Aura Suavis is somewhat of a legend amongst Lush fans; it seems to be one of those products that made a big impression when it was initially released in 2007 as a forum special. Ever since it reared its head some seven year ago, many new and existing fans have awaited with bated breath; hoping that it will be brought back for them to enjoy once again.
Over the years, it has popped up again, mostly at Lush conventions and places where most Lush fans are unable to get to. For this reason, I felt incredibly lucky to win a brand new, seemingly fresh bottle, during an eBay forage back at the start of 2013.
What immediately grabbed me about this shower gel, is the lack of ingredients featured to make this rather lovely smelling product; it probably has one of the shortest lists I've seen from Lush yet, which is rather intriguing to see. Although, what it is made from, is not as natural as it could be, it's nice to know that I can wash myself with something that hasn't got a hundred synthetic ingredients to give it it's smell or consistency.
To me, this shower gel smells of the thin layer of 'fruit' you find on top of an average cheesecake - that thin, often-gelitan made part with pureed fruit and sugar. This one in particular, smells like the lemon variation, with just a slight sourness that you would expect from fresh fruit. Underneath this, is a subtle herby element that smells of coriander and sage. This is very low in the mix so doesn't detract from the shower gel's fruitiness. To finish up, there's also the fresh kick of the spearmint, which is not overpowering at all, but does add that sharp element to the fragrance.
Overall, these three different scents came together wonderfully and produced a fresh, invigorating, yet sweet and zesty shower gel; great for those early morning calls. It's a unique and uplifting smell unlike anything else that Lush have ever produced.
If we were to compare this to other Lush shower gels, I'd say that it has elements of Prince Charming when in the bottle, but the herbal and mint components come forward when in the shower and you end up with a smell very similar to Magic Bath Bomb.
Aside from its scent, Aura Suavis has been carefully concocted to help balance and mellow your 'aura', hence the name. Lush explain that 'there's clary sage to help you see things in perspective and enhance your inner perception, and we have coriander, named the spice of happiness by the Ancient Egyptians. Spearmint is used to refresh a tired mind, and geranium wakes you up and lifts the spirits'.
Made with many different essential oils, this shower gel is gentle on the skin, and leaves you feeling moisturised, clean and smelling wonderful. It's oily in consistency, a little bit like Tramp Shower Gel, so doesn't produce so much as a foam, as it does a soapy lather.
However, when using this, I really felt like I was exposing my body to a little luxury, and was rather sad when the bottle came to an end. It did calm me, making me feel more relaxed, although it also strangely woke me up as well. I would very much like to invest in another bottle of this in the near future, and hope Lush bring it back soon.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Clary Sage Oil, Geranium Oil, Spearmint Oil, Gardenia Extract, Colour.
2016 Price: £11.25 for 250g.
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Aura Suavis Shower Gel