“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
Allow me to start this review with a moan. A predictable moan perhaps, but I cannot help myself...
Lush's sales blurb for this shower gel starts with the following sentence:
"God bless Mother Nature"
Indeed, as an old hippy I can agree with that, but really Lush? If you truly "bless Mother Nature" then why oh why do you insist on adding parabens and chemicals into your products. They don't even need them. There are natural foaming agents out there and honey (which is in this by the way) is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial.
Moan over (for now), and on to the review.
HONEY I SHRUNK THE MEN:
This gel comes in the standard clear plastic bottle with a black screw top lid. The label on the bottle is also standard for Lush products, with some information about the product typed in white text on black. The packaging is unisex and generic enabling it to sit in any bathroom without offending the eye. There are three sizes of this available to buy, starting with the 100g bottle and going up to 500g.
This was given to me in a 100g bottle, and for those of you that cannot picture 100g then I can tell you that it is small. Seeing as this costs almost a fiver, then this is not what you could call an everyday wash item unless you have a decent disposable income, or budget specifically for such luxuries. It makes a nice enough treat item or gift though and as I received mine as a gift then I shall review it as such. I would not pay a fiver for a tiny bottle of this though...
"If you are a lover of our Honey I Washed the Kids soap, then this is the one for you, because they share the same irresistible fragrance."
I have a chunk of Honey I washed the Kids, but have not used it yet. I have sniffed it though so am aware of the honey caramel scent that is associated with this product. It's raining Men has more of a honey/citrus aroma in my opinion so if you like sweet scents then you would probably enjoy this. It has a flowery undertone to it alongside the smidge of citrus, ensuring that the shower gel is not too sickly.
This gel has the colour and consistency of honey, and has exotic ingredients such as Tiger Lily (horribly toxic to cats but seemingly ok for people), Rose hip, and Lotus flowers. All of the flower elements come from an infusion which is made from the fresh or dried flowers being wrapped in a muslin bag and steeped in hot liquid, rather like you make a cup of tea...
The addition of Lotus is interesting, as it is used in several cultures as a symbol of serenity and peace.
The roots and petals of the lotus are used in cosmetics, in incense, ceremonial magic and meditation, and in the realm of skin products, Lotus is a cleansing and detoxifying. Lotus is also rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. Another added bonus that sits nicely alongside honey, is the fact that Lotus has an anti-inflammatory action on the skin which encourages healing and regeneration. Honey is used for the same reasons.
The citrus element comes from the obligatory Bergamot, an oil that I love and one that Lush use an awful lot in their products. Sweet orange sits nicely alongside the Bergamot oil.
Unusually for Lush, the first four listed ingredients (and therefore the ones that are used in the largest quantities in the recipe) are Honey, Rose hips, Lotus and then the Tigerlily, and from this list it is possible to surmise the reason why the product is pricey. However it sits in more or less the same price range as most of the shower gels that Lush stock, so either you are getting a decent deal with this or the others are horribly overpriced....
Sadly I think that it may be the latter.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate figures here and it is quite high up in the ingredient list. It is a controversial addition for a company that like to trade of their "green" credentials but many Lush items contain this. There is plenty of information available to research and Google so I will not go into it here, but suffice to say, it is not a very good item to have in a shower gel. It is responsible for the bubbly lather that you get when washing with the gel, but there are alternatives out there. I would not recommend that this is used by anyone with Psoriasis, Eczema or skin sensitivities.
Unfortunately this is not the only ingredient that could be seen as unhealthy. Methyl paraben, Perfume, Propylene Glycol all feature in this shower gel. All have side effects and potential dangers.
The addition of Honey means that this is not suitable for Vegans.
Although hardly a cheap product for what you actually get, a little does go a long way. It cleans effectively and smells good and the scent lingers for a short while on the skin. It has quite a standard viscosity to it but when shoved onto a sponge or body brush it does bubble up well and you will not need to use much.
AND SO DID IT?
Rain men? No. Nor women unfortunately. It's raining Men is a nice enough shower gel, which smells lovely but has questionable ingredients. It did make my bathroom smell nice though. One for a rainy day perhaps but not something that I would rush to replace once it is used up.
