Tuesday 25 June 2024

Taking A Skinny Dip In The Tub And Having Sweet American Day Dreams | Lush X Community Shower Gels (American Cream & Skinny Dip)

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. The lovely people at Lush sent me some of their upcoming Lush X Community Shower Gels and I thought that today I would talk to you all about them. 

If you are unaware of the Lush X Community concept then let me explain! Lush know that the Lush Community is not only filled with great people but also full of great ideas and to show this they have started Lush X Community. A range of products for people who love Lush chosen by people who love Lush. The way that these ranges work are by Lush allowing people in the Lush Community to choose a number of familiar and well loved scents to go into a category of products (such as fragrances, bubble bars, shower gels) and the most requested win! Lush asked the community to choose what beloved scents should be turned into shower gels and Lush have listened. The six shower gels that have been chosen and will be listed later on in the blog post will be released on the Lush App on the 26th June 2024 and then will go into select stores (Lush Liverpool Spa, Lush Oxford Street and Lush Glasgow) and then will go on the Lush Website. 

A photo of a light brown square box containing white eco pops with a black rectangular card behind it that says shower to the people push x community in white font with two cylindrical plastic bottles in front. One containing light pink sparkly shower gel with a black rectangular label with American cream shower gel lush in white font with a black cylindrical lid next to one that contains pale yellow shower gel that looks creamy with a black rectangular label that says skinny dip shower gel lush in white font on a bright background

American Cream 

This creamy shower gel is definitely the one that you’ll want to lather yourself in and fall in love with this Summer. 

List Of Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Fresh Orange Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl lonone, Coumarin, Linalool, Colour 17200. 

I am not sure if you managed to get the references in the little sub title snippet but American Cream is inspired by Grease and America in the 1950’s with their diners and shakes. 

The scent of this gel is very much inspired by 60’s America too. To me, American Cream smells like Strawberry Milkshake with a floral undertone. I think I get a floral undertone from the inclusion of Lavender and Clary Sage. I do love to use this fragrance in the Summer time because well Strawberry as a scent always reminds me of my childhood when Strawberries were cheap and in season so I love how Lush have listened to the Lush Community and released this in the height of Summer. Strawberries and Vanilla are the epitome of British Summer Time to me! 

The texture of this gel is quite luxurious and creamy which I wasn’t expecting. I was thinking that this was going to be on the runnier side of Shower Gels but to my surprise it really isn’t.I think that American Cream Shower Gel has a lovely thick texture to it due to the Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract that is included in this gel. When lathering this shower gel up, I noticed that it did become more of a creamy emulsion than a bubbly lather which may put some people off but I adore Shower Gels that turn into a creamy emulsion as I know that it means that it is going to be super nourishing for my skin! 

I do still have some of the old American Cream Shower Gel from Lush so I decided to find it and compare it to the new Lush X Community American Cream Shower Gel. I wasn’t really expecting a difference because well they are both the same Shower Gel but to my surprise there was quite a difference. Regarding the scent of the old Shower Gel, I noticed that the Vanilla Absolute was the main star of this Shower Gel whilst the other ingredients that make up the scent of American Cream are sort of helping to make the Vanilla Absolute the main star. I think that this may have been the case when this Shower Gel was first released to push the Cream part of American Cream and to show new customers that this truly is inspired by American style Strawberry Shakes. The texture for me is lovely but I did notice that it took a hot minute to get it to lather up into a creamy emulsion whereas the Lush X Community lathers up to a creamy emulsion quite quickly and easily and the main stars of the scent profile of this Shower Gel to my nose are more the Fresh Strawberry Juice and Clary Sage Oils whereas the rest (Lavender,`Vanilla and Benzoin) are in the background to help create the iconic scent that we know as American Cream. The best way I can describe it is that the old version is a little bit more of a Vanilla Milkshake scent with the addition of Strawberries and florals to create a lovely sweet scent whereas the brand new Lush X Community version is a Strawberry Milkshake scent with a creamy and floral undertone.  

Skinny Dip 

It’s time to strip off and coat your nude body in some sensual shower gel this Summer that it truly craves!

