“ Brand: Lush / Texture: Cream / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Cleanses, „
I bought some items from Lush online recently (a familiar beginning to many of my reviews!) and one of them was the Slammer shower gel. This product is described by Lush as a "shower gel and hangover rescue" which certainly appealed! ***What is Lush?*** Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany. Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans. Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud. "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again." ***What is Retro?*** The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products! ***Slammer shower gel*** Like a tequila slammer, this shower gel contains salt, lemons and limes designed to stimulate and wake you up in the morning. A combination of lime juice, lime oil and lime peel decoction help to refresh and cleanse. It is designed for those days when you've had a little too much to drink, or simply feel tired and want a boost. I decided to take it on holiday with me, as I was going to Portugal and wanted something to help wake me up if I'd had a little too much to drink. I had the 100g bottle which was perfect for this purpose - this cost £4.20, while the larger 500g bottle cost £11.45. The larger one is better value, but I prefer the smaller bottles to test and see if I like the product first! The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows you to see how much you have left. Like other products in the Retro range, it has a white lid and a white label. The gel is a kind of burnt orange colour, and it smells lovely - very sharp and citrusy, refreshing and reviving. It does smell a little like a tequila slammer, but it doesn't make me feel queasy the morning after drinking too much - I'm sure real tequila would! Quite the opposite in fact - it helps to clear my head and make me feel a bit better. The gel is of a medium consistency: not too runny and not too thick. Though Lush shower gels are expensive, I find them better value for money than the price would suggest, as I only need to use a very small amount at a time. I always use a shower puff to wash with and find that this helps the gel to lather up. The smell lasts well in the shower, though it doesn't particularly last a long time on the skin. This isn't a problem for me however, as I always use scented moisturiser after showering. Though the gel doesn't actually moisturise my skin, it doesn't dry it out either. As mentioned above, this shower gel really helps to wake me up and clear my head when I'm feeling a bit groggy and/or have had a little too much to drink. It's lasted me ages for this reason, as since returning from Portugal I haven't used it very often - I've kept it for emergencies! I definitely recommend this shower gel - perhaps it would make a good gift for students! It's fairly unique and probably one of my favourite Lush shower gels. Lovely!
I think apart from some of the older Lush Shower Gels, I must have tried them all, and out of all of them, I would say this is definitely one of my favourite ones. I just love anything with a lemon and lime smell, zesty smells that pack a punch, and this one certainly does. It bills itself as a Shower Gel and Hangover Rescue, a bold claim, because I'm not sure anything is that good! However when you inhale deeply, the fresh and zesty scent really does help to aliven your senses, and help to bring you round from your grogginess....something which I certainly need help with in a morning! I really do love the scent, really limey and fresh, but it doesn't really scent your skin as much as I would like, if at all really, it tends to hang around in your bathroom longer than it does on your skin, which is a small niggle for me, as I love gels where the scent lasts on your skin for a long time. It is gentle enough on my sensitive skin, and doesn't irritate it at all in any way, but after recently using a different shower gel from another company (which I think I'm prefering at the moment....sorry Lush!), I have found that this doesn't seem to be as moisturising on my skin in comparision, it's still ok, and doesn't dry my skin out at all in any way though. I've also found that I've had to use a bigger squirt of the Lush shower gel to get a good enough lather to do my whole body, and as it is more expensive in the first place, it doesn't work out as good a value, and in these cash strapped times, we're all looking for a bargain aren't we? Which brings me to the price.... You can purchase this gel in 2 different sizes, I though there used to be an in between size of 250ml (unless their out of stock?) too, but this doesn't seem to appear on the website. 100g £4.20 500g £11.45 I know that Lush pack their products full of good fresh ingredients which won't come cheap, but those prices are pretty high (to me anyhow), and as I now know I can get a good quality shower gel at a much lower price than that, well, I'm not willing to pay it as often, maybe now and again as a treat, or if a new gel comes out. I love Lush's green initiatives and environmental policies, and of course the fact that they don't test their products on animals, and I'm sure I'll always be a fan, but unless the price comes down on this, it's something I won't be purchasing that often, so I'll be deducting a star for the price, but for everything else, the smell especially it's gained a good 4 stars from me, even despite the fact that the smell doesn't last that long, because whilst you can smell it when it's on your sponge etc, it is really nice. Another point worth noting, this gel is only exclusive to mail order, so won't be available to purchase from the shops.
