9 November 2018

Sleepy Naked Shower Gel

Since Lush have begun to bring out naked versions of their gels and creams as well, it now takes me twice the time to try and review their shower range, in each and every season. In fact, sometimes I even forget that I have some of the naked products in my stash, until a slightly dented bottle falls off my shelf and makes a mess on my bedroom floor.

When I first purchased Sleepy Naked Shower Gel, I barely had chance to even give it a sniff before it was thrown onto my Lush shelf to make way for the Showcase items I was still reviewing. It was only after I had almost finished my 250g bottle of Sleepy Shower Gel, and was wondering what I should use next, that I remembered I had the solid version to enjoy as well.

For those unsure why there are both solid and liquid shower gels with nearly format, Lush have been attempting to reduce their carbon footprint, and impact on the world, by converting many plastic coated products into ones that need zero packaging. Whilst they try their best to recycle what they can, when they can, there is still a lot of waste taking place within the company. Naked products are a way of eradicating this problem, and encouraging consumers to choose a more ethical product.

While I will say that the Sleepy family shares its scent with Twilight, there are a few differences that give this fragrance family a stage of its own. It's definitely not a direct replica of the classic smell, and this is both great for fans who want to try something a little different, but perhaps slightly annoying for those who cannot get enough of Twilight. 

What I will say about Sleepy Naked Shower Gel is that while it does offer the Sleepy scent - as seen in Sleepy Body Lotion - it does differ slightly when in use, and fans should notice this change when they try it out for themselves. 

To my nose, this aroma is a very rich and creamy combination of lavender and tonka. The two combined offer something that has the natural herbal element of the lavender, alongside the sweet, vanillary properties of the tonka. Imagine being served a helping of expensive vanilla ice-cream, and then being given a bunch of freshly picked lavender flowers, and you may begin to imagine just how decadent this shower gel really is. 

Alongside this, there is also a resinous, syrupy-sweet element that holds it all together and presents you with a very comforting aroma. What is strange is that when Sleepy Naked Shower Gel is being used in the shower, something about the smell gave way to light notes of aniseed as well. It's hard to explain because there was definitely nothing liquoricey about the smell at all. However, this format lends itself to an almost strong fennel note as well, which only really appears when in contact with the hot water.

What was impressive about this shower gel was the fact that the scent was strong enough to match that of the liquid gel. While my experience has shown that a lot of the naked products don't always hold on to their smells as much as the liquid counterparts, this one was definitely on par with its sibling.

Having said that, there were a few things that I disliked about this naked gel. Firstly, the scent didn't stay on my skin at all after I had left the shower. Although I had Sleepy Body Lotion and the Twilight Sparkle Jar to top up the smell, I was hoping for at least a lingering note to remain on skin afterwards.

Secondly, the naked shower gel wasn't exactly particularly moisturising. In fact, I found that my hands felt slightly dry after using this daily, and I needed to moisturise afterwards to prevent my skin from becoming too dry. Usually, you don't experience this with naked gels, so I was surprised when this one had this effect on my skin.

Despite these two negative points, I really loved the fact that Sleepy Naked Shower Gel lathered up at treat and spread across my skin with ease. While it's always easier to generate the lather between your hands first, I was able to glide this one over my skin as well, and heed enough of a foam to clean large areas of my body with.

What I will say is that this naked shower gel is slightly on the squid side, and I found that it shrunk pretty quickly when in constant contact with the water. To make this one last as long as possible, I would suggest getting it a little wet and then just using it on your skin whilst you're standing out of the running water. Storing it afterwards also proved a little tricky as it does tend to leave a mess on your surfaces. However, a Lush tin or a soap dish would probably eradicate these problems fairly easily.

Overall, Sleepy Naked Shower Gel has lots of promising features for a naked shower gel, but I feel as if Lush need to work a little on making this seasonal product a little more moisturising. Although it works really well at cleaning your skin, it would be nice if it had a little more impact on the skin overall, and this is why I don't think it offers much of a competition against its liquid sister. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Oat and Lavender Flower Extract,  Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Water, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 77007.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £9.95 for each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018. 

Scent Family:
FUN With A Twist
Luxury Pud Bath Bomb
Mum In A Spin Bubble Spinner
Sleepy Body Lotion
Sleepy Hand Cream
Sleepy Naked Shower Gel
Sleepy Shower Bomb
Sleepy Shower Gel
Twilight Bath Bomb
Twilight Liquid Perfume
Twilight Shower Gel
Twilight Shower Jelly
Twilight Solid Perfume

Twilight Sparkle Jar


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