On my latest venture into the wonderful aroma filled shop Lush in the Westfield centre id Derby I purchased two bath bars and then I spotted this shower gel and asked for a sample to try. Lush are very generous with their samples and give you a good 15ml in a small pot so you get a good chance to test it. I do enjoy my freebies and this was no exception.
The gel is a rich, dark orangey red colour and it is quite thick in consistency. It smells quite strongly of cinnamon so if you are not keen on this spice then avoid this one. This gel is a limited edition and only available for the short time around this festive period so if you do like the sound of it head to your local Lush store or order on line from their site www.lush.co.uk as soon as possible.
On their website this is how Lush describes their festive gel;
“Glögg is a Lush interpretation of a Swedish spin on festive mulled wine. It will make your body feel warmer as you inhale the spicy aroma. A bottle of Glögg is a fairly boozy cocktail to liven up Christmas baths and showers.”
Glögg shower gel is the only product from Lush in this fragrance and gets the name from the Swedish mulled wine known as Glögg surprisingly.
Glögg Shower Gel comes in three sizes with prices of 100ml = £3.90, 250ml = £7.75, 500ml = £13.95. Not a cheap gel but you really do only need a tiny amount to get a good lather. When I was in the shop the bottles had 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. Mine of course was in a small plastic tub and had no identifying labels on it but I was there when they poured it from the bottle into my pot. At these prices I must have at least 50p’s worth in my pot!
What is it like bathing in mulled wine then?
This is a lovely rich colour but slightly more orange in colour than my mulled wine normally is. 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 Christmas like with a strong cinnamon and clove aroma with a distinct orange smell with the colour of red wine with a dash of orange juice. The gel is actually made from real red wine from Argentina, Brandy and organic orange juice along with an infusion of cinnamon and cloves. It smells a bit like a homemade orange and clove pomander. It is a truly festive smelling brew.
The idea behind the spices is that they not only smell festive but they warm the body in these cold times. The wine also helps to make you feel warm and cosy.
The organic orange juice helps to clear the skin with its acidity and the vitamin C in oranges acts as an antioxidant. which can help combat the activity of free radicals and protect against sun damage.
Lush and Christmas
Lush always make a few festive products and in order to promote these and for a bit of fun they have made a Christmas video which plays to the tune of the ‘Sugar Plum fairy’ that you can watch on their site. http://www.lush.co.uk/christmas.html It shows their Christmas products and during the video you can click on the products to add them to your basket. It is yet another example of Lush’s rather novel advertising.
Now for the not so great:
This is a full contents list and while most of these are indeed natural there are a few worrying ingredients.
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.
Linalool: this appears to be a rather unpleasant chemical which is an eye and skin irritant as well as other undesirable potential health effects.
Methylparbens: 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 smelling festive 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.
i bought this as part of lush's christmas range,it smells of cinnamon, mulled wine and cloves (like christmas really) yum.
a little goes a long way so it lasts for a while
get it while you can
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