I always find it odd when products such as this rear their heads from the deepest, darkest vaults of Lush's past. Only because I have spent so many hours trawling through near enough every gem that the company have released, and it's a strange concept being presented with a freshly-made specimen when I've only ever seen pictures of the watery, festering artefacts that have survived being on the internet for the last ten years.
American Pie Shower Jelly would definitely have made it into my top twenty most wanted items, if I'd ever been brave enough to commit myself to such a list. Released originally back when Lush would hold forum parties, this extremely rare exclusive was never made commercially available to buy to the general public. That is, until a couple of week ago when the Kitchen unleashed it for one of their menus.
Sharing its scent with the American Cream family, this limited edition beauty is easily one of the creamiest, yet subtlest shower jellies out there - a feature that makes it a very unique and very beautiful addition to Lush's shower selection. If you're familiar with the fragrance, I can honestly say that it is exactly in-keeping with your expectations, and if you're new to the smell, you're in for a royal treat.
With the key ingredient being a strawberry infusion, it's not surprising that the main note that you experience upon opening the tub is one that features the fruit quite heavily in the mix. Although you might then expect it to be a very vibrant, zesty smell, what you get instead is a very placid, milky strawberry aroma. As many reviews and descriptions have referenced, this aroma really does hold a resemblance to a fresh, strawberry milkshake.
Alongside the fruit element is vanilla absolute, clary sage oil and lavender oil - the former of which gives this shower jelly its sweet, creamy note and rounds off the scent with a strong dose of vanillary goodness. The clary sage adds a very subtle herbal aroma, which is the lightest component overall and just gives the jelly a very gentle earthy finish. The latter ingredient, aside from acting as a suppressant to calm the nerves and relax the mind, is also really good for the skin, and with the vanilla present, just gives a sweet smell reminiscent of Twilight Shower Gel.
With an array of different oils - clary sage and lavender especially, this shower jelly is really gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling silky-soft, not to mention incredibly moisturised. All of the ingredients present work in harmony to clean, cleanse and nourish the skin - producing a light, fluffy lather that doesn't initially look as if it's going to be that effective on the skin, but one that quickly surprises you when you begin using it.
While I found it easier to cut the jelly into smaller chunks, American Pie works just as well if you decide to keep it whole. Either way - the product began to produce foam with very little stimulation on my part, and once I had a surplus amount between my palms, I was able to wash myself and spread the lather over quite an expanse of skin.
Once rinsed off, this shower jelly lingered on my skin for a short while after towelling myself down, and the fragrance that did remain was not overly strong, which was expected given the strength of the original aroma in the tub. After a number of washes, the shower jelly had barely altered in size, leading me to believe that this 240g tub could easily see me through 5-6 months of daily cleaning - making it great value for money.
Overall, this product was exactly what I was expecting, and I'd go as far as to say that I preferred this to the scent of the conditioner - not only because this jelly is vegan so I'm able to use it to begin with, but also because the scent is much better balanced and you get an extra dosage of strawberry without it ruining the original fragrance.
Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
2016 Price: £8.25 for 250g.
Year Of Original Release: ?
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