“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel / Cream „
Lush ' Gold, Frankincense and Beer'
A Brown jelly?
I've become a bit of a fan of these jellies in Lush initially I thought that they were gimmicky and would melt in the bath water and all that I would be left with was gloop but I have discovered that they are lovely and feel nice and soft to use.
Like all Lush products they are not cheap and you will pay quite a lot for this one as it is no longer sold in the shops. You can buy it online around Christmas time or do like i did and bid for one on Ebay if you are lucky enough to see one and win it. I think I paid about £5 for mine on Ebay but although that is a lot of money it is very different and not something you can get anywhere else.
I understand that these came out again in December 2011 and when in the retro section were available for £3.95 for 100g orget the 240g one for £7.95. If I had the choice I would buy two of the smaller ones rather than a big one as it is easier to handle in a smaller form and one pot could be put away for using at a later date.
This is a special Christmas limited edition and is a rather unattractive sludgy brown colour. I have to admit that the colour isn't the nicest but when you think of the two main ingredients which are beer (brown) and Frankincense (brown also) so not really surprising that the jelly is also brown.
When my pot arrived I couldn't wait to smell it and I certainly wasn't disappointed it was really strong and smelled exactly as you might imagine. The sweet pungent aroma of Frankincense mixed with the slightly hoppy and bitter smell of beer. There is also some orange oil in this jelly and that sweetens the beer smell a bit so that it is more like a shandy combined with the wonderful Frankincense. The smell is hard to describe but has a definite smell of all three of these main ingredients which combines to create something quite exotic and very sexy. It has a very distinctive in some way masculine scent and more than a hint of Christmas in this sophisticated scent.
I was so thrilled when I saw this on Ebay and even more so when Ii won it. I was looking forward to using it the night it arrived in my bath. Mine as I said is a sludgey brown but this is special as it has a gold glitter suspended in the jelly so looks very festive. Having used it I have decided I love the more earthy deep exotic smell that this has.
When I use this jelly I find it is really like a very floppy bar of soap and when I have the small pots I find it is best to use the entire squiggly lump as soap and lather it all over my body; I then leave it for a few moments so that the scent soaks into my skin before rinsing it off.
It does feel sort of strange and floppy which takes some getting used to but it is much nicer that when I first use a Lush soap as they are often quite hard at the edges and take some using to make them nice and rounded so I can rub them on my body comfortably. This feels so soft and gentle but you have to be careful to hold your hand cupped around it as it does try to slip out as you use it.
If you don't want to use the whole lump as a soap then you can use a small piece and then rub this either on a sponge or flannel or if you have some use it with exfoliating mitts as this way you are less likely to drop the squidgy mass in the bath or shower. If you drop a little piece it is REALLY hard to pick up again as I just keeps slipping out between your fingers so you have to trap it in the sponge or the like. Pinch some of the jelly from the pot and rub it in your hands/sponge/flannel/mitt to lather it up and scrub it on and this means there is no mess left in the bath or shower by bits breaking off and escaping and no tricky slippery jelly to hold on to.
The smell is far from subtle, it is heady and exotic with a sweet pungent spicy undertone which I know is the frankincense. There is a sweet scent which is very much orange and the creamy deep scent of frankincense citrus combined. As this also has contains sweet orange oil and mandarin as well as an infusion of star anise infusion which make the scent sweet ans also a bit zesty. Black pepper oil is a great one to add depth of spiciness while the clove bud oil and cinnamon leaf oil help this have a bit of a Christmas aroma. It is not the very sugary sweet scents that Lush sometimes do for Christmas and if you are a big fan of 'Snow Fairy' and the bubble gum pink sort of smells then I would say keep away from this one. This is far more like 'Breathe of God and 'Smell of Freedom' in its more masculine scent. I would imagine a man would be quite happy to use this as well.
I love the somewhat unusual smell and have to restrict the times when I use it as I am not sure when I will be able to get it again. It is a smell that reminds me of the souks in the Middle East sort of heady, heavy deep and yet sweet. It is however still really refreshing with the more earthy, leather, male sort of scent. It does remind me a bit of an Original Source winter shower gel with Black pepper and cardamom in it and this is a good one for sharing with the man in your life if you don't mind sharing that it!
