12.95). It's slightly more expensive than the alternative Snow Fairy Christmas shower gel. Lush shower gels last for a while as you really don't need to use a lot of the product. A little goes a long way with Lush shower gels.
Glögg is a rich amber color in the bottle. It looks similar to sherry. Out of the bottle the consistency is quite watery, not watery to the extent it will fall off your hand but it's definitely not thick. It also doesn't later very extensively. When wet it does have a slight lather, but it's certainly not bubbly. It feels quite soft. It can be used as both a shower gel and a shampoo. It has quite a lasting smell, which it's noticeable on your skin throughout the day.
It's spicy, it's warm, it's rich, it's not really for me. I prefer fruity and sweet fragrances, and this really doesn't cut it for me, as this definitely doesn't have that type of fragrance.
It has a very strong cinnamon and clove smell which I find quite bitter. I don't find it a particularly warming or relaxing smell, though my partner loves it. It has quite an earthy feel to it. Cinnamon oil which is one of the main ingredients of the shower gel is commonly used to fight feelings of depression, weakness and exhaustion, and has other properties such as antiseptic, antibiotic and alalgesic, therefore this could be an helpful addition to your daily routine if you suffer from depression.
Although Glögg contains cinnamon sticks and cloves boiled in water, freshly squeezed organic orange and lemon juice, a dash of red wine, and a shot of brandy to me, the only noticeable scent is the cloves and cinnamon.
I believe this is definitely more suited to men or possibly an older person. It makes me think of strong potent liqueurs that I used to sneak out of my mams drinks cabinet when I was younger mixed with cherry cola bottle sweets. I believe if the 'Three Wise Men' has a smell it would be of Glögg.
I think the fragrance would be a lot nicer if it had a sweeter edge too it, possibly blended with the Vanillary scent that Lush are also famous for.
If you like spicy scents this will probably appeal to you however if you're looking for something 'girly' I wouldn't recommend this. It's definitely something that needs to be sniffed prior to purchasing to see if it's for you. I'd suggest that it would make a great present for your uncle or granddad to introduce him to the wonderful world of Lush, or maybe stick a bottle in your wardrobe to keep the moths at bay!
This is still in our shower, but is no longer used by me, I've left it to be used up by my fella, and I've gone back to using my bottle of 'Its Raining Men'. If you love it, stock up on it, as it will be gone after Christmas.
Glögg - pronounced GLUG, is LUSH's interpretation of Swedish Mulled Wine, in the form of a shower gel. This product was part of the new Christmas 2010 range and i was looking forward to trying it as the product description makes it sounds great and i love all things spice. I actually received the medium sized bottle, which is 250g and costs £7.75, from a friend. Like most LUSH items, this product is available either in store, via mail order or online.
The actual shower gel is a sort of amber colour but it varies batch to batch, depending on the person who made it, meaning that it can be slightly lighter or slightly darker. However, mine was a nice deep brown - amber colour.
The smell was nothing i was expecting and it actually quite surprised me. It wasn't the kind of spicy smell that I love, but it wasn't particularly horrible either. The first time i smelt it, it immediately reminded me of a sweet i had recently eaten but i couldn't put my finger on the exact smell. Only later on after reading some other reviews about it, i realised that it actually smells like gummy cola bottles. This is the problem for me ( despite the fact of me loving gummy cola bottles), it is not a smell that i would generally like to smell of and would particularly consider washing with. The reason it smells like this, is because not only is it slightly spicy, but it also has quite a fruity twinge to it.
LUSH says: "We poured lashings of red wine and brandy in there to stimulate your body while you lather, with cinnamon and clove infusion for spice and fresh fruit juices to get you squeaky clean." I suppose it is these "fresh fruit juices" that give this product the cola type smell, and the cinnamon makes the majority of it smell slightly spicy. Even though they claim that they "pour" in red wine and brandy, you can't even smell it in the shower gel. You can smell no alcohol what so ever, which i suppose is a good thing really, as you don't want to smell like an old drunk. Additionally, i like products to have a strong smell that lingers on your skin after you've used it - however, i did not get this with this product in particular.
The advantage of this product is that it lathers quite well. Not a lot of bubbles, but it provides a satisfying lather, which i liked.
LUSH also claims that "A bottle of Glogg is a fairly boozy cocktail to liven up Christmas baths and showers." I didn't think that this product "livened up my shower time" at all. To me, this was just any old shower gel that smelt slightly nicer than the cheap ones, and you know that it has completely natural ingredients which is good for your skin. I also don't understand the reason why they claim so much abuot this product smelling "boozy" - it smells nothing like it! In fact, the smell of of alcohol is the last scent i would think of to describe this product.
