I received a huge Lush gift box for Christmas this year, hence I will probably be writing lots of reviews about Lush products over the next few weeks! One of the products in the gift box was this shower gel, called The Olive Branch.
Upon looking at the shower gel, I was a bit wary as it seemed to be a strange orange, rusty colour and I noticed that it had separated. The liquid on the bottom was more orange and transparent, and on the top there was a kind of white, opaque liquid. I read the bottle and it did say to give it a good shake before using it, so I did and it seemed to do the job!
I'm not sure what I was expecting this to smell like, olive oil I suppose! But it doesn't smell like olive oil, I actually think that it smells quite manly. I don't mean that in a bad way, it doesn't make you smell like a man or anything, it's just quite a masculine scent - like a really weak, toned down version of a man's shower gel with a hint of femininity about it! I really don't know what that description will conjure up in people's minds but I find the scent quite hard to describe as it doesn't particularly smell of anything else that I've smelt before!
The shower gel lathers up quite well and I find that I only need to use a little bit to wash my whole body. This is always a good thing with shower gels that are quite expensive, because it makes me think that I might buy them again as you actually don't get too bad value for money.
I probably wouldn't have picked this product in the shop, but I am glad I got to try it out as part of my gift set as it is a nice product. Also, because it's not really girly smelling like some Lush shower gels (e.g. snow fairy), it means that my boyfriend can use it too (although I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing - he always uses loads!!).
I don't think I like this enough to buy it again, not because there is anything wrong with it but just because there are so many other Lush products which I rate more and which I prefer the smell of. To be honest, I'm more of a girly girl shower gel kind of girl so will probably go for sweeter scents in future.
I should also mention that it says on the bottle that this product is for body and hair - however as I have never used it on my hair, I can't comment on how it works as a shampoo!
Late on in 2011 I had placed an order with lush online and a lot of the items in the order arrived damaged and so I sent them an email letting them know I really wasn't happy with what had happened. They replaced all of the items in my order and also sent me a few extra things as a good will gesture and one of those items was the olive branch shower gel which I shall review today.
The olive branch shower gel comes in a clear recyclable bottle with a black lid and so it looks like most of the other lush shower gels I have seen to be honest. This one actually comes in 100g, 250g and 500g bottles and the price starts at £4.45 rising up to £15.45 for the larger bottle. I was sent the 100g bottle but it has lasted me from the back end of last year until recently with occasional use and so a bottle will last a good while and I would imagine even using it frequently you will still get a good amount of use for your money.
The olive branch shower gel is made from fair trade olive oil, fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves and so as you can imagine it is quite a Mediterranean smelling product. I personally think this one is quite a unisex product and when I first smelt it the orange and oil was quite prominent and I wasn't really sure if I liked it. However, not being one to throw away something for free I decided that I would use it and I have to say the fragrance really did grow on me. It smelt almost woody and sexy in my opinion. There would be no reason at all that either a man or a woman couldn't use this one in my opinion.
As there is olive oil in this shower gel you will find that it settles on the top and you are instructed to shake the bottle before use to mix up all of the ingredients again so you will get the best from the product. As you mix it is changes in to a browny orange mixture which isn't the most appealing but in this case the scent does make up for the less than attractive colouring!
Squeezing out some of the olive branch is really easy because it literally seems to just pour from the bottle! This shocked me at first as I wasn't expecting it to be so runny and so it is something to be mindful of or you may end up with a lot of wastage initially.
I preferred to apply this straight to my skin rather than on to a flannel or bath puff because it was so runny. As I rubbed it in to my skin I just loved the musky scent that seemed to fill the area around me and I noticed that the oils in the product really left my skin feeling well moisturised as well which is a bonus. This really is a product where a little will go a long way as well so you only need a few drops per area you are cleaning and you are left with super soft, wonderfully scented skin. You are told you can also use this on your hair but to be honest I didn't try this as my hair is prone to greasiness and I didn't want the oil in this to possibly make it worse so I cannot comment on how effective it is as a hair product.
I would buy this product again if I were to purchase a shower gel from lush but I often just get the bath bombs or bubbles bars as an indulgent treat and so cant often afford to buy much more from there but I would certainly recommend this one and look forward to trying it again.
Thank you for reading my review!
For the past six months or so I have mostly been buying my toiletries from The Body Shop, they have had so many brilliant offers on lately that I have found myself unable to resist and have so many products from them at the moment. Infact, just before Christmas my partner remarked on the very same point and mentioned that he had thought Lush was my favorite to which I answered it was but I just hadn't bought anything from there in a while. Flash forward to Christmas day and my happy smiling face as I was opening a big parcel of Lush goodies my partner had bought me. Not only had he remembered Lush was my favorite but he had also bravely entering the potent Lush shop, which I know is difficult for most men! Anyways, clearly I was super happy with this present and took no time at all before trying them all out. My set contained "The Olive Branch" shower gel which I am reviewing today.