Honey, Rosehip, Lotus Flowers, Tiger Lily Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Benzoate, Methylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
£4.50 for 100g available in Lush stores on online. A 500g bottle will set you back <gulp> £15.45.
Whenever I go to the shops, I somehow manage to come home with a product from Lush. I just can't walk past the store and once in there, I can't leave empty handed. My latest purchase was the 'It's Raining Men' shower gel by Lush.
What does the product do?
The main purpose of the product is to cleanse the skin on your body leaving it squeaky clean and free from dirt and impurities. The product contains plenty of natural ingredients including honey which add moisture to the skin leaving it soft and smooth, while also helping to protect the skin. Also included is Lotus Flowers, Tiger Lilly infusions, as well as Sweet Orange Oil and Bergamot Oil to brighten and tone the skin. The product is also designed for use on the hair and it promises to leave the sweet scent of honey behind it wherever it goes.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear plastic bottle through which you can see the product inside. It has a black sticker on the front which gives a little bit more information about the product. It has a black flip top lid which is easy to open and close, even when you hands are wet and soapy. The product comes in three different sizes. I bought the smallest 100 gram bottle for £4 but there is also a 250 gram bottle and a 500 gram bottle although the bigger bottles obviously cost more. You can buy the product from your local Lush store or from their online website.
Aroma and Consistency
The product does smell of honey as you would expect it too with honey being the main ingredient. It also smells a lit bit like toffee, sugar and it has a tiniest hint of floral and fruity aromas. The overriding one however is that of sweet, delicious honey. I like the aroma. It doesn't get sickly to me but it did get sickly for my friends when they use it. I find it lovely to use but I do think that it won't be to everyone's liking so you should give it a sniff before you buy. The product in honey in colour as you can see when it's in the bottle. It has the consistency that you would expect from a shower gel but it's maybe a little tad thicker.
Application and Performance
You can either apply some of the product straight onto damp skin or onto a sponge. You don't need to use much of the product in order to get the desired results. If you use a sponge, you do get quite a good lather going and it makes you feel like it's getting you nice and clean. The aroma is quite strong and evident the whole time that you're in the shower. The product feels silky and hydrating on the skin and it hasn't caused me any irritations or discomfort. Once the product has been washed away, my skin smells really sweet and it makes me feel fresh and clean. My skin feels soft to the touch and I don't experience any dryness or tightness. The product doubles up as a shampoo but I haven't used the product is this way as I don't like using 'shower gels' in my hair so I can't comment on how it fairs for this purpose.
All in all, this is a lovely shower gel with a strong honey scent which leaves you feeling fresh and clean. It's packed full of natural ingredients and leaves the skin feeling softer. It is quite expensive but I do like it so I would probably repurchase this when mine runs out. The aroma won't be for everyone so it's worth sniffing this because you buy it to avoid disappointment.
I have no idea what this has to do with raining men! perhaps I'm being thick!!
This came as part of the honey gift set range. This shower gel is made with honey and really does smell of honey (obviously!) but no seriously, it's a seriously honey smell so if you don't like honey don't buy it! I however don't mind the smell of honey so it's quite nice, I wasn't sure at first but the more I've used it actually the more I like it. It also has a really nice smoothness and is a lovely consistency as far as shower gels go, not too runny!
It does leave the skin feeling soft and smelling of honey. As with all lush ranges it's natural too.
Cost; the cost starts at £4.25 for 100g up to £14.95 for 500g. It's fairly expensive for shower gel but then it has got an awful lot of honey in which isn't cheap to manufacture as the bee's have to work extremely hard to produce a small amount!!
My biggest nightmare with this is getting it out of the bottle, it is such a thick smooth consistency and the bottle is thick plastic that it takes two hands and a lot of squeezing for me to get any out!! this is really annoying as I do really like this particular shower gel! I guess it's worth it in the end!
Overall - a lovely smelling product.
Lush are one of my favourite brands. They do amazing skin care products that really agree with my skin and whenever I walk into a Lush shop I HAVE to buy something because it smells so incredible.
The story of the discovery of this product for me was it was given to me as a birthday present. My friends (knowing that I loved Lush) saved up and bought me loads of amazing Lush items which was fantastic. So as everyone does with Lush, you smell the product straight away.
