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5 June 2018

Twilight Naked Shower Gel



Although I have become fully accustomed to the way that Lush’s Naked Shower gels look and work in the shower, I was still a little disappointed to discover that my bottle of Twilight had a big stain down one side. The blogger in me cringed when I saw it - thinking about how I was going to get a decent picture of the bottle without it revealing its flaw.

Disappointment aside, Twilight Naked Shower Gel is everything that fans could hope for. While the colour may not replicate the original glittery edition, that Lush opted to discounts earlier in he year, it does share the same shade of deep purple as the current bottled version. Not only this, but the smell is incredibly close as well, and is perhaps one of the best-smelling formats released this year.

Containing lavender oil, as well as tonka and vanilla absolute, Twilight is a warm, sultry combination of sweet and herbal - a collaboration so perfect that you’ll be hard-pressed to find many people who dislike the fragrance. Lush state that this shower gel contains lavender infusion and essential oil to calm and relax both the mind and the skin. This is coupled with tonka to add notes of rich, almost caramelised vanilla, and benzoin to give it a sweet balsamic quality on top. I don't know whether it's the tonka or the benzoin that did it for me, but something in this gel turned it from what could have been a typical lavender smelling bath product to a magnificent blend of smells that stayed with me long after I had exited the shower. 

Whereas most lavender products are often very harsh smelling to me, Twilight has a silky sweet overtone which dampens the lavender smell slightly and offers up a gorgeous, wholesome sweet scent. There is something almost caramel-esque about the combination of tonka and vanilla here, that makes Twilight one of the best inventions that Lush have created to date.

How this naked shower gel differs from the liquid version is again down to the scent and the way it works in the shower. Firstly, the fragrance of this is slightly more subtle than the original, and while you can smell the gel throughout the entire shower, and on your skin afterwards, there is something subtle about the way it presents itself: It feels like the fragrance is holding back a little.

For those who have used the liquid gel, you’ll know that the lather is more of an oily one - there is something almost condensed about the way it works, and you’ll find that it won’t produce much of a foam without you using a lot at a time. In this way, Twilight offers something very different to most other Lush shower gels. When it comes to the naked gel, I found that it actually DID produce more of a foam-like lather, albeit an oily one. This is probably its biggest selling point for me, as fans looking for something easier to use than their beloved Gel, can now have their cake AND eat it.

As with most of the naked gels, Twilight doesn’t need to be under the running water for long. Once it has been dampened a little, the bottle will produce a light but generous, fluffy lather to massage across your skin. Moreover, I found that stimulating it between my hands heeded even more foam that I could use, so I didn’t need to expose it to water for long. This meant that the bottle lasted far longer that way. 

Once you’ve rinsed your body, you’ll discover that beautiful notes of both the tonka and lavender wrap around your skin and stay with you for a while after your showered. This is perfect if you use this naked gel just before bedtime, as the scent will transfer onto your bed sheets and be with you when you awake in the morning. 

What was great about Twilight was that the bottle lasted far longer than a 250g bottle of the gel. This made it great value for money and one that I repurchased for this reason alone. Not only this but Twilight Naked Shower Gel was super moisturising and left my skin feeling silky-smooth and soft. This lasted across the whole day and worked perfectly with Sleepy Body Lotion to top up my tonka and lavender needs, when I needed a fix.

Ultimately, this is easily one of Lush’s best naked shower gel variations, and I cannot see why fans would be opposed to having both options available to them. Although the scent is a little weaker than the liquid version, all of the key components are still very much present, and you still experience everything that’s wonderful about Twilight when using this in the shower. Having bought a couple of these to see me through until next Christmas, I can safely say that Twilight Naked Shower Gel was a hit in my house.

Quantitative Ingredients: Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoin, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Black Wax.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £9.95 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.


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