The Olive Branch Shower gel comes in a clear 100g plastic bottle with a black flip top lid on the top. The orange gel can clearly be seen inside. The usual Lush black and white label is stuck onto the front of the bottle which gives the brand and product name along with a suitable for Vegans sign. A list of ingredients are given on the back, which in my opinion is fairly long for a Lush product. As with all Lush products this shower gel has not been tested on animals. The bottle itself is made from 100% recycled plastic, the black lid can be taken back to a local Lush store to be recycled but there is no mention of recycling for the actual plastic bottle. A circular sticker shows a cartoon picture of the person who made this product, in this case it was a young looking girl called Kamla. The sticker also shows the date it was made along with the use by date. My bottle was made on the 04/10/12 and the use by date is 04/12/13, so there is plenty of time to use this product, although I finished this one off today, so it clearly didn't last me that long.
No directions for use are given on the bottle, instead it states "Oh, come on we don't need to tell you how to use shower gel, do we!!?", which I find quite amusing. It does advise to give the bottle a quick shake before use.
The shower gel contains Fairtrade olive oil, fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and Vine leaves. The olive oil used in the shower gel is from a Jewish Israeli / Arab fair trade project, hence the name of the product, " a true olive branch of people reaching across the divided communities to work together in peace". More information on this can be found at www.sindyanna.com.
When I first got into the shower with this gel I did notice that the olive oil seemed to have separated from the rest of the product and was resting ontop, but I gave it a good shake as advised on the label and it all mixed up nicely. I have had to do this each time I have gone to use the gel and whilst I have not found this to be a problem or time consuming I feel it is still worth noting. After a quick shake the product was ready to go and I squirted a small amount onto a shower puff. The first thing I noticed was that the gel was quite watery, so great care needs to be taken not to dispence too much of the product in one go. It has a lovely orange colour. After applying the desired amount onto my shower puff I washed my body. I was surprised by the amount of bubbles it created, as I tend to find that more "natural" products tend not to foam. I feel it cleaned my skin well and I felt nice and clean. I feel many Lush products can have a strong fragrance, which some many consider too strong for them, The Olive Branch shower gel however is very mild. It has a very earthy, woody smell to it, but with a touch of fruitiness. I feel it is quite a unique fragrance. I really like the smell and find it is fairly unisex, so it would be a good one to have in the bathroom for everyone to use, thats if you can bear to share. After using the gel my skin was left feeling soft, well moisturised and smelling great. Whilst using this product I did not experience any adverse effects.
It is suggested that the gel can also be used as a shampoo, I cannot comment on its use as a shampoo as I only used it as a body wash.
I loved using this product and was so sad when I finished it up. I would certainly buy it again, but as its January I have plenty of shower gels to keep me going for the time being. It lathered up nicely and left my skin feeling lovely and smelling yummy. Although I knock one star off for it being too runny.
The Olive Branch Shower Gel can be bought in most Lush stores and on their website (delivery charges may apply)
100g - £4.45
250g - £8.95
500g - £15.45
First impression you have the same Lush bottle that you find across the entire range which I personally really like it has the black label with white writing and the logo across the top again in the same way that all the bottled products are labelled.
One thing you find on the lush bottles which I really like are the small round stickers which has a drawing of whoever it was which created the product you're buying and also there name written underneath. I just think this adds a nice personal touch to the product and knowing they made it rather than it being massed produce by machine is also reassuring.
I got the biggest bottle available but it comes in 3 different sizes but you will notice you make quite a reasonable saving the more you buy. (I actually got my bottle free for a mistake they made with my order which was excellent customer service)
100g - £4.25
250g - £8.50
500g - £14.95
Obviously you'll notice looking at the price that it's quite pricey especially if you're comparing to cheaper options you may pick up in the supermarket. But for me there's a number of different reasons I will always pay the extra for Lush products =
Knowing exactly what's in your products as everything they use has a natural source and using the website you can see what's in and even more in-depth information about the individual ingredients.
Here's the ingredients from the Lush site -
Natural Ingredients are:
Vine Leaf Infusion, Water, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Mandarin Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool,
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 14700, Methylparaben
All the packaging is recycled and is fully recyclable you can also take in your empty Lush pots and bottle tops and for 5 black pots they will reward you with a face mask which would usually come at a cost of £5.75 (they're amazing as well).
Absolutely no animal testing and all the products are sourced in the most ethical way and Lush employees are actually sent to inspect that everything is living up to the high standards (and rightfully so) that they have set.
Also could be included in here as it is a big plus for me is that a lot of the products including this one are made from completely Vegan ingredients which cannot be said for a huge amount of the other alternatives on the market.
