Review: Lush Sonic Death Monkey shower gel

Once in a while, I notice that my entire line of bath products is full of flowery scents.  When that happens, I go on a look out for some products which are entirely the opposite in terms of fragrance. I don’t want any flowery scents, I don’t want any fruity scents, and I definitely don’t want any candy or bakery scents.  On a recent rampage to clear my bath of sweet scents, I started using the Lush Sonic Death Monkey shower gel.

I am really not sure why I picked this up. Lush describes this product as containing chocolate and coffee, and while I love both, I know that I do not like smelling like food.  I was also trying to stay away from sweet scents, but here I was trying out a chocolate scent!
What it does: (from the Lush UK website)

A coffee and chocolate shower gel with a citrus kick. Fresh organic lime juice is astringent and toning on the skin, whilst the coffee, cocoa powder and hibiscus flower infusion is sure to get you going in the mornings. The invigorating fragrance hits just the right balance between sweet, sharp, rich and robust. Sweet orange, tangerine and hemp oils tone and nourish the skin, and are beautifully offset with the comforting aroma of Fair Trade vanilla absolute.

Price:  The Lush UK website lists this product as 11.95 GBP (about $20) for 250g.
Availability:  Lush is a UK brand that is available in 50 countries around the world
Scent: This product smells like licorice to me.  It smells woodsy and mildly spicy.
Pros:
  • I like the scent.  It does not smell overly feminine and would be a good unisex scent
  • The scent does not linger on my skin (which I like)
  • This product rinsed clean, and left my skin feeling clean but not stripped
Cons:
  • This product is extremely watery
  • This product does not lather very well.  I could not wash my whole body with the same amount I use for other shower gels, and had to reapply it.

Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I like the scent and I will continue to use this, but I felt that I needed to use more of this product.  If you apply your shower gel directly to your body without a washcloth, you may see better results.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods – a much loved repurchased product

A question for all the beauty bloggers and Youtubers out there:  Are there any products that you love and have repurchased quite a few times, and yet suddenly you realize that you have never reviewed it?  This is what happened with the Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods shower gel and body lotion.  I know this is one of the first Bath and Body Works scents that I tried, and that I have loved it since nearly the beginning of this blog.  Although it has come up a few times in my Project 10 Pans and Monthly Favorites, I just noticed that I never reviewed it!

This is a fairly old packaging.  The logo for Twilight Woods has since changed, as well as the packaging of the travel sized products.

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
The warmth and mystery of enchanted woods with an enticing blend of apricot nectar, mimosa petals & Tuscan cypress

Price: The body lotion is $12.50 for 8 fluid ounces (236 ml). The shower gel is $12.50 for 10 fluid ounces (295 ml).  This is the first time I noticed that the body lotion and the shower gel are not the same size. Is this a new thing, or just something I didn’t notice?

Scent:
Here is how Bath and Body Works describes this scent:
Top Notes: Juicy Berry, Sparkling Mandarin, Coconut 
Mid Notes: Creamy Frangipani, Soft Mimosa, Wet Honeysuckle, Wild Freesia, Apricot Nectar 
Dry Notes: Oud Wood, Musk, Orris, Vanilla Milk, Warm Wood
This is a sweet woody scent with a touch of floral.  I can also smell the vanilla and coconut.

Availability:  Bath and Body Works products are available in the US at free standing Bath and Body Works stores.

Pros:

  • I like that this scent is sweet and warm without smelling like candy.  I also feel that this scent is rather unisex.

Cons:

  • Both the shower gel and body lotion are just OK for me.  I buy Bath and Body Works products because I like the scents.
  • The body lotion is moisturizing enough for me in the warmer months (including now), but it was not enough in the winter months. 
  • The shower gel is extremely thick. I usually dilute it by adding 10%-20% distilled water to make it easier to use.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, this is one of my favorite Bath and Body Works scents.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel

I am going to start out by saying that I did not like this product.  However, it is not really the fault of the product, and I guess I should really blame myself.  I really do hope that it works for other people, and that it was unfortunate that it didn’t work for me.

When I was a child, I did not understand the concept of stress. I distinctly remember not understanding why people got so tired when they did not move their bodies.  Obviously this has changed as I grew older, and unfortunately I am often stressed out at work.

