Wakey wakey, let’s get nakey! With Lush’s new naked range of products, that is! This Lushmas we see that our beloved Snow Fairy and Christingle Body Conditioners are joined by an all-new Christmas limited edition – Buck’s Fizz! It smells exactly like Christmas exclusive, Bubbly Shower Gel!
Lush is always on the hunt for ways to innovate in an effort to cut carbon footprint and packaging (which means, cutting waste) and this year we have seen naked shower gels as well as, naked body conditioners! If you’d like to read more about what exactly a naked shower gel is, you can have a look at my blog post about it here. If all this naked business doesn’t sound like something for you, fret not, all your Christmas favourites, shower gels and body conditioners alike, are available in both the naked and potted or bottled version!
Right, let’s get to the Christmas exclusive Body Conditioners. 😀
First off, what is a body conditioner? It exactly as the name suggests – a conditioner, but for your body. 😀 In other words, it is an in-shower, or bath, rinse-off body moisturiser. Once you’ve washed and are ready to leave the shower (or bath), turn off the tap and massage a generous amount of body conditioner, all over your body. I usually wait a couple minutes and then rinse off. I prefer to do a very quick rinse so that a layer of product is still left on skin in places, but that’s completely up to you. Following that, towel off gently and for me, I’ll quickly rub in whatever layer of product is left on the skin. Some body conditioners are more nourishing than others and will need a couple minutes to sink in before you get dressed.
So, how do you use a naked body conditioner? To use, take in hand and rub it all over the body. Then place the naked body conditioner on a dry surface (I use the inside surface of a a clean Lush pot lid). Now rub the product in, like you would a body lotion. Then rinse and towel off as mentioned above. I love using body conditioners especially when I’m feeling lazy and not up for using a body lotion post-shower. 😛
To store a naked body conditioner, I’ve found using a large, clean Lush tub is perfect. I place the BC (body conditioner) down on the lid and then screw the pot down over it so that you store the tub upside down. That way, you don’t struggle to retrieve your bc from deep within the pot! But, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of selling a naked product if you have to store it in a plastic tub? Nope! 😀 Why? If Lush continued to sell only potted versions, there would be more plastic in circulation and not everyone recycles so by using an old, cleaned out Lush pot to store your naked BC in, you’re reusing it and should you no longer have need for it, it can be recycled (or hand it in to your nearest Lush if you have one near you. If you hand in 5 clean Lush black pots you will receive a free fresh face mask :D).
So which (if not all :D) of the Christmas Body Conditioners are for you? Let’s chat about scent profiles, efficacy and ingredients of each:
Firstly it is gorgeous with that golden lustre! If you’re a lustre or glitter phobe, much like me, you needn’t worry as after use you will not shine like a vampire from the Twilight saga (Phew!). Instead, you’ll be left with gorgeously moisturised and scented skin!
The scent is spritzy, quite literally like a glass of bubbly (champagne) – it smells like the first whiff you get when you take your first sip of sparkling wine just after it has been poured.
The Naked BC contains Orange Blossom Water, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil and Lime Oil to give it its uplifting citrusy scent while the potted version has extra fresh Orange Juice.
To my nose the potted version smells pretty identical to the Bubbly Shower Gel whereas the naked version a slight floral undertone to it which I put down to Orange Blossom Water and the exclusion of the Orange Juice. I really love both versions of the scent and can see myself investing in both – the potted version when I am in the mood for a zesty wake-me-up shower and the naked version for when I’m after a beautiful, sophisticated citrussy-floral scent.
When it comes to the comparison of moisturisation between the two, for me, I feel the naked version is more moisturisng and leaves a gorgeous glowy sheen on the skin – the look of well cared for skin – but is not sticky or greasy in the slightest. Rather, it feels like a light balm but glows like an oil. The potted version leaves a lighter sheen that looks like healthy, comfortable skin and is not sticky either. It also feels lightly balmy to the touch. You don’t have to wait long for either to sink in before you can get dressed, which I love. Of the three body conditioners, I have found the Buck’s Fizz BC in the potted version to be the lightest in moisturisation and the naked version melts the easiest of the three naked BC’s (so please keep this in mind should you order one online if you live in a warm to hot area). The naked BC is incredibly moisturising and for me I’ll be stocking up on this version of the two. However I’ll invest in one of the tubs too as I find it perfect for the summer when you don’t want too thick a moisturiser as it leaves the skin perfectly hydrated without feeling heavy. Your skin is left beautifully but subtly perfumed in the beautiful bubbly scent – you get gentle whiffs of it throughout the day which for me is just HEAVEN (For clarity I used the naked BC and that was my experience throughout the day).
If you’re interested, you can have a squizz over the list of the ingredients just below, should you be interested to compare ingredients lists.
Ingredients List (Naked): Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Orange Blossom Water, Japan wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510
Ingredients List (Potted): Glycerine, Almond Oil, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanuim Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510
This beautiful oceanic turquoise blue body conditioner is incredibly refreshing! It’s not called ChrisTINGLE for nothing! Smelling strongly of straight-up menthol, peppermint and spearmint, it’s the menthol crystals and peppermint that leaves you with a cold tingly feeling. So, be forewarned, if you don’t want to be shivering for almost an hour after application, best to stay clear! 😀 I used it for the first time on a particularly cold day and instantly regretted it! It is DIVINE to use in the hotter months for this reason. I’d expect that Christingle Body Conditioner would be a great product for pregnant moms who need to soothe swollen and sore feet. I love to use it after a extra heavy gym session to feel invigorated and cool. The only time I’ll use Christingle in the winter, is if I’m taking a languid hot bath and need to cool down a bit. I stand up in the bath, smooth all over and then lie back and enjoy the gorgeous oils as they soak into hot skin.
I find the potted version to be stronger smelling – the menthol smacks you in the face, in a good way – whereas with the naked version it’s the exact same scent just toned down somewhat. The naked version also has a powdery note to it that I can’t quite put my finger on but it does smell familiar! In the case of Christingle, I prefer the tub as I adore that take-my-breath-away menthol scent. If that’s not you though, the naked version is definitely more up your alley. I also find that the potted version gives you the cold and tingly feeling more so than the naked option and that could be that the menthol crystals are higher up on the ingredients list in the potted version. As I sit here typing this, covered in Christingle, I have begun to feel the naked BC begin to work and the tingling cooling feeling is pretty bearable whereas when using the potted one I was shivering almost immediately after application (which I love on a sweltering day). So, if you love the refreshing scent but don’t want a heavy cooling effect, I’d say your best bet is the naked BC. Both contain murumuru butter which is one of my all time favourite moisturising ingredients, next to almond oil, as it is sumptuous and really nourishes skin. In the case of Christingle I find the potted and naked options to be similarly moisturising with neither one more so that the other. For me, Christingle is the most moisturising of the three Christmas Body Conditioners and is a “medium melter” on my melt-scale. Again keep this in mind if you’re ordering online and you live somewhere warm. I’ll be stocking up on my Christingle tubs for the summer ahead – it is honestly a lifesaver in the South African heat! Scent wise, the potted BC leaves a slightly stronger scent on the skin in comparison to the naked BC but I enjoy both and one is neither one is overpowering menthol – I find I sniff my arm every so often during the day for an instant refresher of mind as the day gets busy.
You can see the ingredients list for both below, should you like to compare the two.
Ingredients List (Potted): Water (Aqua), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Glycerine Stearic Acid (Stearic acid), Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Cassia Oil (Cinnamomum Cassia) (Cinnamomum Cassia Oil), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Fragrance, Blue 1