Ectoplasm Shower Scream from Lush

Ectoplasm Shower Cream

After yet another Lush Halloween line without my beloved Calacas shower gel there was a lot riding on the shoulders of the brand new Ectoplasm Shower Cream ‘Scream’. Sharing its name with the Ectoplasm jelly bomb I was very excited to give it a try. The first thing anyone notices about the Ectoplasm shower cream is definitely its shade of colour, its fluorescent yellow formula demands to be seen.

The Ectoplasm shower cream is supposedly from the same scent family as the Ectoplasm jelly bomb, it however carries itself quite differently in the shower cream format. Much like its jelly bomb equivalent, the Ectoplasm shower cream contains tangerine, grapefruit and litsea cubeba oil.

When I smell the shower cream straight from the bottle, I feel as if its scent is more tropical than that of the jelly bomb, I feel like there’s almost a pineapple element to it. I’d actually go as far as to say that I prefer the Ectoplasm scent in the shower cream format, it’s a beautifully haunting fruity affair.

Consistency wise the Ectoplasm shower cream is gloriously creamy-thick. It is however very easy to get out of the bottle, while also not being so runny that you accidentally get out a little too much prior to its use.

Once the steam of the hot shower blends with the Ectoplasm shower cream its scent really takes hold. Its gentle zest packs a subtle sharpness, just the right amount of lemony-freshness to help lift and refresh your spirits.

Although I found that the Ectoplasm shower cream wasn’t great at making much of a lather it did still leave my skin feeling refreshed, clean and delicately scented. A little amount of it goes a long way and with its wonderfully inviting scent it’s very easy to over indulge on.

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As I expect from a shower cream as apposed to a shower gel, the Ectoplasm shower cream is super hydrating on my skin. It’s nice to have a product that doesn’t leave your skin bone-dry, it hydrates your skin while also not leaving it oily. This is a huge plus for me when using the Ectoplasm shower cream.

As said above, a small amount of the shower cream goes a very long way. I found a 2p-coin-sized amount more than enough to spread out and use on the whole of my body.

Overall I am very pleased to add the Ectoplasm shower cream to my shelf of Lush shower gel and creams, I wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I do which has come as a pleasant surprise. It’s actually the first seasonal shower gel that I’ve bought more than one bottle of in a very long time, I definitely recommend grabbing a bottle before the Halloween season is over.



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Here Comes the Sun Naked Shower Cream from Lush

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The Here Comes the Sun Naked Shower Cream has followed in the footsteps of the Tender is the Night naked shower cream; It is the second packageless ‘naked’ shower cream, (third if you include the naked shower gel, Antiope) that Lush have dared to only release in a naked form. Finding an alternative to plastic bottled up shower gel is a brilliant idea, 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.

I have stated in all of my previous reviews of the naked shower products that I wholeheartedly miss the bottled seasonal gels and creams. 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 BUT if Lush are going to take away the option of bottled shower creams and gels, then the naked equivalent should be just as good as the bottled type, if not better.

Whatever you believe in regards to the naked Lush products, we can all agree that this ‘naked’ step is a small yet positive step in the right direction of helping save the planet we live on. When it came down to the Tender is the Night naked shower cream from this years (2018) Valentine’s line, I found no faults in it whatsoever. At first I was apprehensive to try it, worrying that it wouldn’t work as well as the bottled shower creams, it however did. Even without a bottled equivalent to compare it with I was very happy with it. I therefore grabbed a Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream without any hesitation.

A part of 2018’s Easter line, the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream is a member of the Brightside scent family. Although I don’t think this naked shower cream smells just like the Brightside bubble bar it’s close enough to recognise. In the shops the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream appears red, once you start to use it, it however lightens up, the bright orange colour that I expected from a Brightside product soon shines through.

In use, I found that the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream lathered up fairly quickly. It however wasn’t the type of lather I like or look for in a shower cream. It was almost a gummy like consistency and very highly pigmented, my skin was a bright shade of carrot orange! although I didn’t panic (it rinsed off just as easily as it went on) I even tried it with warmer water. Again, it was lathering but not in the same way as the Tender is the Night naked shower cream had. Since then, I have tried it several more times and it just isn’t anywhere on par performance wise as the Tender is the Night is.

Scent wise during use I am however very impressed. Once you have it in the shower the Brightside element of the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream really comes through, its citrus fragrance is a warm and much needed reminder that Spring and Summer are very nearly here… All in all, I am sad to say I am very underwhelmed by the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream, it was a product I couldn’t wait to use because of how well I had got on with the Tender is the Night naked shower cream.

I didn’t find that its scent stayed on my skin once out of the shower either, luckily I have some Brightside body lotion left over from before the Lush Kitchen closed so that helped carry the scent on further. Everything else aside, I found this naked shower cream really messy too. I hate to write a negative review but I always promise to be honest and unfortunately for a number of reasons I didn’t enjoy Here Comes the Sun, I’d be very interested in maybe trying a bottled, liquid version of it though… Hint, hint Lush!



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Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream from Lush

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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.

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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.