Like a lot of Lush's products I just love it and what I especially love is that when I get out of my bath I can smell this lovely smell on my skin for quite a few hours which gives me confidence in the fact that I smell nice to others too hopefully.
The jelly is made from carrageenan extract which is a natural and nutritious seaweed gel full of vitamins and minerals and so this is meant to condition skin and also soften hair. I have to say my skin did feel wonderfully pampered after using this so tap marks for that Lush. Lush say this is suitable for vegans so no animal products in this one.
Not so good:
We still have the methylparabens and propylparabens which are not so great and are questionable ingredients that help give lather.
There are also colours, glitter and other bits and pieces but I won't go on about those and if you are really concerned about this sort of thing I am sure that you are more than capable of investigating the contents yourself.
Is it just a strange sort of soap then?
Well no, as with many Lush products this has multiple uses. Obviously you can use it as it is in its wobbly form as a soft and gentle soap with a refreshingly enlivening scent.
Secondly you can use it as a shampoo and the seaweed gel is supposed to help make your hair soft and of course the smell will stay in your hair for ages. I did try it and found it was hard to keep hold of the gloopy mass but it did feel nice and lathered up well. Obviously the smell is a bit diluted depending on the conditioner you use after it, what a shame they don't make a conditioner with the same scent. My hair was not noticeable soft but my hair is quite course so really never actually feels soft so maybe I am not a good head of hair to test this on.
Thirdly you can put this in the fridge and use it as a cool soap or shampoo when it is really hot outside. You can also take it one stage further and put it in the freezer so then you have a hard very cold soap or shampoo which would be nice in a hot climate but so far I haven't been tempted. I think you would have to freeze it in a rounded container so that it had rounded edges otherwise it could be a bit sharp when using it on your body.
The idea behind freezing is that you can lather your body up with a cold soap and rinse off with hot water a bit like a Turkish bath or sauna experience, hot then cold then hot. I'm not a fan of this hot cold experience and when I use a sauna I never jump back into the pool or have a cold shower as it is not my idea of a pampering at all! Lush reckon that the benefits are especially enjoyed when you freeze the jelly as it makes "for a great bracing, sharp shock in the morning" .Personally I prefer mine non frozen.
So will you buy this again?
Well I certainly am impressed with this and would recommend it. The scent this one is wonderfully sophisticated and exotic quite different for a bath product. It smells of a mixture of fruity citrus and a lovely woody scents and is in my view a lovely smell. I have only my one pot which is about half full so i will be keeping an eye out for this nearer Christmas this year and hope lush bring it back in the shop rather than just in the retro section where you have to pay for postage on top of the price of your goods.
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I absolutely love Lush's Christmas products and make sure to buy plenty each year. Unfortunately this sometimes means that I have too many to actually use, so I end up saving them until next year! One such product is the Gold, Frankincense and Beer Shower Jelly.
This is a product from Lush's past which was brought out as part of the Retro Christmas range last year. Basically this means that it was only sold online, not in stores. I obtained a larger 225g tub which cost me £7.95. When I finally use it up, I can return the tub to a Lush store as part of their promotion allowing you to bring in 5 pots and get a free Fresh Face Mask.
In the past, shower jellies came in rather flimsy oval plastic tubs which had a tendency to leak. For the last couple of years, however, they have come in much sturdier clear plastic tubs the same size and shape as the equivalent black pots. My shower jelly is in one such pot, with a white Retro label containing the product name and description.
Gold, Frankincense and Beer gets its name from the fact that it contains little specks of iridescent gold in among the dark brown of the shower jelly (this makes it look much prettier than the brown colour would suggest), as well as frankincense and stout. In addition to these ingredients, the shower jelly contains sweet orange oil as well as mandarin and star anise infusion which give it a refreshing citrus kick. Black pepper oil adds depth to the scent, and clove bud oil and cinnamon leaf oil add a festive twist. The shower jelly is suitable for vegans.
When I first smelled the product, I thought it was absolutely divine. In the beginning it smells of cola bottles, however there is much more depth to the product than this description suggests. I could detect the citrusy notes as well as the black pepper and the festive cinnamon. I could also detect the beer which helped to make the scent richer.
