Early last year I posted about 4 shower gels, and 3 of the gels currently on rotation in my shower were reviewed at that time: Weleda Sea Buckthorn, Lush Happy Hippy, EO Grapefruit & Mint. The Roger & Gallet Rose is long gone and was not replaced, ditto with a tube of Weleda Wild Rose; thanks to some very kind readers, I am well stocked with the perennial favorite Lush Rose Jam. Today, two recent favorites: Lush Wash Behind Your Ears and Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose.
Lush Wash Behind Your Ears
This one was the subject of a daily lemming way back in February, but as usual it took me a good long while to do anything about it. When I finally tried it in a Lush store, I could hardly smell a thing, and although they let me use the tester to wash my hands under warm water, it still did not seem as fragrant as the description ("you’ll want every inch of your body to smell as addictively fresh and familiar as this jasmine and rose gel - even your ears! So lavish your skin in a bouquet of floral fragrance and be uplifted by notes of neroli, while conditioning organic sunflower oil leaves skin feeling soft and sunny.") promised. Still, it did not smell bad, and I'm just generally a sucker for Lush shower gels. I bought the smallest size, 100g.
Of course now I'm kicking myself since it's a limited edition and will probably be gone by the time I go back. First, do rest assured that it is every single bit as vividly orange as the image, maybe even more so, and it's thick and creamy enough that it goes on the skin a deep vibrant orange too (I would not be at all surprised if it stained a white washcloth). It even smells orange. What I pick up under a hot shower is mostly a bright and cheerful neroli, much stronger than I noticed in the store, but not nearly as strong as many Lush shower gels. It has a sweet-ish floral background and a touch of warm earthiness underneath that might or might not be the carrot. Unlike heavier floral shower gels from Lush, like Rose Jam or Flying Fox, it does not leave much of a scent on the skin after you dry off, nor does it perfume the bathroom, but that's ok with me. The formula does seem to be a bit more moisturizing than some of the others at Lush.
If you find most Lush shower gels too overwhelming, Wash Behind Your Ears might be perfect for you. It appears to have mixed reviews on the Lush sites, so if you want it, get it sooner rather than later. If I'm anywhere near a Lush store soon, I'm buying the big (500g) bottle. At the moment, that's the only size left on the US website, and it's (ack) $44.95. A little does go a long way! The UK still has it in four sizes.
Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose
I'm a long time fan of Hermès body lotion, at least, when I can find it at discount. I've happily passed whole vacations with no scent other than the Un Jardin Sur Le Nil body milk. Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, however, is my first shower gel from the brand. I figured it was a good place to start since I love the fragrance, and I am generally fond of the wake-up smell of grapefruit in my shower. And I'm pleased with my purchase: it's a well scented gel, true to the fragrance, and as with the Lush, a little goes a long way, so a single bottle should last a good long time if you use it sparingly. I did not find it particularly drying or moisturizing.
Do beware that it's true to the early stages of the Eau de Toilette, when the grapefruit can teeter towards the sulfurous side of things. That, to me, gives the shower gel a more masculine feel than the fragrance, but I do not personally find it bothersome or unpleasant. If you have trouble with grapefruit, do try it before you buy. The scent does linger on the skin very faintly, but not for long — I don't think you'll even notice unless you're seeking it out.
Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Hair & Body Shower Gel is $43 (double ack!) for 200 ml.
The quick poll: how many scented shower gels and/or bar soaps are in your shower right now? (I've got 2 bar soaps and 5 scented gels.) And do share the names of any favorites!