I’ve become a bit of a fan of these jellies in Lush initially I thought that they were gimmicky and would melt in the bath water and all that I would be left with was gloop but I have discovered that they are lovely and feel nice and soft to use. Like all Lush products they are not cheap and you will pay £3.95 for 100g of this one or you can go to town and get the 240g one for £7.95. If I had the choice I would buy two of the smaller ones rather than a big one as it is easier to handle in a smaller form and one pot could be put away for using at a later date.
This is a special Christmas edition and is a lovely bright green and scented with a fruity combination and mixed with vodka so a sort of bath cocktail. The smell is hard to describe as it is quite fruity but has a definite smell of cocktail and alcohol .I wouldn’t describe it as sweet, the cinnamon and ginger oils give it a distinctive spicy note and a hint of Christmas in a sophisticated scent.
I was so thrilled when I read about this new jelly and even more thrilled that my nice Derby shop had all the Christmas stuff as well as the Halloween stuff already in their shop so that I was able to buy myself this new one. I managed to get out of the shop having spent under £10 so i was quite pleased with myself.I was looking forward to using it that night in my bath. Mine as I said is a lovely bright green but this is special as it has glitter suspended in the jelly so looks very festive. I did try and smell it in the shop but there is so much of a hot on the nose in the shop that it is hard to pick out one smell. Once I got home I stuck my nose in and initially thought it was a bit underwhelming. Having used it I have decided I love the more earthy scents that this has.
When I use this jelly I find it is really like a very floppy bar of soap and when I have the small pots I find it is best to use the entire squiggly lump as soap and lather it all over my body; I then leave it for a few moments so that the scent soaks into my skin before rinsing it off.
It does feel sort of strange and floppy which takes some getting used to but it is much nicer that when I first use a Lush soap as they are often quite hard at the edges and take some using to make them nice and rounded so I can rub them on my body comfortably. This feels so soft and gentle but you have to be careful to hold your hand cupped around it as it does try to slip out as you use it.
If you don’t want to use the whole lump as a soap then you can use a small piece and then rub this either on a sponge or flannel or if you have some use it with exfoliating mitts as this way you are less likely to drop the squidgy mass in the bath or shower. If you drop a little piece it is REALLY hard to pick up again as I just keeps slipping out between your fingers so you have to trap it in the sponge or the like. Pinch some of the jelly from the pot and rub it in your hands/sponge/flannel/mitt to lather it up and scrub it on and this means there is no mess left in the bath or shower by bits breaking off and escaping and no tricky slippery jelly to hold on to.
The smell is a more subtle scent with an earthy spicy undertone which I think must come from the ginger. There is a sweet initial scent which is very much fig and citrus combined. It is not the very sugary sweet scents that Lush sometimes do for Christmas and if you are a big fan of ‘Snow Fairy’ and the bubble gum pink sort of smells then I would say keep away from this one. This is far more like ‘Breathe of God and ‘Smell of Freedom’ in its more masculine scent. I would imagine a man would be quite happy to use this as well.
I love the somewhat unusual smell and have it a great morning scent as it is refreshing with the more earthy, leather, male sort of scent. It is a good one for sharing with the man in your life if you don’t mind sharing that it!
Like a lot of Lush’s products I just love it and what I especially love is that when I get out of my bath I can smell this lovely smell on my skin for quite a few hours which gives me confidence in the fact that I smell nice to others too hopefully.
Lush say this is named after a cocktail they found in New York and the recipe for this cocktail is in the latest Lush times if you fancy trying it; it is fig vodka ,earl grey tea, fresh tangerine juice and orange blossom honey and I have to admit the earl grey tea smell does come through in the jelly despite the fact there is none in the actual product.
They advertise this jelly in their usual fun way:
“Jilted Elf takes an alcoholic stumble around your shower, leaving wafts of fruit cocktails as he goes.
Our Jilted Elf can never be kept down. He looks towards a fine future that is full of promise, his little inner twinkle of gold shines out, no matter how tough going the festive season gets.
Grab him and drag him into a shower near you for the most fun shower you’ve had in a long while”
What’s in this jelly then?
The good things are :
Glycerine and water : both good
Fig Infusion – just for the smell I would think
Cinnamon leaf oil- toning and calming for the skin
Honey- is soothing, anti inflammatory and antiseptic
Grapefruit oil - a natural stimulant and anti depressant
Ginger oil- a stimulant , warming can help with rheumatism and bruising but has to be diluted as it can irritate skin.
Vodka – well say no more
The jelly is made from carrageenan extract which is a natural and nutritious seaweed gel full of vitamins and minerals and so this is meant to condition skin and also soften hair. I have to say my skin did feel wonderfully pampered after using this so tap marks for that Lush.
Not so good:
We still have the methylparabens and propylparabens which are not so great and are questionable ingredients that help give lather.
There are also colours, glitter and other bits and pieces but I won’t go on about those and if you are really concerned about this sort of thing I am sure that you are more than capable of investigating the contents yourself.
Is it just a strange sort of soap then?
Well no, as with many Lush products this has multiple uses. Obviously you can use it as it is in its wobbly form as a soft and gentle soap with a refreshingly enlivening scent.
Secondly you can use it as a shampoo and the seaweed gel is supposed to help make your hair soft and of course the smell will stay in your hair for ages. I did try it and found it was hard to keep hold of the gloopy mass but it did feel nice and lathered up well. Obviously the smell is a bit diluted depending on the conditioner you use after it, what a shame they don’t make a conditioner with the same scent. My hair was not noticeable soft but my hair is quite course so really never actually feels soft so maybe I am not a good head of hair to test this on.
Thirdly you can put this in the fridge and use it as a cool soap or shampoo when it is really hot outside. You can also take it one stage further and put it in the freezer so then you have a hard very cold soap or shampoo which would be nice in a hot climate but so far I haven’t been tempted. I think you would have to freeze it in a rounded container so that it had rounded edges otherwise it could be a bit sharp when using it on your body.
The idea behind freezing is that you can lather your body up with a cold soap and rinse off with hot water a bit like a Turkish bath or sauna experience, hot then cold then hot. I’m not a fan of this hot cold experience and when I use a sauna I never jump back into the pool or have a cold shower as it is not my idea of a pampering at all! Lush reckon that the benefits are especially enjoyed when you freeze the jelly as it makes “for a great bracing, sharp shock in the morning” .Personally I prefer mine non frozen.
So will you buy this again?
Well I certainly was impressed with this and would recommend it. The scent this one is wonderfully sophisticated and quite different for a bath product. It smells of a mixture of fruity citrus and a lovely woody scent and is in my view a lovely smell. I have a full pot but will be buying another to save as they will only be around for a few weeks in the shop or on line so if you miss out on this before Christmas then Ebay is your only option. It is going on my Christmas list and hopefully someone will buy me some.
This looks like a lime jelly, The kids loved it. It lathers and cleanses well, just put a small amount on a face cloth or puff for a rich lather. makes a change from the shower gel or cream
This fun shower jelly is really nice to use,if it is kept in the fridge or freezer before use it is so soothing on the skin.
The scent wakes you up,it is a wierd scent,sort of citrus but also spicy,i cant quite put my finger on it, but it is not an unpleasant smell.
It lathers up well and cleans skin effectively.
worth a try
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