Great quality products everything has been made using fresh ingredients and also natural ingredients meaning it's very good for your skin especially if you can sometimes suffer from irritation with the chemicals in other products.
(the above text is slightly edited as it is relevant across all my Lush reviews)
The shower gel is a sort of golden brown colour like a very dark honey colour I find most of the lush products look a pleasant colour and it's consistent it doesn't have the iridescent shimmers you get swirled in with the products including a lot more chemicals.
It's definitely a smell that is very much a love/hate thing because I really liked it but my partner at the time said it reminded her of old people (charming!) but other people have said they find it to be quite a masculine smell.
I would say the Mandarin isn't very apparent when you smell it out of the bottle it's actually a hard scent to pinpoint as you don't pick up the smell of any of the individual ingredients I personally found it to have quite a sweet smell but also picked up on a very floral scent maybe this was down to the combination of the oils and mandarin I'm not entirely sure.
When you wash with the shower gel it's one of those scents which definitely has a lot of staying power as I found that even after I was washed and dried it would smell like the bottle was being wafted under my nose wherever I was going.
Just like all the other Lush show gels this lathers up fantastically and just a very small amount will be another for a complete wash and like I've mentioned in other reviews definitely pick up a sponge or one of those scrunchie shower things (no idea what they're called but you will all know what I mean) as you will be able to make it go a lot further as you really don't need to apply much.
Because of the various oils in the shower gel it's great for moisturising your skin so it would be a great plus from people who may suffer from quite dry skin. Personally I don't have that problem so much but I did notice my skin would feel very nice and soft after using it especially after a week or so of use had passed.
A very unique smelling shower gel with a long lasting scent and great for dry skin.
I got this as part of a set I got for Christmas. To begin with the name didn't particularly appeal to me, I usually go for fruity shower gels so I was unsure about this.
It comes in quite a normal looking bottle with a black label and white writing in the usual Lush font reading: "The Olive Branch". Beneath this is says: "Reassuring shower gel to told you in its arms and keep you safe" which I thought was quite funny : ) I like the way Lush have a packaging brand which is distinctive and has its own style therefore it is recognised, yet I've never been overly keen on the style of packaging which is kind of bland.
The shower gel contains a pale brown clear gel as well as a creamy white bit which sits on top. It kind of looks like a pint of beer! The idea is that you have to shake the bottle before use causing the cream to mix into the shower gel creating a moisturising wash. I liked this idea and it made it fun to use- although it wouldn't be too practical if you were in a rush!
The first thing I noticed was the smell which is quite strong. It is described on the bottle as containing vine leaves, fresh mandarin juice, Sicilian olives and bergamot. The result is a very woody yet tangy smell which I wasn't to keen on. I usually prefer fruity fragrances which feel refreshing, whereas this was much more mellow. I must admit I found it quite relaxing to use compared on my usual "wake-up" shower gels, therefore it was nice to use before bed and quite therapeutic. However I couldn't help but think it smelt very masculine and more like something my boyfriend would use!
I did notice the moisturising element of the shower gel, my skin felt lovely and smooth, and after drying off it still felt slightly moisturised which was nice. However I didn't feel quite as clean as I would usually have done when using more refreshing shower gels. I have also found I need to use quite a lot of the stuff to create foam therefore the bottle has gone down a lot quicker than usual.
I doubt I'll be buying this again as the fragrance wasn't my style and it just wasn't refreshing enough for a shower gel. However it would be suitable for those who prefer more masculine woody fragrances or if you want a moisturising shower gel.
This little treat came in my Lush Winter Garden Christmas gift box, but it's lovely and fresh and has been just perfect for sunny spring.
As usual with Lush shower gels, this comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid and a black label. The promise on the label is that this is " a reassuring shower gel to hold you in its arms and keep you safe" which I thought was a lovely product statement! But in terms of packaging the bottles are always generic and never stand out.
Extracts are listed as vine leaves, fresh mandarin juice, Sicilian olives and bergamot - sounding like a tasty recipe and certainly making for a natural looking product. When the gel is resting is splits into its 2 compontents, with the oils on the top, translucent and browny-green-ish, and the juices lingering at the bottom more of a yellowy-green. This does make it look slightly less appealing, like a J20 that's been sitting in a bar fridge too long, but once shaken before use all is well and its nice olive-y colour is reinstated.
This is definitely a unisex product, in packaging and in smell. It's got a delicious, almost earthy smell, quite masculine in its freshness but suitable for ladies and gentlemen. It's very natural, and very Mediterranean. The promise of reassurance given on the label comes good as this is a strong, comforting smell.