My local Lush store recently held a re-opening party after it had been closed for a few weeks for refurbishment. There were a number of retro goodies for sale at the party, including Slammer shower gel. The assistant excitedly told me it smelt of skittles and thrust it under my nose! It did smell really zingy & fruity & as I am not a morning person by any means, I thought an invigorating shower with Slammer might help me wake up and generally feel more human first thing! At £10.75 for a 500g bottle, it is not the cheapest of shower gels. However I fancied treating myself, and Lush products are usually very good quality and kind to my skin. I was told it contained honey and sea salt which would be good for soothing and toning my skin, and the lemony limey scent was very natural and fresh. As I said, I hate early starts and am usually sleepily trying to think of reasons why I can hit the snooze button for the third time rather than actually get up! However the day after I bought this, I was so eager to give it a try that for once I got up when I was supposed to! I really love the scent of this gel, it genuinely does help wake me up. However, it is not the most moisturising of gels, and my dry skin would still need a separate moisturiser afterwards, but it creates a lovely lather and leaves my skin feeling reasonably soft. I was a bit disappointed that the scent didn't linger on my skin for longer- once I was out of the shower I could hardly smell it at all. I have since discovered that by applying it twice, you get a longer lasting scent. This is not really cost effective though, especially considering the price to start with! I do really enjoy using the shower gel but it is too expensive to use every day- I save it for days when I am really tired and need an extra shove to get me out of bed! Slammer shower gel is part of Lush's retro range: this means it is not available to buy in the Lush stores. It can only be bought from lush.com, or their mail order service. It is only available in 500g bottles which is a shame, as I would be reluctant to be spending over £10 on a massive bottle of shower gel without having the opportunity to smell it first. I would probably buy this again, and feel the help it gives me waking up in the morning is worth the price tag!
I own quite a few of the Lush shower gels both from the current range and the Retro range, but because they're fairly expensive, I tend to only use them now and again, alternating with cheaper brands. Slammer is a shower gel I have been using for ages now and as I'm nearing the end of the bottle, I thought I'd tell you all about it! Slammer is a shower gel which comes from the Retro range. This is a range of Lush products which were around years ago, and have now been brought back for purchase online only. I don't remember this one from the first time around, and obviously as it's not sold in the shops I had no way of trying it before buying, so didn't know what it smelled like. I had to use the ingredients list on the Lush website to guess if I would like it - something which has failed me in the past! Thankfully though, with this one, the scent of Slammer totally exceeded my expectations... The shower gel contains amongst other things : Fresh lime peel decoction (what's a decoction?), Fresh sea water, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Honey, Lime Oil and Lemon oil. These things combine to give a gorgeous fresh and zesty scent. I love citrus fragrances anyway, and the combination of lemon and lime is always a winner with me, but the honey that this contains takes away the sharpness of the scent and gives it a slightly luxurious edge, that makes it stand out from other shower gels. Slammer is marketed as a 'Shower Gel and Hangover Rescue' by Lush. I must admit it's been years since I had a hangover, and so I haven't had chance to test out this claim, however I can confirm that the claim on the Lush website that this is 'An early morning citrus slap in the face' is true! If you're having one of those