6 April 2014

Supertramp Shower Gel and Bubble Bath

It wasn't until the Lush Kitchen first opened at the beginning of the week, that I realised, without a doubt, that I have a problem when it comes to Lush. (You've only just noticed?!) As soon as Supertramp was announced as the first limited edition product in the range, I ordered myself a bottle, knowing full well that I wouldn't enjoy it at all. Despite already recognising how I would react to the shower gel, my fingers itched to own a bottle; thus I ended up spending almost £15 just for the privilege of holding the product in my hand.

Lush has advertised Supertramp as both a shower gel and a bubble bath, which initially might attract sales because of it's versatility. However, for most regular consumers, we recognise that almost all of Lush's shower gels double up as a bubble bath, and some even claim to be rather effective alternatives to shampoo. 

Described as an 'earthy, mystical shower gel', Supertramp is packed with many ingredients, a lot of which at first seem contradictory, but that actually compliment each other well. There's peppermint in here, coupled with rose, sandalwood, ginger, horehound, lavender and salt. Individually, they bring key elements that help to give this product it's consistency; together, they create a very unique fragrance which is rather an acquired taste.  

The main ingredient here is horehound and peppermint infusion; a combination I had to research before using this product to begin with. What I discovered is that horehound is a bitter-scented herb, which when couple with the peppermint leaf, creates a combination that is super-effective on the skin. Both natural ingredients contain antiseptic properties, which help to soothe broken and damaged skin, and aid the healing process. Furthermore, their scents awaken the skin and you're left with a slight tingling sensation that helps to make you feel refreshed and clean. Although you can smell the peppermint, is does sit quite far down in the overall smell and really just helps to make the whole shower gel smell and feel really crisp and refreshing. 

The key scents that you can pick up on here is herbs, rose and lavender; a concoction that creates an earthy, floral pine-based scent. Those of you who love the smell of Tramp, will not doubt love this fragrance as it is very similar. In fact, Supertramp's name plays homage to the popular shower gel favourite. 

If you're to compare both products, I'd say that Supertramp possesses a slightly more rounder scent than Tramp - that is, the smell comes across as thicker and has more pronounced layers in it's fragrance. To me, I can smell a slightly more smoky, earthy element to this shower gel, which is thanks to the addition of sandalwood and patchouli in the ingredients. 
Supertramp is the same consistency as most of Lush's other shower gels and lathers up very nicely on the skin. It's a very moisturising product and leaves your skin feeling velvety soft and well pampered. The addition of peppermint means that your skin does feel rather invigorated after use - a featured that I enjoyed quite a bit. 

As with most Lush shower gels, the scent had some staying power, although I was unable to smell it a few hours after I had exited the shower. I have yet to use it as a bubble bath, so I am unsure whether bathing in it's fragrance for longer, might permeate the skin a little more effectively.

As I said at the beginning, Supertramp is not a scent that I'm particularly keen on. However, that's not to say that it's not a worthy product. For anyone that's a fan of earthy, woody smells, or those that love Tramp, I have no doubt in my mind that you'll love this product. And as far as productivity goes, this shower gel does everything you'd expect it to do. 

For a little under £12, this 250g bottle of shower gel does seem like quite an expensive investment to make. However, if used as a bubble bath, this one bottle could probably last upwards of 20 baths, meaning that it's a lot better value than the bath bombs and bubble bars. 

Unfortunately, this is not a fragrance that I enjoy all that much and so not a product I would be interested in using again.

Quantitative Ingredients; White Horehound and Peppermint Leaf, Herb, Rose Petal and Lavender Flower Infusion, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Fine Sea Salt, Organic Orange Peel Decoction, Patchouli Oil, Petitgrain Oil,  Pimento Berry Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Ginger Oil, Plantain Vinegar Gel, Perfume, Methyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £11.95 for 250g. 
2016 Price: £11.95 for 250g. 

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  1. "I can smell a slightly more smoky, earthy element to this shower gel, which is thanks to the addition of sandalwood and patchouli in the ingredients.", but patchouli was in the original...

  2. Hi there - sorry for the confusion. I didn't mean that sandalwood and patchouli were additional ingredients here - just that the addition of both ingredients is what helps to give this it's scent :)

    1. Would you say that super trams is the more feminine of the two tramp shower gels? Because of the floral side? I like an earthy scent, but I don't want to smell outright masculine! Thank you so much!

    2. I have never had the chance to smell Tramp, but I feel that Supertramp is a very masculine smell. I personally could not smell the rose at all, and just the smallest whisper of lavender. I found it very earthy, pretty minty, and very smokey once it hit the water. I usually prefer unisex scents, but this is a little too masculine for me, I'm thinking of seeing if my boyfriend will take it off my hands if he likes it, I wouldn't consider it feminine at all.

  3. Ugh..Patchouli again. And when I hear Earthy/ Grassy..i think of DIRT right away! Loll😂😯 Thanks for the Review..Im starting to See We have the same Scent Likes which is Great for me at picking which Kitchen Items Id wake up early for! ;) ha!

  4. Does supertramp smell more like tramp or smaragaine? Tramp was the love of my life, and I loathed smaragadine, but it seems a lot of the Smaragadine ingredients made it into this to make a sort of hybrid :(

    1. to my nose, supertramp smells very much like smaragadine and very little like tramp. I still have some smaragadine left from the last "retro" batch some years ago - despite what Lush tell you with their little use by labels most will last far longer if stored correctly, and especially the ones that contain notes such as sandalwood and patchouli which age well. Anyway, I realise this question was a year ago, but it might help someone somewhere! I much prefer Tramp.

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