Since it’s the runup to Christmas now (and boy do I hope this product will make a comeback) I’ve finally got to reviewing this lovely shower jelly, which I purchased about a year ago.
For those of you who aren’t aware, a shower jelly is another one of Lush’s weird/niche products. It’s also a bit Marmite because not everyone is a fan of this product’s consistency. Imagine going to a kid’s birthday party, stealing their jelly, and rubbing it all over your body. It’s like that, but hopefully you’ll get less stares.
It also ISN’T made of gelatine, and is suitable for vegans. Hooray! Now when will food manufacturers stop using bloody gelatine and start using whatever TF is in this?
Without the colourful carrot nose or the cute button eyes, snowmen actually look creepy as hell.
The sales advisers tell you you should break this up into little bits, because it’s easier to use. I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. If you do that, I’ve found the little pieces slide into the bath, never to seen again. Of course, it’s all personal preference, but if you don’t want to waste your money then seriously try to avoid breaking it up at all.
The shape is deeply irritating, too. Other shower jellies are proper jelly shaped, so they’re big blocks that work perfectly with the contours of your body. The flatness of the snowman shape – and the fact they have to fold it in half to fit it into the container – is annoying, and slips through your fingers easily. It’s also a bit awkwardly shaped when you have to rub your armpits, etc, because your fingers get in the way. Try to take a fairly firm grip on the darn thing and set to work – it seems most secure when you make your fingers into a bowl-shape.
Rub it all over your wet body and you’ll notice it produces a decent lather – especially if you put some elbow grease into it. It smells a bit citrussy, but also of neroli, which is now my favourite flower. To finish off, it has a very pleasant sweetness. Something that reminds me vaguely of childhood, but I’m not sure why. As if you’re washing yourself with Play-Doh, but better. I can’t explain it, so you’ll just have to buy it.
The arse end of the snowman, which I savagely ripped apart (by mistake).
The aroma comes out quite well in the lather, but sadly it’s not a very long-lasting scent, which is a shame because I bloody love it. Wash it off, and hopefully your skin will feel clean, nourished, and smooth. In that sense, this product excels, because it works like an all-in-one. Perfect for the eejit in your life that literally has no idea what they’re doing in the shower.
Like many Lush products, despite the initial expense, it does actually last a fair while. It lasted me about four months with regular usage, two or three times a week. Pretty good going, especially because I usually use shower stuff like there’s no tomorrow. It’s up to you whether you want to splash out – maybe treat yourself this Christmas if you do – but on the whole, I’d say it’s a good buy. I’m looking forward to seeing if they bring out any other ‘Snowman’ products – like a proper shower gel.
Buy again? Yaaaas.
Recommend to a friend? Yes, but only if they’re of a patient temperament