10 November 2018

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in Fukushima prefecture in northern Japan was hit by the Tohoku earthquake. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead which is featured in this limited edition shower oil. 

Minamisoma was first released during the Summit event early on in the year, and was then reintroduced during the event in Manchester a couple of months ago. Sharing its scent with the Avocado Cowash range, this beautiful little tear drop is everything you could imagine it to be, and smells good enough that you may accidentally find yourself nibbling on an edge.

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 in the long run.

This particular shower oil contains a large dosage of rapeseed oil: an ingredient known for its effective moisturising properties. It also features an ingredient called kinako powder, which is a flour made from roasted soy beans, and not only helps to make the consistency of this very thick and silky, but offers an extra dosage of protein to help repair the skin.

Smell-wise, Minamisoma features yuzu juice, fresh lemon juice and litsea cubeba oil to create a creamy and very fruity lime-esque. As I've stated in the reviews of other products that hold the same scent, this latter ingredient mimics a smell similar to that of lime oil, but it doesn't have any of the zestiness that lime oil tends to have.

What you get is a wonderfully thick and wholesome fruity smell, with a little olibanum underneath to add a warming but very grounding note. If you're a fan of the recent Avocado No-Wash Body Lotion, or indeed an avid user of Avocado Co-Wash itself, you'll be pleased to know that this shower oil replicates the aroma really well.

Much like nearly all of Lush's other shower oils, this one 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.

Minamisoma Shower Oil worked well at nourishing my skin and created a moisturising barrier across my body that kept it looking radiant for hours after I had used it. Especially during the winter months, these oils are essential for topping up your skin with lost moisture, and this particular shower oil has been great at picking my skin up after a long day at work. The fact that the wonderful fruity scent lingers around on my skin afterwards as well, has proven to be a sure fine way to cheer me up first thing in the morning.

As I have said in nearly all of my reviews of Lush's shower oils, I really do hope that at least some of these 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 - I'm sure of it!  

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Rapeseed Oil (Brassica napus), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax (Helianthus annuus), Perfume, Bergamot Oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia), Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Fresh Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Kinako Powder (Glycine soja), Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa), Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal,*Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2018 Price: £8 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Avocado Cowash Body Spray
Avocado Cowash
Avocado No Wash Body Lotion
Avocado Wash Shower Gel
Don't Touch My Hair Hair Marshmallow
Melusine Bath Bomb
Minamisoma Shower Oil

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