American Cream Shower Gel from Lush

American Cream Shower Gel

The American Cream Shower Gel first became available as a limited edition, Lush Kitchen exclusive last year (2018).

I’m not a huge fan of the American Cream scent, I have tried the hair conditioner equivalent but it isn’t suited to my hair as it’s quite a heavy product. Apart from the conditioner I hadn’t really ever used anything else from its scent family until I got this shower gel.

Being honest as always, the  American Cream scent has always reminded me of one of those car-air-fresheners making it a fragrance that hasn’t ever really appealed to me. I decided to however give the American Cream shower gel a go as it’s ridiculously popular within the Lush community.

While I still believe that the American Cream scent is one of Lush’s most overrated scent families it isn’t unpleasant. As I said earlier, the American Cream scent is hugely popular within the Lush community and the shower gel went down a storm when it was first released by the Lush Kitchen in 2018. It was so well received by the community that Lush decided to bring it back as a part of their 2019 Valentine’s Day line.

The American Cream shower gel is a dusty shade of pink and as shower gels go is actually the perfect consistency, not to thick and not too thin. Containing vanilla, lavender and fresh strawberry juice American Cream has a gentle, fruity-fresh fragrance, many describe it as smelling just like fresh strawberries and cream. I can see what they mean but to me it’s still smells a little too artificial for my liking.

As I said above, I actually really like the consistency of the American Cream shower gel, it takes a little longer than I’m used to, to work up a good lather but once it gets going it’s an excellent shower gel. A little goes quite a long way and it leaves my skin clean, smooth and hydrated too.

At the time of writing this review the American Cream scent still isn’t a favourite of mine BUT it’s a light enough fragrance for me to use every now and again. That’s not to say that one day I could have a complete change of heart; Before now many Lush scents have grown on me overtime. The, The Comforter shower creams scent being one of them!

Although I wouldn’t personally go out of my way to get another bottle of the American Cream shower gel I can appreciate why it is so popular.

Now that the Mother’s Day and Easter 2019 ranges have been released I wanted to mention how disappointed I am to not see any other shower gels in either line. Not great if you’re on the fence about American Cream shower gel like me, I’d have loved a couple more shower gels to choose from.



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Avocado Wash Shower Gel from Lush

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

As soon as I heard that the Avocado Wash Shower Gel was a part of this years Lush Valentine’s Day range I ordered the biggest bottle available. I hate to give the game away so early on in a review but this shower gel is quite simply, gorgeous! When the shower gel first came out as a Kitchen exclusive last year (2018) I only ordered one bottle and after first use I instantly regretted not ordering several more.

I left my one and only bottle of Avocado Wash shower gel on my bathroom shelf; BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. The second time I grabbed it ready to use I was horrified to discover that the shower gel bottle was half empty. I had only used it once so knew exactly who to blame for its sudden and rapid disappearance – my husband. He is a glass half full kind of person whereas I am a glass half empty one.

I was not impressed. Luckily a few days later more of the shower gels became available on the Lush website, my husband ordered 3 more bottles to say sorry for being so selfish and greedy. I forgave him but am still a little bit mad that he’d used up half of a bottle over just 3 showers, it’s such a waste of product. I’m known to over indulge with Lush but my husband took it to the next level!

I want to warn everyone about this shower gels addictiveness, a little of this shower gel does in fact go a very long way and there really is no reason other than being driven completely crazy by its irresistible scent, to use as much as my husband did in such a short space of time.

The Avocado Wash shower gel shares its scent with the Avocado Co-Wash shampoo and conditioner. Its scent has always been one that I have liked but unfortunately the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t suit my hair so I only ever tried it the one time. I was therefore over the moon at the prospect of a shower gel equivalent.

The Avocado Wash shower gel contains copious amounts of fresh avocado, uplifting bergamot, refreshing litsea cubeba and the comforting olibanum oil too. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients if you’re running a little low on energy or sass, there is just something so rejuvenating about it. Its scent is one of the most refreshing and awakening fruity scents Lush have made and I’m so excited that they’ve recently released several more Avocado Wash scented products that I will be reviewing very soon.

Consistency wise the Avocado Wash shower gel is a little runny but this isn’t a negative aspect at all, I actually prefer the runnier shower gels in comparison to the thicker ones. As I mentioned earlier, a little of this shower gel does go a very long way. This makes it excellent value for money (unless you live with my husband of course).