I thought the scent smelled familiar, and then recognised it from a product I tried last year and loved - Bob Soap. The soap didn't come back this year, so I was extra excited when I realised this had the same smell. The scent is also present in this year's limited edition festive massage bar, Merry Xmas. This product IS now available on the Lush website, so if you like the sound of the scent that I am describing, you may wish to check this massage bar out.
In the shower, it is possible to use the huge jelly to wash with but it is advisable - particularly with larger size jellies like this one - to break off a small piece and use it with a shower puff. I find that this method makes the shower jelly create absolutely loads of foam to wash with and means that you only have to use a very small amount at a time.
In contact with the water, the deep cinnamon and black pepper scent lightens somewhat and you get more of the citrus and orange notes. This makes for a very refreshing and cheering shower, which is ideal on these dark mornings!
I find that this product doesn't dry out my skin at all, but it doesn't moisturise it either. I do have very dry skin, so someone with normal or oily skin might be able to get away without using moisturiser. I can't really smell the jelly on my skin after use, but again because I use moisturiser this isn't a problem for me.
Overall, I really love this shower jelly. Yes, it is expensive but it smells absolutely delicious. I think this is my favourite Christmas scent from Lush. It actually helps me get out of bed in the morning as I have my boozy shower to look forward to - and you can't put a price on that!
For me, Gold Frankincense and Beer Shower Jelly is Christmas in a pot!
It has such a spicy and festive scent- almost like mulled wine- that puts me in a festive mood every time I use it! It is sparkly as well, with lots of flecks of glitter in it. The glitter easily washes off though, and none is left on your skin. It is brown in colour, but please don't let that put you off.
I found the product quite fiddly to use to begin with. As the name suggests, it is a wibbly wobbly chunk of jelly, and so if you're not careful it can wriggle out of your grasp and end up down the plug hole. I've found that by taking a small piece and squishing it into a loofar or shower puff that a little goes a very long way and I can get moutains of gorgeous-smelling lather, and none of the precious jelly is wasted down the plug hole.
It leaves my skin super soft, and the lovely scent lingers on my skin for the rest of the day (though I suspect it does look a little odd when I start sniffing my arms later in the day!). I find the shower jelly leaves my skin squaky clean, but also very moisturised at the same time.
Sadly this is a limited edition shower jelly, and was only brought out at Christmas time. I stocked up last Christmas so I've been using it all year round!
The sales assistant at Lush suggested it can be chilled or even frozen, in which case you can then crush a small piece in your hands and then use it as you would normally. Personally I don't fancy the idea of freezing cold shower jelly, so I haven't tried this.
Once you get used to it being a jelly rather than a standard shower gel, the product becomes fun to use, and makes me look forward to jumping in the shower in the mornings! It is great for my skin as it leaves my skin so soft that I don't even need to moisturise after I've used it. And it smells simply delicious! Definitely worth a try to get you in the Christmas spirit.
It's almost Christmas, which means that it's almost time for Lush to bring out their Christmas range. "Gold, Frankincense and Beer" is an unusual and quirky gift - it's a little tub of shower jelly that showcases Lush's finest qualities, being glittery, nice-smelling, imaginatively named and fun as well as luxurious to use.
Shower jellies can be put in the freezer or fridge or kept at room temperature, depending on how you want to experience your shower. I find using them cold quite unappealing but room temperature or gently heated by the steam from the shower it's lovely.
They're also very economical in that you only need to use a very small amount and it goes a very long way. I'm still using mine from Christmas - I was using others as well, but still there's a fair bit left after perhaps 80-100 uses.
The only downside is that it's a bit fiddly to use. If you just pull off a piece and work it into a lather in your hand, you get a lovely lather but you're likely to lose the chunk of jelly down the drain. The easiest thing is to squish it into the middle of a shower puff and scrub away.
This makes a great gift - inexpensive, environmentally sound, quirky, fun and wonderful to use. I'm hoping that Santa picks up my hints and brings me some again this Christmas!
I love Shower Jellies. Lush invented these to save on the packaging and preservatives which are used in shower gels. They also make showering much more fun! In my opinion, to use a shower jelly you need a shower puff otherwise it all goes down the drain. Just wet the shower puff and then squash a bit of the jelly into the centre of the puff and rub it to make a lovely lather. I also use the lather on my hair if i'm in a rush.
