There are not that many people on the planet that don't like surprises. Whether it be a sporadic gift, an unexpected phone call from a distant friend, or an opportunity arisen from the ashes of another action, a sudden act of kindness is almost always most welcome. The same can be said when your enjoyment of a product outweighs that of your prior expectations. This was the case when I first experienced this rather special shower gel.
Released many years ago, the Rose Jam Bubbleroon made a big impression on me, so much so that I felt rather guilty that I'd left it so long before trying it out. Next came the Rose Jam Perfume, of which I stocked up on during Lush's 2013 Forum Perfume Special. In the same month, Lush also chose to re-release their very popular Rose Jam Shower Gel to coincide with their Christmas range.
The fragrance that accompanies all three of these products, as well as their Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and the currently discontinued Scentenary Soap, is a beautiful and very unique combination of sweet, citrus and floral.
Firstly, you can detect a strong but equally soft rose note that stems from the inclusion of rose oil and rose absolute. There's also a subtle element of lemon in the mix, which adds a natural zesty layer to the shower gel. Finally, the addition of geranium oil pads out the smell with a gentle but sharp floral note. Together, these ingredients give the overall fragrance a certain element of depth, which prevents it from being another predictable rose-scented product.
To me, this shower gel smells like freshly made Turkish delight - a rich, fruity and rather sophisticated combination that makes for a very indulgent experience in the shower. Those of you who dislike rose-scented cosmetics, may write this off before trying it out. However, I would really recommend that you give it a chance - you may just find you love it.
Out of the bottle, Rose Jam Shower Gel is a translucent, cerise colour and is rather thick and 'gloopy' - a little runnier than Happy Hippy but more like a thick jelly than a thin shower gel. It's very easy to lather up and you need very little to produce a thick, oily and very cleansing lather.
With the addition of vanilla pod infusion and goji berry juice, as well as vitamin rich, nourishing argan oil, this shower gel works immediately on conditioning and nourishing your skin, leaving it feeling velvety-soft the second you rinse the lather away. This softness stays with you throughout the entire day and I often skip applying a body lotion when I use this in the shower.
What is great about this shower gel is that, despite it's gentle scent, the wonderful sweet fragrance permeates your skin and stays with you for hours and hours afterwards. It's lovely to be able to top up the smell with a little spray of Rose Jam Perfume and enjoy the gorgeous scent all day long.
As many floral products can be rather overpowering, I would normally recommend that rose-scented cosmetics be used in colder months - to awaken the mind and warm the senses whilst you're battling against the elements. However, Rose Jam Shower Gel is light enough to be enjoyed all year round, and I tend to use it during the spring and summer months to compliment the warm weather.
Overall, this is a fantastic product from Lush and I cannot understand why they have not chosen to keep this a permanent feature in their range. Luckily, I have two 500g bottles from the Christmas release, but I'll be sure to double up if the opportunity arises.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Goji Berry Juice, Lactic Acid, Argan Oil, Organic Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Coumarin, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Colour 17200, Methylparaben.
2015 Price: £4.95 for 100g, £9.75 for 250g, £16.50 for 500g, £27.95 for 1kg.
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Pearl Massage Bar
Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Ro's Argan Gourmet Soap
Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Rose Jam Bubbleroon
Rose Jam Liquid Perfume
Rose Jam Solid Perfume
Rose Jam Shower Gel