Occasionally Lush release a product that makes me frown a little and ponder over their motives for a while. (I'm still trying to figure out why they thought Glam Rock Hair Glitter was a good idea!). Recently, one such product that has made me react in this way, is their Glitter Bug Body Lotion.
On paper, this body lotion doesn't sound particularly terrible; with unctuous vanilla, cocoa butter, neroli and rose absolute, it actually sounds like an creamy, sultry yet sophisticated lotion. I was expecting a product similar in scent to either their Almond Kisses Facial Moisturiser or Starcraft Cleansing Lotion.
Unfortunately, what I found was that Glitter Bug is a very bland, plastic-scented lotion. Instead of the floral smell I was expecting, I was unable to ascertain any fragrance whatsoever, aside from the generic scent of cream; what you'd expect a body lotion to smell like before they stir any smells into the mix. Yuck!
At first I assumed that maybe Glitter Bug was supposed to be used alongside another 'scented' lotion, and that it was created solely as a gimmick product to decorate yourself with glitter. However, reading other consumer's reviews has made me realise that it was marketed as a complete body lotion, which means it should hold up on it's own. It doesn't.
The lotion is a thick, runny consistency; very similar to the likes of Sympathy for the Skin. You only have to ponder the lotion briefly to notice that the liquid is interlaced with minuscule flecks of blue glitter, which although in their thousands, are wonderfully subtle in the lotion.
When applying, the lotion glides over your skin with ease and leaves behind a light trail of sparkle. Unfortunately, this product also leaves behind it's synthetic smell, which would overpower any other lotion you'd want to apply afterwards. Not only that, but it also made my skin feel rather greasy and sticky to touch, which left me wanting to jump in the shower again.
Overall, I cannot see how this product was very popular, perhaps part of the reason why Lush released a solid Glitter Bug instead. I can understand that there is a market for products that 'glitterfy' the wearer, but they need to take into consideration the fact that, if they are to add sparkle into a lotion, most people would prefer a nice-scent to work alongside this.
This is definitely not a product I would buy again, and I cannot imagine it being brought back any time soon.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunusdulcis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Glycerine,Stearic Acid, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer),Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia),Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantiumamara),Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena),Cetearyl Alcohol,*Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool,Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.