25 October 2018

Cinders Naked Shower Gel

It seems a regular move nowadays for Lush to release a naked version of their liquid shower gels, with each of their seasonal releases. It also appears as if I react in the same way each and every time: assuming that the solid edition won't impress me as much as the liquid version, and that while a great idea, won't ever win my heart over the liquid edition. However, it didn't take me long realise that I had finally met my match when deciding to take this particular limited edition into the shower with me.

Cinders Naked Shower Gel is perhaps the first naked edition of a product that has won me over its liquid counterpart, and one that I plan on purchasing again in the near future. While nowhere near as perfect as I'd expect my shower companions to be, this particular release as shown far more positive attributes than most of the naked gels and creams to come before it. 

Firstly, the colour of this naked gel is near spot on the colour of the liquid gel, which is wonderful in my eyes as the bright shade of orange is the perfect for warming yourself in the winter months. While definitely more phycological then scientific, the colours orange and red always offer me more comfort from the cold than the likes of blues and greens, and Cinders offers the perfect blend of richness and vibrancy. 

Secondly, I found the fragrance of this was perhaps the closest I've experienced between a naked and a liquid gel, and was strong enough that I didn't have to strain my senses to get a whiff of the wonderful, wintery brew. Just like the liquid variation, this limited edition shower gel offers something far more complex than the bath bomb its taken its name from. And while fans may be disappointed if they're expecting a perfect replica, most consumers should be able to appreciate how much more complex and inviting this slight change brings about.

What you'll find in Cinders Naked Shower Gel is a warming combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove powders. Much like the liquid version, the former ingredient is what stands out the most - giving off a warm and very slightly spicy cinnamon aroma, while the inclusion of maple syrup wraps itself around this to give the shower gel both a sweetness and an extra moisturising touch.

Much like the liquid version, the nutmeg, allspice, clove and ginger notes all make themselves more prominent when hot water is added: offering a more complex and splendidly warming scent on the skin. What is great about both version of this shower gel is that it has many layers that make themselves known throughout your experience, and each and every ingredient can be detected at some point. 

What made Cinders Naked Shower Gel feel more special than then liquid version is that firstly it appeared to lather up more generously: creating a thick, wholesome 'soap' to massage across your skin. Secondly, I found that the cloves dominated the aftermath a lot more in this format, and I really appreciated how much the scent of cloves lingered on my skin for a long time after use. 

The only downside to this, and all of Lush's naked shower gels, is that they do cause a bit of mess if left on the side of the bath. You do have to think about how you're going to store these in between uses, and also how you're going to dry it off so that it doesn't shrink any quicker than you want it to. Furthermore, the face that this shower gel is made up of many oils, I found that it was a little slippery to hold onto in the shower, and I found myself dropping it multiple times throughout each experience. 

However, Cinders Naked Shower Gel left my skin feeling very clean and super soft, and smelling like a freshly baked winter pie. I only wish that my skin felt replenished enough to save me from having to moisturise afterwards, but that could just be the 'lazy' in me talking. This is a great addition to the Christmas range this year, and one that definitely should be tried before they disappear. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Perfume, Almond essential oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Kaolin, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Maple Syrup, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, *Eugenol, *Cinnamal, *Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £8.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Cinders Bath Bomb
Cinders Liquid Perfume
Cinders Naked Shower Gel

Cinders Shower Gel


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