As advised on the label it's best to shake the bottle before use, so that the oils and juices can mix, as this will achieve the best results, and make the product easier to lather up. I'd recommend squeezing the bottle onto sponge/hand/body buffer gently as the consistency of the product is quite thin and watery and therefore comes out of the bottle swiftly. However this does not mean it's ineffective - a small 50p sized amount can get up a good lather. It's not a thick, foamy lather but is certainly bubbly and fresh. This is a great product for daily use, not too rich or oily, and with a lovely refreshing smell to wake up to.
This is dubbed as a moisturising shower gel and certainly stays true to the promise. I always used this gel on a polishing sponge, and combined with the slight exfoliating properties of the sponge it left a nice sheen on my skin and felt nice and zingy and soft. It moisturises well and doesn't wear off quickly. It's also a great product for helping that early morning shower wake you up, as the lovely smell of nature and the open air is invigorating and refreshing.
Olive Branch shower gel comes in 3 sizes with 3 prices:
£4.10 for 100g / £8.20 for 250g / £14.75 for 500g
As you can get up a good lather with a reasonably small amount of this shower gel it lasts well. My bottle, as part of a gift set, was only the 100g version, but a 500g bottle would be a good investment, and last a good couple of months.
The Olive branch - Lush Shower gel
To date I have only tried a few of Lush's beautiful smelling products. I did have this preconceived notion that the shop was just over priced for what you received. However, after reading fabulous review after fabulous review I decided that I really needed to try a bit more of what Lush had to offer. Recently, it was my birthday and when I was asked by a friend what I would like, I asked for a few Lush items, which this 'The Olive Branch' shower gel was one of.
This shower gel was named after a song but it just doesn't sing to me (Dance me to the end of love by Madeleine Peyroux). Lush describes the shower gel "The Olive Branch has a welcoming, Mediterranean warmth to it, with organic olive oil to soften your skin, an infusion of vine leaves, sea salt and the fresh juice of mandarins".
In my opinion, although it smells lovely it is a rather unattractive looking shower gel. When it has settled it separates and it looks like it has a dirty foamy layer has formed at the top over a brown clear liquid. Before you use this (to get the best results) you need to give it a good shake and it turns into a lovely looking caramel cloudy shade.
One thing that I will point out is that beware when you pour some of this shower gel out onto your awaiting hand, this has an extremely runny consistency. The first time I ever used this most of it went down the plughole as I wasn't prepared for how watery it is. This is also a shower gel that really does work best with a shower puff so that you don't end up wasting too much of it before you get it all lathered up.
The scent of this shower gel is gorgeous, citrusy but with a subtle woody fragrance, but it is very mild. When I first open the bottle it smells nice, but as the shower gel is used and lathered up the scent seems to disappear. Sadly, it also doesn't linger on my skin and after I am out of the shower I can't even smell a hint of this. I also don't notice any of the softening and moisturising effect on my skin that I was expecting from a rich olive oil based shower gel, which was what I had hoped this was.
You really do need to use quite a large squirt of this even with a shower puff in order to get a good lather and enough of a lather to wash your entire body. However, this could be predominantly because of the natural products, so I wouldn't necessarily put this down as a major complaint. When it does lather, the lather feels soft and does leave my skin feeling clean and not even in the slightest dried out or irritated.
This shower gels does not come cheap, I was surprised to find out the price after I had used this, as it seemed very expensive for what you get. Typically you can expect to pay £4.10 for a 100 gram bottle, £8.20 for a 200 gram bottle or £14.75 for a 500 gram bottle. For the huge price tag for such a small bottle of product I would expect something that was extra special and this although it was nice it just doesn't deliver anything a much, much cheaper shower gel wouldn't.
Recently I have tried a couple of Lush products that have been a bit of a disappointment, I am beginning to wonder if I like the idea of Lush better than I actually like the products. Sadly, I am going to only give this shower gel two out of five stars. It was far too runny, the smell was nice but quite weak and for the price I really wanted something much more special. This is one Lush product that I just wouldn't recommend. Personally, I think I will stick with one of my favourite Body Shop shower gels. From reading some other reviews of this shower gel I can see that it does have a lot of great comments, but sadly this is just one that I probably won't be buying again.
Just as a side note but this Shower gel (as well as a lot of Lush products) is vegan friendly. I have a few friends that are vegan and it can be quite difficult to buy them nice toiletry gifts that you are certain are suitable, which of course these are.
I first used Olive Branch shower gel a few years ago when I got a small bottle with a Lush gift box for Christmas. I had never been enamoured by the thought of Lush products, but this shower gel turned me around.
A small bottle (100g) costs £3.90, a medium bottle (250g) costs £7.75, and a large bottle (500g) costs £13.95. You may also find one of the small or medium bottles in a Lush gift box, but you will need to check the labels to see what's included.