Gold Frankincense and Beer is a Christmas Shower Jelly which has been available from October to January in the last few years. I was put off by the name at first as I hate the smell of beer. However I went into lush in October and had a sniff of this and it smelt delicious. I couldn't smell beer at all but it smelt strongly of cola bottles!
In the shower the smell is very strong and gorgeous. It is easy to lather and one tiny bit of it lathers enough for a whole shower. I can smell it on my skin for a while after the shower and if I use it in my hair I can smell it all day. The bathroom also smells of it all day after I have used it (we do have a tiny bathroom though!)
I think this shower jelly is definately worth the money, I just wish it was available all year round!
My gold, frankincense and beer jelly came as part of the Happy Shower giftset. Which in turn came in the £5 grabbit bag I purchased after christmas during the promotional offer. Again as with the other objects that came in my lush bag I believe this is just a christmas product and so won't be available to buy right now.
The description of the jelly product on the label of the giftbox says " Three elements of a modern yuletide - gifts, rituals and parties - all in one shower jelly! Wash all over to put in a seasonal mood."
The amount was 100g. What I did like about this product from lush is that it came in a much better container than the previous shower jelly I reviewed which came in a cardboard container. Instead this one came in a clear plastic oval tub which meant you could easily scoop out the amount needed and save the rest for another time. It was also waterproof which was great because the other container of the other shower jelly is falling apart so at least this one shouldn't. To be honest I can't say that many postitive things about this particular shower jelly and so the container is just one of the two positives I can say about this product.
So when you have opened your tub of shower jelly you are met with a rather unpleasent looking brown jelly. Its saving grace is it is quite shimmery and this is quite an attractive feature. The most offputting thing I found about this product was the smell. It smells of coke. Imagine someone spilling a bottle of coke over you well this is what the smell reminds me off. It is also quite sticky and so if you are just touching the container to move it you will get sticky hands. Whilst using it I did find one positive compared to the previous shower jelly I reviewed and this was that this particular one was very easy to break apart and lathered up really well on the skin. So for practicality it did have a strong point. The smell though is what really lets this product down because it is not appealing in the slightest in my opinion.
Overall thoughts are great container and good softer texture of jelly that makes the using the product much easier but horrible smell is what really lets this product down.
I received a good few Lush products over Christmas as gifts and slowly I have been getting round to using them, I have also decided that it is about time I started writing some reviews on them so I can muster up the money to replace the ones I liked.
Lush Gold Frankincense and Beer Shower Jelly was probably the oddest Lush product I received at Christmas and I have to admit I considered not using it at all. It is a horrible brown colour and I have to admit the inclusion of beer gave me the impression I would not like this at all.
I had to try it in the end because I feel all Lush products deserve a chance and I am glad i did try it because it was actually quite nice. This is basically a shower jell in jelly form rather than liquid and you simply break a piece off and rub it all over your body.
This jelly gave a really good lather and gladly it did not smell at all like beer, it actually smelled and looked a bit like a cola bottle sweet, although the ingredients for the bar would never lead you to believe that. It states that the bar is made up with Mandarin Juice, Orange Oil, Frankincense oil, and Clove, Black Pepper and Cinnamon oils, how this comes to smell like cola I do not know but it does.
As with most other Lush products this was kind to my skin and did not dry it out, this jelly will set you back £2.75 and for me that is well worth it as you will get around 8 showers from it, you do have to be a bit careful with storage because exposure to heat or water will most probably melt it.
I'm a bit late with this review, given that this is a special edition Christmas product from Lush, but I am still finishing my Christmas pot, so I thought I'd write a few words about it.
Lush shower jellies are not my favourite product. Like the others, Gold, Frankincense and Beer, is exactly what it sounds like...a shower gel in a jelly format. These can be put in the fridge, or even the freezer if you are brave, to help them solidify, but I can't say that I've tried this. Basically, you attempt to hold on to the jelly and rub it over yourself. It actually lathers and cleans much better than you would have thought, the main problem is that the jelly gets so slippery that you keep dropping it, it gets very irritating after a while. You can put it in one of those shower puffs, but to be honest you still end up dropping and wasting bits, which, given Lush prices, isn't really ideal.