I hate honey. Really do not like honey. This smelt SO strongly of honey I nearly threw up! I'm not saying it's a bad product but seriously, only get this is you have a thing for honey because I did not enjoy putting my nose up against this bottle! It was sickly, there is no other scents mixed in with it that I could smell just the overwhelming smell of honey which I wasn't happy about!
However, I gave it a go just to test whether it did anything good for my skin, and boy, it did. It made my body feel so soft after the shower even my boyfriend noticed (and he never notices anything!)
When it lathers up the smell disperses slightly making it a bit more tolerable and like all Lush products it lathers up beautifully and leaves my skin soft and subtle, almost to the point no moisturiser was needed afterwards (it was that nice!)
My words of advice would be honey lovers, GO GET THIS NOW it will smell fantastic (for you) and make your skin so so soft. And for non-honey lovers, look at what other products Lush have because the smell will actually make you too ill to catch any 'raining men' in the first place.
This shower gel came out in 2011 with the Valentine's collection, it was designed to be limited edition but it was so well received Lush decided to make it permanent.
Lush claim this smells like their best selling soap, Honey I Washed The Kids. I personally think this smells nicer though I love both.
It's sweet smelling with the honey and even looks like honey in the bottle! It has a dash of exotic flowers like rosehip, tigerlily, lotus and sweet wild orange. It smells so nice.
It's a fairly long lasting scent and smells faintly on the skin afterwards. It leaves a really rich sweet smelling in the bathroom for a day or so afterwards.
It glides over the skin and lathers up easily enough. It can also be used as a bubble bath, just run it under hot water like you do with regular bubble baths.
This is more expensive then a lot of Lush shower gels but it's main ingredient is honey so that's where the price comes from. Lush also hand make everything and contain vegetarian and vegan (although this isn't) goodies so I prefer to pay a little more for something more fresh.
I am a huge fan of Lush products and you will see from some of my previous reviews just how much. I love the simple yet attractive packaging, the natural ingredients and the fact that they are against animal testing.
Why did I buy this product?
When I go into Lush, I generally don't have a shopping list, but wait and see where the mood takes me. When I was shopping in York, the sales assistant suggested this shower gel to me as I adore the "Honey I Washed the Kids" soap - think I still need to write a review on that, actually! The initial small was amazing and as I am generally impressed by Lush products, I figured I would give it a go.
How much did it cost?
I only bought a small bottle to try it out. It was around £4, according to the website it is £4.25 for the smallest bottle, which is ideal if you are trying a new product and are not sure if you will like it or not.
How long does it last?
I didn't really keep track how long it lasted to the day, but due to the reasonably thick consistency, you only need a very small amount - I use a shower puff so it creates a lovely lather and lasts that bit longer. It smells absolutely incredible and the whole bathroom smells amazing afterwards - it smells of honey more than anything else; it is a rich, gorgeous, luxurious smell and once I open the bottle, I cannot get enough of it. It is very good for moisturising for the skin as well; I have quite dry skin but it always feels really nice and dewy for a good few hours after a shower with this gel, like my skin has had a good drink of moisture. I don't have to use much body lotion afterwards and the smell lingers for hours, it is brilliant.
Would I buy this product again?
Yes but in a bigger bottle! It is great for my skin, it feels and smells amazing, the smell lasts all day long so there is no need for perfume. I would recommend buying a bigger bottle if you like the smell, even if you have not tried it before, as it is much more cost effective. I plan on running down my insanely huge cosmetics collection and keeping things to a minimum of a few products, but this one is a keeper.
It's Raining Men is a shower gel that Lush originally brought out for Valentine's Day 2011 (hence the name). However, it was so popular that it stuck around as part of the permanent range.
The shower gel is designed to smell like the popular soap Honey I Washed the Kids. It is scented with a fragrance of honey, flowers and citrus and contains real honey, rosehip, lotus flowers, tiger lily infusion, sweet wild orange oil and bergamot oil. The inclusion of honey means that the shower gel isn't suitable for vegans, but like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians.
