This year I am starting off my Halloween Lush-product-reviews with the Tarantula Shower Jelly. The Tarantula shower jelly is a brand-new, limited-edition, Halloween product that first became available in the UK at the end of August 2022.
Designed to look just like a tarantula, when news of its existence first leaked online, I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to buy the shower jelly. I am absolutely terrified of spiders due to an unforgettable experience with an African bird eating spider in my bedroom in Cyprus when I was just 5 years old.
I won’t go into detail as you’re here for my review of the shower jelly BUT I just wanted to explain that there was a real life, childhood experience behind my irrational fear of spiders… 😬
Despite my fear of the 8-legged-beast, I braved giving the Tarantula shower jelly a sniff in-store and after discovering it smelt absolutely delicious, I decided to take one home with me. I just have to keep reminding myself that it is not a real spider…
The Tarantula shower jelly contains a long list of ingredients including cherry infusion, activated charcoal and some of the following essential oils; Davana, lime and almond.
As I said earlier, its scent is delicious, people have asked me to compare it with something and for me, it really reminds me of the drink, Dr Pepper but with hints of boozy, cherry amaretto too.
With Tarantula being a character shaped shower jelly, I was hesitant to use it in the same way as I would an ordinary pot-shaped shower jelly as unfortunately I find more often than not, that the character shaped jellies aren’t always as sturdy and robust as the normal pot-shaped ones.
As predicted, The Tarantula shower jelly did begin to fall apart after just one use even when I was gentle with it. However, I’ve used it 2 more times and although it is showing wear and tear, there’s still plenty more of it to go around yet.
There is no right or wrong way to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. – I used its 8 legs to my advantage, placing my fingers in-between them, this made it so much easier to grip it in the shower.
The Tarantula shower jelly lathers up quickly and creates a super creamy foam. A little goes a very long way and glides over your skin with ease. Its gorgeous cherry scent fills your bathroom as soon as you take its lid off BUT it’s not until the shower jelly is in use that its scent really comes alive. Mixed alongside the hot water and steam of the shower, its scent literally engulfs you in yummy cherry-ness!
At first its attention to detail (especially its made-to-look-hairy back and its 8 legs) made me feel uneasy but the biodegradable, holographic-rainbow-shimmer inside of it alongside its scent made it easy to fall in love with. After stepping out of the shower my skin is left feeling soft, clean, and fresh, it also appears somewhat brighter. It isn’t a hugely moisturising shower jelly but doesn’t leave me desperate to coat myself in body lotion after I have used it either.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Tarantula shower jelly and I am glad that I didn’t let the fact it is spider-shaped put me off of buying it, I can’t wait to see if Lush create more products that share this shower jellies scent in the near future! 🍒