On Friday I convinced Chris to catch the train over to Saxilby and meet me from picking up the kids at school. Mum was having them overnight and I fancied a wander around Lincoln – something we haven’t done since before November. I tempted him over with talk of McDonalds for dinner and visits to CEX and Game for second hand games. However I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to visit Lush.
Since writing about Lush’s Valentine’s products, I’ve been dying to go in and have a sniff – and of course buy myself a bottle of Prince Charming shower gel and the best nail polish strips. So after parking in Lincoln, the first place I dragged Chris off to, was of course Lush. That said I took pity on him and let him head into Game, while I took a wander around the shop by myself. I have to be honest it didn’t really take that long. There wasn’t much different from the last time I went and with such a limited Valentine’s range, there was much more to look at. After a brief moment of decision, I bought myself the smallest bottle of Prince Charming shower gel and headed back out to meet him.
I snapped a picture of my bottle as soon as I got home, posting it to my instagram! Can you tell I was excited to have it? I even planned to use it the very next day and while I didn’t get my shower that morning, I did manage to take it in the evening instead!
The bottle really reminds me of Snow Fairy, my most favourite shower gel of all. I had high hopes for this, especially given its name and my love of all things Fairytale. The scent is a mixture of marshmallow, vanilla and pomegranate. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
As I poured some out to my hand, it still reminded me very much of Snow Fairy by the colour at least. The smell was definitely sweet too, though it had a much fruity side to it. In fact, on first sniff it reminded me a lot of Happy Hippy, another Lush Shower Gel.
When I first started to use the shower gel, I thought how nice it was. A sweet fruity smell is really the best way to describe it. I washed all over with it and because I like to know how the smell lingers, I also washed my hair with it to. At the beginning, the smell was lovely, though the odd time I would squirt a little too hard or too fast and I found myself a bit overwhelmed by the pomegranate side of it. However towards the end, I’m not going to lie – I actually felt quite nauseous by the smell. I wasn’t in the shower for long, perhaps fifteen minutes, twenty max. By the time I was washing out the last of the shower gel, I was actually holding my breath so that I couldn’t smell it any more, for fear of actually being sick.
After I got out of the shower, I felt fine again. The strong smell was gone and I was only left with what lingered on my skin and hair. The shower gel itself is just the same as any other one Lush does. Great for both skin and hair. Does what it says on the bottle. That said, one of the reasons I love Snow Fairy is because even out of the bath/shower and dry, I often catch whiffs of the smell – for hours afterwards even. On my hair for even longer. Not with Prince Charming. While in this instance I was actually glad not to smell it any more, I never once caught a whiff of this scent once I was dry, not even on my hair.
Now I don’t want to put everyone off this altogether. It is a nice smell and perhaps if you’re more into sweet fruity smells, then you’ll be okay with it. For me it was too much and I’m sad to say I’m not even sure I’ll want to use it again – even to use up the rest of the bottle. At £4.95 for 100ml, this has been quite an expensive trial of a product. In fact it occurred to me that I’m not entirely sure how I justify buying a small bottle of shower gel from Lush for £5, when if I went into Tesco and saw a bottle that size, for that price, I would think it was ridiculous. Luckily I got a bottle of Snow Fairy and a bottle of Rose Jam (something I reviewed a few months ago) in a gift box for Christmas. These will have to keep me going until I try yet another of Lush’s creations.