I feel like I have to tread rather carefully when discussing Tramp Shower Gel on this blog. The reason being that it seems to be one of those Lush products that inspires a very strong reaction from fans worldwide. In fact, when Lush originally discontinued it from the shops, they got more letters, emails and phone calls than ever before from fans desperate to have it reinstated.
When I originally heard about Tramp, I was rather excited to give it a go. Much like Grass, I think the more natural and unique smelling Lush products encompass the very purpose behind the company. A shower gel that claimed to smell like a forest, sounded like an interesting and exciting venture for me to try out.
The main ingredient in Tramp is White Horehound Infusion, an ingredient which is not featured very often in other Lush products. The herb is known for it's mind calming, spirit lifting properties, which is in keeping with the sensual element surrounding the shower gel. Lush mix this up with balm infusion and patchouli oil, making this shower gel great for conditioning your hair and your skin. The latter ingredient also offers most to this product's distinctive aroma.
Tramp is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a forest, and it does this well, by giving off an earthy, woody scent that is unlike any other cosmetic I have tried. You can definitely smell the patchouli here, which gives the shower gel a slight sweet kick that works well alongside the mossy fragrance of the oakmoss. Even though patchouli is the main scent here, the overall smell of this is so refreshing, clean and uplifting.
Unfortunately, despite initially loving this smell when in the bottle, I found it almost unbearable when using it in the shower. I don't think that this enigmatic scent works well when mixed with hot water, as the earthy elements were too potent on the nose. I found that the smell became quite overpowering in the shower and it lost it's sweet edge, which was probably my favourite part of the fragrance.
Despite not being too keen on the smell, inside the bottle, Tramp is very dark beautiful green colour, like the dark forest it is trying to replicate. It lathers up very nicely, and has an oily consistency which helps to soften out your skin and leave it feeling smooth. This product was intended to be used as both a shower gel and a shampoo, although given my negative experience in the shower, I don't intend on testing it out as a hair product.
Overall, I was a little disappointed with Tramp. Having heard so many rave reviews from other Lush fanatics, I was expecting a lot more than what I received. Lush state that its a unisex product though, in my opinion, its definitely more of a masculine fragrance. Perhaps this is why I was not as keen on it as I expected to be. I do enjoy the smell of it in the bottle though, so I shall keep the product and give it little sniffs every once in a while.
Quantitative Ingredients: White Horehound Infusion, Balm Infusion, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Fine Sea Salt, Patchouli Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Plantain Vinegar Gel, Eugenol, Methyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben.
Year Of Original Release: 2000.
2015 Price: £10.95 for 250g.
Scent Family:Tramp Body Lotion
Tramp Liquid Perfume
Tramp Shower Gel
Tramp Shower Jelly
Tramp Solid Perfume