List Of Ingredients: Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Water, Coconut Infusion, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Lauryl Betaine, Cold Pressed Murumuru Butter, Lactic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Cedarwood Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Vetivert Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl lonone, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Eugenol, Geraniol, *Linalool, Perfume. 

This shower gel is truly a blast from the past! This shower gel was first released in 1995 I believe and slowly became a classic hit. The Shower Gel back in the day was slightly controversial for some of the Lush Community due to some textural and emulsification issues. In the past few years Lush have re-released Skinny Dip as a Buttercream in their Lush Kitchen Subscription Box. As this is a OG I totally get why a lot of the Lush Community voted for the Shower Gel to come back! (Yes RuPaul’s Bring Back My Girls popped into my head then and I did change the lyrics in my head to ‘Bring Back My Gels’). 

This shower gel is an enigma of a scent to me. A true temptress of the senses. In my opinion, this is a spicy clove forward scent that reminds me of all things warm and smoky with a creamy White Chocolate with a hint of Coconut base. I think I get the Clove instantly and the sort of instant hit of smokiness because I love anything warm and smoky so my nose instantly hunted that out. On first sniff, the Clove and Vetivert made me think of Dear John and to me this gel could be described a bit as the quirky family relative whio doesnt fit in with the rest of the family of Dear John but that’s just me. I did read in previous reviews that this gel smells a bit of Violet which I think is due to the addition of Palmarosa and I do get Violet but not unless I sniff the gel and then really hunt for it. I’d say that Skinny Dip is similar to Magik in the sense of its very smoky with a touch of Violet. I love the creamy base of Skinny Dip as it ties everything together and truly makes me think of a night on holiday. The slight whiff of creamy Coconut which normally comes from Pina Coladas, the smoky fragrances that waft in the air and the slight hit of woodiness from wood burning in the background to create a picturesque atmosphere all in one. Not only will this potentially get you in the mood for a holiday but as this gel truly does smell amazing it may also get you in the mood for other tantalising things like… skinny dipping! 

The texture of this Shower Gel to me is Creamy personified. The epitome of creaminess even. I wasn’t sure what to expect when looking at the description and ingredients of Skinny Dip. I did think that this would have the texture of a Shower Cream from Lush which for me were amazing but did have their flaws. I loved how creamy and rich they were but as someone with dexterity issues sometimes I did find it a little bit hard to squeeze some out of the bottle every now and again. I was a bit surprised to find out that this isn’t the case with Skinny Dip when I opened the bottle and tried some. I also researched the old version of Skinny Dip Shower Gel and noticed that it contained White Chocolate and Cocoa Butter which didn’t merge well together with the rest of the ingredients that make up Skinny Dip and thus caused some emulsification and texture issues when using the Shower Gel. This definitely isn’t the case with the upcoming Lush X Community version. This version of Skinny Dip Shower Gel is rich and creamy without being too thick and balm like.I think that the Murumuru Butter and Coconut work well together to create a rich and creamy base without being too heavy when working it into the skin. I have quite dry skin but obviously due to the hot weather and being a bit under the weather right now I want to use Shower products that will moisturise my skin and leave it soft and supple without being heavy and this definitely fit the bill of what I have been needing lately. If you love anything that is spicy or smoky or are in need of a scent that will make heads turn and someone special to shout ‘you smell divine’ on date night then I do think that this is definitely for you. I know that some men can be very particular with shower scents but I think that Skinny Dip would also be a great one for that man in your life due to the Clove, Vetivert and Cedarwood Oils. 

These Shower Gels will be dropping on the 26th (this Wednesday), they will also be in select stores (Lush Liverpool Spa, Lush Glasgow and Lush Oxford Street) and then will also appear on the Lush Website. The other scents that the Lush Community chose and will make an appearance on the 26th are Guardians Of The Forest for all your forest fiends, Super Milk for anyone who adores the viral Hair product from Lush, Sultana for all you berry loving babes and Let The Good Times Roll for anyone who wants to smell like a popcorn inspired snack! 

Thanks again to the Lush Community Team for sending me these two amazing Shower Gels. They have truly made my week and perked me up whilst I am under the weather! 

