26 April 2016

American Pie Shower Jelly

I always find it odd when products such as this rear their heads from the deepest, darkest vaults of Lush's past. Only because I have spent so many hours trawling through near enough every gem that the company have released, and it's a strange concept being presented with a freshly-made specimen when I've only ever seen pictures of the watery, festering artefacts that have survived being on the internet for the last ten years.

American Pie Shower Jelly would definitely have made it into my top twenty most wanted items, if I'd ever been brave enough to commit myself to such a list. Released originally back when Lush would hold forum parties, this extremely rare exclusive was never made commercially available to buy to the general public. That is, until a couple of week ago when the Kitchen unleashed it for one of their menus.

Sharing its scent with the American Cream family, this limited edition beauty is easily one of the creamiest, yet subtlest shower jellies out there - a feature that makes it a very unique and very beautiful addition to Lush's shower selection. If you're familiar with the fragrance, I can honestly say that it is exactly in-keeping with your expectations, and if you're new to the smell, you're in for a royal treat. 

With the key ingredient being a strawberry infusion, it's not surprising that the main note that you experience upon opening the tub is one that features the fruit quite heavily in the mix. Although you might then expect it to be a very vibrant, zesty smell, what you get instead is a very placid, milky strawberry aroma. As many reviews and descriptions have referenced, this aroma really does hold a resemblance to a fresh, strawberry milkshake.

Alongside the fruit element is vanilla absolute, clary sage oil and lavender oil - the former of which gives this shower jelly its sweet, creamy note and rounds off the scent with a strong dose of vanillary goodness. The clary sage adds a very subtle herbal aroma, which is the lightest component overall and just gives the jelly a very gentle earthy finish. The latter ingredient, aside from acting as a suppressant to calm the nerves and relax the mind, is also really good for the skin, and with the vanilla present, just gives a sweet smell reminiscent of Twilight Shower Gel.

With an array of different oils - clary sage and lavender especially, this shower jelly is really gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling silky-soft, not to mention incredibly moisturised. All of the ingredients present work in harmony to clean, cleanse and nourish the skin - producing a light, fluffy lather that doesn't initially look as if it's going to be that effective on the skin, but one that quickly surprises you when you begin using it. 

While I found it easier to cut the jelly into smaller chunks, American Pie works just as well if you decide to keep it whole. Either way - the product began to produce foam with very little stimulation on my part, and once I had a surplus amount between my palms, I was able to wash myself and spread the lather over quite an expanse of skin. 

Once rinsed off, this shower jelly lingered on my skin for a short while after towelling myself down, and the fragrance that did remain was not overly strong, which was expected given the strength of the original aroma in the tub. After a number of washes, the shower jelly had barely altered in size, leading me to believe that this 240g tub could easily see me through 5-6 months of daily cleaning - making it great value for money.

Overall, this product was exactly what I was expecting, and I'd go as far as to say that I preferred this to the scent of the conditioner - not only because this jelly is vegan so I'm able to use it to begin with, but also because the scent is much better balanced and you get an extra dosage of strawberry without it ruining the original fragrance.

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £8.25 for 250g.
2017 Price: £8.25 for 250g.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
American Cream Body Lotion
American Cream Conditioner
American Cream Liquid Perfume
American Cream Shower Gel
American Cream Solid Perfume
American Pie Shower Jelly
Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar
I Am 10 Bubble Bar
Marshmallow World Bath Bomb
Twinkle Bath Ballistic


  1. Hey Jen! Love your blogs! Just recently started reading everything you post and watch your Lush Kitchen menu videos too (:
    I have a question regarding American Pie Shower Jelly....:/
    I think I'm having a severe allergic reaction to it?
    Odd thing is, I used to work for Lush for over a year...and have used almost every product and never had an issue.
    All I did is open it and put it in my palm...I smelled it and let it touch my lips and it sorta wobbled to my lower left cheek. Few minutes later I notice a weird stinging sensation to my lips and a day later my lips look burned and have a red line on both my upper and top lip. PLUS the left side of my check has a small welt on it and the skin surrounding it is purple!

    Sorry this was a long story but predicament! Just wanna know your thoughts, and if/how I should return it :)
    (I think it might be a reaction from the Coumarin in AP jelly? But I've searched the products on lush that have Coumarin in them and Ive only ever used them on my hair and body....its just weird that all I did was smell AP and have it touch my face and this happened so...)
    anyways thanks Jen!

    1. Thanks Rain :)

    2. Hope you get better soon xxx. sounds like you did have a reaction, did you manage to return it? xxx

  2. love your vids and blog just recently started my own of course its not as good as your own but its my special place if you want to check it out its

    1. Had a look at your blog; it's good! are you @itsraininglush on Instagram? xxx

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  4. Very disappointed with the scent of this- its very bland and smells nothing like I expected it to. Doesn't smell fruity at all in fact it is herbal smelling. For such a bland product I don't get the hype about this product at all!