Product Type: Lush body care
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Lush Gumback Express Smoothie
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Lush Gumback Express Smoothie
Date: 13/05/11, updated on 13/05/11 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Exfoliating and moisturising shower smoothie with a pleasant smell once wet
Disadvantages: Expensive and doesn't last as long as similar products
Any of you who read my reviews regularly will know that I'm a massive fan of the shop Lush and I've been trying to sample almost every product they make. Last year I made a huge online order and bought several items from the Retro range, which I'm still working my way through. Gumback Express Shower Smoothie was one of these, as I wanted to try a number of banana products!
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***Gumback Express Shower Smoothie***
This product comes in one of Lush's larger plastic tubs and you get 250g of product inside. As it's Retro, the tub and the label are white rather than the usual black, although my understanding is that you can still use white tubs in the 'take back 5 pots to Lush and get a free fresh face mask' promotion. The label states that the product is an "exfoliating banana and almond shower soap". It is softening, soothing and moisturising and using it is simple - just rub it over your body in the shower and rinse off.
The product is made with a glycerine, almond, apricot, rapeseed and coconut oil base, with ground almond shells for exfoliation and orange blossom honey to soothe skin. It also contains fresh organic bananas to add to the scent and help moisturise skin.
On opening the tub, I wasn't originally very enamoured by what I saw. The product is creamy yellow with little bits in (the ground almond shells) and looked a little bit like sick if I'm completely honest. I could smell the bananas and almonds but the two scents didn't seem to work that well together and I wasn't too impressed.
However I decided to give the product a go. While in the shower, I scooped some out of the tub and rubbed it over my skin. It was exfoliating but not harshly so and I was able to give my skin a good rub. I found that the scrub had the consistency of yoghurt and was slightly runny so that I had to be careful not to let any run away. The soap did lather up really well. It felt reasonably moisturising on my skin, and certainly didn't irritate it in any way.
I did find that because of the product's runny consistency, I had to use more than I might have for another scrub. You do get a big tub, but it is rather expensive at £8.75.
Once in the shower, the scrub's banana and almond scent somehow becomes a lot more palatable and enjoyable. It does linger on skin slightly and I've been using it along with Banana Moon Soap and Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion, which smell similar.
Overall, this is a really nice scrub but I'm not sure I'd buy it again simply because of the price. Definitely recommended if you like bananas though!
Summary: A nice banana scented shower scrub