Second to that, LUSH says "It will make your body feel warmer as you inhale the spicy aroma." I don't personally think that my body felt "warmer" or "stimulated" at all, although when i inhaled deeply, i could begin to smell the spicy aroma. It was only that slight after smell that you get, where i recognised this spicy scent.
This is a shower gel that you can wash your body with and your hair, and when i used it on my hair i found that it was quite hard to lather. After washing the product out and waiting for my hair to dry, it seemed to have no affect at all. It wasn't extra shiny or super soft or anything like that. The smell didn't even last either. This is how it is like on my skin. My skin doesn't feel nourished or moisturised. It just feels as though I've used a normal shower gel, like i mentioned above.
Although i have a 250g bottle, i will use that all up and won't be buying it again. I don't think it is good value for money, compared to the other, more moisturising and nicer smelling ones.
Lush is a company offering handmade beauty products. Their extensive range captures many different scents and produces treats for the shower, bath, the face and hair aswell as perfumes. Many options await you in the form of bath ballistics, bath melts, creams and even powders and jellies. Nothing is tested on animals and they pride themselves in helping communities with fair trade ingredients.
When you enter a Lush store or browse online, you are given the option of various showering products. Which product you choose will depend on your preferrence and budget. You could choose a soap or shower gel or be a bit more daring with a smoothie, jelly or emotibomb for something completely different and new! If you opt for a shower gel, you are given the choice is different scents with some being regular and others being limited editions and therefore may be Retro (online ordering only). Scents include Tramp, Happy Hippy and Grass.
Glogg shower gel was released for Christmas 2010 and is a limited edition shower gel. The name Glogg comes from the Swedish term for mulled wine which is Christmas themed. This vegan friendly shower gel is designed for use on the hair and body. Its scent as you can imagine, is a replica of mulled wine with a strong cocktail of cinnamon, clove, fresh fruit juices and a splash of red wine and brandy to create the warming scent.
All Lush shower gels are packed similiarly and the packaging is plain with more emphasis on the product inside being high quality. A rather tough, clear plastic bottle holds the shower gel. A black, flip lid with a small dispensing hole sits on top and a black label runs around the bottle confirming its name. ingredients and a sticker confirming who made up your bottle.
Whilst many may wish to skip this list, I feel it neccessary to add in the case of Lush products which claim to be natural and handmade.
Cinnamon Stick and Clove Infusion (Cinnamomum cassia, Eugenia caryophyllus), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Propylene Glycol, Red Wine, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Fine Sea Salt, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), Brandy, *Cinnamal, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Methylparaben
*~*Availability and Price*~*
With this being limited edition, it isn't available in store at the moment. It can however be purchased through www.lush.co.uk. The shower gels normally come in 100g, 250g and 500g sizes. This one is only available in 250g size at the moment priced at £7.75.
*~*My Glogg Experience*~*
I am not a Lush fanatic..not through choice but through no Lush store being near me! My local Lush store is in Glasgow so when I go through there, I tend to pop in and treat myself to a few bits and pieces. On my last visit at the start of January, I picked up a face mask, a few bath ballistics and a bottle of Glogg shower gel. I had to ask if they had it in stock and the lady wasn't sure if it was available for sale as it was limited edition. Unlike most shops, it wasn't reduced so I paid £3.95 for 100g which is pretty high for a small bottle.
So what made me choose Glogg over all of the other beautiful shower gels? Well I purchased this due to the recommendation of 2 very trusted members of this site. I trusted their judgment enough to pay the price and I love all things Christmassy! Whilst this one may have suited being used in the run up to Christmas, I find using it post Christmas a treat and it makes me relive that festive feeling!
*~*Glogging Up The Shower*~*
I have my morning showers and also my before bed showers and reserved Glogg for when I just need a pick me up so I am happy to use this shower gel any time. Like the other shower gels from Lush, I find the bottle a bit too hard to be able to confidently squeeze with wet hands. The dispensing hole is tiny but you only need a small blob of this to work so I suppose this is ideal.
The shower gel itself isn't bright and colourful like most. It is a cloudy, burgandy colour with red highlights and looks deep and strong in the bottle. Flipping open the lid and getting close for a sniff, the smell is heavy and spicy. The cinnamon is most prominent and presents itself with a festive and enchanting scent. I really love it but can imagine it won't be to everyones taste.
