Product Type: Lush Bath & Shower
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Drift off with the Twilight
Lush Twilight Shower Gel
Member Name: catsholiday
Lush Twilight Shower Gel
Advantages: Smells gorgeous and lots of natural ingredients
Disadvantages: Some less than great ingredients
Lush Twilight Shower gel
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 Glasgow on our mini break up in Scotland and I passed two Lush shops. I just had to go in both to see what they were like. I decided that as I had not ever tried this shower gel that I would buy this while also asking for a couple of samples to enjoy while on our mini break. After my usual trying of as many products as I can while I was in the shop I grabbed my Twilight gel and while I was chatting to the lovely assistant and she gave me a couple of other samples. I love samples and was chuffed to bits to walk out with my little cache.
This is the product description on the website for "Twilight" Shower gel:
"Because we are all made of stars
A lavender and malt notes shower gel to calm, relax and comfort as it helps you transition from day to night.
Do you want to look up at the night sky and remember that you are part of it? Then Twilight will help you connect. For a good night's sleep, use this before bed."
This new shower gel is made the
The Twilight scent is available in a couple of products, the shower gel and the bath ballistic but neither of the products is available all year around so if you like it then grab them when you see them.
If you like Twilight then try these other products as they have similar smells, French Kiss bubble bar, Dreamtime Luxury bath melt and Cocktail perfume.
The Twilight Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.25, 250ml = £8.50, 500ml = £14.95. So in no way is this a cheap gel but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a reasonable lather. The bottles have the usual 'packed by' sticker on it and a use by date but I don't get too worried by these days as I am not eating it after all. It comes in the standard Lush bottle with a flip top lid - at present these are not recyclable through Lush which their tubs are but hopefully they will do this in future. The bottles are of course recyclable but you don't get anything for them from Lush so just recycle through your normal plastic scheme.
What is it like?
The gel looks a deep dark purple colour, a bit like daddy Oh shampoo in colour but it smells quite different. The actual gel is quite thick - a bit like many other quality shower gels. I squeezed our about 5c piece sized blob onto my hand and that amount 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 lavender smell.
This is a very true lavender scent but with a interesting toffee sort of smell mixed with it in my opinion. I think it must be the tonka and benzoin that give it that creamy caramel hint behind the lavender. The thing I like about Lush lavender scented products is that they smell of real lavender because they use lavender essential oils. They do not smell synthetic at all and not at all old lady lavender like.
I really love the smell of this Twilight and it will certainly be one that I would buy again.
"The period between sundown and nightfall is often called the blue hour, because of its distinctive ambient light. Our blue purple shower gel tries to capture this, with a twinkling of stars added too.
This fragrance, from our Twilight Ballistic, is so popular that our Customer Forum members frequently vote for it to go in special products. This limited edition Christmas shower gel is launched just for them this year. "
What do they put in this purple gel?
Wonderful lavender infusion and essential oil both do the same thing and help to relax your mind ready for sleep but also are of great benefit to the skin for they calming and help healing.
Tonka adds that note of vanilla I could smell and a bit of fruitiness.
Benzoin has a lovely sweet balsamic note which I think makes the toffee caramel scent and it is also calming the skin.
These ingredients together help you relax and I find this is especially great for my bedtime bath..
Not so good:
Lush do somewhat gloss over the less great contents. I have done a bit of research and have discovered that some of these so called natural contents are anything but.
Methylparbens: see this site http://www.ehow.com/about_5453218_dangers-methylpa raben.html These seem to be equally undersirable and can cause skin problems as well as possible links to male infertility and breast cancer!
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate: this is a coconut based foaming agent and actually not actually harmful according to
"The Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association, found that sodium cocoamphoacetate was less of a skin irritant than SLS, even in larger doses than found in most consumer products. It was found to not irritate the eyes even in concentrations of 28.1 percent, like those found in shampoo"
So in short, not all good but not all bad, so it is up to the individual person to make up their own minds whether they are happy to risk the two nastiest ingredients I have mentioned.
Does it feel good and work well?
I am not one for showers as I love to lie and linger in a warm bath so I use this in my bath. I love the scent of this as it is lavender and creamy sweet but so natural smelling and relaxing. The smell is not too overpowering but is also far from subtle and I find it does linger a lot like some other Lush smells but not in the bathroom more on my skin which is nice. I love the aroma as it reminds me of summer and my lavender plants.
It does leave my skin clean and nice smelling and certainly doesn't dry it out it leaves my skin feeling calm and soft. I have not had any adverse reaction from this either.
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 'Twilight' gel does have the same strong smell so it does seem to linger in the same way as other stronger Lush smells.
Who is this product for?
As Lush products are not supposed to be 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 both males and females and I would agree that it doesn't have a very sweet feminine scent but some men may find it too feminine but I really like it .
It is Vegan friendly and of course being Lush, nothing in this has been tested on animals.
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 carry on luggage.
I LOVE this bath and shower gel. It smells gorgeous and it is a smell that lasts well after washing off. It is quite 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 in love with this Lush product and would buy again so hope they do bring it back again in the future. It is lovely and works well but the price slightly puts me off and certainly puts me off stocking up so although I do like the smell of this I won't be buying lots.
Thank you for reading and hope you may find this useful/interesting. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
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