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On a visit to Lush after Christmas I caught the very end of their stock clearance and on spending £20 (most of which I was going to spend anyway) received 4 free Christmas gift sets. My good intentions of saving them all for gifts in 2010 slipped slightly recently when I decided to open one of them to use myself and one of the items inside was this santa jelly.
It came in a small plastic pot and mine was not santa shaped, although as it had been sat in a box in a cupboard for 6 months I couldn't guarantee that it hadn't been at some point. There is a very strong, sweet smell of strawberries to this which I didn't find wholly natural and it seemed more fitting for a cheaper 'teen' bath product than a sophisticated adult one. I don't think it would suit everyone by any means but having said that I did not find it unpleasant.
The jelly is a bit tricky to use, first you have to try and seperate a bit out of the pot and then rub it over yourself without letting it slip through your fingers, however I have since read reviews saying they use a shower puff so will try that next time. It lathers nicely and I also used it on my hair as it states that it is suitable for this on the tub. My hair and skin was left feeling soft with a faint lingering smell of sweet strawberries. I find the product a bit gimmicky and wasteful and personally would prefer a shower gel.
I will however be buying shower jellies again as the use of this one caused a huge breakthrough in my house. My 2 year old son won't go near a shower and hates having water tipped over his head for his hair washed but on the first day I decided to use this jelly he wandered into the bathroom, saw it and started pulling his pyjamas off and trying to climb into the bath. I let him come in with me and play with it at the end of the bath, and over the next few days the same pattern repeated itself with him getting further and further under the water each time and 'washing' himself with the jelly. Unfortunately the jelly didn't last long as my pleas to 'save some for tomorrow' fell on deaf ears.
I'm very pleased with this shower breakthrough though as it could potentially save us lots of time and tears, although sadly it will cost us more pennies if we have to fuel it with jelly soap. My intention is to save the little pot, and decant a little jelly (or even just shower gel) into it each day for him to get his fingers into.
The santa jelly isn't around at the moment but I may well buy it if they do it again this christmas as although the scent isn't really for me, I think its lovely on a toddler!
The Lush Strawberry Santa jelly was only available at Christmas and although I am not overly fond of jellies I did love this one. He was introduced for the 2009 Christmas range and was £2.95 for 100g.
Amazingly, the Strawberry Santa jelly was actually shaped like a Santa! He was bright red in colour and wibbles and wobbles. Lots! He comes packaged in the usual plastic Lush shower jelly pots but he is still a completely whole Santa as when you take him out of the pot you can lay him out in all his glory as Lush simply fold him half to fit him in the tub.
When you open the tub and sniff him you really can smell strawberries. Really nice ripened and sweet strawberries. Though it has always confused me why they made a strawberry Santa when strawberries are very much a summertime scent. As the scent is summery whenever I have used this I have never felt very Christmassy. The scent is not overpowering but it is quite strong.
To use him (I found that when I had got him out of the tub before using him I poked and prodded him a bit just to see him wobble. I am a sad individual) you can break a piece of him off or you can use all of him (though I wouldn't recommend it) and you can put it straight on to your skin, letting it break up and foam up under your fingertips as your spread it all over yourself or you can squish him into a shower scrunchie or loofah and use it that way. I do find that you get better use out of the jelly by scrunching it on to a loofah.
Now remember when using the shower jellies that they are slippery so if you are using it in the shower keep a good hold on it otherwise it will just spin and slide down the plug hole (it has happened to me. It is severly annoying!) and this is one of the reasons I am not overly keen on shower jellies.
The Strawberry Santa does leave you feeling very clean and fresh but it doesn't overly moisturise. He creates alot of foam when used on a shower scrunchie. He does last a long time and it took me a couple of months to get through a tub.
I do recommend him if you can get hold of him but be aware this is not a Christmassy scent which lets it down a little bit.
Not owning a shower means this is not a product that I would thought of buying for myself. But after receiving my Strawberry Santa as a freebie from Lush, I'm actually quite impressed and have been encouraged to try out a couple of their other shower jellies when I place my next order.
As with many of Lush's products, Strawberry Santa is just a little bit quirky, he's a shower gel but in a semi-solid form, being the consistency of an almost set jelly. When he arrived he was squeezed into a tiny tub and to be honest I wasn't sure that he'd really look like a Santa when I tipped him out, but surprise surprise he did. Well sort of, he'd lost a little bit of shape, but when I placed him in a Tupperware style container, there he was a jolly, red slightly sloppy Santa complete with hat. But the looks weren't what impressed me most, it was the delightful strawberry scent he was giving off. He really did smell divine, sweet strawberry with a hint of coconut and vanilla, and this was a not even remotely artificial scent, it really did smell like real crushed strawberries and such a strong scent too.
