Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Cocktails in the bath
Lush Ponche Shower Gel
Member Name: catsholiday
Lush Ponche Shower Gel
Advantages: Gorgeous scent and lots of good ingredients
Disadvantages: Still got the parabens, limited edition and the price
You haven't heard of Lush?
I cannot imagine that anyone reading this has not heard of the lovely cosmetic/toiletry company called 'Lush' that started way back in the 80s as 'Cosmetics to go'. They make the most wonderful smelling and exciting things for pampering and they are very keen to support Fair Trade and eco ingredients. All their products are free from nasty additives and not tested on animals.
Lush state :
"We believe in making effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics, without animal ingredients, and in writing the quantitative ingredient list on the outside.
We also believe in buying only from companies that test for safety without the involvement of animals and in testing our products on humans"
We are lucky enough to have a lovely Lush shop in the new Westfield centre in Derby and I get pulled in by the tempting smell every time I walk past. I love having freebies but as I had already bagged two samples on this visit I felt that I should actually purchase something and chose this new shower gel called 'Ponche and so was looking forward to trying this in my evening bath.
Ponche what does that mean?
This is the product description on the website for "Ponche" Shower gel:
"This packs a ponche - with orange juice and a shot of tequila
Inspired by traditional Mexican Christmas punch - this shower gel is bright, boozy, fruity and uplifting.
Freshly squeezed orange juice, plum and cinnamon infusions, a good shot of tequila and a fruity fragrance all add up to your own little party in the shower. But this is one party punch that will hit the spot without leaving you with a headache the next day!
Feel refreshed and ready to face the morning. So good, you will want to have another one for the road."
Ponche shower gel seems to be the only product from Lush with this fragrance and it has been created as a special limited edition one for this Christmas 2012.
Grass Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.25, 250ml = £8.50, 500ml = £14.95. 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 days 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. You can of course recycle these anywhere that you recycle plastics.
Okay enough of the story behind what is it like?
The gel is a wonderful pure true orange colour and mine is relatively thin - a bit like washing up liquid consistency. You really need only the smallest amount to get a really good smooth lather about the size of a 10p piece I find is plenty. I like to let it soak in for a while before rinsing so that I can enjoy the lovely fresh cocktail orange aroma.
What do they put in the orange gel?
Water, Plum Infusion, Cinnamon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate,Orange Juice, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Davana Oil, Buchu Oil, Petitgrain oil, Tequila, Eugenol, Geraniol, *Linalool, *Limonene,Colour 15510, Methylparaben
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The main ingredients providing the special properties in this gorgeous orange cocktail are:
Bucha oil - from a South African shrub with small white flowers. The oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty odour and has been used as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil by aromatherapists.
Davana oil comes from an Indian shrub and the oil has a sweet and fruity aroma.It is a posh sort of ingredient in perfumes with chypre and fougere fragrances. The oil is said to be emotionally balancing oil and soothing effect on the skin.
Tequila :Yes it does have Tequila in it but I wouldn't suggest drinking it! It does give this a great cocktail scent.
Petigrain oil is from the Bitter orange tree and leaves and it has a fresh, green and woody aroma. It is included for its scent and stress and also helps with nervous exhaustion and controls sebum production in skin as well as being a mild antiseptic.
Does it feel good and work well?
I am not one for showers as I love to lie and linger in a warm bath so I use this in my bath. I love the smell I lie and close my eyes and I can imagine I'm in a swimming pool enjoying a cocktail as I did with my sister in Mexico. We sat back in the pool with our cocktails which were all included in our price. The scent is exactly like an orangey tequila cocktail and it is almost tempting to taste it but I have restrained myself.
It is warmer than just orange and I can definitely smell a sort of toffee sweetness behind the orange scent. It really does smell like something that could be drunk.
The other thing I like about Lush products is that when you use them in your bath or shower then the whole bathroom and our adjoining bedroom gets an air freshen as well. This 'Ponche' gel does have the same strong smell that really does seem to linger in the same way as other stronger Lush smells. It is not only tempting to taste but it is also a very fresh aroma that lifts the scent in the bathroom and our adjacent bedroom.
Who is this product for?
As Lush products are not full of unpleasant chemicals it should be okay for sensitive skin but it is always advisable to check if something you are going to use contains anything that you are allergic to.
This is a Lush unisex product meaning it is suitable for males and females and I would agree that it doesn't have a flowery feminine scent but it is quite sweet and fruity although I can't imagine a man being embarrassed to smell of this but I really like it too. This is the sort of shower gel that would appeal to lots of people and would make a great gift for anyone but possibly woman mainly.
Is it just a shower gel then?
Lush shower gels can all be used as bath gels and shampoos as well. I tend not to use them as shampoos as I always have shampoo for dry hair and like my conditioner to match. I tend to use the Lush bar shampoos when travelling to save weight and spillage accidents. I do also use the solid conditioner for travelling for the same reason. However if you were going on short holiday you could take this small bottle ( 100ml is allowed in hand baggage) and it would serve as a shower gel and shampoo and that way you need not take lots of bottles and can still travel light with only carry on luggage. I was told that you can even wash your clothes with this but it is an expensive option for this purpose in my view and I'm not sure I'd want my clothes smelling of tequila cocktail.
All good then?
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: this appears to be a rather unpleasant chemical which is an eye and skin irritant as well as other undesirable potential health effects.
Methylparbens: These seem to be equally undesirable and can cause skin problems as well as possible links to male infertility and breast cancer! This is debatable but you might want to check.
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.
Most people will not have a problem with any of these as they are in most bath and hair products but if you do have allergies then best to check.
I loved this one, it has risen quite high on my list of favourites from Lush it is pretty different bath and shower gel. It is so soothing and gentle on my skin which is quite sensitive and sometimes reacts badly to shower gels. It smells very fresh and uplifting, like having a drink without getting drunk. It is very expensive but as you only need a small amount it does last quite a long time so probably works out as economical as some others in the long term.
Thank you for reading and hope you may find this useful/interesting. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
Summary: A limited edition orange cocktail shower gel