I usually buy the biggest bottle as it lasts for months, however if you are going on holiday then the small bottle is very useful for taking in your luggage. Keep it after you have used the shower gel and you can refill it - these bottles last quite a long time if you are careful with them, I have been travelling with the same one for about a year now!
You only need a small amount of this shower gel for a full body wash, and the smell will last on your skin for hours. The item is described as mediterranean mandarin gel, and whilst it does smell citrusy, the smell itself is quite difficult to describe. I always say it is not the girliest of smells, it is fresh and deep, and almost masculine in a way - however I would say men and women could both quite happily use this without smelling too girly/manly* (*delete as appropriate).
I would highly recommend this shower gel to anyone, of any age. This is a great gel to use first thing in the morning to wake you up and make you feel refreshed, and the smell will linger with you through the day. Although not the cheapest shower gel out there (nothing in Lush is the cheapest of anything) I feel that it is worth it for the fresh feeling I have after using Olive Branch.
I was in Lush the other week purchasing my son's Dream Cream and Dream Wash and decided that I deserved a little treat too. I intended to find a really nice, strong smelling shampoo so that the scent would waft around me all day long and set about having a sniff of all the shampoos they offered. Nothing really caught my attention, in fact nothing really smelt of much as my nose was full of the intense smell of the Lush shop itself.
Not to be put off my mission to treat myself I wandered over to the shower gels and had a look at what was on offer there. I initially dismissed this boring sounding, brownish shower gel with what appeared to be scum floating on the top and started sniffing the other ones, but in the end this was the only thing that I could actually smell over the smell of the shop and really appealed to me. Being a big believer in the body knowing what it needs I picked up a small bottle and went to buy it. This is towards the more expensive end of Lush's shower gel range costing £3.90 for 100g but it was a treat so I didn't worry about that.
To use the shower gel you have to give it a good shake first to get the oil mixed back in with the other ingredients, as the bottle empties a bit this is much easier to do. The gel then goes cloudy like in the picture above, it is runny so easy to get out the bottle which is good as you only need a little bit and at this price you will want to make it last. It doesn't produce a huge amount of lather and feels very gentle on the skin it left me feeling clean and exceptionally soft due to the oil in the gel.
I take it for granted with Lush products that they will work well and leave my skin soft so getting this was more to do with the smell. Unfortunately its not a strong smell so doesn't stay with me after the shower but it is really nice whilst I'm using it. I noticed that the gel was also in a men's shaving gift set and would agree that it could be used by anyone. It is not overpowering, nor is it feminine or floral.
It has a warm, woodsy scent from the olive oil and vine leaves, citrus infusions from the lemon and mandarin oils and also a nice hit of bergamot (I think this mood enhancing fragrance is what made the gel stand out to me in the first place). The bergamot and the thoughts of summer holidays invoked by the other ingredients combine to make a sniff of this gel send you to your happy place.
Now, can I find a spare few quid to go and get some more or do I have to wait for Christmas? Hmmmm ...
You haven't heard of Lush?
I cannot imagine that anyone reading this has not heard of the lovely cosmetic/toiletry company called 'Lush' that started way back in the 80s as 'Cosmetics to go' in Poole, Dorset. They make the most wonderful smelling and exciting things for pampering and they are very keen to support Fair Trade and eco ingredients. All their products are free from nasty additives and not tested on animals.
"We believe in making effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics, without animal ingredients, and in writing the quantitative ingredient list on the outside.
We also believe in buying only from companies that test for safety without the involvement of animals and in testing our products on humans"
I was in the Trafford Center in Manchester on Sunday with my step daughter when the smell of Lush dragged me in as it always seems to no matter where we are. After my usual trying of as many products as I can while I am in the shop I was attracted by the shower gel "The Olive Branch" and as I was chatting to the lovely assistant she offered me a sample. I love samples and was chuffed to bits to walk out with my little sample.
The Olive Branch
This is the product description on the website for "The Olive Branch" Shower gel:
"If your body is beaten by the rigours of the rat race, accept an olive branch. The Olive Branch has welcoming warmth to it, with organic olive oil to soften your skin, an infusion of vine leaves, sea salt and the fresh juice of mandarins."
The Olive Branch scent is available in two products, the solid perfume and shower gel. It obviously gets its name from the main ingredient which is Fair Trade olive oil. I'm not sure how long this shower gel has been available as I haven't seen it before.
The Olive Branch Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £3.90, 250ml = £7.75, 500ml = £13.95. Not a cheap gel but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a reasonable lather. When I was in the shop the bottles had the usual 'packed by' sticker on it and a use by date but I don't get too worried by these days as I am not eating it after all. It comes in the standard Lush bottle with a flip top lid - at present these are not recyclable through Lush which their tubs are but hopefully they will do this in future. Mine of course was in a small plastic tub and had no identifying labels on it but I was there when they poured it from the bottle into my pot. At these prices I must have at least £1 s worth in my pot little pot as it holds about 20 - 25ml!