Having read a few reviews of different Lush shower jellies, I knew that if I left him laying around, there was a strong possibility that he would melt, so I stored him in a Tupperware container in the fridge. Lush also suggest storing this in the freezer, but the weather is far too cold for me to even contemplate washing with something that cold. Now as I said before, I don't actually own a shower, so I decided to use this when I needed a strip down wash between baths. Rather than holding him and using him as a soap, I broke a small piece off of his hat and worked it into a wet shower puff. This produced a huge amount of soft, rich, sweetly scented bubbles which I rubbed into my skin and I seriously only used a very small piece. Although the bubbles were easy to rinse off, they left their glorious aroma on my skin while leaving me feeling squeaky clean. The bubbles were also fantastic for shaving my legs, they did a wonderful job at softening the hairs giving me a nice close shave. Santa can also be used to wash hair, but I'm not sure if I'd ever try that, as I prefer to use the shampoo I'm used to.
After drying my skin was left clean with the sweet scent of strawberries that lingered for several hours, although I didn't feel particularly moisturised. Don't get me wrong, it didn't feel tight or uncomfortable, but neither did it feel as moisturised as it normally does after a Lush bubble bath. On subsequent washes I teamed this up with the Fairytail scrub, which has an almost identical scent and the two together leave me clean, moisturised and smelling gorgeous.
As with all Lush products, Strawberry Santa is manufactured by hand using as natural products as possible. There are no nasty preservatives or chemicals, nothing is tested on animals and it is suitable for vegetarians. While I originally wouldn't have bought this for myself, I'm really impressed and love it. Unfortunately this was a '09 Christmas special edition and is no longer available online (although there might be one or two still in store) but as it also seems to have been available last year, so it might just reappear next year. If Lush brought this out as a 'normal' unshaped jelly, then it would definitely be one that I would buy regularly. I believe that when this was available it was priced at around the £3 mark, which is actually pretty good, considering I only need to use a tiny piece to create masses of thick bubbles to wash with. So a very healthy 4 stars out of 5 from me, as he looks quite cute, smells divine, cleans well, but doesn't quite hit the mark when it comes to moisturising.
I received a Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly in a Season's Greetings gift pack I received at Christmas. To be honest, I wasn't too sure about the whole shower jelly thing - it sounded rather odd, but seeing as I had one, I decided to make the best of it.
Strawberry Santa comes in a little plastic pot (which I think would be ideal for reusing, perhaps for soap or even food if I can clean it well enough!) and the label states he is a "wobbly, strawberry, vanilla and coconut scented Santa to get you deliciously clean". It did sound rather nice I admit!
In the pot Santa looks like a bit of mush, however I tipped him into my hand and saw that he is a moulded, fully formed Santa! He was really sweet and I imagine little kids would love this. He smells delicious too - rather like cherry lips.
The label states he can be used from the fridge, freezer or at room temperature. Mindful of the blanket of snow outside, I chose room temperature! I broke a small piece off (sorry Santa!) and used it to wash my hair and body. I found the jelly lathered up really well on my body puff, slightly less well on my hair, but well enough for me to be pleased with it.
I found that the smell lingered on my skin after having a shower, and stayed on my hair the whole day! I was actually quite impressed with the effect Santa had on my hair, normally I need to use both shampoo and conditioner on my hair but when I tried Santa for the first time I left off the conditioner to see what would happen, and was pleased with the results. The second day my hair was slightly dry, so from then on I began to use conditioner again and am pleased with my hair's condition.
I have been using Santa to wash (and wash my hair) for about a week and still have just over half of him left. This is a lovely Christmas treat, and I hope there are some around next year so I can get some for my friend's children! I am going to give Santa four stars - he has really exceeded my expectations in every way and really is a lovely little product.
Those lovely people at Lush have made a gorgeous little strawberry jelly Santa to help us all get into the Christmas spirit, this little fellow looks and smells good enough to eat but he is best used in the shower to keep yourself nice and squeaky clean and smelling lovely.
Santa weighs just 100g and is a lovely festive red colour, as soon as I saw him in Lush I knew I had to take him home so I paid my £2.99 for him. The jelly has been moulded perfectly into a Santa shape and he has a nice fat belly and jolly smile which you will fall in love with. My Santa came in a little plastic tub which spoils the effect somewhat when you can't see his shape but I still adore him anyway.