Will you be picking up any of the Lush X Community Shower Gels? What scents from Lush would you like to appear as a Shower Gel? Let me know down below and on social media. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

Products mentioned in this blog post were sent to me via PR in return of a blog post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Having Some Posh Good Old Times In The Shower | Lush Gourmand Favourites Limied Edition Range - Posh Chocolate Shower Gel & Let The Good Times Roll Body Lotion

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that I would talk to you all today about the exclusive gourmand products that recently dropped on Lush’s website and in Lush stores for a limited time. 

Posh Chocolate Shower Gel 

Lush have decided to turn their best selling Posh Chocolate Body Wash into a Shower Gel for a limited time for those who prefer a bottled shower gel over a potted body wash. This may be for a plethora of reasons such as just preferring the texture of a gel to accessibility reasons such as it may be easier for them to open a shower gel lid rather than unscrew a potted lid. 

This shower gel contains Glycerine, Water, Cocoa Powder, Hazelnut Milk, Fine Sea Salt, Lactic Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Australian Sandalwood Oil and Vanilla Absolute. 

The texture of this shower gel was quite amazing. Thick but not too thick and moisturising without being heavy on the skin. I think the reason for this sumptuous texture is due to the Glycerine and Hazelnut Milk. Both are known for being quite moisturising to the skin. 

The scent is to die for. If you have smelt Posh Chocolate before from Lush then you will know that it smells of the most divine Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. This shower gel is very similar but to me, the hazelnut is a little bit more subtle in this Shower Gel. Furthermore, the Sandalwood comes out a little bit more when you’ve washed this off your skin. The Sandalwood mixed with the Cocoa Absolute makes for a rich Chocolate scent that lasts on your skin after washing for several hours. 

My skin is known for being quite dry no matter the weather and this shower gel made my skin feel truly soft and supple. If you wanted to pair this with some other products from Lush to create a gift then you could pair the Gel with the following. There’s Butterball to create a truly divine bathing experience. The brand new Magic Bus to create a sort of chocolatey tropical bathing experience. Orange Scrub to create a creative Chocolate Orange scent. Magic Crystals to create a refreshing Chocolate Mint scent and Coco Loco to create a shower experience that may remind you of Bounty Chocolate Bars.

A white hand holding a cylindrical plastic bottle filled with chocolate brown liquid with a black cylindrical lid with a black rectangular label with posh chocolate shower gel lush in white font on a bright background

Let The Good Times Roll Body Lotion 

The fans have asked and Lush has spoken! Lush’s well known and sweet scented facial cleanser Let The Good Times Roll has been transformed into a body lotion for those who want to smell like sweet popcorn all year round! You can now pair the Facial Cleanser, Lotion and Body Spray to truly smell like a snack! 

This body lotion contains Warer, Corn Oil, Polenta Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Organic Illite Butter. 

The texture of this is quite gorgeous. Sumptuous and conditioning but sinks into the skin quite quickly. I wasn’t expecting this as my skin normally takes a fair while to absorb Cocoa Butter due to my skin being on the dry side but my skin drank it up quite quickly. 

The smell is truly one of a kind. A true popcorn scent which I think is due to the Corn Oil and Polenta Infusion that is in this lovely lotion. I mean, its corn, what’s not to love? Personally I do think that the scent of this lotion could be a little bit more corny? I don’t know how to explain it but to my nose the scent reminds me of a mix of lightly toasted popcorn and a Creme Brûlée post it being torched to create that iconic cracking top that we all know and love. I do think for some that the scent of this lotion may be a love or loathe sort of situation. I have been using it for a while and I quite like it due to how it conditions my skin, If you layer it with a Body Spray or Perfume then it does give the fragrance that you spray on top a sort of smoky and creamy undertone which I have been enjoying. I’ve also been pairing it with an old All Good Things Solid Perfume from Lush and they have gone amazingly with each other. 

If you wanted to create a gift for someone with this Lotion then you could obviously pair this with the Facial Cleanser and Body Spray of the same name and create a little Popcorn scented bundle for someone. You could pair Posh Chocolate Shower Gel and this Lotion to create a combo that will leave you smelling like a snack or you could pair it with Honey I Washed Your Kids or even the Popcorn Lip Scrub that’s exclusive to the Retro Wall to create a truly gourmand gift set. 