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Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream from Lush

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The only Lush shower creams that I have truly been head over heels in love with both got discontinued earlier this year, (2017). I was therefore in two minds when I heard about the Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream. Never before been released, Santa’s Christmas shower cream is a brand new Lush product made for 2017’s long awaited Winter line. The shower cream is bright and bold, it radiates ‘Christmas’ with its pillar-box-red colour.

Just as Lush shower creams are meant to be, Santa’s Christmas is a fantastically thick formula. When I read its ingredients list; cinnamon, black pepper, lime oil and coffee, I expected it be something in between the likes of the Hot Toddy and Sonic Death Monkey shower gel. The tradition of me predicting a new products scent fantastically wrong (after just reading its ingredients list) wasn’t broken. Its scent is like neither of the 2 aforementioned shower gels at all.

Santa’s Christmas shower cream smells just like the value cola you get in your local supermarket. I rarely drink cola but after taking off the lid of the Santa’s Christmas shower cream I detected the bitter-sweet and creamy cola scent straight away. It takes me straight back to my childhood and all of the parties where all we did was drink fizzy drinks, eat jelly and ice cream and just get more and more hyper, wreaking havoc wherever we were.

Upon use I find creating a decent lather very difficult when using Santa’s Christmas shower cream. I find it a little easier when the water is as hot as I can stand it (which isn’t ideal). I feel as if I have to use a lot more of the product than I am used to with Lush products just to get the desired effect of a shower cream. The scent also gets lost on me during use which leaves me pretty underwhelmed.

Although I was a little sceptical, I really did think that Santa’s Christmas shower cream was going to fill the void that the discontinuation of The Comforter and Yuzu and Cocoa shower creams had left in my life. In some aspects Santa’s Christmas is a good shower cream but I just feel the aforementioned original duo were so much better. They brightened, hydrated and soothed my skin, both of their gorgeous scents also lasted on my skin hours and hours after using them.

After using Santa’s Christmas, my skin is left feeling soft and definitely appears brighter it however doesn’t feel particularly hydrated. I don’t dislike Santa’s Christmas shower cream by any means, I just feel as if it’s not the best that Lush have created thus far. I will not be letting my one bottle of it get dusty on my shower cream shelf, I will carry on using it until it has all gone but I will not be buying a another bottle. If I did attain another bottle it would be from a Lush gift set that I hope to pick up in the boxing day sales on Tuesday.



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The Comforter Shower Cream from Lush

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The Comforter Shower Cream shares its scent with the much loved, The Comforter bubble bar. When I first got into Lush I had no idea that Lush Cosmetics made their own unique scents, I didn’t even know that the most popular scents were used in several different product formats. This was the case until I one day see that the Twilight bath bomb had a shower gel equivalent. Once I learnt about Lush’s scent families my need to try everything grew out of control, hence this blog!

Much like the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, The Comforter is a gloriously thick and velvety formula. I hope that Lush decide to expand their collection of shower creams in the foreseeable future as the creams feel so much more luxurious on the skin in comparison to the shower gels. Not that I dislike Lush’s shower gels, the creams are just in my opinion that little bit more of a treat.

Just like the Bubble Bar of the same name, The Comforter shower cream is a vibrant, hot-pink colour. At first I wasn’t that sold on the shower cream’s scent. I thought it was a lot stronger than the bubble bar equivalent and I actually gave my first barely used bottle to my friend before I’d even given it a proper chance.

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I love to join in on all of the Lush discussions on Instagram or Facebook and one day The Comforter shower cream was the topic of conversation. I mentioned that I adored the bubble bar but couldn’t get as excited about it when it came down to the shower cream because of how strong its scent was. A fellow Lushie told me to try it again, keeping in mind how lovely it will make my skin smell once I was out of the shower.

I therefore tried it again promising myself that I would give it more of a chance this  time, the scent was still stronger than the bubble bar but I realised it wasn’t an offensive strong. Once the shower cream was mixed in with the hot shower water I actually see (or should I say smelt) the shower cream in a whole new light.

Just like the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, The Comforter’s scent remains on your skin all day, it’s a very gentle scent on your skin and one that I have grown to love. The Comforter has as the name suggests a very comforting scent, packed with cassis absolute and blackberry infusion it’s BERRY nice. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

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The cassis and blackberry ingredients alongside the vanilla and bergamot is what makes the scent of this shower cream so very inviting. Washing with it really is like being wrapped up in a warm and snuggly hug. The Comforter shower cream also contains almond oil which is a bonus if your skin is in need of some extra hydration. The shower creams are always my go to when my skin needs a little bit of extra TLC.

Another thing I feel is worth mentioning before I finish this review is that a little of the product goes a very long way, (if you’re not as gluttonous with it as my husband is anyway.)

The Comforter shower cream lasts well beyond its shelf life too, after 6 months plus it will need a bit of a shake in between uses because the ingredients in it will naturally begin to separate but after a quick shake, it goes back to it being as good as new.

I am so glad that I was convinced to try this product out again as I really like it now. I am always looking for new Comforter scented products to add to my ever growing collection. I hope they bring back the solid perfume again soon as I bitterly regret not picking one of them up when they were available.