Okay enough of the story behind what is it like?
The gel looks a bit yukky if I am honest as the olive oil sort of separates and floats above the honey brown liquid. The colour and looks are certainly not its selling point. You have to shake the bottle before you use it to mix the oil back into the emulsion and then you get a creamier looking liquid a bit like the colour of creamed honey. The actual gel is quite thin - a bit like washing up liquid consistency. I dipped my finger in to the pot and the amount that came out was enough for one half of my upper body so you really need only the smallest amount to get a really good smooth lather. I like to let it soak in for a while before rinsing so that I can enjoy the lovely fresh citrus smell.
What do they put in this golden gel?
Vine Leaf Infusion (Vitis vinifera), Water (Aqua, Fresh Mandarin Juice (Citrus nobilis), Fair Trade Olive Oil (Olea europaea), , Bergamot Oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Fine Sea Salt, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool,
Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 18050, Methylparaben, ), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Propylene Glycol
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
The main ingredients providing the special properties in this strange looking browny sludge are:
Orange Blossom Absolute - is extracted from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree by solvent extraction. It is dark orange in colour and much thicker than neroli oil, which is extracted from orange blossoms by a different method. Orange Blossom is reputed to be an aphrodisiac with an ability to calm the nerves before any sexual activity.
Vine Leaf Infusion - from vine leaves infused in boiling water added for its conditioning and soothing effects
Fair Trade Olive Oil - added to soften the skin and help retain moisture.
Gardenia Extract - included in Olive Branch shower gel as the colour blends with the olive oil and creates a Mediterranean sunset effect. This I have to say stretches the imagination as I found the colour a golden sort of creamy honey once shaken.
Mandarin Oil - Used in Aromatherapy to relieve stress and refresh the skin.
Lemon oil- is added for a strong citrus smell but also an excellent cleanser and a potent antiseptic.
Sodium cocoamphoacetate - is a foam stabilizer and an organic compound made from coconut oil and this gives the gel is foaming quality
Bergamot oil - It is uplifting and refreshing and a natural anti depressant it also has relaxing properties. It has a light, fruity and floral fragrance .It has antibacterial qualities which can help in the treatment of acne and other skin infections.
Does it feel good and work well?
I am not one for showers as I love to lie and linger in a warm bath so I use this in my bath. I quite like the smell which is quite light and refreshing because of the citrus elements but the vine infusion adds an earthy quality to the scent. The olive oil also creates a more subtle air to the aroma and provides the moisturizing quality. The smell is quite subtle and I find it does linger like other Lush smells but not in the bathroom more on my skin which is nice. I quite like the aroma as it reminds me of Mediterranean holidays when you can smell the orange and lemon blossom in the evening air. It does leave my skin lovely and soft too.
The other thing I like about Lush products is that when you use them in your bath or shower then the whole bathroom and our adjoining bedroom get to smell of the product as well. This 'Olive Branch' gel does not have the same strong smell so it doesn't seem to linger in the same way as other stronger Lush smells in the rooms.
Who is this product for?
As Lush products are not full of unpleasant chemicals it should be okay for sensitive skin but it is always advisable to check if something you are going to use contains anything that you are allergic to.
This is a Lush unisex product meaning it is suitable for males and females and I would agree that it doesn't have a flowery feminine scent and I can't imagine a man being embarrassed to smell of this but I really like it too .It probably wouldn't be the one I would choose to give to anyone as it is a very special smell and looks a bit unpleasant in the bottle too- I can imagine you would choose it for its moisturizing qualities rather than what it looks like although the smell is fresh and pleasant.
Is it just a shower gel then?
Lush shower gels can all be used as bath gels and shampoos as well so if you were going on short holiday you could take this small bottle (100ml is allowed in hand baggage) and it would serve as a shower gel and shampoo and that way you need not take lots of bottles and can still travel light with only carryon luggage.
I did quite like this very different bath and shower gel, it isn't often you get a bath/beauty product given to you and one that you can actually see has olive oil in it as it floats on the top. It is so soothing and gentle on my skin which is quite sensitive and sometimes reacts badly to shower gels. It smells very fresh and it is a smell that lasts after washing off which I like as it is fresh and citrus like and most refreshing. It is very expensive but as you only need a small amount it does last quite a long time so probably works out as economical as some others in the long term. I'm not sure that I would bother with this Lush product again, it is lovely and works well but the price puts me off although I really like the smell of this subtle mandarin sort of odour and I like me smelling of this and it does make my skin lovely and soft.