The one thing I do recommend that you do before using the Avocado Wash shower gel is giving it a good shake, like the, The Olive Branch shower gel its ingredients separate when left for too long. This is completely normal but is often mistaken as a sign of the product being out of date. In fact Avocado Wash shower gel is self-preserving so quite the opposite!

I find Avocado Wash shower gel incredibly hydrating, it leaves my skin silky smooth, bright and revitalised. Its scent can also be smelt on my skin long after using it which is a huge plus for me. It would have been a crime to leave this shower gel as only a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I’m so glad that it’s become available again even if it is only for  Valentine’s.



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Cinders Shower Gel from Lush

Cinders Shower Gel

Lush’s brand new Cinders Shower Gel had me very excited as it supposedly shares its scent with a product of the same name, the Cinders bath bomb. Although I feel it isn’t exactly the same, their scents are close enough to each other to satisfy my nose. The Cinders bath bomb hasn’t been a part of Lush’s Winter line for a good few years now but I haven’t ever forgotten it.

The Cinders shower gel is a gloriously bright orange, it’s a little runnier than I expected but its scent is super similar to the bath bomb. Thanks to its magical cinnamon ingredient, showering with it is like having thousands of tiny hands deeply massaging your tired and aching muscles.

As I said earlier, Cinders shower gel is a little runny, this isn’t a negative point at all. A small amount goes a very long way and I find it also lathers up quickly and with ease, especially when compared to  super-thick shower gel and creams such as Bubbly or Ectoplasm.

My skin feels very clean after using it. Cinnamon isn’t Cinders only magical ingredient either, packed with a generous helping of aloe vera, it is also incredibly hydrating for your skin. Cinders also contains a long list of other warming ingredients such as paprika, ginger powder and nutmeg. Its scent is not as in your face Christmas as the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar but it’s equally as yummy!

Pumpkin seed oil is also found in Cinders, all of these carefully selected ingredients make for an amazingly stimulating and hydrating shower gel.

Any Lush product with cinnamon in always has a lasting effect on me. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice, I suffer with chronic pain and it is really good at soothing aching muscles, its warming effects stimulate blood circulation too. Cinders shower gel is a game changer for me. I miss the bath bomb equivalent terribly BUT the shower gel is so much better as it’s not a one trick pony and is incredibly versatile.

I’ve used it on my body in the shower and have also dribbled some into a running bath for some musky-sweet and spicy bubbles. As if we needed yet another Lush product that smells good enough to eat!

Cinders is definitely my favourite of the shower gels this year, there wasn’t a huge collection to choose from which was a little disappointing but both Sleepy and Cinders have impressed me enough to warrant buying an extra bottle for my shower gel stash.



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Sleepy Shower Gel from Lush

Sleepy Shower Gel

The Sleepy Shower Gel is yet another product that is a member of the Lush-Scent-Family, Twilight. The Twilight scent is one of Lush’s most popular and it has been adapted into so many product formats over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all.

Just to confuse us, Lush sometimes bring out a product that shares a scent with another BUT names it something completely different. ‘Sleepy’ is another branch of Twilight scented products, alongside this new shower gel Lush also have a Sleepy body lotion and a Sleepy shower bomb too.

We already have Twilight shower gel so as happy as I was to see another adaptation of a Twilight scented product I did wonder if we actually needed it. The blame of my Lush addiction rests entirely on the shoulders of Twilight scented products (so no pressure Sleepy shower gel!)

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The Twilight bath bomb was my very first experience of the Twilight/Sleepy scent. Sleepy shower gel like all of the other Twilight scented products contain lavender and tonka absolute, making it one of the most relaxing blends of soothing ingredients currently available. It’s perfect to use just before bed, hence the name ‘Sleepy’. As an insomniac anything with ‘Sleep’ in its name will always appeal to me.

On scent alone, if I was blind folded and asked to identify which shower gel was which out of Twilight and Sleepy, I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference. Scent wise both formulas are both just as ‘Twilight’ as the other, what sets the 2 apart is the fact Sleepy shower gel has an additional ingredient of oat milk.

The oat milk is what gives Sleepy the creamy consistency and complexion. I suspect Lush didn’t name Sleepy a shower cream because people would have compared it to Oaty Creamy Dreamy too much. Even though Lush have called Sleepy a shower gel, in my eyes it’s more of a shower cream.

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Sleepy shower gel lathers up easily and a little of it goes a very long way too. This is something I always like in a shower gel, after all who doesn’t like getting more for their money?