I have never quite got the hang of using shower jellies, the texture is like edible jelly blocks before you add water to them. To use Santa in the shower you tear a small lump from his body and attempt to lather it up in your hand. The shower jelly does produce a nice thick and luxurious white lather but I always find that because of the squishy texture that I end up losing small blobs into the bottom of the shower. I have used other shower jellies inside a facecloth which does help as you do not lose so much of the product.
Santa smells truly delicious, he has a very sunny and powerful strawberry scent which fills your bathroom but doesn't linger on your skin for very long. I found the scent to be really uplifting and made me really happy. He is made with fresh strawberries as well as geranium oil which is known for its astringent properties and jasmine which is a stress reliever, Lush always uses a lovely blend of fresh ingredients which are good for your skin and Santa is no exception and it left my skin feeling very moisturised and nourished.
I love the strawberry Santa from Lush, just looking at and smelling the shower jelly is enough to make me feel happy, the only downside is that the jelly can be fairly difficult to use. It makes an ideal stocking filler for big and little kids alike and will bring some fun to your shower.
Lush shower jellies are basically soaps with that have a jelly consistency. They work the same way as a soap, that is you rub it between your hands to create a foam to wash with then you put the jelly back to be used again another day.
This Christmas Lush have released a special Santa jelly which is a red jelly that has been shaped into the shape of a Santa. Initially this seems like a good idea and it is amusing to play with the jiggly Santa however after a few uses the jelly looses its shape and the novelty has gone.
This jelly has a sweet fruity smell which I don't care for. As the name suggests it has a strawberry smell but this is blended in with others, such as vanilla and coconut. I think they are just trying to put too much into one jelly.
The ingredients include desiccated coconut, vanilla pod, strawberries, jasmine absolute and geranium oil (plus others). Also not forgetting other soapy type ingredients like Propylene Glycol etc, that gives the soap its shape. You can see that there is a lot going on and although they are good for your skin and will leave it nice and soft, the amount of flavours is too much.
Finally these jelly santas are pre-cut and are crumpled up into the same small pots as the other jellies, which does not help t keep its shape. Also it costs £2.95 for 85g, which is considerably more expensive than the other jellies.
The novelty of this product is not worth the cost, they have tried to put too much into one product.
I love Christmas,me.
And nothing says Christmas like LUSH CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS!
And,I'm already halfway through my stack this year!
One of the newer additions to my Lush repetoire is this little guy - he's called Strawberry Santa and he's jiggly. Very,very jiggly.
He comes in a little tub and as soon as you take the lid off,you smell him. He smells of strawberries. Not artificial strawberries. Real,lovely,fresh strawberries. And,not overpoweringly sweet,either.
He's just like the other Lush shower jellies only shaped to look Christmassy.
So,to use - you simply take him (or a piece of him) out of his little tub and either rub him straight on to wet skin or make him into a lather on a bath scrunchie or loofah then massage in that way.
He is of course really slippery so be careful he dosn't go straight down the plug-hole!
He should last a few weeks if you're using him daily - if,like me,you rotate your Lush products,he could last months!
He's a lovely little thing - though,apart from the shape and colour I wouldn't say he's very Christmassy - the scent dosn't really fit.
Still,buy one and try for yourself.
When I first saw the Shower Jellies I was intrigued as to how they worked and so was given a demonstration my Lush staff. After seeing the amazing product in action I opted for the extra festive Strawberry Santa, feely distinctly un-Christmas-like I thought this might change my scrooge attitude!
My Strawberry Santa was squished into a small plastic pot, weighed 85g and cost £2.95. Mr Lush told me that this should last around 30 or more washes, either by using it whole and just giving a quick rub over my skin before massaging to create the lather or by breaking a small bit off and washing with it lathered up by a shower scrunchie.
ThislittleSanta smells of cherries and strawberries to me, very fruity and sweet and beautiful - a bit like a really good strawberry jelly actually. It contains strawberries, vanilla and coconut infusions, cinnamon and gardenia.
It lathers up really well with just a small chunk, although I was reluctant to remove santa's boot! Lol. It can also be used to wash hair, which I have not tried yet (I am too into my shampoo bars) and is said to work well.
I also rinse Santa off to rid him of any lather, fold him in half and pop him back down his chimney - err sorry, back into the little plastic pot he arrived in, just to keep him fresh.
I do like him a lot and I would love to try some of the other shower jellies!!
Another delightful Christmas special from the one and only Lush!