I find this shower gel would work better on a puff or sponge. I don't have one at the moment so I thoroughly soak my skin under the shower and squeeze a small blob onto my hand to get Glogged up! Despite how cool this gel feels, the scent alone adds a warming notion to the experience. It is thick and spreads well but doesn't lather up instantly. When using my hand to massage the gel onto my wet skin, I need to rub and rub for minute or two before anything really happens.
During this time, the colour of the gel stays firming reddish and starts to turn to a pinkish, subtle lather. The lather isn't overly generous but sits fluffy, soft and light on my skin. I am so used to creamy, thick lathering product and I admit I didn't feel completely clean after using this gel. I suppose thats what happens when you buy natural products! I decided to quickly wash down with an unscented soap before using this gel and then I can concentrate on the delightful scent it produces.
So the cleansing wasn't up to much but the scent produced by Glogg so makes up for this aspect. Ok so perhaps my heart lies with sweet and fruity shower gels..Glogg combines both these scents and takes it that bit further. Even the tiniest amount of gel is enough to create a plentiful scent which takes a bit of getting used to in my opinion! Glogg is incredibly rich smelling and the scent infuses itself within the gel offering itself from the moment you flip open the bottle.
Glogg brings together an unusual scent combination for a shower gel and in my opinion, offers a scent that although would suit women, could be used by men if needed. My fiance knows better than to touch my Lush stash though! The cinnamon is in fine form and generally a scent I only come across when baking. It works well here and adds a strong and apparent spicy head for the scent. It develops at a high concentration and becomes stronger with each rub. The cinnamon is joined effortlessly and smoothly with a generous, fruity undertone which just adds a new dimension to this predominately spicy aroma.
*~*Recommendation and Conclusion*~*
I was very pleased I purchased Glogg Shower Gel. Despite its lack of lather, the delicious festive scent captures my senses and makes showering less of a task and more of a pleasure. Even with the little amount I used and the fact that the little lather washed off quickly, my skin was soft and I didn't feel the need for a heavy moisturiser. The scent lasted well on my skin which I loved as I could be daydreaming and catch a whift of spicy sweetness for several hours.
The first time I used this shower gel, I applied too much trying to get a lather and although a thicker, more apparent lather developed, the scent of the additional gel completely overpowered me and became rather sickly. In this situation, its a case of less is more in terms of scent. My little bottle has been used numerous times and still remains over 3/4full so it really does lasting making the expensive cost a bit more purse friendly.
I recommend this shower gel if you are fond of heavy, festive sweet scents. Get on the website quick though as these are soon to be sold out and may not be available again until later this year!
Thanks for reading x
I actually received some of this amazing smelling product after reading a review of it on here (thanks Catsholiday) and repeatedly telling my husband I wanted to try it (they do listen sometimes - see!). He bought me some for my birthday which happens to fall around Christmas anyway. I do hope this becomes a regular festive line for lush because it is very lovely indeed.
Because I know I love Glogg and Gluhwein and other varients on the European festive hot wine market I thought this would more than likely be something I would very much enjoy using and I was right. It is quite gloopy and sticky but actually was far runnier than I was expecting. The smell is amazing from the moment you open the bottle, like mulled wine and spices, a warm and edible scent which also lingers nicely on your skin.
It lathers up quite nicely and left my skin feeling a little tingly which I think is because of the spicey nature of the ingredients. I got out of the shower feeling quite warm which was a very pleasent sensation, especially at this time of year.
Prices for this product are on a par with other lush ranges, 100g is £3.90 while a 250g bottle is £7.75. This is fairly expensive for a product which you could use every day, but I would suggest this is actually quite a special product and one which you should use sparingly and for special occasions. It really does leave your skin feeling very clean and smelling divine. I would use it before a special night out personally.
The packaging is standard lush and this is one thing I am not overly keen on although I do appreciate that their recycling policy means basic shapes and designs so that containers can be reused. I find that these top opening bottles can be a bit tough to use when they get down to the dregs, I try to balance mine on the lid to ensure I can access the remains quickly but its not ideal. I would prefer a bottom opening tube for shower gel but there you go.
A fab item which leaves a lovely scent in your bathroom and on your skin. I will miss it once it is not in stock any more!