mornings where you just can't wake up, washing with this gel will certainly help! It comes in a clear bottle with a white flip top lid, and the gel itself is a gorgeous reddy-orange colour (not the greeny-yellow you may expect from reading the ingredients list!). I wouldn't say it was a thick shower gel, but it's not runny or watery either - just a nice consistency somewhere in the middle. The shower gel lathers up very well and only a small amount is needed. If you use a shower puff you can get away with even less, so one bottle will last a long time. The scent of the gel as you use it really comes out, and will linger in the bathroom for some time after using it. I find that not only does this get my skin clean but it leaves it feeling soft too, and unlike some of the other Lush shower gels, doesn't dry it out. The scent lingers on the skin too, so not only does it wake you up, but it keeps you awake! Lush say on their website that you can also pour a bit of this under running water to make a bubble bath. I did give it a try this way, and found that as soon as I squirted some under the tap my whole bathroom was filled with the gorgeous Slammer scent. There were not a huge amount of bubbles created though, and unfortunately those that were there faded quickly. If you have run out of bubble bath I would say this is perfectly adequate, however I wouldn't suggest using it in place of one on a regular basis, as in my opinion it works best as a shower gel. Now for me, the main downside of this shower gel (other than the fact you can't buy it in the shops) is the price. Unlike the current Lush shower gels, the retro versions only come in 500g bottles, and at £9.79 it is not particularly cheap, and bear in mind that because you're buying online you will have to pay postage too. Saying that, only a small amount of this shower gel is needed per use. I think I got my bottle in around August last year, and have only began using it more frequently because it is reaching its expiry date fast! Overall a lovely shower gel, and it's great that it doubles as a bubble bath, even if it doesn't perform particularly well that way! If you like citrus scents and can justify the high price tag, I would definitely suggest giving this a try, it's become one of my Lush favourites, and I really can't understand why it was discontinued in the first place!
Promise This tangy shower gel from Lush promises a 'juicy burst of fresh lemon and lime for mornings when the last thing you want to do is get out of bed'. A 'Slammer alarm call', they say, is just the remedy for the morning after the night before. Product details Slammer comes in plastic bottles in three sizes, 100g (£1.95); 250g(£3.85); and 500g (£6.75). It contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Lime Peel Decoction, Fresh Scottish Sea Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Lime Juice, Honey (Mel), Lime Oil, Rock Salt, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Lemon Oil, Perfume, Colour 18050, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. If you're bewildered by this list of exotic and sometimes incomprehensible ingredients, all you need to know is that Slammer has a lovely citrusy (lemon and lime, as you would guess) scent. Performance Slammer is refreshing from the time you open the bottle to the end of the shower. You end up with smooth, squeaky clean skin. It promises to be an eye-opener and I've used it several times after nights of broken sleep (I've got a young daughter) so that I could make the 50-mile commute to work. As I've so far managed to avoid both speeding tickets and accidents, I can only conclude that it works. Although it's gone a bit cloudy now (my only criticism), it still works. Using it after another broken night has made me alert enough to write this review. And I have a confession. It smells so nice that sometimes I'll just take a sniff even if I'm not having a shower, because Lush Slammer is redolent of warm, tropical places, a bit like a beach holiday in a bottle.
