I was highly concerned Lush Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel would be replacing my beloved bottled version of Snow Fairy when it launched last week on Lush UK. I mean, it’s essential a big old chunk of soap shaped like a shower gel that smells like Snow Fairy right?
Lush UK has been very busy getting naked over the past two weeks. Scrubs, shower gels, and other items have been popping up in a new format sans bottles and jars. I get it, because Lush is all about the environment right? So, doing away with as much packaging as possible minimizes yours and their own carbon footprint. But I’m all about my shower gel. I like shower gel the way it is. In a bottle, in a liquid form, that can be squeezed into a sponge or a shower puff, that creates lovely lather, which I can use to wash with. If I wanted a bar of soap, I’d buy one. So, when I saw that Lush introduced several Naked Shower Gels last week I got a little sweaty and nervous. Were they planning to eliminate their entire range of shower gels and replace them with chunky, bulky shower gel shaped soaps?! Apparently not because thankfully Snow Fairy is still very much available with the early Christmas 2017 Collection at Lush UK in its liquid form.
Dodged a bullet there.
Although, Lush’s idea is a good one because as they say this is easier to travel if you want to stash it on your on board bag! No liquid! Not to mention in 2016, they sold over 5 million bottles of shower gel which means a lot of empty bottles in a landfill last year alone. Their hope is that at least half of the customers who purchased these bottles will switch to naked shower gels, which could save 2.6 million bottles from ending up in landfill. I love the idea, I really do but I still prefer bottled shower gel! I’m sorry! I feel guilty!
Apparently, the idea of Naked Shower Gel isn’t just about soap. In fact, according to Lush, it doesn’t even contain a soap base and shares many of the same ingredients as your favorite liquid shower gel. Although, it does look essentially like soap. They use sodium stearate to solidfy the ingredients of your favorite shower gel.
I decided that I must try it for myself so away I went to the Lush UK site and I ordered a Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel for myself. Within 3 days in magically appeared on my doorstep from the UK and I quickly got to work trying it out.
I don’t like it. A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, we had Godmother Soap which smelled like Snow Fairy and came in a normal rectangle-shaped soap size. It lathered up great, it was fantastic because you could get it year round, and it was travel-friendly. I’d buy it again if they made it but I probably wouldn’t buy Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel again.
Ok, so for all intents and purposes there’s not a lick of a thing wrong with this formula. It lathers up nicely, it smells like fluffy fruity candy just like our beloved Snow Fairy, and it feels amazing on my skin as it’s loaded up with excellent hydrating ingredients like argan oil and coconut oil.
Why didn’t I like it is the question though right? It’s very awkward to use. It’s a big chunk of soap and the odd bottle-shape doesn’t really fit into the contours, nooks, and crannies of your body easily. It’s also very slippery so as you rub it across your body you lose grip on it and end up dropping it on the floor. I also hate the fact that when I sit it on my shower shelf it slides right off unless I have a soap tray with a grip to hold it in place. For example, I used it and was lathering up so I popped it into the corner of my shower and it slipped right off onto the shower floor. When I first tested it I used it on my hands and again, popped it onto my the edge of my sink as I washed my hands and it slid right into the sink. That’s not big deal at all as you can just get a soap tray for it but if you want to pop it somewhere as you’re lathering up you have to be sure the tray is around to hold it. But the bigger size is a deal breaker. This thing is huge and about the size of an 8 oz bottle of shower gel!
It’s a weirdly textured soap/shower gel for sure. It feels looks like a soap but it feels like hardened gelatin. If you shake it, it almost feels like it is hollow with liquid contents. I was tempted to pop a hole in it with a knife to see if shower gel would pour out of it or something. It just feels like there’s liquid at the core. It’s odd. It does lather up nicely but not as well as a shower gel in my opinion.
The moral of the story is if you like soap, well, you might get on ok with the new Naked Shower Gel. But keep in mind, this shape is a little awkward to use! And if you’re a shower gel fan? Well, Naked Shower Gel is probably unlikely to change your mind and make you want to switch. I know I wasn’t convinced.
Lush Naked Shower Gel is available now at uk.lush.com with worldwide shipping!