20 January 2018

Nausicaa's Golden Flask Shower Oil

Insired by the mythological Nausicaa, who was known for anointing herself with olive oil after bathing, this shower oil is yet another example of Lush's impeccable solid skin care. While the design made it one of the least interesting in my eyes, I only had to smell the fragrance for the first time to know that it would become one of my favourites. 

Nausicaa's Golden Flask Shower Oil is a beautiful, tear-shaped block of fragrant butters and oils that you'll initially want to eat. Containing sweet orange oil and bergamot oil as the two main components, you'd be mistaken for thinking that this is just going to be 'another fruity fragrance.' 

On the surface, this shower oil reminded me a little of The Sun Liquid Perfume. The orange present here is very bright and almost slightly bitter: like you're peeling back the skin of the fruit and getting notes of both the fruit itself and the sourness of the pith alongside it. It's definitely a very natural smelling fragrance, and if you were to close your eyes, you'd probably think someone was offering you an orange as opposed to a cosmetic.

The inclusion of the bergamot oil definitely adds a gentle, green note to this product, which is what gives it its natural aroma. While I wouldn't say that the smell of this is in any way complex, it is very beautiful and natural, and it makes me mouth salivate each and every time I have the pleasure of using this in the shower.

Much like every other shower oil, the best way of using this is to ensure your skin in damp and then gently massage the block across the skin. The warmth will melt the bar and coat your skin with a thin layer of butter and oils, which can then be massaged with your fingers to spread them across a bigger surface area. I would avoid putting too much pressure on these bars as you will waste a lot of the product in doing so. Avoiding direct contact with the running water will also ensure that this bar shrinks at a far slower pace - which means you can stretch out their lifespan far longer.

Unlike a body butter or a body conditioner, the residue you get from all of Lush's shower oils are far more gentle on the skin, making them perfect for those who dislike the heaviness that you can sometimes get from using either of the above formats. Yet despite this, the shower oils are equally as effective at moisturising the skin, and perhaps work out better value for money.  

Much like Coco Loco Shower Oil, this shower oil produced more of a milky residue on the skin, although it was just as effective at nourishing my body and equally as light as the other shower oils I have tested out so far. Furthermore, the ease in which this worked on my skin meant that I needed very little to coat my entire body - meaning that I envisage this lasting a long time in my bathroom.

While I am lucky enough to be travelling somewhere hot in a matter of days, this has been the shower oil I have used the most during the colder weather here in England. This is very much like holding the sunshine in your pocket, and every time I use this in the shower I feel as if the bitterness outside is just a distant memory. 

As with all of Lush's new shower oils, Nausicaa's Golden Flask works well at nourishing my skin; adds a radiance to it that lasts for hours; creates a moisturising barrier without making your skin feel heavy; and leaves a lingering scent that wraps itself around you like a gentle blanket of warmth. 

I really do hope that all of these shower oils are released in stores across the UK, and indeed the rest of the globe, because they are great products to use on your skin; easy to transport around with you, without any spillages; and save on waste because of the lack of packaging. It's only a matter of time before these little gems make an appearance for sure.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Sweet Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Orange Peel Wax, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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