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      31.07.2013 10:40
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      Retro shower gel from Lush

      If you have been reading my reviews regularly, you will know that I am obsessed with the store Lush and am trying to sample every one of their products. As well as an extensive in-store range of toiletries, they also make several items which are only available online. These are the Retro items which used to be in store but were discontinued due to low sales: however the sales were still high enough to keep making the product and allowing it to be bought online.

      Recently, Lush revamped their Retro section, keeping only a small number of products available permanently, with the rest available for a limited time only. This shower gel, Sonic Death Monkey, was one of the products kept as part of the permanent range, so it must be popular!

      The crazy name of the product comes from the film High Fidelity - Jack Black's character is in a band called Sonic Death Monkey. The shower gel appears to be loosely aimed at men, though not explicitly so, and seems ideal for those who have been overindulging, as it is designed to wake you up.

      The shower gel, which is suitable for vegans, smells of coffee, chocolate and lime. It contains real ground coffee, organic lime juice, tangerine oil and sweet orange oil. It also contains cocoa and hibiscus infusion and vanilla absolute to create the chocolate aspect, as well as organic hemp oil which is moisturising. It's worth noting that the product contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate, as this can cause skin irritation in some people, though it is included in the majority of shower products as it helps create lather.

      In the bottle, I find I can distinguish all of the aspects of the scent: refreshing citrus, energising coffee and luxurious chocolate. It's a complex and unusual scent and a very pleasant one, especially early in the morning. In the shower, I find that the chocolate and citrus scents dominate at first, rather like those chocolate and lime wrapped sweets you can get from old-fashioned sweet shops, but as I wash the coffee aspect comes out more and makes me feel more awake. I always use a shower puff to wash with, and find that this shower gel makes an excellent lather with only a small amount. It is fairly runny, but so long as I am careful pouring it out this is not a problem.

      After use, I can't smell the shower gel on my skin, which is a bit of a shame, but not a big deal as I use scented body lotion anyway. I think men would probably prefer this anyway as they probably don't want to smell of their shower products - possibly a massive generalisation on my part! The shower gel doesn't irritate my skin at all and doesn't dry my skin out either, though it doesn't actively moisturise.

      This shower gel costs £5.95 for a 100g bottle and £19.95 for a 500g bottle. It's certainly expensive but a small amount goes a long way, unlike - in my experience - cheap shower gels. I highly recommend this shower gel to both men and women - it's an unusual and fab product which works really well.

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      23.06.2011 11:11
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      My favourite Lush shower gel

      I have a bit of an obsession with Lush and my bathroom shelf is stocked with many bottles of Lush shower gel, cleansers, shampoo and conditioner. Sonic Death Monkey is one of their shower gels which has been discontinued, but revived through their Retro line. The Lush Retro products are only available to purchase via mail order or online at www.lush.co.uk. Sonic Death Monkey was always one of the more expensive products, and the price has increased since it joined the Retro range. There are two different sized bottles to choose from now, with a 100ml bottle costing £5.25 and a 500ml bottle costing £18.45.

      Product description: "Our rocking coffee, chocolate and lime juice shower gel is back to tempt you into the shower and kick-start your day. If you're wondering about the name, it's from High Fidelity; Jack Black's character is in a band call Sonic Death Monkey. This seriously intense shower gel will get you smiling before your first cup of coffee; it'll take you right to the edge, over the edge in fact!"

      I have the older version from when this was still available to buy in the high street shops. This style packaging is a standard clear bottle with a plastic flip top lid and the distinctive black and white label. You can easily see how much product is left in the bottle as the dark colour shower gel shows through clearly and this makes it handy for knowing how much you have left. The newer Retro range release has a redesigned label which is white with a yellow and green Lush logo, and in my opinion this does not look as nice as the old style design.

