What is it? Lush is a company that focuses on cosmetic products made from naturally sources ingredients. The Joy of Jelly is a shower gel that comes in a block of jelly that your rub on as it lathers. Why did I buy it? I liked this product because it was I already liked the Lush brand for its bath bombs and I trusted them. The jelly looked interesting and unlike any shower gel I had seen before and it smelt subtly sweet. I also liked the fact that I didn?t have to buy a specific amount; they sell it by weight, as they do with a lot of their products. This meant that I could buy a small amount for a few pounds to try it out and then a larger amount if I liked it. Using it I liked using the jelly as it left me feeling clean and refreshed like any other shower gel and the smell was not to over powering, which is good to know as the mix of scents in the Lush stores often leave a lot of people with headaches so you can?t stay for long. The only problem I had is that the jelly is hard to work with, it slips of your hands before it is lathered meaning that most of it ends up draining away before it gets a chance to be used. Instead of using it in the shower, I now use it in the bath as it is easier to control and less is wasted. Overall I would recommend this product as it is fun, different and works just as well as any other shower gel. I think it would also work well as part of a gift because of its uniqueness. But, due to the amount that gets wasted I only use it on occasions when I want to treat myself. Also I prefer to buy it in store so I can decide exactly how much I want rather than online and the amount of Lush stores are limited so I don?t get to buy it that often.
Being a huge Lush fan, I am trying to sample every single product that they make. Some of their more unusual products include shower jellies - as the name suggests they have the consistency of jellies, midway between a soap and a shower gel, and are used to wash body and hair. They tend to come in two sizes and are sold in plastic pots (that are included in the 'bring back 5 pots and get a free Fresh Face Mask' offer). The Joy of Jelly was one of the shower jellies sold until recently - it has since been discontinued, but made a temporary return in the online Retro section, and may well return again in the future.
This shower jelly is pink, purple and swirly, very pretty to look at. It has a jasmine-based fragrance that also includes ylang ylang, musk and clary sage. It's a sensual, rich scent, and should appeal to those who like jasmine, but it isn't as overwhelmingly jasmine as the Flying Fox shower gel, so should appeal to those who like their jasmine a little less strong. The jelly is suitable for vegans, and contains aloe vera gel to care for the skin. It also contains sodium laureth sulfate, which helps it to lather. Some people find that this chemical irritates their skin, so it's worth knowing that the jelly contains it, but personally I am fine with it and it is present in the majority of shower products.
You can wash yourself with the entire jelly, or you can break a bit off. I prefer the latter method, as a very small amount lathers up exceptionally well on a shower puff. I always find that Lush shower jellies last me ages, and Joy of Jelly is no exception. The lovely jasmine-based floral scent floats around the shower and the product cleanses really well, without irritating my skin. After showering, I do still need to apply moisturiser but my skin is not particularly dry. The scent lasts, albeit more faintly, on my skin after use, which I really like.
I definitely recommend both this shower jelly in particular and shower jellies in general - they are versatile products which can be kept in the fridge or the freezer should you want a more refreshing wake-up call (personally I don't!). As mentioned, Joy of Jelly is not currently available but I am sure it will come back to Retro at some point. There are other shower jellies available in store, and I definitely want to try these.
I love Lush products but rarely visit their shops so I was really excited when my brother bought me a couple of Shower Jellies for my birthday. I'd seen them before and liked the idea of using a jelly to wash myself, but I thought they seemed like a lot more hassle than using an ordinary shower gel, so I left them on the shelves.
The first shower jelly I tested out was 'The Joy of Jelly', which is a nice two-tone purple colour with a strong fragrance of essential oils (rose, jasmine and ylang ylang). It's less time consuming to use than I'd anticipated - you simply break off a little bit of jelly, put it onto a wet shower puff and scrunch it up so that the jelly lathers up. It lathers up very nicely and a small amount produces a surprising number of bubbles: a little definitely goes a long way with this product. You can then clean yourself with it as you would with an ordinary shower gel.
One thing to note with this product is that the fragrance is pretty strong. It reminds me of the smell of some aromatherapy oils, which some people may not like. Nonetheless, though strong, the aroma is not overpowering, and it lingers subtlely on the skin.
I am always really impressed with the way the jelly leaves my skin feeling after showering. It is incredibly moisturising and my skin feels really nourished after using it. Because it is applied with a puff, it also has an exfoliating effect, so my skin feels soft and smooth.
