This little shower jelly blob intrigued me when I spotted it on the shelves of my local Lush store. I was having a bit of a nose and a poke when the sales assistant came over after seeing my confusion and intrigued looks at this shower jelly. So, what’s the deal?

The gel base is made from carageenan, which is a mineral rich extract from red edible seaweed, and is basically a vegan alternative to gelatin in foods. Each of the Lush shower jellies have different essential oils and natural colouring added to create a mini rainbow of little jelly pots. The Lush shower jellies are available in Needles & Pines (Siberian Pine Nut and Cedarwood), Refresher (Lemon and Rosewood), and 93,000 miles (Peppermint and Cinnamon). All are at slightly different prices but around the £5 mark for 100g.

Ingredients: Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

The Lush Shower Jelly can be used in a number of different ways. You can keep it in the fridge for a cooling shower treat. Heat and cold have been used together in spa treatments for years, and this is a refreshing way to do it. You can cut it up in cubes and squash a cube into a thick creamy lather while you shower.

My preferred method is probably the simplest, most vanilla way to use this little pot of zing. Grab it and let it glide over wet skin in the shower. It feels like a shower oil but with added fun. The scent of the Whoosh jelly is an invigorating mix of citrus (lemon, grapefruit, lime), herbal (rosemary) and floral (geranium) fragrances.

I’m an early bird but still feel like I need an additional energy hit in the morning, and this is just the thing for me. I have a good scrub with my regular shower gel and finish off with a quick boost of the Whoosh shower jelly. It sets me up nicely for the day but is not so heavily fragranced that it clashes with my perfume.

Ii love this shower jelly and am a little addicted to the idea. The Refresher is not too dissimilar to the Whoosh and so I’ll stick with Whoosh. The Needles and Pines jelly has a very strong pine scent and is a little too retro for me, as it reminds me of the pine scented Radox salts my mum used to use when we were kids. It was very strong and just a bit too fresh for me. I will however be buying the 93000 miles jelly next as that is a great muscle relaxer, so I can imagine this being perfect for after a heavy rowing machine session or a weights session. I will definitely be sneaking it into my gym bag.

Whoosh Shower Jelly is available from Lush stores nationwide and online at Lush Cosmetics, priced £3.95 for 100g or £7.95 for 240g.