It isn’t December if you haven’t bought a product from LUSH’s Christmas range, amiright? I used to be a strict bath-bomb-and-bubble-bar-buyer (tongue twister!), but after using Scrubee (review here) I realised that LUSH has quite a number of other incredible products for one’s skin. Earlier this month, I stood in LUSH for about 20 minutes with my poor, patient boyfriend trying to figure out which product I was going to buy from their Christmas range. Once again, a LUSH employee wooed me into trying something new with a demonstration of how to use their Christingle Body Conditioner.
The first thing that I noticed about Christingle was the colour: the most exquisite (and calming) shade of bright, creamy, icy blue. It is packaged in one of LUSH’s typical black, plastic pots; however, there is a naked version available (same product, without the packaging), but unfortunately, they did not have that one in store when I was there. This body conditioner smells strongly of peppermint and spearmint, with a slight citrus scent hiding in the background too. I definitely prefer to use it in the morning, as it is quite a wake-me-up scent.
According to the employee at LUSH, one is supposed to use the body conditioner on top of one’s usual soap or shower gel; although, I have read that some people first rinse their body and then apply the conditioner. LUSH says: Cover wet skin with the feeling of fresh, crisp snow by smoothing on invigorating spearmint and grapefruit oils for a citrus and mint kick. Then, simply rinse off for clearer minds and softer bodies. I think that they were quite accurate by comparing the feeling one gets to that of “fresh, crisp snow“. It is quite a cooling body conditioner, much like what chewing gum does in one’s mouth. In fact, I think that we’re quite lucky to have this come out during the South African summer! Some have used this as a sort of “shaving cream”, but I did read that it clogs up razors. Alternatively, I think that this is a good product to use after one has shaved.
The ingredients include Water (Aqua), Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090.
As you can see, Christingle is packed with natural oils and emollients, which is exactly what you would expect from a body conditioner. Jojoba Oil is highly nutritious, moisturising, hydrating, gentle and soothing for the skin, and Shea Butter is also extremely moisturising and skin smoothing. Menthol Crystals and Peppermint Oil are responsible for the cooling, tingling sensation and the refreshingly minty scent, along with Spearmint Oil. It leaves a slightly oily layer for a few minutes, which is eventually absorbed by the skin, and it makes the skin feel so soft. I was quite surprised to find that the scent is not very long-lasting.
I think that people with dry skin would highly appreciate Christingle, but I do believe that some may consider it a “whatever” product. I enjoy using it in the morning, as it is quite refreshing. The 100g pot retails for R170, while the 225g pot retails for R315.