I tried to add several limited edition products from Lush's Christmas range to Dooyoo back in December but they were all rejected as apparently limited edition products aren't being added any more. Imagine my surprise and delight when Glögg somehow appeared on Dooyoo anyway! Glögg was Lush's limited edition shower gel, released for the first time in 2010. A Lush interpretation of Swedish mulled wine, it was designed to be a spicy, boozy, warming shower gel for both men and women. It was completely different from Lush's other festive shower gel, the girly and sweet Snow Fairy.
Two of the main ingredients in Glögg are mulled wine and brandy, so you can tell that this is going to be a boozy concoction! Cinnamon and cloves are also included for a festive twist. Fresh fruit juices ensure cleanliness. Glögg is suitable for vegans.
Glögg is dark red in colour and smells absolutely delicious. With the wine, brandy, cinnamon and cloves it really does smell just like mulled wine. I find that I only need to use a small amount on my shower puff to create a really good lather. Though the gel smells lovely in the bottle, once it gets wet the smell gets even stronger and deeper and it is just lovely.
The gel doesn't irritate or dry out my skin. It doesn't particularly moisturise it either and I do need to use moisturiser afterwards, but I won't hold this against it as I have never yet come across a shower gel that allows me to go without moisturising. The smell lingers on the skin for a short while, but the moisturiser I use masks the smell anyway.
Because of the mulled wine scent, Glögg could easily be used by both men and women. I paid £3.90 for my 100g bottle, which is expensive for shower gel but I'm used to paying Lush prices now! In the post-Christmas sale I got another bottle in my free goodie bag which I'm saving for next Christmas in case they don't bring it back.
I highly recommend Glögg, particularly if you find the girly Snow Fairy too sweet. It's a lovely, decadent shower gel that I hope to see back next year.
I got the small bottle for my boyfriend who always comaplins of a sore back as he is sitting down all day at work or doing other phsyical activities like skating! So I went into lush and spoke to a woman about how I was looking for a product that smelt amazing but also helped with sore muscles and fatigue. She and a male shop worker said that this product was amazing. The male shop worker does swimming to train for atheletics ( or something along the lines of that) and he gets fatigued alot. He said that this product was great for relaxing muscles and smells wonderful.
On inspection of this bottle I have to admit I didn't think it would be anything wonderful but I had a few other recomend this product to me afterwards. The smell in the bottle alone smelled a tiny bit overpowering but I had a look at the contents and I researched and it is known for the properties to be great for sore muscles and as I said fatigue. However, to one of my friends on the train ( with the lid off) he thought it was some sort of a fragrant beer! This caused a good laugh it has to be said.
There are three bottle sizes ( as you can see from the picture) and I am lead to believe this is a limited edition product! They all are the same in design a brown bottle with a push down lid with an easy to squeeze bottle which is despensed out of the small hole when the lid is pushed down, this I think gives great quantity control.
My boyfriend loves this product and uses it every morning but he also uses it in his bath ( he just takes off the lid for a bigger quanity) and says it does wonders!
I have been told that he would reccomend the product and has down to his skating friends!
so all in all I give this product 10/10!
Glögg 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?
On my latest venture into the wonderful aroma filled shop Lush in the Westfield centre id Derby I purchased two bath bars and then I spotted this shower gel and asked for a sample to try. Lush are very generous with their samples and give you a good 15ml in a small pot so you get a good chance to test it. I do enjoy my freebies and this was no exception.
The gel is a rich, dark orangey red colour and it is quite thick in consistency. It smells quite strongly of cinnamon so if you are not keen on this spice then avoid this one. This gel is a limited edition and only available for the short time around this festive period so if you do like the sound of it head to your local Lush store or order on line from their site www.lush.co.uk as soon as possible.
On their website this is how Lush describes their festive gel;
"Glögg is a Lush interpretation of a Swedish spin on festive mulled wine. It will make your body feel warmer as you inhale the spicy aroma. A bottle of Glögg is a fairly boozy cocktail to liven up Christmas baths and showers."
Glögg shower gel is the only product from Lush in this fragrance and gets the name from the Swedish mulled wine known as Glögg surprisingly.
Glögg Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £3.90, 250ml = £7.75, 500ml = £13.95. 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 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. 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 50p's worth in my pot!
What is it like bathing in mulled wine then?
This is a lovely rich colour but slightly more orange in colour than my mulled wine normally is. 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 Christmas like with a strong cinnamon and clove aroma with a distinct orange smell with the colour of red wine with a dash of orange juice. The gel is actually made from real red wine from Argentina, Brandy and organic orange juice along with an infusion of cinnamon and cloves. It smells a bit like a homemade orange and clove pomander. It is a truly festive smelling brew.