      The shower gel does not look quite how you might expect as it has a very dark brown colour to it, and looks slightly slugy. It has a somewhat thin consistency that makes it easy to pour out of the bottle and it creates a lather almost instantly. I like to use this with my bath puff sponge to get a really bubbly effect. The shower gel spreads easily across my skin and feels nice and cleansing. It leaves my skin feeling completely refreshed and squeaky clean once I've used this. The only odd touch is that brown colour, as it feels a bit wrong to be washing with something that has a colour associated with dirt and uncleanliness, but it works and the colour is a result of the ingredients used so it's nice to know that there are no artificial chemical colourings added to make it look prettier.

      The smell of this shower gel is where it comes into its own. Sonic Death Monkey has one of the most unique fragrances that I've found in a bathing product and it really is a love or hate affair. I absolutely love it! The scent is a dark coffee base mixed with rich cocoa and a touch of zingy lime juice. It has a very strong scent and this is very noticeable when washing. The scent could be described as masculine, but I think that both sexes would enjoy this equally, although it does have some added appeal for men. The product certainly stands out on my bathroom shelf thanks to it's unusual name, and everyone who sees it asks me "what is a Sonic Death Monkey?!". I have bought a few bottles as this to give as gifts before and the men who received them thought it was awesome - partly for the name and partly for the coffee scent. It is an easy way to get men excited about bathing products, and I have converted a couple ionto dedicated Lush fans.

      It states on the label that this is a hair and body wash, so as well as it's primary use as a shower gel, you could also use it as a shampoo. I have tried this before a few times mainly when travelling to save space by packing a multi-purpose product. I have found that Sonic Death Monkey works well for a cleansing shampoo, but it tends to dry my hair out even when using a strong conditioner afterwards, so I have only used it on the odd occasion and would not want to regularly use it as a shampoo. The best part of using it as a shampoo is that the scent lingers in my hair for hours afterwards so I am surrounded by a cloud of lovely Sonic Death Monkey fragrance.

      Overall I cannot fault this shower gel. The only thing that is offputting in any way is the price, and although I love it I'm not sure if I can justify spending £18.45 plus postage costs on one bottle of shower gel! It really is a lovely and unique product and I have never come across anything else like it. Worth the splurge for an occasional treat but I won't continue to buy it on a regular basis.

      Ingredients: Ground Coffee; Cocoa and Hibiscus Infusion, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Propylene Glycol, Organic Hemp Oil, Tangerine Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Limonene, Methylparaben.
      * Occurs naturally in essential oils

      If you like this shower gel, you may like these other Lush products:

      + Double Choc lip balm
      + Soft Coeur massage bar
      + Ma Bar bubble bar

      This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!

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        29.07.2010 14:12
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        A great 2 in 1 product

        Lush seem to create products which go far beyond most peoples imagination. Their creative department is I think pretty wonderful. The items they put together and really one of a kind as no other company has really thought about. Lush have a large catalogue of products and when new products are created and need to be brought out Lush tend to reduce their shelf space by either discontinuing permanently or putting items into their online Retro collection. In the Retro collection items tend to be Lush's oldest and best selling products and they tend to bump up the prices slightly. Downside is that they are only available online so if you want to sniff a product first before buying this process can be a bit hit or miss. Oh and you have to pay postage and packaging!

        The one shower gel I have grown to love is Sonic Death Monkey mainly due to its two in one qualities as it was handy to take on holiday with me to reduce the amount I packed! I first chose Sonic Death Monkey (who on earth thought of that name?!) because of the chocolate element to it. That was my technical way of choosing a product! Chocolate isn't the only main component in Sonic Death Monkey as orange, limes and coffee all play a role. SDM is a gorgeous deep mauve colour and in some batches it can be a lot darker almost verging on black, it all depends on the bath you end up getting. Either way SDM has a quite a medium/ thick consistency which is ideal as it won't go down the plug hole as soon as it gets on your sponge! Just make sure you give the bottle a good shake before use as I've found it has a watery layer on top.