Colour wise the gel is (according to Lush’s website) meant to be a very pale shade of purple, I think it looks more grey though. Once out of the bottle its shade does appear brighter with a slight hint of lilac, once lathered up it however goes back to appearing very grey. Not that its colour hinders its quality at all!

Is the Sleepy shower gel better on my skin in comparison to Twilight shower gel? Yes and no. If you look at it from a scent perspective then I can’t see a difference in the two, I would however say that Sleepy is much more soothing on the skin, the lavender and oat milk are a magical pairing of ingredients especially if you have very dry skin like me.



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Sultana Shower Gel from Lush

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I have wanted to try Sultana Shower Gel ever since I heard the rumour that a prototype of it existed back in February 2017. I feel like I have waited an eternity to get hold of some and words cannot describe how happy I am to finally own a bottle of it!

The Sultana shower gel shares its scent with the discontinued Blackberry bath bomb which happens to be one of my favourite Lush products. Although visually the Blackberry bath bomb isn’t spectacular, it happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

Any Lush product that shares the Blackberry bath bombs scent/ingredients is therefore understandably a must have for me, even more so since the bath bomb was discontinued.

Sultana shower gels scent isn’t your typical Lush-fruity-fragrance. Its magic ingredients are frankincense (olibanum) and bergamot, this superb blend of essential oils are perfect for helping you wind down of an evening. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge. I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but Sultana is so different that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t spring to mind upon first sniff.

The shower gel itself is quite runny, a small amount of it does however go a very long way. A ten-pence-piece-sized amount is more than enough to wash your whole body. I love Sultana so much that I always over indulge and use a lot more than necessary, whoopsy! Unfortunately with it being quite a runny consistency over indulging and using too much is very easy to do.

Although the consistency of the Sultana shower gel is quite runny it’s not on par with how the old Olive Branch shower gel used to be, it’s also quite creamy so I don’t see its runny consistency as a huge issue, I actually think some shower gels work better when they’re not super thick. I have even used Sultana shower gel in my hair, I always find that the thinner shower gels work great as shampoo too.

As you rub Sultana shower gel into your body it’s gentle and super relaxing scent fills the shower space, breathing it in with the hot steam helps to draw out any stress that you’ve held onto from your day. After using it my muscles always seem less tense and I always feel ready for bed as soon as I’ve stepped out of the shower.

In the Summer I grew quite fond of pairing the Sultana shower gel up with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner. Although I find that the Sultana shower gel is more than capable in keeping my skin perfectly hydrated ( which not many other shower gels do), with the super hot weather we’ve had here in England I just felt my skin needed a little bit more tender loving care. I am really sad that Sultana shower gel was only available for a short while as a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I think Lush should rethink and make it a store wide shower gel as it really is beautiful!



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Antiope Naked Shower Gel from Lush

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The Antiope Naked Shower Gel has followed in the footsteps of the Tender is the Night naked shower cream; It is the second packageless ‘naked’ shower gel/cream that Lush have dared to only release in a naked form. Although I wholeheartedly miss the bottled seasonal gel and creams we have previously been spoilt rotten with, I know in my heart that plastic is actually just a luxury and that making and using it in such huge quantities does more bad than good to the world.

Through the exploration and inventing of packageless products Lush are proving that plastic packaging for cosmetics isn’t the only manufacturing and distribution route we can follow now and in the future. Whatever you believe in regards to the naked Lush products, we all know that they are a small yet positive step in the right direction of helping save the planet we live on. If the release of ‘naked’ products gets people talking and consciously being more responsible with plastic, then Lush have achieved a lot more than any other cosmetic companies thus far.

My first impression of the Antiope naked shower gel was how incredibly bright it was. After a long and dull Winter its brilliant and bold yellow colour sure was a sight for sore eyes. There’s just something about it that radiates the sunshine, out of all of the Mother’s Day 2018 stock it was the Antiope that I was immediately drawn to. That was until I smelt it.

I’ve heard a fair few crazy descriptions of the Antiope’s scent, it’s more than unique and definitely one of those scents that will forever be an interesting topic of conversation amongst Lushies. To me, with it being unused and just in my hands it smells of leaf compost in the Spring time; The Spring time being a dryer and slightly warmer time of year, by this I mean it isn’t a muddy scent but still has earthy, dry elements to it. This scent obviously wasn’t what I had expected at all and this expectation is reflected in a lot of other people’s reactions to first sniffing Antiope too.

