12 June 2015

Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair Shower Gel

There are times when I feel as if I'm missing something - when the whole world is raving about a particular product or scent family, and I'm left scratching my head and wondering whether there is something wrong me when I'm unable to feign the same enthusiasm as everyone else. This shower gel is one such product. 

For many Lushies, Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair Shower Gel has been a long time coming and perhaps even slightly overdue for some. Sharing its scent with the popular Cocktail family, this shower gel has a fragrance that was designed to play homage to classic French perfumery - an area I'm fairly uneducated in so I didn't really know what to expect when I first took a sniff.

While I am a big fan of citrusy, fruity smells, this one just didn't sit as well with me as I was hoping it would. Similar in consistency to both Ponche and Hot Toddy, this bright red Oxford Street exclusive is a refreshing shower gel best suited for the warmer months. 

Containing a jasmine and rose petal infusion, it is these two ingredients, along with the ylang ylang absolute, that dominate the overall smell - the latter ingredient offering a very potent but equally smooth bitter-sweet, heady floral aroma. The smooth blend of ylang ylang, lavender and jasmine really make this shower gel one you have to get used to - straight from the bottle and I found it far too strong for my liking. 
Although it is far from a mint smell, the strength of the ingredients give it the same sort of harshness you would expect from a peppermint toothpaste - that pungent kick of freshness that translates onto the body when you're applying it in the shower. 

With the fresh fig juice, guava juice and peach juice, Wash That Man is a bright and very fruity offering - one that reminds me a little of Beautiful and The Sun but much heavier, with more depth and with a slight hint of woodiness. While this might sound a little off-putting, this shower gel reminds me of a rather bitter orange that has been left to 'turn' a little in the sun - giving off a sweet but rather pungent bitter element. 

Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair is easy to use and you really don't need much to work up an impressive lather. The shower gel's consistency is quite thick and is incredibly moisturising -  leaving your skin feeling instantly soft and visibly radiant. It lathers up really easy as well so you need very little with each use - meaning that a 500g bottle would last you a good 4-6 months with daily use. 

Unfortunately, this is one of those scents that just doesn't sit particularly well with me. While the perfume has time to mature on the skin and mellow out a little, this shower gel is very 'in your face' and I found it too overpowering to really enjoy it. In the shower, the heat of the water meant that I was engulfed in the fragrance of this and I found it very unpleasant. 

Don't get me wrong - there is not really anything wrong with the scent, and the product itself works perfectly well. However, for me it just wasn't a scent that agreed with my senses enough to continue using it, and so for that reason I probably would never buy another bottle again.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lavender, Jasmine and Rose Petal Infusion (Lavandula angustifolia; jasminum grandiflorum; Rosa damascene), Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Peach Juice (Prunus persica), Perfume, Lactic Acid, Labdaniferus Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Fresh Fig Juice (Ficus carica), Fresh Guava Juice (Psidium Guajava), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), LKavendar Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum), Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga odorata), Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.   

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £4.75 for 100g, £9.50 for 250g, £15.95 for 500g, £27.50 for 1kg.

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

Scent Family:
Cocktail Solid Perfume
Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair Shower Sheet


  1. I wonder if this is replacing Flying Fox? How disappointing- I was cautiously optimistic about it but when I read your reviews I tend to gather if I will indeed like a product, regardless of the rating, because you do provide such vivid and detailed descriptions! I'm curious to know if there are any products on *that* list that you'll be especially sad to see gone? Many of my semi-regulars were on there but I'm so devastated to see both Flying Fox and Grass go!

    1. Quite possibly because they're not the same at all but I reckon they would appeal to similar tastes. On all fairness, while there are a number of products I'll miss, Aqua Mirabilis is the only one I am genuinely sad about. The others I use but not regularly - that one I consider a staple. Yourself?

    2. Apart from the shower gels I'll certainly miss You Snap The Whip! My boyfriend loves Phoenix Rising so I might get him a big hamper full for his birthday! I've never tried Aqua Mirabilis but I'm tempted to now. Thanks for replying!

  2. Hey Jen :) thanks for the review - I feel similarly about it! Will be very sad to see flying fox go.

    Just to let you know, a new bath oil came out today in Oxford Street (just picked one up whilst I was in today) - it's called cloak of invisibility and looks like an upside down bundt cake with gold glitter on top :)

  3. Hey Jen,
    Little heads-up, Lush Switzerland has just released a "Bye Bye Products" list on FYI and to confirm your theories on products that are being discontinued. Love your blog, kisses from Berne, Sarah

  4. After reading this I want this shower gel even more ;)

  5. thanks for the detailed review! this sounds like something I will love, but if it is the "Flying Fx replacement" I will be very sad. FF is my absolute favorite.

  6. Hey Jen - Sorry but I'm very confused whenever you describe a product as "infamous" when it is an good to excellent product because "infamous" means something that is famous for the WRONG reasons, such as for a bad quality. Thanks

    1. There are a lot of words like that in her blogs...malapropisms are part of the charm for me.

  7. Hi Jen.

    I may be crazy (most likely) but I have this SG and Love perfume and find them so similar!
    I don't have Cocktail to be able to compare but are they all similar scents?
    Just to me it's Love all over! x

  8. Hey Jen,

    I'd really like to know your opinion about Flying Fox SG. I appreciate jasmin, but I dislike strong sweet scents. I think Wash that man smells quite nice and I truly love Lust.

    Could you help me by giving me a recommendation?

    I adore your blog!

  9. Got given a free bottle today after I was lamenting the loss of Cocktail soap, which is my favourite Lush product ever, and I'm very very happy with itit. It's just like Cocktail, which is all I hope for :)

  10. Got a sample today and just tried it, definitely smells like a mint toothpaste. It's horrible and thanks to that sample it saves me money.

  11. I wrote my own love letter to it after receiving a glowing recommendation from a colleague. BLACKWOOD FOR MEN