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Prince Charming Shower Cream from Lush

Shower Creams are still relatively new to Lush, the first one I ever tried was Yuzu and Cocoa. I think it was just under 3 years ago, I loved it and upon first use I was very keen to try others.

I was delighted to see that for Lush’s 2016 Valentine range, Lush were bringing out a never before been released shower cream called Prince Charming.

In previous years it had only ever been released as a shower gel. At the time I hadn’t actually come across the Prince Charming scent before, not even in the shower gel format, the scent was therefore brand new to me.

Arguably I could just read what ingredients it had on the website, doing that normally doesn’t help me much at all though. I have found that most of the time the scent of a Lush product is never quite how you had envisioned it while reading it’s ingredients list. Similar based products can be so different in so many ways which is why you really do have to try everything that Lush has on offer at least once.

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Looking at Prince Charming the first thing you notice is of course how strikingly pink it is.

Upon first glance it reminded me of the Comforter shower cream, I really, really wanted to like it and had heard several people raving about it so took the plunge and ordered a 100g bottle to get me started. Let’s just say I was very happy upon first sniff and was kicking myself that I hadn’t ordered a bigger bottle.

Unlike the Lord of Misrule and Comforter shower cream I didn’t find Prince Charmings scent at all offensive, it was sweet but not so sweet that too much could make me feel sick.

More is definitely good with Prince Charming, take it from me!

While snooping online I noticed that a lot of people were saying that the Prince Charming shower cream smelt very similar to the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream.

At first I rolled my eyes, I thought what madness is this?! BUT the next time I was in the bath and I had another sniff I realised that they weren’t mad at all, there was a huge similarity between the two. I really don’t know how I had missed it.

Prince Charming isn’t as sharp as Yuzu and Cocoa, it’s a lot more mellow and in my opinion better for a night time bath or shower as it has less zing. It is yet another perfect ly scented Lush product that works beautifully if you’re looking to wind down after a long day.

Although I am finding myself using a bit more product than I normally would to get it to lather, I really don’t mind as it is such a gentle and smooth formula that soothes and moisturises my skin perfectly. Like Yuzu and Cocoa I can smell it on my skin for the rest of the day after using it which is always the signs of a brilliant Lush product.

In regards to the shower creams in general, I know that the bright colours can put people off. The first time I used Yuzu and Cocoa it was so yellow when putting it on my body that I felt like I was Homer Simpson. I felt exactly the same when first applying Prince Charming, the pinkness of it took me back a little but it lathered up nicely enough and rinsed off just fine. I actually quite liked being covered in pink loveliness even if it was only briefly…

I am so glad that Lush have decided to bring Prince Charming shower cream back as a part of their 2017 Valentine’s day range. Prince Charming can get in the bath with me any day, any time!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 27th of February 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream from Lush

Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream WMWhen I first got into Lush I was so focused on the bath bombs and bubble bars that the other products didn’t really have much of a chance to impress me. Bath bombs, bubble bars and shower jellies are unique to Lush, there’s not many other cosmetic companies that specialise in them and it’s those 3 specific, quirky products that initially got me into their store in the first place.

After I had pretty much exhausted every choice of bubble bar and bath bomb currently available at Lush I decided to try some more of their products. – Enter the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream.

I knew of the Yuzu and Cocoa scent from the yellow bubbleroon that goes by the same name, I thought it had a beautiful scent but I always favoured the bigger bubble bars as I felt they were better value for money. When the flagship Lush store in Oxford Street opened their doors for the very first time one of its exclusive products was the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. 

As liquid shower products go, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is slightly thicker in consistency to others I have tried before, a little however goes a very long way. The tiniest of drops can clean my whole body as well as keeping my skin soft and well hydrated – there is no need to moisturise after using this.

The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is amazing, it’s like swimming in a sea of Jaffa Cakes. It really is my idea of heaven. My mum was pushing me around Sainsbury’s once and I had used the shower cream earlier that day, I noticed that I could really smell the box of jaffa cakes on the shelf, it wasn’t until a little while later when we were in the freezer section that I thought to myself wow I can still smell the jaffa cakes, I then realised it was in fact me that smelt like jaffa cakes! The Yuzu and Cocoa scent stays with you ALL DAY, I haven’t come across another Lush scent that lasts so long, it truly is beautiful.

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Packed with tonka, grapefruit and bergamot oils Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is the perfect pick me up product, I always find using it lifts my mood. Since discovering Lush I have completely changed my mind set on grapefruit. Growing up I hated it but for some reason, every product that Lush creates with grapefruit in really, really impresses my nose. So there you go, Lush have persuaded me to break a habit of a lifetime, I now, thanks to this shower cream and the Frozen Bath Bomb, have a level of appreciation for grapefruit that I have never had before.

Lush Kitchen really need to make a whole load more Yuzu and Cocoa scented products as the bubbleroon and shower cream just isn’t enough for me any more, I NEED MORE! Imagine a Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly or body lotion, wow.

You have got to try the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream at least once, it is now also available in all Lush stores not just Oxford Street!  there really isn’t an excuse to not try it now, do it! you will not regret it.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 6th of July 2015. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time