How Do Lush Shower Jellies Work?

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How to cite: Wong M. How Do Lush Shower Jellies Work?. Lab Muffin Beauty Science. April 1, 2016. Accessed July 21, 2024.

My favourite Lush product at the moment are the shower jellies. These are shower gels that have the texture of a firm pudding or jelly. They’re heaps of fun to play with in the shower – you can’t be sad when you’re rubbing a colourful wobbly lump all over your body!

How Do Lush Shower Jellies Work?

What’s in a Lush Shower Jelly?

Here are the main ingredients in any Lush shower jelly:

  • Glycerin – A humectant moisturiser to make your skin smooth, but it also contributes to the jelly’s consistency.
  • Water (Aqua) – Keeps everything together.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate – An anionic surfactant that’s there to form bubbles and clean your skin.
  • Propylene GlycolLush actually has a patent on this – the propylene glycol makes the jelly more durable and rubbery, so it stays intact in the shower for months.
  • Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) – The key ingredient! This is the gelling agent in the recipe that gives the Shower Jelly its jellyish consistency. Gelatin’s used in most edible jellies, but gelatin-based jellies melt pretty close to body temperature (like in your mouth). Carrageenan-based jellies melt at 45-70 °C (113-158 °F), which means they’ll stay intact for longer in the shower.
  • Scents and colours – To make it smell and look good.
  • Preservatives – To keep it bacteria free.

Lush have a cool video showing how all these ingredients mix to make a shower jelly:

How Do You Use a Shower Jelly?

There are a lots of different ways to use these wibbly wobbly lumps. Some people like to cut up the Shower Jelly into little cubes and use one cube per shower, but I’ve found that if I rub it directly on my skin like a soap or gently brush my loofah on it, they last way longer than I thought they would! I still have about 1/4 of Santa’s Belly that I started using last September.

I love the feeling of the whole lump on my skin, so I’m a bit fan of using them like soaps. You can also freeze shower jellies for an extra invigorating shower, plus freezing makes the wobblier jellies a bit easier to handle.

Reviews of the New Lush Shower Jellies

There’s usually only one shower jelly in Lush’s regular range (the blue citrussy Whoosh), but now three more are here:

How Do Lush Shower Jellies Work?

Refresher – a shimmery, wobbly yellow jelly with a herbal lemon scent that comes from lemon infusion, lemon oil and organic lemon myrtle. It’s my favourite right now!

Needles and Pine – a moderately jiggly green jelly scented with cypress and pine. It smells very woody and the green colour is seriously intense.

93,000 Miles – a firm orange-red jelly that has the herbal smell of eucalyptus and mint. Happily, it doesn’t make your sensitive bits tingle for hours since it doesn’t contain any menthol.

Both Needles and Pine and 93,000 Miles are refreshing scents that are great for a post-exercise shower.


Lush Shower Jellies are priced at $7.95 for 100 g and $12.95 for 240 g.

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10 thoughts on “How Do Lush Shower Jellies Work?”

    • I’m the opposite! I can’t use shower creams and oils because they’d interfere with my skin adhesion for pole, plus I don’t feel clean enough with just using those – my skin’s too oily, I need surfactants! And jelly. I need jelly.

    • They’re really addictive! I have to admit I had no idea how to use them when I first encountered them, but now they make perfect sense and I don’t understand how I could be confused by them in the first place!

  1. Oh man!!! They’re SO CUTE. I am a really budget shower person but I’m seriously considering these! Whoosh locally is like $20 USD!!! Outrageous. At least I know they last a long time.

  2. Oh no these freak me out a bit! I can’t be doing with the texture of jelly! I also can’t use SLS but I’m not too bothered in this case 🙂

    Jess xo

    • Haha! If you ever decide to try it out it should be OK – it actually contains SLES, which is less irritating than SLS.

  3. My only criticism is – they seem to go ‘off’ after a while and refuse to foam (though likely well after the jar expiry – I never really pay attention to those, probably not a good thing lol) and they really do not like to lather in hard water.

    But, I’ve had the hard water struggle with many soaps, shower gels and the like – not just Lush either. So it’s not a company or product-specific complaint. More of a living-with-hard-water complaint.

    • Argh, I don’t know what I’d do if I lived with hard water! I’ve been spoiled all my life with soft Sydney water.


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