The gel is a rich, dark orangey amber colour and it is quite thick in consistency. It smells quite strongly jasmine to me but it has a lot of honey in it too. There are apparently three different honeys to be precise, Honey, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey. Despite this honey overload I was not at all overwhelmed by a honey scent in this, it is quite a manly sort of smell to me with a hint of amber . This gel is one of the mainstays in Lush and is always available.
On their website this is how Lush describes their festive gel;
“Some 'honey-scented' shower gels may, if you're lucky, contain one type of real honey way down at the bottom of the ingredients list. Not Flying Fox! We use not one, not two - but four different kinds of rich, golden honey from all over the globe. Blended with sensual jasmine absolute for its aphrodisiac qualities, Flying Fox is the true meaning of decadence.”
Flying Fox shower gel is the only product from Lush in this fragrance and is said to be the Sex Appeal Shower Gel. It claims to be and I quote “ lascivious, licentious, vivacious, and insatiable” not sure whether you become these things or attract those who are!
Flying Fox Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £4.50, 250ml = £8.95, 500ml = £15.75. This is certainly not a cheap gel and in fact is one of Lush’s more expensive ones 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 dates 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.
What is it like bathing in aphrodisiac juice?
This is a lovely rich amber colour and the gel is thick enough that when I pour about a 10p sized amount in my hand that creates a lather enough to clean the top half of my body.
The smell is wonderfully powerful a really heady strong jasmine amber scent with none of the sweetness I expected from all the honey in the bottle. I find that there is a sort of back scent of orange but not sure where that comes from as I don’t think there is any orange at all in there. This is definitely not a sweet light girly smell, this is strong, heady and seductive but could be for either male or female users in my view.
What makes this so seductive?
This is a full contents list and while most of these are indeed natural there are a few worrying ingredients.
Honey, Chinese Angelica, Burdock Root, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil , Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben
The honey is not there so much for its scent as for its moisturizing properties. Despite all the honey this is not at all sticky as you might have thought.
The jasmine really is obvious and gives that wonderful heady scent and this combines beautifully with the depth of the ylang ylang which is a very seductive scent. Jasmine is known for anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac and is said to help with menopause and PMT.
Ylang Ylang not only smells really of the exotic but is also calming, soothing and helps alleviate stress. It also helps high blood pressure and decreases nervous tension. It is also very good balancing oil for oily or dry skin.
Cypress oil has the benefits of being an astringent, anti septic, and deodorant. This oil also helpswith the respiratory system and increases efficiency of lungs. It also helps remove cough and phlegm accumulated in the respiratory tracts and lungs .It is also a calming oil so helps relax the mind.
Palmarosa has similar qualities to cypress oil, calming, antis septic and so on and smells really lovely too.Palma Rosa Essential Oil is soothing and also helps retain the moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance and it keeps the skin soft and moist.
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-methylparaben.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.
This is a lovely exotic seductive heady shower gel from lush I really love the smell and am prepared to overlook the two nasty ingredients as they are in most shower gels and shampoos that you buy anyway. You just need to be aware that if you do have sensitive skin you may get a reaction from these ingredients. If you are interested in trying this then get down to your local Lush and buy some or get a sample like I did initially before buy my bottle of precious gold gel.
i am a massive lush fan and i absolutly love the smell of flying fox
you only need a little amount to create rich lather and gorgeous aroma
leaves skin feeling soft and clean
price is great too
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