Those of you who have read some of my recent reviews will no doubt by now be aware that like so many other female members at Dooyoo I have succumbed to temptation and have consequently become yet another Lush fanatic. All Lush products are handmade, not tested on animals and are suitable for use by vegetarians. Whenever I have purchased something from my local Lush shop I have been offered a free sample to try, the samples are packaged in a small clear container and come packaged in a transparent Lush bag with a label attached which gives details of the product name, describes the contents and offers advice on how to use the product. On my latest expedition I was offered a shower gel called Slammer to try and I have decided to make this product the subject of this review. The blurb on the label for Slammer Shower Gel describes it as being "A juicy burst of fresh lemon and lime for mornings when the last thing you want to do is get out of bed" - I hate getting up and there are very few things that will encourage me to get me out of bed any earlier than I have to and a shower gel certainly isn't one of them, however, if it makes me feel better when I eventually have to get up then I'm willing to give it a go. Yesterday morning, I was woken by my husband at 10am with a cup of tea - a good start to the day, without a cup of tea to wake up to I'm like a bear with a sore head. I had relatives coming for lunch so much as I would have rather drank the tea and then turned over and gone back to sleep I had to drag myself out of bed so I could begin to prepare for lunch. Reluctantly, I got up and decided that I'd give my Slammer Shower Gel sample a try to see if it could help to motivate me into getting ready. Immediately I opened the container I was greeted by a very pleasant but strong citrus aroma, the shower gel is orange in colour and smelled and looked inviting. I poured a small amount of th e gel onto my sponge and began to wash. As soon as the gel made contact with the water the orange colour disappeared and turned into a white soapy lather. The shower gel lathered really well and a small amount went a long way. After stepping out of the shower I was left with a pleasant citrus fragrance on my skin and felt totally awake, clean, refreshed and ready to face the day ahead. The fragrance seemed to linger in the bathroom for a good hour or so too. You can use any of the Lush shower gels to wash your hair with too. There are several other fragrances available in the shower gel range including the following:- Happy For Sad which is an ultra violet shower gel containing citrus oils, this product is designed for people who need cheering up and contains neroli oil which is a perfume made for orange flowers and helps to relieve anxiety and make the user fell less miserable and more relaxed. Narcotick which smells of lemon juice, tea tree, sage and rosemary, it has a very strong herbal scent and is designed for people whose skin needs to work hard to get it looking lovely. Back For Breakfast which contains lime, lemon and grapefruit, as the name suggests this is another wake up shower gel which should leave you feeling ready to face the day ahead. Tramp is a soft and gentle shower gel which is fragranced with patchouli, it is also infused with white horehound which is a lemon scented herb which is used to ease tension and calm your fears. B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, this shower gel is more expensive than the others, it is more luxurious than the others and contains 5 different kinds of honey which help to give it a sweet scent, it is designed to help banish spotty backs. The above fragrances are also available as frozen shower gels which come packaged in plastic strips which look like ice cube bags, when you get them home you pop them in the freezer and take them out w hen you are going to have a shower - quite why you would want to put yourself through this unpleasant task I can't imagine but I understand it isn't as bad as it sounds. The shower gels come in 3 different sizes being 100g, 250g, and 500g and range in price from around £1.75 for the 100g size to £9.20 for the 500g size. Each fragrance is priced differently but the Slammer costs £1.75 for the 100g size, £3.50 for the 250g size and £5.50 for the 500g size. The frozen shower gels range in price from £2.85 - £4.60 for 250g. Whilst I am no keener to get up in the mornings, the strong citrus fragrance did help to stimulate me and aided me to get motivated by giving me a necessary kick up the backside that I need to get going in the morning. Lush have definitely got the right idea by offering samples for customers to try as there is obviously a good chance that if they like the products they will come back and purchase the full size product next time. I was impressed by this shower gel and will probably add this to my shopping list next time I visit. If you are not fortunate enough to live near a Lush Store you can order any of their products online at www.lush.co.uk or by telephone on 01202 668 545 or by fax on 01202 493 785. As always thank you for reading. Julie