I don’t know if aromatherapy actually helps in relieving stress, but I do like using scented oils in my diffuser. This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint shower gel. This is another product in the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy line.  I have previously reviewed other products in this line, such as the Sleep Lavender Chamomile, Sleep Lavender Vanilla, and Energy Orange Ginger. (all links go to previous reviews)

 

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)

This fast-foaming body wash is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of essential oils and natural ingredients benefit body, mind & mood. For a bubbly bath, add a couple ounces to warm, running water. Breath deeply for best results. Not tested on animals Eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind while Spearmint Essential Oil uplifts to help improve concentration

Price: The full sized bottle is $13 for 10 oz.  I purchased the travel size, which is $5 for 2 oz.
Scent:  The only way to describe it is… spearmint and eucalyptus.  Really.

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing Bath and Body Works stores in the US, and also in several countries worldwide.
Pros:
  • Like other shower gels from Bath and Body Works, this product cleans the skill well without stripping it.
Cons:

  • I kept thinking that I had smelled this product before… and realized that it smells like the product I use to clean my toilet.
Would I repurchase? No. The scent is just too similar to my household cleaner.
Ugh!  I really was looking forward to trying out this scent!!  I wonder if I would have liked this product better if I didn’t use that particular toilet cleanser. I have read a lot of blogs mentioning that products with citrus or mint scents tend to smell similar to household cleansers, but this is the first time this has happened to me!  Now I understand how a scent can make or break a product!
xoxo, K
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Review: Lush Rose Jam shower gel

As long time readers of this blog know, I try out a lot of Lush products. When I browse my nearby Lush store, the sales associate asks me, “Have you tried this product before?”.  Usually, the answer is “Yes, and here is what I thought about it.”   Lush has been the number one brand reviewed on this blog for 3 consecutive years!

To add another Lush review to my blog, here is a review of the Lush Rose Jam shower gel.

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
With a vanilla pod infusion, goji berry juice and vitamin rich, nourishing argan oil, this shower gel is truly indulgent. People who love Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner will love this too as we use the same floral, fruity-smelling combination of Turkish rose absolute and geranium oil.

Price: $10.95 for 3.3 oz

Scent: Lush has described this as Snow Fairy‘s older sister (link goes to my review in… 2011. Let me start off by saying this has a really sweet scent. When I drafted this review, I called it “Strawberry Jam” by accident! While I know I am smelling roses, somehow I can only describe this as a fruity scent.

Availability: Lush products are available at Lush stores and online. Your country’s Lush may or may not sell products online, but Lush UK ships internationally.

Pros:

  • I liked the scent. Somehow, it reminds me of the holiday season.
  • This scent lasts in my bathroom but not on my skin (I personally don’t like the scents of my bath products to linger on my skin)
  • This is one of Lush’s thinner shower gels, making it easier to use.

Cons:

  • I realize that not everyone likes rose scents, since they trigger headaches in some people
Would I repurchase? No. This is a nice product, but I feel that the scent is dupable. On the other hand, Lush is proud of their rose scents, so perhaps it is more complex than I realize!
Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K
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Review: Lush Orange Jelly Soap – soap and shower jelly in one

One of the first Lush products I ever used was one of their shower jellies. Shower jellies are shower gels in jello form. It was the first time I tried a product like it, and it was quite interesting.  In this year’s Lush winter collection, there is a soap which has a layer of shower jelly on top!  This is a review of the Lush Orange Jelly soap, called Bright Jelly soap (ブライトジェリーソープ) in Japan.

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
This soap is orange, pure and simple. It has freshly squeezed orange juice, Brazilian orange oil and even fresh slices of the stuff preserved in the top layer of carrageenan jelly.

Scent:
This product smells like oranges. Lush does a pretty good job with their citrus scents, being realistic without smelling like kitchen cleanser.

Price: 3.40 GBP/100g, $6.95/3.5oz, 600 JPY/100g

Pros:

  • I like the scent. It is fresh without being sharp.

Cons:

  • I felt that this soap cleanses too well for a winter soap. I need to use a very heavy moisturizer afterwards.
  • While the concept is interesting, I didn’t like the execution of combining soap with shower jellies. When I rubbed the soap against my washcloth, it was hard to combine the soap and jelly.
  • There is a layer of white stuff between the two which you can see in the first picture. This part does not melt evenly.
  • Why does Lush put fruit into its products? This product had a slice of preserved orange in it… which is just weird to me. I felt the same about the cherry in the Lush Summer Pudding soap.

Would I repurchase? No. It’s a good soap, it just doesn’t work for me in the winter.

Unfortunately, my first product of this year’s Lush holiday selection didn’t work out for me!  I have reviewed several other Lush seasonal products before, which you can find on my Past Reviews page.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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