22 December 2013

Calacas Shower Jelly

Calacas shower jelly was one of the first Lush products I ever purchased, back when, for me,  Lush were just a novelty shop that I'd enter on occasion to ogle over the smells and prod a few strange looking concoctions. I didn't know at the time that I had been given a rare opportunity to purchase something that I'd later spend months trying to obtain; I was simply drawn to the vivid green colour and the beautiful, sweet fragrance. Simple as.

The jelly possesses the scent of lime and jelly bean; a blend of exotic Neroli essential oil and zingy Lime oil that creates a youthful scent that is reminiscent of fruit pastille sweets. The scent is mainly zesty with heavy floral notes and signs off with a fresh citrus twist. The addition of aloe vera gel, which is fantastic for cooling sore and irritated skin, gives Calacas that sophisticated fragrance layer that is unexpected on first sniff. 
There are several ways that you can use any of Lush's shower jellies, and I find that everyone has their own preference, which is completely understandable. Firstly, you can break a small piece of (or select a piece that's been segmented prior to your shower) and rub the block directly onto your skin. The amount of lather this creates differentiates vastly depending on the type of jelly, how old the product is and the size of the piece you're using. While some users find this way works for them, I find that this is fairly ineffective as it does not create much of a lather and the jelly becomes too wet, making it slippery and difficult to hold on to. 

Secondly, you can use a shower sponge, puff or exfoliating glove to create a lather before rubbing it all over your body. For me, I found this method far more successful as it helped to break down the jelly properly and create a nice foamy effect to wash your body with. Finally, you can break off slabs of the jelly and use them as you would a bubble bar, placing them underneath a running tap to stimulate bubbles. I tend to use mine for this reason, as I can get 4-5 baths out of one 100g tub, which I consider to be great value for money.
Inspired by the Mexican Day of The Dead Festival, Calacas is a unique fiesta of smells that'll appeal to those young and older lush fans. Those that enjoy the zesty kick of both Ponche and Happy Hippy, will probably appreciate the fresh citrus element here. The lime fragrance is perfect for waking you up in the morning and leaves your skin tingling; feeling thoroughly revitalised and awake.

The jelly glided over my skin and left it feeling super soft. After using this, my skin felt really refreshed, and the delicious scent lingered on my skin for the rest of the evening. Lush need to bring this back as soon as possible and make it a permanent feature in their regular range, as there is nothing quite like it on the market at this moment in time. 

Quantitative Ingredients: *Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Propylene Glycol, *Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. 

Vegan?: Yes

2016 Price: £4.25 for 100g

Scent Family:
Calacas Shower Gel
Calacas Shower Jelly
Calacas/Day of The Dead Perfume
Lady Catrina Soap
Man In The Moon Bubble Bar
Monsters' Ball Bath Bomb
Skullduggery Ballistic


  1. This is one of the smaller jelly pots, right?

  2. In the kitchen today !!!!!!!

  3. Does this smell like night wing ? Just ordered some through the kitchen but was thinking it sounds identical to night wing ?

    1. They're similar because they are both primarily lime scents, but I believe Calacas is Sweeter, while Nightwing is more zesty. Similar, but not identical by any means.

  4. This sounds amazing! I'm gutted it wasn't in the voted week :(

  5. upon comparing ingredients I believe the new Monster's Ball ballistic is calacas-scented. do you feel the same way? i love citrus smells but haven't had the oppurtunity to try calacas yet.