        Now the fragrance is where most people seem to get a bit stuck about whether to like this shower gel or not! Apart from the chocolate whiff you get SDM also contains hemp oil which gives it quite an earthy/ heady scent which is a bit odd and when you first smell SDM it tends to completely overpower the sweet orange, vanilla, tangerine and of course cocoa. These sweeter tones also manage to tame the bitter coffee which is also added to the mix.

        Hemp oil although doesn't really fit in with the chocolate/citrus/coffee mix it does add its wonderful moisturising and calming properties (also helps promote hair growth) which help make this shower gel great at nourishing the skin. Hemp oil is rich in omega-3 and gamma linoleic acid which are apparently some of the worlds best anti-ageing products and is great for all skin types which makes it even better. I have to admit that post shower my skin does feel soft and after frequent use with SDM my skin overall looks and feels a lot softer.

        So what do all the other key ingredients actually do? Well, cocoa and coffee are well known stimulants and the citrus oils (orange, tangerine and lime) have astringent and restorative properties. They are also great at toning the skin. The result is hopefully for you to end up with firm, smooth skin. Now for me, I think it would take gallons of this to tone your skin and I don't really see the effects but this is hardly a problem!

        Is it a good shampoo? I'm quite fortunate with shampoos as my hair can deal with most things but I have to say that my hair was silky soft after use and it was great to blow dry and straighten with no knots or tangles it was great. No faults there! Lush claim that SDM will quite easily tame thick and coarse hair so may be it is a wonder product but as I don't have coarse or particularly thick hair I really can't comment on that!

        The one thing about this shower gel/ shampoo that takes a lot of getting used to is the smell. The heady hemp oil really does not give a great overall impression but if you persevere the heady scent soon dies down and the sweetness of the cocoa and citrus comes through gradually. Good thing is that the heady scent certainly doesn't linger on skin and you are left with a subtle sweetness which is actually quite lovely. Better that than smelling of coffee all day!

        So what is the downside to SDM? The price! Lush have within the last year scrapped the three bottle volumes to just one bottle at a set standard size which was a shame as you could pick up a handy 100g bottle of this for under £4.00. The cost of the 500g bottle is a whopping £17.50 which is a massive jump from the old price of under £14.50 for the same size. I think this is slightly unfair and the cost is too high and I haven't bought a bottle since my last one ran out because the thought of parting with that amount of money for a shower gel turns my stomach!

        What Lush say:-

        "The chocolate orange coffee one - dig that crazy gravy!
        Here we have a proper chocolate shower gel made with real cocoa (not some piffling fake chocolate scent) plus finest arabica coffee (none of your cheap robusta stuff for Lush) and a refreshing Jamaican herbal tea which Noriko discovered while on her quest for the healthiest foods in the universe. You can use it on your hair and body where it washes, softens, tones and perfumes you with orange, chocolate and coffee. Then we call it Sonic Death Monkey!

        "Our delicious choco-mocha and lime flavoured shower gel is back to tempt you into the shower. Get your day off to a lip-smacking start."

        Ingredients:

        Ground Coffee, Cocoa and Hibiscus Infusion (Coffea arabica, Theobroma cacao and Hibiscus sabdariffa), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Propylene Glycol, Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), *Limonene, Methylparaben

        Overall, I love this shower gel and its great for the skin. However, the price is too expensive for what it actually is which makes me in the end not actually buy it anymore. 4 Stars unfortunately, it would have been 5 but its too expensive.

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          29.07.2010 09:59
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          I really like this, but the price is so offputting.

          I do like to use some of Lush's shower gels, but I find them a little expensive, so only tend to get them when they're in promotions or as gifts. Sonic Death Monkey was given to me by my mum. It's now a retro Lush products, which means it's been discontinud, but has been placed in their 'retro' section on their website, so can still be ordered from there. It is very expensive and costs £4.95 for 100ml or £17.50 for 500g.

          It comes in a clear bottle and is brown in colour. Sonic Death Monkey contains a mix of coffee, chocolate, hemp oil and citrus oils. It has a very strong smell and at first I was quite put off by this. I found that once I actually used the hower gel the smell was much more subtle, and actually quite nice.