The shower gel does contain sodium laureth sulfate. This is a chemical foaming agent which creates lather and is used in the vast majority of shower and bath products. It is a known skin irritant and it is worth watching out for it if you have sensitive skin, though most people including me are fine with it.
This shower gel is a rich honey colour, like the soap. It comes in a standard Lush clear plastic bottle, made of recycled and recyclable materials with the standard black label. It is available in three sizes: 100g costing £4.25, 250g at a price of £8.50 and 500g costing £14.95. The larger bottle is the most cost-effective, but the smaller bottle is ideal for trying out the product and for travel purposes.
The product smells absolutely divine - like toffee with a hint of floral. Whereas the B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful shower gel has more of a true honey scent, It's Raining Men is much sweeter - like a honey dessert, perhaps. The floral and citrus aspects to the scent add depth and lightness and prevent it from being too sickly. I find some honey scents too cloying, but this is lovely.
The gel is opaque which makes it look thicker than it is - it isn't thin exactly, but it isn't really any thicker than any other Lush shower gel. This is good, as otherwise it would be too hard to get out of the bottle. Only a small amount is needed, so it lasts a really long time. I use a shower puff, which helps it to lather - it creates loads of lather and feels very luxurious.
The shower gel is very gentle on the skin and the honey scent pervades the shower. After use, my skin feels very soft. The gel is fairly moisturising and although I have dry skin, I only have to moisturise the driest parts of my body. I can smell the scent on my skin for a little while afterwards, though it is much fainter.
I absolutely love this shower gel. It is very luxurious to use, smells divine and is good for my dry skin. I will definitely be buying this again - perhaps to use as an occasional treat rather than an everyday product. Though it is expensive, it is better value for money than the price would suggest, as only a small amount is needed each time,
It's Raining Men is a shower gel made and sold by Lush, an amazing and very popular company that sells their own handmade, natural and vegan friendly bath and shower products, and they also have their own range of lip tints and perfumes. This shower gel has been around for a while now, but I only got around to trying it a couple of months ago and swiftly fell in love with it after the first whiff - it seriously smells amazing. I also like that it's a multi-purpose product - it can be used on the hair as a shampoo, as well as a shower gel.
The shower gel is available from Lush's website or in-store and it retails at £4.25 for a 100 gram bottle. There are also 2 larger sizes - 250 grams (RRP £8.50) and 500 grams (RRP £14.95). I decided to buy the smallest size as I wasn't sure if I would like it, but now that I have tried it and love it so much I will be re-purchasing the larger 500 gram bottle when my current bottle of it runs out - it's well worth the price. The ingredients in this are all lovely. The main one that stands out to me is honey (hence the product name). Honey makes up 40 percent of the ingredients and is antibacterial and can be used to treat a range of skin conditions. It's very nourishing and moisturising, and protects the skin. Most of the other ingredients (eg rosehip, lotus flowers, tiger lily infusion etc) mainly contribute towards the smell rather than having benefits on the skin.
Packaging wise, the shower gel comes in a basic but reasonably stylish/attractive sturdy plastic bottle, which is slightly rounded and transparent - this means I am easily able to tell when i'm starting to run low and need to re-purchase another bottle, which I think is handy. The bottle has a black flip lid, which when flipped up exposes a small hole in which the product comes out of when the bottle's tipped upside down. There's a black sticker wrapped around the middle of the bottle, which has a very brief product description, the product name and the Lush logo. The product description reads 'Hallelujah! Bless mother nature for all the sensual honey and exotic flowers we squeeze in each bottle. Get absolutely soaking wet an lather up with this honey wash for your body and hair'.
Lush say that this is a sensual and luxurious treat, and boast that their product will make you smell irrestistable, with this quote (taken from the lush.co.uk site) - 'your partner won't be able to keep their hands off you once you've showered with this. In fact, we're pretty sure they'll be joining you in the shower as soon as they get a whiff of the gorgeous honey-scented steam coming from the bathroom.' They also say that this is the 'shower gel of your dreams' if you like their Honey I Washed the Kids soap as it's the shower gel equivalent - the scent is the same. The shower gel smells absolutely gorgeous - it's very overpowering at first but I soon got used to it. It has an almost foody scent which is sweet and sugarry - it definietly smells like honey with a pleasant tone of citrus with an undertone of what smells like warm jasmine, it's very refreshing and comforting and it is in my opinion quite a feminine smell. The smell fills the bathroom when i'm using it too which I like.
