21 January 2018

Peace Pioneers Shower Oil

Sometimes simple is the best. While I probably crave Lush's more complex scents for the most part, there are times when all I want is something moorish and satisfying. Although I cannot claim that I have control over the amount of junk food I have eaten as of late, I would normally turn to a product such as this to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Peace Pioneers Shower Oil is easily my favourite in terms of design. Not only does this solid bar sport the beautiful peace sign, but the smell is enough to have your mouth salivating from the very start. If you're someone, who like me is tempted to sink my teeth into Lush products that smell good, you may wish to avoid this one like the plague. 

In as many words, this shower oil smells very much like Butterball. While I am not certain it is supposed to replicate the fragrance exactly, the ingredients list and the smell that it offers is near on exactly like most of the other products that are considered part of the scent family.

The inclusion of both cocoa powder and cocoa nibs gives this shower oil a musky and very buttery chocolate smell. Underneath this, the cocoa butter adds a rich, creamy base, that elevates these buttery notes and makes the block smell like an exquisite bar of chocolate. Alongside this, there is an element of sweetness that reminds me of vanilla very much, and I think this comes from the inclusion of the synthetic musk in the ingredients list. 

Together, these components create something that smells like a product you would eat, if you didn't know any better. These components also create something that you might choose to nibble on, if you were as crazy as I am and wanting so desperately to find a Lush product that tastes as good as it smells. Ahem...  

All of Lush's new shower oils contain sunflower wax, which is a sure fine to prevent the many butters and oils from melting too easily. This allows the blocks to dry super quickly after being used, and also stops them from melting too fast when exposed to hot water. In fact, the ingredients in all of the shower oils have served them well: making them not only really easy to use (and not at all greasy), but also prolonging their lifespan by making them super robust.  

How to use a shower oil is down to personal preference, although I have tried a few variations and have discovered the way that works best for me. Much like a body butter, I tend to find that these beauties work better at the end of your shower/bath, when your skin is clean and ready to be moisturised.

Ensure your skin is damp and then step out of the way of the running water. Massage the bar gently, in a circular motion, across the areas of your body that you wish to moisturise. Try not to apply too much pressure as the shower oils are very generous, and I just feel that you'd coat your skin with too much oil and use up the block far quicker this way. 

What you will find is that the shower oils will leave a light layer of oils on your skin, which you can then use you hands to massage even deeper into your skin. Unlike a body butter or a body conditioner, the oils are not at all greasy, nor do they feel at all heavy. Instead, it feels and looks as if you've applied a little baby oil to your skin.

Each one of the shower oils that I have tried so far have not only offered enough nourishment to keep my skin feeling plump and moisturised throughout the whole day, but they also ensure that there is a radiance to your skin that makes it look far healthier than it did beforehand. I didn't need to moisturise at all afterwards, yet I also didn't get the impression that I'd applied anything too heavy on my skin either. Those with sensitive skin; those who dislike using body lotions daily because of the irritation they can bring about; or those who are concerned with how saturated the pores can get from the product build up of using a lotion regularly, may be interested to learn that this little beauty replicates the same results, but is far more easy-going on the skin.  

Peace Pioneers not only left my skin feeling really velvety-smooth after use, but I was impressed to discover that the gentle scent of musky vanilla and chocolate  stayed on my skin for a good while after I had left the shower. Whether it is the smell itself or the shower oil, I found myself feeling really comforted after using this one, and I couldn't help but sniff my skin afterwards. 

As with all of Lush's shower oils so far, very little is used each time. So while the blocks seem relatively small for the price you pay, one of these can last a good month if you're using it daily. As I would only use this 3-4 times a week, instead of a body lotion, I can see this sticking around for a couple of months at least.    

Ultimately, Peace Pioneers is yet another one of Lush's new creations that has bowled me over, and one that I would buy again if they're ever made available in stores. This one will keep you smelling nice long after you've exited the shower, and your skin will remain soft and plump for the rest of the day. So even if the weather lets you down, you can guarantee to receive some warmth from this wonderful product.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Cocoa Powder, Corn Oil, Ground Cocoa Nibs, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Corn Oil, Synthetic Musk.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Angel Hair Solid Shampoo Bar
Butterball Bath Bomb
Butterball Body Conditioner
Butterball Body Lotion
Butterball Liquid Perfume
Butterball Perfume Oil
Butterball Shower Gel
Butterbear Bath Ballistic
Butterbear Shower Jelly
The Ex Factor Bath Bomb
Gentle Lentil Solid Shampoo
Peace Pioneers Shower Oil

The Snowman Ballistic

1 comment

  1. It's nice to see you reviewing again, Jen! As a fellow teacher (HS science, 6 years), and now full-time grad student, I totally appreciate and support your reasons to cut back. However, as great as some of the other reviewers are, nothing beats your descriptive text reviews, and I'm pleased to see them!

    I hope you're doing well, and living your best life. Thanks for sharing a piece of the summit with us!