**So Why Did I Buy It??**
Because I am a Lush addict, is the obvious (and very true) answer, and I make it my business to try as many products as possible, but I will explain a little more in depth...Last Christmas I was rushing around the Leeds branch of Lush in a over-excited frenzy, randomly adding Christmas products to my wicker basket, for friends, family and most importantly...me! I spotted a demonstration being held over by the shower jellies, and headed over to see what all the fuss was about, hoping it was the return of Gold Frankincense and Beer Shower Jelly. Alas, it wasn't and that seems to be long gone now - hopefully I will be able to find it on Retro Lush Christmas when that returns online - but there was a bright red, oddly shaped bundle of goo in its place...
**'A Bright Red, Oddly Shaped Bundle Of Goo?' Doesn't Sound Appealing To Me...**
Yes, well, maybe I described it wrong. It is in fact a very cute mould of Santa Claus, which you can clearly see once you get closer. During the demonstration, the assistant passed the sample around, and so many shoppers held it to their noses to get a good sniff, it looked like they were giving good old Saint Nick a big kiss! After the demo, I bought one and took it home. Obviously I haven't bought one yet this year, so this could have changed, but last year I was slightly sceptical when I told the assistant I wanted one and she handed me a little pot of red jelly. Surely it should be in a Santa Claus shape like the one featured in the demo? I thought it would be in a specially-shaped recyclable pot so he stayed in perfect shape, but it was just a very small, oval-shaped plastic box with red jelly and liquid inside, and a black label stating the weight, that it was called Strawberry Santa, a little tagline and the ingredients. I bought it anyway because I liked the smell (more on that later, promise!), but I kept peering at the pot, thinking that as it was jelly it would surely all stick together in that pot. I was wondering for the first time...had Lush cheated me??
Panic not, as soon as I got home I opened the pot and unrolled the jelly and there was my little Santa, in perfection. I took it out of the pot and laid it on a tray, and then put it in the freezer (as with the smell, more on that later too!). There was a small amount of liquidised jelly left in the pot, but I just saved that for the shower.
**Does He Smell Nice**
Strawberry Santa is fragranced with strawberries (Nooo! Would never have guessed, would you?), vanilla and coconut, with a little bit of jasmine thrown in. Because Lush is all natural, it smells divine and not at all synthetic. The smell lingers on your skin for ages and it is just basically a gorgeous smell!
**How To Use, If You Can Bear To Mush Up Lovely Father Christmas!**
As with other shower jellies, you have the option of putting it in the freezer and taking it out when you want to use it, for a refreshing lift, well, Santa should really be kept in the same climate he's used to in the North Pole, right? Or you can just use it straight from the pot.
If you decide to chill it, take it out of the freezer, pop in the shower and wash all over with a semi-solid, VERY cold Santa!
If you are a bit too wimpy and don't fancy an icy body wash, just use a chunk of him and lather onto your hand or a shower puff and lather all over your body - and hair! That's right, you can use shower jellies not just as a body wash, but a hair wash as well! I wouldn't recommend that you actually put the shower jelly in your hair, but if you lather a substantial amount into the palm of your hand and then rub it into your hair, that should do the trick!
I find Strawberry Santa lathers very well, especially if you use a shower puff! I think children will especially enjoy this as a Christmas treat, as it is 2-in-1, lots of fun and gets them clean!
**How Much Does Santa Cost?**
Strawberry Santa is priced at £2.95 (I swear it's gone up from last year!) which may sound a lot, but it is actually good value as it lasts ages! It is also great because with the other shower jellies at Lush they are put in boxes with random weights and prices, so you could get one box for £4.98 and one for £3.76, but you may just want the £2.20 weight that is advertised on the website and the Lush Times. But with Strawberry Santa as he is a specific shape and mould, the price stays the same throughout! Yay!
**Get It While You Can**
It is available online now, and I'm guessing it will re-appear in stores very soon. They are normally all gone by January. If you like it, get a load now and they will last you all year, as so long as you keep it in the pot it will be fine to use all year round!
**My Christmas Gift Box Idea!**
Strawberry Santa may be in one of the Christmas gift boxes, but I think it is much more fun to make your own gift box! Other Lush products which compliment Santa beautifully (either from scent or colour) are Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar, Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel, Strawberry Feels Forever and Satsumo Santa!
~ Pssst! If you liked this review, please check out my other Lush reviews, and there will be more Christmas themed reviews on the way, as I am excited already!! ~
Thanks for reading, with love and slightly early Christmas wishes... xhoneybeex
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As soon as i received the email with the new xmas range i knew straight away that i just had to get some of these for the kids and for myself too.They looked so cool and they were even better when we got them.
The assistant in the shop said the best way to use them was to lay it out onto a plate(you can see it more santa shaped that way too) and put him in athe freezer for a bit.
