14 May 2017

101 Salvations Shower Cream

So overwhelming was the Lush Summit event in February, that after talking to many employees about the exclusive products that were on offer at the time, the next day proved how bad my memory was, as I had remembered next to nothing. In fact, it wasn't until nearly a week after the showcase that I discovered my bottle of 'body lotion' turned out to be a shower cream instead.

101 Salvations Shower Cream is as witty in name as the product is beautiful. Carefully crafted from the best ingredients for healthy, well-pampered skin, this is a shower cream that should have made itself known way before it did. Despite the absence of both colour and lustre, this product doesn't exactly jump off the shelf at you - it's definitely not as attractive as any of the shower creams to have come before it. However, you only need to sniff this once to realise that there is something very special about this product.   

Sharing its scent with the Dream Cream family, it's a wonder that Lush didn't bring this out years ago, as the market for products designed for more delicate skin types are always in demand. And despite the fact that this has currently only made itself known for the exclusive event last month, there is no way that this wont be making an appearance in the near future: it would be cruel not to.

Containing a base of oat milk and rose water, this shower cream is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The oat milk has a very calming effect on the pores - cleaning them out without making them react to the acidity that is often found in other products designed for the skin. The rose water is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce prevalent irritation and redness. It's also a great cleanser - removing oil and dirt from the pores and leaving the skin feeling and looking far more radiant.

Alongside this, you have an accumulation of chamomile, lavender and rose absolute. These three components are very reserved in this format: the lavender taking centre stage with it's gentle, relaxing herbal scent, while the rose absolute intertwines itself around this note and offers a light, almost dampened rose smell. To finish it off, the chamomile adds a cool, delicate note of sweetness - giving this shower cream a perfect finish all around.

What makes 101 Salvations Shower Cream so special is the inclusion of the cocoa butter. While it also features in Dream Cream Body Lotion, it acts as more of a base ingredient, so it's there to improve the condition of your skin rather than add to the aroma. In this exclusive beauty, you can clearly detect a creamy, chocolately layer while using it in the shower, which just adds to its appeal and makes it far sexier than any of its predecessors. 

In the bottle, this is one of the thickest shower creams that Lush have ever produced: you could quite literally leave the bottle upside down and there would be no risk of it leaking out. For this reason, it does prove a little tricky getting it out of the bottle, as you have to give it a good squeeze, and even then this only heeds a string-like consistency. 

Adding onto this, you do need to use quite a large quantity to produce any sort of lather to clean yourself with. When using a grape-sized amount, I found that it was difficult to manipulate enough of a foam to spread over more than just my arms. For this reason, I ended up using quite a bit more than I would any of the other shower creams, which meant that my 250g bottle went down a lot quicker than I was expecting. 

While it was softening on my body and left a gentle combination of lavender and cocoa butter on the skin afterwards, I didn't feel as if it was as effective at cleaning as many of Lush's other creams and gels. Having said that, it worked wonders on my legs after they had been shaved, and even helped to reduced the redness on the back of neck after a rather gruelling session at the gym.

There is definitely a place for this within Lush's other far more colourful creams and gels. For those who want a cream that is not going to irritate or encourage their skin complaints, this would be the perfect shower companion. I do hope this makes an appearance very soon, because my single bottle is not going to be around for very long when the warmer months begin to make themselves known.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Oat Milk, Rose Water, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tincture Of. Benzoin, Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 for 100g, 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
101 Salvations
Dream Cream Body Lotion
Dream Cream Self-Preserving Body Lotion
Dream On Bath Bomb
Dreamwash Shower Smoothie
Dreamwash Shower Smoothie Roulade
Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap
In The Nude Bath Melt

Oaty Creamy Dreamy Oat Milk Shower Cream


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