Rumours have been circulating for a while that Lush plan to phase out all of their shower gels, and only offer jelly alternatives instead. On the outset I really support this idea; it would mean less ingredients needed to preserve the smells and consistency of shower gel; it would also mean products could be sold in completely recyclable containers. The only downfall I see is that the shower jellies do not seem to last as long as their gel counterparts, and collectors such as myself would have less time to store and use rare and retro items.
In all honesty, when I first read about the concept of Lush's shower jellies, I got a feeling it was something I would not like, nor want to try. I conjured up images of myself struggling to hold pieces of slippery jelly in the shower while desperately trying to clean myself - all the whole cursing and wishing I had a shower gel on stand-by.
However, after reading reviews from other sceptical Lushies, I was more than intrigued, and ended up buying a range of rare ones on eBay. One of these rare ones was The Joy Of Jelly - a jelly that possesses the faint allure of jasmine, ylang ylang and rose.
It's a rather strange smell - not something that is instantly sweet like you would expect a floral fragrance to be. Instead, it offers a rather gentle aroma - one that gives a rich but subtle smell that grows on you over time. To me, it has a slight Parma Violets vibe going on with hints of something that smells like fresh flower petals. While it's not a violet-smelling jelly, it does have a muskiness about it that gives that impression.
The scent is a faint one, but it does tend to linger on your skin for a long time and I can see why this would be really popular for those who like unique floral fragrances. The Shower Jelly also lathers really nicely and is amazingly moisturising - it creates thick and very silky suds that pamper your skin and leave it feeling amazing.It left my skin feeling super clean but not at all dry like alot of other shower products.
Shower jellies are one of our most innovative products and there are many fun ways to use them. You can crush them into a shower pouf to create a rich lather or rub them directly on your body. Try freezing (or chilling) them for an especially cool, refreshing shower or bath experience. Shower jellies also make great shampoos and add lots of softness and shine to hair. While I've never tried this latter option, I see no reason why Joy Of Jelly could not be used successfully in this way. Alternatively, you can do what I did and chuck a slab in the bath, under the running water, and watch the tub foam up like a regular bubble bar.
Overall, the product is a good idea and works just like you would expect all of Lush's shower jellies to do. However, I just wasn't overly keen on the smell as I'm not a huge fan of floral smells and this one just stood out as being a little boring. While Chelsea Gardens Ballistic - a product that shares this fragrance, had a sweetness to it that made it more enjoyable for me, this shower jelly didn't leave much of an impression. It possesses a flowery, jasmine scent which is soft, sexy and girly, and I can see a lot of people enjoying the subtle and rather unique aroma. However, it's not a scent I particularly care for so I would not use again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Propylene Glycol, Tiger Lily and Red Rose Petal Extract (Lilliam candidum and Rosa centifolia), Perfume, Iota Carrageenan Extract, Ylang Petals Dried (Cananga odorata), Jasmine Flowers (Jasminum officinale), Synthetic Musk, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Red No. 4, D&C Red No. 33, D&C Red No. 27, FD&C Blue No. 1, Methylparaben.
2016 Price: £8.25 for 250g.
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