The Olive Branch

dsc_1322I can’t lie, my first feeling towards this gel was disappointment. Even now, I feel a bit unsure about it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell. I really love it. Matching its scent with Pop In The Bath bubble bar and The Christmas Penguin bubble bar, the sweet mix of mandarin and bergamot will definitely awaken your senses. This is a gel which really needs a good shake to mix the olive oil in with the ingredients to provide the brilliant moisture this gel gives.

However, even as you give the bottle a light shake, you can’t help but notice that something’s a bit off with this gel.

It’s just so watery.

And runny.

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As you can tell from this photo, the gel is very transparent and watery.

Such a watery shower gel will result in a large loss of product for many. Even I lose a fair amount when I tip the bottle into my hand. I do wonder how much has been wasted and how much has actually been put to use. The olive oil obviously doesn’t help with the consistency, but it really does give it the moisturising property I tend to look for in Lush products. Olive oil also contains hydroxytyrosol, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Looking past the extremely thin consistency of this gel, the lather it creates is incredible. Using just a small amount (as most of it has probably dripped into the plug hole by now) will create a fair amount of bubbles. It’s also a great product to use in the bath to make bubbles; not only will it give you a number of bubbles but it will moisturise you as you soak, too.

I wouldn’t really consider using this as a shampoo because my hair can be quite oily and I doubt the olive oil will help. However, I may test it out some day.

This isn’t a product I’ll reach for straight away, or even crave, but I do use it from time to time, especially when paired with products within the scent family.

This product is suitable for vegans.

List of Ingredients:  vine leaf infusion, water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium cocoamphoacetate, fresh mandarin juice, fair trade olive oil, perfume, propylene glycol, bergamot oil, lemon oil, orange flower absolute, mandarin oil, fine sea salt, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellal, colour 14700, methylparaben.

Part of the regular line.

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