          The shower gel has a slight lather once you've worked it up on a sponge or flannel, and a small amount will easily be able to wash your whole body, so the bottle shold last a reasonable amount of time.

          Sonic Death Monkey contains:
          Ground Coffee, Cocoa and Hibiscus Infusion (Coffea arabica, Theobroma cacao and Hibiscus sabdariffa), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Propylene Glycol, Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), *Limonene, Methylparaben (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)

          I like this shower gel, but it's a crazy price. I would maybe ask for a tester if you're making an order online or through mail order.

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            03.05.2010 16:56
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            Smells awful!

            Lush is a high street store that sells handmade, natural ingredients items like shower gel, cleansers, soap, shampoo and many other bathroom and body cosmetics.

            One of their items is Sonic Death Monkey shower gel. I was originally interested in this just because of the strange name, and I asked for a sample pot to take home to give it a try, as it is quite expensive and I didn't want to pay out loads in case I didn't like it. I am glad I chose to only get the sample pot, as this is something I will not be using again.

            The first thing you notice about this shower gel, is that is a lovely deep purple color, but thats about as far as the lovely goes for this product. As soon as you open the pot, or bottle, you get hit by the smell! I can only imagine it is called Sonic Death Monkey, as I imagine that only a dead monkey can smell the same as the shower gel! It is truly awful, and I couldn't even bring myself to try the shower gel to see how my skin reacted to it.

            This item is now only available through the lush website www.lush.co.uk under the retro section, as it is quite a vintage product in the Lush world. It is still stupidly expensive, and comes in three different sized bottles. Personally, I do not recommend it as it smells awful, but some people may like it, so give it a sniff before buying. Ask for a sample to be sent to you from Lush, as it really is too expensive to buy just to see if you like the smell.

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              13.03.2010 21:11
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              Seriously addictive if you like the smell

              Sonic Death Monkey is one of my all time favourite Lush shower gels ) - though Tramp runs it close, I can never decide between the two ... but that's another review!

              Chocolate, coffee and lime have got to be three of the best smells ever, but I wasn't sure how they would work all together in a shower gel. My first try was a smaller bottle, but before long I was hooked! It looks like a thin, dark gravy (yes, I know, doesn't sound too appealing yet, does it?!) but it lathers up really well and I just LOVE the scent. It is definitely a love it or hate it kind of smell though, so I would go and smell it in-store or buy a small bottle first off.

              The one drawback is price, though it does seem to last ages. I usually try to get a large bottle in the Lush January sale and it lasts me for months. (If you've not come across their innovative approach to sales, basically, if you spend over a certain amount you can then choose one product free - so I go for a mega-bottle of SDM!)

              Incidentally, I believe the name Sonic Death Monkey comes from a Nick Hornby book - I think it was the name of a band.

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              13.02.2009 14:11
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              A very different scent and an unusual product, but not a good everyday staple for me.

              Sonic Death Monkey was one of the very first Lush products I ever used. I had a large bottle which lasted me about a year and haven't used it since - about four years ago. I must admit that when I recently ordered a bottle, I was sort of glad I opted for just 100g. I never remembered the smell being so *weird*.

              That's not to say I don't like it. I do. I think. It's just very hard to put your finger on what that scent is exactly, it's definitely very unusual. Lush say chocolate, coffee and lime. Well the lime is what I notice the most, but rather than being citrusy it's sickly-sweet. I wish I could say that I can smell the coffee, as I think that bitterness would bring it down a notch and make it less overwhelming. I can't say I can smell chocolate exactly, either, but I assume that's what makes the lime less tangy and more full-bodied. A muddled description I know, but honestly, you have to smell it to truly understand what a weird party in your nose this is.

              So that's the first confusion, trying to figure out what it smells like. Now I'll bet you were wondering about the name, right? It was the name of the band in the film High Fidelity. Okay, all that cleared up, but did it clean up my skin?