The smell lingers on my skin for an hour or so after I have used it which I like, and my boyfriend likes the smell on me (or so he says!) The texture of the shower gel isn't too thick but not too thin, it spreads over my body well as it's smooth with an almost silky feel and it lathers well. It leaves my skin clean and feeling moisturised as well as smelling gorgeous and I always feel lovely and fresh after using it. I use this on my hair on some occasions too when I fancy a bit of a change. I have thick, long hair and need a medium sized blob. It lathers well and washes out fine, it doesn't leave any behind and it's not sticky. It leaves my hair feeling soft, clean and fresh and it also smells gorgeous, it lingers in my hair for quite a while which I like.
Overall, I love this. It smells amazing and does an amazing job of nourishing my skin, leaving it smooth and soft, and keeping my hair clean and well looked after. It's well priced considering the quality and I give it 5/5 stars!
I was sooo glad when they bought this into the permanent line at lush because it just smells soo amazing and I was gutted I missed it at valentines day.
Today I will be reviewing It's Raining Men shower gel from LUSH
This shower gel is packaged as all the other lush shower gels in a clear bottle with a black lid and a label that says ..
'Hallelujah! God Bless Mother Nature for all the sensual honey and exotic flowers we squeeze into each bottle. Get absolutely soaking wet and lather up with this Honey I washed the kids scented wash.'
It doesn't claim to make your skin amazingly moisturised or replenished or anything ! It is basically a shower gel with an amazing scent.
The name is nothing to do with the actual product, it is to do the fact that the inventor just liked the song!
The main attraction of this shower gel for me is the smell. It is a gorgeous, rich, buttery honey scent that makes me feel scrumptous and good enough to eat ! It also has underlying hints of toffe and orange which really round off the scent and make it fabulous !
The shower gel isn't watery or too thick, it is a really good consistency and easily goes onto my loofah. The fragrance lingers in the bathroom air after I have used it which makes a really nice air freshener scent ! It doesn't dry my skin out and in fact leaves it quite moisturised.
£4.35 for 100g,
£8.50 for 250g
£14.95 for 500g
This is pretty expensive for a shower gel especially since the other day, I walked into boots and they were selling some Pink Cow shower gels in full 500g bottles for £2 and they smelled very nice also !
Overall I think this shower gel is a little luxury but I do love it and really recommend it as an amazing shower gel !!
I will admit I am a bit of a Lush addict! I generally treat myself to a few lush goodies every so often to add to my evergrowing lush box and the most recent addition was this showergel. The showergel was first released last valentines day and was limited edition, however it now appears to have come back in the main product line which is great as I missed this the first time around!
For those familiar with the popular Lush soap, 'Honey I washed the kids' the scent of this will be easy to imagine as it is the same one! This is great for those who love the honey scent but not the idea of using a block soap and would rather use a liquid showergel. As the name would suggest the showergel smells predominantly of honey, with some sweet wild orange in and a toffee fragrance. I find personally that I can't really smell the orange but can smell the honey and toffee, which I love.
The showergel lathers up really well, especially on a loofah and I find that I don't have to use much product to wash with so it generally lasts me a while. This is good as a 250 gram bottle of this showergel will set you back £8.50, which definitely makes it a treat and not a staple bathroom product in my eyes as thats a bit pricey! The bottle states that the showergel can be used on your hair as well, however I find it can make my hair feel quite dry and so I stick to just using this as a bodywash!
I love this showergel as a treat and really enjoy the scent, but I think that due to the price it wont be replacing my cheaper showergels anytime soon as a regular product unfortunately. I give this 4/5 as I have no complaints, apart from the price.
I tend not to shop in Lush anymore. Although I love the smell and the unique quality of their products, my purse has been pinched and their prices are just too much for me. But I was caught out a few weeks ago. While waiting for a train that was delayed I strolled around the station looking in the shops, window shopping. Then of course my nose twitched. It was the undoubted smell of the shop that is LUSH. I walked in and was greeted by one of the nicest shop assistants ever. Usually I find them a bit over bearing but within minutes I had three free samples and was pleased with my thrifty ways. But on my way out they had a large display advertising this shower gel. 'It's Raining Men'. It looked rather average so I gave it a quick smell. I was hooked. 20 minutes later I was on my train with a bottle of this shower gel as my companion.