Unlike normal shower gels, this comes in a plastic pot and is sold by weight, retailing at £2.80 per 100g. Despite using it regularly, I'm not even close to finishing mine, but I can definitely see myself purchasing it again when it runs out.
I'd strongly recommend this shower jelly.
Lush ' The Joy of Jelly'
Jelly in the bath?
I've seen these jellies in Lush on several occasions but somehow they have never appealed. I thought that they were gimmicky and would melt in the bath water and all that I would be left with was gloop. Like all Lush products they are not cheap and for 100g you will pay £3.25 for this one or you can get a bigger piece of 240g and pay £6.75 Now you can see why I wasn't going to risk paying that amount for something that might just gloop down my plughole so while I was in the shop buying some other bits of solid shampoo for my holiday I asked the lovely man serving me about these jellies and what they were for. Needless to say I came away with a sample for me to try.
At the moment in Derby I have been getting my samples in small black pots, the sort you wash out and take back to get a free face pack so I am ahead already as I now have 4 pots towards my next free face pack.
I was asked which jelly I wanted to try and that was a very difficult decision as they were all lovely. I actually chose the one that smelled the least strong in the shop. One was called 'Whoosh' and this was strongly citrus smelling. Another called 'Sweetie Pie' smelled just like a black Rowntree's fruit pastel and was very strongly cherry scented. The one I chose was 'The Joy of Jelly' and this smelled very sweet and lightly floral in the shop. The trouble with smelling things in the shop is that all their products are so strongly scented it is hard to pick put the one you are sniffing.
The nice thing about Lush sample is that you don't just get enough for one use , you get a decent amount and I think the amount of jelly I have about 25g so a quarter of a 100g pot so worth about 80p I guess so a pretty generous sample.
I was quite excited about trying my sample so I used it in my bath that evening. I was initially not sure how to use it and broke a piece off the jelly lump and used that to wipe all over my body creating lather that smelled divine. I thought the lump would sort of dissolve quickly as I lathered myself with it but it didn't. It is really like a very floppy bar of soap. I have now chosen not to break a piece off but 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.
The smell is sweetly floral but with a hint of something musky. The main two jelly colours are a clear purple pink and a milkier looking dull purple pink one. One is lily and the other rose but they have also added ylang, jasmine and a little musk. The combination is a wonderfully sensual, floral but with that bit extra depth coming from the musk. The musk they use is synthetic so no animals are harmed in this as in any 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 aroma on my skin for quite a few hours which gives me confidence in the fact that I smell nice to others too.
What's in this jelly then?
The good things are :
Organic Aloe vera which everyone knows is good for skin and known for its healing qualities.
Scent from jasmine flowers, Brunello lily petals, rose petal extract, jasmine absolute, clary sage oil, ylang ylang oil, synthetic musk (we don't want to hurt those poor deer do we?)
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.
The lovely lily and rose oils are calming and also suppose to tighten skin on the body and I could certainly do with a bit of tightening.
Not so good:
We still have the methylparabens and propylparabens which are not so great and are questionable ingredients that help give lather.
Interestingly they have also added Benzyl Benzoate which is a parasiticidal preparation used for Scabies which is a little odd but must do something in here. It is also used to cure 'Sweet itch 'in horses. In this product I think they add it to fix the scents and smells but I'm not sure if it is really needed!
There are also colours 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 divine 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!
So will you buy this again?
Well I certainly was impressed with this and would recommend it. As i have my drawers crammed with Lush soaps and also handmade soap made by a friend of mine in Australia it will be a long time before I need to buy any more. I will certainly ask for samples of the other jellies as I am very impressed with this one. I was not sure what to expect and really had thought they were one of Lush's gimmicky and rather silly products but this one is wonderfully pampering and smells truly divine and sensual in my view. So if I needed to buy a 'soap' I would go and buy this but at the present time I have far too many to justify buying yet another bath product.
I would have given this 5* but for the not so nice ingredients
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I had never heard of the company Lush until becoming a member of Dooyoo. All I seemed to be reading was Lush products reviews, all of them good. I quickly realised that they must have brilliant products for so many people to write good reviews about them. So off I went to the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk). The website itself is really easy to navigate around and I know this sounds silly but the site looks really 'organic'. I really don't know how to explain what I mean so you'll just have to look on the website yourself!
Out of the 6 products I ordered, The Joy of Jelly was the first one for me to use, so here goes my review(!) ...
