16 February 2017

Two Hearts Beating As One Shower Gel

When the Kitchen first opened their doors, keen Lush enthusiasts were eager to see what retro products would be making an appearance, and Instagram pages were adorned with throwbacks of releases that hadn't been available for a short while. Not many of the requests went back further than a few years, and the Kitchen mimicked this by bringing out many of the items that had featured in recent retro releases. 

Fast forward almost three years - with lots of repeat menus, and many ignored requests to delve deeper into the Lush vaults, and suddenly an influx of releases suggest that the Kitchen team are working on taking us back even further than we initially envisaged. With a recent spout of products transporting us back to the days when Lush were known as Cosmetics To Go, the future is ripe with possibilities of what we could be privy to next.

Two Hearts Beating As One Shower Gel is a product that not only takes us back to a time before the millennium existed, but it transports us to an era where some of Lush's pinnacle smells were created and unleashed into the world for the first time. While not a favourite smell of mine, the scent of this product is definitely one that defines what Lush are about, and has a familiarity to it that you cannot help but fall in love with. 

Sharing its scent with the recently released Valentine's Day special bath melt, this shower gel mimics the smell of a whole family of products - most of which have not been available for a good ten years. At the risk of repeating myself, this 'classic' smell epitomises the very essence of Lush as a whole, and new Lush fans can now appreciate the journey that the company have made from when it first came out, to when it appeared in the Lush Kitchen a couple of weeks ago.    

To me, the smell of this is far more reminiscent of what I imagine a Lush shop to smell like than the likes of 29 High Street. While it doesn't contain as many ingredients to mimic the most popular products, there is something rather 'Lush' about its fragrance, and those who are lucky enough to own a bottle, will no doubt understand what I mean by this. 

Featuring an infusion of jasmine as the key ingredient, you wont be surprised to discover that this is the strongest note from the very second you remove the lid and give the gel a sniff. Two Hearts pertains a very heady, very robust, and yet very sultry floral aroma. It has a subtle grassiness to it, yet it is very sweet and has an almost honeyed element to it as well. It's an intense offering from the get-go, yet not one that is anywhere near as overly potent as the Lust Family. 

Alongside this, the geranium and the rose absolute add a gentle, cloudy component - one that complements the jasmine but grounds it very slightly. The  latter of the two expands the smell of this shower gel, so that once you notice the rose absolute in the mix, it's very difficult to ignore the fact that it is there. 

While there is no mention of this in the ingredients list, I do wonder whether the shower gel features apricot of some sort. I only say this because it is really obvious in the bath melt that the apricot drives out some of the fruitier elements of the floral ingredients, and in Two Hearts I feel as if there is a governing note of sweetness that is derived from something like the sharp, peachy properties of the fruit. If there isn't, I'd say that the bergamot is behind this component.   

Overall, this shower gel is very sensual and relaxing. The key ingredients not only compliment each other well, but they do so without being too overbearing when being used. While the bath melt and the gel do come from the same scent family, I do feel as if the shower gel is slightly more on the musky side - as in the rose and the geranium are a little more prominent in the mix.

Of medium consistency, Two Hearts Beating As One Shower Gel is very easy to use in the shower. You don't need a lot at all to wash your entire body, and the product lathers up with ease - producing a thick, fragrant and very fluffy 'soap' to massage across your skin. While the heat and steam does elevate the fragrance a little, it's not too noticeable a difference from what it's like in the bottle beforehand. Having said that, this does leave a strong impression on your skin and the room afterwards: I could still detect the jasmine, the rose and the various other elements on my skin some 4-5 hours after I had exited the shower.

Ultimately, I feel very privileged that I have been able to experience something so far back in the Lush vaults, and only hope this is not the last opportunity I get to do so. This is definitely a product for those who want to be transported back to the beginning days of Lush, and for those who have a nose for the more interesting and unique floral aromas that Lush offer.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene, Glycol, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract, Lactic Acid, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Methylparaben Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £11.50 for 250g, £19.95 for 500g.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Heart Of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt
Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt
Two Hearts Beating As One Shower Gel

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