Then chop a bit off- ooo poor santa im very sorry but needs must and your are very nice indeed. put the bit you cut off into one of those little mesh bags that you put your wash tablets in and scrub away.
that way the soap is pretty solid but when he starts to defrost he wont fall down the plug hole heehee
My little girl loved using it, they smell so nice. super strawberry and very fresh ideal for children, just excellent :o)
Since the creation of Lush, no gift-giving occasion seems to pass without receiving some kind of Lush product. This Christmas I received a box of goodies including the Lush Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly. The giver of this gift was very keen for me to get this out immediately and show off how cute the little red man was. Despite being poked and pulled, he stayed in shape, although he left some red residue on the surface he had been placed on.
I was quite excited to try him out. It seemed all i had to do was pull some of little Santa off, and crush/rub it on my body in the shower. The product is very slippery, so actually being able to hold onto it and try to crush it as pretty difficult. I was disappointed at how hard it was to crush - most of it just broke into smaller pieces and washed down to the plug hole. This made it hard to get a proper lather. With some experimenting I found that it works a lot better if you crush it on to something soft such as a sponge or flannel, creating a good lather, and quite a lot of it!
Overall, I wouldn't rate this product highly as a shower gel substitute. It had a strong strawberry smell (which I personally found to be a bit sickly) and was cute as a novelty product, however was difficult to use and the shower required a lot of washing down afterwards due to all the little pieces.
Often before Lush products become available in the shops, Lush hold 'forum parties' whereby members of the Lush forum can call up in advance and order the new products on that day only. When I saw the list and pictures of the new Christmas products, one that immediately appealed to me, was the Strawberry Santa. I love strawberry fragranced products, and I'm glad Lush have brought this out, as I've not been too keen on any of the Body Shop strawberry stuff, and a lot of the cheaper brands smell quite artificial. I know it's a little early to be talking about Christmas products, however I thought I'd write the review now, in case anyone is considering this for a present idea or just a treat for themselves!
I bought all three of the Christmas shower jellies, however this was the first I used, mainly because it had leaked in the box, meaning I only had about half left, and the tub had become quite messy, so I wanted it used and out of the way! I did email Lush to tell them what happened and received both an apology and a replacement of the jelly and the other products it had ruined -thanks Lush! I also received an explanation as to why the jelly was so liquid compared to the other two I bought. Apparently, it's because they are very fresh, and have more liquid in them than the other jellies, as well as the fact they melt when warm. I was advised to keep this in the fridge (which is where I had put it anyway) so it could 'regain it's true form'.
This jelly -unlike the others- is moulded into the shape of a Santa Claus! My first one, unfortunately, has melted so was just a tub of mush, but the second one, I can tip out of the tub, and see that it is Santa shaped. Even taking it out, and putting it back in the tub again doesn't seem to harm it, and it has so far stayed in one piece.
The jelly is red in colour (well what other colour would Santa be?) and smells absolutely delicious. I hadn't read the ingredients list when I purchased this, I simply assumed from the name that it would simply be strawberry scented, however it also contains desiccated coconut and vanilla pod infusion as well, which give it the most amazing smell - a beautiful, creamy strawberries and cream scent. It's not particularly Christmassy - more a summer scent I would say- but it's absolutely gorgeous, and a lot of the Christmas products are quite spicy, so this makes a really nice change.
To use the jelly you simply pull a bit off, and rub it over your skin. I was quite surprised that it makes quite a good, creamy lather when you use it, and the lovely strawberry and coconut smell seems to intensify once the jelly is crushed onto the skin too.
One thing I have noticed with this, is that you do have to apply quite a bit of pressure to make sure the jelly crushes and foams up, otherwise little lumps of it will end up going straight down the plughole.
After using this, my skin felt lovely and soft and there was a trace of the scent on my skin. This was only really noticeable if I got up close to smell, unlike the other liquid shower gels I have used, which leave a strong aroma on the skin which is noticeable for several hours afterwards.
A strawberry santa jelly will cost you £2.95 from Lush or online at www.lush.co.uk
Overall, I was quite pleased with my Strawberry Santa. He smelled lovely, and was fun to use - a bit different from your everyday liquid gel. The main downside for me, was that the first one melted. I was considering buying a couple of these to give as Christmas gifts, however I would be reluctant to do so now unless someone specifically asked for one. It would be the thought that this could either leak through the wrapping paper, or that the recipient would open it to find that Santa had melted to become a big tub of mush that would put me off! Despite that, it's a lovely little product, and I adore the smell, so Strawberry Santa gets four stars.