~What is The Joy of Jelly~
This item is a shower jellie (however, I used it in the bath) which is meant to be used like a shower gel, but there are some differences! When I first heard of a shower jellie, I was wondering how a jelly can be pulled off to being a shower gel, and my opinion didn't change when I received the item. It looks, feels and wobbles like a really jelly!
Most Lush products (or so I'm told!) arrive with no packaging, so no great big huge cardboard box for a small item, but this item came in a little black container that is just the right size to fit in 100grams. When I opened the little plastic container, I then understood why it needed packaging. It is very moist and would make a really big mess if it was sent to customers wrapped in clingfilm like most other lush products. The actual shower jellie is mainly purple and has pink swirls in it which as well as having a beautifully scented product, it also looks very attractive!
It is so difficult to try and explain what is in a Lush product and what it does for you, so this is copied directly from the Lush website on this product:
"Fancy a bit of slap and tickle? Share a sensual shower jelly. Pink and purple swirls of lily and rose jelly ought to be enough to entice anyone to share a shower, especially if it's a bit of a squeeze. Add a sensual fragrance of ylang, jasmine and a smattering of musk (the synthetic one that's kind to animals) and you'll be fighting off the volunteers. Just don't forget to wash your hair and body with it while you're in there."
The minute I opened the black container that the product was in, the smell of the shower jellie hit my nostrils and I was really intrigued as to how Lush could get an item to smell exactly like it says on their website. In my experience, when I buy something that is supposed to have an ingredient like jasmine in, it hardly ever smells like Jasmine but this is certainly not the case for the shower jellie. When I used it, I certainly was not disappointed! To use, you tear off about the size of a £2 coin's worth, place on a sponge and rub into your damp skin like you normally do with a shower gel. It only takes a few swishes of your sponge before you get a really good amount of lather. As you are washing yourself with the jelly, the smell of Jasmine becomes really strong and the more you rub it into your skin, the more you can smell it. I personally can't smell anything other than the Jasmine, but I think it's a really strong fragrance that would take away the smell of anything else anyway. After washing it all off, and as I started drying myself, I noticed that the whole of bathroom smelt like Jasmine and it was wonderful to be standing in a steamy room, smelling Jasmine (yes, I'm strange!!).
When I woke up the next day, the first thing I did was smell myself to see if I could still smell the Jelly on my skin, and I could. I was so amazed that I woke my partner up and asked him to sniff me!! He looked at me like I needed to be under psychiatric care but then he smelt the Jasmine and realised why I asked him to smell me!
I paid £2.80 for a 100gram tub of shower jellie which at first thought that it made this product more of a luxury item than daily use, but after realising that you only need a small amount to get a good lather on your body, it meant that a 100gram pot of this could last me about 15 baths which in my opinion is really good value for money.
I absolutely adore this product already, even though I have only used it once and it will definitely on my list of Lush products that I should (and will) order again. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who has used Lush before, and if you have never even heard of Lush, get over to the website quickly!
I would like to thank everyone who has wrote about Lush products, and making me so intrigued that I had to buy some. You have made me a very happy woman!!
~~Also on Helium.com under the same username~~
When I first saw the product 'shower jelly' my first thought was no it cannot really be a jelly, that would never work. Well yes it is a jelly and yes it does work as Lush tell you it is going to work! This is my first experience with a shower jelly!
The good thing about Christmas is that you can make a list of everything you have wanted to try but haven't wanted to use your own money to try it with, incase it turns out to be a really rubbish experience, if like me you hate taking things back to the shop of course and/or vowing never ever to try it again or buy anything else from said retailer. With Lush, my experience has always been one of high standard and out of the hundreds of products I have tried, to date I can count on one hand the number of products that I didn't like and would never use again. With that in mind Lush is one of my favourite shops to spend my money in and my skin reacts well to its products, so it is always money well spent.
The first shower jelly I tried, baring in mind you have a choice of three in my local Lush store and they have quite imaginative names along the lines of Whoosh, Sweetie Pie and the first one I ever tried and am reviewing 'The Joy of Jelly'. The Joy of Jelly stood out for me because it was under a big sign which said "Try before you buy" and "New product" and the surest way of getting me to spend my money is to entice me over the a new product with an offer. To look at the shower jelly is just that a jelly, it could very well be something you have prepared to go with your ice-cream because it wobbles every which way a jelly would do but it actually reminds me more of blancmange with its texture and the one difference between this jelly and the eating jelly kind is that you don't have to put the Lush version in the fridge to keep it solid and prevent it melting.
