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NB: Yesterday's post didn't appear here for some reason so I'm reposting it. I have also decided to include emotibombs in this archive list as well, since there aren't very many of them and they're also shower products. Please feel free to contribute further reviews of these or any other products, and they will be added later; I've already included those reviews I've had so far.

SMOOTHIES

Smoothies are a bit of an odd conceit, a creamy body soap which doesn't really lather much but is very gentle. They aren't the thing if you're really dirty, but they are excellent for those of us who are on the sensitive side. In terms of value for money, they generally don't go nearly as far as soap, but they have additional moisturising benefits to consider. I regard them as more of a treat than an everyday thing. Some people also use them for facial washes, because they're so delicate. They're slightly more suited to showers than to baths, but can be used in either.

Smoothies: Creamed Almond & Coconut; Dreamwash; Gumback Express; Lush Lime Smoothie; Turkish Delight )

Dammit Lush, bring back Scrumptious!

EMOTIBOMBS

Also a sui generis Lush conceit, these are meant to be the equivalent of bath ballistics for people who don't have baths. Obviously they don't have the same impact on the skin as a bath product and are mostly perfume, chosen to highlight particular moods. Opinions on emotibombs seem sharply divided; many people regard them as quite pointless, or otherwise disappointing. Others really enjoy them as a sort of shower aromatherapy. Although a single emotibomb is supposed to do for a single shower, they can also, like bath products, be broken up and eked out further if one doesn't want the whole thing at once.

Emotibombs: Sex In The Shower; Too Drunk; Up You Gets; Up The Wooden Hill; Double-Fast Luck )
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Thanks to my dear and generous friend [personal profile] nanaya I received a late-Xmas gift of a HUGE amount of Lush goodies, given when we met up yesterday. I'd ordered some goodies as a treat to myself but now I have a TONNE of things and can participate in the fun!

I began my shower by breaking a few chunks off a Sex in the Shower emotibomb. Note: this was VERY difficult and I had to use a pestle to smash it! This is because the 'bomb is rather big and my shower cubicle is tiny. Like a bath bomb, it fizzes immediately upon contact with water, and filled the shower with lovely jasmine - not too overpowering that it masked my other products. (note I LOVE jasmine and so this scent was the big feature). Not quite as fun as a bath bomb, but Does What It Says On The Tin (tm) and as I'm able to squeeze a few more showers out of it, I award Sex in the Shower 9/10.

Then I used both Iced Wine jelly and Joy of Jelly, respectively, as they both came in the same box. I used them at room temperature with a shower puff - the soft, creamy bubbles left my skin baby smooth and were really fun. Scent wise, I didn't find the Iced Wine as chemically as [personal profile] nanaya, however I do think in this case the emotibomb won out. Joy of Jelly was the perfect match for my bomb - with ylang ylang, jasmine and musky, sandalwood-y scents, it's like a much cheaper Dune perfume. Iced Wine 3/10, Joy of Jelly 10/10.

I'm always wary of combo shampoo/conditioner, but my love of jasmine meant I had to try Godiva. Like all of Lush's solid shampoos, it left my hair squeakingly clean, and lathered up gloriously. Shea and cocoa butter provide the softening agents. As I've just stepped out of the shower, I can't vouch for how long the lovely scent lingers just yet. I topped up my snarly mop with a tiny pea-sized amount of American Cream, which I've found to be too heavy for a regular conditioner, but in this case it added the extra moisturiser I needed. In future I may try for a plain unscented conditioner so it doesn't risk covering the shampoo smell as AC is VERY vanillay! Godiva tentative 8/10, America Cream 5/10 (lovely smell but just too heavy for everyday use).

Washed my face with boring Johnson&Johnson. Dull ;)

Then I used Cosmetic Lad moisturiser on my face. A thick, dense moisturiser, it's meant for post-shaving burn, but works fine as a regular moisturiser and happily (and obviously for Lush), for a 'man' product, it doesn't have that awful, chemically fake man-scent that I think of as 'Nivea Blue'. I wouldn't use it every day because I think my skin might go all spotty with the rich, oily base but lovely as a treat. Cosmetic Lad 7/10.

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