              Yep! As with all of Lush's shower gels, I found this to be an impressive cleanser, which never dries my skin. Only a tiny amount is needed on a shower scrunchie to create a good lather, and it works well as a bubble bath too. It has quite a runny consistency. The bottle calls it "crazy gravy" and I must say, when it's in your hand it does look and feel just like that!

              The (strange) smell lingers on the skin all day and smells strongly, which means I usually don't wear a perfume that day to add to the concoction!

              I also used the gel to wash my hair, but wasn't impressed with how that worked out. While it lathered fairly easily, and rinsed out fine, my hair never felt totally clean and felt quite dry. I have easy to manage hair and am not particularly fussy about which shampoo I use, but this just did not agree with my locks. The scent does lingers in the hair well though.

              You can buy Sonic Death Monkey online or in store in three sizes - and it is the most expensive of Lush's shower gels, a 500g bottle will set you back a whopping £14.44! Smaller 100g and 250g bottles are £4.01 and £8.07 respectively.

              I do find this price to be too steep. Although a bottle will last a long time, the scent is peculiar and I wouldn't consider it to be a good everyday shower gel if you like to wear perfume. I definitely wouldn't recommend buying it online (Lush.co.uk) unless you have previously bought it. It's an acquired taste and although I like it enough to use, I have definitely gone off it in the years since my last bottle and find myself sniffing it just to "work it out" rather than because I enjoy the scent.

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                05.02.2009 21:41
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                This shower gel smells like a chocolate orange. What more could you want?

                Although I love this chocolate-scented shower gel by Lush, I would suggest that people smell it prior to buying as it may not be to most tastes. This is the most expensive of the shower gels (currently £14.44) for a 500ml bottle, however this is due to the expensive ingredients included, e.g. coffee, cocoa and hemp oil to name a few. Initially I was disappointed at the slightly runny consistency, but after shaking it up a little it became thicker, and only a small amount is needed to produce a lot of lather. It left my skin feeling smooth to the touch (as most Lush products do). You will be able to smell this in the house (and on your skin) for at least a few hours after use..... it is VERY STRONG!!!! People seem to perceive the smell differently but my opinion is that it smells like a spicier version of a Terry's Chocolate Orange. This must be the only supposedly chocolate-scented bath product that actually smells like chocolate!

                In my opinion this is an ideal present for a man in his teens or twenties, but i'm a 23 year old female and absolutely love this, so that's not a definitive answer!

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                24.01.2009 22:51
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                Sonic Death Choco Monkey

                I had Sonic Death Monkey given to me as a present for my birthday and I had never smelt it before as it had never appealed to me. Sonic Death Monkey comes in the standard bottle that lush uses for all their shower gels. The bottle is see-through and has a black lid that flips open, also it has a black label around the bottle and in white writing states that the product is handmade by Lush, What the shower gel is called, what the ingredients are and how to use the product. This shower gel comes in three sizes

                100g - £4.01 - This size is great for someone that just wants to try out the shower gel

                250g - £8.07- This is the size that I had purchased for me and is great for someone who likes the product and does not want to spend the money on the biggest bottle.

                500g - £14.44 - This is the biggest one that they do, and you would have to really love this prouct for the price tag it has!

                The ingredients in Sonic Death Monkey include coffee and Coca, which gives the shower gel the smell of chocolate and is the colour of chocolate brown which you can see in the see-through bottle. As with all Lush shower gels you can also use it on your hair aswell as body. I dont really like the smell of this one, as it is really strong in the shower and does not really smell like chocolate to me at all. Although, It does leave my skin really soft though which is a bonus, and because you do not use alot because it lathers up great, I dont really mind using it but I would not use it all the time. It also does not give me that really clean feel that most Lush shower gels give you and I feel as if I need another shower straight after getting out of the first one!

                It is my least favourite product, and I would not recommed this to my family and friends.

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                17.01.2009 18:39
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                Yummy! Can't wait for my next shower!

