October 14, 2010

Lush Iced Wine Jelly Review

I never really liked Jello. I commonly associate it with hospitals and horror movies. I mean do you really want to eat something that wriggles? Who knows what lays beneath all that. I bet if you left it on a table long enough it would slide right off under the guise that it was simply left out too long but we all know it’s EVIL!

Was The Blob a good upstanding citizen? NO! It almost consumed Steve McQueen and it did consume a mechanic, a janitor, and a bar room full of late night drinkers! HORROR! Why should you trust Jello in your stomach with a track record like that or for that matter in your shower!

Lush Iced Wine Jelly recently made its way into my shower. I’ve tried Lush Jelly in the past and I def don’t trust ’em but I can’t deny some of them smell oh so gorgeous but I bet that masks an evil good nature.

Hopefully I won’t be consumed in the shower while I use it….if I am, remember me fondly would you?


A wriggly, jiggly mass that you can use in your shower as a shampoo or shower “jelly”.

So yes, indeed, Lush Jelly is indeed a jello-blob-like substance that can be used as a shower gel or a shampoo. Lush suggests crushing it up in your hair and scrubbing away or using some on your body. It’s basically just a shower gel in a less than conventional format.

Now Lush Iced Wine Jelly is a new, limited edition fragrance for the Holidays. This one is made from grapes with grapefruit and bergmot oils and sweet notes of seaweed infusion. It was inspired by Canadian Ice Wine and Lush deems it a tropical treat for the shower because it’s creator had tasted mangoes, passion fruit, and other tropical fruits in her glass of wine. The base of the jelly is actually created with real wine and fresh gape infusion.

All this discussion of a fruity, tropical concoction had me all kinds of excited!



It’s not for me sadly.


It reeks!

I’m not even sure what I am smelling. At first sniff there is a definitely alcohol note which reminds me of cough syrup but not in a good way. There is a very, very faint underlay of fruit but the problem is the amount of alcohol added to blend simply dominates the entire blend. It’s also very strong and overpowering and LINGERS all kinds of crazy on skin. At first I was kinda getting a strange alcoholic patchouli buzz from it for some reason, seriously, you can get drunk off the scent alone but after a while I realized it was a bit of the seaweed that had crept into all that alcohol. The scent isn’t particularly unpleasant once you get used to it but some may find it disturbing and a bit weird if they never tried Lush products before. It’s really a scent you have to experience yourself.

Those who like products from Lush such as Creamy Candle Melt, Ma Bar, Sex Bomb, Etc…probably won’t like Lush Iced Wine as I felt it falls into the more herbal, darker realms of Lush with the likes of Karma. I wouldn’t say I don’t like it but I wouldn’t say I love it either.

Now if you’ve never used a Lush Jelly before you might be a tad confused how to use them. Basically you break a piece off or squeeze it off and you can squash it before your hands and rub it all over your body or your hair. I find swooshing it in a shower puff works best as you’ll get the best lather from it and it won’t fall down the drain, speaking of which….

My main beef with Lush Jelly has always been that most of it ends up down the drain rather than on my body so it’s definitely a little difficult to work with and a traditional shower gel would be way easier but than you’d kinda take away from the novelty and fun of the product eh?

  • Boozy scent lovers (if you like the smell of alcohol or cocktails this is for you)!
  • Anyone wanting to have a little fun in their shower (the product is kinda fun to work with if you never tried it before but can get irritating when it washes down the drain in large chunks that fall off your body).

  • Anyone who isn’t keen on strong scents that smell a bit off (if you like sweeter or fruity blends and expect this to smell as such you might be disappointed because it has a very dominate note of alcohol which at first sniff isn’t pleasant).
  • Anyone who wants to get the most bang for their buck (Lush Jelly is a product that sometimes wastes money since it’s difficult to work with in the shower and slides down the drain in large chunks).

I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Lush Iced Wine Jelly because I thought it would be a more fruity, tropical experience. The smell is tolerable and I can probably get through the jar I have but I wouldn’t re-order again in the future as it’s not a truly pleasant sensory experience to my nose and in some cases a bit yuk.

Anyone try it?

What did you think?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Stephanie

    I had a chance to smell this one in the store but it was only a quick sniff. I will need to actually get it in the shower I think before I can make a true judgment call. I will say I rarely have any luck with Lush’s boozier scents though.

    • the Muse

      Stephanie isn’t it strong?! I got a healthy dose of booze but can’t get a handle on the other notes….

  • Elizabeth

    I recently tried the “whoosh” shower jelly, I LOVED the scent, smelled so good but I found the product hard to use and like you said, most of it ended up down the drain. I ended up returning it to Lush. Thanks for the review, I will stay away from this one!

