Product Type: Lush Bath & Shower
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I Didn't Like The Smell :(
Lush Ponche Shower Gel
Member Name: angelboouk
Lush Ponche Shower Gel
Advantages: lasts well, soft and cleansed skin, packaging, lots of natural ingredients
Disadvantages: price, not enough fruity aroma for me personally
Ponche Shower Gel is part of the 2012 Christmas range from Lush. Ponche is said to be inspired by a traditional Mexican punch - bright, boozy, fruity and uplifting. The main focus is on orange juice mixed with a shot of tequila. Other ingredients include davana oil and buchu as well as plum and cinnamon infusions.
Ponche, or any of the included ingredients, haven't been tested on animals. Lush offer fresh made cosmetics packed with as many natural ingredients as possible. Most ingredients in Ponche are natural but there is a few ingredients which are classed as 'safe synethics' included. It is worth checking the website to confirm if you feel comfortable using this shower gel based on the ingredients.
Regardless of which size of bottle you purchase, Ponche is presented in a clear, squeezy plastic bottle which features a flip top cap. A label confirms the essential product information including a best before date. Ponche is best used within 14 months of when it is was first made.
~Price and Availability~
Ponche is available in Lush stores and from www.lush.co.uk. This is a limited edition product and is available at the following prices :
*100g - £4.25
*250g - £8.50
*500g - £14.95
My favourite time to visit Lush is in the run up to Christmas! A few weeks ago, I was having a nosey on their website and shortlisted a few things in the 2012 range that I wanted to try. On my last visit to Lush, I approached the new treats and was spoiled for choice. I HAD to stock up on the delightful Snow Fairy and was going to treat myself to Glogg but ended up with Ponche.
I had spotted Ponche on the Lush website before buying instore and thought that it sounded quite nice. Instore, I had a good sniff of this shower gel and found it to be pleasant so bought a 100g bottle as a treat to myself! If you have ever set foot in (or even near) a Lush store, you will know that the scent is overpowering. I feel my nose may have been overpowered by the other treats around me as when it came to using this shower gel, I didn't like it all that much!
I can't say that I have experienced Mexican punch but I know what tequila smells like and also orange juice! My first impressions of this slightly dull, orange coloured shower gel were good as it did smell gorgeously fruity. In use though, I realised it simply wasn't for me. When it comes to strongly scented shower gels, if I don't like the scent then I struggle to use them. The smell of Ponche is quite concentrated which seems to be quite common of Lush shower gels. This is a positive if you like the actual scent! To me, the fruitiness of Ponche was completely lost amongst the heady tequila scent. I'm not a massive drinker but usually like a fruity, boozy sort of fragrance but found this to be too much. When used in the morning before my breakfast, I found myself feeling rather queasy after using this shower gel. I feel Lush could have boosted the fruity scent a bit more to balance it out a little.
Compared to Glogg and Snow Fairy, Ponche has quite a thin, runny consistency. A little does go a long way though when applied to a body puff. The lather offered by Ponche was lovely. It was soft, bubbly and slightly creamy. I found it to be mild yet very cleansing on my dry, sensitive skin. The shower gel seems to cling to my skin like a syrup so does require a little more rinsing after lathering up. Once fully rinsed, my skin feels soft and appears to be very clean. I do need to apply my body moisturiser as normal. The tequila scent with a very delicate hint of orange lingered on my skin for quite a while. It doesn't make me smell like a walking alcoholic (though I may blend in where I live more) but it doesn't sit well with any perfume I choose to wear.
A little goes a long way so £4.25 is a fair price for 100g. Ponche Shower Gel was kind to my skin and did leave it feeling refreshed and clean. I just couldn't stick the scent - it wasn't for me. On paper, it sounded nice but I expected too much of a vibrant fruity scent I suppose. I won't hold this against Lush too much as others may like the boozy aroma. I didn't like Jilted Elf shower jelly last year and it was boozy too but liked Glogg so all is not lost. I have offered this to a friend and will stick with Snow Fairy this festive season.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: passed to a friend in favour of Snow Fairy!