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22 September 2013

Spank Me With Saplings Shower Jelly



Although this is my first shower jelly review, it's definitely not the first Lush jelly I've tried. First invented for Lush's 10th anniversary, these multi-purpose products can be used on any part of your body and through a number of different ways. In their normal form, they can be massaged between your palms to create a foam that can then be used very much like a shower gel. They can also be held under the tap to stimulate a sea of bubbles - doubling up as a bubble bar and offering lots of essential oils to soften your skin with.

When I first discovered Spank Me With Saplings Shower Jelly, I was a little taken back. As someone who was still getting used to the weird and wonderful scents that Lush had to offer, this was one that didn't immediately sit well with me. It was loud, it was different and it definitely contradicted everything about a fragrance that I was used to.

I was somewhat intrigued by Lush's apt choice of name for this jelly and decided to research how they chose such a title. I found that the name was inspired by a Nordic tradition, wherein locals, attempting to warm-up after venturing outside, would run around slapping themselves with birch twigs to try and warm up their bodies. Odd, but intriguing.

As with all of Lush's shower jellies, this one features carrageenan seaweed gel as one of its main ingredients, which is packed full of minerals and vitamins to soften both your skin and hair. The inclusion of grape juice not only has a lasting effect on the scent, but helps to brighten the skin and clean out any dirt that is trapped in the pores.

Fresh cucumber juice works in conjunction with the fruit juices to smooth out the skin and leave it feeling refreshed and invigorated; the olive, cinnamon, black pepper and neroli not only impact the overall smell of this shower jelly, but also make this product so incredibly moisturising - one that is instantly noticeable when you begin using it. 

The scent is a bright, sharp citrus smell with herbal and earthy undertones. You can smell the subtle sharpness of the black pepper intertwined with the oak moss and grape juice. Although there doesn't seem to be any lemon added in here, it definitely smells more lemony than grapey. The refreshing cucumber seals the deal and creates quite an unusual and beguiling fragrance - one that you'll either love, or turn your nose up as I did that first time. 

At first I was unsure whether I liked the scent but after a while I came to love it's uniqueness, and it was definitely very refreshing first thing in the morning. Furthermore, while using this in the shower, I liked imagining those buff nordic fellas running around with sticks (Oooer!).

However, although I agree that shower jellies are a wonderful product by themselves, I cannot say that am I particularly enamoured with them like I am the shower gels. As per usual, I found using the jelly rather fiddly - trying to break off a small piece without showering the whole pot with water, or using the whole thing and having to grapple with the wad whilst I cleaned myself down.
Overall, this is a very different-smelling product from any other shower item that Lush have brought out before, and I do really appreciate how unique it is in this manner. However, I will always opt to have a shower gel version of anything in this format, and this is the only negative point I have to make about this beauty.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sea Water, Bay leaf and Olive leaf infusion, Propylene Glycol, Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Fresh Cucumber juice, Perfume, Olive Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Neroli Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Black Pepper Oil, Chlorophyllin, Gardenia Extract, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes

2016 Price: £7.95 for 250g.


1 comment

  1. One of my favourite shower jellys!! Smells just like a Christmas market to me with all the dried fruit pot pourri stalls! Amazing

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