Frozen shower gel. What picture comes into your mind when you read those three words? Maybe ‘Why?’ or ‘No way!’ or simply a shudder of cold winds down your spine. But I trust in Lush. I have faith. So for the sake of Dooyoo, I will put myself through what could be a rather unpleasant experience. Still, safe in the knowledge that there’s no way it could smell worse than the H’Suan Wen Hua hair treatment, I bravely soldier on. The first test approaches. You are in the shower, the frozen shower gel is in the freezer. What would you do? Would you… a) Run back downstairs, get a shower gel cube and run back upstairs quickly? b) Ask someone else in the house to cut you a cube and bring it up to you? c) Think ‘Sod it!’ and use that free sample from Original Source or d) I would have already thought of this and taken it up with me. Now the answer isn’t as straightforward as it might seem… If you chose A – First of all, it’s dangerous to run up and down the stairs! Plus, these things melt quickly, so you could have half a cube and very slippery fingers by the time you got back under the shower. If you chose B – This is my top choice, especially if I ask my son who has ADHD and has perfected bouncing up the stairs in ten seconds. I can stay in the nice warm shower and have the cube passed to me. If you chose C – On the negative side, you miss out on an interesting experience. On the plus side though, you get to review Original Source and get a few more pennies ;-) If you chose D – You’re a right smart-arse, aren’t you?! So somehow, you are in the nice hot shower, warm wet whirls of water whooshing over your skin. Then take your frozen shower gel cube thing (I’ll describe it in a minute!) and rub it over your body as if it was a bar of soap. This is qui te a strange thing to do. I mean, let’s face it, if someone drops an ice cube down your top, you’re not usually very impressed, right? Imagine doing this out of choice. But it isn’t really the horrible experience you’d expect it to be. Let me describe this product here, before going on to detail how I got on with using it. You can only buy the frozen shower gels from the Lush shops. A pack of sixteen (in strips of four) costs £2.85 for 250g. (Compare this to buying the same in a bottle of non-frozen shower gel for £3.50!) There are six different varieties of shower gel from Lush and all are available in the bottles (including via mail order) in 100g, 250g or 500g sizes. These are: Back for Breakfast (honey, lemon, grapefruit, lime) B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful (honey, Jasmine, Gardenia) Slammer (see opinion!) Happy for SAD (aloe vera, grapefruit, mandarin, neroli oil) Narcotick (rose petal, lavender, rosemary oil, tea tree, sage) and Tramp (patchouli oil). The same six varieties can be bought to freeze as little ice cubes of shower gel for between £2.85 and £4.60 in the 250g size only – that’s sixteen ice cubes. Remember that you can only get these by visiting the offline shops. You take them home and freeze them there. They look like little oval shaped boiled pink sweets. You cut off one each time you want to use it and there we go. The Slammer ones are pink and smell fruity, mainly citrus. They contain such things as fresh lime peel, fresh Scottish seawater, fresh lime juice, lime oil and lemon oil. The overall smell is sweet but very pleasant and light and fresh, not at all overpowering like some other shower gels. (Original Source tea tree and mint, anyone? No, thought not.) So you stand in the shower under the hot water and rub one of these little frozen goodies all over your body. Of course, it’s cold, it’s fr ozen after all. But it isn’t unpleasant and it doesn’t make you shiver or anything. After all, you are covered by a torrent of hot water, so one little icy bit isn’t going to be too bad now, is it? It lathers up very well and surprisingly enough, one of these unassuming looking icy things is enough to wash your whole body. You feel clean afterwards and it is lovely – the coldness wakes you up, the hot water warms you, you get clean and it is refreshing and invigorating all at once. You can use all the shower gels on your hair too, but I haven’t tried this myself yet. Bad points? Well, nothing’s perfect, not even Lush. The little icy ovals are packaged in clear plastic, which you have to cut and peel off before use. This can be a bit fiddly and annoying, especially as the frozen gel starts to melt very quickly - and you don’t want to waste it by dripping it in a long line up your stairs! It is also very cold on your hands when you are rubbing it over your body, so my fingers can hurt a bit. I find it helps if you keep swapping hands though, this stops the sensation becoming painful. It is only my hands that hurt with the cold though, everywhere else is fine. (Yes, ‘everywhere’ – thank you very much!) I can’t think of any more disadvantages really, except you need to buy it from the shops direct as already stated and it is quite expensive, but I think it’s comparable to other shower gels. Overall, I am impressed and enjoy using the cubes. I haven’t used any of the other varieties but have sniffed them all in the shop and Slammer was definitely my favourite. It also happens to be the cheapest, so hubby doesn’t complain either. All Lush products are vegetarian and are not tested on animals.