** It's Raining Men Shower Gel **
This Shower Gel from Lush claims to do nothing. Sound odd? Well, it doesn't promise to moisturise or replenish. It doesn't promise to invigorate or make your skin feel 10 years younger. It really is one of their most bog standards of products. It is a product made as a treat. A basic shower gel that is supposed to have an irresistible fragrance.
Why the name then? It is quite funny really because the name has nothing to do with the product although Lush advises that it should make your skin smell irresistible, it really is just down to the person who made it. Apparently 'Helen' loves the old weather girls hit and took the lyrics 'get absolutely soaking wet' and made a scrumptious shower gel!
** Price & Packaging **
£4.35 for 100g, £8.50 for £250g and £14.95 for 500g. It my opinion, very expensive for a shower gel. Especially when you can pop into any supermarket or high street shop and get a decent brand, full size 500g bottle for under £2!
Plus, Like I said before, this is one of lushes rather standards designs. A basic plastic bottle with the regular black label on the front and the deep honey coloured shower gel on show. Yes, the lush name always looks great in the bathroom, but for the price, it better be worth it!
** What Is It Like To Use & Results **
So the thing about this shower gel that had me hooked was the fragrance. It is probably one of the most gorgeous smells I have ever had as a shower gel. It is the richest deep sugary honey smell I have ever known. It is deep and warm and makes my skin smell good enough to eat. It is a scent full of toffee, slight orange notes and the sweet smell comes from the use of the exotic flowers.
The shower gel itself is very rich and gloopy, made to me as near to honey as possible. It is a bit of a treat in the shower as it lathers up well and the fragrance spreads over the bathroom. It washes well without drying out my skin and even once I am dry the fragrance lingers on my skin for about an hour. It is lovely to use at night just before bed. When I am under the covers I get the yummy aroma spread over me and it is enough to make me keep smelling my arms! I did this the other night and my boyfriend thought I had turned slightly crazy.
'It's raining men shower gel' is made with 40% honey. Now that to me is amazing. No wonder my skin feels so smooth after I use it. The other ingredients are Rosehip, known for its smoothing and anti-inflammation qualities. Lotus Flower, known for its skin tightening effects and apparently an Aphrodisiac! Last but not least, Tiger Lily, rich in vitamins and minerals plus its beautiful symbol of love and beauty.
With all the ingredients put together, this shower gel is supposed to be a bit of a romantic. All the ingredients create quite a sensual fragrance and leave the skin feeling silky smooth and loved.
** Conclusion & Recommendations **
This is a basic shower gel that does the job of cleaning my skin and leaving it very moisturised which is great. The big selling point, in my opinion has to be the stunning fragrance. It really is amazing. It completely had me hooked from the first sniff and once it is on my skin it was almost edible!
I would say that the shower gel is slightly overpriced. I understand that due to the pureness of the ingredients it has to be this expensive. Plus the quality is what you are paying for. But the way I squeeze it on it really isn't value for money! I have used it 3 times and have half a bottle left (250g bottle). Although I do have to check if someone is stealing uses when they are in the bathroom. I will be on sniffing check as soon as they are out!
Overall, a lovely indulgent shower gel. Brilliant for softening the skin and even better because of the gorgeous deep honey fragrance. I would only buy this again as a treat and limit the times I use it. I will use it as a treat when I want to indulge myself, but I wouldn't want to use it every day in case I get to familiar with the smell. I want it to have that wow effect every time I use it.
Lush is a company who offer a wide range of Handmade cosmetic products such as bath, body and perfume goodies. Their products aren't tested on animals and are often full of natural ingredients.
~It's Raining Men~
When it comes to showering, Lush offer a few different range of goodies including jellies, soaps, gels, scrubs and emotibombs. The shower gel range includes 14 different shower gels with one being named "It's Raining Men".
