Iced Wine Shower Jelly is a wonderfully unique and beautiful jelly - both in how it's presented inside and outside of the tub, and the fragrance it gives off immediately upon removing the lid. Sporting a light, tangerine colour, this item looks and smells like a tropical cocktail - a product that you'd imagine would be best suited for a summer release, but which works perfectly in the colder months.
Lush describe it as a 'Christmas cocktail' and I couldn't agree more. With an infusion of fresh grape, iced wine and grapefruit oil, this is a sweet, fruity but surprisingly gentle addition to Lush's shower family. The grape infusion (which is made by boiling the fruit in water), gives this jelly a very natural grape aroma, while the grapefruit oil supports this and strengthens the overall fragrance without giving it a sour or overly citrusy smell.
The bergamot adds its own blend of sweetness that helps to give Iced Wine a very uplifting fruity aroma, while the buchu oils adds a very subtle minty scent. While the finished product doesn't give off a mint smell, there is something fresh about the jelly that reminds me that the buchu oil is present. Those who dislike mint fragrances shouldn't be put off by this description - I can assure you there is nothing minty about the smell. Together, these ingredients offer a unique and very beautiful aroma - like unsweetened grape juice mixed with watermelon and finished off with a dash of pink grapefruit.
Recognised as one of the best health foods, grapes are a good source of vitamins and minerals, containing magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C and several of the vitamin B group. This helps to make the jelly extremely gentle yet nourishing on the body - Iced Wine will leave your skin feeling silky-soft whilst helping to repair and improve the condition of your pores.
The jelly is gorgeous to use and produces a wonderfully soft, fragrant and rather oily lather to clean yourself with. I found it most easiest to cut the jelly into pieces about the size of one of Lush's solid perfume tins, and then rub this directly onto the areas I wanted to clean. I found it equally effective to massage the chunk between the palms of my hands and then massage the foam across my body - this will create a mound of suds for you to use and perhaps conserve the jelly for longer as it's not in constant contact with the water.
If you find that you have problems holding onto your jelly and lose a fair amount down the plughole, what I also find works for me is breaking off a grape-sized piece and then rubbing it into a sponge or shower-puff, before using this to lather myself with. This tends to help the jelly foam up, wherein the puff them holds the lather whilst you clean yourself.
After using this, my skin felt really soft and refreshed, and the scent lingered for a good while on my body. Furthermore, I tried freezing this product before using it in the shower,. This yielded really positive results, especially when the weather is hot and you're in need of something to help you to cool down.
If you love the scent of this, you can also break off a piece about the size of a grape and hold it under the flow of water, whereupon it will create a mound of fluffy bubbles and a rather wonderful smelling bath for you to enjoy.
However you choose to use this shower jelly, Iced Wine is a wonderful addition to anyone's shower and will leave you feeling clean and invigorated. This is the perfect shower companion for anyone who enjoys sweet fragrances but doesn't appreciate anything too synthetic smelling, or anything too citrusy. This would be beautiful as both a bath bomb and a body lotion, and I only hope that Lush think about creating these additions in the near future.
2014 Price: £7.95 for 250g.
2015 Price: £7.95 for 250g.
2016 Price: £8.25 for 250g.
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