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. 

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