This shower gel can be used to cleanse the body and also the hair. This shower gel has some quirky oneliners relating to the famous Weather Girls song of the same name. It claims to offer the same scent as the best selling Lush soap "Honey I Washed The Kids". Lush claim this shower gel is ideal for those with dry skin due to its moisturising abilities.
It's Raining Men is enriched with honey from Wales which adds a cleansing, moisturising aspect to the soap. It also contains lotus flowers for their soothing abilities. The scent is supposed to resemble toffee-fudge thanks to the blend of honey, sweet orange and bergamot oils.
The shower gel is housed within a small, clear plastic bottle with a screw top lid. The shower gel is dispensed through a small hole inside the lid. A label runs around the bottle with some product information, ingredients etc. Often, the bottle will have a sticker with an image of who prepared your shower gel, the date it was made on and when it should be used up by.
~Ingredients (For those interested)~
Honey, Rosehip, Lotus Flowers and Tiger Lily Infusion (Rosa canina, Nelumbo nucifera and Lilium tigrinum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Methylparaben
Available through www.lush.co.uk or in Lush stores, this shower gel is available in 100g, 250g and 500g sized bottles. Expect to pay £4.25, £8.50 and £14.95.
It is worth noting that It's Raining Men was original released as a Limited Edition shower gel and was discontinued. It is now back by popular demand.
I quite like Lush products but find some are a hit and a miss really. My sister presented me with a 100g bottle of It's Raining Men shortly after purchasing it in February this year (with an expiry of sometime next year). After using it a few times, I planned on reviewing it but found it had been discontinued! It wasn't until I entered the Lush website this weekend that I noticed it had been brought back for sale so decided to review it!
The bottle was initially purchased by my sister for her own use but she wasn't keen on the smell so I was given it. She knows I love all things sweet so she assumed it would suit me perfectly! Strangely enough, 6months down the line, I still have the same 100g bottle. My limited use of this shower gel is really based on me having lots of shower gels to be used up though I will say that the smell does play some part in it.
~Looks Aren't Everything You Know..~
The bottle isn't bad, it does the job nicely and is easy to grip whilst allowing a small amount of flexibility to squeeze the shower gel out. The shower gel certainly isn't the most attractive in terms of appearance. If you want something bright and beautiful this isn't the one for you. It is reasonably thick and when the bottle is half full, a tip upside down reveals its sticky toffee like consistency. It looks like toffee too..melted toffee! The shower gel gloops out the bottle and my preferrence is to apply with a body puff once my skin is soaking wet.
~Lather Me Up~
The thick, smooth consistency of the shower gel, feels incredibly soft against my dry, sensitive skin, Despite appearing like sticky toffee, the shower gel is not sticky on the skin and simply feels divine. A tiny blob of this shower gel on my puff, is sufficient so coat my entire body in a fluffy, rich lather which feels very cleansing and soothing. The lather develops well and my skin feels nourished and comforting as I spread it across my skin.
From the moment I dispense this shower gel, the scent is highly scented. I am so glad that a little bit goes a long way as really, I couldn't handle too much of this scent. Whilst the lather develops, the scent is equally as rich. I love the smell of toffee-fudge but from the first use, I found this to be a little too much. The honey was the prominent scent and had a sickly sweet scent which wasn't more than I could handle in the enclosed space that is my shower! I wish the orange and bergamot had came through a little stronger as they could have taken the sickly edge of the overall sweetness.
I could handle the sweetness a little more by showering in slightly cooler water as it seemed to react strongly to really hot skin! Another alternative was to open my bathroom window and also the curtain around our shower to settle how much of the scent I was actually being subject too. The rich lather stays bubble on my skin for a short while and a quick rinse under the shower effectively removes all the lather. The shower gel doesn't leave any residue on my skin.
~Soft, Smooth and Scented~
Once I step out the shower and dry off my skin, I am impressed with the results. The shower gel is very gentle yet effective on my skin. My skin feels cleansed and moisturised. I am happy that the shower gel doesn't dry out my skin but does leave it with a soft, smooth texture. The smell does linger which is a rarity with many shower gels these days. I found that if I applied too much around my chest area or tops of my arms, the smell does overpower and not one I can use before going to bed as my fiance can smell it. He finds it far too sickly sweet and so do I. I can't wear an additional perfume if I use this in the morning as nothing would mix well with the lasting smell of It's Raining Men.
