When I saw that Lush had released this as part of one of their retro releases back in 2013, I was instantly intrigued. I've always loved the Whoosh scent but due to the shower jelly not being vegan-friendly, I've only ever been able to appreciate it from a distance. At first, I suspected that this product would also contain a non-vegan ingredient, and because Lush didn't mark this as vegan, I figured my theory was correct.
However, after having trouble figuring out why it wasn't vegan, and having researched near enough every ingredient and coming up blank, I took a risk and ordered myself a tub. I cannot tell you how pleased I was to discover that it was marked as vegan on the tin, and that Lush had just forgotten to label this correctly on their site.
Whoosh Temple Balm wasn't always vegan - in fact, it was the retro release that I got mine from that saw the change of ingredients and the removal of the honey water that had made it unsuitable beforehand. Made from an impressive array of different oils and waxes, this product shares the same consistency as one of Lush's more greasier lip balms. However, this balm is not to be used on the lips.
For those unfamiliar with the term ' temple balm', you might be interested to know that Lush have released a small array of different ones over the years; all with different scents, but all designed to carry out a particular job. By massaging the oils into your pulse points (temples, neck and wrists), these balms are supposed to stimulate and revive your tired body and keep you going for longer. These areas are highlighted in particular because when the oils are absorbed into the skin, they reach your blood circulation quicker and get to work on waking you up.
This temple balm is probably the nicest smelling one I have tried - giving off a fragrance that reminds me of Refresher chews and limeade. Whoosh has a wonderfully uplifting and bright citrusy smell that sits on your skin for a good half an hour and acts as a perfume as much as anything else. Although I couldn't detect any other ingredients in the aroma, this balm also contains both geranium and rosemary - two ingredients that are supposed to refresh and invigorate the senses whilst also helping you to stay calm and focussed.
I'm going to be honest when I say that I couldn't detect much of a change with regards to my mood or energy levels after I had applied this product. I did feel a little happier within myself, but I put that down to enjoying the fragrance and not because I felt more physically or mentally revived.
Despite this, I did find the product very refreshing and it did awaken my senses for this reason. I have also experimented and applied this to various areas of my head if I'm suffering from a headache, and I have noticed that it helps to calm the pulsating pain a little bit at times.
Overall, I cannot say it's a miracle worker but it definitely does affect you in some way. It's a handy product to carry around with you if you want an uplifting boost throughout the day, or if you just want to smother it under your nose so you can enjoy the smell. It's not a product I will run out and purchase again, but I will enjoy my tub whilst it lasts.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
2015 Price: £5.95 each.
2016 Price: £6.25 each.
Whoosh Shower Jelly