When you buy the product it is sold to you by weight as many other items are such as soap and it is placed into a clear plastic tub which features a label detailing what your product is and a few other unimportant pieces of information. For this Lush shower Jelly I paid £2.80 for 100g which seems to be the norm for these products, obviously if you have less than 100g you pay slightly less and if you have more you pay more and so on. What I have found with products like this is that when they stack them, they stack them based on their weight, so if you want slightly bigger piece you will find it right at the bottom.
When it comes to The Joy of Jelly it is a really lovely pink and purple swirly looking and it smells quite strongly of Jasmine which I really like the smell of, so it already has a bonus there. With these products I was surprised to see how many ingredients Lush put into them, this one is described as being a sensual shower jelly with the main aim of enticing you to share a shower with your beloved. Well fat chance of that because A) I will not share my sacred bath times with anyone and B) same goes with Lush products, they are mine and I am not sharing end of. With the Jasmine in mind as the main ingredient it is recommended for relieving stress and pre-menstrual tensions as well as helping to relax mind and body, easing muscular pain and also acting as an aphrodisiac. Clary Sage oil has properties similar to the Jasmine oil in that it promotes relaxation, can act as an aphrodisiac and helps relieve stress and tension. The final two ingredients to mention are Aloe Vera and Carrageen (which is extracted from some seaweeds) which are both used for the skin to both soothe and nourish it to leave it feeling moisturised. Then as an added extra there are some lose Lily and Rose petals which fall free from the jelly as and when you use it, they dont add anything to your bath or showering experience, they just float around your bath and look sort of decorative.
So using the shower jelly. Unlike Bath Ballistics, Bubble Bars and Bath Melts which you just chuck into your bath, this you use more like you would use a soap. The idea being that you scoop a bit of this jelly out of the tub it is sold in and put it directly onto a wet sponge, flannel or whatever it is that you use within the bath or shower (I used this in a bath but you can use it in the shower as well) and then use it like you would any other soap or shower gel. The reason you need to use a sponge, flannel or whatever you use is because as you rub it into the sponge in my case you immediately see the lather forming which you use to wash yourself with, without the sponge or flannel you wont get the lather, instead what you will find are lumps of the shower jelly all over the place where it hasn't dissolved as well as it does when combined with a sponge. The lather created from this shower jelly, baring in mind you need a pinch of it and not a lot more to cover your entire body, is a lilac colour and as soon as the lather forms the Jasmine smell becomes more evident and it really is much more relaxing than Lavender and not as potent and old person like (as description another Dooyoo Lavender hating person used) it is much softer and lasts a lot longer as an aroma. The one problem I found when using this shower jelly for the first time is that I did use a little more than I needed to use, so some did get wasted and went down the plug hole because I had more than enough lather, but a little practice you soon get to grips with it and I now find it much better to use than a Lush soap whilst in the bath and it is much quicker to lather up.
After finishing my long hot steamy bath and having dried my skin I was pleased to find that my skin was as soft and smooth as Lush promised me it would be and the Jasmine fragrance still lingered slightly on my skin, not as potent as I thought it would be, but it did linger for a few hours. These shower jellies also last a really long time, much longer than I thought and expected them to do, but with these products it is really down to how much you use of it and how often you use it. I use mine two or three times a week, usually after I get home from a long hard day at work, before going to bed which is when I most need to relax and settle down to sleep and with 100g of this Shower Jelly you should get between 15 and 20 baths/showers out of it which is the average for me and because they come in a nice little plastic tub they are easy to out into your weekend bag if you happen to be going away for the weekend too.
I enjoyed my first experience with a Lush Shower Jelly and have bought the other products from within this range and am looking forward to trying them just as soon as I have used this last smidgen of this Joy of Jelly.
I bought this purely because I like purple, and on taking a quick sniff in the shop it smelt quite nice. Lush describe this as a "sensual shower jelly" with ylang, jasmine and a hint of (cruelty free) musk. To my untrained nose however, it just smells of pure jasmine. And it smells strong!! Wash with this (especially if you use something else jasmine smelling) and I guarantee your entire house will smell of it for at least a couple of hours. Of course this is great if you like jasmine, but if you don't it's something of a bummer.
Price and packaging: This is £2.80 per 100g and it comes in a clear plastic pot, that isn't particularly sturdy in my opinion. If you have anything stronger, it's probably a good idea to decant it if you can.
To use: Pull off a blob of jelly, stick it in a shower puff and wash as normal.