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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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Ooh, I haven't blogged my bath for a while now!

I did have a very nice discovery while bathing last week though; a Mmm Melting Marshmallow Moment bath melt combines really nicely with Joy of Jelly shower jelly for a relaxing bath which is sweet but not sickly; left my skin feeling very good too.

Today, though, I decided I wanted something really fruity and refreshing, to perk me up a bit. So I finally used my Satsumo Santa. This is a really great ballistic because it's a good size, it explodes with enthusiasm, it turns the entire bath deep red and it REALLY smells of satsumas. Not just orange. Gorgeous scent, although quite delicate, and it doesn't last as long as I'd like. Combining it with some Whoosh shower jelly and a piece of Snow Globe soap was just right though, a really invigorating grapefruit pairing which left me feeling substantially more lively.

I've only just been converted to I Love Juicy shampoo, which is great for those occasions when my hair is actually filthy - it really does get so clean it squeaks, and the fruity scent is beautifully distinctive, not overpowered by citrus. Kiwi and pineapple together are a gorgeous combo, and this might only be improved by combination with some Pineapple Grunt. I wouldn't use ILJ every day, but it's very effective when I do. American Cream conditioner topped it off nicely, just like a fruit pudding.

A papaya-based face mask of The Sacred Truth and a post-bath addition of tangy tangerine moisturiser Cosmetic Lad left my mood thoroughly improved. The Sacred Truth has been a little oversold, I feel, but makes for a lovely softening mask nonetheless; my face feels pretty good now. A bit of Smitten cream on my hands and it was all good.

Happy Friday!
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Lush's jellies are a product with quite a few devoted fans and a lot of mystified onlookers. The concept of making a body wash out of a carageenen seaweed gel base is one I've never come across anywhere else, and I'm still not entirely sure how well it works. It's fun, and it lends itself to physics AND physical comedy, since temperature differences affect its behaviour, which Lush know perfectly well as they always advise freezing the stuff. Other than for preservation, who does that?? It can be a pain, though, as bits of jelly are hard to control, which is why many people recommend using it with a shower puff to avoid losing it, though that does of course negate the special qualities of the jellies. Since the action of the jellies is fairly similar overall, I'm mostly going to concentrate on scent here, although other relevant points will be mentioned. I'm also going to proceed on the assumption that jellies are intrinsically enjoyable rather than hateful, even if I have my reservations at times!

Here are a few reviews of shower jellies past & present. If you have reviews of any of these, or any other products, please contribute them.

Calacas – mm, I really loved this year's Day Of The Dead specials as they were all about the lime, and I love lime, me. Calacas fits in very nicely with Calavera bath bombs & Lady Catrina soap, sharing a lot of similarly zingy, citrus notes with them. As a jelly, it washes well and feels good on the skin, while as a novelty, its appealing little skull face is remarkably cheery. This is something else I'd encourage people to get while they still can; I don't think this year's Hallowe'en specials sold quite as well as predicted, so I'm guessing they may well not come back. Green & orange varieties are still available online today; yellow appears to have sold out but there may be a few in shops still. 7.5/10

Champagne Snowshowers - Oh dear lost love. Not only was this one of the best jellies ever made, I think it might also be among my favourite Lush products of all time. A slightly softer jelly than usual, CS is a beautiful creamy white with a soft, slightly moisturising later. It smells heavenly; elderflower, citrus and a hint of booze. It's light, fruitily reassuring and rather spring-like in its feel. I made my last pot stretch for almost 3 years, and I wish like crazy they'd bring it back. My very favourite jelly. 9.5/10

Gold, Frankincense & Beer – ridiculously wonderful. My impression of what the scent would be like from its descriptions was way off-base; this is yet another Lush product which smells slightly fruity and wholly delicious. The stout doesn't smell at all like hops and is more reminiscent of a Christmas pudding, with a delightful top note of zesty citrus. I'm very excited this was brought back, even if only for an extremely short time, and would recommend people to buy it immediately while they still can. There's a reason they brought this particular favourite back for 2010's Retro Xmas range - it's still available today, get it while you can. I do note that it's a especially rigid jelly, though, and seems slightly tougher than the others, unless there's been something odd about my batches. Deliciously sybaritic when used with a Li'l Lush Pud bath ballistic. 9/10.

Iced Wine - oh no no no, this isn't right at all. I was expecting tropical fruit and, while I can make that out, it's almost completely overpowered by an unpleasant chemical smell which makes the experience very disappointing. In fairness, some of the 'chemical' smell might possibly come from the inclusion of under-ripe guava, which can have a plasticky air at times. It's not beyond redemption, but I honestly can't recommend 'Iced Wine' as it's really not very nice. A Christmas 2010 product which has now gone, I can't really see them bringing this one back, although some people liked it - customer reviews seemed overall unfavourable, mind. Here are some reviews for comparison. 3.5/10

Joy Of Jelly – a soft floral jelly with a gentle jasmine fragrance and rose undertones, this isn't as punchy as most of the other jellies but that's quite a good thing as it fills an obvious gap. Not everyone wants something full-on, and this is a good choice for something more soothing. It's 2-tone swirled purples with a tougher darker purple jelly and a softer lilac one, which makes it slightly less consistent than the other more firm and cohesive jellies, but it doesn't seem to suffer for that. 6/10

[personal profile] mrs_leroy_brown's reviews of Iced Wine & Joy of Jelly: "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 [Sex In The Shower] 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."

Karma – yes, Karma once came in shower jelly form. I don't know what more I can add to that, the niceness of the jelly depends almost entirely on how much one likes Karma as a scent. Fortunately for me, I do, but I know not everyone's convinced. It hasn't been around for a while, though, so it's eBay only as far as I can see. ?/10; if you like Karma, it's for you. If you can find it.

Strawberry Santa – this is, indeed, a strawberry-scented jelly which, in larger tubs, is shaped like Santa (mine was small, so it was just the jelly). Nice idea, and I generally like the novelty jellies. This one is a rather less obtrusive than some, and has only a gentle strawberry whiff with a hint of coconut. Not one of Lush's best scents but not bad either, this was mostly reminiscent of strawberry sweets rather than the actual fruit, but that's often the way with cosmetics. A gentle wash and not unenjoyable, by any means, but certainly not a striking product. Cute in a number of ways, but it wasn't one of the products brought back this Christmas, so eBay is probably the way to go. Some reviews from other sites, useful comparisons. 6/10

Sweetie Pie – it certainly does smell of sweets, Blackcurrant Fruit Pastilles to be precise. It's a little bit more of an adult scent than that makes it sound, though, as you can make out the dark cherry and the coconut under the cassis, it's just that blackcurrant is pungent enough that it tends to swamp. I enjoy this a lot, although it doesn't seem to lather quite as readily as the other jellies. Nice, but could perhaps do with a tiny touch less sweetness, perhaps being undercut with a note of sour cherry to make it that little bit more sophisticated. Still, it seems pretty popular, so I guess if it ain't broke...7/10

Whoosh – designed for morning showers, this is a sharp, zingy jelly with strong grapefruit overtones, although it's not an aggressively sour scent, more like grapefruit sweets. It's still sweet enough not to feel overpoweringly citrussy (compare to something like Antiphilitron shampoo for strong citrus moments). Probably on a level with something like Lemony Flutter cuticle butter. It's quite an easily lathered jelly and it feels pleasant to use. Not a product of genius, but perfectly good for what it is. 6/10


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