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1 September 2015

Gymslip Dusting Powder


One of the strange things I have noticed about the new range of products that Lush have brought out online and in various stores, is that there seems to be a greater emphasis on the dusting powders as opposed to the body lotions. While the company recently discontinued two of their lotions with seemingly nothing to replace them, Lush have brought out four brand new dusting powders  to replace a single one that was axed. 

Gymslip is one of the newbies - a promising sounding powder that claims to soothe and calm the skin after a workout - a perfect tool for someone who likes to spend a lot of time getting their sweat on. Designed to be slipped into your gym bag, this beauty is supposed to be applied either after your post-workout shower or before you change into your clothes to leave. 

Made from a combination of chickpea and calamine powders, these two ingredients make the skin instantly silky-smooth - banishing the sticky, sweaty patches and allowing you to slip your clothes on with ease. Both of these components are also great for calming irritated pores, so you can leave the gym knowing that your skin as well as your muscles have benefited from the session. 

Like all of Lush's dusting powders, this one has a great level of absorbency, so even if you haven't worked out you can still use Gymslip to keep your skin in tip-top condition and freshen up at the same time. Especially in the summer months, when even walking around the block can cause a sweat, this is a great little party trick to keep you dry and top up with a lovely fragrance at the same time.

Like most of Lush's dusting powders, this one features kaolin and sodium bicarbonate - the former to cleanse and soften while absorbing excess moisture, the latter to deodorise. This particular dusting powder also features an array of oils to offer up one of the best smelling powders that I have come across so far. 

While not listed on the ingredients list, Lush claim that this product has a neroli and bergamot aroma, which I agree with in part. In the bottle, the bergamot, neroli and elemi are all quite strong - offering an alluring and slightly exotic fragrance with the slightest hint of sweetness at the back. I can detect a very subtle note that reminds me a little of Creamy Candy Bubble Bar with a gentle floral component that gives it a very fresh, uplifting aroma. 

On the skin, it strangely reminds me of Formulae Known As - it has a sort of sugary rose and cocoa butter aroma underneath, with a subtle hint of chamomile and another hint of the neroli to give it a wonderful floral finish. I think it's one of those products that you need to sniff for yourself to recognise what I mean by my above description - it's quite a unique and rather strange scent to experience.

To use this product, simply shake into the palm of your hand and then rub into your skin. You can also apply it directly onto any areas you wish to, although I found that this can cause a lot of the powder to fall off and get onto your clothes and/or carpet. You only need a small amount to cover your whole body - I found a teaspoon amount was more than enough each time.

Much like every other dusting powder, this one sits beautifully on the body, immediately being absorbed into the skin so you don't have to worry about it rubbing off on any clothes you put on afterwards. What you are left with is soft, beautiful skin with a very light fragrance that stays with you for a short time.

Overall, I have really enjoyed using this and will always keep a bottle handy in my bag. Whether to top up my fragrance, dry myself off or even give my shoes a small squirt if I've been on my feet all day, this dusting powder has become a staple in my household. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Calamine Powder, Chick Pea Flour (Cicer arietinum), Kaolin, Talc, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Trisilicate, Perfume, Lycopodium Powder, Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Cananga Oil (Cananga odorata), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Benzyl Benzoate, Lilial, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £6.95 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2015.



3 comments

  1. Is this in their Oxford street range ? I cant seem to find it online.

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  2. They actually axed two dusting powders - Lustre and Vanilla Puff. :) Poor lonely Silky Underwear. I have the Get Closer dusting powder and love it, I just need to save up and find someone willing to ship Oxford products across the pond in order to try Gymslip next! Thanks for the awesome review!

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  3. Wafa- this is currently an Oxford Street exclusive, it's not yet available online that I can see. Hopefully they'll add it eventually but so far it's only in the shop.

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