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.

It’s Raining Men

Himg_6476oney, honey, honey. Where do I begin?

I’ve never been a huge honey fan. I’m not sure what it is about it. The smell just gives me a headache; it’s far too sickly for me. However, this scent is bearable for me. I very rarely use it, but with the Christmas range being released, I had to pull out this gel and blow the dust off it to pair it with the new Shoot for the Stars bath bomb. Luckily for me, the more I use it, the more I grow to like it. I can ignore the honey and make out a slight toffee scent, which unfortunately isn’t as strong as it is in the HIWTK soap, for example.

Sharing its scent with  the much-loved Honey I Washed The Kids range, this regular line shower gel is a perfect addition to any honey lovers out there. As it contains real honey, the gel is perfect for moisturising the skin as well as giving it a good clean. It conjures a lovely, thick lather quite easily. The consistency is nice, thick and creamy. I’ll put this down to the honey, as honey itself is usually thick and runny. Due to the moisturising goodness of this gel, when I used it in my hair I found that it was also very moisturising for my hair and left it feeling soft and looking shiny.

The lovely, milky toffee shade is a perfect colour for the scent and I really couldn’t imagine it being any other colour.

I must admit, as I am sitting here smelling this gel and putting my emotions into words, it’s putting me in the mood for a nice HIWTK themed bath even though I’m not a big honey fan. Perhaps it’s the toffee drawing me in.

I truly feel for the many vegans out there who are patiently waiting for a vegan alternative to this product.

This product is not suitable for vegans.

List of Ingredients: honey, rosehip lotus flowers and tiger lily infusion (rosa canina, nelumbo nucifera and lilum tigrinum), sodium laureth sulfare, sodium cocoamphoacetate, water (aqua), perfume, propylene glycol, brazilian orange oil (citrus sinensis), bergamot oil (citrus aurantium bergamia), titanium dioxide, limonene, citronellol, linalool, amyl cinnamal, lilial, methylparaben.

Part of the regular line.