My skin feels smooth for several hours after using this shower gel and I don't feel the need to slather body lotion on. The smell is quite strong on my skin for 3 or 4 hours before settling to a sweet, creamy fudge aroma which makes this more appealing and the reason I continue to use this shower gel.
~Let Your Hair Getting Soaking Wet...~
As a rule, I'm not keen on products which claim to cleanse my body and also my hair. I have used certain Lush products on my hair and not been very happy with the results. To put this shower gel through its paces, I decided to try it out as a shampoo on once occasion. I won't be doing that again in a hurry! My hair is dry, thick and difficult to manage.
Despite soaking my hair with hot water, I found I needed quite a big blob of this to create any sort of lather. Taking into consideration that more gel means more sickly sweet scent, I found my hair washing experience to be a nauseating 10minutes! Once I had a lather, I rinsed it all out and I was disappointed but not surprised. My hair felt dry and brittle. There was no chance to the dryness of my scalp and my hair didn't really feel cleansed enough to be acceptable. The smell clings to every strand of hair even after applying a hefty amount of conditioner. It made me heave for several hours before I gave in and washed my hair with another shampoo..twice!
Whilst I appreciate how soft and cleansed my skin is post shower, I cannot abide by the scent too much. There is just too much honey concentrated into a small amount of liquid and even for a sweet lover like myself, it is too much to handle..it even lingers on my hands if I apply it over my skin with my hands. I do feel it is of a high quality and the scent is perhaps a little too natural. A little bottle lasts very well so the price is a little more acceptable.
Overall not one I personally favour when compared to the other Lush shower gels available. I do use it when I crave something extra sweet to avoid the calories of chocolate!
Thanks for reading :)
Lush 'It's Raining Men' shower gel
What is special about 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?
Just back from my latest holiday and as I was walking through the Westfield Centre in DerbyI ventured once again into the wonderful aroma filled shop Lush .I went in to buy some Pied de Pepper foot cream but saw this shower gel 'It's Raining Men' and having had a sample a few weeks ago I decided that as I had liked it and this was a limited edition for Valentine's Day I better buy it before they all went.
Golden liquid but no men,
The gel is a rich, custardy creamy colour and it is quite thick in consistency. It smells quite strongly of honey and caramel and is quite a sweet smelling one really so if this does not appeal then avoid this one. This gel is a limited edition and only available for the short time around this Valentine 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 the front of the bottle this is how Lush describes their Valentine gel;
" Hallelujiah ! God bless Mother Nature for all the sensual honey and exotic flowers we squeeze into bottle. Get absolutely soaking wet and lather up with this Honey I washed the Kids scented shower gel"
This lovely creamy shower gel is similar to the scent of the 'Honey I washed the Kids 'stuff in Lush and is very much based on the scent and goodness of honey.
'It's Raining Men" Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.25, 250ml = £7.95, 500ml = £14.25. Not a cheap gel but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a good 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 honey and cream then?
This is a lovely rich colour but slightly more caramel in colour than honey, more like creamed honey than the clear one. 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. It feels lovely and creamy and the scent is sweet and creamy. It foams up nicely and makes my skin feel nice and soft as well as quite moisturized. There is no tightening of my skin after my using it. The scent is quite gentle and doesn't linger on the skin for too long afterwards but does leave a nice hint of clean and creamy after my bath which I really love.
The smell is wonderfully creamy, caramel with a hint of orange which comes from bergamot and sweet orange oils. The gel is actually made from real honey, lotus flowers, orange oil and bergamot and smells like a toffee fudge or a creme caramel cooking.
There is evidence that honey contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and antifungal substances. Honey has been used as a skin ointment for over 2000 years as it is a natural, gentle moisturizer.
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.
Honey (Mel), Rosehip, Lotus Flower and Tiger Lily Infusion (Rosa canina, Nelumbo nucifera and Lilium tigrinum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus Dulcis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, 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-methylpa raben.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 sweet smelling creamy 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 quickly as Valentine's Day will be here and gone so quickly.
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