The Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream is a brand new release from Lush. It is currently the product every Lushie is talking about as it is the first of the packageless ‘naked’ products that Lush have dared to release in only a naked form. The fact that Tender is the Night has only been released in naked form has caused a bit of a storm in the Lush community.
When the first lot of naked products went on sale last year, Lush also had its packaged equivalent available, giving customers a choice of getting the products naked or packaged. Now that a choice with Tender is the Night shower cream hasn’t even been offered, some customers aren’t at all happy.
I honestly don’t mind either way. I’ve heard that Lush did create a bottled version but it worked out so expensive that they scrapped it, whether that’s true or not is another question. The collector in me is a little disappointed as from experience the naked products don’t last nearly as long as the bottled ones (in regards to best before dates etc) I do however understand from trying the other various naked products that plastic is actually just a luxury that does more bad than good. It isn’t actually needed and Lush are proving this through the exploration and inventing of packageless products. 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.
I feel as if Lush taking away the choice of bottled shower cream is a huge statement in itself. I also think this statement has been made consciously by Lush too. Do the fish in the sea get a choice when packaging waste is dumped in their home? no. Should we take more responsibility for ourselves and the plastic we make and use? YES. Whether you want to take responsibility or not, the lack of a bottled version of Tender is the Night shower cream has certainly got us all talking about an issue that we all need to wake up and face.
The Tender is the Night naked shower cream shares its scent with the very first Lush massage bar I ever got also named Tender is the Night. (pictured in the photo above). Its scent therefore has great sentimental value to me. When I very first took the naked shower cream out of my parcel I couldn’t smell it. This worried me a little, I’d been so looking forward to finally being able to experience the Tender is the Night scent in a different product format. The lack of a scent meant I wouldn’t be getting the experience I had hoped for.
Once I had it out and away from the other more dominantly scented Valentine’s products (that I will be reviewing over the next few weeks) I could finally detect the delicate scent that is Tender is the Night. Jam packed with vanilla, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang, its scent although light and airy reflects romance and love perfectly. It’s a beautiful and subtle floral-sweet blend.
Even though I appreciate why Lush haven’t made a bottled version of this shower cream I am still not completely sold on the solid shower gels or creams. Some I get on with and others I don’t. The Tender is the Night naked shower cream has however seriously impressed me from very first use. So much so that I have used it every day since it arrived. It lathers easily and a little goes a very long way, both of these are 2 things that I always look for in a shower gel and cream.
Lush shower creams are meant to be a little more hydrating than the shower gels, although Tender is the Night isn’t quite as moisturising as the likes of the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream it does leave my skin feeling soft and looking refreshed. The scent of it during use is just as good as the massage bar, its subtle scent also lasts all day on my skin leaving me eager to use it again.
I’m going to be bold and say that the Tender is the Night naked shower cream is my favourite of the naked shower gel/creams that I have tried out so far. A selfish bit of me pines for a bottled version but the naked version has left me more than satisfied. I hope Lush decided to use this scent in other future product formats as it’s one of my all time favourites.