Lush shower jellies dont really do anything for your skin either. THey dont dry the skin out, at least not that I've noticed, but most Lush products leave your skin feeling amazingly soft, except the shower jellies. Still, you cant have everything in life.
If you can find a technique of not dropping bits of jelly all over your shower (which I have yet to find), Gold, Frankincense and Beer is actually quite a bargain. Lush products are done by weight, and GFB is £2.75 for 100 grams. Its a small pot, but you dont need a lot and it WOULD last a while...if it wasnt for the damned plughole!
As you can tell, I'm not a great fan of any of Lush's jellies, however, Gold, Frankincense and Beer has one saving grace. It smells GORGEOUS!!! It's like Christmas in a pot. It smells strongly of Frankincense, but has a gorgeously honeyed, sweet overtone to it. It does have a hint of beer to it, but in a pleasant way.
So, I give this shower jelly three stars, purely for gorgeous smell. Most of the shower jellies are a complete waste of time, but this one smells so nice I think I might just keep it in my bedroom as use it to scent the room. Lush should make a proper shower gel out of this one!
Gold, Frankincense and Beer shower jelly from Lush is a shower gel in the form of a solid jelly in a pot. The jelly is within some liquid. You only need a small amount of this product to get quite a lot of lather to rub into your body.
It is a brown colour with a sparkle to it. The sparkle is gold and makes it seem very luxurious. It looks very rich.
The strongest smell in my opinion is the Frankincense, which is quite spicy and very Christmasy. There is a beer smell as well but it is not too boozy and the beer smell does not last on your skin, which is definitely a good thing!
My skin felt really smooth, silky, clean and refreshed after I had used this shower jelly. It smelled pretty lovely too. The scent did not last as long as some Lush soaps can last on your skin but it still lasted well, well the frankincense bit did, which is the nicest bit.
At £2.75 this might seem expensive for a very small pot but you do not need very much of this product, as it is quite concentrated. It is still not cheap but it really is very lovely. I would definitely buy it again as a treat. It is also a great idea for a Christmas present.
This is essentially a shower gel by Lush- but with a twist!
Lush, in case you were unaware of them, are a company which sells bathing/showering and basically very non basic bathroom stuffs. They do not add in man made things to their products if they can avoid doing so, and they hand make what they do sell.
Well, I picked up the shower jelly I am about to review as part of a free gift by Lush. It was their version of a January sale, spend so much cash, pick up a box for free. I got a box worth around £15 for spending £24.09. Inside the box were tow soaps and two shower gels. The shower jelly here (Gold Frankincense and Beer) which I am reviewing is only available at Christmas, and will be available Christmas 2009, but is not at the moment- unless you can get hold for one of the sets with it in. But the average cost for a shower jelly is £2.15 to £2.60 per take home portion. (They do it by weight).
I was pleased that this came in a little round tub, as it meant I could use it at the gym- in the past I had been presented with a huge square tub of the stuff- something I knew would split open in my bag so sadly had no use for it. This shower jelly however could be used- so do not let the packaging put you off, it did not open itself in my shower bag and was very easy to use at the gym.
The first thing you notice about the jelly, is the colour- its a mid brown with a gold iridescent shine to it. It does look in my opinion, a bit off putting- perhaps had it been actually gold or even less....um...brown, it may have been nicer to look at, but it didn't prevent me using it. The stickers on the tub told anyone who was looking what it was, so I did not get any dodgy looks!
The smell was the next thing- its a different sort of smell- unlike the sickly sweet smell of most shower gels, like ones by Dove or Body Shop, its sort of musky, and sort of orangey at the same time but does have a sweetness to it. I have no idea what frankincense smells like, but I have a feeling this could be it. I don't think I would say this is the best scent Lush have, but its not bad at all. I would describe it as a unisex smell, but having said that, it could be slightly too sweet for some men- so ask first before splattering him in it!
I could not smell beer not alcohol, but would not be surprised if there is in fact beer in the jelly. I had wanted to list the ingredients, but as its a Christmas special, its no longer on the website. Instead all I can tell you is that it is a vegan safe product, and it does have natural stuff in it! Sorry I can't go into as much depth!