The idea behind the spices is that they not only smell festive but they warm the body in these cold times. The wine also helps to make you feel warm and cosy.
The organic orange juice helps to clear the skin with its acidity and the vitamin C in oranges acts as an antioxidant. which can help combat the activity of free radicals and protect against sun damage.
Lush and Christmas
Lush always make a few festive products and in order to promote these and for a bit of fun they have made a Christmas video which plays to the tune of the 'Sugar Plum fairy' that you can watch on their site. http://www.lush.co.uk/christmas.html It shows their Christmas products and during the video you can click on the products to add them to your basket. It is yet another example of Lush's rather novel advertising.
Now for the not so great:
This is a full contents list and while most of these are indeed natural there are a few worrying ingredients.
Cinnamon Stick and Clove Infusion (Cinnamomum cassia, Eugenia caryophyllus), Water (Aqua),Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Propylene Glycol, Red Wine, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Fine Sea Salt, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), Brandy, *Cinnamal, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Methylparaben
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!
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 smelling festive 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 haven't been in a Lush shop for ages, not for myself anyway I always end up buying something for someone else but this year was different. I purchased presents for Christmas and a little for me for a change, the one thing I picked up was a shower gel called Glogg, which is from this years Christmas collection (2010). It's an unusual shower gel and one I wouldn't have normally picked up but I was sucked into the marketing and thought it sounded wonderful, especially with the Christmas holiday season it sounded right up my street.
Glogg is described as mulled wine in a bottle; it also includes body warming spicy oils, clove, organic red wine, brandy and cinnamon that fills the air with this lush scent for ages.
Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the inner bark of several trees in Africa, cinnamon is also usually found in sweet and savoury foods.
Clove's aroma comes from aromatic dried flower buds from a tree called Myrtaceae. Clove is also used as a spice in foods all over the world.
Instead of it just being a shower gel like most gels you can also wash your hair in Glogg, which is something I would never usually do as I am worried a shower gel will leave my hair dry and damaged, but as it is Christmas...
Even the colour of this product makes you feel warm inside as it's a dark rich orange colour that is light in consistency, which I was surprised about as I expected this shower gel to be thicker.
I picked up a 100g bottle for £3.90, which I thought was a fantastic price.
The best way to use your new Glogg is with a shower puff, I find them more cost effective as you use less shower gel and you can get a fantastic lather that is enough for your whole body with just a tiny amount. However, the first thing I did was wash my hair with it to see how well it would work. I poured out a tiny amount onto my palm and as soon as Glogg hit my wet hair I got the most luxurious lather and the most amazing smell hit me straight away. I think cinnamon is the more dominate of all the scents in Glogg and it hits you first, it is a strong smell at first but dyes down to a lovely soft scent when rinsed off.
With the whole bathroom filled with Glogg's lovely aroma it really makes you feel all warm, Christmassy feeling that is homely. This scent also stays in the air for hours afterwards and brings a smile to your face every time I smell it.
I find on my body Glogg left me not needing a moisturiser afterwards and my skin was left soft and clean, after drying and straightening, my hair was actually very soft, shiny and manageable without being weighed down, I was impressed. Hours after washing my hair I had a quick smell and the scent was still there, even my Husband said my hair smelt lovely but unfortunately this went a few hours after.
However, I was less than impressed the next day. My hair was left frizzy, dry and unmanageable; I have never had this problem with any shampoo I use so again a shower gel you can wash your hair in is a no, no for me.
I would say this shower gel is more unisex so as a present it would be fantastic for anyone and for persons who you are unsure what fragrance they would like.
On the ingredient list there is an ingredient called Sodium Laureth Sulfate, there has been claims with acne suffers that this ingredient causes acne and other skin care conditions. The truth is this ingredient is purely a foaming agent that is found in most products such as washing up liquid, face washes, toothpaste and everything else that foams.
Since the birth of my daughter 2 ½ years ago I have been more of a acne suffer and this ingredient doesn't bother me at all, infact my skin care wash at the moment has this ingredient and is helping my skin.
It is unfortunate this shower gel is a limited edition and only to be bought out at Christmas as I would purchase it again.
A good thing about Lush and their packaging is it can be recycled. Lush say their liquid bottles are made from 100% recycled PET bottle and Lush encourage you to recycle again when finished. So there is another good reason to buy Glogg from Lush.