                I love going into a Lush store it is always full of surprises. I came across this shower gel by pure accident. I mean't to pick up Happy Hippy and found my arm directed to the shower gel next to it.

                It has a very strange name to it. I am sure it has a story to it as with all Lush products but I find it off putting. The gel itself looks purple but in daylight is a brown colour, if I hadn't picked it up by pure mistake I would not have given it a thought.

                Taking it home and trying it the next morning was.... Lush! It smells of orange, coffee and CHOCOLATE. What a pleasant surprise. I love sweet things including chocolate. The gel itself was easy to use, I use a sponge to make it last longer. I do feel I need swap it for something else afterwards as the scent tends to wear off.

                Overall another genius product from Lush

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                  04.11.2008 21:25
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                  Not at all recommended.

                  I am shocked that all the previous reviewers of this shower gel have rated the product so highly! I really would struggle to find something good to say about this gel. Perhaps the positive reviews are because normally you would only choose to buy the Lush products that you like the smell and look of in the shop, thereby the sample of potential reviewers is a bit biased!

                  I myself was given a small tester pot of this to try on my last visit to the Lush store near me. Always keen to try a new product (especially something that came free!), I took it home and gave it a try at the first opportunity.

                  My problems with this gel started as soon as I opened the little tester tub. Firstly, the colour. The gel is an unappealing dark brown colour and looks slimey and liquidy rather than creamy like I would expect a chocolate gel to. Then the smell hit me.

                  I love the smell of the Lush store, I never find it too strong like some people do, but even I found the smell of this gel overpowering. I think the problem lies in the combination of the chocolate and coffee with the more fruity/floral scents. It's just too much. If they'd perhaps gone with the chocolate and the orange, that would havee been great, or coffee and chocolate would also be delicious - but chocolate, coffee, orange, lime, and tea - it's all just too much. The sweet, rich chocolate and coffee aromas clash with the fruitier elements and the result - to me at least - is overpowering and rather sickly. So, a major drawback of a product that is mainly sold on its scent (it surely can't be sold on its appearance as it looks pretty dire).

                  Then to the application. The gel is obviously quite a bit thicker than water and does, to some extent, stay in your palm where you pour it. But it certainly isn't easy to use. You do still lose quite a bit between pouring it onto your palm then trying to get it from your hand onto your body. I found that quite a bit of the gel slid off my body and down the plughole before I had time to lather it up. What did remain on my skin remained a very unappetising dark brown colour. The only plus I can say about this gel is that it did lather fairly well, so I'm sure I was getting a good cleaning, but it certainly didn't feel like that, covered as I was in brown slime!

                  Basically, this product was a major miss from Lush in my mind. Sometimes I think they let their product designers just go a bit far. They need to reign them in a bit. it's all good to be creative, go for it, but make sure that what you're doing really works people and isn't just an attempt to get another product onto the market. Next time bring an editing eye to all those ingredients!

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                    21.10.2008 21:49
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                    Odd name for a fantastic shower gel

                    Another fantastic product from Lush. I was drawn to this shower gel by the inclusion of chocolate which in my mind is the most gorgeous stuff on earth.

                    As well as cocoa powder this shower gel contains orange, fresh lime, arabacia coffee and hints of Jamaican herbal tea to tone the skin. Of course all the ingredients are completely natural as you would expect with Lush and there are no artifical preservatives, this means that the shower gel has a shelf life - about 10-11 months - to ensure it gets used at its best.

                    Like the other shower gels by Lush this one is sold in 3 sizes, small, medium and large. I like the large one so I have plenty of this scrumptious potion to get washing with. Compared with conventional brands along the lines of Boots and Superdrug, Lush showers do seem expensive but they are so thick and luscious that a little goes a long way. They are also hand made with love at the Lush factory in Poole.

                    For chocoholics like me this shower gel is an ideal fix without the calories, just dont be tempted to eat it!