I have found that with this product- unlike many other products, a little can in fact go a long way! Usually Lush are well known in my mind for requiring a lot- its not a bad thing and sort of adds to the sense of pampering yourself, but in this case, I scooped out just under half a handful, or a quarter of a pot and was able to wash my entire body, face included, lose some of it to the floor AND still have quite a fair amount left! I think one of the small 7cm oval pots would last me around 7 or 8 showers! Its very easy to use, you simply scoop from the pot the amount you want. And stand under the shower and rub it over your body. It turns into a frothy lather and gradually disintegrates- though like I say, a little does seem to go a long way, you wont need that much.
Its an odd texture- it really is like edible jelly, just a little firmer. I can imagine people putting this in the fridge before their shower, not my idea of fun but some people go for that. I have not, I have kept it at room temperature and its been fine for weeks now. Not gone bad or anything like that. If it falls onto the floor of the shower, it will not just vanish down the drain, you can go pick it up- it will not fall apart in your hands and would be great fun for children (though not small children or they may think they want to eat it).
I think I will buy some shower jelly again, I get bored easily so I doubt it will be this scent, but if they are like this, I think I will be getting a very good deal and a nice treat for myself as oppose to the average shower gel. In comparison with the price of other shower gels, its obviously much more expensive- other shower gels cost around £2 or £3 per 200ml plus of the product which can last you upwards of a month. I doubt this Lush product would last as long, unless you got a bigger batch and spent a lot more on it. But its nice to treat yourself and turn what is a very dull job into something far more interesting.
Gold, Frankincense and Beer is the second of the Lush shower jellies I have tried, the first being the Strawberry Santa which I loved. This is one of the Lush Christmas products and therefore only available for a fairly limited time.
A shower jelly is how it sounds really - a shower gel in the form of jelly, which you break a piece off, and then rub over the skin to form a lather. It makes a bit of a difference from a normal shower gel, and really is just a bit of a novelty. You can store these anywhere as long as it's not too warm (as some of them can melt - see my Strawberry Santa review!!) but Lush recommend they're kept in the fridge. You can also freeze them, and although I do have various Lush products stashed in my freezer, (as well as rolls of cling film after seeing a tip on Lorraine Kelly's show - lol!) I have never used one of these from frozen.
I ordered this at the forum party via mail order, so didn't know what it smelled like, and only really had the ingredients list to go on. It contains Stout, hence the 'Beer' part of the name - and although I've heard of Beer being used in hair care, this was the first time I'd heard of it used in skincare. It also contains Mandarin and Star Anise infusion, Mandarin Juice, Orange Oil, Frankincense oil, and Clove, Black Pepper and Cinnamon oils. Given the inclusion of Mandarin and Orange, I had expected it to have quite a citrussy smell, however the scent is overpowered by the Beer, Clove and Cinnamon, and the actual overall scent, to me, smells like cola bottle sweets!
Appearance wise, this jelly is not as nice looking as some of the others available. It is simply a pale brown colour, and cut into chunks, which are packaged in small oval shaped plastic pot with a lid.
When I came to use this, I found that it was slightly difficult to break apart at first, because it wouldn't stop wobbling! Once I'd managed to break off a small piece, I rubbed it over my wet skin, and it started to make a nice, foamy lather. Even though the last jelly I used also made a good lather, I still found that I was quite surprised when this one produced a thick foam - as I never quite expect them too, considering how solid it looks in the tub.
The scent of this seemed to change quite a bit when it was on my skin, and suddenly I could smell the orange in there, and also the spiciness of the cinnamon and clove, which made it a little more pleasant than it had been in the tub, but still I found the scent a little sickly for my tastes.
After using this the my skin was clean and fairly soft, but the scent that lingered on my skin seemed to be the 'cola bottle' smell that I had sensed from the tub, rather than the sweet orangey scent that had developed when I used this.
A tub of Gold, Frankincense and Beer shower jelly costs £2.75 and is available from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk
Overall, I found this to be OK, but I was not too keen on the scent, which is why I've marked it down. It does get skin clean, and is a bit of a novelty to use, but I thought the cola bottle sweet smell was a bit too strong and sickly for me, and I don't think I'd buy it again just because of that.
Everything for the holidays / beer, perfume and spicey, sparkly bits /