I'm a busy busy person - sometimes I'm surprised that I've managed to keep this blog going for as long as I have. Often I'll watch, bid and order Lush items without checking more than if they're certified vegan or not. Therefore, it's only when I begin using a product that I'll discover that they share their scent with 'X' or feature particular characteristics. This is definitely not the best way to go about things, as I often fall in love with items, only to realise that they've since been discontinued.
When I first won my bottle of Black Pearl Shower Gel, the only aspect that I knew about this product was that it was rare, and that it was obviously popular (given the insane amount I spent on making it mine!). According to the scraps of information I can find online, this shower gel was released as a limited edition a few years back for the Australian forumites only. Since poking it's head out briefly in 2010, it has never been seen since...That is until I managed to find a rare beauty floating around on eBay.
With it's gloopy consistency and ashen-grey colour, it's definitely not the most appealing of shower gels. When out of the bottle, it's colour reminds me a little of water mixed with oil; a shiny, slick-looking liquid. It's quite a thin gel, very similar to the likes of Avowash and Snowshowers. However, what it lacks in thickness, it more than makes up for in other ways.
In the shower, Black Pearl lathers up beautifully; it's one of the most effective shower gels I've come across so far. You only need a small amount to produce a large mass of soft, creamy bubbles, helping to make this product last a lot longer than most other Lush shower gels. In fact, this 250g bottle lasted me just as long as a 500g bottle did, making it great value for money.
This lather spreads wonderfully over your skin and leaves it feeling beautifully soft. So noticeably silky in fact, that when I first began using the product, I spent a good 30 seconds stroking one of my arms because I was so shocked about how instantly smooth it had become.
Having recently purchased a couple of new bottles of this shower gel through the Lush Kitchen, I did notice a few differences between the old and new versions. From my old bottle, this shower gel has a gorgeous fresh berry scent to it, that stays with you long after you've finished your shower. It's fragrance reminds me of blackberries and cream; a beautiful sweet and nutty scent that smells a little bit like a smoothie.
However, my new bottles had a slightly different scent - one that was still sweet and fruity but which has a strong thread of lavender thrown in for good measure and a sprinkling of herbs as an afterthought. The overall smell is what I imagine it would be like to take Twilight Shower Gel and add a little of The Comforter.
I know that other Lush fans have commented that they cannot detect the blackberry that I describe it as having, and it does seem odd, given that there is nothing in the ingredients list to suggest the shower gel should have a scent like what I've described. But there's just something about the aroma that reminds me of fresh blackberries, or more particular, blackberry yoghurt.
For those who love sweet-smelling products, but perhaps don't appreciate the synthetic scent of Snow Fairy, or the overly-sugary fragrance of The Comforter, this is probably a shower gel that you'll love.
Despite it's less than appealing appearance, it's a product that I have happily stocked up on as it so unique in it's fragrance, leaves your skin looking, feeling and smelling incredible and has a pretty cool name to boot.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Alkyl Sulfate, Chamomile Infusion (Matricarja recutita), Lavender Infusion (Lavandula angustifolia), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fine Sea Salt, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG 100 Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Cetearate, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Silver Edible Lustre, Lavender Absolute (Lavandula angustfolia), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
2014 Price: £10.25 for 250g.
2015 Price: £10.25 for 250g.
2016 Price: £11.25 for 250g.
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Black Pearl Liquid Perfume
Black Pearl Shower Gel