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Now, this is far from the cheapest shower gel at £7.75 for 250ml, and chances are you've either gotten this as a gift or are thinking of buying it for someone else. I say that because if you're anything like me you would NEVER spend an obscene amount of money on a shower gel - it's usually a quid!
But I did get the Lush's The Olive Branch, a small 100ml bottle (which retails for £4) as a gift, and wow, if anything makes you want to spend the money, this stuff does.
It comes, like most Lush products, in a fairly plain clear bottle with a black cap and a black label with the familiar 'chalk on blackboard' stylings it's known for. All the ingredients are natural, so it's fine for those like me who suffer from sensitive skin. It's a brown colour and in the bottle the oil separates into a two-tone effect so you need to shake the bottle to mix it up before you use it.
The wash doesn't lather up as much as some I've used but the soft, silkiness of the gel more than makes up for it. It really feels great in the shower and leaves you feeling very clean. The best thing about this gel is that the olives give your skin a smooth, soft sheen all day long - it really is noticable and moreso if you use it after exfoliating. Like washing in moisturiser, or using baby oil after you get out of the bath or shower, it locks in your body's moisture and keeps your skin hydrated.
The smell is amazing, too, and the only way I can describe it is clean, fresh, and slightly musky (in a nice way), a little like a white musk bath oil. It smells very grown up and clean and very expensive (well, it is rather expensive, after all).
I have to say that if I'd seen The Olive Branch shower gel on a shelf in Lush I'd probably have walked right past it - it's brown colour, and high price would have put me off. But after trying the sample size I am seriously considering 'splashing out' on the big bottle because it really is lovely! I would highly recommend this as a gift for someone who prefers ethical, natural products or who has sensitive skin, and I'd also recommend this for men also as the musky smell compliments male skin as much as female.
I really enjoyed using this shower gel and though it's a little pricier than my usual shower gel I do think it's well worth the money (there must be a lot of olives in there, after all!). I will be sure to add this to my mental 'good generic presents' list as well (it's always good to have one!).
Four out of five from me - it's a bit pricey, it's not that pretty, but wow it smells great and leaves me baby-soft! A great big thumbs up!
The Olive Branch is available in 3 different sizes, 100g, 250g, and 500g. 100g is £3.90, 250g is £7.75, and 500g is £13.95. All the bottles are clear so that you can see the product and they have a black label with white writing on, which gives you the product name, description and ingredients. They also have a green label with a cartoon picture of the person who made the product on it, their first name, the date the product was made and its best before date. My bottle of The Olive Branch.
Between uses The Olive Branch separates into two layers, the juices at the bottom and the oils on top, so be sure to shake before use to make sure it's properly mixed up. The Olive Branch is not so much a shower gel as a shower thin-liquid. It is very runny so best used on a shower puff but a little bit makes masses of lather. The Olive Branch has, in my opinion, a simply gorgeous smell. It contains and smells like orange with a spicy and herbal twist. It's not a girly scent but not particularly masculine either, it's quite foody and I love it.
The Olive Branch contains olive oil so it is gentle on the skin and even moisturising, I tend to use this when I'm in a hurry or can't be bothered to apply any kind of lotion afterwards. The smell lingers on the skin for a couple of hours, longer on hair, sometimes I will use this as shampoo too, I find it makes my hair lovely and soft without conditioner (I don't normally use any conditioner) but I can't leave it on the hair for any length of time, I have to rinse it out immediately because of the oils, which have made my hair greasy when I've forgotten and left it on for a few minutes. Most people will probably get bad results using this as shampoo because of the oils but as I don't normally use conditioner my hair gets a little dry sometimes and has a higher tolerance for them.
Although it seems expensive, I think it is great value, because a little splash goes such a long way in the shower. It can also be used as a fantastic bubble bath that makes the whole room smell lovely, though I wouldn't recommend you keep your hair under the water for very long, again, because of the oils.
The Olive Branch is my favourite out of the Lush shower gels that I have tried so far, and I even made sure I got a second bottle last Christmas!
As you may know I am a HUGE Lush fan, but for some reason had never tried or used 'The Olive branch' shower gel. I think I was too impressed with Whoosh showewr jelly and yummy yummy shower gel to even notice it.
The Olive Branch shower gel is made from vine leaves, Sicilian Olives, fresh manadrin juice and bergamot. I think i was initally put off by the olives, which I hate however I love this scent. It has a wonderful citrus smell from the mandarins, lemon oil and orange blossom but has an interesting kick with the added bergamot and olives, very fresh and lively.
The texture is the only down side as it can be quite runny and required the sharp tilting of your palms to stop it running away, however I find this wakes me up even more than the lively scent as you have to be sharp eyed and bushy tailed to make sure you don't lose it.