  • Courtney

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! I love ice wine and I was really curious about this product but since my nearest LUSH store is 3 hours away I didn’t think I’d get a chance to smell it until after I ordered it. Thank goodness I’m a procrastinator and haven’t ordered this yet! I would have thought it would have a citrus scent but since it’s boozy I am definitely going to avoid this. Thank you Muse!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure courtney def don’t get citrus hun. Very straight up wine ;D!

  • jonnie

    I have the same down the drain issue. It’s not worth the money to me, when so much of it is wasted… and if I wanted something for my shower puff, i’d stick with gel! Smooshing it into my puff takes the jelly aspect out of it. Oh well.

    This was one Lush holiday item I did not purchase. Meh.

  • Heather

    I like to freeze my jellies and pull a chunk out when needed. I find that they lather better and don’t fall apart when straight out of the freezer.

  • Eileen

    another jello hater? …. glad to know ya! don’t care how it smells, too wobbley!

  • Danielle

    My batch of Iced Wine smells fruity and watermelony, I didn’t get any spicy or boozy scents from mine.

    • the Muse

      hey danielle where did you buy from uk or na? curious minds! I wish mine was fruity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Samantha

    Like Danielle, my batch of Iced Wine smells delicious!!! No boozy/alcohol smell at all…more like fruit punch or tropical punch! Bought mine from the UK, in case you’re curious!

    • the Muse

      thanks Samnatha man did I get a bad batch or what?! I ordered one from NA curious if I’ll get fruity!

      • Danielle

        I checked out even more of them in the store, all sweet and fruity. I hope this one sticks around!

        • the Muse

          Not for me danielle, it’s so boozy! I have to go sniff in store and see what I think ;D

  • Stephanie

    I received one from North America. Its sweet and fruity in my opinion. I’m so excited to try it! My favorite Lush scents are Snow Fairy, Flying Fox, Lust, and Orange Blossom.

  • jonnie

    I smelled this in the store this weekend… I thought it smelled really good. I didn’t buy it because of the whole deal where I lose more jelly down the drain than I use, but to me it smelled quite nice.

    So, on the topic of Lush holiday, did you try Buche de Noel? I bought it this weekend and used it the first time today… holy cow, did it make my face feel nice and smooth and soft! I know the real test for skincare is over time, but I got a big day one wow out of it! It smells good too… kinda almond cookieish.

    • the Muse

      why oh why am I not getting the good here Jonnie ;-D what did you smell? boozy?

      Have two of ’em but haven’t tried yet but LOVE the smell, smells like Christmas cake soap from last year, why did they not bring that back damnit?!

  • Coco

    you’re not even using it righ!
    you use the whole jelly..not breaking off little pieces. no wonder it falls into the drain.

    i love the smell of it.

    • the Muse

      Hi coco.

      Actually you’re wrong. You do not use an entire jelly on your body. You break small pieces off and use it. This is a very large container of the shower jelly that costs a good deal of money, using the entire thing in the shower is costly plus Lush doesn’t intend for you to use it that way.

      You can visit Lush’s site they have a little cartoon diagram for correct usage or their youtube channel.

      Glad you’re loving the smell, I personally didn’t like it.

      • Alisa

        No no you can pop it out rubit on and stuck it back in the container! It works really great like that right out the freezer

  • Olivia

    I try to crush it into a loofah before I lather so I don’t waste product…it works!

  • Ryou

    I got mine here in Aussie and it does smell more like watermelon than anything. Perhaps you got a bad batch, Musey? O.o

  • Lucy

    I got this in a gift set a while ago, and let me just tell you, I thought the same thing. It smelled like alcohol to me and I didn’t like it. But when I used it, it smelled so much better! I personally would not use it every single day, but on sick days, when my nose is stuffy, I think this product might be calling my name!

    • the Muse

      lucy I purchased another one in the hopes I was wrong but STILL I get pure alcohol 🙁 no fruit!? WTH!?

  • Lulu

    1. It’s overpriced as all things Lush are, unfortunately.
    2. I absolutely love the smell of the Iced Wine.

    I, too, felt that my money was going down the drain with every shower, so I plopped the wriggling glob into a knee-hi pantyhose and found that it lasted much longer.

  • Gretchen

    If you watch some videos on youtube for how to use a shower jelly, I’m sure you will have more luck! I actually really hate wine and all and by the way you describe it I probably wont go for it. Hopefully they will have a snow fairy shower gel next year!

  • Christina

    I love the smell of Iced Wine! It kind of reminds me of the Cynthia Sylvia stout shampoo, in a way.

    Agreed, it is hard to use at first but creativity comes into play and you can make it last a lot longer (like the pantyhose idea above). I actually just take a small chunk and throw it on a bath poof then lather. doesn’t waste any that way.

    Oh, I also freeze mine in individual chunks in tiny storage containers for the summer 🙂