17 May 2014

Big Calm Shower Jelly

Despite being an obsessive fan of Lush, it is not very often that I discover a product that is either one of the extremitys - incredible or atrocious. I enjoy most of the purchases that I acquire from Lush, but it's rare that an item surpasses my expectations to the extent that this shower jelly did. When a product leaves such a strong impression on me, I know I've stumbled onto something amazing.

Big Calm Shower Jelly is a product that I've been desperate to get my hands on since I first stumbled upon it's existence a few years back. Described as being a 'Pina Colada' scented jelly, I was worried that my expectations would shroud my judgement when this product arrived and make me like it less than I thought. Luckily, this shower product turned out to be, in my opinion, one of the most incredible-smelling items to grace Lush's shelves in a long while.
Containing a coconut and pineapple infusion, this refreshing shower jelly also uses a combination of carrageenan seaweed and sweet orange oil to give it a strong tropical scent unlike anything you'd expect to find on the high street. To me, most coconut-dominated cosmetics tend to smell very two-dimensional and rather cheap. Not this one. 

An initial sniff offers the user a fresh, fruity pineapple element - it reminds me very much of fresh pineapple juice without the tartness that normally accompanies such a fruit. Intertwined with this, is a beautiful sweet, nutty coconut scent that merges itself with the pineapple fragrance and compliments it perfectly. It's one of those products that compel you to smell it every time you're near it.

Aside from it's wonderful aroma, Big Calm possesses all the characteristics of a perfect shower companion. Firstly, the addition of the seaweed in the ingredients moisturises and conditions your skin wonderfully, whilst the pineapple juice cleanses your skin and flushes out any toxins clogging up your pores. The orange oil not only adds it's sweetness to the overall smell of the shower jelly, but also helps to awaken the senses, while the vetivert oil helps you to unwind and relax. 
I only had to massage it over my skin for a few seconds to notice how smooth and velvety it made my skin look and feel. It instantly conditions your skin and leaves it feeling beautifully soft for the entirety of the day. You definitely don't need to use a body lotion after showering with this bad boy, which makes it fantastic value for money.

It's scent is one of the strongest I've come across in a shower jelly, and this wonderful aroma permeates your skin and leaves you smelling amazing for many hours after your shower.

Big Calm has a rubbery and slightly rough texture in places, but this doesn't effect the productivity of the product at all. In fact - it's consistency means that you can use a lot less each time, as a penny-sized chunk will easily clean your whole body, making it better value for money than other Lush jellies.

Much like Deep Sleep and Party On, this jelly produces a thick, oily lather, which makes your skin feel incredible after use. It also helps that this product doesn't need a lot of coaxing to create any foam, so you don't have to rub it for ages between your palms. I didn't drop any pieces while I was using it, which is probably a first when it comes to my experience with shower jellies. 

Big Calm is the epitome of a summer product - it's design of blue and white swirls paints a beautiful image of crashing waves and fresh surf on the shore. For anyone looking for a product to use after a long 'hard' day at the beach, this one will refreshen your senses, repair sun-kissed skin and leave you smelling like a beach goddess. So if like me, you're not able to spend your summer holidays in the Caribbean, why not bring the Caribbean to your house and indulge in this wonderful product? Lush need to make this a permanent.                 

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Coconut and Pineapple Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 60725, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £7.95 for 250g.
2016 Price: £8.25 for 250g.
2017 Price: £8.50 for 250g.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Big Calm Body Lotion
Big Calm Shower Jelly
Big Calm Solid Perfume


  1. I reeeeeally want to try this.
    It's such a strange concept
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  2. Thank you for reviewing this one! I am so glad I snatched one up on eBay because it was way worth it. And I totally agree, lush should make this one permanent!!

  3. Another favorite of mine! I wish they'd bring it back. I'd stock up for sure!

    1. I wish they'd bring this out as a shower gel - I'd bankrupt myself buying the lot out :)

  4. I agree... the smell is amazing, and I can't believe they haven't made anything else with the scent. I just love the shower jellies; I've only had Big Calm and Strawberry Twin Tub but it makes me want to try out their permanent ones since they're so much fun and you can get a lot of use out of one tub.

  5. Sweetie Pie is amazing and Whoosh smells amazing, although I can't use that one! I hope they release big calm as a shower gel one day because I'd lose my mind :)

  6. I got in to lush just in time for this to be discontinued. It always really intrigued me, but the running consensus was that it smelled of "bad breath" I'm so happy I didn't listen to hat because when the kitchen came out with it, I snatched one up. The smell is absolutely amazing.

  7. I got in to lush just in time for this to be discontinued. It always really intrigued me, but the running consensus was that it smelled of "bad breath" I'm so happy I didn't listen to hat because when the kitchen came out with it, I snatched one up. The smell is absolutely amazing.

  8. i got my hands on it and i have to say: it's the first thing i will resell.. it's a bad chemical plasticy smell. I hope my batch is bad. If not: No thanks...

  9. Just scored a pot! Hoping I will love it.

  10. I have to agree with anonymous above - bad chemical plasticy smell is EXACTLY what I thought too, which is Sooooooo weird because everyone says this is the one that smells the most natural?!

  11. I love the way Big Calm looks. And being an avid lover of pineapples, coconuts and most of the other ingredients of the jelly, I thought I'd ordered the perfect product. However, when my 3 Big Calms arrived, I was greeted with a plastic-chemical, sickening scent that was like a fake mango smell?