I’ve seen these jellies in Lush on several occasions but somehow they have never appealed. I thought that they were gimmicky and would melt in the bath water and all that I would be left with was gloop. Like all Lush products they are not cheap and for 100g you will pay £2.99 for this one or you can get a bigger piece of 240g and pay £5.99 so now you can see why I wasn’t going to risk paying that amount for something that might just gloop down my plughole. However as you might have read in a previous review I had been given a sample of ‘The Joy of Jelly’ and really loved it so I thought I would give another one a try and asked for a sample of ‘Whoosh’. The lady serving me is someone I chat to regularly in the shop and she is delightful, she said as I am in so often she would give me a small pot. Luckily for me there were no small pots of ‘Whoosh’ so I ended up with a really big pot as a free gift. I was over the moon!
‘Whoosh’ is a glorious blue colour and smells strongly of lemons, limes and grapefruit.
I was quite excited about trying my big pot of blue gloop so I used it in my bath the next morning. I was initially not sure how to use it and broke a piece off the jelly lump and used that to wipe all over my body creating lather that smelled lusciously refreshing. I thought the lump would sort of dissolve quickly as I lathered myself with it but it didn’t. It is really like a very floppy bar of soap. I have now chosen not to break a piece off but 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.
My little tip is to 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 strongly citrus, initially I found it a bit harsh but as a morning refresher it is a bit like the Original Source shower gels of similar scents. The main jelly colour is a deep strong bright blue which is very pretty but as this is very much a scent that could be used by either male or females the colour is also very much unisex too.
I feel that this is a great morning scent and also I would be more inclined to use this in the summer when it is warmer as I find the refreshing uplifting citrus smell goes better in the warm weather rather than when it is cold, then I want cinnamon and spice, mulled wine and chocolate sort of scents which I think are cosy and warming.
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 fresh 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 advertise this jelly in their usual fun way:
“Anti-jetlag jelly for keeping you calm, cool and focused. Have you noticed the way that time speeds up as deadlines approach? 'Whoosh' is the sound they make as they rush by. To slow time down, what you need is a Whoosh shower, with its ultra-refreshing essential oil blend of the citruses (plus lemon, lime and grapefruit juices) with revitalizing rosemary and balancing geranium, which we put in there to wake you up a bit, but not too much. Excellent for overcoming jet-lag or general fatigue.”
I used this when we came back from America and I did recover much quicker than my husband but wouldn’t like to say that this was because I used ‘Whoosh. I think it had more to do with his health condition at the time and the fact that he is a bit older than I am. However you never know this might have helped.
What’s in this jelly then?
The good things are :
Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice and fresh Organic Lime Juice – all good and sound like I should be drinking this not washing with it.
Grapefruit Oil- an anti depressant and an uplifting mood stimulant. It is also helpful in combating Cellulite and improves the lymphatic system.
Rosemary Oil – Is said to help prevent age-related skin damage. It also helps strengthen the capillaries and has a rejuvenating effect on skin and is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Geranium Oil – Also helps lift depression, fight cellulite and helps balance hormones so good for PMT and menopause sufferers.
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.
Interestingly they have also added Benzyl Benzoate which is a parasiticidal preparation used for Scabies which is a little odd but must do something in here. It is also used to cure ‘Sweet itch ‘in horses. In this product I think they add it to fix the scents and smells but I’m not sure if it is really needed!
There are also colours 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!
So will you buy this again?
Well I certainly was impressed with this and would recommend it. As I have my drawers crammed with Lush soaps and also handmade soap made by a friend of mine in Australia it will be a long time before I need to buy any more. I will certainly ask for samples of the other jellies as I am very impressed with this one. I was not sure what to expect and really had thought they were one of Lush’s gimmicky and rather silly products but this one is wonderfully pampering and smells truly divine and sensual in my view. Luckily with my big tub of ‘Whoosh’ I think it will last a long while so I might have to try a different one next time.
I love this shower jelly,easier to handloe if you keep in the freezer,it never fully freezes but the coolness makes it easier to handle.
It lathers up really well and leaves skin feeling and looking squeeky clean
its great and good to use a product thats a little different
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