9 January 2019

Avocado Wash Naked Shower Gel

Since the introduction of Lush's naked products, every new shower gel now seems to come with its solid counterpart - which is great for those consumers who want more options, but not so great for the humble bloggers who now have their workload doubled. With each and every one of the naked gels and creams that I have tried so far, not one of them has been better than their liquid sibling - that is until I tried this one out to size.

Avocado Wash Naked Shower Gel is one of a whole string of Avocado Cowash scented cosmetics to have come out over the last eight months. It seems as if this has become one of Lush's more sought after fragrances, and with good reason. The smell of this limited edition is simply gorgeous.

To my nose, this naked gel smells almost spot on to that of the original 'shampoo' that Lush brought out a few years ago. Drippings of litsea cubeba and  bergamot oils give this limited edition a wonderfully rounded fruity smell. It's like a warm, wholesome lime smell, with just a touch of green from the bergamot. 

Alongside this, the inclusion of the olibanum oil adds depth to the smell by infusing the fruity note with a rich but delicately resinous note. I wouldn't for one second say that the aroma is a smoky one, but there is almost a subtle burnt caramel note that just thickens out the fruity note a little, and makes the overall scent more wholesome.

When compared to the liquid shower gel that has been released alongside this, the naked version has definitely stayed true to the original scent, and holds a much better fragrance overall. In fact, many fans of the smell may choose this version over the other, for the sheer fact that this naked shower gel replicates the aroma far better.

Much like many of the recent naked gels that Lush have released, Avocado Wash is rather soft and slightly squidgy to the touch. Although it’s robust enough to last a few months with daily use, its consistency means it is prone to making a bit of a slimy mess on whatever surface it’s resting on. For this reason, I would highly suggest that you think carefully when considering how to store this in between uses. Having said that, the naked bottle does dry fairly quickly, so you don’t need to worry about patting it down after every shower. However, it needs to be stored somewhere dry otherwise it'll just remain a slippery mess for days on end.

Although this naked gel lathered up rather well, I did find that I needed quite a generous amount between my palms to do so, which meant that the bottle did look noticeably smaller after the first week. While I think that one of these would last a good 1-2 months with daily usage, I don't think it would outlast that of a 250g bottle of the liquid gel. 

Whereas some creams and soaps don't leave me feeling as clean as a shower gel would, this naked gel was easy enough to massage across my skin, and I did feel clean after rinsing it away. What impressed me even further was the fact that the scent did linger on my skin afterwards, for at least an hour, and there was almost a gleam about my skin that made it look radiant. 

When it comes to choosing between this and the liquid shower gel, there are definitely going to be some clear divides within the community. Whereas the liquid shower gel works better and lasts longer, the fragrance of the naked gel is replicated better and is far more beautiful than its bottled counterpart. It's a tough choice for sure, but I actually think I prefer the naked gel this time around.      

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Gardenia Extract, Water (Aqua), Organic Avocado Oil, Fresh Avocado, Amyl Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £8.95 for 200g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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