Every now and again a product hits the market that makes you think one of two things. Either:- 1. God, that's soooooooo simple, why the devil didn't I think of that? I could have made myself a small fortune! or alternatively, and probably much more likely... 2. What a bloody stupid idea! What idiot came up with that? It will never work, it will never sell and someone is going to lose a shedload of money! Well, I've just come across one of these little gems and luckily for Lush, the company that has come up with this, I would definitely place it in the first section! Before I tell you all about it, let me tell you a little bit about Lush. For those of you who are yet to see the light and be converted to the growing religion that is Lush.... Essentially, Lush sell 'smellies' as mentioned above. But not just your normal Boots type smellies. These are all handmade, and some of them are very novel. They sell quite a large range of items, from the Bath Bombs they are known best for, through solid shampoo (sounds wierd it's really very good!) to massage bars and many other lovely items So what is this wonder product I'm talking about? Well, you know those bags you can get in the supermarket that you fill with water to make ice-cubes (What do you mean no, stop being awkward!) Have a think what else you could fill them with. Knowing how subversive you all are, I bet you're thinking vodka so you can get yourselves well and truly smashed! Personally I prefer Vimto cordial for a refreshing ice in summer. But what about filling them with shower gel. No, I'm not joking, Lush have come up with the idea of filling these bags with some rather potent smelling shower gel to make, yes you've guessed it, little cubes of shower gel ice. Strange but true!!! Before you ask no they are not meant to add some extra flavour and bubbles to your cola, they are designed to give you that much needed extra bit of zing in the morning. There have got to be loads of you out there who, like me, have a spot of bother getting going in the morning. I've tried cold showers to try and help prise my eyes open in the morning, but all they manage to do is make me feel really chilly and rush straight back to bed to try and warm up again. OK, I?ll admit it, I?m a complete wimp, but there has got to be an easier way to get yourself going in the morning. An uplifting shower gel, you know like the ones from Original Source seem to help a bit, but the heat of the shower always makes me feel sleepy again and all I want to do after my shower is curl up in a ball in my dressing gown and doze off, rather than getting my backside in gear and getting myself ready for work! It's been particularly difficult this week as I've been starting work early, there is definitely something unnatural about getting up for work at 0430 in the morning, it really should be made illegal to get up at that time! These shower gel ice-cubes, called Slammers (blimey, it's taken over 600 words just to get to the product name, that's got to be some sort of record surely!). Anyway, these Slammers have provided me with the perfect solution. You get a wonderfully fruity, zingy and refreshing shower gel to give you a burst of lemon and lime fragrance to get your head going, in an ice-cube that you rub all over your body (ooh-er!) to invigorate your body and kick-start all those weary limbs. What else could you ask for? Believe me, it really works. Basically, just take one Slammer, or if you're feeling particularly brave, two. jump into a nice warm shower and rub yourself all over. Obviously the ice is cold, but it's a surprisingly pleasurable contrast to the heat of the shower and definitely gives you that much needed boost to get you going and shake off the cobwebs. In practical terms, you can't hang around b etween the freezer and the shower as they do begin to melt rather quickly, and the last thing you want to do is drip gooey shower gel all over your flat. Believe me, it's a bugger to get out of the carpet! It's a good idea to put your cube in a little glass until you actually need to use it, saves covering all your gleaming (or dirty!) bathroom surfaces as well! For your money you get 21 little ice-cubes, and as you will normally only use one each shower, that's 21 invigorating morning showers for your cash. They cost around three quid, so that's about 15p a shower, which seems a bit of a bargain in my books. One piece of advice though. Once you've frozen them and used the first cube, don't try and move them to another location. I've recently moved house and still had half a packet in the freezer. They'll be OK I though, it's not like I've got to eat them, they will re-freeze OK, so I put them in a big bag with all my other bathroom gear. And I'm sure they would have frozen OK again, if the gel had remained in the bag for the journey. I arrived at my new house to be greeted with a very, very gooey mess in my bathroom bag that took quite a lot of cleaning! So once opened, try not to let them defrost until you use them, it will save you a lot of hassle! www.lush.co.uk Mail order: Lush Times 29 High Street Poole Dorset BH15 1AB Tel: 01202 668545 Fax: 01202 661822
Slammer is a juicy burst of fresh lemon and lime / Lemon is a brilliant cleanser; it tones the skin and is recommended for producing clarity of thought /