It feels very nice on your skin, it doesn't lather up loads but does feel like it has cleansed and awoken my skin. The smell is great for filling up the bathroom and it stays on your skin after you come out of the shower/bath. It works best when shook up as the oils and juices tend to seperate slightly,
I believe this is one of the few products Lush don't make profit on but because they live it so much for waking you up they have never discontinued it.
It comes in three sizes;
100g = £3.90
250g = £7.75
500g = £13.95
Although it is quite expensive your skin feels cared for and you smell like your lying in the heat of the Sicilcian Summer.
For Christmas just gone I received some Lush stuff, as did my lucky fiancé and one of the items that he received was the Olive Branch Shower Gel which I have been fortunate enough to use in the past. I never thought of this shower gel as being aimed just at men to be honest as it's definitely one that is suitable for both sexes.
The product comes provided in a clear plastic bottle with a black flip top lid and it has a label which shows you all the usual product information and gives you a little bit of blurb including a little sticker which tells you when the product was made, who by and when it is best used before. I love the little personal touches that you get with Lush products and it's really lovely to know that your product is freshly made and the one he received in his set at Christmas was made just a few weeks before so it's still relatively fresh.
The olive branch shower gel looks a little odd when you first look at it because the product separates in the bottle and you have an oily type substance in the bottom and a thick gloopy but this is easily rectified with a couple of firm shakes. The product then mixes together and takes on a murky kind of colour that does not look particular nice but don't let this put you off.
The scent of the shower gel is wonderful, it is a mixture of fragrances that come out at different times. When you first open the shower gel lid there is a fairly masculine scent that meets me. Once I used a little of the shower gel (literally a few drops) on a shower puff I did get a fairly nice lather, not the biggest ever from a shower gel, but a nice scent. The glorious scent that I can smell is quite citrus and makes me think of Italy and glorious weather and lovely orchards full of delicious fruits. The feel of this shower gel is very smooth and while it feels a tad oily at first I feel like I am left squeaky clean after using this. The lather is gloriously scented and really does take just a matter of seconds to leave me feeling fresh, soft, smooth and revitalised.
Even if I am just having a quick shower in the morning this shower gel is the perfect thing to lift up my mood and make me feel awake and refreshed ready for the day ahead. The quality of the shower gel, like most Lush products, is fantastic and a little really does go a long way. The scent lasts for quite a few hours on my skin and fills the bathroom up wonderfully even hours after use.
I suffer from problematic skin at times but using this product on an occasional basis has not given me any flare ups or any problems with my skin at all. I have been very pleased with the almost instant moisture of my skin that I notice after using this product. The scent is definitely one that is suitable for unisex use although when I think about it now it is probably more designed for men than women and after my fiance had a shower using this he was remarked saying 'a Lush shower is the best in the world' and this coming from someone who was never going to be a convert?!
This shower gel is available from Lush stores, mail order (call 01202 668545) or from lush.co.uk. A 100g bottle is available for £3.90 and while this is a tad expensive this particular shower gel is worth every penny!
I recieved this for christmas and like many other things just haven't got round to writing a review on it yet. I had not heard of this one before in Lush and to be honest it wasn't one that really standed out amongst all my other Lush christmas presents. But I gave it ago none the less and was surprised to see that I liked it, but was a bit dissapointed to see that it was nothing special.
What is it?
It is yet another shower gel by Lush that has been infused with maradin and olive oil and vines.
How much does it cost?
As I recieved it for christmas and have checked the website and cannot find it, but by going what other Lush shower gels sell for I guess it was in the region of £2-£4 for the small bottle.
Is it easy to dispense?
I always find that with Lush shower creams and so on that they are very hard to dispense, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one was very easy to dispense. If you squeeze it lightly as it is a very liquidy shower gel it easily comes out. You do have to shake it before you use it, as it says on the bottle as all the oils stay at the top and you need to mix it in.
At first I wasn't sure on this as it does has a very unique smell to it which may not be to everyones taste, however I am not sure whether I like it or it just grew on me.
The smell itself does smell quite herby and of plants as you may or may not expect. It does however smell really fresh so you do feel very clean. Unlike many other Lush products the scent does not seem to linger for as long, which may be a good thing if you are not a fan of it! It stays on your skin for just a few hours ofter getting out of the bath or shower.
The fact that I do like about this is that it did leave my skin uber soft which is great. My skin isn't the dryest, but can get quiyte dry so I was pleased to see that after using this there was no reason to moisturise.
Overall this was one of those 'ok' products, one that I may use again if on offer but on most occasions will probably just walk straight past it.
However I now use mine as a 'bubble bath' as when squirted into running water it smells real good and produces plenty of throthy bubbles!
I'd give it a go if you were a fan of herby / plant smelling body washes but otherwise give it a miss!