A white hand holding a clear cylindrical bottle filled with neon yellow body lotion with a black cylindrical lid with a black rectangular label with let the good times roll body lotion lush in white font on a bright background

Have you been able to smell or grab either of these gourmand goodies? What is your perfect scent combo to smell like a true snack? Let me know down below and on social media. 

Thanks for reasing! 

Jamie x

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Treating Father Figures To Some Last Minute Relaxation In The Tub | Lush Fathers Day 2024 Range

Hey everyone! 

I know that Fathers Day is right around the corner so I thought that I would talk to you all about Lush’s Fathers Day range for those looking for a last minute gift. 

A range of beauty products including  rectangular blocks of soap, one in blue and one in grey next to several shaped bath bombs and a cylindrical clear bottle filled with dark green liquid with a black rectangular label with fresh as shower gel lush in white font all on white rectangular planks on a bright background

Bath Bombs: 

Dinosaur In A Crisis 

We all need a relaxing bath when we are in crisis mode. 

This bath bomb is a brand new addition to the Fathers Day range for 2024 and oh boy does it look adorable! This bath bomb contains Coarse Sea Salt, Lavender Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Petal Powder and Lavender Powder. To me, the best way to describe the scent of this bath bomb is a mixture of Sleepy and Rose Jam from Lush. I know that the sound of that may be a bit jarring and a bit overwhelming but the two scent families work well to create a sweet floral scent. The Litsea Cubeba helps to cut through some of the sweetness too. I am really iffy with florals but I really enjoyed this bath bomb as it wasn’t too cloying and definitely one to use when you just want something that will help you relax! If you are going to use this dino then maybe take my advice and don’t name them before dropping into the tub like I did! Priced at £3.50. 

A dinosaur shaped green bath bomb with features of a dino etched into the bath bomb on a bright background

Super Dad 

Time to show them that they truly are Super Dad of the Universe! 

This bath bomb contains Violet Leaf Absolute, Pakistani Rose Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Cananga Oil to create a truly superb scent. If you have smelt this and thought I have smelt this scent at Lush before then you are right! This bath bomb shares the same scent as the Daddy-O and Violet Cream Hair Products at Lush. I absolutely adore this scent profile! To me, the scent profile reminds me of well smelling a massive shrub of Violets mixed with the scent of Parma Violet sweets. This bath bomb is also quite a slow fizzer which means that you can enjoy it whilst having a much deserved long soak! If you haven’t given this a sniff then I do urge you before they disappear! Priced at £6. 

A diamond flat shaped bath bomb to represent a trophy in dark and light purple with dad in the middle in red with the a looking like a ribbon bow on a bright background

Out Of This World

This bath bomb is truly out of this world! 

This bath bomb contains Popping Candy, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid and Green Tea Powder to create an interstellar scent! To me, the scent reminds me of a summery Banana scent which I know sounds weird but it really works at this time of year! Not only does this bath bomb smell amazing but also looks amazing too due to the astronaut design! This bath bomb would be amazing for those into all things space or for anyone needing a treat this Summer! I also make sure to grab one when they are released for Fathers Day just because of the smell, the cuteness and the wonderful bath art that this bath bomb produces! This bath bomb also shares the same scent as Never Mind The Ballistic and The Wishing Lamp Bath Bomb. Priced at £5. 

A astronaut shaped bath bomb in green with silver glitter coated on top on a bright background

Bubble Bars 


Who doesnt want the seaside right in their own bathroom?! 

This bubble bar is a brand new concept for Lush. Not only does it have a squishier texture compared to `a lot of Lush’s well known bubble bars but you are able to get this bubble bar in multiple sizes! Whether you want a small slice to try out a big block to last you, you can go into store and ask for whatever size takes your fancy! 