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                      07.10.2008 11:21
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                      An excellent shower gel that leaves skin soft and smells amazing, but a bit pricey!

                      I bought this gel because I wanted to try a Lush shower gel and this one had the most amazing smell! Its a mixture of chocolate, orange and coffee and smells good enough to eat (never tried it though and I suspect it won't taste as good as the smell!!!).

                      ADVANTAGES
                      -The smell!
                      -Its quite watery as far as shower gels go, but a little goes a long way. I use it with exfoliating gloves and find I only have to use a tiny amount as it lathers up well
                      -Leaves my skin soft
                      -Not tested on animals

                      DISADVANTAGES
                      -Can be used as a shampoo but I wouldn't recommend it. I used it once and found it left my hair too dry. But I have quite dry hair anyway so this might work for other people
                      -Its expensive. Currently £14.25 for a 500g bottle, £8.25 for a 250g bottle, £4.10 for a 150g bottle

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                        08.05.2008 20:18
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                        Well worth the price! You'll have beautiful, shiny, lovely smelling hair!

                        The name Sonic Death Monkey draws you in straight away, let alone the curious swirls of dark and light streaks of brown. You open it and take a deep long whiff and your nostrils are greeted with the intense smell of chocolate, orange, lime, and coffee.

                        Well, I was hooked, at any rate. The chocolate smell is definitely the richest note there is, and when I first got the bottle the lime was really coming through to slice the sweetness of the chocolate. Now it's been a few months (yes, I ration my Lush products!) since buying it and the lime has definitely mellowed out, so if you don't like the smell initially, you could store it for awhile and it'll smell just like chocolate orange.

                        One of the best things about this is the fact that it can be used as both a shower gel and shampoo. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't dry my hair out at all. It takes a bit of work to lather it up but it depends on the hardness of the water levels where you live. Generally I don't need to use too much for my hair and body, and one 500g bottle has lasted me almost 6 months now. And I'm not even close to being finished with it.

                        It's not particularly moisturising or drying, but I did mainly buy it for the smell. And it's so rare to find a 2-in-1 bath gel that doesn't dry the heck out of your hair! This one fits the bill perfectly, and I recommend you buy the American Cream conditioner to go along with it. The smells mesh so well together, you'll have to fight off people trying to chew on your hair.

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                          28.01.2007 20:17
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                          The smell is to die for.

                          Well you probably can tell that i am a Lush Shop fan from the amount of Lush products i have reviewed on Ciao. I just can't walk past the shop with out buying something.

                          The product i am reviewing today is The Sonic Death Monkey Shower gel. The name really drew me to this product and when i smelt the tester i just had to buy.

                          Smell Aroma:
                          This product really gives off a strong smell, some people may like and some may not, depending on what they like. Imagine Chocolate Orange, Coffee and Lime smell and that's the smell, i totally love it. Not ideal for those on a diet as you may want to eat the gel instead. When using you might also be good enough to eat, so be-warned.

                          How to Use:
                          This is a simple shower gel and you basically rub over your body while in the shower. Use a flannel to give a better lather and to save on gel. Remember you can also use this product for your hair as well, it does really make your hair shine. Don't use long term on your hair as it could dry it out.

                          How it makes you feel:
                          I found the gel very refreshing on the skin and after using my skin felt soft and clean. You can notice the effects for a long period of time, friends and family have said i smell nice when i have used the product. Its a good product to start the day off with as it does make you feel very energetic.

                          Ingredients:
                          (Taken from Lush Product)
                          Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Lime Juice (Citrus limetta), Perfume, Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Coffee (Coffea arabica), Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) and Cerassie Infusion (Momordica charantia),

                          How much:
                          I brought the Medium sized bottle which cost £ 6.95 for 250g, You can also by small 100g bottle for £3.90 and Large bottle 500g for £12.75.

                          Rating:
                          Out of all Lush products i have tried i give this one 7/10.

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                        • Product Details

                          It's scented with chocolate orange and tones you up with fresh lime, Caribbean coffee and herbal tea /