When I reviewed Lush's powdery jasmine fragrance, Silky Underwear, I mentioned that I had once splurged on their Flying Fox shower gel in the small size (100 ml, which looks sooo much smaller in shower gel than it does in perfume). I didn't think I'd ever spend that much on shower gel again, but then I started to miss it. Lo and behold, now I have another bottle, along with a small bottle of It's Raining Men.
Flying Fox is yet another one of Lush's many jasmine bombs. I'm all out of their Jasmine & Henna Fluff Ease at the moment, so I can't compare the fragrance, but Flying Fox is a big sweet honeyed jasmine with ylang ylang, and is probably at least vaguely related to their Lust perfume. The smell is strong and rich — really, almost too strong and rich — and so is the gel itself. You only need to use a tiny amount, which is just as well given the price. When you're done showering, a very slight jasmine smell lingers in the bathroom for a few hours, and an even slighter aroma lingers on your skin for a short time. I can still smell it on my bath sponge the next day.
It's Raining Men was a spur-of-the-moment purchase, and I don't know what I was thinking except that hey, those Lush stores are so intensely scented that I probably started to suffer olfactory fatigue within a few minutes. I think It's Raining Men is the gel version of Lush's popular Honey I Washed The Kids soap? Lush describes it as "toffee-fudge, with refreshing sweet orange and bergamot oils to give it a little extra sweetness", and that's about right, although there's far more honey and toffee than orange and bergamot. On the one hand, I do like the smell, on the other, it's so strong and candy-sweet that it can be nauseating first thing in the morning.
I am impressed with the quality of these shower gels, but they're too strongly scented for me to want to use them every day — I like scented bath products, but not such a huge jolt of scent all at once. I'm tempted to find a good unscented bath gel (anyone know one?) and blend it with the Lush gels to tone down the aromas.
Lush Flying Fox and It's Raining Men are available in 100 (around $10), 250 (around $18) and 500 (around $28) ml. Lush says you can also use their shower gels as shampoos, but I have not tried that.
Have a favorite scented shower gel? Do comment!
See also: Jessica's review of Lush Sonic Death Monkey.