This bubble bar contains Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Ho Wood Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil. This to me creates a slightly musky, slightly fresh seaside inspired scent. I absolutely love it. I think that this scent works perfectly as a product for Father’s Day and is a scent that I can see a lot of Father figures enjoying! I also love the concept of different size bubble bars to fit everyone’s needs and I do hope that they bring this concept to other bubble bars in the future. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the squishy texture when I first checked out this bubble bar but I really enjoy it as I find it to be a bit more moisturising and I can see it being an easy way to get children too enjoy baths just like how FUN does. The Seaside Bubble bar also shares the same scent as the Squid Games Shower Jelly. Prices start at £4. 

A zoomed in photo of a circular piece of blue squishy bubble bar with a white interior on a bright background

Shower Gel:

Fresh As 

With Summer around the corner, its best that everyone smells and feel as fresh as possible! 

This shower gel contains Fresh Cucumber Infusion, Fine Sea Salt, Pine Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Orris Oil, Fir Needle Absolute and Tagetes Oil. To me, this scent is a perfect scent for when its warm or for then you need a refreshing scent for post exercise! If anyone in your life exercises and is in need of a Fathers Day gift then this would be the perfect gel for them. To me, the Cucumber is the main star whilst the Fir Needle and Pine mix to create a quite refreshing aquatic green scent. If you are trying to get your man into Lush then this gel paired with Fresh As perfume may be an amazing gift to get them into Lush! Prices start at £8.

A tall Vulcanian clear bottle filled with dark green shower gel with a black cylindrical lid and a black rectangular label with lush fresh as shower gel in white font  on a bright background


Shower With FUN 

It’s time to get damp and soapy and have some fun in the shower! 

This FUN is a brand new version for Fathers Day 2024. There are four different sections of FUN to serve a unique purpose for the hair and body. Some of the FUN is as normal and some contain scrubby parts to help exfoliate the body in the shower! 

Instead of ingredients, I’m going to focus on the colours and purpose of each section. They are scented in existing scent families at Lush.

Green  - Avobath - can be used on the body such as back and arms. This section of FUN contains ground rice which is a quite light scrub which will exfoliate dead skin. 

Yellow - Refresher - is designed to be used on the hair. This section of FUN also contains Carrageenan which is known for its softening properties. 

Blue - Whoosh - is the normal style of FUN and can be used all over the body. 

Purple - Daddy-O - is destined to be used on areas of the body such as feet and elbows. This section of FUN contains Tagua Nut Powder which is more of an abrasive scrub than ground rice which will help to get rid of dead skin on the tougher parts of the body. 

I love the idea of having different scents and functions for different sections of FUN as I love to use FUN when travelling. I love the concept of introducing the public to a scent family that they may be aware of in a different format! Priced at £10 for a 200g packet of FUN. 

A photo of four pieces of FIN mashed together to create a big circle of FUN. The sections of FUN are green, yellow, blue and purple on a bright background

Soaps :

Blue Moon

This soap was a staple last year and its back better than ever baby! 

This soap contains Rapeseed Oil;Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil and Almond Essential Oil. I love this soap. It smells to die for! This soap shares the same scent as the Space Girl scent family at Lush and reminds me of sweet shops in Summer! This soap is also glow in the dark too which I absolutely adore! This soap is definitely worth grabbing before it goes! Priced at £6. 


A photo of a square blue piece of soap with a circular white piece of soap in the middle on a bright background

True Grit 

Even Father figures need to wash the true grit off their hands every now and again! 

This soap contains Rapeseed Oil;Coconut Oil, Rosemary Infusion, Pumice Powder, Glycerine, Orris Root Powder Cedarwood Oil, Elemi Oil, Sewet Wild Orange Oil, Thyme Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The Pumice Powder gives a soft scrub to the body whilst the butters ensure that skin is super soft and smooth after use. To me, the Rosemary and Orange are the main scent stars which when combined give a sort of fresh herbal scent to the soap. I quite like the idea of having scrubby ingredients in soap to create a multipurpose product! Definitely worth a sniff if you can sniff it before it goes!! Priced at £7. 

A rectangular gray slice of soap with a watering can in the middle with ground scrubby pieces running throughout on a brighrbabcotround

Have you tired any of these products? What are your favourite products to gift others at Lush? What are your usual last minute Father’s Day gift ideas?  Let me know down below and on social media! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x