Containing Amazonian clay, Brazilian orange oil and limonene you’d expect Antiope to be fruity-sweet upon first sniff. The collector in me still decided to buy some Antiope, with its scent not being my usual go-to, it did take a bit of persuading back and forth in my head to actually use it. One night I decided to just go for it and took it into the shower with me. We have just had a new shower fitted so I didn’t have any excuses to not try it at least once.

Once I’d let the shower gel run under the hot water for a few seconds it was ready to start lathering up. You use a naked shower gel just as you would a normal shower gel. Instead of fiddling with a lid and then squidiging the product out of the bottle you now just have to lather the naked shower gel similar to how you would a bar of soap. Antiope lathered up quickly and with minimum effort, its lather was highly pigmented in colour and a little of it went a long way too, even when it was well and truly rubbed into my body it remained a bright yellow, the brightness of it was just as bold as the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream.

As soon as the hot water came into contact with the Antiope its scent completely changed. The earthy tone it had when dry was still noticeable (albeit much more subtle) but it also suddenly become very sweet, I’d describe it as almost pineappley. At first I thought my nose was playing tricks on me so I lathered up some more, my nose wasn’t however paying tricks on me! its scent had suddenly became very, very desirable.

When first lathering it up I did get a little scared at the intensity of its colour, I felt like I was turning myself into a character from the Simpsons. It however rinsed off just like any other Lush shower gel does and I was pleasantly surprised with how cleansed and smooth it left my skin. Once out of the shower I couldn’t smell the earthy tone of the shower gel on my skin anymore, there was a very gentle scent of sweet pineapple left behind and that lasted for a few hours after.

The only problem I really had with it was storing it after use. The Lush naked shower gel and creams are double the concentrate of the liquid shower gels and for the Antiope in particular with it being such a bright yellow it caused a little problem. For all of the other naked products I have, after use I leave them out on a metal rack to dry out as instructed. I found that Antiope was a bit of a dripper though.

My husband walked into the bathroom about 20 minutes after I had left. Where the Antiope had dripped so much he thought that I had, had a wee in our shower and not washed it away! *cringe*. I made him smell it to prove my innocence and luckily he believed me… It’s not ideal for drying it out but leaving it in a metal Lush tray instead saves any mess or unwanted shower-wee-wee accusations. All in all I did like Antiope, it’s one of the best examples of why you should always give a Lush product a try even if not impressed at first sight, or for Antiopes sake, first sniff!



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Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel from Lush

Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel

The mad Christmas rush has officially frazzled my brain, today I have been sorting the mini mountain of Christmas cards. It was therefore no surprise when I accidently started this review with ‘Dear Berry Berry Christmas…’ *sigh*.

Back in September I decided to leave all of the reviews for the Lush products with ‘Christmas’ or ‘Santa’ in their name for December, I thought this was a great idea until I got to December and realised that a lot of the products I had left to review all share a scent. Please forgive me if my blog reviews are a bit repetitive over the next week or so!

The Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel is probably my favourite of the new shower gel/creams that are brand new to Lush this year (2017). There has been quite a few newbies but Berry Berry is the one that stands out the most to me. Consistency wise it reminds me of the Bubbly shower gel, thick yet silky smooth.

Decorated with a pinch of natural shimmer the Berry Berry shower gel is also super pretty to look at, I love when the sun catches it, it beams of Christmas magic. Its green colour and sparkly bits make me think of big, twinkling Christmas trees.

Containing cranberry, sweet wild orange and blueberry juice it’s not hard to see how Berry Berry got its name. If you have a fetish for berries, you need look no further…

Upon first sniff I thought that Berry Berry was very alike the Plum Rain shower gel, it however doesn’t share many ingredients with it at all, this left me very confused. Some people have agreed with me comparing it to Plum Rain whereas others have said it’s nothing alike. It’s so peculiar how the same scents can smell so different to others, I guess that is what makes Lush so moreish though!

Once you begin to lather the Berry Berry Christmas shower gel in your hands you are hit with a fragrance-wave of blueberry, it is at this point that you realise Berry Berry is a lot more crisp than the Plum Rain scent, a quick whiff wakes me up just as well as the avobath bath bomb does.

A little of the shower gel also goes a very long way which is always something I like in a Lush product. Since September I however have well and truly over indulged on Berry Berry, as has my husband. Just because a small amount of this shower gel goes a long way it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little bit more than needed in the shower! I find its scent and how it feels on my skin so refreshing that I can never resist squeezing out an extra blop.

It was the first of the Christmas shower gels to have an empty bottle in our house. Therefore I feel safe in saying that I think the Berry Berry Christmas shower gel is BERRY, BERRY good!



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